Sound Off: CIF playoffs, breaking it down with Robledo, Miller and Ramirez

Time Warner’s Reginald Miller, Tribune Prep Editor Fred J. Robledo and staff writer Steve Ramirez discuss all the local divisions competing in the CIF-Southern Section football playoffs. Don’t miss it, this is a thorough breakdown of all your local teams with the brackets for you to follow along and break down with us. 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.

Inland Division

Mid-Valley Division

Northwest Division

Southeast Division

Southwest Division

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Tribskin Pick’em, your predictions and ours

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

Robledo: Last week (13-4); Season (163-52)
Ramirez: Last week (12-5); Season (162-53)

Notes: I rallied in week ten to claim the regular season title from Ramirez. It will probably never be that close again, one game separating over 200 games to choose from. We both missed Bonita over Los Altos, Damien over Chino Hills, Bishop Amat over Loyola and Bassett over Workman. We knew going in we only picked one game differently, and he chose Baldwin Park and I took Northview, and the Vikes pulled it out for me. I don’t know how much of a reward that was for the Vikes, though, they lost the coin flip and now take on top-ranked Morro Bay (10-0) in the first round. Well, finally, the playoffs are here, as well as our first-round predictions.

Friday’s first-round games
Inland Division
Upland (7-3) vs. Glendora (8-2) at Citrus College, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Glendora); Ramirez (Glendora)
Damien (5-4-1) at A.B. Miller (9-1), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (A.B. Miller); Ramirez (A.B. Miller)
Ayala (7-3) at Norco (8-2), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Norco); Ramirez (Norco)

Mid-Valley Division
Sierra Vista (3-7) at Paraclete (10-0), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Paraclete); Ramirez (Paraclete)
Temple City (4-6) at La Puente (7-3), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (La Puente); Ramirez (Temple City)
Cerritos Valley Christian (5-5) at Duarte (8-2), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Duarte); Ramirez (Duarte)
Azusa (4-6) at La Salle (5-5), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (La Salle); Ramirez (La Salle)

Northwest Division
Northview (7-3) at Morro Bay (10-0), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Morro Bay); Ramirez (Morro Bay)
Compton Centennial (5-5) at Baldwin Park (7-3), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (BPark); Ramirez (BPark)
Oaks Christian (7-3) at San Dimas (9-1), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Oaks Christian); Ramirez (Oaks Christian)

Southeast Division
Sonora (5-4) at South El Monte (6-4), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (SEl Monte); Ramirez (SEl Monte)
Arroyo (6-4) at Fullerton (6-3), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Fullerton); Ramirez (Fullerton)
Rosemead (7-3) at Schurr (6-4), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Schurr); Ramirez (Schurr)

Southwest Division
Rowland (3-7) at El Dorado (9-1), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (El Dorado); Ramirez (El Dorado)
La Mirada (4-6) vs. South Hills at Covina District, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SHills); Ramirez (SHills)
Bonita (6-4) at Foothill (8-2), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Foothill); Ramirez (Foothill)
Wilson (5-5) at Mayfair (7-3), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Mayfair); Ramirez (Wilson)
West Covina (5-5) at Anaheim Canyon (8-2), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Canyon); Ramirez (Canyon)
Norwalk (5-5) at Charter Oak (8-1-1), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (COak); Ramirez (COak)

Final Thoughts:
Guaranteed first-round winners: Charter Oak, South Hills, South El Monte, and Duarte will all make it to the second round, don’t think about it twice.
Guaranteed first-round losers:: Rowland, Damien, Sierra Vista, Azusa, San Dimas, Northview have way to tall a hill to climb. Unfortunately, it’s one and done.
Best chances for upset: West Covina, Wilson, Bonita.

CIF Playoff brackets

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CIF Pairings released; Charter Oak/South Hills on opposite ends of Southwest; Glendora takes on Upland; Valle Vista gets tough draw in Northwest

I will be at the CIF pairings on Sunday at the offices in Los Alamitos. Hopefuly, I will have all your local pairings up Sunday night. But don’t wait, CIF will release the bracket sheets from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and you can access them by clicking on this link.

Southwest Division
Pairings/Top Seeds: 1. El Dorado, 2. Charter Oak, 3. Trabuco Hills, 4. South HIlls
Top Half: Rowland (3-7) at El Dorado (9-1); El Toro (5-5) at Bellflower (7-3); Bonita (6-4) at Foothill (8-2); La Mirada (4-6) at South Hills (8-2).
Bottom Half: Brea Olinda (5-5) at Trabuco Hills (9-1); Wilson 5-5) at Mayfair (7-3); West Covina (5-5) at Anaheim Canyon (8-2); Norwalk (5-5) at Charter Oak (8-1-1).
Fred’s thoughts: Just what you expected with Charter Oak getting No. 2 and South Hills No. 4. Love the potential second round matchups of South Hills-Bonita or Charter Oak-West Covina, but when it all comes down to it, the top four seeds are legit and it should play out that way until the semifinals.
Final Four prediction: El Dorado, South Hills, Trabuco Hills, Charter Oak
Championship prediction: Charter Oak over El Dorado

Inland Division
Pairings/Top Seeds: 1. Corona Centennial, 2. Vista Murrieta, 3. Redlands East Valley, 4. A.B. Miller
Top Half: Carter (4-6) at Corona Centennial (9-1); Upland (7-3) at Glendora (8-2); Los Osos (8-2) at Chaparral (7-3); Damien (5-4-1) at A.B. Miller (9-1)
Bottom Half: Murrieta Valley (6-4) at Redlands East Valley (10-0); Ayala (7-3) at Norco (8-2); Corona Santiago (5-4) at Etiwanda (6-4); Yucaipa (7-3) at Vista Murrieta (10-0).
Fred’s thoughts: The Sierra League has it tough across the board. Glendora opens with a difficult Upland team, and then could meet top-ranked Centennial in the quarterfinals. Damien has a tough opener against No. 4 A.B. Biller, and Ayala is on the road against Norco, an 8-2 team. Maybe Glendora gets past the first round, but don’t expect any of the Sierra League teams to be playing the following week.
Final Four prediction: Corona Centennial, Los Osos, Redlands East Valley, Vista Murrieta
Championship prediction: Redlands East Valley over Los Osos

Mid-Valley Division
Pairings/Top Seeds: 1. Paraclete, 2. Santa Clara, 3. Blair, 4. Bishop Diego
Top Half: Sierra Vista (3-7) at Paraclete (10-0); Monrovia (5-5) at Cantwell Sacred Heart (7-3); Temple City (4-6) at La Puente (7-3); Mary Star (5-5) at Bishop Diego (8-2)
Bottom Half: Malibu (5-4) at Blair (8-1); Cerritos Valley Christian (5-5) at Duarte (8-2); Azusa (4-6) at La Salle (5-5); Village Christian (2-8) at Santa Clara (7-1-1)
Fred’s thoughts: All these coaches at the pairings draw felt they had a good shot, and why not, it’s wide open. I like the potential of Duarte and Blair meeting in the second round. And there’s a great first-round game of Temple City at La Puente. I keep hearing that Monrovia, at 5-5, is the sleeper because of how well it played at the end of the year, but when all is settled, this is my final four prediction: Paraclete, Bishop Diego, Duarte, Santa Clara.
Final Four prediction: Paraclete, Bishop Diego, Duarte, La Salle
Championship prediction: Duarte over Paraclete

Northwest Division
Pairings/Top Seeds: 1. Morro Bay, 2. Serra, 3. Torrance, 4. Nordoff
Top Half: Northview (7-3) at Morro Bay (10-0); North Torrance (4-6) at St. Bernard (6-4); Compton Centennial (5-5) at Baldwin Park (7-3); Nipomo (5-5) at Nordoff (6-3-1).
Bottom Half: Harvard-Westlake (7-3) at Torrance (7-3); Santa Maria St. Joseph (7-3) at Oak Park (7-3); Oaks Christian (7-3) at San Dimas (9-1); Pioneer Valley (6-4) at Serra (9-1).
Fred’s thoughts: Let’s face it, the Valle Vista league took one on the chin. The CIF people basically felt this was the worst league in the division. How else do you explain Northview, at 7-3, having to face top-ranked Morro Bay in the first round. Or San Dimas, at 9-1, facing Oaks Christian, who defeated Diamond Ranch earlier this year and is still mighty tough even without Jimmy Clausen. Baldwin Park has a winnable draw facing Compton Centennial in their opener at home. But boy, after a three-way tie in the Valle Vista, winning that coin flip was important and the Braves got it.
Final Four prediction: Morro Bay, Nordoff, Oak Park, Oaks Christian
Championship prediction: Oaks Christian over Morro Bay

Southeast Division
Pairings/Top Seeds: 1. San Gabriel, 2. Westminster, 3. Fullerton, 4. California
Top Half: Santa Fe (5-5) at San Gabriel (8-2); Ocean View (7-3) at La Habra (9-0); Sonoro (5-4) at South El Monte (6-4); Santa Ana (5-5) at California (9-1).
Bottom Half: Arroyo (6-4) at Fullerton (6-3); Alhambra (7-3) at La Serna (7-3); Rosemead (7-3) at Schurr (6-4); El Rancho (5-5) at Westminster (7-3)
Fred’s thoughts: What a whacky division, seriously, San Gabriel the No. 1 seed. And what do they get for their reward, a tough Santa Fe squad followed by possibly La Habra (in quarters), who I still think is the best in the division. South El Monte drew Sonora, and the Eagles are the wild-card after playing so well at the end of the year. I would love to see South El Monte play California in the quarters, that would be special. Arroyo has a tough task of opening at No. 3 Fullerton, and Rosemead is at defending champion Schurr. This was a crazy division last year, and figures to be again.
Final Four prediction: La Habra, California, Alhambra, Westminster
Championship prediction: La Habra over Alhambra

Interviews with coaches at Sunday’s pairings draw

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Saturday Morning Quarterback: Northview wins, shares Valle Vista League crown with San Dimas and Baldwin Park. Bassett earns first W, and South El Monte firing on all cylinders

Friday’s results
Northview 28, Baldwin Park 19 — As it should, Vikings, Braves and Saints all deserved a piece of the crown.
South El Monte 52, El Monte 0 — How in the world did they ever lose four games playing like this. Maybe that’s it, they never played like this before.
Bishop Amat 27, Loyola 14 — Nice way for Lancers to finish, but the moaning and groaning will come back soon.
Rosemead 51, Mountain View 0 — Panthers thunder their way into the playofs.
Arroyo 44, Gabrielino 26 — Knights surviv penalty-filled game.
La Puente 24, Azusa 13 — Warriors clinch outright Montview League title, go 6-0.
Bassett 21, Workman 20 — When next weeks final rankings comeout, Olympians will no longer be No. 31. Great way to finish fellas.
Western Christian 38, Arrowhead Christian 7 — Lancers secure their only league victory, and QB Alex Beaton finished with 2,226 pasing yards and 15 touchdowns.

Thursday’s results
Charter Oak 48, Diamond Ranch 7 — Chargers leave no dobut who the top team in the SGV is.
Bonita 16, Los Altos 6 — Conq’s eliminated from playoff for first time since 1994
San Dimas 35, Covina 21 — Saints clinch playoff berth and become Northview’s biggest cheerleader on Friday vs. Baldwin Park in hopes of sharing league title.
Damien 33, Chino Hills 17 — Spartans earn their way into the playoffs after 0-2 Sierra League start.
West Covina 27, Walnut 0 — Bulldogs clinch second place in San Antonio.
Glendora 42, Diamond Bar 7 — Finished Sierra in style, by going a perfect 5-0.
South Hills 43, Nogales 14 — Would love to see them meet up with Charter Oak at some point in Southwest playoffs.
Wilson 37, Rowland 25 — Biggest news is that Wildcats won coin flip over Los Altos and Diamond Ranch to reach the playoffs.
Duarte 42, Sierra Vista 17 — Falcons bounce back after losing Montview league title last week to La Puente.

For quarter-by-quarter updates and final results, click scoreboard.

Also: I will create a CIF-SS playoff thread on Sunday night with all the first-round matchups. CIF will release bracket sheets from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Sunday, and you can access them by clicking on this link

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Sound Off: Week Ten with Robledo, Ramirez and Miller

Time Warner’s Reginald Miller, Tribune Prep Editor Fred J. Robledo and staff writer Steve Ramirez 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.

Thursday’s games
Charter Oak vs. Diamond Ranch at Ganesha HS, 7 p.m.

Bonita at Los Altos, 7 p.m.

Covina at San Dimas, 7 p.m.

Friday’s game
Baldwin Park vs. Northview at Covina District Field, 7 p.m.

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Let’s rank ’em all: Tribune Super List

1. Charter Oak (7-1-1)
2. South Hills (7-2)
3. Glendora (7-2)
4. Diamond Ranch (2-7)*
5. Baldwin Park (7-2)
6. San Dimas (8-1)
7. South El Monte (5-4)
8. Rosemead (6-3)
9. Damien (4-4-1)
10. Los Altos (5-4)
11. Duarte (7-2)
12. Northview (6-3)
13. Bonita (6-3)
14. La Puente (6-3)
15. Arroyo (5-4)
16. Bishop Amat (2-7)
17. West Covina (4-5)
18. Wilson (4-5)
19. Covina (5-4)
20. Mountain View (4-4)
21. El Monte (5-4)
22. Rowland (3-6)
23. Diamond Bar (2-7)
24. Azusa (4-5)
25. Nogales (2-7)
26. Workman (2-6)
27. Sierra Vista (3-6)
28. Gladstone (3-7)
29. Walnut (1-8)
30. Western Chirstian (2-7)
31. Bassett (0-9)
* Forfeited five wins

CIF Polls heading into final week (Pairings released on Sunday)

Southwest Division
1. El Dorado (8-1), 2. Charter Oak (7-1-1), 3. Trabuco Hills (8-1), 4. South Hills (7-2), 5. Foothill (7-2), 6. Diamond Ranch (2-7), 7. Mayfair (6-3), 8. Bellflower (6-3), 9. Anaheim Canyon (7-2), 10. El Modena (6-3).

Inland Division
1. Corona Centennial (8-1), 2. Vista Murrieta (9-0), 3. Redlands East Valley (9-0), 4. Norco (8-1), 5. A.B. Miller (8-1), 6. Chaparral (6-3), 7. Los Osos (7-2), 8. Glendora (7-2), 9. Upland (6-3), 10. Etiwanda (6-3).

Mid-Valley Division
1. Paraclete (9-0), 2. Santa Clara (6-1-1), 3. Blair (7-1), 4. Cantwell Sacred Heart (7-2), 5. Bishop Diego (7-2), 6. La Puente (6-3), 7. Duarte (7-2), 8. Temple City (4-5), 9. Cerritos Valley Christian 5-5), 10. La Salle (4-5).

Northwest Division
1. Morro Bay (9-0), 2. Serra (8-1), 3. Oaks Christian (6-3), 4. Oak Park (6-3), 5. San Dimas (8-1), 6. Torrance (6-3), 7. Baldwin Park (7-2), 8. St. Bernard (6-3), 9. Harvard/Westlake (6-3), 10. Templeton (6-3).

Southeast Division
1. La Habra (8-0), 2. California (9-0), 3. Troy (6-2), 4. Alhambra (7-2), 5. La Serna (7-2), 6. San Gabriel (7-2), 7. Westminster (6-3), 8. Rosemead (6-3), 9. Schurr (5-4), 10. Fullerton (4-4).

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