1. St. Francis (6-0) — Are they Chaminade/Serra good?
2. Bishop Amat (5-2) — Pressure’s really on in Serra.
3. Chino Hills (5-1) — Out for blood vs. Charter Oak.
4. Glendora (6-0) — Defense doesn’t get enough credit.
5. La Habra (5-1) — Handed Fullerton its first loss of ’13.
6. Diamond Ranch (6-1) — Had week off to scout D-Bar.
7. La Serna (4-2) — Can wrap up Del Rio with win over Santa Fe.
8. Monrovia (5-1) — Can we just fast fwd to Week 10 vs. Titans?
9. Los Altos (5-1) — Salvaged league title hopes with D-Bar win.
10. Muir (5-1) — Pacific League title on the line vs. Burbank.
11. Bonita (5-2) — D-Bar loss opens door for Bearcats.
12. Santa Fe (4-2) — Are they ready to overtake La Serna?
13. Diamond Bar (5-2) — They’d love to stun D-Ranch.
14. Charter Oak (2-4) — In good form going into Chino Hills.
15. Arroyo (5-1) — Got one hurdle out of the way in MVL.
16. San Dimas (3-4) — Starting to really roll now.
17. Pomona (6-0) — Finally beat a team with winning record.
18. Ayala (3-3) — Forgotten contender in the Sierra.
19. Rio Hondo Prep (5-1) — So much Chadwick being a threat.
20. San Marino (5-1) — Piling up the points at a scary clip.
21. La Mirada (3-4) — Taking care of business in league so far.
22. Whittier Chr. (3-3) — Under the gun after league loss.
23. El Rancho (3-3) — Bit of a sleeper considering strength of sked.
24. Arcadia (4-2) — Right in the Pacific mix … for now.
25. Northview (4-2) — Offense is becoming a concern.
1. Bishop Amat (5-1) — Hard to tell where they fit in Serra.
2. Chino Hills (4-1) — Overwhelming favorite to win the Sierra.
3. St. Francis (5-0) — Wow.
4. La Habra (4-1) — Giving unbeaten Fullerton their full attention.
5. Glendora (5-0) — Perfect nonleague, but here comes Upland.
6. Diamond Ranch (6-1) — Thinking a deep playoff run is coming.
7. La Serna (3-2) — Westlake win looks better and better.
8. Diamond Bar (5-1) — Win over West Covina had to feel good.
9. Monrovia (4-1) — This is time of year that ‘Cats run wild.
10. Los Altos (4-1) — Must-win situation vs. D-Bar on Friday.
11. Muir (4-1) — Looking more and more dangerous in Southeast.
12. Bonita (4-2) — Got back on track vs. Rowland.
13. Santa Fe (3-2) — Back-to-back reality check losses.
14. Whittier Chr. (3-2) — Big favorite to win Olympic.
15. Arroyo (4-1) — Can deal Gabrielino some reality on Fri.
16. Charter Oak (1-4) — Got much-needed win over Los Osos.
17. South Hills (2-3) — Tough task vs. Chino Hills on Sat.
18. San Dimas (2-4) — Watch the wins pile up.
19. Ayala (2-3) — Took step back with Kaiser loss.
20. Rio Hondo Prep (4-1) — Huge league opener vs. 5-0 Chadwick.
21. San Marino (4-1) — M-Town’s biggest threat in RHL.
22. Pomona (5-0) — Finally playing a team with winning record.
23. Northview (4-1) — Woke up in time to edge COvina.
24. Damien (2-3) — Hard to gauge where they fit in Sierra.
25. La Mirada (2-4) — Bye week after two easy wins.
Scoby’s yards to date: 749
History: 142 yards vs. Ayala
287 yards vs. Arcadia
183 yards vs. San Dimas
137 yards vs. South Hills
Needed for 3,000: 2,251
This week’s opponent: St. Francis
Games left: Six regular season + playoffs.
Aram’s take: This is the week. St. Francis is gonna surely focus on stopping Scoby. Big-time, parochial, upper-division teams often find a way to put the clamps on the opponents’ best player. They’re used to it. I remember many years ago when Russell White was at Crespi and running wild, Loyola held him to something like 18 yards. Thank you very much. It can happen. And if it does, #Scoby3000 takes a big, big hit.
Have to think that Diamond Bar is going to be extra fired up this Friday to get a win for Antonio “Noodles” Hull when the Brahmas take on West Covina.
Hull is ineligible until what would be the second round of the Southeast Division playoffs after West Covina challenged his transfer to Diamond Bar on grounds that it was athletically motivated. CIF agreed and declared the 2012 Tribune Newcomer of the Year ineligible for what might be all of his junior season.
Noodles has been helping D-Bar in practice this week, though, by simulating what he knows about the West Covina offense and also blanketing receiver Cordell Broadus in order to simulate what Broadus will face when he locks up against West Covina standout defensive back Sidney Jones.
As for any pregame smack talk, Brahmas coach Ryan Maine is much to smart for that.
“On our end, it is a little motivating because we see how hard he practices with the scout team and know how bad he wants to get on the field,” Maine said. “I think the kids see how much it hurts him that he’s not on the field. It’s definitely something that’s motivating, but not necessarily against the West Covina (coaching) staff. It’s more just feeling the pain for Antonio.
“You can’t put it around one thing. You don’t want to get emotionally involved in that.”
Aram’s take: I’m very happy that Jake Payton and Kurt Scoby are playing. This is nothing against them at all. But you have to look in amazement at the fact they’re both playing while Noodles is not. It’s a glaring reason why this IDIOTIC CIF rule has to go away. I know it. You know it. CIF even knows it. Who doesn’t know it are the people who wish the world was like Disneyland and the year was still 1965. It’s time for those people to get with the times, because they’re holding the rest of us back. Anyway, you just know that this is one game Diamond Bar REALLY wants. And it’s one game that West Covina REALLY doesn’t want to lose. There’s even more on the line, too, since D-Bar is looking for a clear path to the Hacienda League title and West Covina is trying to avoid 0-2 in league. This should be a very intense on Friday night.