Here’s the story, what’s your take? I’ll have more to say later


By Fred J. Robledo Staff Writer
DUARTE – Duarte High School football coach Wardell Crutchfield isn’t a favorite among his coaching peers in the Montview League, and those emotions spilled out in Friday’s league opener against visiting Gladstone.
A sideline-clearing brawl with 3:28 remaining and the Falcons leading 34-3 forced referees to end the game.
The Mid-Valley Division’s top-ranked Falcons improved to 4-1 and 1-0, while Gladstone dropped to 1-3 and 0-1, but the heated post-game comments from Crutchfield and Gladiators coach Albert Sanchez indicates bad blood exists.
It all started when Falcons running back Chris Harris, who rushed for 215 yards, scored his third touchdown with 6:13 left to give the Gladiators a 34-3 lead.
Instead of kicking an extra point, the Falcons went for a two-point conversion and failed.
That bothered Sanchez so much he asked for a running clock, which Crutchfield laughed off on the sidelines.
“He’s a coward,” Crutchfield said. “You can put that in the paper.”
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POSTGAME … Saturday Morning Quarterback …Top-ranked Los Altos goes down, Duarte-Gladstone ends in brawl


Above: This taken from a spectator when fight breaks out between Gladstone and Duarte. I’ll have a different thread on this incident later this weekend.

Above: Duarte’s Desmond Hayes eludes a defender during Falcons 34-3 win

Friday’s results
Duarte 34, Gladstone 3 — I’ll explain this later, game ends in brawl with 3:28 left. Chris Harris look great though, rushing for 215 yards and three touchdowns.
Bonita 28, Northview 12 — Podley continues to work magic with Bearcats; Saints next
Damien 14, Charter Oak 14 — What, no overtime? Give Spartans credit for bouncing back after last week’s loss.
South Hills 28, Fullerton 7 — Not surprised they won, but shocked at how easy it was
St. Francis 35, Los Altos 21 — I have to watch the video. I can’t explain how the team I saw last week loses at St. Francis and gives up 35 points.

Above: St. Francis QB Austin Heyworth running for a touchdown against Conqs.

Rancho Cucamonga 42, West Covina 21 — Too many athletes for Bulldogs to keep up with
Wilson 42, Montebello 20 — Chalk up another solid win for Wildcats
Rosemead 34, Temple City 12 –– Took a while for Panthers to finish them off
Azusa 39, Sierra Vista 14 — Aztecs could be a force in Montview
Don Lugo 22, Rowland 21 — Another close loss for Raiders
Corona del Mar 22, South El Monte 14 — Closer than I expected
La Puente 39, Workman 9 — These Warriors are a force
El Monte 22, Baldwin Park 21 – Lions go for two and win on final play of the game
Arroyo 28, El Rancho 21 — Didn’t think Knights would struggle, but they did
Diamond Ranch 15, Ayala 12 – Ranch struggles with team that beat Duarte
Nogales 7, Montclair 3 — One touchdown is all it takes


Thursday’s results
Glendora 28, West Ranch 14 — Tartans look flat early, but bounce back and beat a very good West Ranch team.
Troy 42, Diamond Bar 38 — Brahmas lose, but make their point. If I’m one of the so-called Sierra League favorites, the Brahmas would worry me.

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Temple City coach Randy Backus fights back from prostate cancer

Our prayers are with you – Let’s all wish coach Backus a healthy and speedy recovery. Keep fighting the fight coach. I was at a Temple City baseball game in 2003 when my dad called to tell me had prostate cancer. It was devastating news, but he had the surgery, stays on top of his health, and is looking and feeling as good as ever. I know you’ll be back soon, this is just a small bump in the road.


Temple City football coach Randy Backus learned he had prostate cancer over the summer, but waited until this week to tell his football team. Backus underwent prostate cancer surgery on Monday and will be out indefinitely.
“I’ve heard everything from two weeks to two months,” Temple City athletic director John Van De Veere said.
Van De Veere described Backus’ procedure as successful.
“I talked to his wife today and the surgery seemed to be successful and they won’t find out until Thursday if they got it all. Our prayers and wishes are with him, and we’re going on from there.”
In a season where the Rams have struggled with an 0-3 record and lost their top running back to injury, to be without their head coach is not only disappointing, but disheartening.
According to Van De Veere, Backus found out about the cancer during a routine physical over the summer.
Backus, in his 13th season with the Rams, did his best to keep it a private matter until announcing it to the team over the weekend.
“It’s something that we didn’t want to distract the kids with and they’ve had a hard time,” Van De Veere said. “They lost Mike Mooney and Williams Do got hurt a couple of weeks ago. And now Randy’s gone down, so the kids are going through some trying times.”

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Sound off: Week Four, Robledo and Miller

Time Warner’s Reginald Miller and Tribune Prep Editor Fred J. Robledo discuss four of this week’s top games. By the way, Miller does a great job following our local teams and beyond on his popular site “A Local Sports Show” … go check it out.
http://www.alocalsportsshow.com/main.html?src=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.alocalsportsshow.com%2F

West Ranch vs. Glendora at Citrus College, Thursday, 7 p.m.
http://lang.sgvtribune.com/multimedia/asps/092607_wrglen.asp

Los Altos at St. Francis, Friday, 7:30 p.m.
http://lang.sgvtribune.com/multimedia/asps/092607_LosAlStF.asp

Damien at Charter Oak, Friday, 7 p.m.
http://lang.sgvtribune.com/multimedia/asps/092607_DamCO.asp

Bonita vs. Northview at Covina District Field, Friday, 7 p.m.
http://lang.sgvtribune.com/multimedia/asps/092607_BonNv.asp

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Football news

Sad news to report: Glendora running back Brent Marteney tore his ACL and MCL is last week’s 13-7 loss to Charter Oak. He’s lost for the season, so lets wish him a healthy and speedy recovery.

Old rivals, La Puente and Workman, ready for showdown
http://www.sgvtribune.com/preps/ci_7001180

Getting a line on success: Longoria and Rodriguez lead Los Altos defense
http://www.sgvtribune.com/preps/ci_7000093


Above: The unstoppable Bryce Mahmud-McBride

Tribune Top Ten rankings
1. Los Altos (3-0)
2. Diamond Ranch (2-1)
3. Charter Oak (2-1)
4. Glendora (2-1)
5. South HIlls (1-2)
6. Bishop Amat (1-3)
7. Damien (2-2)
8. San Dimas (4-0)
9. Rosemead (2-1)
10. Duarte (2-1)

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VOLLEYBALL: Los Altos tops the list


Above: Bonita’s Katy McCreery ,11, scores past San Dimas’s Madison Horsley ,2, and Nicole Ellis ,4, in the second game as Bonita beat San Dimas 15-5 in the fifth and final set last week.
TRIBUNE TOP 10 RANKINGS
1. Los Altos (12-2)
2. Walnut (7-2)
3. Diamond Bar (8-4)
4. St. Lucy’s (4-4)
5. Bonita (3-2)
6. Glendora (3-2)
7. Wilson (5-4)
8. South Hills (3-4)
9. San Dimas (3-4)
10. Gladstone (5-4)
COMMENTS:
The Conquerors, led by OH Jade Esquivel, finished just fourth in the Miramonte League, but have jumped out strong this fall, winning 12 of 14 while playing a tough schedule. They have wins over St. Lucy’s and Walnut. The Mustangs, keyed by Melissa Cole, have also looked solid, scoring a win over St. Lucy’s, which entered the year as one of the top teams in the area. Diamond Bar, St. Lucy’s and Bonita round out the top five.
THIS WEEK: There are two big matches to circle on your calendar. Bishop Amat travels to top-rated Los Altos and traditional-powers South Hills and St. Lucy’s meet in Glendora. Bot matches are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

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This and that …

Injury updates: Glendora coach Mark Pasquarella said running back Brent Marteney was being examined on Monday to determine the severity of a knee injury he suffered in the first half of Friday’s loss. He should have the results by Tuesday. Also, Covina’s Nate Nakelski, who was taken away by ambulance following a blow to the head against Walnut on Sept. 13, suffered a concussion. He missed Friday’s game against Rosemead, and is expected to miss up to two more weeks.

He said it: Charter Oak coach Lou Farrar following 13-9 win over Glendora. “They are huge. They are everything they were billed to be and more. They told our kids they were too small to play. What the hell, are we a Pop Warner football team? I didn’t know you had to weigh in to go play varsity football, but, anyway…. My kids just have big hearts. They are not very big right now, we ran through those big guys, but big heart, a lot of good pride and a lot of good character and it shows up in the fourth quarter.”

Said Arroyo coach Jim Singiser after 42-14 loss to Alhambra: : Coaches got to do a better job, players go to do a better job. Just all around we got our butts kicked … no excuses.”

YouTube highlights of Los Altos’ Bryce Mahmud-McBride’s first three weeks

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Tribskin Pick’em, your predictions and ours


Steve Ramirez and Fred J. Robledo going head-to-head throughout the season.

Records:
Robledo: Last week (18-6); Season (67-19)
Ramirez: Last week (17-7); Season (63-23)

Notes:
I was able to pick up a winner on Steve this week, but did it the hard way. We both missed on the same five games by picking Glendora over Charter Oak, Wilson over Schurr, Northview over Rosemead, Brea Olinda over Diamond Bar, and Western Christian over St. Anthony. Steve got me by picking Whittier over South El Monte, but I picked up the extra winner because I had Sonora over Rowland, and Alhambra over Arroyo, which he both had going the other way.

Thursday’s games
West Ranch vs. Glendora at Citrus College, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Glendora), Ramirez (Glendora)
Diamond Bar vs. Troy at Fullerton, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Troy), Ramirez (Diamond Bar)

Friday’s games
Gladstone at Duarte, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Duarte), Ramirez (Duarte)
Bonita vs. Northview at Covina District Stadium, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Bonita), Ramirez (Northview)
Damien at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Charter Oak), Ramirez (Charter Oak)
South Hills at Fullerton, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Fullerton), Ramirez (South Hills)
Los Altos at St. Francis, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Los Altos), Ramirez (Los Altos)
Rancho Cucamonga at West Covina, 7 p.m. – Robledo (West Covina), Ramirez (West Covina)
Montebello at Wilson, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Wilson), Ramirez (Wilson)
Temple City at Rosemead, 7:00 p.m. – Robledo (Rosemead), Ramirez (Rosemead)
Sierra Vista vs. Azusa at Citrus College, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Azusa), Ramirez (Sierra Vista)
Don Lugo at Rowland, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Don Lugo), Ramirez (Don Lugo)
South El Monte at Corona del Mar, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Corona del Mar), Ramirez (Corona del Mar)
Workman at La Puente, 7 p.m. – Robledo (La Puente), Ramirez (La Puente)
Baldwin Park at El Monte, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Baldwin Park), Ramirez (Baldwin Park)
Arroyo at El Rancho, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Arroyo), Ramirez (Arroyo)
Diamond Ranch at Ayala, 7 p.m. – Robledo (DRanch), Ramirez (DRanch)
Nogales at Montclair, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Montclair), Ramirez (Nogales)

Final thoughts: The Montview League opens on Friday, and if anyone has a remote chance of beating Duarte, it’s Gladstone. But don’t see it happening, so the Falcons essentially can wrap up the league title with a win at home. Also wondering if Charter Oak can go back-to-back against two of the best teams in the Sierra with a win at home against Damien, and how will Northview hang with Bonita a week after losing to Rosemead? Is El Monte quietly becoming a Mission Valley League contender? The Lions are 2-1 at home against 2-1 Baldwin Park, which is another tough game to call. Also, expect Los Altos to avenge last year’s loss against St. Francis. I’m going with West Covina to make it three straight against Rancho Cucamonga, and think South Hills will go down at Fullerton.

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POSTGAME: Saturday Morning Quarterback

MIRAMONTE LEAGUE OUTSHINES SIERRA: Los Altos, Charter Oak both win

Friday’s results
Los Altos 31, Damien 20 …. You have to see Mahmud-McBride (219 yards, 3 TDS) to appreciate him.
Charter Oak 13, Glendora 7 …. If you say you saw this coming, you must be from Charter Oak.
Schurr 43, Wilson 33 …..Everyone knows the Wildcats can score, but ohhh that defense.
South Hills 32, Claremont 7 …..Huskies fans are sleeping well, and can finally enjoy Saturday morning paper.
Rosemead 35, Northview 21 …..Uh oh, what happened to the Vikes. Yikes!
Baldwin Park 40, Sierra Vista 12 ….And the city bragging rights goes to the Braves.
Bishop Amat 20, Rancho Cucamonga 7 …. Told you they would start winning.
Alhambra 42, Arroyo 12 …..We heard the Moors were good, but geez louise.
West Covina 41, Locke 21 …..They’re really 2-0 if you throw out Mater Dei
Duarte 85, Ganesha 0 …..Did I just print that. Yes, it’s right.
San Dimas 41, Ontario 21 ….And the Saints keep marching on
Pioneer 34, Gladstone 0 …..And that Gladiators have to face Duarte next.
Chaffey 29, Nogales 13 …..Chaffey’s been tough on SGV teams.
Whittier 41, South El Monte 28 ….Not the year Eagles expected.
Mountain View 12, Keppel 6 ….It’s only Keppel, but still a big win for MView.
San Marino 55, Workman 14 ….Lobos get smashed by 3-0 Titans.
El Monte 39, Pomona 19 ….Lions continue to get better
California 53, Bassett 0 …..Some things are better left un-said
Bosco Tech 13, La Puente 0 ….Hey, didn’t think Warriors would be this close


Above: Covina quarterback Jacob Olivas, right, is congratulated by teammate Greg Reid, left, after Olivas made a touchdown during the Colts’ win over Walnut.

Thursday’s results
Covina 36, Walnut 29 …. Hmmm, Northview hammers Mustangs, Colts squeak by.
Sonora 17, Rowland 14 ….Raiders coach Craig Snyder thought it would be close.
Diamond Bar 32, Brea Olinda 13 ….. Working way back to the good ole’ days.
Chino Hills 36, Tesoro 27 ….Bet Diamond Ranch enjoys every CHills victory.

Game of the week, Los Altos vs. Damien

FINAL OBSERVATIONS: One of the great benefits of being on the sidelines is watching someone like Mahmud-McBride punish defenders the way he did. It was almost like he welcomed having someone step in front of him. He hit guys with so much force you thought it was a car accident. This kid is the real deal. He has great cutback moves, great acceleration through the holes and finishes off plays as well as anyone I’ve seen in a long time. I know Gano keeps talking about having to have a passing game, but until someone figures out how to stop McBride, Tamayo can keep having 100-yard plus games and they’ll be fine. And I love Raymond Rodriguez — dominating on both sides and what a weapon at tight end on short yardage plays.

All about the Miramonte
Guess we can end the debate between the Miramonte and Sierra. I think it’s clear with Diamond Ranch, Los Altos, Charter Oak, and mid-range toughies like Wilson and Bonita that the Miramonte is clearly the area’s top league.
Spartans not sharp at all
Damien’s tough to explain. Without Marcus Williams, they don’t have much of a running attack. They need Pertusati to come up big, but it’s just not happening. I know coach Morrison said his receivers need to catch balls, but there were also a lot of overthrown passes. But I wouldn’t give up on the senior QB, he’s too good of an athlete and competitor.
Could they have scored a 100? Glad they didn’t.
Duarte rolls up 71 first-half points en route to an 85-0 victory. I don’t care who they play that’s a lot of points. And don’t get on Crutch for running up the score, it was 41-0 in the first quarter. They tuned in down, scoring only 14 in the second half.
You see a trend here?
Northview, what happened to Northview? I thought watching them last week against Walnut that their defense was shaky. This 35-21 loss to Rosemead only confirms it. The Vikes are going to score every week, but until they shore up that defense, expect more shootouts like this…And give Rosemead credit, they’re only loss was to Los Altos (35-0), which also goes to show how great the Conquerors are too.
Rudy, Rudy, Rudy … Hope Ruedaflores goes all the way.
Alhambra 41, Arroyo 12…never saw this coming. knew Alhambra was talented because of Smith and Brown, but thought the Knights could score points on them too. Happy for Alhambra coach Gil Ruedaflores, he’s in his 20th and final year, and this might be his best team ever.
The Charter Oak we didn’t know about, vs. the not-so Goliath Glendora Tartans
Finally, Charter Oak. This is the magic of the Farrar’s I guess. I kept telling Ramirez in the office that I wasn’t that impressed with the Chargers last week against La Mirada, even though it was 27-0. I wasn’t convinced. They weren’t moving it well enough on the ground, and QB Chris Allen looked out of sorts at times. But Ramirez said Farrar would have them ready, and said that he wouldn’t be surprised if the Chargers won a game like this when everyone was picking Glendora. And Tartans fans, I wouldn’t fret too much over it. You lost to a very good team. Just regroup, and get ready for the next one, because the Sierra League is up for grabs.

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Fans fight in the stands during Bonita’s victory over San Dimas

I know it’s a rivalry, but … You have to give it to our photographer Keith Birmingham, he never misses a thing. And parents, fans, or whoever you’re, you should be embarrassed. That’s why we’re throwing your childish act on the blog.

The latest: Two adult spectators caught on camera fighting in the stands during last week’s Bonita-San Dimas girls volleyball match have been contacted and disciplined, a school district official said Monday.
William Brinegar, the assistant superintendent in charge of human resources at the Bonita Unified School District, said the names of those involved and the sanctions will not be released, per district policy.
“We’re certainly disappointed it occurred,” Brinegar said of the altercation. “You never want that sort of thing happening. But given that it did, actions have been taken regarding those involved.”
According to an eyewitness who asked not to be identified, the fight started after fans began throwing food and other items in the stands.
The witness said an adult approached a student he felt was responsible for throwing items, and that’s when another adult became involved, resulting in the altercation between the two adults.
“Bottom line is there was a disagreement and misunderstanding and it resulted in two parents getting into an altercation,” Brinegar said. “We don’t generally get into specifics because there isn’t much benefit to it.
“However, the person we’ve identified as being responsible for starting it has been contacted and is receiving appropriate sanctions. The others involved that we have identified also have received appropriate sanctions.”
No assault charges have been filed, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department.
“As far as an assault being committed, it’s up to the individual who believes they were assaulted to file a report,” Brinegar said. “That’s something for the appropriate party to consider. There’s not much we can do about that.”
San Dimas High School principal Kristine Kulow also would not elaborate but appeared frustrated by the attention the altercation has received.
“The people involved know what’s happening,” Kulow said. “Why don’t you just let it die? It’s being handled.”
Thom Simmons, director of sports information for the CIF-Southern Section, said he was aware of the incident and was satisfied that both schools acted appropriately.
“The sanctions should come from the schools,” Simmons said. “We can make suggestions, but to our understanding they’ve taken it in-house and are acting appropriately.
“The only time we would step in is if an obvious egregious act had occurred and the schools did nothing about it. But that’s not the case here.”

Back to the real action.

Above: Bonita players celebrates five-game victory over rival San Dimas, winning 15-5 in the fifth game.

Above: San Dimas players feeling the sting of five-game loss.

By Pete Marshall
SAN DIMAS – You don’t expect a girls volleyball team trailing in the fifth game to reel off 11 consecutive points.
That is, unless you’re Bonita coach Morgan Coberly. Bonita surprised many by scoring the final 11 points en route to a 25-23, 19-25, 25-13, 17-25, 15-5 victory over San Dimas on Wednesday in a heated nonleague rivalry in front of a raucous crowd at San Dimas High School.
“With this team, I almost do expect it,” Coberly said. “Early this season, we’ve been really streaky.”
The Bearcats trailed 5-4 in the fifth when Kristen Phillips’ kill got things started by tying the score and giving the ball to Kaitlyn Mang to serve. Mang didn’t give it up and served an ace on the line for the second-to-last point. Katy McCreery’s kill on the final point then finished off the Saints.
GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
(As of Monday)
Division I-AA
1.Mira Costa; 2. Redondo Union; 3. Los Alamitos; 4. Vista Murrieta; 5. Santa Margarita; 6. Newport Harbor; 7. Long Beach Poly; 8. Lakewood; 9. Rosary; 10. Long Beach Wilson.
Division I-A
1. Marymount; 2. Santa Barbara; 3. Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy; 4. Harvard-Westlake; 5. Notre Dame Academy; 6. El Dorado; 7. Brea Olinda; 8. Upland; 9. Valencia; 10. Arroyo Grande.
Division II-AA
1. Laguna Beach; 2. Corona Del Mar; 3. Norco; 4. Oxnard; 5. Bishop Montgomery; 6. Walnut; 7. Ayala; 8. St. Lucys; 9. Diamond Bar; 10. Beckman.
Division II-A
1.Elsinore; 2. North Torrance; 3. El Segundo; 4. M.L. King; 5. South Torrance; 6. La Caada; 7. Pasadena; 8. Burbank Burroughs; 9. Arcadia; 10. Hemet.
Division III-AA
1. Warren; 2. La Reina; 3. Oak Park; 4. Downey; 5. Oaks Christian; 6. Santa Ynez; 7. California; 8. Garden Grove Pacifica; 9. Lancaster; 10. Cypress.
Division III-A
1. Brentwood; 2. La Quinta; 3. Bell Gardens; 4. Bonita; 5. Cerritos Valley Christian; 6. Maranatha; 7. San Dimas; 8. La Mirada; 9. Palm Desert; 10. Mayfair.
Division IV-AA
1. Mayfield; 2. Westridge; 3. Viewpoint; 4. Ontario Christian; 5. Arrowhead Christian; 6. St. Margarets; 7. Providence; 8. St. Paul; 9. Rio Hondo Prep; 10. Gladstone.

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How big are the other games in the SGV?


Read this blog and you know everything about Los Altos, Glendora, South Hills, Bishop Amat, Damien, Covina, Northview, San Dimas, West Covina and Bonita. But what about the others teams in the SGV? There’s a guy in our office who keeps telling me the Sierra Vista-Baldwin Park game on Friday is a huge city rivalry. I’m sure its big for the fans and alumni of those schools, but it’s not one of those rivalries that draws much interest outside their circle. I do get those occasional phone calls asking why we always feature the same schools and big games on our front page, and the explanation is always that we play-up the teams that are having successful years and generate the most reader interest. Baldwin Park is having an average year and Sierra Vista is down, but being a rivalry, we will give it the attention it deserves. But be honest, most of our readers aren’t rushing out on Saturday to find out what happened in Baldwin Park. They want to know about Los Altos-Damien, or Charter Oak-Glendora. At least this week. So again, to those who ask about other rivalries like Workman-La Puente, Mountain View-El Monte or Gladstone-Azusa and wonder why they’re not covered as thoroughly as the others, tell us why they should.

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TOP TEN: Los Altos, Glendora, DRanch, clearly the top three

Tribune Top Ten Rankings
1. Los Altos (2-0) – Mahmud-McBride area’s best player?
2. Glendora (2-0) – Where’s the weakness?
3. Diamond Ranch (2-1) – Oaks Christian, two weeks and counting?
4. Charter Oak (1-1) – Lots of questions, offensively and defensively
5. Damien (2-1) – Will know more after Los Altos
6. South Hills (0-2) – Still not ready for heavyweights
7. Bishop Amat (0-3) – Prediction: Lancers will win four of next five
8. Northview (2-0) – Might stay undefeated for a while
9. Arroyo (2-0) – Huge test coming against Alhambra
10. San Dimas (3-0) – Winning and winning big

Which game is bigger?
Los Altos vs. Damien
Charter Oak vs. Glendora

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Tribskin Pick’em, your predictions and ours


Steve Ramirez and Fred J. Robledo going head-to-head throughout the season.

Records:
Robledo: Last week (19-6); Season (49-13)
Ramirez: Last week (20-5); Season (46-16)
Notes:
Last week was another case in point why picking winners in high school football games is so tough. I was able to edge Fred out, thanks in part to another strong showing by Glendora and Western Christian coming up big vs. Bloomington Christian. But we both swung and missed on Long Beach Jordan edging Diamond Bar, Mountain View stepping up to beat Azusa and Garey beating Gladstone.
Thursday’s games
Walnut vs. Covina at Covina District Field, 7 p.m. – (Covina), Ramirez (Covina)
Rowland vs. Sonora at La Habra HS, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Sonora), Ramirez (Rowland)
Diamond Bar at Brea Olina, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Brea Olinda), Ramirez (Brea Olinda)
Chino Hills at Tesoro, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Chino Hills), Ramirez (Chino Hills)
Friday’s games
Los Altos at Damien, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Los Altos), Ramirez (Los Altos)
Glendora at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Glendora), Ramirez (Glendora)
Wilson at Schurr, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Wilson), Ramirez (Wilson)
South Hills vs. Claremont at Covina District Field – Robledo (South Hills), Ramirez (South Hills)
Northview at Rosemead – Robledo (Northview), Ramirez (Northview)
Sierra Vista at Baldwin Park – Robledo (Baldwin Park), Ramirez (Baldwin Park)
Bishop Amat vs. Rancho Cucamonga at Los Osos HS, 7:30 p.m. – Robledo (Bishop Amat), Ramirez (Bishop Amat)
Arroyo vs. Alhambra at Moor Field, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Alhambra), Ramirez (Arroyo)
Locke at West Covina, 7 p.m. – Robledo (West Covina), Ramirez (West Covina)
Ganesha at Duarte, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Duarte), Ramirez (Duarte)
San Dimas vs. Ontario at Montclair HS, 7 p.m. – Robledo (San Dimas), Ramirez (San Dimas)
Gladstone vs. Pioneer at Citrus College, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Pioneer), Ramirez (Pioneer)
Nogales at Chaffey, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Chaffey), Ramirez (Chaffey)
Whittier at South El Monte, 7 p.m. – Robledo (South El Monte), Ramirez (Whittier)
Mountain View at Keppel, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Mountain View), Ramirez (Mountain View)
Workman at San Marino, 7 p.m. – Robledo (San Marino), Ramirez (San Marino)
Pomona at El Monte, 7 p.m. – Robledo (El Monte), Ramirez (El Monte)
Bassett at California, 7 p.m. – Robledo (California), Ramirez (California)
La Puente vs. Bosco Tech at St. Matthias HS, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Bosco Tech), Ramirez (Bosco Tech)
Saturday’s game
St. Anthony vs. Western Christian at Citrus College, noon – Robledo (Western Christian), Ramirez (Western Christian)

Final thoughts:
This is a big week for Valley football, with two featured games – Los Altos travels to La Verne to face Damien, while Glendora goes to Covina to face Charter Oak in the battle for the Mayor Cup. All four teams were ranked in our top 10 last week. South Hills and Bishop Amat have yet to taste victory in the young season, but Claremont and Rancho Cucamonga should be what the doctor ordered this week.

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POSTGAME: Saturday Morning Quarterback


Above: Charter Oak’s Kyle Rycraw celebrates first half touchdown

Friday’s results
La Habra 31, South Hills 6 … 0-3 start last year; 0-2 start this year. Not good folks
Charter Oak 27, La Mirada 0 …. Heard Chargers players saying “We want Glendora”
West Covina 14, Baldwin Park 6 …. Be honest, was this closer than you expected?
Damien 27, Claremont 20 …. Wasn’t this close, Spartans jumped on them quick
Covina 39, Ontario Christian 16 …. Dont count out the Colts just yet
Los Altos 39, Long Beach Wilson 7…. Trib’s top-ranked team goes to Damien next
Canyon 49, Bonita 28 …. They can score, but defense need to do their job too
Hart 21, Bishop Amat 3 …. 0-3! Has Bishop Amat ever started 0-4?
Duarte 26, El Segundo 25 …. Another solid win for the Falcons
Wilson 41, Glenn 7 …. That’s two straight blowouts for Wildcats
San Dimas 42, Montclair 9 …. So far so good (3-0)
Rowland 32, Montebello 26 …..Nothing like winning on new home turf
California 33, El Monte 6 …. What your expected, right?
Jordan 17, Diamond Bar 16 …. Unlucky. They’re better than 1-2
Mountain View 24, Azusa 18 …. Kind of a surprise
Pioneer 29, South El Monte 14 …. Expected Eagles offense to be better than this
Ontario 44, Nogales 12 …. Thought they would lose, but not like this
Arroyo 24, Warren 14 …. Knights have a huge test next at Alhambra
Bosco Tech 49, Workman 16 …. Those Tech boys can play
Cantwell-Sacred Heart 40, Bassett 6 …. It was over when it started
Garey 27, Gladstone 10 …. Three games in, already a roller coaster
Lawndale 53, Sierra Vista 40 ….Dons quarterack Justin Flores did his part.


Above: Vikings getting ready to roll all over Mustangs

Thursday’s results
Northview 39, Walnut 0 ….. No contest, it was 26-0 in the first quarter. I watched the first half and I’m still not sure if the Vikings are this good, or if Walnut is that bad. But for sure, the Vikings’ offense is legit. Defensively, I’m not so sure how they will do against tough running teams like San Dimas.
Glendora 31, Etiwanda 13 ….. Can’t believe I just typed it. They don’t just shoot hoops in the foothills anymore. It was only this close because Etiwanda scored late in the game against the Tartans’ reserves. If they can score like this against a powerful foe like Etiwanda, then with that defense, who knows, maybe the Tartans are the best team in Trib country.

Game of the week video: La Mirada vs. Charter Oak

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