Today’s Tribune …

I urge all of you to buy one. It’s got some pretty good championship game coverage, including starting lineups and coaches/sports writers picks. All for fitty sent.

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The Official Southwest Division championship thread …

But first a message on behalf of this blog: El Dorado and OC football fans, if any of you are reading this, we want to congratulate you on a fantastic season. We’re well aware of what you’ve accomplished this season. You definitely deserve to be playing for all the marbles. We’re also aware that you’re not Mater Dei or Orange Lutheran or Edison, but you’re having a season good enough to stack up with any of the elite teams in your county. That has to be extra special. This type of dream season doesn’t come along very often, so we know you’re enjoying it. It will be an electric atmosphere Friday night at Citrus College. Hopefully, you bring the entire county with you to support your Golden Hawks. Hopefully, the entire SGV will be there to support the Chargers. In addition to fans from both schools, here’s to hoping the rest of the Southwest Division shows up to watch a champion be crowned.

Tale of the tape
Southwest Division
El Dorado (12-1) vs. Charter Oak (10-3)
At Citrus College
Kickoff 7 p.m.

Charter Oak (10-3)
Miramonte League champs

9/8/06 Upland L 14-38
9/15/06 @La Mirada W 20-3
9/22/06 @Glendora (Citrus College) L 7-14
9/29/06 @Damien L 9-25
10/6/06 Claremont W 21-20
10/13/06 @West Covina W 10-7
10/20/06 Los Altos ** W 13-10
10/27/06 @Bonita ** W 17-14
11/3/06 Diamond Ranch ** W 21-20
11/9/06 Wilson ** W 21-17
**denotes league game
11/17/06 La Mirada W 24-21
11/24/06 @South Hills W 35-0
12/2/06 @Trabuco Hills W 23-14
Top offensive player: Michael Johnson, wide receiver
Top defensive player: A.J. Pasalo, linebacker

El Dorado (12-1)
Century League champs

9/1/06 Esperanza L 14-32
9/7/06 Dana Hills W 10-7
9/14/06 @Northwood W 35-10
9/22/06 @Valencia W 38-0
9/29/06 @Sunny Hills W 44-14
10/12/06 Villa Park** W 42-9
10/20/06 Brea Olinda ** W 45-7
10/27/06 Canyon** W 35-0
11/2/06 El Modena** W 49-0
11/9/06 Tustin ** W 42-27
**denotes league game
11/16/06 El Toro W 31-7
11/24/06 @Diamond Ranch W 38-7
12/1/06 vs Los Altos W 14-7
Top offensive player: Philip Van Holland, running back
Top defensive player: Anthony Laurenzi, defensive lineman

Pointspreads (for informational purposes only)
Harrah’s Newport Beach: El Dorado -11
Harrah’s La Puente: El Dorado -3
Caesar’s Fullerton: El Dorado -14
Caesar’s West Covina: El Dorado -4
Offshore: El Dorado -7

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CIF Press Conference Luncheon … Aram’s notes …

The Grand in Long Beach.

BUT FIRST AN UPDATE: Charter Oak’s game against El Dorado will be at Citrus College on Friday night at 7.

1. Schurr’s contingent showed up in a limo. I thought it was cool.

2. Jimmy Clausen got two plates of food, then came back and got a third.

3. Aram ate a few slices of roast beef and some salad. All carbs were avoided. I don’t know what the hell I’m doing anymore. I avoided what looked like some great mashed potatoes and a good pasta salad.

4. Lindsay Soto was there.

5. Tommy Leach, formerly of Diamond Ranch, now at Chaparral was there. He’s in the finals in his first year there. I had no clue until I saw him.

6. Anthony Rice, formerly of Diamond Ranch, now at Colony was there. He’s in the finals in his first year as a head coach. I had no clue until I saw him.

7. Charter Oak was represented by Prinicpal Kathleen Wiard, AD Joey Strycula, Coach Lou Farrar and players AJ Pasalo, Kanaan Snowden and Michael Johnson.

8. Oak Park sat at the table right behind us.

9. Oak Park’s coach Dick Billingsley had the line of the day when he called his finals opponent “Oaks College.”

10. Oaks Christian came in a school van.

11. It was great to see other working media there … Erik Boal, Jeff Gluck, Dan Albano, Dan Arritt, Eric Sondheimer and so on.

12. Steve Sarkissian was the key note speaker and he was very good. I was probably the only person in the room who remembered him playing QB for BYU in the Cotton Bowl against Kansas State. I still have no clue how BYU won that game.

13. I sat at Charter Oak’s table.

14. High school football continues to get more and more popular.

15. Michigan is the second best team in the country.

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POSTGAME: Talk your smack or cry me a river …

Northwest Division
Oak Park 17, Covina 14, 2 OT (burn the tapes of this game)
Southwest Division
El Dorado 14, Los Altos 7 (Sounds like a good effort)

Five thoughts about Covina vs. Oak Park:

1. Covina lost the game when it didn’t go up 14-0 despite numerous opportunities. The rest is conversation.

2. Oak Park is the least impressive finals team I’ve ever seen.

3. Oak Park had one thing in mind – allow no big plays. It worked.

4. There were 10 plays that, if Covina makes any one of them, they win the game. They made none.

5. That was one of the worst HS football stadiums I’ve ever been in. No visitor stands?

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