Star-News Pick’em: Sorry St. Francis, Serra looks too much like the New York Giants, the good version of the G-men…But Muir and Maranatha should come through in first-place matchups


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

LAIR: 131-20 (14-2 last week)
RAMIREZ: 129-22 (15-1 last week)

St. Francis and coach Jim Bonds has a tough task this week against Serra (Staff photo by Keith Birmingham)

St. Francis and coach Jim Bonds has a tough task this week against Serra
(Staff photo by Keith Birmingham)

Last week: I scored another solid week, picking 15 of 16 winners, but Keith Lair was a solid as well, going 14-2, allowing me to pick up just one game on him in this friendly battle. His mistake was going with Keppel, which lost a 13-12 to San Gabriel. We both missed on Temple City’s win over South Pasadena.
This week: St. Francis is having its best season in nearly 50 years, but the task this week looks too much to overcome when they travel to Gardena to face Serra, arguably one of the top teams in the state that destroyed South Region Division III No. 2 Chaminade two weeks ago. I’d like to go with the Knights, who have looked Golden. But the Cavaliers look more like the New York Giants than a high school football team. I’m sure Jim Bonds and company can keep it close — it was last season for a half — but they have too much firepower to overcome. Other key matchups this week feature Muir vs. Crescenta Valley in a battle for first in the Pacific League, and Maranatha hosting Whittier Christian, which might settle the Olympic League. CV’s offense is a difficult task for the Mustangs, but Muir’s should win a shootout to claim the crown. I also like Maranatha, which has been clicking lately under new coach Jude Oliva. On Saturday, Rio Hondo Prep visits Pasadena Poly for first in the Prep League. Poly has yet to lose, but that changes Saturday.


This week’s schedule and predictions

St. Francis at Serra — Ramirez (Serra); Lair (Serra)
Whittier Christian at Maranatha — Ramirez (Maranatha); Lair (Maranatha)
Crescenta Valley vs. Muir at Glendale HS — Ramirez (Muir); Lair (Muir)
La Salle at Cantwell-Sacred Heart — Ramirez (La Salle); Lair (La Salle)
Rosemead at Gabrielino — Ramirez (Rosemead); Lair (Rosemead)
Duarte at Bassett — Ramirez (Bassett); Lair (Bassett)
Burroughs at Arcadia — Ramirez (Burroughs); Lair (Burroughs)
Blair at Monrovia — Ramirez (Monrovia); Lair (Monrovia)
La Canada at South Pasadena — Ramirez (South Pasadena); Lair (South Pasadena)
Temple City at San Marino — Ramirez (San Marino); Lair (San Marino)
Glendale at Pasadena — Ramirez (Glendale); Lair (Glendale)
Alhambra at Montebello — Ramirez (Montebello); Lair (Montebello)
San Gabriel at Bell Gardens — Ramirez (Bell Gardens); Lair (Bell Gardens)
Schurr at Keppel — Ramirez (Schurr); Lair (Schurr)
Bosco Tech vs. Mary Star of the Sea at Daniels Field (San Pedro) — Ramirez (Mary Star); Lair (Mary Star)
Flintridge Prep at Hawkins (Los Angeles) — Ramirez (Flintridge Prep); Lair (Flintridge Prep)
Rio Hondo Prep at Pasadena Poly, 3 p.m. — Ramirez (Rio Hondo Prep); Lair (Rio Hondo Prep)
Brentwood vs. Marshall at Pasadena HS, 1 p.m. — Ramirez (Brentwood); Lair (Brentwood)

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    • GrimReaper

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  • ebog

    Truly a desirable match. I remember great phases of his ball. It truly happy.

  • Anon

    How’d you go 16-0 if you picked South Pas. to beat Temple City when TC throttled South Pas. Think your maths a little off there.

    • Steve Ramirez

      Good catch, Anon…mainly an oversight on my part. But 15-1 is still a pretty good week. I guess my math is as good as you punctuation (math’s not maths)! 🙂

      • Cheerio, chaps!

        Maybe he’s English. They say “maths” instead of “math”. But then his grammar would be bad.

  • Eastern Ave.

    In the Prep League…

    Poly has it’s best chance in years to topple Rio Hondo Prep this Saturday.

    The KARES have taken care of their business but are not as Iron Clad as in years past due to injuries and line play.

    There are chinks in the Rio armor.

    RHP also appears to lack a fire that a cresting team like Poly could extinguish.

    It Should be a good game aon Saturday and not as one sided as in previous seasons. Poly is at home and the 3pm start will help them.

    Have fun everyone!

    Maranatha… Oh Magoo.

    “Some people think football is a matter of life and death.

    I assure you, it’s much more serious than that.”

    – Bill Shankly –

    • Steve Ramirez

      It should be a great game, Eastern. I will say that for the most part Rio is beating the same opponents that Poly is playing my more, hence my pick..we shall see on Saturday. I’m just disappointed that I will miss. I have to cover the UCLA-Colorado game for the news group, so I will have to count on John Sherrard’s report.

      • Eastern Ave.

        I will be there, I can pass on a note or 2.
        Are you sending a photographer?

        • Steve Ramirez

          No, just a reporter. Due to UCLA being at home, and Saturday being the final day of the Breeder’s Cup, we don’t have a photographer to spare.