Star-News Pick ‘Em: St. Francis, Monrovia will major step-ups…I see a West Valley sweep


Keith and I are matching our knowledge of the area and high school football by offering our picks on the area’s games.

LAIR: 56-12 (17-4 last week)
RAMIREZ: 52-16 (14-7 last week)

Last week: My worst week of the season. Keith got a little separation, getting my by picking Rosemead over Warren, L.A. Wilson over Alhambra and Eagle Rock over Temple City. We also missed San Gabriel over Beverly Hills, Diego Vista over Marshall, Glendale over South Pasadena and Mar Vista over Gabrielino.
This week: There two huge games in the area this week, both on Friday. Damien comes to town to face St. Francis in a good ol’ Catholic school showdown, with Monrovia hosting South Hills, in a division step-up encounter for the Wildcats. I like both local entrants. St. Francis was very impressive in routing La Mirada. This will be more of a challenge, with Damien winning its last two games, but the Golden Knights might be too hot to handle. I also like Monrovia, which I think will get back to business with Deshawn Potts back behind center after missing last week. South Hills won a close one at Covina District Field last season. This one will again be close, but go with the ‘Cats.

This week’s schedule and predictions

Hoover vs. Muir at Glendale HS – Ramirez (Muir); Lair (Muir)
Pasadena Poly at Brentwood — Ramirez (Poly); Lair (Poly)
Kilpatrick at Rio Hondo Prep — Ramirez (Rio Hondo Prep); Lair (Rio Hondo Prep)
South Hills at Monrovia — Ramirez (Monrovia); Lair (Monrovia)
Damien at St. Francis, 7:30 p.m. — Ramirez (St. Francis); Lair (St. Francis)
St. Bernard at La Salle — Ramirez (La Salle); Lair (La Salle)
Azusa vs. Duarte at Citrus College — Ramirez (Azusa); Lair (Azusa)
Rosemead at San Gabriel — Ramirez (Rosemead); Lair (Rosemead)
Burbank at Arcadia — Ramirez (Burbank); Lair (Bubank)
San Marino at Beverly Hills — Ramirez (San Marino); Lair (San Marino)
South El Monte at Maranatha — Ramirez (Maranatha); Lair (Maranatha)
South Pasadena vs. Alhambra at Moor Field — Ramirez (South Pas); Lair (South Pas)
Flintridge Prep at Frazier Mountain — Ramirez (Flintridge Prep); Lair (Frazier)
Keppel at Sotomayor — Ramirez (Sotomayor) Lair (Keppel)
La Canada at Eagle Rock — Ramirez (Eagle Rock); Lair (Eagle Rock)
Crescenta Valley at Pasadena — Ramirez (Crescenta Valley); Lair (Crescenta Valley)
California Military Institute vs. Blair at Muir HS — Ramirez (CMI); Lair (CMI)
Bosco Tech at Verbum Dei — Ramirez (Verbum Dei): Lair (Verbum Dei)
California City at Gabrielino — Ramirez (Gabrielino); Lair (Gabrielino)

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  • Prep Fan

    Rio Hondo Prep game is on Thursday