Hey Los Altos, take a good, long, hard look. Immortality is what you’re playing for …

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1999 Los Altos CIF champions

Study the faces. Stare into the eyes. You hear them talking to you? “The ghosts” … Current Crescenta Valley baseball coach Phil Torres used to call them “the ghosts” when he’d refer to old pictures of teams that won CIF championships in the Temple City football locker room. Back then (early 90s), Torres was a JV football assistant coach at TC. Whatever. But it always stuck with me — you win CIF and you’re NEVER forgotten. Some day, maybe 100 years from now, when all of us are long gone, the current crop of Los Altos players will look at the ghosts. Study the faces. Stare into the eyes. Immortality!

Hey Amat, take a good, long, hard look. IMMORTALITY is what you’re playing for …

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1995 Bishop Amat CIF championship team

Study the faces. Stare into the eyes. You hear them talking to you? “The ghosts” … Current Crescenta Valley baseball coach Phil Torres used to call them “the ghosts” when he’d refer to old pictures of teams that won CIF championships in the Temple City football locker room. Back then (early 90s), Torres was a JV football assistant coach at TC. Whatever. But it always stuck with me — you win CIF and you’re NEVER forgotten. Some day, maybe 100 years from now, when all of us are long gone, the current crop of Amat players will look at the ghosts. Study the faces. Stare into the eyes. Immortality!

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’95 Amat linemen

Hey Pomona, take a good, long, hard look. Immortality is what you’re playing for …

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1952 Pomona (CIF?) championship team

Current Crescenta Valley baseball coach Phil Torres used to call them “the ghosts” when he’d refer to old pictures of teams that won CIF championships in the Temple City football locker room. Back then (early 90s), Torres was a JV football assistant coach. But it always stuck with me — you win and you’re NEVER forgotten. Some day, maybe 70 years from now when most of us are gone, current Pomona players will look at the pic of the 2014 team. Study the faces. Stare into the eyes. Immortality!

This is gonna be SEMI-GOOD … CHECK THE KICKOFF TIMES (BELOW) OF THE GAME YOU’RE ATTENDING …

Pac-5

Bishop Amat at Corona Centennial, 7:30 p.m.

Southeast

La Serna vs. Crescenta Valley, at Glendale HS, 7:30 p.m.

Central

Los Altos at Bonita, 7 p.m.
Colony at Charter Oak, 7 p.m.

Mid-Valley

Paraclete vs. Northview, at San Dimas HS, 7:30 p.m.
Sierra Canyon at Pomona, 7:30 p.m.

Northwest

Pasadena Poly at Nipomo, Saturday, 6 p.m.

Talk your smack or cry me a river … but first, Fred’s calling me out about Amat? Really? Read what he said earlier this season below …

FRED CHANGES HIS TUNE … — To hear it from Amat fans is one thing, to hear it from Fred is another. Just remember … Robledo said the following after the Santa Margarita loss “They’re clearly not a great team. I just think Bishop Amat is an average, middle of the road Pac-5 team that can beat anyone on any given and can get beat by anyone on any given day”

After the Chino Hills loss when Aram brings up division change …

“Aram’s right. You’re going to have to start considering it at some point.”

CHARTER OAK SEMI-GOOD — The Chargers have had their bumps, but here we are in late November and they’re league champs and a semifinalist in the Central Division. They can thank Zion Echols. 302 yards and FIVE TDs to beat San Marino. Incredible feat. But can they beat Colony? Gonna be interesting.

TITANIC BAD DECISION — When you’re down 11 with seven minutes left, have the ball at your own 40 and its 4th-and-9, you don’t punt. But that’s what San Marino did. Moments later, Echols goes 83 yards for a TD to ice the game. YOU DON’T PUNT IN THAT SITUATION! Did it cost SM the game? Probably not. But we’ll also never know for sure.

MONROVIA NOT READY — It was a bad sign last week when Monrovia needed OT to beat Don Lugo in the Central Division’s first round. It was even worse the way M-Town was pushed around by Los Altos in the quarters. Not ready. Monrovia clearly isn’t ready for the Central Division bump up they got from CIF. Short of a first-round loss, this was about as bad of a showing as anyone could have dreamed of.

LA SERNA CONTINUES TO AMAZE — How about this program? Seriously! The Lancers follow their win over Compton Dominguez by knocking off No. 1 St. Francis in the Southeast Division quarters. Hey, it’s La Serna’s division, right? The Lancers own the Southeast, right?

BISHOP AMAT IN PAC-5 SEMIS — I always knew this team had it in them. That’s actually true if anybody remembers my early season statements just before and after the Santa Margarita. Anyway, always great to see the SGV leave the OC with a scalp. It’s okay for Lancers fans to dream big now. They’re in the Final Four and there’s no telling how far they can take it. Also, is this Ryder’s team now? Or does the coaching staff open up the QB battle this week in practice? The thought of having SoCal’s best division’s champion come from the SGV is just awesome.

BONITA! MEDRANO! — Hey Bearcats fans, you have a pretty good head coach, huh? Big ups to Adrian Medrano for getting his team to go from at-large to semifinalist in the Central Division. The way Bonita is playing right now, it just might be the favorite.

CONQUERING REVENGE — Los Altos thought it never should have lost to Monrovia in the regular season. The Conqs got sweet revenge on Friday night and now one of the Valley best-ever football programs is back in the semis. Amazing job, Conqs.

‘Suspicion of misconduct with student’ is reason why Pomona coach Aaron Jamieson is on administrative leave

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As originally reported here last week, Pomona head coach Aaron Jamieson is on administrative leave. Now, the district has gone public with the reason why — “suspicion of misconduct with a student”.

That explanation really runs the gamut, however, the point remains the same and that’s that Pomona’s season of fiascos (off the field) continues. Props to the kids for holding it down on the field.

INJURY UPDATES: QB conundrums abound at Bishop Amat, Glendora and St. Francis

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Not done. (Damian Garcia)

HAGERTY MUM ON WHETHER IT’S RUIZ OR GARCIA

It’s going to be a interesting week of practice for Bishop Amat as it prepares for Friday’s Pac-5 quarterfinals game against JSerra.

The Lancers have a little bit of a decision to make at QB where juniors Damian Garcia and Ryder Ruiz are both bidding to start. And if you’re looking for any insight as to what might happen on Friday, Amat coach Steve Hagerty has two words for you (and me): NO COMMENT.

Okay, good lookin’ out, Coach.

Anyway, Garcia is back. He’s made that very public by posting a doctor’s note on his Twitter account which says he’s cleared for full contact. Meanwhile, Ruiz has been so good (419 yards and 4 TDs vs. Lakewood) that some people don’t want to mess with a good thing.

Perhaps both guys will play … and I’m not talking about the kind of situation where one throws a bad pass and the other starts to warm up. I’m talking about one guy plays the first half, the other guy plays the second half.

For coaches, QB battles suck.

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Maybe done. (Matt Fink)

FINK GETTING CLOSER TO RETURN

Glendora quarterback Matt Fink continues to receive treatment on his injured ankle and has an outside shot to play on Friday against Colony in the quarterfinals of the Central Division playoffs. Tartans coach Jerry Lewallen is considering his star quarterback at a game-time decision.

Fink injured himself in the first half of Glendora’s loss to South Hills two weeks ago. He missed last week’s win over Summit, but may have a chance of playing against Colony if his rehab continues to go well. If not, Ryan DeGuzman will start.

“I wouldn’t say he’s not coming back,” Lewallen said. “His ankle is much better today than it was a week ago. With ankles, you just don’t know until you go out and test it. We’re not at a point yet where we want to put him on the practice field and go test it. I’m letting his physical therapist handle it.”

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Done. (Jeremiah Martin)

KNIGHTS’ MARTIN LOST FOR SEASON

St. Francis quarterback Jeremiah Martin is out for the season after breaking the collarbone on his non-throwing side in last Friday’s win over Mayfair in the first round of the Southeast Division playoffs. Sophomore Miles Bryant is likely to start Friday’s quarterfinals game against La Serna.

Martin was hoping to put the finishing touches on a breakout season in which the first-year starter had thrown 29 touchdown passes and no interceptions in leading the Knights to an 11-0 record. He suffered the injury while scrambling toward the sideline on St. Francis’ first drive of the third quarter. The score at the time was 35-14, Knights.

“I feel terrible for Jeremiah,” St. Francis coach Jim Bonds said. “It’s a storybook season that he’s had. He exceeded all expectations the coaches had for him.”

Will Martin’s absence cost St. Francis a chance at winning the Southeast? Bryant is thought to be a legit prospect and we all know Bonds is the QB Whisperer.

Playoffs: Talk your smack or cry me a river …

La Mirada stunned by Salesian — It happens every year to somebody … just didn’t think it would be the Matadores. A 9-1 regular season was followed by a stunning first-round loss to Salesian in the Southeast Division. The Mats hadn’t played in a close game in quite a while, so maybe it caught then off guard tonight to be in a nail biter.

Bishop Amat gets elusive Pac-5 win — The “Amat doesn’t belong in the Pac-5″ argument is now technically over. Lancer believers can wave this win over Lakewood like a shiny wand. I still believe the best indicator of whether a team belongs in a division, especially the upper divisions of the Southern Section, is whether they have a realistic chance of winning a title. Amat can prove that point next week vs. JSerra. Also, what can you say about Ryder Ruiz? He’s been outstanding! Not easy to follow in his brother’s footsteps. And what a job by Amat’s coaching staff to get him ready like this. Just outstanding all around.

St. Francis wins, but loses — The word out of St. Francis is that QB Jeremiah Martin is out for the remainder of the season with a broken collarbone. If that’s true, then Monrovia transfer Miles Bryant will likely start next week vs. La Serna. Terrible blow for Martin, who was simply excellent in his first varsity season as the starter. And a terrible blow for the Knights, who still have a shot at the Southeast Division title, just not as good as before.

Bonita quiets own fans, upsets Kaiser — Chalk one up for Bearcats head coach Adrian Medrano, who often takes unwarranted verbal abuse from fans but delivered in a big way tonight. Now, the Bearcats get a doable second round game vs. West Covina in a rematch of the 2010 Southeast Division final. MEDRANO!