Passing tourneys: Huge weekend ahead …

… but first, check out South Hills’ group in the Edison Tournament on Saturday. The Huskies have to get out of the group to advance but it won’t be easy …

South Hills
Mater Dei
SO Notre Dame
La Habra

And now for the BIGGIE on Saturday, the SGV Shootout at Gladstone HS. I believe pool play starts at 9 a.m. and the semis are at 3 p.m. with the championship at 5 p.m.

The field is: Arroyo, Covina, Wilson, Gladstone, El Monte, Los Altos, South El Monte, West Covina, San Dimas, Rowland, Diamond Bar, Baldwin Park, Monrovia, Buena Park, La Puente, Azusa, Whittier Christian, Rosemead.

I believe Saturday there’s also a big tournament at Santa Fe, so somebody get me the info or post it and I’ll get it up here.

Amat vs. CO: Give me ONE good reason why this doesn’t happen EVERY SEASON? …


Why not? I’m looking at both team’s nonleague schedules and I just don’t see why this game doesn’t happen every year.

Looking at Amat’s nonleague schedule, I see plenty of room for a game like this. Are you telling me it’s more in Amat’s interest to play Muir or even Damien? If you want to play local teams, then there’s no excuse not to make that the very best (other?) local team. Garfield? Really? It’s at ELAC, so I’m supposed to get excited? And I don’t want to hear Amat fans say “What happened last time we played?” … Charter Oak has gotten much better since then.

Looking at Charter Oak’s nonleague schedule, I see a game with Amat as the perfect way for the Chargers to delve into top-notch play instead of simply sticking their toe in the deeper waters with games against Esperanza and Rancho. Why not go all the way and take on Amat? If the Chargers want to be recognized (by all) as the Valley’s top program — without an argument from the Golden A contingent — then they need this game.

Now that the Chargers are a Division II team, there’s simply no excuse. The fans want it. I know the media wants it. Travel costs would basically be nil and the gate at either place would be sparkling.

Thank you. Now carry on with your day.

Two months out: Here’s the top-five games of Week 0, and sorry, the Smudge isn’t No. 1 …

We’re talking about Sept. 3, by the way. So save the date, it’s only two months away!!!!

1. Glendora vs. Charter Oak, at Citrus College, until I hear otherwise
— This is supposed to be at Citrus, which is where it should be. But there’s talk of it being moved to Charter Oak. No matter where it’s played, this matchup is filthy. Best QB in the Valley takes on Valley’s top program. Did I say that? Yes, I did. Valley’s top program (sorry Amat, not yet). So can Chad Jeffries and the Glendora receivers get their’s against what should be another strong CO defense? Will CO’s offense show it’s the best around? Again, I want to remind that CO can four-wide with no receiver under 6-feet tall. But more than that, I want to see just how CO’s running game is now that Adam Muema isn’t toting the rock. Two of the SGV’s top-five teams! It’s Big Lou vs. Pasqy! This game will be sick!
Early prediction: Charter Oak 21, Glendora 20

2. Rowland at Baldwin Park
— It takes a big game to keep the Smudge Pot from being even the No. 2 attraction, but that’s what you’ve got here. It’s Michael Ball’s first chance to show last year’s injury is behind him. And it comes against a BP defense that has guys like WC3 and Demetrius Jackson. This is also the game where Jackson can show what all the hype is about. BP was 9-3 last season. Rowland was 8-3. Both teams could be even better this season. But they have questions — for BP it’s at QB and for Rowland it’s the running game. What better way to show everything’s fine than with a win over one of the top team’s in the Valley. That’s what the victor will get.
Early prediction: Rowland 20, Baldwin Park 14

3. San Dimas at Bonita — I’m sure some of you are going to let me have it. Yes, I realize the magnitude of this rivalry. I’ve been to a couple of them. But while San Dimas has certainly held up its end of the bargain, Bonita has not. The last two years the combined score has been 71-56 in favor San Dimas. The Saints are 23-3 the past two seasons, with a CIF title. Bonita is 10-12. You see my point? This rivalry would still be nasty if both teams are 2-8 every season, but in order to be considered a better game than BP-Rowland or CO-Glendora, it’s gotta be good for both sides involved. Obviously, this game is huge for Bonita. The Bearcats are hungry to show they’re back and there’d be no better way to do it than to upset San Dimas. In terms of atmosphere, I will admit the top-two games can’t touch this one.
Early prediction: San Dimas 30, Bonita 21

4. San Gabriel at Muir — Jude Oliva makes his head-coaching debut for the Matadors with a road game in Mustang Country. In terms of the west side of the Valley, this game is very big as it pits two of that side’s best programs. Both teams have several reasons to be optimistic about the season, but both teams also have questions. For San Gabriel, this is a great chance to show its passing game won’t miss a beat without Isaac Valdez. For Muir, it’s a chance to show there’s life after Jarron Williams. The Mustangs think they have the type of line play good enough to win a CIF title. Pushing around San Gabriel would be the first chance to prove it.
Early prediction: Muir 35, San Gabriel 20

5. Covina at West Covina
— The Colts will be decided underdogs against an absolutely loaded Bulldogs squad. If they can hang, then it could be a sign the Valle Vista League has yet another dangerous team. If West Covina rolls, then watch out! Covina got its feet wet last year and has several talented returners back. They remain young. This game will be the varsity of Gevontray Ainsworth, and he’ll be tested right away. Talk about a nice neighborhood game. Let’s hope these two teams make this an annual battle.
Early prediction: West Covina 30, Covina 20