Let the mythical high school playoffs begin

Longtime staffer Jim McConnell is trying to the impossible, pick the best Valley team in football history. A week ago he named the best teams ever, and now he’s in search of a champion with his own mythical playoffs.

By Jim McConnell
Let the games begin.
Our mythical high school football playoffs produced a couple major surprises in round one. Here’s the rundown, straight from the Then & Now computers – which look suspiciously like a dartboard and a Ouija board.

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Football Top 32: Charter Oak clings to No. 1; Bishop Amat, South Hills make a move

Top 10
1. Charter Oak (2-0) - The Chargers looked impressive in routing L.A. University. QBs Travis Santiago and Josiah Thropay combined for more than 200 yards passing and four TDs.
2. Bishop Amat (1-0) - The Lancers started slow before scoring a 28-14 victory over Dominguez. Jay Anderson rushed for 113 yards, 102 in the second half. West Covina is next.
3. South Hills (1-0) - The Huskies used a solid defensive effort in beating Ayala. They will have their hands full when they challenge La Habra, who just whacked La Mirada.
4. Glendora (0-1) - It’s been a tough few days for the Tartans, who lost to Upland, 10-3, on Friday, and now are without stud receiver Wallace Gonzalez, who has left the team. A win over Canyon will soften the blow.
5. Diamond Ranch (1-1) - The Panthers play one of the toughest schedules in the area, and this week it takes them to Elsinore. They dropped a few spots after a tough loss at Colony.
6. Rowland (1-0) - The Raiders, led by Michael Ball, were steady in beating California. Now they get an improved Montebello squad.
7. San Dimas (2-0) - The Saints just march on, opening the season with routs of Los Altos and South El Monte.
8. Walnut (1-0) - The Mustangs were off and running, beating Diamond Bar 44-20. Austin Cooper proved to be a good compliment to running back Leonard Rhodes.
9. Baldwin Park (2-0) - The Braves make a major move after starting the season 2-0.
10. Damien (0-2) - The Spartans stay in the top 10 by default, but they will need to play better than last week’s 40-7 loss at St. John Bosco to remain. A win over Claremont this week is a good start.
The Middle 10
11. West Covina (0-2), 12. Bonita (0-2), 13. Rosemead (1-0), 14. Workman (2-0), 15. Diamond Bar (0-1), 16. Arroyo (1-0), 17. Los Altos (1-1), 18. Wilson (1-0), 19. Northview (0-1), 20. La Puente (2-0).
On the bottom looking up
21. Azusa (1-1), 22. Gladstone (2-0), 23. Sierra Vista (1-0), 24. Covina (0-1), 25. Nogales (1-1), 26. El Monte (0-1), 28. Bassett (1-1), 29. Ganesha (0-2), 30. South El Monte (0-2), 31. Mountain View (0-2), 32. Duarte (0-2).

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Wilson finally headed in right direction

By Steve Ramirez
The road back to prominence for the Wilson High School football program began in earnest this past Friday. For some, the Wildcats’ 28-13 victory over Sonora was just another football score. But for others, it meant so much more, especially from a program that had gone from winning back-to-back CIF-Southern Section divisional titles during the 1990s to being a mere 1-9 last season.

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K.C. Huth breaks foot, Bonita reeling at 0-2

Bonita, which has started the season 0-2, will be without the services of fullback/linebacker K.C. Huth, who broke his foot during last week’s 31-28 loss to Claremont. “It’s a big-time loss,” Bonita coach Eric Podley said. “He’s one of our top linebackers and fullback.” It’s been a tough start to the season for the Bearcats, who opened the season with a 21-14 loss to Westview.
“We’re still working hard,” Podley said. “We’ve been our own worst enemy and have been beating ourselves. The kids are motivated to correct the errors.”

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Breaking News: Glendora’s Gonzalez gives up football, will concentrate on his baseball career


Above: Glendora’s Wallace Gonzalez, seen here last season, is no longer with the Tartans.

This was supposed to be an exciting season for the Glendora High School football team. It was thought with returning receivers Wallace Gonzalez and Aaron Stockham, considered two of the best in the area, and highly-touted junior quarterback Chad Jeffries, the Tartans would be able to score points in bunches. But it hasn’t quite worked out that way. Stockham injured his back during the summer passing league schedule and hasn’t seen the field, and now Gonzalez, who has committed to play baseball at the University of San Diego in 2011, has left the team to concentrate on that sport.

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Girls Volleyball: Top 10 and season preview


Above: Allie LaPierre is expected to lead a very good Bonita team this season.

Are you ready for some volleyball?
Here’s my season outlook story. And tonight is a big top-10 meeting between No. 2 St. Lucy’s and No. 6 Los Altos.

By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
This could be a special year for the Bonita High School girls volleyball team. The Bearcats, who have advanced to the CIF-Southern Section divisional semifinals and quarterfinals the past two seasons, are expected to make similar runs this fall with a returning class that features three of the top players in the area. “I’m very excited to have practically all the starters from last year returning,” Bonita coach Adriana Contreras said. “It does look promising. We are training very hard to get everyone physically prepared to compete against top teams.

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Tribskin Pick’em: Your predictions and ours


Fred and I will go head-to-head throughout the season. Here is our updated records on the Tribskin Pick’em thread.

Robledo: Last week/Total: 19-6/29-10
Ramirez: Last week/Total: 18-7/26-13

Notes: The three games we both missed were Sierra Vista over Hoover, Upland upending Glendora again and Claremount beating Bonita. I got Fred on Wilson over Sonora; Los Altos over Northview and Colony over Diaamond Ranch. Fred got me on Nogales over Garey; Venice holding off West Covina; Bell Gardens and St. John Bosco’s routs of Azusa and Damien. We got some big games this week. It starts Thursday, with South Hills taking on La Habra, which is playing like USC these days. Take the Highlanders. We also like Bishop Amat over West Covina on Friday and Arroyo over Northview, also on Friday. I like La Puente over Baldwin Park on Friday; Fred’s going with the Braves.

Thursday, Sept. 17
Canyon vs. Glendora at Citrus College, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Glendora); Ramirez (Glendora
South Hills at La Habra, 7 p.m – Robledo (La Habra); Ramirez (La Habra)
Duarte vs. Pomona at Ganesha, 7 p.m – Robledo (Pomona); Ramirez (Pomona)
Friday, Sept. 18
Bishop Amat at West Covina, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Amat); Ramirez (Amat)
Rosemead at Monrovia, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Monrovia); Ramirez (Rosemead)
Northview vs. Arroyo at Covina District Field, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Arroyo); Ramirez (Arroyo)
La Puente at Baldwin Park, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Baldwin Park); Ramirez (La Puente)
Charter Oak at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Charter Oak); Ramirez (Charter Oak)
Claremont at Damien, 7:00 p.m. – Robledo (Damien); Ramirez (Damien)
Workman vs. South El Monte at La Puente, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Workman); Ramirez (Workman)
Covina at El Monte, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Covina); Ramirez (Covina)
Garey vs. Walnut at Ganesha, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Walnut); Ramirez (Walnut)
Ontario at Nogales 7 p.m. – Robledo (Nogales); Ramirez (Nogales
Sierra Vista at Mountain View, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Sierra Vista); Ramirez (Sierra Vista)
Glenn at Wilson, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Glenn); Ramirez (Glenn)
Santa Fe at Bonita, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Santa Fe); Ramirez (Bonita)
Montebello at Rowland, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Rowland); Ramirez (Rowland)
Bosco Tech vs. Gladstone at Citrus College, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Bosco Tech); Ramirez (Gladstone)
Diamond Ranch at Elsinore, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Diamond Ranch); Ramirez (Elsinore)
San Dimas vs. Magnolia at Western, 7 p.m. – Robledo (SDimas); Ramirez (SDimas)
Ganesha at Bassett, 7 p.m.- Robledo (Bassett); Ramirez (Bassett)
Azusa at Ontario Christian, 7:30 p.m. – Robledo (Ont. Chr.); Ramirez (Ont. Chr.)

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“Feelin’ kinda Sunday” The NFL is here


Here’s hoping we see more of this from Tony Romo in this Associated Press photo.

As all of you know from time to time we will blog on something other than high school football. Fred usually does it for his beloved Lakers. For me, its the Dallas Cowboys, who again should be a contender for the Super Bowl, along with the Industry, er, Minnesota Vikings, NY football Giants and Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC, and the Pittsburgh Steelers, Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots in the AFC.
So welcome all to the true first day of fall – the opening day of the NFL Season.
Here’s something to get you in the mood:

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Saturday Morning Quarterback: South Hills defense shines, Bishop Amat gets it done and Charter Oak’s takes an afternoon thrill ride


Above: South Hills sophomore Jamel Hart comes up just short, but finishes with two touchdowns in Huskies’ win.

Friday’s results
South Hills 21, Ayala 3 -- The Huskies force five turnovers and pick-off Bulldogs quarterback Ryan Orozco four times.
Charter Oak 43, University 6 — Just some fun in the sun as the Chargers show why it’s the Tribune’s top team. Then again, University who?
Arroyo 27, Temple City 24 — The Knights score late to win a thriller and avenge last year’s playoff loss to the Rams.
Bishop Amat 28, Dominguez 14 — The Lancers get a must-need win at home, a huge confidence booster after all the uncertainty.
Upland 10, Glendora 3 — Either the Highlanders’ defense is that good, or the Tartans offense isn’t what we thought it was.
Claremont 31, Bonita 28 — The Bearcats lose a close one for the second straight week. Look like defense could be a problem.
Walnut 44, Diamond Bar 20 — With the Mustangs rolling like this, the San Antonio league is going to be mighty interesting.
Rosemead 23, Covina 20 – Raise your hand if you thought it would be this close. Give the Colts credit, they hung with last year’s divisional finalist.
La Puente 36, El Monte 20 – The Warriors are off to a quick 2-0 start under new coach Brandon Roher.
Bell Gardens 34, Azusa 6 -- Not the great Aztecs start last year, but they’re playing a tougher schedule.
Workman 24, Keppel 14 — The Lobos keep rolling along, 2-0, just like their neighbor La Puente.
St. John Bosco 40, Damien 7 — This is exactly what the Spartans hoped to avoid, an 0-2 start with the schedule only getting tougher.
Rowland 17, California 10 — After all those departing seniors, the Raiders can still play some defense.
Baldwin Park 20, Montebello 14 — The Braves continue on as advertised, making them early Valle Vista favorites with San Dimas.
Monrovia 59, Duarte 0 – Sure looks like it’s going to be a long season for the Falcons, who get crushed in the MD Classic.
Los Altos 34, Northview 6 — What to make of this? Los Altos gets run by San Dimas, then runs Northview? I guess that’s football.
Wilson 28, Sonora 13 – The Wildcats get a huge win to start the Brian Zavala era. Someone’s dancing in Wilsonland.
San Dimas 56, South El Monte 0 – I guess they don’t do rebuilding years at San Dimas. After two weeks, Zernickow early coach of the year favorite.
Venice 41, West Covina 33 – Not bad considering how good Venice is, the Bulldogs’ injuries, and the long drive west.
Colony 25, Diamond Ranch 20 — After the big win over Muir, some of the air let out in close loss at Colony.
Bell -Jefferson at Mountain View, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bell-Jeff); Ramirez (Bell-Jeff)

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Thursday Night Final: Gladstone rolls like old times, Sierra Vista joins the Montview winning spree and Nogales, Bassett get must wins

Below: Gladstone’s Andrew Martinez (27) celebrating a Gladiators touchdown.

Thursday’s results
Gladstone 35, Ganesha 6 — The Happy Rockers are 2-0 and off to their best start since 2005; also the last time they won the Montview. Finally, no more talk about a down cycle.
Sierra Vista 12, Hoover 8 — Another Montview eye-catcher with a first-game win under the belt. That makes the Montview 5-2 in openers.
Nogales 33, Garey 27 — If they had any chance of competing in the San Antonio, they had to win games like this and they did.
Bassett 8, Firebaugh 6 — Sounds like more of a baseball score, but the Olympians will take it.

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Words from the Scouting Guru …

The Scouting Guru has been all over the San Gabriel Valley and beyond, and like always, he’s offered to share his thoughts, free of charge. Don’t hate, enjoy it for what it’s worth, which is one man’s opinion on the talent and teams in the San Gabriel Valley and surrounding areas.

The Guru says: One of the better college football blogs belongs to Ted Miller of ESPN.com. He covers the Pac-10 and it’s required reading for Pac-10 fans. In reading the articles from the Washington game against LSU, here were some of the comments from observers and participants from the game….
“We want teams to respect us when they walk off the field,” UW HC Steve Sarkisian on Monday at his news conference prior to the LSU game. “You guys are definitely building. Don’t worry about that [the loss]. Keep it up.” LSU RB Charles Scott told UW defensive lineman Alameda Ta’amu after the game.

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What will become of the MD Classic?

Anyone around Duarte knows the man they call “Big Bob,” who helped establish the inaugural MD Classic last year, complete with a trophy for the winner and an MVP trophy for the nonleague rivalry between Monrovia and Duarte high schools. It was a great event last year as Monrovia hung on for a 14-6 victory in front of a packed house. What about this year? Duarte will host the game on Friday at 7 p.m., but with the Falcons struggling and fielding only 18 players in last week’s 55-0 loss to Cajon, and Monrovia showing why it’s the No. 3 team in the Mid-Valley with a 2713 win over Arcadia, what will become of the “MD Classic.” this week? If we were setting the over-under, you’re talking Monrovia by 45.

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Calling in results to the Tribune

High School football began last week, but girls volleyball, cross country, boys water polo, girls golf and girls tennis begin on Thursday. To all coaches and scorekeepers, if you want your results posted in the newspaper call 626-962-8811, Ext. 2242 or 2233. If you choose to email, send all results to scores@sgvn.com, and leave a CONTACT name and number in case we have questions. You will need to provide us with results from both teams, and it must include first and last names, and records of both teams.

Noteworthy: Every year I get calls from parents wondering why certain schools and sports scores are always in the newspaper, and others are left out. It’s very simple, we obviously can’t send reporters to most of these events, so we rely on coaches and volunteers of the programs to phone/email in results. Those that do it religiously are in the paper after every contest, those that don’t, and some never call in all season, are obviously never in the paper and much harder for us as a staff to follow and know what’s going on. Since phone lines are typically busy, you’re encouraged to email.

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Wilson football game moved to Friday

Wilson High School’s season opener against Sonora has been moved to Friday instead of Thursday at La Habra High School. They will kickoff at 7 p.m.

Maxpreps’ schedule, stats and roster below. This is a great way to see how area leaders stack up against each other. Now, if all coaches would send in their info, we would be on top of things. Also, click on the rankings, this gives you Maxpreps rankings of our 31 area teams.

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Notebook: West Covina in deep trouble with injuries, and a brutal schedule to follow

By Steve Ramirez
West Covina High School football coach Mike Maggiore thought he had it all figured out. But there was something he couldn’t plan for when the Bulldogs opened the 2009 season with a 28-17 loss at El Rancho last week – injuries. West Covina had it in droves. The Bulldogs lost all four of their captains, including their best offensive and defensive lineman Richard Tejada, linebacker/fullback Jesse Ili, fullback Charles Tucker and lineman Ryan McLaurin. “We lost Richard on the second play of the game,” Maggiore said. “I don’t want to make excuses and take away anything from El Rancho, because they did a good job, but when that happens, it kind of takes the wind out of your sails.”

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The weekend’s best: Workman’s Kalin Bradford rushed for 172 yards and 3 TDs

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Kalin Bradford, Workman
Senior Running Back

What he did: Began his senior year in style, rushing for three touchdowns and 172 yards on 12 carries in the Lobos’ 41-7 victory over Mountain View. Bradford scored on runs of 18, 14 and 52 yards as the Lobos rushed to a 34-0 halftime lead.

Honor Roll
Manny Salcedo, Baldwin Park: The quarterback was 10 of 17 for 130 yards and a TD in the Braves’ 26-16 win over Nogales.
Paul Flores, Gladstone: Threw four TD passes in win over Western Christian.
Robert Poage, Charter Oak: His three field goals made the difference in 15-14 win over Gardena.
Gus Viramontes, Diamond Ranch: Quarterback threw for 254 yards and two touchdowns in 35-20 win over Muir.
Ryan Kohler, San Dimas: Rushed for 128 yards and a touchdown in 33-6 blowout of Los Altos.

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If this is how the Saints play defense all season, they could become mighty dangerous

San Dimas, which lost several key offensive weapons from a team that advanced to the CIF-Southern Section divisional quarterfinals last year, hardly missed a beat last week, opening the season with an impressive 33-6 win at Los Altos. But lost in Ryan Kohler, Dillon Corona and Tre Evans combining for 316 yards rushing, was the play of the Saints defense, which held Los Altos to one touchdown and 250 total yards, 65 of which came in mop-up duty by Conquerors running back Alex Tibbs. San Dimas’ defense this year is coached by former Wilson coach Brian Mustain, but head coach Bill Zernickow also credited the work ethic of his youthful, but talented group. “Coach Mustain makes a big difference,” Zernickow said. “But these kids really want to be better. We have really good chemistry. “(Last week), we did a good job of adjusting and figuring out what (Los Altos) was trying to do. Our guys played very hard.”
– Steve Ramirez —

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CIF Football Rankings: Diamond Ranch area’s only No. 1 team, Bishop Amat not ranked in Pac-5

Central Division: 1. Rancho Cucamonga, 2. Chino Hills, 3. Colton, 4. Cajon, 5. Glendora, 6. Upland, 7. Chaffey, 8. Elsinore, 9. Paloma Valley, 10. Los Osos, Others: West Valley, Ayala, Etiwanda, Damien.
Mid-Valley Division: 1. Paraclete, 2. Rosemead, 3. Monrovia, 4. Temple City, 5. Northview, 6. San Dimas, 7. Azusa, 8. Arroyo, 9. San Marino, 10. Pomona, Others: Cerritos Valley Christian, Workman, Baldwin Park.
Southeast Division: 1. Diamond Ranch, 2. Charter Oak, 3. South Hills, 4. Rowland, 5. Burroughs, 6. Santa Fe, 7. Crescenta Valley, 8. Burbank, 9. Muir, 10. West Covina; Others: California, Bonita, Walnut.
Pac-5 Division: 1. Servite, 2. Notre Dame, 3. Mission Viejo, 4. Edison, 5. Long Beach Poly, 6. Crespi, 7. Orange Lutheran, 8. Lakewood, 9. Loyola, 10. Tesoro; Others: Los Alamitos, San Clemente, Newport Harbor, St. John Bosco, Fountain Valley, Jordan.

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Diamond Ranch and San Dimas jump to No. 4 and 7 respectively in Tribune’s Super 32 rankings

The Top Ten
1. Charter Oak (1-0) – The Chargers couldn’t handle the speed up front from Gardena? That’s not a good sign, but it was opening week. Even though they slipped past 15-14, they’re still the defending champs.
2. Glendora (0-0) – Tough opener at Upland, a game that will be a telling sign of what to expect the rest of the way.
3. Bishop Amat (0-0) – When you look at the Lancers’ schedule, a win over Dominguez is a must off the bat. They’re at home, it’s opening night, and the schedule only gets tougher.
4. Diamond Ranch (1-0) – Let’s give CIF credit, they ranked the Panthers No. 1 in the Southeast, and they protected it nicely with a big win over Muir.
5. South Hills (0-0) – The Huskies drop from No. 3 to No. 5 without losing a game, but the loss of Jordan and Jamie Canada is huge, and the quarterback spot is still uncertain heading into Ayala.
6. Rowland (0-0) – The Raiders lost plenty from last year, but Michael Ball is back and we will see how much of an impact he makes against California.
7. San Dimas (1-0) — They looked outstanding against Los Altos. The biggest surprise was not the offense, but the defense in winning 33-6.
8. Walnut (0-0) – If the Mustangs beat Diamond Bar, they have a good chance of starting 4-0 or 5-0.
9. Damien (0-1) — They hung for a half against mighty Rancho Cucamonga, now they get another tough one at St. John Bosco.
10. West Covina (0-1) – Not even Whittier prep editor Roger Murray thought the Bulldogs would lose to El Rancho. The 28-17 setback is a shocker, no other way to explain it.
The Middle Ten
11. Bonita (0-1), 12. Baldwin Park (1-0), 13. Diamond Bar (0-0), 13. Rosemead (0-0), 14. Workman (1-0), 15. Northview (0-0), 16. Arroyo (0-0), 17. Los Altos (0-1), 18. Azusa (0-0), 19. Wilson (0-0), 20. La Puente (1-0)
On the bottom looking up
21. Covina (0-0), 22. Gladstone (1-0), 23. Sierra Vista (0-0), 24. El Monte (0-0), 25. Nogales (0-1), 26. South El Monte (0-1), 27. Mountain View (0-1), 28. Ganesha (0-1), 31. Bassett (0-1), 32. Duarte (0-1).

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Tribskin Pick’em, your predictions and ours


Steve Ramirez and I will go head-to-head throughout the season, and I will update our records each Monday on the Tribskin Pick’em thread.

Robledo: Last week/Total: 19-6/29-10
Ramirez: Last week/Total: 18-7/26-13

Notes: The three games we both missed were Sierra Vista over Hoover, Upland upending Glendora again and Claremount beating Bonita. I got Fred on Wilson over Sonora; Los Altos over Northview and Colony over Diamond Ranch. Fred got me on Nogales over Garey; Venice holding off West Covina; Bell Gardens and St. John Bosco’s routs of Azusa and Damien. We got some big games this week. It starts Thursday, with South Hills taking on La Habra, which is playing like USC these days. Take the Highlanders. We also like Bishop Amat over West Covina on Friday and Arroyo over Northview, also on Friday. I like La Puente over Baldwin Park on Friday; Fred’s going with the Braves.

Thursday, Sept. 17
Canyon vs. Glendora at Citrus College, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Glendora); Ramirez (Glendora
South Hills at La Habra, 7 p.m – Robledo (La Habra); Ramirez (La Habra)
Duarte vs. Pomona at Ganesha, 7 p.m – Robledo (Pomona); Ramirez (Pomona)
Friday, Sept. 18
Bishop Amat at West Covina, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Amat); Ramirez (Amat)
Rosemead at Monrovia, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Monrovia); Ramirez (Rosemead)
Northview vs. Arroyo at Covina District Field, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Arroyo); Ramirez (Arroyo)
La Puente at Baldwin Park, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Baldwin Park); Ramirez (La Puente)
Charter Oak at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Charter Oak); Ramirez (Charter Oak)
Claremont at Damien, 7:00 p.m. – Robledo (Damien); Ramirez (Damien)
Workman vs. South El Monte at La Puente, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Workman); Ramirez (Workman)
Covina at El Monte, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Covina); Ramirez (Covina)
Garey vs. Walnut at Ganesha, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Walnut); Ramirez (Walnut)
Ontario at Nogales 7 p.m. – Robledo (Nogales); Ramirez (Nogales
Sierra Vista at Mountain View, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Sierra Vista); Ramirez (Sierra Vista)
Glenn at Wilson, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Glenn); Ramirez (Glenn)
Santa Fe at Bonita, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Santa Fe); Ramirez (Bonita)
Montebello at Rowland, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Rowland); Ramirez (Rowland)
Bosco Tech vs. Gladstone at Citrus College, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Bosco Tech); Ramirez (Gladstone)
Diamond Ranch at Elsinore, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Diamond Ranch); Ramirez (Elsinore)
San Dimas vs. Magnolia at Western, 7 p.m. – Robledo (SDimas); Ramirez (SDimas)
Ganesha at Bassett, 7 p.m.- Robledo (Bassett); Ramirez (Bassett)
Azusa at Ontario Christian, 7:30 p.m. – Robledo (Ont. Chr.); Ramirez (Ont. Chr.)

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Sunday Tribbin on next week’s rankings

The new rankings come out Wednesday, and already the gap is closing between Charter Oak and the rest of the top teams. They will stay No. 1 here, but Diamond Ranch made a strong case that CIF’s top-ranking was deserved. If San Dimas winning convincingly was the biggest “wow” of the night, West Covina losing was the biggest, “what?” Workman and Baldwin Park took big steps up, South El Monte and Duarte big steps back. Damien, that’s still a wait and see; great that it was close, but moral victories don’t mean much.

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Saturday Morning Quarterback: San Dimas wins big, Charter Oak hangs on, WesCo goes down


San Dimas rolls past Los Altos, 33-6

Here’s a brief look at Friday’s results
Rancho Cucamonga 27, Damien 14: The Spartans keep it close for a while before divisional champion Rancho Cucamonga spoils Greg Gano’s debut.
San Dimas 33, Los Altos 6: The Saints, sans last year’s stars, just keep on rolling. Ryan Kohler and Tre Evans combine for nearly 250 yards rushing in an easy win.
Charter Oak 15, Gardena 14: Who saw this coming? Charter Oak keeps its unbeaten streak intact, but just barely.
El Rancho 28, West Covina 17: El Rancho looks like the Rancho of old, beats WesCo
Diamond Ranch 35, Muir 20: Viramontes shines as the Ranch romps.
Other Scores
Workman 41, Mountain View 7
Baldwin Park 26, Nogales 16
Gladstone 33, Western Christian 12
Westview 21, Bonita 14
Cajon 55, Duarte 0
Norwalk 63, South El Monte 3

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