UPDATED: NEW!!! All-Encompassing SGV(N) Top 25 after Week 1 …

lmcelebIt’s dangerous to fall in love with La Mirada, but man!

UPDATE: The idiot who does these forgot to include Damien. The Spartans move up to No. 11 this week. Arroyo moves out (sorta).

1. Bishop Amat (1-1) — Good win under bad conditions.
2. St. Francis (1-0) — Put away West Covina like a good thing.
3. Glendora (1-0) — Workmanlike win over Alta Loma to start.
4. La Mirada (1-1) — Charter Oak win was pure dominance.
5. La Habra (2-0) — Defense doing great so far.
6. La Serna (2-0) — This program, what can you even say?
7. Charter Oak (1-1) — Lack of size is a big issue again.
8. San Marino (2-0) — Not sure why Titans schedule how they do.
9. Los Altos (2-0) — Two games, two easy wins.
10. Bonita (2-0) — Monrovia win shows ‘Cats are on to something.
11. Damien (1-0) — Some fans weren’t happy with narrow win.
12. West Covina (0-2) — Excellent strength of schedule so far.
13. Montebello (2-0) — Oilers’ street cred is through the roof.
14. San Dimas (1-0) — Holman Era begins in style.
15. Northview (1-1) — We warned you line play might be down.
16. La Salle (2-0) — No business playing Blair.
17. South Hills (1-1) — May be time to take LH off the schedule.
18. Diamond Bar (2-0) — Brahmas were 2-0 at this point last year, too.
19. Monrovia (0-2) — Arcadia game might be a must-win situation.
20. Diamond Ranch (1-1) — Nice bounce-back win vs. Rosemead.
21. St. Paul (1-1) — Took step back against Warren.
22. Muir (0-2) — Stangs need to show signs of life.
23. La Canada (1-1) — Solid showing in loss to Salesian.
24. South Pasadena (1-0) — Good win to start Ricahards Era.
25. Schurr (1-1) — Good win over El Monte. Flattered by Bonita loss.

26. Arroyo (1-1) — Knights may quietly go on the improve.

UPDATED: Amat practice delayed over an hour after players protest Torreahno Sweet suspension by refusing to practice


UPDATE: Bishop Amat’s Thursday football practice was delayed over an hour after players protested the suspension of teammate Torreahno Sweet by refusing to practice.

Bishop Amat High School football team running back Torreahno Sweet will miss Friday’s game against Servite and possibly the following week against Colony after being suspended by Lancers head coach Steve Hagerty.

Sweet was the lone offensive bright spot in Amat’s Week 0 loss to Mater Dei last Friday night. He rushed for 89 yards and two touchdowns in the 24-21 defeat.

Something went awry at Wednesday’s practice. Sweet was lifted from team drills and was held out after trying to return minutes later. He was informed before Thursday’s practice that he would be suspended for Friday’s game and could return to practice on Monday as a scout team player.

This isn’t the first rift between Hagerty and Sweet. Earlier this offseason, Hagerty said that Sweet was no longer part of the program but would not disclose why.

Sweet missed all of spring practice and the summer passing circuit but was back on the team in time for fall camp. Sweet was a major force behind Amat’s success last season. After being injected into the starting lineup at mid-season, Sweet finished with 851 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns.

With its ground game purring, Amat was able to win a three-way share of the Mission League championship and advance to the semifinals of the CIF-Southern Section Pac-5 Division playoffs.

Bishop Amat is considered to be one of the main contenders for the Pac-5 Division championship. The Lancers had their egos bruised a bit last week after being upset by Mater Dei on a regionally televised game.

Servite, another Pac-5 contender, enters Friday game at 1-0 after beating up on Fountain Valley in its season opener last Friday.

La Mirada coach Mike Moschetti: No regrets scheduling up …

For the past several days, the La Mirada High School football team has heard all about its lopsided 76-8 defeat to St. John Bosco in Week 0.

The Matadores can sway public opinion back in their favor on Friday night when they visit Charter Oak in an important nonleague battle. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

“It was a straight-up butt kicking,” La Mirada head coach Mike Moschetti said of last week’s game. “I always look at the good and bad, and it was a very humbling experience for the coaches and players.

“When you get your butts kicked like that it’s humbling, but I liked the way we came back to practice on Monday.”

La Mirada has scheduled up this season. In addition to St. John Bosco, the Matadores will also play Mater Dei and San Clemente in nonleague games. Charter Oak, although a quality opponent, looks like the most doable task on the schedule.

The Matadores beat Charter Oak last season, 48-28. Several key players from that team have graduated, though. But La Mirada has replaced many of them with some impact transfers.

Things started well enough for La Mirada against St. John Bosco. The Matadores scored first, went for a two-point conversion and got it, and led 8-0. From there, it was a 76-0 run out by the nationally ranked Braves.

Moschetti has come under heavy second guessing by area fans who think La Mirada isn’t being realistic by scheduling Pac-5 Division powerhouses in nonleague play.

“We’re going to challenge ourselves and I’m just a big believer that we got a lot out of that game,” Moschetti said. “I think you get more out of that game than you do playing somebody and beating them 65-0.

“I remember La Serna getting beat 84 to something in a championship game and they seemed to be OK. It’s life. You’re going to get smacked in the mouth and we’ve got to deal with it.”

It’s been back to basics for the Matadores this week, according to Moschetti. Getting lined up properly, especially on defense, has been a key point in practices thus far.

Although Charter Oak is considerably smaller than St. John Bosco, the Chargers do have the skill players to make things hard on La Mirada’s defense if it’s confused.

“Their quarterback is a great player, their running back is big-time and they have great players at the skill positions,” Moschetti said of Charter Oak. “They do a lot of different things defensively where they try to confuse you. We’ve got our hands full.”