Mascot fight: Ohio’s Bobcat vs. Ohio State’s Brutus

Mascots at Ohio University and Ohio State took their regional rivalry a bit too far over the weekend.
Here’s a video showing OU’s Bobcat tackling OSU’s Brutus as the Buckeyes take the field prior to the team’s nonconference game on Saturday.
Jason Corriher, Ohio University athletic director for media relations, apologized for the incident, and the student who was dressed in the Bobcat costume has been banned from any further affiliation with Ohio athletics.

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Sunday Tribbin, looking ahead and Video Rewind

Athlete of the week nominations and looking ahead: Those curious about Azusa have their chance on Thursday, our Flip Video’s will certainly be there. Game of the week has to be West Covina and Glendora, hottest teams at the moment meeting at Citrus. The most intriguing is Damien at Bishop Amat, after a 2-0 start and 35-0 win over Chaffey, could you imagine Gano’s signature victory coming at Kiefer?

LA Times rankings up, Bishop Amat No. 14, Glendora checks in at No. 25

This weeks schedule
Thursday

Azusa vs. Gabrielino at Citrus College, 7:00pm
Diamond Ranch at Chaffey, 7:00pm
Gladstone vs. El Monte at San Dimas, 7:00pm
Friday
Ayala at Los Altos, 7:00pm
Bonita at Baldwin Park, 7:00pm
Brea Olinda at Diamond Bar, 7:00pm
Charter Oak vs. Rancho Cucamonga at Los Osos, 7:00pm
Covina at Walnut, 7:00pm
Damien at Bishop Amat, 7:30pm
Duarte at Littlerock, 7:00pm
Garey at Ganesha, 7:00pm
Glendora vs. West Covina at Citrus College, 7:00pm
Hart at Arroyo, 7:00pm
Hoover at Mountain View, 7:00pm
La Puente at Wilson, 7:00pm
Monrovia at San Dimas, 7:00pm
Northview vs. Chino at Covina District, 7:00pm
Pomona at Chino Hills, 7:00pm
Rosemead at San Marino, 7:00pm
Rowland at Claremont, 7:00pm
Sierra Vista at Keppel, 7:00pm
South El Monte at Nogales, 7:00pm
South Hills at Tesoro, 7:00pm
Workman at Montclair, 7:00pm

Highlights and video interviews from Rowland-Rosemead, which really means, check out Raiders QB Michael Ball..West Covina-South Hills raw highlights…

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Saturday Morning Quarterback: Bishop Amat remains unbeaten, Charter Oak, Glendora, Chino Hills and Rowland mighty impressive

For quarter-by-quarter updates of tonight’s games, click thread.

Friday’s Results
Bishop Amat 34, Muir 14 – Zach Shay scores three touchdowns and finishes with 107 yards. Jalen Moore rushes for 128 yards and a TD and Rio Ruiz throws for 145 yards and two touchdowns. Nice numbers for sure, but you get the feeling the offense hasn’t opened it up and can do so much more. Still, nice to be 3-0.
Rowland 48, Rosemead 14 – For the second straight week, the Raiders jump to a 28-0 lead and score the first two times they touch the ball. What have we got here?
Wilson 20, Los Altos 7 — I don’t want to pat myself on the back and say I called it. But I called it.
Glendora 28, Canyon 7 – This sets up an interesting Friday night at Citrus next week when West Covina comes to town.
Rancho Cucamonga 21, San Dimas 10 — The final score doesn’t look that bad really. Should be a good learning experience heading to the Monrovia showdown next week.
Claremont 38, Walnut 13 — The Wolfpack finally clicked on all cylinders. Why does it seem like teams always peak against the Mustangs.
Charter Oak 35, Esperanza 20 — I’m starting to get excited about Travis Santiago. He threw five touchdowns and of course, Big Lou proclaimed him the best QB in the Valley. Hard to argue with him after Santiago’s first three weeks.
Damien 35, Chaffey 0 — Take note Amat fans, the Spartans are 2-0 and though it was Chaffey, not many expected a blowout like this.
Diamond Bar 24, Don Lugo 17 — The fact they’re out of the Sierra League has renewed the optimism and passion of the people in purple.
Covina 31, El Monte 0 – You have to put the Colts right there with the tops in the Mid-Valley. Going by their 3-0 record and whom they have beaten (West Covina), does anyone deserve the Mid-Valley’s top-ranking more than they do?
Bosco Tech 35, Gladstone 28 – Gladiators hang tough for a while, fall just a touchdown short.
Sierra Vista 10, Mountain View 7 – Don’t look now, but the Dons are 2-0.
La Puente 34, Northview 14 – If there is an early-season contender to topple Azusa in the Montview, the Warriors are it.
South El Monte 28, Workman 7 – The South scores on three INT returns. The win isn’t shocking, but the lopsided score is.
Arroyo 12, Montebello 8 – Knights fell behind 8-0 then rallied back. They better not fall behind next week against Hart
Cantwell-Sacred Heart 35, Baldwin Park 17 – The Braves better hope they finish at least second in the VVL because advancing to the playoffs as an at-large is tough after starting 0-3.
Bonita 13, Santa Fe 12 – Even missing key players the Bearcats still go to 3-0, joining West Covina, Rowland and yes, Diamond Bar as early Hacienda favorites.
Ayala 61, Alta Loma 26 – The Bulldogs might not be playing the toughest competition yet, but they sure are routing the teams in front of them.
Chino Hills 14, Tesoro 13 — What a huge win for the Huskies after losing last week. This is how you get your Mojo back.
Pomona 48, Ganesha 7 — When was the last time Pomona started 3-0?
L.A. Marshall 58, Bassett 20 – The Olympians just gave up way too many points to have a chance.
Nogales vs. Ontario at Montclair .. Not available at sleep time.

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Column: Aram riding the Azusa train

I’ve had the privilege of covering some pretty amazing teams from around these parts. I was on the field when Los Altos won CIF in 2003. I was on the field when South Hills won CIF in 2005. They were great moments to be a sports writer, who happened to jump on the bandwagon at the right time. But you know what I enjoy even more than that? Getting on the bandwagon of a school that’s not tasted success in almost forever. And that’s where I am today.

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Touching Base with John Honell

Correspondent John Honell is a longtime contributor to the Tribune, and well-known throughout the San Gabriel Valley. He knows the area’s history, coaches, and always seems to have insider information. He will share some of it with his “Touching Base” pieces that will run from time to time.

My thoughts on the first two weeks of prep football …

What is zero week? Zero times anything is still zero. Does that mean the first games of the year don’t count? If someone tells me they live in the third house from the corner, do I count zero, one, two, three? Com’n CIF, just say it. We have 11 weeks of football with some teams getting a bye week. More hype sets up a bigger payday for the CIF. (moving for athletic reasons?) – to continue click thread

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Thursday Final: West Covina runs over, around and through South Hills for 42-27 victory; Nunez leads Azusa to another dominating victory


Thursday’s Results
West Covina 42, South Hills 27 — Would someone send the Covina tape, I’m having a hard time comprehending how they pulled it off after watching West Covina dismantle South Hills every way imaginable. You weren’t thinking what happened to South Hills, you were more in awe of the Bulldogs’ backfiled and 0-Line. It was the most points scored on South Hills this decade. If this team doesn’t turn the ball over, they won’t get beat the rest of the way, and that includes Glendora next. Last week it was RB Chris Soloman, this week it was B.J. Lee (125 yards, 3 TDs), and next week it could be someone else. They’re that deep, and were better than I thought on the D-Line. What you don’t know is how they will handle a quarterback like Glendora’s Chad Jeffries. But questions about everything else were answered tonight, a big thumbs up.
Azusa 31, Ontario Christian 10 – Fine I’ll say it: The Aztecs can compete with anyone in the Mid-Valley Division. There is not a game they won’t have a chance to win, so yes, a Mid-Valley title is possible. Especially with QB Jose “The Real Deal” Nunez, who scored four touchdowns and threw for 207 yards.
Garey 49, Duarte 0 — It doesn’t show on the scoreboard, but the Falcons go down fighting every week.

Inland Insider Tom Kiss wraps it up with West Covina coach Mike Maggiore, RB B.J. Lee and South Hills coach Steve Bogan.

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Coveritlive: Bishop Amat welcomes Muir

With the vacation days gone lets get back to business. For the third straight week Mike “The Cousin” Robledo will do Coveritlive from the Bishop Amat-Muir game, another no-brainer whenever you pit two traditional East-West Valley powers. I forget the year, but I can still remember my pop running out of the stands about 15 years ago with his Muir ’58 alumni shirt when the Mustangs beat Amat on a last second Hail Mary at Kiefer. That won’t happen this year, not even close, but I’m sure the family will be there again. However, would you be surprised if Muir hung with Amat? Not at all, this is a team over the years that tends to play to its level of competition and has the athletes to compete with the big boys. If you don’t believe me, ask Charter Oak, who needed a last-second goal line stand to beat Muir in the first-round of the playoffs last year, nearly knocking the Chargers’ back-to-back championship bid out before they had a chance to warm up.

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The Scouting Guru takes a trip down memory lane with South Hills – West Covina rivalry

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 in the San Gabriel Valley.

Thursday night at Covina District Field, West Covina and South Hills will lock horns in one of the longest running rivalries in the San Gabriel Valley. And for many football, there are football games and then there is West Covina vs. South Hills. Now some fans might argue that the Smudge Pot is bigger, or that the Charter Oak vs. Glendora game is very important for the talent on the field, and others might argue that Covina vs. Northview deserves to be used in the same breathe. And their could be some validity to it. But, as far as I am concerned, West Covina vs. South Hills ranks right at the top of the list. (To continue, click thread).

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Will Azusa go undefeated? Scherf admits they’re thinking about it after Bell Gardens win

“That’s always a goal because we’ve been 9-1 the past two seasons. It would be great to be undefeated before the playoffs. I’m sure it’s in the back of the kids’ heads. But we have to take it one game at a time.”Azusa coach Joe Scherf

By Aram Tolegian
Among other great things to come out of Azusa’s stunning 48-0 rout of Bell Gardens was it cleared the way for the Aztecs to finish the regular season with a 10-0 record. If it sounds foolish to talk about such a feat just one game into the season, it may not be considering Azusa’s loss to Bell Gardens last season was the only thing that prevented the Aztecs from finishing 10-0.

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What, Diamond Ranch panic? Not them

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
History says nobody should be too worried about the Diamond Ranch High School football team’s 0-2 start. After all, the Panthers are notorious for slow starts that empty the bandwagon only to see it swell up again with a strong run in November. But things feel a tad different this year after Diamond Ranch was blown out by Santa Margarita 56-0 in Week 0, then saw what most consider to be a very average Damien team go on a 19-0 run in the fourth quarter to post a 26-19 win last Friday.

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Bonita Smudges San Dimas … Again

By Brian Baiotto, Correspondent
The high school sports season has just started, but Bonita already has two significant victories over crosstown rival San Dimas. The Bearcats dominated the CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division champion Saints, 41-20, in the first week of football season, and the Bonita girls volleyball team defeated visiting San Dimas 25-10, 25-10, 25-27, 25-8 in front of a raucous crowd Tuesday.

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