Happy Thanksgiving, have a great day with your family, a big meal, plenty of sleep, then get ready for another Fabulous Football Friday

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
When high school football teams gather in the spring and regroup in the summer, one of the biggest goals throughout camp is practicing on Thanksgiving, which eight area teams have the privilege of doing today after advancing to the second round of the CIF-Southern Section divisional playoffs. For South Hills, practicing on Thanksgiving is almost a tradition. The Huskies haven’t missed a second-round appearance this decade, and have advanced to the second round 16 of the last 17 years.
The last Thanksgiving practice the Huskies missed was in 1998, and prior to that was 1992. To continue reading click thread

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Adam Muema joins long list of great Charter Oak running backs, and can become first to win back-to-back titles

By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
The list is a who’s who of some of the best running backs in the area over the past decade. It includes Jason David, Patrick Fuller, Aaron Capers and Kanaan Snowden.
All former Charter Oak High School tailbacks.
It’s not lost on the Chargers’ Adam Muema, the latest protege for what is becoming Tailback High School. “He’s also one of our better historians of Charter Oak football,” said Charter Oak coach Lou Farrar, who coached all the above and more. “Since he was a sophomore, he’s taken home all the game films of the previous running backs and watched them all. He knows every move, watched all the big plays from those guys. He wants to know more about the guys who came before him.” To continue, click thread

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Two-Minute Drill: Robledo, Ramirez, Miller and the Scouting Guru talks about this week’s quarterfinal games

The Tribune’s Fred Robledo, Steve Ramirez, Time Warner’s popular Reginald Miller and the Scouting Guru mix it up and discuss four of Friday’s CIF quarterfinal playoff games. Check it out

Friday’s quarterfinals games
Bishop Amat (10-1) at Lakewood (10-1), 7 p.m.
Charter Oak (10-1) at West Covina (7-4), 7 p.m.
South Hills (9-3) vs. Crescenta Valley at Glendale HS, 7 p.m.
San Marino (9-2) vs. Azusa (10-1) at Citrus College, 7 p.m.

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Amat Watch: After facing QBs Neuheisel, Kasdorf, Bennett and Wittek, Lakewood has the best of them all, USC-Bound Jesse Scroggins

“In my opinion, he’s the best quarterback in the country. He’s got a great arm, makes great decisions and he really understands what we want to do.” Lakewood coach Thadd MacNeal on QB Jesse Scroggins

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
For the past month the Bishop Amat football team has dealt with some of the best quarterbacks in the Southland, including Loyola’s Jerry Neuheisel, Crespi’s Bryan Bennett, Notre Dame’s Ryan Kasdorf and Mater Dei’s Matt Wittek. But none of them compare to the test the Lancers (10-1) will get on Friday in their Pac-5 Division quarterfinal against No. 4 Lakewood (10-1) at 7 p.m. As far as Lakewood coach Thadd MacNeal is concerned, third-year starting quarterback, Jesse Scroggins, who chose USC over other high- profile schools such as Florida and Tennessee, is among the best anywhere. (To continue, click thread)

AMAT TICKET UPDATE: Bishop Amat has sold out of their allotted tickets for Friday’s game at Lakewood. Anyone wanting a ticket should show up early to Lakewood and buy from the box office before they sell out and close the gates. Otherwise, follow it with us on COVERITLIVE with my cousin Mike (an Amat alum).

Don’t want to alarm you Amat fan, but this is some impressive stuff

The Long Beach Press Telegram has a thread on the Bishop Amat-Lakewood game. They point out that Bishop Amat is 8-1 all-time against the other Lancers, which includes Bishop Amat’s infamous 1970 championship, when they were led by future USC and Rams quarterback Pat Haden.

Bishop Amat leads playoff series, 8-1
1970: Amat 18-17 in 4A championship.
1982: Lakewood 31-amat 12 in first round
1983: Amat 14-7 in OT in the second round.
1985: Amat 27-10 in first round
1987: Amat 35-7 in first round
1990: Amat 31-13 in first round
1993: Amat 37-6 in first round
1997: Amat 13-3 in first round
2003: Amat 35-18 in first round
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Azusa on the verge of history again; Scherf gets an email from Burch Drake, who coached there more than 30 years ago

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Former Azusa High School football players have been hanging around lately. Aztecs coach Joe Scherf talks to them in church, has seen them around practice and recently got an email from former Aztecs coach Burch Drake, who coached at the school in the late 60’s and was part of the 1974 Aztecs team that reached the CIF-Southern Section Divisional quarterfinals when it was a 32-team playoff format. To continue, click thread

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