Star-News Pick’em: Who makes it to championship week? I have Monrovia, Muir and Rio

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Keith and I are matching our knowledge of the area and high school football by offering our picks on the area’s games. We have also added the rest of the brackets that involve area teams.
LAIR: 188-29 (19-1 last week)
RAMIREZ: 184-33 (20-0 last week)

Last week: A perfect week, which including nailing all four local teams who advanced. Keith missed on El Segundo’s win over Carpinteria.

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This week: Well it’s down to the final four for the area, and all four have good shots at making it to the final dance. The odd one out may be area No. 1 St. Francis, which faces state No. 2 Serra. The Golden Knights led by 14 in the first meeting before losing, 35-21. They get the Cavs at home this time, but I’m not sure they can repeat that effort they had in the first half this time. I think it will be close, but give the edge to Serra. The rest of the area’s final four should get it. Monrovia, which is at Paraclete in the Mid-Valley, has a tough task going to the cool air of Lancaster, but this is a team built for these type of conditions Monrovia by two scores. Muir looks like a team of destiny after routing Los Altos last week without its best player. I think they simply have too much speed for Norwalk to handle. The Mighty Mighty Mustangs advance. That’s Rio Hondo Prep, which might have its toughest task of the season, facing Salesian. Yes, the same Salesian that gave Muir all it wanted in August. I trust Ken Drain and Co. to get the job done. The Kares get a chance to 3-peat.
This week’s schedule and predictions
MID-VALLEY DIVISION

Monrovia vs Paraclete at Antelope Valley College — Ramirez (Monrovia); Lair (Monrovia)
San Dimas at Arroyo — Ramirez (San Dimas); Lair (San Dimas)
NORTHEAST DIVISION
Rio Hondo Prep at Salesian — Ramirez (Rio); Lair (Rio Hondo Prep)
Desert at Mission Prep — Ramirez (Mission Prep); Lair (Mission Prep)
SOUTHEAST DIVISION
Norwalk at Muir — Ramirez (Muir); Lair (Muir)
Burbank vs. La Serna at Cal HS — Ramirez (La Serna); Lair (La Serna)
WESTERN DIVISION
Serra at St. Francis, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (Serra); Lair (Serra)
Lompoc at Chaminade — Ramirez (Chaminade); Lair (Chaminade)
ALL GAMES BEGIN AT 7:30 P.M., UNLESS NOTED

  • Prep fan

    RHP definitely has a tough task. Not only did Salesian take Muir to overtime, but they also beat Paraclete by 14. The same Paraclete Steve just picked to lose to Monrovia by two scores. Making the task harder will be the fact that RHP will be without their best defensive player and another starting linebacker due to injury. If RHP can pull this one out, they deserve some big time credit.

  • New York

    I also like all three local teams making it to the finals. No team will have an easy task, though, at least not on paper.

    Monrovia faces a team that is very familiar with them, although the personell changes year-to-year. Coach Dalhia is 1-2 against Monrovia, but he is 0-2 against Coach Maddox. They will be motivated with their best preparation of the year.

    Muir faces the top seed (on paper). Norwalk’s power vs. Muir’s speed. Muir needs to get enough defensive stops EARLY to keep their defense fresh. Muir then needs to score EARLY, hoping to force Norwalk to throw the ball.

    Rio Hondo Prep seems to always to have Salesian’s number, even though Salesian always has a bigger line and deeper roster. The difference between winning and losing seems to be everything, and RHP knows how to win.

    • GP AKA Green Machine

      Monrovia needs to score early…and put pressure on Paraclete to score early too. I am sure the spirits want a low scoring, quick game where you look up in the 4th and it’s a 1 score contest. I expect, Dhalia to use his best stuff early. We shut them down early, Paraclete will not make a heroic comeback…

  • dectorem

    Yes RHP has become thin with injury but one thing i have learned with RHP football is to never count out the Kares. Coach Drain and his staff will find a way if there is a way. Realistically, Salesian should not even be placed in the Northeast division 13, they have an all male student body of almost 400 9-12 graders compared to less than 100 male AND female students at RHP. CIF needs to seriously reconsider moving Salesian into a more appropriate division. This is nothing that RHP hasnt seen before. Defense for RHP will be the key factor whether they win or lose. Salesian has numerous threats but if RHP can shorten the game, execute and stay disciplined, i see them going to the finals next week

  • 626

    Damn Stevie R!! 20-0! Not too shabby there man…