POSTGAME: Talk your smack or cry me a river …



“The Good: Some might call the Valley’s underdog status in the Southwest Division a bad thing. I call it good.

I know, it’s hard to understand. The schools that have provided the Valley a CIF title every season this decade are taking a back seat to two Orange County leagues and one from the 562 area code.

Nobody around these parts is saying the prowess established by the Century, Sea View or Suburban leagues this season isn’t warranted.

It’s just that I’m adding up the recent CIF titles won in the division, and it’s hard to understand why anybody would take the Miramonte or San Antonio leagues lightly.

CIF clearly did. There’s five leagues in the division, yet the top four seeds went to three league champs and one second place team.

This slight has created a dangerous backdraft situation for the rest of the division. It makes teams like Charter Oak, Los Altos, South Hills and West Covina feel like massive underdogs.

It makes coaches like Lou Farrar, Greg Gano, Steve Bogan and Mike Maggiore feel like they have something to prove. Who wants to be the favorite if it means these guys are the underdog?

Hopefully, the Valley can prove people wrong either by producing a stunning upset or making a run at the title. ”

West Covina 19, Mayfair 16 (uh oh, down goes the No. 1 seed)
South Hills 21, Canyon 14 (Bogan an underdog? Please …)
Los Altos 35, Rowland 17 (Tradition)
Duarte 37, La Canada 7 (supposedly I give Duarte no respect …)
Charter Oak 24, La Mirada 21
Redlands 40, Glendora 21

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PREDICTION TIME!!!! (Include final scores)

Hey Duarte, here comes 276 yards per game of Love-lle!

Lavelle Peterson and LC head east on the 210 tomorrow night for an SGV showdown in Duarte

NOTE: Don’t waste our time by leaving predictions with no scores. ADD FINAL SCORES TO YOUR PREDICTIONS! Pick one game or all of them, I don’t care. Just give us the darn score. I don’t want to know if Rowland is going to win, I want to know by how much.

Mid-Valley Division
La Canada at Duarte
Sierra Vista at Temple City
Azusa at Monrovia
Workman at Bishop Diego
Southwest Division
Los Altos at Rowland
West Covina at Mayfair
Bellflower at Diamond Ranch
La Mirada at Charter Oak
South Hills at Canyon
Northwest Division
Nordhoff at Covina
San Dimas at Morro Bay
Baldwin Park at Harvard-Westlake
Inland Division
Glendora at Redlands
Carter at Damien
Southeast Division
Schurr at South El Monte
Arroyo at La Habra
Rosemead at Saddleback

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The Weekly Aaron Harris OVER/UNDER Game

NOTE: It’s the playoffs and you can bank on Harris getting carries, no matter what.

THIS WEEK’S PROJECTED TOTAL vs. Harvard-Westlake: 120 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
Week 4: 192 yards vs. El Monte UNDER
Week 5: 170 yards vs. Glenn UNDER
Week 6: 114 yards vs. San Dimas UNDER
Week 7: 169 yards vs. Pomona UNDER (by 1 yard)
Week 8: 16 yards vs. Covina UNDER
Week 9: 269 yards vs. Northview OVER
Week 10: 142 yards vs. Ganesha UNDER … only six carries :(

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NEW: 2-minute drills (playoff style) are up!!!

Go here and click on what you’d like to hear…

WARNING: Like I said, I’m not messing around anymore. You might be, but I’m not. Feel free to comment. As always, I’ll listen to your insight. But I’m warning everyone that I’m on edge.

Here are this week’s games:
Los Altos at Rowland
South Hills at Canyon
Glendora at Redlands
La Canada at Duarte
Nordhoff at Covina
La Mirada at Charter Oak
Carter at Damien

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Southwest Division Playoffs

Ira Thomas and Los Altos are off and running to Rowland Heights

NOTEWORTHY: The first thing LA coach Greg Gano said to me when he arrived at CIF-SS on Sunday was “I think we’ll get Rowland.” He was right. Great local matchup! Charter Oak, on the other hand, drew a team it already played/beat this season. West Covina is going to visit No. 1 seed Mayfair. It pays to take of business all the time. South Hills has a tough, second place team vs. second place team game against Canyon.

Aram’s prediction: I’ve got Canyon and Mayfair in one semifinal and El Dorado and Los Altos in the other. Canyon will play El Dorado in the finals with El Dorado winning it all.

Aram’s darkhorse: South Hills and Los Altos. Teams that have good QBs and coaches are usually dangerous in the playoffs. LA and SH both have that. Don’t rule out South Hills upsetting Canyon in the first round. The Huskies have the QB and you know the staff will have that team ready. Also, Los Altos is dangerous if it recaptures its September form. The past two weeks indicate LA might be rounding back into form. If the Conqs play like they did against Damien, they can beat almost anyone in the division.

Top Bracket
West Covina
Mayfair (1)

Trabuco Hills

La Mirada
Charter Oak

South Hills
Canyon (4)

Bottom bracket
Foothill (3)

Los Altos

Diamond Ranch

El Toro
El Dorado (2)

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Inland Division Playoffs

Jordan Edmond and Glendora are headed to Redlands.

NOTEWORTHY: Damien’s not being ranked in the CIF polls cost the Spartans a Top 4 seed. Chino Hills would’ve been a top seed had it beaten the Spartans.

Aram’s prediction: I’ve got Corona Centennial and Damien playing in one semifinal with Vista Murrieta and Norco playing in the other. Centennial and Norco will meet in the finals with Centennial winning.

Aram’s darkhorse: Damien shouldn’t be a darkhorse, but they are. Also, Chino Hills could give Norco a major battle in the first round. If the Huskies win, they’ll have a great shot at reaching the finals. Don’t rule out either Sierra League power.

Top bracket
Alta Loma
Corona Centennial (1)

Redlands E. Valley


Temescal Canyon
Los Osos (4)

Redlands (3)

Bottom bracket

Chino Hills

Vista Murrieta (2)

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Mid-Valley Division Playoffs

Temple City’s Dwight Broadnax has his Rams poised to add another CIF title to the collection.

NOTEWORTHY: The Rio Hondo League got the Nos. 1 and 2 seeds in the division. It’s rare that a second place team will get a seed that high. Duarte drew Rio Hondo League third place finisher La Canada. This is a much better matchup for a Montview League champ than what they’d get in the old Division X.

Aram’s prediction: I’ve got Temple City and La Canada playing in one semifinal with Monrovia playing Bishop Diego in the other. Temple City and Monrovia will rematch for the championship with the Rams winning again, but closer than last time.

Aram’s darkhorse: La Canada. Lavelle Peterson might be the best overall player in the division. Sometimes, that’s good enough to make a run. Remember, LC gave TC a very good game and not too much separates any of the powerful RHL teams.

Top Bracket:
Sierra Vista
Temple City (1)

Verbum Dei
LA Baptist

La Canada

Santa Clara (4)

Bottom Bracket
Mary Star
Village Christian (3)

Bishop Diego

La Salle

Monrovia (2)

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Southeast Division Playoffs

Manny Acosta hopes SEM will make a run comparable to last year.

NOTEWORTHY: Arroyo got a very tough draw, playing at La Habra in the first round.

Aram’s prediction: I have Troy and Alhambra playing in one semifinal. La Habra and Westminster will meet in the other. The finals will be Troy against La Habra with Troy winning it.

Aram’s darkhorse: Alhambra. The Moors have the skill players to make a run and the feel good story that is Gil Ruedaflores’ final dance in the postseason could make this a magical ride for the veteran coach.

Top Bracket
La Serna
Troy (1)



Santa Fe (4)

Bottom bracket
La Habra (3)

Bell Gardens

South El Monte

Westminster (2)

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Northwest Division Playoffs

Mike McDonough is ready to give the Northwest Division some pain.

NOTEWORTHY: Covina gets the No. 2 seed it deserved. The Colts are the highest seed of any Tribune team.

Aram’s prediction: I have Oaks Christian and Harvard-Westlake meeting in one semifinal. Covina and Oak Park will meet in the other. The finals will be Oaks Christian against Covina, which I don’t have to tell you who will win.

Aram’s sleeper: There isn’t one. This division will be very formful.

Top Bracket
St. Bernard
Oaks Christian (1)

San Dimas
Morro Bay

Pioneer Valley
South Torrance

Baldwin Park
Harvard-Westlake (4)

Bottom bracket
Oak Park (3)

El Segundo

St. Joseph

Covina (2)

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I will be doing a video webcast of the proceedings at CIF-SS offices tomorrow. It will be ready for you to view tomorrow evening, hopefully. This will be the first of a weekly show that Fred Robledo and I will be doing. Please watch the opening show for interviews with coaches and opinion about the playoff brackets. Also, I will have the playoff pairings up on this site ASAP tomorrow so we can all start breaking them down. What I need from all of you is to watch the webcast and to share your opinions about the playoffs starting tomorrow night. The more I can show the upper brass at SGVN that prep sports is where the most readers/hits are, the easier they will make it for me to provide the coverage it deserves. That’s where you all come in – watch the webcast and hit this site. Thank you!

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MORE POSTGAME: Bonita wins game, loses flip

ARAM’S UNOFFICIAL TAKES: I feel like my Aunt Cheryl, who is a self-described “muller” about controversial situations. I don’t know how I feel about this. I don’t know if I agree that Bonita got jobbed, because that’s to say LA or DR put one over. The point of a coin flip is that it inherently tells you that a win 30 seconds prior to the coin toss holds the same weight as a win two weeks earlier. A setting like last night just makes it feel so crappy. On the other hand, how can argue with any Bonita fan who is sour about being 7-3 and missing the playoffs? Or, being 8-2 last year and missing the playoffs? Obviously, league performance is truly all that matters in the sport. Just ask South El Monte, 1-4 in nonleague and 4-1 in league (tri-champs). It’s all that matters. Bonita’s losses the past two years have come at the wrong darn time. If any of you were Eric Podley, you’d have said the same damn things. I think that LA and DR should be commended for showing some major class. Coach Layton went over to his home stands and told the crowd to “shut up” as Bonita walked off of the field. The problem last night was the cruelty of the situation. The Bearcats made an amazing goal line stand, were in the midst of celebrating a great win and then BOOM! “We just flipped and you’re not dancing.” Nobody felt good about it. Nobody. I’d be in favor of the proverbial “California tie-breaker” … flip a coin, the odd team out goes to the playoffs and the other two teams each get a possession at the opponents 25-yard line THE VERY NEXT MORNING.

Bonita 17, Diamond Ranch 14
Coin flip
Los Altos (heads)
Diamond Ranch (heads)
Bonita (tails)
IMPORTANT NOTE: Bonita beat Diamond Ranch Friday night, 17-14, but lost a three-way coin flip between itself, the Panthers and Los Altos to determine the Miramonte League’s final two playoff spots. League champion Charter Oak holds the other spot.

Others …
Bishop Amat 34, Loyola 31 OT (Apologies are in order, our scoreboard has this one flip flopped.)
Duarte 42, Gladstone 10 (Don’t tell Coach Crutch it’s a down year for Gladstone)

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