Keith Lair and I are going head to head in picking winners for the area football games each week.
Last week: Last week might be my best week ever, only bested by Army-Navy’s one-point win over Flintridge Prep. I held the hedge over Keith, successfully picking Duarte’s win over Cerritos Valley Christian. I’m sure the ensuing weeks will be tougher.
This week: We have a few more pick’em games this week as opposed to week zero. The big one comes in a 2012 Northeast Division rematch when two-time CIF-SS champ Rio Hondo Prep makes the trek north to San Luis Obispo to take on Mission Prep. I have a strong feeling that Kares will ride Nate Tayco to victory. The other interesting matchups are Monrovia hosting Ayala, a team which beat the Wildcats last season; Alemany calling on Muir and St. Francis traveling to Chino. Monrovia, with its experienced line and the running back tandem of Kurt Scoby and Darione Jones, has Ayala covered, while Muir has its hands full against Pac-5 power Alemany. Go with the Wildcats and the visitors. I do like St. Francis against Chino.
Here’s the rest of the picks, with Keith Lair providing his later.
This week’s schedule and picks
Blair vs. Marshall at Pasadena HS, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (Marshall); Lair (Marshall)
Alemany at Muir, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (Alemany); Lair (Alemany)
Alhambra vs. La Canada at Moor Field, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (La Canada); Lair (La Canada)
Ayala at Monrovia, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (Monrovia); Lair (Monrovia)
Duarte at San Marino, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (San Marino); Lair (San Marino)
Firebaugh vs. Maranatha at Lynwood HS, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (Maranatha); Lair (Maranatha)
Gabrielino at Bosco Tech, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (Gabrielino); Lair (Gabrielino)
Irvine at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (Rosemead); Lair (Irvine)
Pasadena at La Salle, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (La Salle); Lair (La Salle)
Rio Hondo Prep at Mission Prep, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (RHP); Lair (RHP)
San Gabriel at Glendale, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (Glendale); Lair (Glendale)
St. Francis at Chino, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (St. Francis); Lair (St. Francis)
Temple City at Arroyo, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (Arroyo); Lair (Arroyo)
South Pasadena at Eagle Rock, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (SPas); Lair (SoPas)
Saddleback Valley Christian at Pasadena Poly, 2 p.m. — Ramirez (Poly); Lair (Poly)
Flintridge Prep at Meadows, Las Vegas, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (FP); Lair (Prep)