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.
1. Bishop Amat (4-1) — St. Paul only satisfied masochistic Amat fans.
2. Chino Hills (4-1) — Averaging nearly 42 points per game.
3. St. Francis (4-0) — Pulled away late from a decent Damien team.
4. La Habra (4-1) — Overall, a solid nonleague showing.
5. Monrovia (4-0) — Got revenge in style vs. South Hills.
6. Glendora (4-0) — Cardiac Tartans getting it done late.
7. Los Altos (4-0) — Had a bye to scout D-Ranch.
8. Diamond Ranch (4-1) — Very well put together team.
9. La Serna (3-2) — Beat Westlake, lose to Norco. Same as ’12.
10. Diamond Bar (4-1) — Bonita win showed something.
11. Santa Fe (3-1) — We’ll see what’s up vs. Chaparral.
12. Bonita (3-2) — Has to hope everyone takes turns in league.
13. South Hills (2-2) — Counting days til Alex Powell is eligible.
14. Muir (3-1) — Opened league with easy rout of Hoover.
15. Ayala (2-2) — Looks awfully dangerous in Sierra.
16. West Covina (2-3) — Sloppy offense better get going.
17. Whittier Chr. (3-2) — No match for Salesian.
18. Arroyo (3-1) — Could be looking at 9-1 season.
19. Damien (2-2) — Hung with St. Francis for a while.
20. San Dimas (1-4) — Ready to get on a roll.
21. Rio Hondo Prep (4-1) — Bye week to prep for the Prep.
22. San Marino (3-1) — Averaging 57 points per game.
23. Pomona (5-0) — Hasn’t beaten a team with a winning record.
24. Northview (4-1) — Could still finish 9-1.
25. Baldwin Park (4-0) — Opens VVL with Nogales.
Scoby’s yards to date: 612
History: 142 yards vs. Ayala
287 yards vs. Arcadia
183 yards vs. San Dimas
Needed for 3,000: 2,388
This week’s opponent: South Hills
Games left: Seven regular season + playoffs.
South Hills coach Albert Rodriguez on stopping Scoby: “I could live with giving him 90-100 yards, but we just can’t give him that huge night. With a back like Scoby, you’re not realistically thinking you’re going to shut him down. What you want to do is contain him and keep him bottled up. You don’t want him to have a 300-yard night on you.”
1. Bishop Amat (3-1) — Proved Valley supremacy once again.
2. Chino Hills (3-1) — Defense can’t stop air, but the offense is too good
3. St. Francis (3-0) — Trounced La Mirada. M-Town showdown looms.
4. La Habra (3-1) — Got reality check against Mission Viejo.
5. Monrovia (3-0) — Sans QB Potts, ‘Cats worked hard to beat SD.
6. Los Altos (4-0) — Perfect still, but many question schedule strength.
7. Glendora (3-0) — Two OT wins … now here comes Charter Oak.
8. La Serna (3-1) — Knocked off Westlake once again. Impressive.
9. Bonita (3-1) — Worked harder than most expected vs. Claremont.
10. South Hills (2-1) — Can they beat Monrovia in M-Town?
11. Santa Fe (3-1) — Got handled by Santiago, but hey …
12. West Covina (2-2) — Nobody can slow CH right now.
13. Diamond Ranch (3-1) — Opens league with West Covina. Nice!
14. Whittier Chr. (3-1) — Got humbled by St. Margaret’s.
15. Diamond Bar (3-1) — We’re about to find out about Brahmas.
16. Muir (2-1) — Hung a 70-spot on Verdugo Hills.
17. Charter Oak (0-3) — Are they still favored over Glendora?
18. Ayala (2-2) — Proving to be a quality team.
19. Damien (2-1) — Will get tested for class vs. St. Francis.
20. Arroyo (3-1) — Better strength of sked than Northview.
21. Northview (4-0) — Huge showdown with San Dimas looms.
22. Rio Hondo Prep (3-1) — Righted ship after Mission Prep loss.
23. Pomona (4-0) — Looking to end years of futility vs. Covina.
24. Baldwin Park (4-0) — Wins keep rolling in.
25. San Marino (2-1) — Averaging 54 points per game.