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)
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