Saturday Morning Quarterback: Bishop Amat loses game and Rio Ruiz in 14-3 loss to Loyola; Chino Hills in a last minute thriller over Damien, 28-27; Steven “Real Deal” Rivera clutch for Arroyo

By Fred J. Robledo
It was a bad night all the way around at Kiefer Stadium. Bishop Amat quarterback Rio Ruiz suffered a knee injury in Friday’s 14-3 loss to Loyola on homecoming, leaving Amat’s playoff hopes in jeopardy, and Ruiz’s immediate future in doubt.

Watch Chino Hills thrilling comeback win over Damien, we’ve got highlights and interviews from the Inland Insider and crew

Tonight’s results and game stories
Loyola 14, Bishop Amat 3 — Amat’s playoff hopes and the rest of Rio Ruiz’s football season in jeopardy after Lancers fall to 6-3 and 1-2 in the Serra. Ruiz injured his left knee in the first half and will have an MRI over the weekend to determine the severity. With Alemany beating Crespi, Amat’s still in the playoff hunt. Loyola and Alemany are both 2-0 with Crespi and Amat 1-2 and Notre Dame 0-2. If Amat beats Notre Dame and Crespi loses its finale to Loyola, Amat would get in as the third place team, providing Alemany and Loyola finish first and second. But who knows, they can all beat each other.
Chino Hills 28, Damien 27 — Can’t wait for the Inland Insider’s highlights. Chino Hills rallied in the final moments to pull out the thriller to move to 3-0 in the Sierra. Correspondent Brian Baiotto wrote: Things couldn’t have seemed more grim for Chino Hills High when it trailed Damien 27-21 with 30 seconds to play. The Huskies were facing a 3rd-and-33 at their own 35-yard line. But Chino Hills quarterback Andrew Chavez heaved the ball deep down the visiting sideline and Jack Austin ran under it and took it 65 yards for the score to stun the host Spartans 28-27 in a Sierra League thriller Friday evening.
Arroyo 28, Rosemead 21– The Knights might have ended the Panthers’ playoff hopes with the victory. More importantly for Arroyo, it should keep them at No. 2 in the Mid-Valley rankings and still in position to win the Mission Valley league.
West Covina 42, Los Altos 24 — The Bulldogs continue to show why they’re the defending champs and No. 1 team in the Southeast Division. They’ve beaten all the contenders and should cruise to the Hacienda league title from here.
Upland 49, Glendora 3 — Upland scored in the first 18 seconds, and it was all down hill for the Tartans at that point.
Bonita 50, Walnut 17 — The win isn’t a surprise, but the way they did it, crushing what has been a much improved Mustangs group is a surprise. Who knows, maybe Bonita will sneak in the playoffs and make some noise.
Diamond Bar 35, Rowland 19 — Brahmas kept their playoff hopes alive with a much needed win, and an impressive one at that.
Charter Oak 49, Claremont 12 – The Chargers continued their impressive play in the Sierra, improving to 3-0 in league with a game at home against Damien next.
El Monte 48, Gabrielino 28 — The Lions, chasing their first league title since 1978, improved to 3-0 in the MVL along with Arroyo. If the Lions beat South El Monte next week, they will likely play Arroyo for the league title in week 10.
Ayala 49, South Hills 48 — The Huskies led 28-7 at half, but once again, their defense let them down in dramatic fashion, losing another close game in the final minutes.
South El Monte 45, Mountain View 0 — The Eagles kept their Mission Valley league playoff hopes alive with the win, and now face surging El Monte next.
Duarte 17, Gladstone 14 — The Falcons won another close game in the Montview, setting up a huge game at hope next week against undefeated La Puente.
Covina 42,Wilson 0 – The Colts clinched at least a tie for the Valle Vista league title and should keep its No. 1 ranking in the Mid-Valley Division. The Colts have a week off before facing rival Northview in the league finale.
Nogales 8, Northview 7 — A mild surprise. The Nobles have come a long way this season, and this victory further proves it.
San Dimas 48, Baldwin Park 14 — The Saints took out the frustration of last week’s loss to Covina with a convincing win.
La Puente 56, Bassett 0 – The Warriors improved to 8-0, marking the third straight year coach Brandon Rohrer has won eight game for the Warriors, which is a school record for wins in a season. The Warriors can set the school record next week at Duarte.
Sierra Vista at Ganesha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SVista); Tolegian (SV)

There is no stopping West Covina .. watch Tyler Drohan’s highlights and interviews

TribXtra Postgame show with Aram and Fred


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  • word on cameron

    south hills’ danny sheehan is having surgery on his hand tonight. he will miss the restof the year

  • Power testing

    Damien has only been tested once this year and that was in a loss against Amat. The Chino Hills game should give us a better idea of where Damien stands in the power ratings of the Inland Div.

  • Agree with Power Testing

    I agree with you @ power testing

    I have been a person who has not been on the Damien Bandwagon this year, however, that being said, if they can pull off a win tonight. I will be a beleiver. Tonight and next week ( Charter Oak) Gano has a chance to prove that he still has it ( and that his offensive philosophy and schemes) are valid. We shall see.

    Go Spartans, Go Huskies, will be one hell of a game.

  • TeachDGame

    Damien questions will not be answered on the Offensive side of the ball. They have scored points and will be able to score points.

    The Scheme question will be on the Defensive side of the ball. Can they come up with packages that stop Chino Hills and Charter Oak. Chino Hills runs a pistol many times which I have seen and with a 4 receiver set going at the DB’s, the DE’s & LB’s are going to have to step up to play the read run plays from the QB and get in his face and pressure him on pass plays. Charter Oak is an offensive juggernaut this year. So that game will be decided on if Damien can throw up a few key stops on that offensive train. Not sure they want to get into a shootout cuz there are a lot of bullets on that Team.

    DEFENSE will win those games, not offense.

    So Defense will decide these games and where they go, they can score points.

  • AMAT 73

    Good luck to all the teams of the SGV for well played and injury free games . To the Men in Blue stay focused and do the work for 4 quarters and get the victory. AMAT WILL SHINE .

  • Sgvfan

    Good luck Danny Sheehan, wishing you a speedy recovery, you’re a big loss for the Huskies.

  • The U

    Upland 49 Glendora 3…..42-3 at half….

  • http://uplandfan@yahoo.com upland fan

    Hey Rob and SGV fans

    Upland beat Loyola and Loyola beat Amat. So did we cheat to beat Loyola as well… IE football hands down better than the SGV..

  • 12th man

    went to the Amat game & it doesn’t feel the same anymore..It was close to capacity but the energy level was real low (dead)..like sitting courtside at the Laker game..Amat fans just dont seem too much into the game these days..Anyways back to the game..Let me start by saying, It blows my mind how Amat continues to defer the kickoff until the second half..Im not sure what the coaches are thinking but you cant keep playing catch up football each week..We all know Amat strengths is it’s “Offense” why not start the game trying to score & take the lead…Dont rely on the Defense to take you to the promise land..Although I do give the “D” credit for playing solid through out the game & allowing just 14 points even though they were pushed around the whole game allowing Loyola 4-5-6 yards each play..Its unfortunate Rio got hurt things were starting to get intresting before the half..If ever there was a time to run the “No Huddle” it was at the begining of the 4th quarter when Amat was chasing 11 points…You have your 2nd string QB in there who doesnt have that much experience running for his life on each play..Why not keep the defense on there toes & not allow them to make the neccesary subs..”Coach Run The No Huddle!!!!” You have nothing to lose at this point!! Its the 4th QT.. your team is losing your starting QB is out time is not on your side!! Its mind boggling im starting to think Amat doesnt know how to execute the hurry up offense..Hags should know by now that Jalen Moore wont be able to run in the Serra League…Amats future are in the hands of Adam Sanchez..If he has a big game next week Amat wins…If Rio is unable to return they will need a miracle to reach the playoffs

  • life without Rio

    Down 7-3 when Rio went down. Loyola went on to score on their next possession (Rio also was playing safety and just had an interception). Who knows how the rest of the game unfolds. No wguys just have to step up. If Amat beats Notre Dame they are in the playoffs. Lets not get our panties in a bunch

  • OldMan in Chino

    Great night for the teams from the city of Chino Hills. Both Chino Hills and Ayala pull out wins in the closing minutes of their games benefitting from missed PATs by their opponents.

  • clueless

    12th man – 1) watch some football this weekend. Almost EVERYONE defers til the 2nd half. 2) Amats strength is their defense -no question. 3)no huddle with a soph in his first Serra game? right!

  • jcaz

    Amat Bully,

    Your still acting the fool. Instead of coming on this tread and talking about the incredible play of Charter Oak, you chime in on Amat.

    Idiot

    As for thje game itself ?

    Actually I agree with Coach. Amats defense stood tow to towe with these guys and the game was much closer over all than the score indicated.

    Loyoal got a break when our guy muffed a punt which lead to there last touchdown. Still, no matter how you slice it, Loyola play a very good game.

    BTW, ive seen a lot of Serria league games over the years, and I have to say that this years Loyola team is perhaps the best team that they have fieled in quite some time. In all honesty, I can see them taking the Serra this year. They are that good.

    You know, like fred just indicated, Amat has a very good shot at the playoffs this year even with two losses. A win next week and were in the playoffs and anything can happen after that folks

  • AMAT!!!

    Do people really need to come on here to bash amat in the only way they know how, like a coward? Come on, no other school compares to the AMAT football games. Why do you even go to the games? I don’t understand the joy people get with coming on here to bash a high school football team? These are kids playing with heart, playing for the love of the game!

  • 12th man

    Clueless,
    Most teams who defer to the second half usually have a solid defense & rely on the “D” to come up with a stop on the opening drive…Same thing happened when they played Alemany they defered & Alemany scored on its opening drive..Usually as a coach..I would agree (lets start the 2nd half with the ball) but when your constantly chasing quality oppents your plan goes out the window..you cant run the ball hoping your going to break one with the clock working against you…Why not start the game trying to score? & force your oppents to make the adjustments??? obviously defering the kickoff isnt working for Amat..& if they make the playoffs they are going to need all the points they can mustard~

  • JMO

    jcaz,

    Amat bully aka “Dry VAG” is not one of us at CO but we do know he lives in the OC. The net is getting tighter bully BIATCH!

  • Joe Amat

    Good news – Dad says Rio just has a knee bruise.

  • 12th man

    Oh!! & your rite about running the no huddle..They wont even run it with Rio in there!!!..

  • Colt74

    Before I get into the Covina – Wilson game I just want to say that I hope Rio Ruiz is ok and wish him a speedy recovery.

    I just don’t get it. How can Wilson be 0-8? JR. Nelson is one shifty back. Nice moves. George Czarnack is as good as a receiver as anyone. Their QB tonight was impressive. They are disciplined. They have numerous players that came tonight to play. I don’t know what it is. It sure isn’t for lack of trying. The first play for them..an on-side kick they recovered. Gutsy!
    When the planets finally align for them watch out!

    Coach T and staff called one conservative game tonight! It worked! No complaints from me! They spread the wealth and the BEAST got an interception and TD. Can’t ask for more.
    The Lines were outstanding! Murillo, Hynes, Romano along with the rest of the Merry Men had a great game!
    On offense, the kid and the dude were their usual…outstanding! Peter De La Cruz, Gevontray, Mason, had a GREAT game! I really liked seeing Peters proud parents ( say that 10 times fast ) in the stands watching their son have a great game.
    The D got a shut-out. Can’t ask for more.
    I have to give big props to Brian Bedford #14. That young man can run!
    Great night for the coaches, players, and us fans!
    THANK-YOU!

  • 12th man

    Joe Amat,
    Thanks for the update…Rio’s dad said he wanted to continue playing at halftime..Kid has a heart of a champion~

  • eastsider

    without Rio Amat is in trouble.haynes is a sophmore playing in a tough league.very tough position to be put in.next week they will face a team that they can beat easily with a healthy team. they have allowed only 14 points against crespi and loyola.that is very good against teams that have put up alot of points.loyola put up 35 points against west covina so Amat has to be proud of there defense.

  • Fred, relax

    Joe Amat,

    Great news, so Fred relax take a deep breath. No need to start a new thread everyday this week with daily status.

  • Wilson Game

    Colt74,

    It wasn’t an onside kick, the kicker missed the ball. I talked to one of the coaches.

  • GoAmat

    Good game Amat! Don’t worry Rio we know Loyola was scared and had to take you out. We all know it. But they didn’t do too well for being ranked 4 in the state. But I guess they are know for playing dirty. What goes around will come around. And for them to high 5 each other on the side lines was so un called for. Why would their couches not stop them. Oh I forgot. The couches where happy too. Wonder why they couldn’t score at all after the second touchdown. Oh because they weren’t that good. Good job Rio. Had them on their toes.

  • coltfan97

    Colt 74 I happen to agree with you!!!!! Wilson is too talented to be 0-8!!!!!! They have talent, and what stood out to me was their discipline unlike last year!!!!!! Wilson is on the right track!!!!!! In my opinion they need to do is schedule cupcakes in the preseason to get some wins to boost the team’s confidence just like Duarte has done this year!!!!!
    To my Colt, good job defense with goose egg I wanted that!!!! Offense what can I say but what a balance offense!!!! Great catch Mason, and by the way no one can guard him!!!!!!! Lastly, Coach Thomas I heard this was your 100th win at Covina nice, and if it is true is over your alma mater!!!!!!

  • jcaz

    Colt 74,

    Always a class act dude…
    Thanks

  • Chino Hills:

    close too close: we had 2 early turnovers that resulted in 14 early pts but credit given to the Spartans for competing until the end. Good game Guys now go get Charter Oak!

  • SEMHS FAN 3481

    SEMHS 41
    MVHS 00

    What a difference a year makes….last year Mountain View High School Vikings embarrassed South El Monte with their first victory over South El Monte since South El Monte started playing Varsity Football in the fall of 1994. That was the 2nd and LAST YEAR under the tutileage of “RJ HERNANDEZ” :|

    Ibis Aguilar had the team take out their internal fustrations out on Mountain View High School this year; not only to “avenge” last year’s loss but to make sure that people are aware that just because South El Monte is essentially out of the hunt for a MVL title, they still have a great chance of securing a playoff spot. Obviously that all depends on the next two weeks (El Monte next week, and Rosemead in the following week, which is the last game of MVL play).

    I noticed a scout, one of the two that scouted the South El Monte/Temple City game in the pre-season, was in attendance, set his camera up on a tripod and stood up on the last bench on the top near the SEMHS Marching Band, I have to admit, he was right to have left at halftime, with the game convincingly over, what use or purpose did he have to stay?

    Mountain View needs more than 2 formations, cause that was all they used the entire game, the majority of reps was a formation that Bell Gardens used on South El Monte too. Ran like a confusion play with all the backs criss-crossing each other to make the dbs scramble. Never really took off. There was only about 4 times where Mountain View threaten to score, but they came up WAYYYY short.

  • SEMHS FAN 3481

    the scout was from El Monte High School, identifiable from the blue colored clothing.

    [forgot to put that in there on the 1st post]

  • GoAmat

    BET AMAT WILL MAKE FRONT PAGE IN SPORTS SEC TOMORROW. Lol. Right Fred. It will be the pic of Rio down. Sure it made lots of peoples day.

  • coltfan97

    First of all, I hope Rio Ruiz is O.K. Second of all, if people are happy over Ruiz injury because it’s Amat they should be ashamed of themselves!!!!!!!

  • Guest

    From what it looked like, a second Loyola defender “fell” on Rio’s knee when Rio was already down.

  • tommykiss

    Here are the Highlights and interviews from Fri Nights exciting Chino Hills @ Damien game

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93HuhME5udQ

    Thanks for the support

    Tommy Kiss

  • http://www.twitter.com/SGVtylerd tDro

    http://youtu.be/7q1b_KFLpC0

    Highlights/ interviews from West Covina’s impressive 42-24 win over Los Altos.. Bulldogs jumped out to 42-10 lead early in the fourth quarter. West Covina finished with 322 yards rushing in a commanding performance.. Los Altos strikes back late with long touchdown plays of 66 and 60 yards. The Conquerors are left to fight for one of the four guranteed Hacienda League playoff spots while the Bulldogs look to solidfy their number one CIF Southeast Division ranking.. Gotta see what Dale Ziola and Mike Maggiore have to say!

    - tDro

  • Aaron

    Looks like Bonita ain’t sneaking anywhere…what did I saw? 6-4 or 7-3 and in the playoffs. Didn’t do it the way I wanted but they’re winning when they have to.

  • great for the sgv

    Upland/Glendora…should have left at half-time and gone over to the Arroyo/Rosemead game. What a thumping they put on Glendora, not something you want to see done to a SGV team. Speedy recovery to Ruiz.

    Just have to add this as one of the most bizzare posts I have ever seen on here.
    Always a class act? This is the one infatuated with probes…

    jcaz said:
    Colt 74,

    Always a class act dude…
    Thanks

  • great for the sgv

    Speedy recovery to all that were injured, but not mentioned on this blog.

  • Just a Fan

    I can’t find any info on the South Hills game. Short of someone abusing the Huskies can someone tell me what happened to them last night. I went to the Chino Hills vs. Damien game to watch a tale of two halves but mark my words Charter Oak will have a difficult time with both teams. They each may be too physical in the trenches on both sides of the ball for Charter Oak and they just seemed to play harder and tougher than Charter Oak. C.O. is going to have a more difficult time scoring and going to have trouble stopping both teams. Just my opinion but I think games have come to easy for C.O. which also could cost them in a close game in the 4th quarter. Great games for both teams last night and too bad someone had to lose.

    My prediction:
    Chino Hills = 5-0
    Damien = 4-1
    Charter Oak = 3-2

    How soon will I hear something from Amat Bully.

  • Lance R

    First off speedy recovery to all that may have been injured in any of our Friday Night football games across the nation. Rio Ruiz injury is a concern for all Lancer Alumni, Students, Parents, Coaches and Teammates. Rio is a special player and we all know this, a gamer no doubt. This was a risk everyone knew he was taking playing football while being a baseball first guy. I am hoping and praying not from the standpoint of our Football season but from the standpoint this young man fully recovers and is that stud baseball player once again. If it is just a bruise as someone pointed out that would be great. Hoping that MRI comes back negative and there is nothing there. I really think as special as a player that he is in both sports he should have been taken immediately to the hospital and not hang around the sideline with a unknown about his condition lingering. Dads choice I know and also Rio’s, again this young man just is a team player and leader. As for the celebration of the Loyola kids for the hit that took Rio out that was done in poor taste and I thought Loyola could have used better judgement there as far as their celebration of the injury. The game was hard fought who knows if Rio makes it back but the team did play hard and kept the game close but as you can see Amat goes as Rio goes, without Rio we can still beat Notre Dame but our season really hangs on his return. Not a knock on the Soph. backup but this is Rio’s team. Hats off to Coach Hagerty as he left the sideline to go check on Rio that is a class act on the coaches part. Hoping for Rio’s return to the football field but if he is done for the season I have to say it was exciting to watch him play football and hope he gets back to the sport he does best Baseball.

  • Husky Fan

    Sheehan showed up at half time after surgery. Three pins and wire for tendon in pinky finger on left hand. Parents said he will be baseball ready 6 to 8 weeks. Huskies could use him on the field. Lost with minutes left in the game. Just no defense.

  • Amat Bully

    Just a Fan/hater
    Chill out hater youll see next week how dumb your post is this week CO is going to run through both teams with no problem, who is your team? they must of lost because you sound bitter about CO beating on everyone.

  • Amat Bully

    JMO
    you right imnot one of yall, you dudes are weenie’s and i dont live in the OC i stay in Monrovia off the myrtle exit if you wanna know the direct location hit my email emaild1st@yahoo.com i would love to have company.

  • Checking in

    Fred,

    Let’s go back to your “premature” article on the two Damien transfers, yeah the article you and Aram presented about how two 5’6″ guys will transform Damien’s season.

    As written in your own postgame article of the Damien-Chino Hills football game:

    “We don’t have a guy big enough to guard Austin,” Damien coach Greg Gano said

    Size does matter!!!!!

    Look for Charter Oak to exploit the same secondary weakness of Damien’s.

  • http://www.insidesocal.com/tribpreps/2011/10/friday-morning-13.html INLAND EMPIRE OWNS ALL

    Wasn’t sure of Upland score something like 49-3 over Glendora whom sits smack dab in the — where?? the SAN GABRIEL VALLEY– Lets see– Did Upland find another way to cheat??? Oh yeah maybe the “college” coach can take apart the game film and find that the holder was lined up a bit to far back or something on all 7 extra points. Upland beats LOYOLA and puts up like 40 points— Amat puts up like 3 points against their “D”– Hence Upland would own the best team in SGV baby.
    Onto the 2nd best team in the land Rancho Cucamonga– They put a hurt on Charter Oak right? Rancho knocks Etiwanda out of any playoff chance with a huge comeback 30-27 victory baby !!
    All I can say is step up and admit– INLAND EMPIRE OWNS ALL
    Thank You and GOOD NIGHT NOW

  • Amat Bully

    By far the funniest Amat excuse and post i’ve ever read.

    “Good game Amat! Don’t worry Rio we know Loyola was scared and had to take you out. We all know it. But they didn’t do too well for being ranked 4 in the state. But I guess they are know for playing dirty. What goes around will come around. And for them to high 5 each other on the side lines was so un called for. Why would their couches not stop them. Oh I forgot. The couches where happy too. Wonder why they couldn’t score at all after the second touchdown. Oh because they weren’t that good”.

    But Amat dont make excuses when they lose.

  • No excuses

    Bully
    Where is there an excuse anywhere in that?

  • Amat Bully

    No excuses:
    not in that specific post that one is just funny i was refering to some of the post below. but im done talking about them have a great season.

    alright Amat fans im not going to go hard on Amat this week as a matter of fact i wont even mention Amat anymore on (fred blogs) im done with all the crying and deleting of my post. i for now on will just talk about CO on (freds blog) hopefully that wont get deleted, because i know if i mention his team someone will cry and he will delete my post.

  • Excuses?

    Don’t see excuses. I see reasons and explanations. Kinda like I know we were 6-4, snuck into the playoffs, and got blown in the 1st round – but CO was young, CO was rebuilding, it was CO’s first year in the Inland, etc etc etc
    Where those excuses?

  • Amat Bully

    Excuses?
    Here we go again with the past. ok yes those sound like excuses but you cant replace words and scramble them around and make it seems as if i worded it like that you know and i know i didnt say it like that. But again lets leave the past behind this year CO is a GREAT team probably the best show on grass and turf. they’re playing at a very high level right averaging nearly 50 points a game on offense, tell me that dont sound like a team you would want to go see. but have a great season your team is doing fine keep up the good work.

  • coltfan97

    To Amat Bully,

    Your embarrassing CO fans, CO coaches, CO players, and most of all yourself in these blogs!!!!!! SHUT UP!!!!!!!!

  • sierra leauge fan

    how in the hell does ayala vs south hills not have a linked thread to it, it was one of the most electrifying games in awhile, ayala came back from a 28 to 7 defecit, the game was about to go to over time with 30 seconds left but south hills came up short on the pat attempt to make the final score 49-48 ayala. the game went back an forth, canada an hart played liked horses and ayala’s jordan robinson again showed that he is one of the best players in the leauge and if you dont think that, look at his stats,over 700 yards rushing and over 500 yards recieving, he is a natural athlete. I dont take anything away from south hills because they played their hearts out and it showed but so did ayala, coming back from an 0 an 5 season last year i think they might just be a suprise in the playoffs, granted the inland division is stacked an the number 3 team for sierra will likely not make it past the first round, it is a big improvement. ayala has claremont next which they should win an then comes damien which has to be a complete error free game an balls out..and just maybe ayala can squeeze through

  • Bonita fan

    1st. Next year Amat.
    2nd. What Bonita starts the game in an I formation. Using the run to set up their passing game. The QB scrabbles out of the pocket and runs it himself on an option play. QB good job managing the game tonight. Way to power the ball offense.
    3rd. West Covina is making the Southeast to easy for them.
    Finally. Thank You Tribuine for having such great coverage of local High School sports.

  • Amat Bully

    coltfan97
    where and how am i embarrassing them huh you idiot. dont answer that because i dont give a damm.
    i dont say anything about COVINA so why would you even throw your two cents in. And shut up with this “your embarrassing junk” you sound like a little girl its a blog where opinions are made yes some even outrageous SO WHAT grow some balls, damn i never seen so much crying before in my life, and you call yourselves men get real.

    Oh by the way have a nice season.

  • Colt74

    Amat Bully,
    While I usually won’t defend WHAT you say I will defend your right to say it. It’s nice to hear that you are going to concentrate on Charter Oaks accomplishments and let go of the back and forth with the Amat fans.
    I’m an Amat fan but I just don’t get it. What Amat does in their world and what Charter Oak does in their world have NOTHING to do with each other. Both are SGV teams and I would think ( I guess I’m wrong ) that BOTH would want to support each other and enjoy what each is doing for the prosperity of the SGV image.
    I hope that BOTH sides just let it go and get back to what this blog was intended for, discuss your team without trying to tear down all others.
    I AM NOT a Charter Oak fan. BUT…they have dragged me, kicking and screaming, into being a believer and appreciating what they are doing. People can argue with their prejudices but they can’t argue against facts. The facts support that Charter Oak is having a great season and I for one wish them all the success in the world in their division. The same goes for Bishop Amat.
    Take care of your division and throw the who’s better crap in the trash where it belongs.

  • Bulldogs have bite

    West Covina vs. Los Altos,

    Looks like LA is back on the right track under Ziola, they are much improved over last year’s 0-10 team. I have not been to a game at LA since the mid 90′s, looks like not a single thing has been changed or improved. Same dirt/grass field and dusty track you have to hike across to get to the away bleachers. The lady who sold me the tickets was nice, but I feel a little ripped off that I was charged full admission when the visitor side PA system was not even working. I think that the visitor’s are entitled to atleast close to the same experience that the home fans receive. If we have to sit in complete silence with no announcer then they should of left their sound off on the home side!Not like many LA fans would have missed the words “TOUCHDOWN WEST COVINA!” wich they heard many times last night. Speaking of fans, how is it that WC fans outnumbered the home team fans? Other than the win, the only saving grace to attending a game at Los Altos was Manny’s El Loco. After seeing somebody with a plate of super nachos walking by, I made a beeline to the snack bar! So LA, use some of that money you made off the WC fans and fix that PA system!

    And as for the game, please keep Sophmore RB Josh Best a secret! He came out of nowhere, and the suprised reaction of the LA defense was equal to that of the WC fans in the bleachers! He may be needed in the up and comming weeks because senior RB Jimmy Frazier went down in the third quarter with a knee injury suffered during a dazzling kick off return. It appears to not be that serious and was putting weight on it and standing on his own power on the sidelines! The Bulldogs showed off a passing attack last night! Yes I said a PASSING ATTACK! Senior QB Chris Caballero connected on four pass attempts for 140 plus yards and a TD. A big chunk of it was an 89 yard play action fake and bomb toss to Lonzell Barnett who turned on the after burners and left LA defenders behind on his way to the end zone! Caballero also missed atleast two more would be deep balls by a yard or two over thrown but it kept the defense atleast a little honest with the show of a passing game!

    Go Bulldogs! And get well soon Jimmy and #40 Jesse Banuelos!

  • Amat Nation #1

    Fred

    I want to Thank You very much for protecting us from those mean people and haters from CO and the rest of the SGV.

    If it wasn’t for you deleting all those mean messages, today would really be an awful day for the Amat Nation!

    We are still #1. I don’t care what anybody says.

    Thank you Fred. We Love You and we know you Love Amat too!

    XOXO

  • coltfan97

    Amat Bully,

    I want CO, BA, West Covina, and other teams to do well in their CIF Divisions because I want the SGV to do well in the playoffs. It makes the SGV that much stronger if all these teams do well in the playoffs!!!! I just dont understand your hatred towards BA?

  • Aaron

    When traveling to LA as an away park at the church, purchase your tickets and enter at the gate on the away side instead of parking on campus.

  • Amat Bully

    Colt74
    Im a DGAF type of dude but im with you im done with the back and forth arguments i no longer will start them and or even engage in them. Its pointless they wont respect CO which i dont care not everyone will it was just the bragging and gloating they did. i use to actually like their team and a lot of teams in the SGV but, i started noticing a pattern of their bragging and other fans backing it for them “we’re better than you, we beat you in the past, we are in the toughest division and the excuses that came behind every lost”. And blog forbid a person make a true statement that dont sit well with them then youll have a whole history lesson showing you why they believe they are still better than you, Oh and also they have major power on this blog. But like i said im done with it i dont care about CO fans or anyone else that dont like what i post or believes that i am “embarrassing” them. My bad for going on and on but its out there and IT IS WHAT IT IS good luck COLTS on your season im actually hoping you guys win it all.

  • Bulldogs have bite

    Aaron,

    Thanks for the info. I realized there was a visitor entrance connected to the street when I bought my super nachos and two carne asada tacos!I did share some of it with the family lol! Looks like the extra walk was good for me anyways. Have not been to LA since I was a student at WC. I just followed the directions of the British lady squaking out of my gps hehe!

  • FredJ

    I spoke with Rio’s dad and he said x-rays were negative and that the knee didn’t swell up, but it’s sore. He will have an MRI soon to rule anything else out, and will probably not play Friday against Notre Dame. Beyond that and if Amat makes the playoffs, he said Rio is day to day. Amat has a bye in week 10.

  • Pac 5 fan

    Fred,
    I’m confused. With Amat’s loss against Loyola does that count them out of playoff contention or do they get an automatic bid to the playoffs with a win next week against Norte Dame?

    On another note, there was some good games in the Pac 5 last night. St John Bosco almost pulled off the upset against Servite but lost a close one 35-27. Alemany and Crespi were also involved in a dog fight of their own with Alemany pulling away with the 30-28 victory. The Mission Viejo and San Clemente game was only decided by a touchdown where Mission Viejo won 29-21.

    It was a good week of H.S. Pac 5 football!

  • CO Bro

    Yo Freddy, I sat down with my cup of coffee and Saturday paper and opened up the sports page (Amat on the front cover? Wow there’s a shocker) but could not find a single article or stat on the CO / Claremont game? What’s up with that? Reporter not get their story in on time?

  • FredJ

    CO Bro, I’m not sure what happened, we trade stories with the Bulletin and this was one of their games. I’ll find out for you.

  • Fred Robledo

    Pac5 fan
    If Amat beats Notre Dame, chances are pretty good they make the playoffs. Amat owns the head-to-head tiebreaker should it finish in a tie for third with Crespi. But there are other scenarios that could screw it up. Even if they lose to Notre Dame, one win could get them in a coin-flip situation for third if Crespi, Notre Dame and Amat all finish 1-3, which is entirely possible.

  • ????

    Fred,

    I’m confused some of the comments;

    Ruiz’s knee didn’t swell up

    x-ray’s are negative

    probably not play Friday against Notre Dame

    Rio’s dad said he wanted to continue playing at halftime..Kid has a heart of a champion~

    Your biggest game of the year, mabye last and you get a bruised knee no swelling, your probably not going to play and heart of a champion?

  • Christian!!

    Valley Christian and Whittier Christian are playing great. Covina be aware of the Olympic…2nd Round… you know CIF is going to pair you up with one… Be aware!!!

  • Fred Robledo

    CO Bro, there was a story in the paper, not very much, but it’s there.wh

  • Colt74

    Christian!!,
    In the old days they fed the Christians to the lions.
    I wouldn’t be “lion” if I said that if they match up this year the Christians would get fed to the Colts.

    Whomever…bring your A game…..

  • coltfan97

    To Christian,

    Be aware of the Olympic????? You should be aware of the VVL!!!!!! This is not the Covina of old!!!!!! Before you talk trash make sure you get out of the first round first because you could play Pomona or San Dimas and that wont be pleasant!!!!!

  • reality

    Amat Bully: I read this blog to find high school football info and some coherent thought on the subject. Your serial posting is frustrating to readers of this blog I am sure. I would wager the family farm that you are furiously typing away with your right hand while your left is busily engaged in other pursuits, sitting in darkened room while your computer screen reflects your sick ecstasy. Why else would one blog from 9am to mid afternoon non stop on a Saturday?. This “gets you off” to use the old euphamism. For your own good may I politly suggest more constructive pursuits than this lest you wind up like other the wierdos that have come on this blog, shot their wad and then died off. Good Luck pal ,you need it.

  • Colt74

    Olympic top 3 Avg. rating : 10.93 15-10 record *

    Valle Vista top 3 Avg. rating : 20.73 19-6 record

    * With Maranatha in top 3

    With Village Christian instead of Maranatha
    5.86 Avg. rating 12-12 record

    Tell us again why we should be worried?

  • AyalaBulldogFan

    I was at the South Hills vs. Ayala game last night. It was a barn burner for sure. Ayala trailed by 21 in the 2nd half. South Hills capatalised on an early fumble by Ayala and handled their business on the next two posessions. On Ayala’s 3rd posession (still 1st half) Ayala made a QB change, he threw a few passes and came up with a passing TD. South Hills scored again on their next posession. Ayala marched down the field on their next posession to add another TD pass cutting South Hills’ lead in half. 28-14 at the half. In the 3rd Quarter Ayala’s Defense held South Hills to 8 while scoring 14 on a run and a TD Pass by what looked to be their starting QB. The 4th Quarter was where you got your admission money’s worth… Momentum was shifting, the home crowd at Ayala and the sidelines sensed it as well and did something that up until this point not been able to do… CAPITALIZE on a momentum shift in their favor. Starting QB looked to be back in and led another TD drive(for 2 on the night). South Hills punted, Ayala came up with it and ran it back for a TD. Ayala’s 2nd QB came back in and threw two more TD passes (for a total of 4 on the night). South Hills had what looked to be the possible last posession of the game, they marched down the field with authority. It looked like Ayala’s defense went in to “prevent” mode. (I really hate that… play to win, not not to loose). The score was 49 – 48 at this point. :30 something seconds left. A South Hills PAT will tie it up… alas it was not meant to be, not sure if it was a bad snap, bad hold, or a mis-communication or what, but the kicker was not able to gain control at the point where he was to kick it and ended up chasing it so after a few seconds of running around, the kicker was finally brought down. South Hills tried an onside kick but was unable to secure the ball, Ayala came up with it and took a knee to end it.

    That’s the reader’s digest version. I too was surprised that there has not been a single write-up anywhere. I know Ayala is not a high profile program anymore. The new High School in town gets most of the press now. They deserve the press they get. It was an exciting game for sure though.

    Ayala’s starting QB is a Junior and the back up is a Sophomore. The starter contributed 14 to the effort, the backup contributed 28, and the special teams contributed 7. Not exactly sure who did what on South Hills’ side.

    The predictions said “West Covina South Hills 36, Ayala 27″. It ended up Ayala 49, West Covina South Hills 48. Usually the predictions are pretty close, if not the score, certainly close in the spreads. This one they were off by quite bit.

  • CO Bro

    Freddy, thanks for the reply. I found it, didn’t even see thay section this morning, guess I’m just used to more space for co. Thx again Fred.

  • Play the Best

    Fun to see Pac 10 QB’s like Brian Bennett of Oregon and Matt Barkley at USC play on TV today. Both guys Bishop Amat has had the pleasure of playing against (and beating) while they were in HS at Crespi and Mater Dei. those kind of games make for great memories when you’re a Lancer.

  • GHS Downer

    After sitting through the embarrassment of a Glendora football game last night I can’t help but to remember back to a team that won a CIF Championship in 1989. Even a team from 2009 with players like Andre Holmes, Aaron Stockham, Chad Jeffries, Michael Gonzales, Christian villa and Duwani Bankhead. These kids took football serious and played like it.
    What has happened? The Glendora JR. All American football program has not done anything it once thought to be a help to the high school program. My Gosh the Pep squad on the sidelines has more members then the Varsity football team. Again as others have said the last 2 years Glendora kids are just spoiled and have to many other devices such as toys. I dont know what it is but as a GHS football supporter for over 25 years, Friday night was devastating to watch, Period !

  • Colt74

    GHS Downer,
    The times, they are a changing. I noticed it with my daughters. Tried to get them into sports young and they wanted to take Karate.
    Now instead of going out for a sport it’s easier to just throw in a copy of Madden NFL on the XBox.
    Team sports are too much work and it’s not just about them.
    How many of todays generation kids are going to try and tell their kids they had to walk 20 miles, barefoot, uphill, in the snow….just to get to school? ( Like our Dads told us ).

    I can see it now….”When I was a kid we only had 400 channels on our Flat screens….” or ” I did not get a cell phone until I was 12!”

  • Amat Bully

    reality:

    ok your right dude but notice your the only A$$hole that had to respond with non-sense get a life you reading my post and dotting down when i started till i ended is a bit “WEIRD” dont you think, and the detail of what you do in a darkened room and then try and turn it around on me is sick and a little disturbing, i think you should take a break but i must say your talented how can you type with one hand and do something with your other hand, you must of had a lot of one hand catches in your playing days.

    have a nice evening REALITY

  • http://www.insidesocal.com/tribpreps/2011/10/friday-morning-13.html Just wait

    Ghs Downer

    Just a wait two more yrs.
    Rohrer will be your coach soon enough,he’ll get the mighty Tartans back.

  • tommykiss

    AyalaBulldogFan
    we need you to contribute for the blog more often, great write up!!!

    Tommy Kiss

  • tommykiss

    sierra leauge fan said:
    great games come around like this often, but when they are both 0-2 (Ayala, south hills) in league, they get a back seat to the teams that are 2-0…(chino hills vs Damien)

  • APU tonight and local talent

    was at the apu homecoming tonight and it was also their recruiting game, though most recruits were from all over the west, locals Travis Santiago, JR Nelson, and Mason from Covina were there on the field with the apu players and coaches before the game, noticed jerseys and shirts from Orange Lutheran, Mater Dei, Oaks Christian, Maranatha, and Servite as well, NCAA Div2 starts next year

  • AZTEC PRIDE

    How about Citrus College winning today against LA HARBOR! 24-14. If you get chance come out next week and cheer on the local talent also! Citrus is undefeated in CONFERENCE PLAY, 3-0 and looking great! Citrus hasn’t done this well in quite sometime and ranked 12th in the conference. ALRIGHT FIGHTING OWLS!

    I’m sure there will be quite a few players from Citrus going to D1 schools also. Bad injury for Citrus’s QB though, BLAKE LONCAR, from LOS OSO’S, was injured in the game and i’m hoping it’s not bad!

    The AZUSA DUO, played well today and the DEFENSE, had a great game today also!

    GOOD JOB FIGHTING OWLS!

    AZTEC PRIDE…

  • Not Impressed

    to Sierra League Fan:
    I am in agreement with you. Ayala can pull it off. Damien will be primed for them by the time their game takes place in November. Damiens defense had no impressed me. the last 2 weeks, South Hills and then Chino Hills, scoring when it was critical. Damien has revealed the chink in their armor, a small defensive backfield. Fans have been telling Gano all year, “those small guys are gonna get beat in the backfield”, and what happened? Friday was a perfect example. this is a repeat of last year ( small guys equals no playoffs GANO!) If you watch the videos you’ll see the little guy jumping up and down, and Austin of chino hills merely reaching his hands up for the reception.
    shamefull that Gano didnt have a prevent defense in there (the way Chino Hills did during the last 30 seconds) to stop Damiens flea flicker.

    good luck Gano, you will need it.

    Charter Oak is next, then Ayala, OMG.
    I think Damien is staying home this year.
    boosters, you better start looking elsewhere

  • Size matters

    Not Impressed….you brought up a great point! i’ve been to a several Local sgv games and I’ve noticed coaches playing “Small Db’s all year”. If you watch teams outside of the SGv you see size at all positions. That might be the reason sgv teams lose in the playoffs. I am not saying that smaller players can’t get the job done, but once playoffs start, the good teams normally have size at the WR spot. If Both the db and Wr are both good, the player with Size is going to win. I’ll give some examples. Charter Oak has a tall Safety, but small after that..They may want to work Bobo and Santiago in, for emergency match up issues yes Santiago lol… Their dbs are very good, but so are the WR’s in the inland. Covina is small on the outside….Maybe Mason helps out. Covina does have players to put in. Their Db’s are good, but teams like WCHS and Monrovia Have big wrs, in the Midvalley. Adjustments will need to be made. Teams like Arroyo who have no size, just are out of luck. The Mid valley only plays sgv teams, so there are not many teams with size Only Covina, Monrovia, WCHS, Pomona, and San Dimas have size. Those are the teams who are expected to fight for the title… and the same for the south east With West Covina, Arcadia, La Serna and Mayfair…For teams in the Pac 5, Inland, and Northern, everybody is big, fast, and good. If you can’t match up…you are not going to win. Teams that are small in compared to the standard in their Division either on the line or with skills are at a disadvantage. Look at Bishop…no big pounding fullback..small line…small LB’s, it’s just bad this year for them…Size matters, hopefully coaches get the right people in the game, if they have that luxury.

  • AZTEC PRIDE(OWLS)

    Bad news to report. Just heard Citrus College lost their Quarterback for the season. Blake Loncar, from Los Osos. I’ll say this, any player that gets injured in a GAME is always sad to see! Unfortunately that comes with the game. Good to hear RIO’S injury is not that severe. Will see what happens to Citrus now and the back up QB is ROCKY, from UPLAND HIGH SCHOOL. Let’s all wish him luck and now is the starting QB.

    GOOD LUCK OWLS!

  • GoAmat

    We love Amat haters Bully hater. No excuse just pure fact. Hate on. Take care God bless

  • bigdog

    Fred,
    Do you know what the score of the South Hills game was?

  • bigdog

    Fred,
    Is there any truth to Bishop Gorman from Las Vegas wanting to come down and play at Amat and Amat turning them down and did not want to play?

  • AyalaBulldogFan

    Big Dog,

    Score was Ayala 49, South Hills 48.

    Ayala stadout reciever Jordan Robinson caught 3 TD’s for over 200 yards. He was featured on Roggin’s Heroes tonight.

    http://youtu.be/54K0puzrKDA

  • bigdog

    Thanks AyalaBulldogFan,

    Not one word from Fred?

  • CH Husky

    channel 4 : winning TD vs Damien 3rd and 35 from Husky 35 Chavez goes deep to Austin. .. http://www.nbclosangeles.com/video/#!/news/sports/High-School-Football–October-28–2011/132841658

  • johnny

    First of all a shout out to you know who

    Ha ha ha

    Bug dog, I heard that Amat did have a chance to play Bishop Gorman this year and was offered the game before Servite was on the table but that the only reason why Amat didnt take it was because of the cost of having to do a home and home schedule

  • AMAT 73

    I usually start off after an AMAT loss with the better team won but in this case our loss had more to do with Rio going down as then Loyola just beating us . Adjustments are a major part of football and we never got the chance to use adjustments to Loyola’s D with Rio going down before the half . Also it hurt the D on Loyola’s score before the half. With Rio in do they get that TD before the half who knows. The D played great and well enought to win this one . 12th man I think you have it wrong on the deferring as it is playing to our strength which has been the D and no wasy in hell we run the no huddle with Haynes at QB to young and inexpierenced . Allowing just 14 points and a questionable 7 to Crespi the past 2 weeks is damn good in my book . They are coming up with the TO’s needed and stops when they need them . We’re still in it but Haynes needs to step up big time . Hopefully with a full week of practice at QB he gets a little more confidence in running the O but others will also need to play big against ND . And valley guy before you get your chonies in a wad these are not excuses just observations of what I saw at the game because in the end Loyola got the W and we didn’t plain and simple. Best wishes to Rio and others who were injured this past week and hoping for speedy recoveries to all . Also very tough loss by Damien to CH . They are very close to getting that big win they have been looking for all season and the game against CO should be one hell a battle and should defintely be the coveritlive game this week .

  • Lance R

    The Dionza Blue Muff giving Loyola the ball in the red zone did not help as they scored and made it 14-3. Without that, the score is 7-3 and a healthy Rio, this game suddenly has a different twist to it. It is hindsight now, Loyola came in got the win and did what they had to do. They won and we move on to SO/ND. You play with the cards that are dealt to you and in this case your QB going into this ND game is a face card but not an Ace ala Rio. Just remember face cards win hands too. Give Koa all the support he needs and let him lead us to victory. His real support for this game must come from the O-line as they have to win this battle to get Jalen Moore and Zach Shay the room to run for scores. Defense has been coming up big and doing their job. So offensively we need a big game.

  • http://www.insidesocal.com/tribpreps/2011/10/friday-morning-13.html GOD

    I sent you UPLAND my children to show you all the light !! Is that all you have in the San Gabriel Valley? Glendora. Maybe next I will pick up Rim of the World and place them in the middle of the SGV— at least they play with heart

  • AMAT 73

    Lance R ,
    If I am not mistaken on the series following the fumbled punt the Defense picked up Dionza and intercepted a pass to give us the ball back . It was on that series when we got the ball back that Rio was hurt. I could be wrong though.

  • Lance R

    73, you may be right and I am off, yeah leave it to Rio to pick off that pass, dude can play. I just thought Dionza should have let that ball go it was too tight of a spot to try to make that fair catch if he was in fact calling for a fair catch?. Not happy at all that we lost but I really have to say with Rio Ruiz playing for 4 qtrs this is a game we could have won. Would love to see Rio get one more game in this season but if not I am looking forward to seeing him play baseball.

  • AMAT 73

    Lance R ,
    Smart money says even if we make the playoffs he is done with football. The risk does not out weigh his future in baseball . Did you happen to make it to the gym after the game . Decent crowd and the brews were cold . Coaches joined in after post game talk . As I said we will miss Rio but we can still get the win this week . The D is playing excellent ball right now and who knows maybe they shut out ND the way they are hawking the ball . With the complete week of practice Haynes should be better prepared for Friday’s game so we are still in the thick of it .