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?

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 …

Glendora vs. Covina, at Covina District Field
Baldwin Park vs. Azusa, at Citrus Coll.
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
Calvary Chapel vs. Western Christian, at Charter Oak HS

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The Monarchs are coming, the Monarchs are coming … to Mt. SAC …

No, this isn’t West Covina’s field … but it’s (reportedly) close

For those of you who don’t know, West Covina’s game against Mater Dei on Friday will be played at Mt. SAC. The Bulldogs have issues with their stands at their home stadium. I happen to feel this works out better because Mater Dei’s contingent will be better accommodated by this venue. And if for some reason more than just WestCo’s fans want to come see the game, then a big crowd won’t be a problem.
But forget about all of that for a second and lets talk about West Covina’s actual playing surface. It’s not a great field. It is historically bumpy and poorly maintained. I find it hard to believe that the playing field of the No. 1 team in the Valley, a program that won a CIF title two years ago, is that bad and recently got even worse. The rumor is that somebody shut off the water for six or seven weeks this summer, and the grass died. That’s one thing, but it’s also been reported that the Bulldogs’ practice field is made up of weeds, hay and dirt. And that’s not too much better than the stadium field. Isn’t this the same program that lost star running back William Wallace for all of last season to a knee injury? Isn’t this the same program that saw more than just Wallace go down to injury last season? Not saying any of the injuries were related to the field, but I am saying, why not make things optimal so at least the field won’t be a factor in potentially causing future injuries?
Do you think Bishop Amat would let its field die? Do you think Los Altos or Charter Oak or Damien would let their fields die? Or are there people constantly maintaining these fields to ensure they’re ready to go for football season?
West Covina is too good of a program to not have a competent field, at the very least. It doesn’t have to be nice, just competent. If you’re going to schedule teams like Mater Dei to come to the Valley, you have to be ready to host that caliber of athlete. Thank goodness this game was moved! Now go Bulldogs!

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It’s the weekly Aaron Harris OVER/UNDER Game … this week’s total: 230 yards

Here we go, baby!

Baldwin Park running back Aaron Harris

Here’s how you play: Fans post whether they think Aaron Harris will rush for “over” or “under” the projected total listed below. Then, Mr. Harris or the defense he’s facing that week will go out and prove you right or wrong.

This week’s over/under is 230 yards rushing … what’s your call? The Braves play Azusa at Citrus College on Thursday.

Tell me, OVER or UNDER

Baldwin Park plays Azusa on Thursday evening.

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MTV’s “Two-A-Days” … I couldn’t resist …

Uh, you know, as some friends like to constantly remind me, I am 30-years-old. So, as I straddle the line between serious adulthood and the final flickering memories of life in my 20s, I know that I shouldn’t watch shows like MTV’s “Two-A-Days.” But, I do. And I watched (first season) the heck out of “Laguna Beach: The Real OC.” It’s not like I am alone in being a habitual watcher of these shows, but the fact that I waste so much time breaking them down could be a sign of trouble. “Two-A-Days” can actually be considered a part of my job. It’s high school football, albeit in Alabama, and that’s kinda my job. The show is done with a “Laguna Beach” vibe, even though it’s in the sticks. Anyway, I refuse to break it down publicly (because it’s embarrassing), so I had to call on loyal 20-something observer Elizabeth Botello to officially do it for this blog. Hey, she’s still young enough to not sound derranged for doing it, so I hope you all enjoy.

NOTE: Her breakdown is below the photos. If you have any thoughts to add about this show, post them. It’s OK to come out of the closet and admit you watch!

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