Quote of the night: “We just got overwhelmed,” said La Mirada coach Mike Moschetti, whose team opened with losses to St. Paul (24-7) on Sept. 2 and La Habra (28-19) last week. “Those two teams (St. Paul and La Habra) aren’t Bishop Amat. It’s
not even close.”
Friday’s PrepXtra Postgame Rewind
By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
West Covina wins thriller: Just another classic on Cameron Ave. That was the feeling after West Covina survived a furious fourth-quarter rally from visiting South Hills to pull out a 35-33 victory on Friday. The Bulldogs built a 35-14 lead going into the fourth quarter behind four touchdowns and 242 yards from Jimmy Frazier.
Great highlights and interviews from the Inland Insider, Tom Kiss and crew from West Covina’s thrilling 35-33 win over South Hills.
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Los Altos 32, Wilson 6 — The feel-good story continues as Conquerors improve to 3-0 heading into a big game with Ayala next week.
Bishop Amat 49, La Mirada 13 — Jalen Moore went nuts, rushing for 303 yards and five touchdowns as the Lancers bounced back from last week’s big loss to Servite.
Maranatha 47, Azusa 28 — The Minutemen are looking like Mid-Valley contenders with an easy win over Azusa.
Covina 52, El Monte 10 — The Colts are rolling offensively, doing anything it wants. With Monrovia going down tonight, Covina should be the No. 1 ranked team in the division. Anyone care to disagree?
Arroyo 29, Montebello 22 — Steven Rivera threw for 289 yards, including the game-winning touchdown pass with 50 seconds left.
Charter Oak 54, Esperanza 28 — The Chargers rolled up over 600 yards in total offense to go to 3-0 heading into next week’s big game against Rancho Cucamonga.
Glendora 24, Colony 17 — Huge win for the Tartans, who kept on fighting after tough losses to Charter Oak and Monrovia.
Claremont 46, Walnut 20 — Wolfpack off to another quick start, just like last year.
Baldwin Park 23, Cantwell-Sacred Heart 14 — Braves bounce back to get a huge win at home, probably the upset of the night.
La Puente 43, Northview 34 — The Warriors outscore the Vikings in an offensive slugfest.
West Covina 35, South Hills 33 — Jimmy Frazier rushed for 242 yards and four touchdowns, surviving a great effort from Huskies QB Vince Hernandez, who threw for 389 yards and three touchdowns, with Jamie Canada hauling in 8 receptions for 242 yards and two TDs. South Hills had four turnovers, West Covina had three in one of those games that had everyone shaking their heads. Great offense from both, and another classic finish.
La Serna 21, Bonita 20 –– Bearcats lose for the second straight time, this one a heartbreaker at home.
Nogales 31, Ontario 7 — Nobles looking good with second straight win, adding another Valle Vista league team to the playoff contending mix.
South El Monte 34, Workman 7 — Eagles roll in win over the Lobos.
San Dimas 59, San Gabriel 6 — Since losing to Bonita, Saints look great in wins over Azusa and San Gabriel.
Bosco Tech 51, Gladstone 27 — Gladiators showed they can score, but they give up a lot too.
Glenn 50, Bassett 6 –– Olympians never in it, lose big at home.
Diamond Bar 26, Don Lugo 6 –– Brahmas look impressive again, win second straight.
Tesoro 27, Chino Hills 3 — We keep telling you, facing these Pac-5 teams is no joke.
Ayala 43, Alta Loma 7 — Ayala wins, setting up big game with unbeaten Los Altos next week.
Bloomington 25, Pomona 22 — Red Devils lose a tough one, face Chino Hills next.
Elsinore 27, Diamond Ranch 20 — The Ranch slow starts continue, fall to 0-3.
But the Huskies with three touchdowns in the fourth to nearly send it to overtime.
Just when the Bulldogs were about to apply the finishing touches, the Huskies’ Vince Hernandez returned a fumble for an 83-yard score to cut the Bulldogs’ lead to 35-27 with 7:48 left.
After another Bulldogs fumble deep in South Hills territory, Hernandez hooked up with Jamie Canada for a 69-yard touchdown with 1:29 left to cut it to 35-33.
The Huskies, which had an extra point blocked earlier, missed the game-tying two-point conversion when Hernandez’ pass attempt came up short.
South Hills certainly had reason to feel like it let one slip away.
Hernandez threw for 389 yards and three touchdowns, but he also had three interceptions — one at the goalline at the end of the first half, and another in the endzone early in the second half.
Canada also had an amazing night, hauling in eight receptions for 242 yards and two touchdowns, showing why he’s considered the best wideout in the Valley.
But the Huskies couldn’t stop the Bulldogs on the ground. In addition to Frazier’s 242 yards, Aaron Salgado rushed for 160 yards and a touchdown as the Bulldogs amassed over 400 yards on the ground.
But it also was Salgado who committed to fourth quarter fumbles in the redzone that could have sealed the deal much earlier.
But it was one of those games, the Huskies with four turnovers, the Bulldogs’ with three and enough offense from both to produce a thrilling finish.
West Covina improved to 2-1 while South Hills dropped to 1-2.
“They had trouble stopping our run, and we had trouble stopping their pass,” West Covina coach Mike Maggiore said. ”
“I didn’t want it to be that close, not after we were up three touchdowns. We ran the ball well, especially against a defense that knew we were going to run the ball, but we turned it over late when I thought we were going to score.
“But it works both ways, we got some breaks too. They threw a couple picks in the endzone.”
Frazier’s first two touchdowns gave the Bulldogs a 14-0 lead, then Canada caught a 78-yard pass from Hernandez to trim it to 14-7.
But the Bulldogs came right back, scoring on Salgado’s 46-yard run to go up 21-7. South Hills nearly trimmed it to a touchdown again, but Hernandez’s 11-yard touchdown attempt was tipped and the Bulldogs intercepted it seconds before the half ended.
After Brayton Newton caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Hernandez to trim it to 21-14, Frazier went crazy, scoring on a 65 and 58-yard run to close the third quarter, extending the Bulldogs’ lead to 35-14.
“He’s (Frazier) a great back, a great athlete,” South Hills coach Steve Bogan said. “A couple of times we had guys in front of him, but he made them miss, that’s what great athletes do.”
After a moment to reflect, Bogan simply thought it was a great football game. South Hills lost its season opener to Colony 30-29, missing a game-tying extra point in the final seconds.
That’s twice the Huskies missed a chance to send a game to overtime by missing conversions.
“The greatest thing you saw tonight was teams compete,” Bogan said. “I don’t think anyone quit on this football field.”
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