Los Altos hammers San Marino; San Dimas Smudges Bonita; Bishop Amat suffers one of worst losses ever


San Dimas routs Bonita to claim the Smudge: It was hard to tell where the irritation of losing last season’s CIF championship game ended and the San Dimas High school football team’s contempt for season-opening rival Bonita began.
Whatever the combination of pent-up offseason emotions released Friday night, the result was a 42-14 San Dimas victory at Citrus College.
The Saints ended a three-year losing streak to Bonita and celebrated accordingly after scoring 28 of the game’s final 35 points to pull away in the second half.
“We didn’t like the way last year ended,” San Dimas coach Mark Holman said. “And we’ve been preparing for these guys since January.”

Glendora QB Bryce Wooldridge leads Tartans to win: Glendora High may have lost its star quarterback of a year ago to USC, but the Tartans found out in their 2016 season opener Friday night that their offense appears to be in very talented hands.
Junior Bryce Wooldridge passed for 154 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and ran for another 147 yards and two scores to lead Glendora to a 33-19 victory at Kaiser.
Wooldridge’s offensive performance behind a stout offensive line was more than enough to overcome a Kaiser team that struggled with mistakes and penalties in its opening game.

nevinsLos Altos routs San Marino: Like most of the Los Altos High School football team’s opponents, San Marino knew exactly what was coming but couldn’t stop it.
The Titans’ defense got a healthy dose of Conquerors’ standout running back Tyler Nevens, and by the end of the night the senior standout had run wild in a 38-6 win in the season opener for both teams on Friday.
“It’s truly a blessing,” said Nevens. “All of my teammates, we all came together. We were all hyped up for this game. We knew San Marino was going to come out with some intensity and we just had to come out with more.”Nevens rushed for 285 yards and four touchdowns. The Titans tried to match Los Altos’ ground game with one of their own, a stark change from last season’s pass-happy attack which averaged 46 points per game, but the Conquerors’ defense was having none of it.

Mater Dei hands Bishop Amat one of worst home losses: Mater Dei rolled into Kiefer Stadium on Friday night and routed an upstart Bishop Amat team attempting to move forward a season after graduating one of its more talented senior classes in recent memory, 63-14.
In last season’s 24-21 win over Amat, Mater Dei starved the potent Lancers’ offense by controlling the time of possession with 53 rushing attempts. No such strategy was needed this time.
Mater Dei sophomore quarterback JT Daniels came out of the gates firing. Daniels completed three of his first four passes for touchdowns, leading the Monarchs to an early 21-0 lead.On the game’s opening play, Daniels connected with Osiris St. Brown for 72 yards. A play later, he found Osiris’ brother, Amon-Ra St. Brown, who snatched an 8-yard touchdown pass out of the air with one hand.

Diamond Ranch holds on to beat South Hills: Diamond Ranch kicked off its 2016 football season with a 14-7 win over South Hills on Friday night and gave Eric Martinez his first win as a head coach.
The Panthers scored on their first possession of the game, a 19-yard pass from Justin Tong to Alec Flanagen with 4:49 left in the first quarter.
“We figured we could move the ball like that to get our running game going,” Martinez said. “(Sophomore) Conner Clark did well running the ball his first time under the lights.”
An interception by Carter Henderson, who ran the ball back 80 yards, set up the Panthers second score as they expanded their lead to 14-0 midway through the third quarter.

Friday’s Results
Mater Dei 63, Bishop Amat 14 — Probably worst home loss in history.
San Dimas 42, Bonita 14 – Nobody saw this pounding coming.
Los Altos 38, San Marino 6 — Tyler Nevens 285 yards and 4 TDs.
Damien 21, Chino 6 Could this be the year Spartans break through?
Alta Loma 48, Diamond Bar 28 — Brahmas keep taking steps back each year.
Diamond Ranch 14, South Hills 7 — Panthers grind out win over offensive challenged Huskies
Montebello 40, El Monte 6Lions figure to struggle all year.
Nogales 37, Garey 8 Nobles are the team to watch in the Miramonte.
Glendora 33, Kaiser 19 — Tartans better than expected, quarterback was great.
Sierra Vista 10, La Puente 0 — Dons open season with a big shutout.
Oak Hills 45, Pomona 7 — Red Devils aren’t what they were two years ago.
South Pasadena 35, Rosemead 20Panthers rally comes up short.
Rowland 42, Walnut 14 — Raiders could be team to watch in Valle Vista.
Colony 49, West Covina 14Bulldogs tied it at 14-14, then fell apart.
Baldwin Park 27, Workman 0 — Braves do everything in shutout win.
South El Monte 40, Gladstone 7 — Remember, someone named Mike Mooney on SELM staff.
Mountain View 48, Bassett 34 — Vikings open season in style.
Hoover 28, Wilson 13 — Opponent gave Wildcats shot at win, but still comes up short.

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Charter Oak too strong for Northview, wins 44-22 behind 6 TD passes from Bret Clemetson


Charter Oak routs Northview: Be careful what you ask for, you might not like the consequences.
The Northview High School football team is thinking about that today.
The Vikings asked for a meeting against traditional power Charter Oak and paid dearly for it Thursday.
Bret Clemetson threw for 314 yards and six touchdowns and the Chargers opened the season with a 44-22 victory over the Vikings at Covina District Field.
Jermaine Braddock also had six receptions for 146 yards and three touchdowns for Charter Oak. Northview quarterback Steven Comstock threw for 384 yards and two scores.

Thursday’s results
Charter Oak 44, Northview 22
Marshall 47, Southlands Christian 6

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Get your 2016 PrepXtra Football Preview Magazine Wednesday, or read online


Click to read online: The 2016 Prep Xtra Football Preview magazine will be distributed on Wednesday, Aug. 24, in home subscription delivery for the Pasadena Star-News, Whittier Daily News and San Gabriel Valley Tribune. Copies can also be purchased at newsracks throughout the San Gabriel Valley and Whittier areas, and can be purchased in person at 605 E. Huntington Drive, Monrovia, Suite 100, 91016.

In the preview is Aram Tolegian’s “War on Football” column. Read it, digest it, and tell us what you think…

Cover Story: Armed and ready, Northview quarterback Steven Comstock, St. Francis’ Michael Bonds and La Mirada’s Tristan Meyer are ready to show their stuff.
Aram Tolegian’s preview column: The War on Football … Despite the risks, the game teaches virtues on a big stage.
Best games to watch: A week-by-week look at the best games to watch in the San Gabriel Valley.
Schedules: Team schedules with address and starting times.
Rankings: San Gabriel Valley Tribune Top 5:
Preseason All-Area: San Gabriel Valley Tribune offense and defense.
Rankings: Pasadena Star-News Tribune Top 5:
Preseason All-Area: Pasadena Star-News offense and defense.
Rankings: Whittier Daily News Top 5:
Preseason All-Area: Whittier Daily News offense and defense.

League-By-League Previews
Almont League
Angelus League
Baseline League
Del Rio League
Freeway League
Palomares League
Miramonte League
Mission Valley League
Montview League
Olympic League
Pacific League
Prep League
Rio Hondo League
Mission League
Hacienda League
South Catholic League
Suburban League
Valle Vista League

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Tribskin Pick’em: Going with Northview, Los Altos and Bonita in season openers, and a Mater Dei rout at Kiefer


The Game: Aram Tolegian and I will go head to head throughout the football season picking winners. If we don’t pick 80 percent winners, we’re not doing our job. Follow along.
The Bet: Loser buys winner at the restauraunt of the winner’s choice. Period. That’s it.
My thoughts: Finally, the football season is here and the first weekend is packed with some intriguing games. There’s not a better non-league local game that Charter Oak taking on Northview on Thursday to kick it all off. All summer I’ve been going with Northview, but I’m getting hammered by people saying at the end of the day, no matter how much the Vikings are improved, the Vikings defense won’t be able to handle Charter Oak’s athletes or its spread offense. Hearing Charter Oak could score at will, but I’m sticking with my guns and calling a Vikings upset. Just how far has Bishop Amat fallen? We’ll find out when they take on one of the best in California in Mater Dei. Will it be a 40 plus point blowout? Will Amat hang and show everyone this is a reload not a rebuild? I’m leaning toward the Lancers getting blown out, but if there is one big advantage on their side, it’s that it’s the first week at Kiefer and mistakes happen in early games so they have that chance, but not betting on it. Amat is always one of the best coached teams regardless of talent, but the talent gap may be too much even for Hagerty and staff to overcome. Smudge Pot? Who do you like? San Dimas lost 28-7 to Bonita last year with a team that advanced to the Mid-Valley Division title game. The Saints probably aren’t as good as last year and with Bonita breaking in a new coach, the Cats should have not only the normal size advantage, but also the advantage of wanting to start their new coach in style, so going with the ‘Cats. I’m more and more convinced that Los Altos is the real deal and could smash San Marino in the opener, and but also feel South Hills, West Covina and Glendora will all lose.

Week 0
Thursday’s Games

Northview vs. Charter Oak at Covina District Stadium, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Northview); Tolegian (CO)
Southlands Christian vs. Marshall at Pasadena, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Southlands); Tolegian (SC)
Friday’s Games
Mater Dei at Bishop Amat, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Mater Dei); Tolegian (MD)
San Dimas at Bonita, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bonita); Tolegian (Bonita)
Los Altos at San Marino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Los Altos); Tolegian (LA)
California at Schurr, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Schurr); Tolegian (Cal)
Arcadia at Bell Gardens, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bell Gardens); Tolegian (Arcadia)
Bassett at Mountain View, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bassett); Tolegian (MV)
Buena Park at Pasadena, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Buena Park); Tolegian (Buena Park)
Cathedral at Santa Fe, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Cathedral); Tolegian (Cathedral)
Chino at Damien, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Damien); Tolegian (Chino)
Compton at Muir, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Compton); Tolegian (Muir)
Diamond Bar at Alta Loma, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DBar); Tolegian (ALHS)
Diamond Ranch vs. South Hills, 7 p.m. at CDF, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DRanch); Tolegian (DR)
El Monte at Montebello, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Montebello); Tolegian (Montebello)
El Toro at La Habra, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Habra); Tolegian (LA)
Garey at Nogales, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Nogales); Tolegian (Nogales)
Gladstone at South El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SElMonte); Tolegian (SEM)
Glendale at Cantwell-Sacred Heart, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Cantwell); Tolegian (CSH)
Glendora at Kaiser, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Kaiser); Tolegian(Glendora)
Keppel at Ganesha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Ganesha); Tolegian (Ganesha)
La Canada at Hawthorne, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Hawthorne); Tolegian (LC)
La Mirada vs. Orange Lutheran at Orange Coast College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Orange Lu); Tolegian (OLu)
Maranatha at Rim of the World, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Maranatha); Tolegian (Maranatha)
Monrovia vs. Burbank, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Burbank); Tolegian (Burbank)
Norwalk at El Rancho, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Norwalk); Tolegian (Norwalk)
Pasadena Poly at Temple City, 7 p.m. — Robledo (PPoly); Tolegian (TC)
San Gabriel at Montclair, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Montclair); Tolegian (Montclair)
Sierra Vista at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Puente); Tolegian (SV)
Sonora vs. Whittier at California High, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Sonora); Tolegian (Sonora)
South Pasadena at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rosemead); Tolegian (SP)
Walnut at Rowland, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Walnut); Tolegian (Rowland)
West Covina at Colony, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Colony); Tolegian (Colony)
Wilson at Hoover, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Wilson); Tolegian (Wilson)
Workman at Baldwin Park, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BPark); Tolegian (BP)
Bishop vs. Whittier Christian at Whittier College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bishop); Tolegian (Bishop)
Gabrielino at San Diego Clairemont, 6:30 p.m. — Robledo (SDC); Tolegian (SDC)
La Salle at El Camino Real, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Salle); Tolegian (LS)
La Serna at La Costa Canyon, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Serna); Tolegian (LS)
Saturday’s Game
Arroyo vs. Covina at Covina District Stadium, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Covina); Tolegian (Arroyo)

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