Steve Ramirez and Fred J. Robledo going head-to-head throughout the season.
Robledo: Last week (15-4); Season (177-56)
Ramirez: Last week (17-2); Season (178-55)
Notes: Ramirez rallied to take the lead in the playoffs, going 17-2, and is back in front by taking Wilson over Mayfair, and Temple City over La Puente. We both picked Duarte over Cerritos Valley Christian and Baldwin Park over Compton Centennial, and lost both. What happened to the Falcons, that was one of my locks of the week? All three of us, including Reginald Miller from Time Warner Cable, picked the Falcons to win the division. Big disappointment after they reached the quarters last year. By the way, on our best chances for upsets, two of our three picks came through, with Wilson and West Covina winning first-round games.
Friday’s CIF-SS quarterfinal games and predictions
No. 2 Charter Oak (9-1-1) at West Covina (6-5), 7:30 p.m — Robledo (Charter Oak); Ramirez (Charter Oak)
No. 3 Trabuco Hills (10-1) at Wilson (6-5), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Trabuco Hills); Ramirez (Trabuco Hills)
Foothill (9-2) vs. No. 4 South Hills (9-2) at Covina District, 7 p.m. — Robledo (South Hills); Ramirez (South Hills)
South El Monte (7-4) at No. 4 California (10-1), 7 p.m. — Robledo (SElMonte); Ramirez (California)
Glendora (9-2) at No. 1 Corona Centennial (10-1), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Centennial); Ramirez (Centennial)
Final Thoughts: Big rematch on Friday, Charter Oak at West Covina, a game the Chargers won at home, 55-28, earlier in the season. The Bulldogs are much improved, but so are the Chargers, if you can believe that. It won’t be as lopsided, but the Chargers will win again. South Hills has a tough game at the District Field against Foothill. They haven’t played a team this tough since Los Altos back in week five, when the Conquerors had Bryce Mahmud-McBride. If anyone thinks the Huskies will have a chance against ElDo in the the semis or Charter Oak in the finals, this game will be the indicator. Wilson and the Gilmore show continues, and don’t be surprised if they give Trabuco Hills a run for their money. Wilson has as much offensive firepower as anyone, and if they play defense like they did against Mayfair, they’ve got a shot. South El Monte is on fire, winners of seven straight, and will beat California on Friday. Mark that down, this is a team on a mission, and my pick to go the semifinals, where the fun will end against La Habra. By the way, Whittier Daily News reporter Andrew Campa, who picked the Eagles to win the Mission Valley League at the beginning of the season when everyone else was going with Rosemead or Arroyo, says, and I quote, “South El Monte has no chance against Cal.” Glendora, this is just too tall a hill to climb. Corona’s only loss is against power Mater Dei and they’ve beaten plenty of heavyweights. For the Tartans to have a chance, they have to methodically move the chains behind Jake Vega and Andre Holmes. If they can move the ball, they won’t get blown out. But, seriously, don’t see how they can win this one.
Friday’s CIF results
Glendora 29, Upland 28, OT – Unbelievable. After Upland took a 28-21 lead in overtime, Glendora scored, then went for the two-point conversion and won it. Pasqy showed a lot of guts, congrats Tartans.
A.B. Miller 43, Damien 14 — Spartans run into a buzzsaw, get rolled by A.B. Miller
Paraclete 52, Sierra Vista 7 — Dons made the playoffs, that should be good enough.
Temple City 25, La Puente 20 — It was a great season for the Warriors, but it ends in first round
Cerritos Valley Christian 31, Duarte 21 — So much for our Mid-Valley championship prediction. This is a huge disappointment.
La Salle 30, Azusa 3 — All it does is make the Montview League 0-4 in the playoffs.
Morro Bay 42, Northview 7 — Long road trip for Vikings ends in a disappointing blowout.
Compton Centennial 14, Baldwin Park 12 — The Valle Vista’s only real chance of making the second round goes down too.
Oaks Christian 56, San Dimas 27 — It’s just not fair.
South El Monte 54, Sonora 7 — The Jose Garay (6TDs)-Tommy Cogburn (4 TD receptions) show on full display.
Fullerton 41, Arroyo 20 — Not the kind of trip to the O.C. the Knights had hoped for.
Schurr 27, Rosemead 6 — Defending champs pull away from Panthers.
El Dorado 40, Rowland 7 — Raiders go down against top-ranked powerhouse.
South Hills 59, La Mirada 33 — Huskies cruise as expected, will get Foothill in second round at home.
Foothill 52, Bonita 14 — After waiting two years to get into the playoffs, this wasn’t the welcome they had in mind.
Wilson 21, Mayfair 13 — Wildcats storybook season moves on to the quarterfinals.
West Covina 28, Anaheim Canyon 21 — Bulldogs get their wish, a rematch against Charter Oak.
Charter Oak 40, Norwalk 0 — Might as well been a bye week for the Chargers.
For quarter-by-quarter updates of tonight’s games, click thread.
Friday, Nov. 23
Glendora (9-2) at No. 1 Corona Centennial (10-1) … Centennial a 59-14 winner over Carter
South El Monte (7-4) at No. 4 California (10-1) … California a 27-0 winner over Santa Ana
No. 2 Charter Oak (9-1-1) at West Covina (6-5)
No. 3 Trabuco Hills (10-1) at Wilson (6-5) … Trabuco Hills a 38-7 winner over Brea Olinda
Foothill (9-2) vs. No. 4 South Hills (9-2) at Covina District … Foothill a 52-14 winner over Bonita
Glendora-Upland Highlights Video
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.