Keith Lair and I will go head-to-head in the Star-News Pick’em. Here is this week’s predictions along with how we did last week.
Last Week: Ramirez (12-4); Lair (14-2)
Season: Ramirez (103-46); Lair (106-43)
Last week: Keith picked up two on yours truly, although I didn’t have a bad week at 12-4. My mistakes was not seeing Whittier Christian beating Maranatha and Gabrielino getting by Rosemead in a defensive sturggle.
This week: It’s all about Monrovia vs. San Marino as the top two teams in both the Rio Hondo League and the area square off Friday at Monrovia. The Titans have been impressive, winning their first eight games and scoring points at an alarming rate. But I think the ‘Cats have just a little too much. Take the ‘Cats by two touchdowns. There are also big games in the Pacific and Mission Valley Leagues. In the Pacific, Muir looks to clinch first with a visit to Arcadia, which can force a tie going into the final week with a victory. Muir’s big-play potential will be too much for the Apaches, who have the ability to make it close. In the Mission Valley League, Gabrielino looks to move into a first-place tie when it hosts El Monte. B-Mart and the Lions look too offensive for the defensive-minded Eagles. I’m going with El Monte.
This week’s schedule and predictions: TODAY
Keppel at Schurr, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (Schurr); Lair (Schurr)
San Marino at Monrovia, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (Monrovia); Lair (Monrovia)
Cantwell at La Salle, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (La Salle); Lair (La Salle)
Muir at Arcadia, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (Muir); Lair (Muir)
El Monte at Gabrielino, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (El Monte); Lair (Gabrielino)
Valley Christian at Maranatha, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (Maranatha); Lair (Maranatha)
Rosemead at Arroyo, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (Arroyo); Lair (Rosemead)
Montebello vs. Alhambra at Moor Field, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (Alh); Lair (Alh)
Chaminade at St. Francis, 7:30 p.m. — Ramirez (Cham); Lair (Cham)
Sierra Vista at Duarte, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (Duarte); Lair (Duarte)
Bell Gardens at San Gabriel, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (SG); Lair (BG)
Marshall vs. Viewpoint at Calabasas HS, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (VP); Lair (VP)
Burroughs at Pasadena, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (Burr); Lair (Burr)
Blair at South Pasadena, 7 pm. — Ramirez (SPas); Lair (SPas)
La Canada at Temple City — Ramirez (TC); Lair (TC)
Flintridge Prep at Webb, 1 p.m. — Ramirez (FlintPrep); Lair (FlintPrep)
Chadwick at Pasadena Poly, 2 p.m. — Ramirez (Poly); Lair (Poly)