POSTGAME: Talk your smack or cry me a river …

TELL US WHERE YOU WERE AND WHAT YOU THOUGHT


As Mendrun said: “One second and one yard away from being 5-0.” I never thought of it like that, but it’s true.

Friday
Damien 25, Charter Oak 9 (CO fans were back in force, so was WR Michael Johnson, and most importantly so was Damien’s defense)
Rancho Cucamonga 20, West Covina 0 (Demond Wallace and Tyler Hockenhull don’t play due to suspension. What’s the world coming to?)
St. Francis 19, Los Altos 12 (LA might have gone undefeated in the regular season were it not for this loss)
Bonita 26, Northview 0 (BoHi now thinking about smudge)
Arroyo 17, El Rancho 7 (The Knights are on the board)
Capo Valley 26, Glendora 25 (there goes my battle of the unbeatens matchup next week when the Tartans go to Rowland)
Baldwin Park 48, El Monte 13 (Can BP press Covina this year?)
Temple City 20, Rosemead 9 (don’t look now, Aram’s alma mater is undefeated. Much better effort by the Panthers)
La Puente 13, Bassett 12 (Hernandez is undefeated in league)
Workman 27, Sierra Vista 6 (Good job Lobos, you’re now 3-2 … what Workman team this decade has been able to say that?)

Thursday
South Hills 14, Fullerton 7
Rowland 45, Don Lugo 23
Azusa 12, Gladstone 0
Diamond Ranch 34, Ayala 21

I went to South Hills vs. Fullerton as a casual observer. The Huskies remain a team that hasn’t quite put it all together yet. But when they do, it should be good. Fullerton looked like a gritty team, just enough to make the Huskies work for everything. I was kind of surprised how mellow the Huskies’ sideline was until the fourth quarter. Then, it was like the old South Hills again. They scored and immediately got a turnover, although it wasn’t cashed in. South Hills’ defense looked really strong in the second half. The offense had its moments. The coaching staff called a well-timed double reverse pass that produced the game winning TD from the arm of Brandon Parham. Once the offense puts things together, this team will be very dangerous.

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Crystal Ball time: Week 4 style …

It’s not Showdown Friday, but it’s still pretty good.

Tell us who think is going to win all of the games or just one of them. Don’t forget to include final scores!!!!

GO TO A GAME, ANY GAME!
Today’s Games
Montview League
Gladstone vs. Azusa, at Citrus Coll.
Nonleague
Ayala vs. Diamond Ranch, at Ganesha HS
Fullerton vs. South Hills, at Covina District Field
Rowland at Don Lugo
Friday’s Games
Montview League
Workman at Sierra Vista
Bassett at La Puente
Nonleague
Rancho Cucamonga at West Covina
Montclair at Nogales
Wilson at Montebello
St. Francis at Los Altos
Charter Oak at Damien
Northview at Bonita
Corona Del Mar at South El Monte
Rosemead at Temple City
Mountain View vs. Covina, at Covina District Field
El Rancho at Arroyo
El Monte at Baldwin Park
Duarte at West Ranch
Capistrano Valley vs. Glendora, at Citrus Coll.
Troy at Diamond Bar
Etiwanda at Chino Hills
Murrieta Valley at Chino

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The Weekly Aaron Harris Game OVER/UNDER

El Monte had better have been doing tackling drills this week …

I’m starting to think that I should put up an over/under on how long Harris will play, and not his yards. Braves coach James Heggins has been a nice guy and smart not to risk his franchise during blowouts.

This weeks OVER/UNDER: 210 1/2 yards

Week 1: 133 yards vs. Azusa UNDER
Week 2: 139 yards vs. West Covina OVER
Week 3: 156 yards vs. Sierra Vista UNDER

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Check the new Trib online poll and vote …

Who’s the area’s top running back?

Hairline isn’t just something that matters to DHT suffering males.

Vote at http://sgvtribune.com/preps

Guess what – I’ll be voting on this subject at the end of the season and my choice will come down to the Trib and get his picture taken.

Nico Barbone from San Dimas leads in the area in rushing – is it him?
Aaron Harris can’t get carries in the 2nd half of games because Coach Heggins has a heart – is it him?
William Wallace didn’t impress the Monrovia faithful (yeah right) – is it him?
Rene Small is keeping a low pro right now – is it him?
Daniel Bernal has a bad hammy but two prior years of big numbers – is it him?
Ira Thomas just quietly gets his 100 and 2 TDs every week – is it him?
Dominique Gaisie is probably worth one win to Amat – is it him?
Johnny Crespo isn’t Aaron Capers or Brian Hunter, but he gets the job done – is it him?
Jordan Edmond also gets his 100 and 2 TDs every game shhhhh … quiet – is it him?

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POSTGAME: Showdown Friday and Week 3 … Talk your smack or cry me a river …

Showdown Friday lived up to its billing!!!

Castaneda continues to come up big … no pun intended.

The Tribune called it showdown Friday and the awesome kids who put on the helmets and pads made it happen. Three big games with three thrilling finishes and six football teams that all deserve a huge round of applause. Friday night was why SGV FOOTBALL IS ONE OF A KIND!

West Covina gets out of Monrovia with a last second field goal – 22-20
Los Altos holds to topple Damien in a thriller – 26-24
Glendora goes 80-yards in the final minutes to take back the Mayor’s Trophy – 14-7

Aram’s Los Altos over Damien takes: This was absolutely why people should go to high school football games. For six bucks or whatever it costs, the game had its twists and turns, big plays and unforeseen dramas. The lights went out, LA coach Greg Gano was given a special forum by the officials to go out on the field and scream at all of them after a questionable personal foul penalty that put Damien way inside LA territory late in the game. And, of course, a thrilling finish.
The main thing I took away from the game was that LA is definitely for real. I said on this blog before that people who scoffed the Conquerors after seeing them in Week 0 against South Hills should reserve judgement. The main reason is because Fono Muasau and Richard Maciel were out. Muasau is a beast. Maciel adds depth to the defense. With them, LA is a totally different defense. Offensively, LA has a genius in Gano calling plays, a good little QB, a perfect route-running receiver in Foss, a developing star in RB Thomas, and the best tight end around in Rodriguez. This team has it all and is only going to get better and better. Oh yeah, and D-coordinator Lee Fair pulled another out of the hat.
I thought Damien was solid, too. I don’t think Spartans fans should get sour about this loss. They lost to a very good team and chances to win the game. QB Mendrun is much better than last season. I had no idea he had those kind of wheels. WR Travis Eschardies is also much better than last season. I don’t think it’s wrong to say those two have improved. The defense is still a little shaky, but it was able to make some big plays. I am no coach … but if I were Scott Morrison, I would make Danny Pertusati the No. 2 receiver. No way could that pass attack be stopped with him flanking Eschardies. There just doesn’t seem to be a viable No. 2 receiver to scare defenses right now.
Both sides could make arguments that had major breaks go against them that could’ve produced a different outcome. Los Altos could argue that it gave Damien two scores with two INTs and the game wouldn’t have been so close had that not happened. Damien was INT’d deep in LA territory, though, and that ended one scoring threat. And then we all know about how the game ended. Both sides have some regrets and these things even out. No excuses. I think that Morrison put it best – “When two good football teams meet, crazy things happen.” Amen.

Aram’s West Covina over Monrovia takes: Let me get this straight – West Covina is overrated because they had a close call on the road against a good team? Is that right? I thought the game was going to be a blowout … it was 19-0 at one point. Sorry. I apologize that I didn’t factor in that Monrovia would rally and WestCo was human like all other HS football teams and in trouble when it lost momentum. Momentum is a funny thing in HS football. Everyone should know this. But it’s foolish For any Monrovia fan to come on here and say WestCo is overrated. By doing so, you’re subliminally saying that your team isn’t that good. Why can’t it be that Monrovia proved it’s legit and fought back from a big hole against a very good team? When Monrovia wins the Mid-Valley Division this season I want all of you telling me I overrated WestCo to come back here and tell me that a 2-point win against a CIF champ isn’t a good thing. Oh, did I mention that WestCo was without linebacker Shaun Rosenthal and receiver Demond Wallace? That’s on the heels of losing WR/DB Fati Shorty last week. Yet the Bulldogs still did what they had to in the final minute to gut out a win. Championship teams do stuff like that. This team isn’t overrated. When they get Demond Wallace and Rosenthal (aka the heart and soul of the defense) back, they will be ready to roll further.

Aram’s Glendora over Charter Oak take: Obviously, I wasn’t at this game. But on the surface level, it was another good win for Glendora. I think Tartans fans are a little crazy for thinking that their team should’ve been ranked Top 5 or even 10 in the Valley AT THE START OF THE SEASON given what was lost from last year. By not being ranked so highly, something I stand by, the magnitude of what this team is doing is even greater. To be 3-0 at this point with wins over Covina and CO is huge for a team that had no experience in the skill spots and whose main defensive players from last year had to be replaced. Great coaching and depth in talent have to be the main reasons why. GHS fans do have great reason to be excited. Your team is definitely now among the top teams in the area. It’s great to see the hoops crowd is out at football games.
Of course, I got my usual array of messages and emails from Tartans fans saying “Maybe now you’ll give us more respect.” OK, you guys have gone from unranked to No. 6 and are headed higher this week. And it’s not like I’m not giving good coverage to what this team is doing. Glendora was the video game of the week for us yesterday. There have been decent sized articles for all three Tartans games this year, with yesterday’s win starting on the front page. You guys are getting enough respect, please don’t worry. I just hope you’re enjoying the ride. The good things this team has been doing haven’t been pushed to the back page. That would be not getting any respect.

In other news …
Amat bounced back with a 27-17 win over Rancho.
South Hills got its first win, 9-4 (what?) over Claremont
Wilson went down to Schurr, 27-14 … something tells me Daniel Bernal didn’t play.
Northview gave coach Jim Arellanes his first win by spanking Rosemad, 33-14. What’s wrong with Koffmead?
Baldwin Park waxed Sierra Vista … hung a spot a 70-spot, in fact. Harris went under, but had 156 yards in just eight carries. Oh yeah, I think he had 5 TDs.

Truly awesome stuff … let us know where you were and what you thought.

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Crystal Ball time Week 3 style ….

Tell us who you think will win one game or all of them. Just make sure to provide final scores! Dang it!

Tonights games
Sonora at Rowland
El Monte vs. Azusa, at Citrus Coll.
Bonita vs. Pomona, at Ganesha HS
Gladstone at Pioneer
San Marino vs. Workman at La Puente HS
Tesoro at Chino Hills
Brea Olinda at Diamond Bar
Chino at Saugus

Fridays games
West Covina at Monrovia
Covina at Walnut
South Hills at Claremont
Chaffey at Nogales
Schurr at Wilson
Damien at Los Altos
Charter Oak vs. Glendora, at Citrus Coll.
South El Monte at Whittier
El Monte at Azusa
Alhambra at Arroyo
Keppel at Mountain View
Rancho Cucamonga at Bishop Amat, 7:30 p.m.
Carter at San Dimas
Rosemead vs. Northview, at Covina District Field
Baldwin Park at Sierra Vista
Bosco Tech at La Puente
Workman at San Marino
Duarte at Ganesha
California at Bassett
Ayala at Redlands
Western Christian at Sage Hill

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ATTENTION ALL READERS …

Some of you are close to getting tickets …

I am aware that some of the threads below have become inundated with negative and controversial comments. I am also aware that this unfortunately often goes with the territory of high school sports. Managing this blog is one of several daily duties I have at the Tribune, and as enjoyable as it is, it’s also very time consuming. I need your help in a real simple way – I am asking that all of you use your best discretion when posting and stick to the main rules of this site – no bashing kids or getting too crazy when responding to other posters. You can disagree and voice those disagreements, but please stay tactful. Also, please try to stick to the topic. I am aware that conversations often spawn other conversations, and that’s fine. I really don’t want to censor this site. It’s not my style and I want people to have the freedom to say what they feel while staying anonymous. Just don’t abuse that freedom (sound familiar)?

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The Weekly Aaron Harris OVER/UNDER Game …

He likes to run all over Sierra Vista … 342 yards last year!

The Dons have know what’s coming this week … but can they stop it?

What’s your call? OVER or UNDER?

This week’s projected total vs. Sierra Vista: 235 yards
Keep in mind that it’s likely BP coach James Heggins will let Harris run wild against rival Sierra Vista.

Week 1: 133 yards vs. Azusa UNDER
Week 2: 139 yards vs. West Covina OVER

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Showdown Friday is coming … Who’s for real? Who isn’t?




The first truly huge Friday of the season is upon us …

Tribune No. 1 West Covina vs. Star-News No. 2 Monrovia
Tribune No. 2 Los Altos vs. Tribune No. 3 Damien
Tribune No. 5 Charter Oak vs. Tribune No. 6 Glendora

Inside scoop from Los Altos: The Conquerors coaching staff can’t buy that there’s a better team in the Valley than Damien.
Inside scoop from Monrova: Call it the hangover effect from last week’s win against Arcadia, but the Wildcats think they have a good shot against WestCo. Or should I say coaches are cautiously optimistic.
Inside scoop from Charter Oak: Receiver Michael Johnson has been suspended and won’t play against Glendora. The Chargers’ offense is in big trouble.

It doesn’t get any bigger than this! OK, maybe when a league title is on the line or late in the playoffs.

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POSTGAME: Cry me a river or talk your smack …

Tell us what game you went to and what you thought …

I was at Amat: Standing on the sideline, I heard the angry yells from fans. I don’t know what to tell you all. You guys pack a stadium as good as any fan base I have seen and you deserve to be rewarded. I think that all Amat fans should remember the average age of the coaches on their staff. Not sure, but I don’t think I saw anybody wearing a headset tonight who isn’t my age (30) or younger. Right around that age group, for sure. Because this is the path the powers that be at Amat have chosen, there’s going to be growing pains like there were tonight. I think that Coach Verti needs the support of the fans. It was told to me tonight that there are only THREE seniors starting on defense. The top running back was on crutches with his leg in a cast. The QB is in his first year under center. It’s not like Verti was handed a stacked deck. And tonight, he was facing the Herrington Family, which when you’re a rookie head coach, is a tough assignment. Yes, it was obvious who made the better adjustments at halftime. Amat was down 14-9 at the break and got the ball first in the second half, but the score late in the fourth was 39-9 … mama said there’d be days like this. This is a young coaching staff and you have to give them time to be in the wars. Hart has been in the wars, as my man Rudy Ruiz put it not-so-eloquently tonight. Verti and staff are going to do fine. They’re not in the best of situations right now, with the predicament of the team being what it is. The good news is that the frosh team is loaded and there are so many underclassmen getting their feet wet this year. I wouldn’t be too hard on the coaches or the players THIS SEASON. They played the game out tonight and scored late for pride. I know, that’s not a great sign when you’re playing/coaching at Amat, but it is what it is.

Hart 39, Amat 16 (ugh)
West Covina 26, Baldwin Park 6 (Harris went over)
La Habra 27, South Hills 10 (SH 0-3)
Charter Oak 20, La Mirada 3
Damien 56, Claremont 21 (wow)
Covina 34, Ontario Christian 6
Rowland 41, Montebello 7 (that’s more like it)
Walnut 34, Northview 9
Glendora 41, Duarte 16
Los Altos 17, LB Wilson 0
Beckman 20, Bassett 0
Wilson 21, Glenn 14
Bonita 35, South El Monte 12
Cal Hi 35, El Monte 13
Bosco Tech 24, Workman 14
Warren 32, Arroyo 31
Montclair 29, San Dimas 27
Azusa 35, Mountain View 7
Ontario 23, Nogales 19

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You guys have got to see this …

The best pregame speech of all time? Hit the link below and let us know …

This is Michigan quarterback Chad Henne’s high school team. He is in his senior year in this video and among the players in this locker room.

Here’s the link http://youtube.com/watch?v=Ow2TwwzSXHg

Do you think Greg Gano or Steve Bogan could do something similar? They’re good, but I doubt it. I’ve never seen anything like it.

COMMENTS PLEASE … IS THIS TOO MUCH OR TOO GOOD?

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Week 2: Crystal ball time …

Who do you like? And what will the score be?

Thursdays games
Gladstone at Garey
Ganesha at La Puente

Fridays games
La Habra vs. South Hills, at Covina District Field
Baldwin Park at West Covina, at Mt. SAC
Bosco Tech vs. Workman, at La Puente HS
Rowland at Montebello
Northview at Walnut
Nogales vs. Ontario, at Montclair
Wilson at Glenn
Charter Oak at La Mirada
Bonita at South El Monte
Los Altos at LB Wilson
Mountain View at Azusa
Arroyo at Warren
El Monte at California
Hart at Bishop Amat, 7:30 p.m.
Covina at Ontario Christian, 7:30 p.m.
Montclair at San Dimas
Glendora at Duarte
Beckman at Bassett
Damien at Claremont
Chino Hills at San Gorgonio
Don Lugo at Chino
Locke at Diamond Bar
Alta Loma at Ayala

Saturdays games
Sierra Vista at Lawndale
Servite vs. Diamond Ranch, at Warren HS
Piedmont Hills at Rosemead
Rio Hondo Prep vs. Western Christian, at Charter Oak HS, 7:30 p.m.

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This week’s Tribune Top 10 …

This is one of those rare times where a loss isn’t costly …

1. West Covina (0-1) – I’ve seen six teams play thus far, and this is the most impressive.

2. Los Altos (2-0) - Offense will move on anyone.

3. Rowland (1-0) - Didn’t exactly set the world on fire against a solid Cal High team.

4. Charter Oak (0-1) - The next two weeks should be about getting street credit back.

5. Bishop Amat (1-1) – Season could go either way right now.

6. Damien (1-1) - Jury is still out on the defense, but it won’t be after the next three weeks.

7. Wilson (1-0) – When the ‘Cats are 5-0, the discussion will be about strength of schedule.

8. Glendora (1-0) - Strength of schedule really takes off after Duarte game.

9. South Hills (0-2) – Bogan will turn close losses into wins by November.

10. Covina (0-1) - Offense clearly needs a few games to get rolling.

Dropped out: Arroyo
Getting closer: Bonita

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UNREAL: Loyola says no thanks to state bowl games …

This from the LA Times …

Los Angeles Loyola has become the first big-name football school to announce that it will not participate if invited to play in the CIF State Football Championship Bowl Games on Dec. 16 at Home Depot Center.

Chris O’Donnell, Loyola’s athletic director, said Monday that playing a 15th week of football would interfere with the school’s final exams, among other problems.

“It’s a meaningless game,” O’Donnell said. “High school kids will have played 14 games and will have been playing for four months, and I don’t know what the players and coaches will get out of it.”

Loyola won the Southern Section Division I championship last season and would be eligible for the Division II bowl game if it wins its conference championship.

State commissioners will meet Dec. 10 to select the three Southern California representatives and the three Northern California representatives to play in bowl games for large, medium and small schools. Schools must inform the CIF by the end of November whether they would participate in the first-ever bowl games. – Eric Sondheimer

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The Weekly Aaron Harris Game … Week 2

You know it’s coming, but can you stop it?

This week’s OVER/UNDER is: 90 1/2 yards
This week’s opponent: West Covina

“UNDER” 230 was your winner last week. Maybe I was a little high in that number, but hey. Only three people said under last week. I’m sure many more will side with “the low” this week. Anyway, West Covina held Mater Dei running back Ahmed Mokhtar to 99 yards. That should make the Bulldogs a lock to keep Mr. Harris under 91, right?

SEASON RESULTS
Week 1: 133 yards vs. Azusa UNDER

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WEEK 1 POSTGAME: Talk your smack or cry me a river …

Not saying WestCo should’ve won, but it should’ve been closer …

Tell us about what game you attended and what you thought.

Mater Dei 28, West Covina 10 – I was expecting more fans from Mater Dei. West Covina out-fanned them, which is a surprise. Maybe they all thought this was going to be an easy win and there was no need to buck the 57-North traffic. Anyway, I’ve seen five local teams thus far and West Covina is by far the most impressive. William Wallace might have been the best non-lineman on the field Friday. I hope there were some scouts in the stands, because Wallace put on a good show. I was also surprised by West Covina’s size and toughness. Bulldogs fans can rest easy, there was only one injury in the game – Demond Wallace tweaked an ankle (I think) on the last play of the game. It didn’t look too serious, but then again, it’s not my ankle.

“We may have underestimated this West Covina club; they came right at us from the start.” – Bruce Rollinson, Mater Dei head coach

Also, just hearing about other games and looking at the scores, this was a bad day for the Valley. Arroyo, Charter Oak and Bishop Amat got smoked. Damien took a bad beat, so I hear. Forget about the loss, lets just hope that QB Mark Mendrun isn’t seriously injured. South Hills suffered another caught-from-behind loss. Los Altos’ romp over Rosemead may have been the biggest highlight. QB Matt Castaneda has nine TDs in the first two weeks!

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Halftime scores and finals will again be available tonight …


this is something we’ll be doing all season long … keep going to http://www.sgvtribune.com/preps/ … during and after tonight’s game. Over 40,000 hits last week on the scoreboard … no kidding!

Also, tonight’s version of “Talk your smack or cry me a river” will be up on this blog for postgame discussion. I usually put it up once I get back from my own game.

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Crystal Ball Time, Week 1 style … WANTED: Your picks …

Pick one game or pick all. Please include predicted final scores …

Tonight
Glendora vs. Covina, at Covina District Field
Baldwin Park vs. Azusa, at Citrus Coll.
Friday
Mater Dei vs. West Covina, at Mt. SAC, 7:30 p.m.
Arroyo at Temple City
Upland at Charter Oak
Walnut at Diamond Bar
California at Rowland
Los Altos at Rosemead
San Dimas at South El Monte
Sierra Vista at El Monte
Duarte at Monrovia, 3:15 p.m.
La Puente at Wilson
Northview vs. Montebello, at Covina District Field
St. John Bosco at Damien
Garey at Nogales
Gladstone vs. Ganesha, at Citrus Coll.
South Hills at Trabuco Hillls
Bassett vs. Norwalk, at Excelsior HS
Keppel vs. Workman, at La Puente HS
Bishop Amat at Valencia
West Valley at Bonita
Chino Hills vs. Diamond Ranch, at Ganesha HS
Saturday
Calvary Chapel vs. Western Christian, at Charter Oak HS

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