Saturday Morning Quarterback: Charter Oak, West Covina and Arroyo dominate; Los Altos, Azusa gets big wins; Santa Margarita scores three fourth quarter TDs, beats Amat 45-21

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By Fred J. RobledoStaff Writer
Bishop Amat gave it everything it had against mighty Santa Margarita High School in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Pac-5 Division playoffs, and for a few moments it looked like the undersized Lancers might pull off a stunning second half comeback. But the Eagles were simply too overpowering, amassing over 500 yards total offense and closing the game with three fourth-quarter touchdowns to end the Lancers’ season, 45-21 on Friday at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo. (To continue click thread)

Friday’s CIF-SS Playoff Results
Pac-5 Division

Santa Margarita 45, Bishop Amat 21 — Rio Ruiz came out firing, completing 22 of 29 for 279 yards and three touchdowns, and the Lancers only trailed 24-21 going into the fourth. But the Eagles wore them down, scoring three fourth-quarter touchdowns, and amassing over 500 total yards with a school record 30 first downs.

Inland Division
Rancho Cucamonga 39, Chino Hills 38 — Rancho Cucamonga’s Dimitry Morales connects on a Hail Mary pass with no time left as the Huskies blow an 11-point lead late.
Charter Oak 63, Corona Saniago 21 — Another spectacular night for the area’s No. 1 team. Now you really have to wonder, can they beat Upland. If they do, I say it’s Charter Oak’s finest hour.
Vista Murreita 38, Damien 13 — The Spartans were never in it, falling behind early and not able to catch-up. It was a good run for the Spartans, who should be much better in 2012.

Southeast Division
Top Half
West Covina 38, Norwalk 8 — Jimmy Frazier and the crew went nuts against Norwalk, but there’s still a long way to go. I’m wondering what happens the next time the Bulldogs are in a close one.
Pasadena 57, California 43 Put this in the “oh my” category. I can’t rememer the last time the Bulldogs won a playoff game.
Arcadia 39, Bonita 13 — Was it really this easy. And is there anything going to stop a West Covina-Arcadia semifinal?
La Mirada 35, Crescenta Valley 33 — Well, someone in the Suburban league had to win.
Bottom Half
Los Altos 37, Burroughs 29 I called this on the Tribskin Pick’em. The Conquerors are a dangerous, dangerous team.
La Serna 47, Mayfair 34 — There goes my prediction of a West Covina-Mayfair final. Like Governor Perry said, “oops.”
Diamond Ranch 35, Bellflower 33 Was there any doubt? Well, actually there was, but the Panthers pulled it out, just like they always do come playoff time.
Muir 39, Santa Fe 7 — I thought all along Santa Fe wasn’t a number two and Muir proved it. I’m loving the DRanch-Muir second round game.

Mid-Valley Division
Top Bracket
Covina 36, South El Monte 14 — You knew the Colts would be too much, and they will be too much for Alhambra next week too. Pencil them in to the semifinals.
Alhambra 20, La Puente 14 — The close score is just what I thought, that it could have gone either way. Too bad for the Warriors, a tough ending after a 9-0 start. Shades of Amat, 2010.
Whittier Christian 40, El Monte 16 — The final score ought to make Monrovia a little nervous, since the Cats get the Heralds next.
Monrovia 24, Pomona 7 — This proves to me that when Monrovia plays Covina in the semifinals, that IS for the Mid-Valley title.
Bottom Bracket
San Dimas 31, San Marino 21 — The Saints weren’t as impressive as I thought they would be, but then again, the Titants were better than I thought too.
Azusa 35, Cerritos Valley Christian 14 — Great win for coach Scherf and the boys. I’m not sure San Dimas wants to face these guys again after beating them early in the season.
San Gabriel 9, Maranatha 3 — The most surprising result in the first round of the Mid-Valley. I thought the Olympic was better than this.
Arroyo 42, Sierra Vista 14 I’m loving my Knights prediction to go to the finals because I’ve got Steven Rivera and a gritty group that is going to lay it all on the line.

Santa Margarita quarterback Johnny Stanton threw for 193 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 79 more. Alex Suchesk rushed for 135 yards and two TDs and Ryan Wolpin finished with 119 yards and a touchdown at the Eagles improved to 9-2 to advance to next week’s second round at Tesoro.
“I thought our kids held them in check some, but we got worn down, they’re a big physical team,” Bishop Amat coach Steve Hagerty said. “We didn’t want them to beat us inside, but they beat us outside on the option.”
Bishop Amat quarterback Rio Ruiz, who hadn’t played since injuring his knee in Week 9 against Loyola, started and the Lancers leaned on him. But even with Ruiz
completing 22 of 29 passes for 279 yards and three touchdowns, it wasn’t enough.
Trailing 17 points at half, Ruiz got Amat back in it with a 33-yard touchdown pass to Adam Sanchez on the first drive of the second half, cutting Santa Margarita’s lead to 24-14.
Santa Margarita was looking to extend their lead when Wolpin fumbled on the Amat 7. The Lancers’ Darren Andrews jumping on it.
Ruiz led them right back, completing five passes, finishing with an 11-yard TD pass to Jalen More, who had eight catches for 110 yards, which cut the Eagles’ lead to 24-21 with 4:32 left in the third.
It stayed that way until the fourth, and that’s when the game changed for good.
Santa Margarita, facing a fourth and 5 at the Amat 7, scored on Stanton’s seven-yard TD pass to Cory Mendoza to go up 31-21 with 9:15 left.
Amat, facing a fourth-and-11 with just under eight minutes left, went for it with a trick play on a hook-and-ladder, but Moore was stuffed in the backfield. A couple plays later, Santa Margarita extended their lead to 38-21 on Suchesk’s one yard touchdown with 7:08 left.
Suchesk scored again with 1:06 left for his second TD to put the game out of

“We needed to get stops to have a chance, but the kids played really hard,”
Hagerty said. “I thought we had a chance to sneak back in it but we had to be perfect on offense and have a little resistance on defense.
“But, I’m glad we had the opportunity to play them. They’re a good football team and will probably play deep into the playoffs. It’s good for us to know what we have to do to get where they’re at.”
Bishop Amat gave up ten points in the final minute of the first half to fall
behind, 24-7.
Amat trailed 14-7 with 5:26 left until half when Ruiz, who started the game
seven-for-seven for 95 yards, was picked off near midfield by the Eagles’ Connor O’Brien.
The Eagles made them pay, Wolpin scoring on a five-yard TD to go up 21-7 with with 50 seconds left.
Ruiz, who tried a desperation pass hoping to get the Lancers in field goal range, was picked off with 43 seconds left near midfield
Santa Margarita quickly moved to the Amat seven, and got a 32-yard field goal from from John McGrory as time expired to go up 17.
“Obviously it wasn’t in the cards tonight,” Ruiz said. “We came in confident and did all we could and the two turnovers were crucial (at the end of the half). I take some (responsibility) for that, that’s my fault.
“But I love my team to death. They’re my brothers and they will forever be my brothers. I didn’t expect anything else but a hard-fought game and that’s what we gave them.”
After the Eagles marched on their opening drive and scored on Stanton’s one-yard touchdown run, Ruiz brought the Lancers back, completing five straight passes, finishing with a 26-yard TD pass to Jalen Moore to go up 7-6 with 5:02 left in the opening quarter.
Santa Margarita quickly regained the lead on Wolpin’s 1-yard touchdown run in the final seconds of the quarter to go up 14-7 after making a two-point conversion.
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  • General Turgidson

    Send that Lombardi quote to those boys at Amat. They are going to need to hear that!

    Now men, I am not saying it can’t happen. Like I’ve said, it is AMAT. Maybe they can pull one out on the watch of Welch. Maybe the spirit of Pat Hayden will come back and fight for ’em tonight.

    Wait… he’s not dead yet?

    Forget that. Amat is screwed.

    That is all.

  • Sierra League Fan

    Good Luck to all of the local teams tonight! Hope all the players have safe, memorable games.

  • Dropped another one


  • Frank

    Some great matchups this week, wish I could make them all. I will make the trip to See Amat, I know their expected to lose. Yet I got a feeling they are somehow going to pull this one out. Maybe a fumble or interception for a TD late in the game.


    Somebody turn up (WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE),By Guns & Roses! It’s the First Round of the Playoffs!!!! Okay AZUSA, Let’s do this and come out MAD & HUNGRY!!!Your playing a bigger team tonight and all your conditioning and HARD PRACTICING… WILL PAYOFF!

    Coach Scherf, Let’s have a Great Game Plan tonight and have AZUSA firing in all cylinders tonight! Your firsts series of downs will set the tone on how the GAME will end up,IMHO, so come out discipline and excute! AZUSA FANS ARE BEHIND 100%.

    AZTEC PRIDE, will be at the game tonight and looking forward on being their! Haven’t missed a PLAYOFF GAME YET, and AZUSA continues to amaze me on how they’ve been doing since Coach Scherf and his staff have taken AZUSA, TO THE PLAYOFFS! Coach YOU’VE BEEN KNOCKING ON THE DOOR, SO LET’S KICK IT DOWN!

    That pictured that Fred has placed, well that’s YOUR WORK and A example of your COACHING SCHERF!




  • I Seen them Both.

    I saw Santa Margarita play servite…For Bishop to win…Rio is going to have to play and Moore is going to have to have a big night. Bishop Amat can win this game, but they are underdogs for sure…Santa Margarita is big, you can throw on them…I still pick SM tonight. Bishop Fans make sure you have at least $10 cash for the toll roads going into SM or Find a alternate street Route which adds time to the trip. It’s a $40-$50 ticket if you don’t pay…

    Sm 31 BA 17

  • I Seen them Both.

    never mind it’s at saddle back…you don’t have to use a toll road.

  • General Turgidson

    It takes a great man to admit his mistakes. I am that great man.

    It’s playoff time. I don’t give a damn if they flipped a dried cow turd, Amat is in the damned playoffs and they have a damned chance to win the whole damned thing.

    They represent the SGV. You have to pull for ’em.

    What the hell…

    GO AMAT!


    I’m with you on that Generat T. Let’s all pull for


    Charter Oak


    AND EVERY TEAM THAT PLAYS A TEAM NOT FROM OUR AREAS! Represnt the SGV well Coaches and players, because SGV is a CLASS ACT!

    Good Luck to all the TEAMS TONIGHT and most importantly that there are no serious injuries!


  • Go Damien Spartans!!!!

    Go Damien Spartans!!
    Never mind who your coach is, or the past.
    Never mind whether you are a Senior, JV Junior, Sophomore or Freshman. Put aside your petty pride and play for Damien. You are a team, none of you better than the other. You seniors and coaches, take charge, talk to your men. Guide them to the glory that belongs to the Spartans. Put aside your petty pride and play for Damien not for yourselves. Some of you have received favor, some of you have been treated unfairly. Now is the time to forget and focus. you are a Damien Spartan. I look back on my years and what I have become, and its because of Damien and the Spartan Men. We have always been underdogs. We have alwqays put aside those things we didnt like and played for Damien. Do the same, and Upset VM.

    Go Spartans!!

    None of the parts is great than the whole.
    Each of you is a part of Damien. Play that way.

    On to Victory Spartans

  • Frank

    Yes, I am rooting for all Sgv teams playing schools outside, If your playing a local, may you have a good game and good luck. No Injuries, and be safe.

  • 12th man

    Santa Margarita averaging over 400 yards per game…300 of them from starting QB Johnny Stanton (150 yds rushing) (150 yds passing)..One man show just like Vernon Adams was last year for Alemany….
    Was looking at all the numbers across the board..They actually have a better team then Servite on paper….SM leads in every catergory…This game will be tougher then 2008 game vs LBP..Goog Luck Bishop Amat..The Football Gods will have to be with you tonight to pull it off~

  • Jefe

    Is SM-Amat being televised/streamed anywhere??

  • DRanch Man

    Good luck to all tonight. May you all play your guts out and and leave it all out on the field. Regardless of the outcome, hold your head high and relish every moment tonight as it will be for some of you, the last time you strap on a helmet and shoulder pads. The memories however, will last for a lifetime. Oh sweet memories. Be safe men.
    WE ARE DR.

  • CO Bro

    Not football related but I think we all should congratulate Nogales’ water polo player Nick Estevez for making it in this weeks issue of Sports Illustrated “Faces In The Crowd”. Way to go Nick!

  • Bulldogs have bite

    It’s 11:15AM and I’m already completely amped up for the CIF playoffs!

    Goodluck everybody! Go Bulldogs!

  • Conq’76

    Not a lot of conversation here or other sites regarding Los Altos traveling to Glendale, so here’s wishing the Conq’s and all other SGV teams a successful night!

    No let downs LA! Learn from Walnut, learn from Bonita, play four quarters, concentrate, execute, focus and desire! Engage and Conquer tonight!

  • Final call

    In about 10 hours from now half of all these playoff teams will be sitting in the same spot as all the non playoff teams. I’m more then positive that Amat will be one of them. Bet the family farm.

  • Colt74

    First: CONGRATS! to San Dimas, SaintR4Real, and the Kennedy Clan!

    Bishop Amat : I Believe!

    Pomona: One RHL down, 1 to go. Like the Immortal words of Lombardi…Steve Harwell said:” Hey now. You’re a rock star, get your game on, go, PLAY! ”

    Covina: It’s a brand new 4 game season. We are 0-0.
    Nothing you have done before tonight matters. Look into our stands tonight and count the people that believe in you. Then look at your sidelines and at the guys standing in the huddle with you. They believe too.

    To ALL SGV teams tonight. Lets change what SGV means for the next month to :


  • Real talk

    Good luck to all SGV teams!! Let’s go Amat no one is giving us a chance. That’s what I love about Amat they are like the little train that could book. When they beat the s.b, olu, md. Etc.. The look on their faces when the get beat by little once was good Amat is priceless. Not football related but when Amat played Palm desert for the championship it was a chance to see the type of pepole that blog all that negative stuff in person, and they where saying the same thing at the game Amat has no chance BLAH BLAH BLAH the look on their faces after the game man the best. When will pepole learn to never underestimate Amat.

  • AMAT 73

    Congrats to SD on taking the first step to a crown. To all the other SGV teams here’s to well played and injury free games tonight . To all the teams venturing out of the SGV rep us well and bring home the WIN . Show them and the many bloggers who have no faith in our teams what SGV football is all about . Now is the time we all circle the wagons get behind each other and play as one team . THE TEAM FROM THE SGV.
    To The Men in Blue,
    Give all you got but stay focused and do the work . Play tough and hard but play within yourselves and leave it all on the field . Good luck tonight and bring home the WIN many think is beyond our reach . GO AMAT LANCERS . AMAT WILL SHINE TONIGHT.

  • joho

    AMAT WILL WIN!!!!!

    It’s going to be a TOUGH game but the Lancers will be victorious!!!

    Who’s next????

  • Trojan Man

    Congratulations to ALL Schools who have the HONOR of partcipating in CIF playoff football.

    NOW seize this moment & play to the BEST of your abilities leaving it ALL on the field.

    Play STRONG & represent our home The SGV with PRIDE !


  • Dan

    Congratulations and good luck to all teams making the playoffs and sorry to the teams that didn’t, I hope to see all out in support of the SGV. San Dimas congrats on your win last night.
    Once again as last nights score proved that comparative scores, won loss records, stats, reputation, all mean nothing come playoff time. Monrovia mops the floor with San Marino, San Dimas rolls over Monrovia, on paper you would think San Dimas would have this game, but on the field different story. San Marino way to show up and represent the West side, San Dimas way to pull out a tough game.
    Good luck to West Covina, Amat, Covina, CO, Los Altos, Bonita, DR, and to all the SGV, come ready for battle and remember to win each and every play. It’s a new season and everybody is 0 & 0.

  • For everyone

    Lady Queen of Victory

  • Roman84

    Good luck Charter Oak, let’s show everyone why we are the best in the SGV valley.

    Also, good luck to all tonight, especially to Damien and Amat who face uphill battles. May you guys come out victorious!

    Go SGV!!!

    Go C/O Chargers!!!

  • transitive property

    Santa Margarita < Mater Dei Mater Dei < Orange Lutheran Orange Lutheran < JSerra JSerra < Damien Damien < Bishop Amat So you're tellin' me there's a chance!

  • Real talk

    Once again let’s play with heart and leave it all on the field SGV. Amat haters going to hate. No more talk it’s about that time to play ball. All these pepole have no idea what will take place to night that’s why we play the game. Even if we win tonight like we have many times before these games are nothing new to AMAT they will say the same thing next week. These haters are
    irrelative – insignificant – unimportant – immaterial
    Go AMAT!!!!

  • SEMHS FAN 3481

    The SEMHS @ CHS game is at 7:00p.m. not 7:30p.m.

    [just a FYI]

    Confirmed here:

    and confirmed via email from SEMHS’ Principal E. Zuniga:

    Both schools have agreed to start the game at 7:00 p.m. Though the official CIF time start for playoff games is at 7:30, if both schools agree to start at a certain time, than that becomes the official time for the start of the game.

    Edward A. Zuniga
    Principal, South El Monte High School
    1001 N. Durfee Avenue
    South El Monte, CA 91733

  • info

    Vista Murieta 31 Damien 7 half time

  • monrovia

    Monrovia wins , 17 7

  • micky d

    South Fan keep your stupid comments to yourself and give the coaches and boys credit…

  • Aztec Alumni

    AZUSA WINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Beats Valley Christian 35-14.

  • Nueve

    That Ruiz kid really does suck alike everyone said. After nearly 3 weeks off he only completing 22 of 29 passes for 279 yards and three touchdowns. Y’all lwere right

  • MikeLawry

    Heard Burbank coach e-mailed LosAltos coach earlier this week to congratulate him for turning the program around. And further more added that he would take his RB out@ halftime….. What an idiot……… Good job LA way to take down the Burbank Bit@$es, I mean Burroughs.

  • Best league in socal?

    Maybe Joe Amat can come on here and explain how the Serra is the 2nd best league in California despite the fact that Amat and Loyola got their asses handed to them tonight and Alamany lost to the 3rd place team from the Trinity at home. Forget moving Amat down a division or 2, they should move the entire Serra down to the Western D4 so that they can compete with the other middle of the road privates in the Mission League. This is the kind of thing that happens when lessor teams try to play over their heads against the best. I think D2 and D3 would be too tall of an order for the Serra League at this point.

  • No explanation necessary

    Best in socal – non playoff Notre Dame destroyed the Mission Legaue Champ. not even a comparison

  • dont forgot it was a coin flip to the playoffs

    B Amat was only playing tonight because of a coin, not the best way to enter the playoffs, at least with the holiday weekend coming up we can all be thankful we wont have to read anything about B Amat in the paper or the blogs

  • Goin’ Down

    How does it happen that a seemingly authoritative sportswriter such as Aram Tolegian can predict Santa Fe will make it to the Southeast FINALS, yet the Chiefs wind up actually getting blown out by the division’s AT LARGE team, Muir, in their first playoff game?

    It happens because Tolegian is either ignorant of the Chiefs’ history, or was blinded by the Mahlstede mystique, which says that longevity equals excellence. Talk about being wrong on a pick…this blunder is in the stratosphere.

  • 3way tie

    Flipper-no they were in because of a 3 way tie. They beat Crespi, Crepi beat Notrer dAme and Notre Dame beat Amat. someone had to go. if Crespi went – would ita been “cause of a coin”. Or Notre Dame? No one “backed in”. Teams that were expected to win – did. And that created the tie

  • Stand corrected

    Best in socal – actually , Serra League non playoff Notre Dame destroyed the Westeren DIVISIONS #1 seed

  • Just Saying

    Oh crap now we have to endure AZTEC PRIDE MONTVIEW LEAGUE CHAMPION x4 all damn week.Congrats Mr. Loud mouth you finally played someone with half way descent talent. This loud mouth will be relentless.
    Go ahead loud mouthwe have our earplugs in!!!

  • Harry Welch

    12th man – How is Huntington Beach looking now?

    12th man said:
    Harry Welch,
    Nice list~ For the “Exception” of Huntington Beach & Edison…
    I dont believe HB can win it all this year..& Edison is clearly having a down year, look for Tesoro to knock them off in the 1st round..That still leaves one more spot left in your top 12 pac5 teams who can win it all…Who should take that spot????

  • General Turgidson

    Well, Amat made it interesting for about a quarter. In the end though, Santa Margarita was never really in trouble. They scored on every possession. They would have been even nastier had Amat pressed them. Though the score was close at times, everyone knew who was in control.

    Eh, it was expected. Amat just doesn’t have the athletes to hold up in this division anymore. If you are going to be honest you cannot disagree with this statement. If you have seen Santa Margarita, Servite, or any of the other top teams in the PAC 5… Amat doesn’t hold a candle.

    The SM line was the biggest i’ve ever seen. Unbelievable. They completely dominated Amat.

    Start recruiting Hag’s. The seat behind your desk is getting curiously warm…

    That is all.

  • Tesoro Titan

    Harry Ballzonya – Tesoro did beat Edison – and HB still looking like they can’t win it all.

  • a quarter?

    Turd – a quarter? It was 24-21 deep in the 3rd quarter

  • Best league in socal?

    Notre Dame may have beat the 1st place team in the Mission, but they also lost to the 2nd place team. If your going to provide data make sure you include all pertinent data. Fyi – Notre Dame go blown out last year by the same team you are bosting about beating this year.

  • WArrior Pride

    The La Puente Alhambra game was a GREAT GAME to watch…….LP denied four times on Alhambra’s three. WOW!

  • 12th man

    Hats off to the men in Blue!! They played tough..but were simply overpowered by the high octane offense of SM…Amats defense could not contain the option which was there all night for SM..The Eagles only punted once the whole game which would spell trouble for any team..One thing we all learned is that Bishop deserves to play with the best of them..Im still questioning the call on 4th down deep in your own territory with 8 min left & your down by 10..In my opinion you punt away & hope your defense can come up with a stop unless its like 4th & short you can gamble..but 4th & 8 on your own 29 yard line..down by only 10!!! Come on coach~…The other call i didnt like was rite before the half your down 21-7 with 49 seconds left..Football 101 just run the ball kill the clock dont give up any turnovers and start fresh in the second half knowing you get the ball to start..Overall Rio still had one of his best performances..I talked about it all week..The only way you can beat one of these powerhouses from the pac5 is to pass on them 60 to 70 percent of the game..Which brings up the “No Huddle”??? I clearly thought Amat would go to the No Huddle with 6 min left down by this point you need to score quick..did it happen?? well the score speaks for itself..Amat73 I bet you thought i was crazy when I said the score would be 38-21..I believe you said theres no way Amat defense gives up 35 points..I understand where your heart was..But this SM offense is like a well oiled machine that wont quit..I know for a fact that any other SGV team would have been out of this game by haltime 42-0 49-0 something like that..Amat still had a great season despite everything that took place as far as Injuries not sure who was going to be the starting QB & all that jazz…Thank You Bishop Amat for competing each & every game & for playing hard until the final whistle..You boys played with alot of heart & it will be an experience that will last a lifetime..Joe Amat, Amat73, thanks 4 all the feedback..Its actually nice talking to people who understand pack5 football~ As for me..I will now follow Charter Oak,West Covina,Covina & the rest of the SGV teams still left in the playoffs..

  • LA FAN 1

    Huge win for LA tonight. The Conqs rode FA’AOLA the 2nd half. Kid was a beast tonight. The back from BB Zander is the real deal.Why their coach ever decided to throw the ball is beyond me. zander had to be avg. 15 a pop. Congrats. LA,your not done keep it rolling.

  • Can’t Hang

    @ a quarter
    Get real, the score at half time was 24-7. SM came out in the 2nd half sleep walking and gave up 2 td’s befoe waking up and putting it into gear and blowing out Amat the rest of the way. Trust me, SM never thought for a second that they were in trouble.

  • really?

    can’t hang – so when Amat scores SM was “sleepwalking” but when SM scores they’re kicking Amats ass? Maybe Amat was sleepwalking at the end of the half when SM put up two scores. Of course we all know the clock operator was just sleeping!

  • hagerty will be gone fishing by sunrise

    someone please tell hagerty to turn that oc job back over to coach salter he doesnt know what hes doing and if he keeps being stubborn and making kids transfer out you might be looking for a new school to wreck the football program .

  • memoirs of paul revere

    looks like M-towns defense did what San Dimas and Covina couldn’t…hold Pomona to 7 pts.. But I will say sir darius is very fast…But the transfer kid from wilson was not good at all…Mater of fact…He is the worst QB Monrovia has seen all year…who in the world though he was good…Really it should have been a shut out…but oh well Mtown Marches on…By the way McCarthy destroyed the Pomona line…if you want to do comparison’s, Call Coach rice and ask him which midvalley team is the best he played? See what he has to say.. he has played SD. Covina, and Mtown…San Gabriel big ups! San Dimas…hmmmm we say you…peek a boo…Covina….Hmmmm how dare you…Big ups Azusa…and Arroyo…WCHS…you all know what’s coming… The Playoffs are here, the playoffs are pressure pressure pressure….You know how the Cats do in the playoffs…

  • simon says hang the head coach

    amat play calling has been suspect all year now they are 6 and 5 and out the first round for the second straight year and i wonder what changes they are making for the year to come. hagerty + offensive play calling = no bueno!!!!!

  • coltfan97

    Hello!!!!! Covina did stop Pomona, and if it wasn’t for two plays they would have been shut out!!!! They only scored 14 Points!!!! LOL your funny!!!! Yabrough only had 70 yards against Covina, so don’t tell me we didn’t stop him!!!!

  • Just for the record

    Amat is now 1-5 vs. Pac-5 teams this year. They where blown out against the 2 good Pac-5 teams and lost to 3 middle of the road Pac-5 teams. Charter Oak won 63-21 tonight and is clearly the TOP TEAM IN THE SGV

  • chino hills

    referees won for RC: the refs gave them.plenty of time without having any time outs, total BS but far from over! We kicked some RC a$$!

  • Football fan

    Chino Hills you did kick some RC Butt..Only thing that matters in the end is the final score 39 to 38 RC pulls out a miracle hail mary..RC had 5 turnovers and 9 penalties, we gift wrapped that game for Chino hills and somehow we still won..Well off to REV next week, hope this was a serious wake up call for RC..

  • Missing the record

    Just for the record,

    What’s Charter Oak’s record against PAC 5 teams this year? Oh yeah that’s right, they haven’t played anyone in the PAC-5.

  • I.E. Sports Guy

    I was at the Chino Hills vs. Rancho Cucamonga game and it was an amazing finish. So far I have only read about it on the blogs, but here is video of the play with some great interviews with the quarterback, the wide receiver who made the catch and the head coach whose wife was very emotional after the Cougars win. Check it out. The site is or here is their youtube page link its:

    This was an amazing game and I am glad that I was in the crowd to watch this. High School football at it’s finest.

  • Real talk

    I am proud to say I am a Amat fan tonight. To see our boys playing with heart the way they did was awesome against a big team like that. Congrats to C.O and W.C on your wins tonight I wish you guys luck the rest of the way. To Rio it has been awesome to see you play football and to see you come out there and support your teammates was a example of the courage and love you have for your teammates and the school. As a fan I thank you for laying it on the line. To all my Amat bloggers it has been a great time for me to experience this season with u. God willing I will see you all on here next season. Go blue!!!!!

  • memoirs of paul revere

    Colt 74 this is the playoffs…see there you go again. Regular season….playoffs…regular season…playoffs…Pomona was fast but not faster than Monrovia…and the refs would not call holding on pomona…that’s how they scored…Honestly South pas is better than Pomona…seriously….really the VVL may or olympic may not be as tough as people think…any how…well Monrovia Score more points and help ptown to less points than Covina…I am glad Mtown does not have to see any more speed teams…haha can’t wait til next week…big ups to all the winners…but, I like Monrovia’s chances…McCarthy McCarthy McCarthy…

  • chino hills

    RC thank #15 chadwick and his dad: #15 worst LB in league and the whole team agrees can’t even block on punt block but his daddy is coach that is besties with head coach \ AD so guess what his kid plays and.get voted all league!

  • Cat’11

    1 VVL team down, 2 to go.

  • OC guy

    @general Turgidson.your right Amat needs to recruit better,but this is the SGV where there is very little talent to go around. . times are changing most families cant afford Amat so that makes it difficult to recruit kids. kids in the OC are getting bigger each year.just look at santa margariita,san clemente and mission viejos line . Jalen Moore is the biggest stud but he just did not have the line this sports said some good things about him tonight.

  • SEMHS FAN 3481

    I got to say, tonight at Covina District Field, one of the sideline refs was probably doing his last as a ref, I mean this guy was huffing and puffing his way through the game, I swear he was going to pass out from exhaustion… 😉

    As far as the game was concerned, of the 2 times SEMHS scored, Covina answered with scores of their own, and I think that took a mental toll on SEMHS Players.

    Yes, there was really crummy calls for both sides, and some deplorable sideline antics on BOTH SIDES, but in the end, the Colts stuck with their game plan and it paid off immensely.

    Admittingly, at least I knew in some form, it was going to be a long night, when the VERY FIRST PLAY from scrimmage (since Covina received the kickoff), they ran a sweep and run, and BAM, 79 yards for a TD.

    All in all, PROUD of the turnaround from the last 2 years, and yes (more specifically) last’s year’s record [last year SEMHS was 1-9 overall, and this year {minus tonight} SEMHS was 7-3 overall] – to me I feel the team can only keep getting better progressively, I mean, look at Arroyo, they have been dependant on Steven Rivera for the last 4 years, and next year’s squad is going to be depleted, which leaves the Mission Valley League anyone’s title to capture. Looking forward to next year’s Eagles squad, including #16 (the QB for SEMHS who is a Junior this year).

    Again, Great Year For The SEMHS Eagles, and Congratulations to the Covina Colts, they don’t rank you #1 for nothing. 🙂

  • Nice comment Chino Hills fan,you lose a game and decide to blast a kid,coaches/ad. Is it possible that CH parents are worse than the parents along the foothills?

  • AmatSGV

    It was a Great effort from the Bishop Amat football team tonight. I still don’t understand the haters, most of them are miserable and ignorant… you know who you are! Below is the reason why Amat will continue to play in D1 football, no matter what any idiot thinks. Historically, we own the Pac5, the numbers dont lie. This is also the reason we are the #1 team in the SGV, if you want your kid to be the best, then he needs to play against the best (Pac5), period. Amat plays anyone, anytime, anywhere, and we bow to no one!

    Amat record Vs. Your Team:

    Loyola 22-9
    Crespi 10-3
    Alemany 14-3
    Mater Dei 19-15
    St. J B 11-5
    SM 3-4
    Servite 15-16
    CO 2-1
    St. Paul 26-14
    Damien 22-4
    Rancho C 2-0
    LB Poly 6-4
    MV 2-0

  • GoingTribal

    Really Robledo you called it? Did you send those refs too, cause there was some shady calls in that game.

  • Cif set Covina up real good…

    Covina #1 in the midvalley …hahah don’t make me laugh…they know what’s coming… haha….Omg Covina…haha….really…to small, too slow, Billy will fold under pressure…they have not seen any speed…but they will be coming to speed zone…real soon..See they been eating too many cupcakes, and the tummy ache will follow…

  • Hey AmatSGV

    Like Dylan said…The Times Are A-Changin’

  • AmatSGV

    It was a Great effort from the Bishop Amat football team tonight. I still don’t understand the haters, most of them are miserable and ignorant… you know who you are! Below is the reason why Amat will continue to play in D1 football, no matter what any idiot thinks. Historically, we own the Pac5, the numbers dont lie. This is also the reason we are the #1 team in the SGV, if you want your kid to be the best, then he needs to play against the best (Pac5), period. Amat plays anyone, anytime, anywhere, and we bow to no one!

    Amat record Vs. Your Team:

    Loyola 22-9
    Crespi 10-3
    Alemany 14-3
    Mater Dei 19-15
    St. J B 11-5
    SM 3-4
    Servite 15-16
    CO 2-1
    St. Paul 26-14
    Damien 22-4
    Rancho C 2-0
    LB Poly 6-4
    MV 2-0

  • :)))))))))

    Hell yea Aztecs way to get it done out their class of 09 set the bar high we started the legacy nd put the program on the map in the sgv nd every class has lived up to it

  • Fred Robledo

    Amat had a chance tonight, they really did. Down 14-7, I thought the ten points they gave up in the final minute of the first half was huge, especially the field goal as time expired to go down 24-7. I was in the pressbox, Amat totally got homered with the clock operator stopping the clock with a second left when time had clearly run out. Amat owned the third quarter, scoring twice to trail only 24-21. The play of the game was Santa Margarita going on fourth and five from the seven, and scoring on it to go up 31-21. On Amat’s next series, I thought they got impatient, going on fourth and 11 from their own 36 with more than 8 minutes left. They didn’t get it, and three plays later Santa Margarita punched it in to go up 38-21, then scored a consolation touchdown in the final seconds to make the score look worse than it was. That’s why they call it a game of inches…Santa Margarita didn’t blow them out, they were just clutch when they needed to be clutch. For anyone to say Amat was in over their head or not capable is just silly. You should have heard the cable announcers rave about Amat battling back, and how impressed they were with Rio’s arm strength, and some of the passes he threaded tonight. They lost to a better team, but listening to some of you say they don’t belong when it’s a 3-point game going into the fourth is just nuts. They’re not ready to become Pac-5 champions, but Amat still competes well with Pac-5 teams — even the best Pac-5 teams like tonight.

  • Pomona

    Monrovia dominated the line on both sides of the ball, more than any other team did this year, including Chino Hills.

    I will say McCarthy matched up with Kough early in the game and lost just about every battle. Thats why they moved him to the other side.

    They are a very talented team, can they beat Covina and San Dimas, yes. Do I think they are going to beat them, no.

  • outsider

    Covina is going to lose to Monrovia…Cif still has no respect for these guys…them by putting Mtown in their bracket and making SD #2…They way mtown dusted off pomona…It looks like they could be back to back material…just saying…they are the most Athletic team in the Midvalley hands down…and they go size…just saying…

  • Sierra League Fan

    Chino Hills,
    Are you the drunk parent that was yelling at the coaches all night at the game. You are a tool to come on he and blame the loss on one kid and to call him by name. It was TEAM loss, just like it would have been a TEAM win. No one gave Chino Hills a sniff in this game and they almost won. Sorry you are unhappy about your little Richard’s playing time or whatever your son’s name is. You show no class to come on here and attack a 16 year old kid…get a F-ing clue!

  • memoirs of paul revere

    ptown…just give Mtown props…McCarthy dominated every Ptown Lineman…he was doubled teamed all night… come on..San Dimas Struggle with a team we mop the floor with….and Covina has no speed…Of course you will be rooting for the teams from your league…But…I will say Sir Darius is one of the fastest players around…Coach Rice …needs to get some plays…Well Colt74 you heard it from the horses Mouth…Ptown says our line is better than yours…no retractions…lol..

  • Playoffs? Playoffs?


    Stick to news reporting because understanding football is not your strong suit.

    SM dominated Amat what power and muscle. Did you really think Amat was in control? Are you kidding me?

    Get real dude, SM just was better. Youre the silly one….

  • coltfan97

    Paul Revere,

    I guess you didn’t read all of Pomona’s post!!!! I swear he said this too “They are a very talented team, can they beat Covina and San Dimas, yes. Do I think they are going to beat them, no.” What does that tell you?????

  • memoirs of paul revere

    Colt that tells me he is loyal to his league as he should be…However …the line is the only thing Covina and the tribune…said was covina’s strong suit…well as you can see…Bias 208 yrds tonight…did anyone in the VVL Put up 200 yards…vs Pomona this year? It does not matter. We have WCHS to worry about..we will get back to you all soon…But honestly…too much speed, too much McCarthy ….We LOVE our chances…last week it was Covina “hands down”…now it’s Covina vs Mtown in Semis for the title…I wonder after next week, will Monrovia be the Favorites….Mtown wins the toughest 1st round game by far….against a team that gave everyone in the VVL A run for their money…Think about that…and Alahambra …if all goes well.. we will have a whole week in the future…to talk about

  • Calm down

    Playoffs, playoffs,

    Fred never said Amat was in control. He said they were competing and had a chance. Were you at the game? I doubt it. Down 3 points headed into the 4th quarter against a team that put up 35 in regulation against Servite? You’re right that SM was the better team but that doesn’t mean Amat was never in a position to win it. Look, Amat played their tails off tonight. I thought there would be a running clock in the 3rd but I was continously surprised when Fred would tweet an Amat td. I couldn’t believe it and I know many of the doubters too felt the same way when Fred reported it was 24-21 with Santa Margarita 4th and 5 in the 4th quarter. Who knows what could have been if Amat didn’t give up those 10 points in the end of the half, if there wasn’t a clock controversey, if Amat stopped SM on that 4th down but it’s all woulda shoulda talk now. Great season to the boys, especially to the seniors and good luck to the rest of the SGV!

  • Pomona

    memoirs of paul revere,

    Maybe you didn’t understand the part about McCarthy vs. Kough. We put Kough on McCarthy, one on one and Kough won most of the battles. Monrovia’s coaching staff moved McCarthy to other side away from Kough.

    There is no way McCarthy is the best linemen in the Nation, maybe SGV.

    Covina will beat Monrovia.

  • LA Conq


    How can you say the Conquerors are a Dangerous team? You haven’t been to a single Los Altos game all year. You know nothing about our boys. Please show up to a game or get the hell off the bandwagon. Just Sayin’

  • AyalaBulldogFan

    @Chino Hills, real classy. Once again making the city look bad.

    @Nice CH Fan, unfortunately the city is riddled with parents like that. Don’t know if it’s unique to our area, but it sickens me to say, whatever bad reputation we have, we’ve earned it. Bunch of “entitled” brats live here and it shows and what’s worse, the biggest brats are in the stands and on the blogs.

  • another Pomona

    Pomona, Please SHUT UP. Your team lost and you should be happy the score wasn’t 50-0 like it could have been. Leave McCarthy alone. Whoever you guy was couldn’t even handle the guy McCarthy was replaced with. I’m surprised that your Jr. All American plays got you guys this far. Give the San Gabriel Valley a BREAK WILL YA?



  • tommykiss

    Here are the Full highlights of tonight’s game between Chino Hills and Rancho Cucamonga, the file is still downloading and will be available at approx 3 am

    Once again, thanks for all the support , you the fans are what make this worthwhile

    Tommy Kiss
    The Inland Insider


    Highlights/ interviews from Arcadia’s impressive 39-13 win over visiting Bonita, knocking last year’s CIF runner-up out of the CIF- SS Southeast Division playoffs. The Apaches were led by senior quarterback Myles Carr (23 of 34 passing for 211 yards 3 TDs (1 rush)) and junior RB Jake Medel (25 rush 155 yds 2 TDs). Make sure to check out Garrett Horine’s must-see vicious hit on Univ. of Washington commit Taylor Legace. The hit separated Legace’s helmet and the ball on the fourth down pass in the end zone in the third quarter. Arcadia will host fourth-seeded La Mirada next week.

    – tDro

    Game story:





  • CO DAD

    Hey Missing the record.
    CO record this week 1-0
    Bishop record this week 0-1
    scoreboard…..quit crying….

  • Los Altos Believer

    No denying the LA boys, their resilience and will to compete is a testament of the entire coaching staff, who not only coach on the field but provide tremendous support inside the classroom. Way to go coach Burke, Ziola, Yates amazing job! Now its time to make that short trip for La Serna a long one. Go CONQUERORS!

  • P. Revere an American hero!!

    lol, Make up your mind…YOu just said Monrovia had the most dominating line…but some how covina is going to beat Monrovia with Skill players and speed lol… they did not move Ellis because your guy was blocking him one on one it’s called strategy…Ellis was not there to prove he can beat your guy one on one…he made sir darius fumble in the 1st and 4th..several scouts on the sidelines said ellis look wonderfull… lol Pomona bloggers…get of the bloggs and get to work on recruiting your next set of transfers…This is a recap of the whole game right here ….pomona gets one sweep for 74 yard td 1st half…then they get a Lucky halfback pass in the fourth…where you WR had a huge lead and Ramirez walked him down at the 3…Then Ellis McCarthy makes sir darius fumble on the goal line… Game over. Ellis too Much for Pomona…and will be too much for WCHS Covina…Besides If Saul Bustos for SEMHS can go over the top on the Colts….what do you think Mtown is going to do…Nevertheless…Congrats to the Colts…we have whittier Christian to worry about, and they are going to be looking for revenge…

  • Conq’76

    Congratulations LA ! Great win! Ride the wave guys! La Serna up next, just keep playing your game!

  • Can’t Wait for Damien Next Year

    Went to the Damien game yesterday. The Spartans hung in there for the first quarter and had an excellent “flea flicker” but as time went on, the bigger offensive and defensive line wore down the Spartans. The line was outsized, not by taller players, but by thicker strong guys, WOW. VM was impressive. But a galant effort by the Spartans.

    I can’t wait to see how Gano changes his offensive scheme to match up against teams like CO, Amat, Chino Hills, and VM. I hope that the signal was received that bigger, not necessarily faster, is the way to go for linemen. big and strong on offensive and defensive lines.

    The VM running backs and quarterback played counters and quarter back keepers all night long for big gainers. It was an impressive show for the Broncos.

    Congrats to the Broncos and to the Spartans, your turn is coming next year guys. you have improved greatly.

    Damien coaches, make the changes, adjust to what you learned from the season!

    Great season guys

  • GoingTribal

    Fred did his reporting from the volleyball game!

  • no-step

    Can’t Wait for Damien Next Year,

    You don’t need to wait. Just re-run the last three seasons and you’ll have it. The same run game that can’t run, the same pass game that can’t pass, the same stupid play calling that is Gano’s signature, the same anemic Red Zone offense, and the same tactically unsound defense you have seen since the previous DC. In short, it doesn’t get any better than this!

  • Good Job SGV Teams.. Go Hacienda League… Wish things what of turned out better for us Raiders but need to learn and watch and regroup for 2012!

  • COChargerfan

    AmatSGV, please explain the comment Historically, we own the Pac5 considering that it began in 2006 and Amat missed the playoffs that year and in 2007 and were 1st round losers in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011? And also how Amats 40-year-old record vs. St. Paul means anything in 2011? It is time for the Kool Aid drinkers to wake up to the fact that the Inland is better than the Pac-5 this year (and years to come?) plus the Serra isnt the 2nd best league this yearfor proof, look at the fact that all three Serra teams lost in the first round including Loyolas embarrassing loss to Huntington Beach. In sports, the past is history and all that matters is the presentso stop the meaningless we once beat everyone nonsense because it just makes you all sound like petty sour-pussed losers.

    And just wondering whether the I.E. fan that was spouting off a few weeks ago about Darr being like 10x better than Travis Santiago has the guts to admit that he was wrong big time and that Santiago proved head-to-head last night that he is actually heads and shoulders better.

    Upland will be a tall task but if they protect the ball CO has the offensive firepower to put up points and who knows??? Cant wait to see it

  • @ COchargerfan

    Hey brah u make no sense.

    Notre Dame is still the greatest college football team ever and UCLA owns college basketball,look at their old records and titles.Guess it doesn’t matter that they’re very VERY VERY average now.

  • Have your coffee before posting

    Geez COChargerrfan, you are one cantankerous fool. The “Pac-5” is just another name for Division 1/Big 5/AAAA as it has evolved in the CIF. It’s a helluva lot easier to just use the most recent name – but anyone with an ounce of inteligence knows what was being referred to and “historically” I guess the all time records that were listed somewhat indicate that.

  • COChargerfan

    And I forgot to give a shout out to Norco…have fun watching next week from your couch.

  • What goes around

    COChargerfool – how is a second place team losing in the playoffs by 10 pts in the highest division designated by CIF “embarrassing”? The only thing embarrassing is your posts this morning. Just be prepared for the wrath next Saturday morning after you get “embarrassed”

  • P-Town

    First off I’m proud of our young men for all of their hard work all year. Props to CoachRice and his crew. A job well done. No disrespect to Covina, SanDimas(as they gave us all we could handle), or blogger(Pomona) but M-Town’s for real. The only other team that put it on us like that was ChinoHills. I’m not sure about WhittierChriatian, but Covina and SanDimas do not wanna see M-town again, not now.

  • FredJ

    Look, no matter what happens, the best three teams in the SGV are Charter Oak, Amat and West Covina. And this week, I can’t think of a better game to go to than Charter Oak-Upland. For Charter Oak, this is their Servite, their Santa Margarita and I’m as curious as anyone to know if they can hang with one of the Southern Section powers. That’s the truth, you don’t know until they play, and next Friday will tell us everything we want to know about Charter Oak, then we can make better comparisons….I love these games.

  • LA Conq

    Hey Fred…
    Thanks for the Awesome story about the Conqueror’s dramatic 4th quarter come-from-behind victory last night! OH WAIT!!!!! There isn’t SH!7 written about that game this morning! Thanks for the ZERO support of our kids his year! You’re doing a bang up job.

  • COChargerfan

    Actually, Princeton with 28 titles is the all time D1 college football teamand Yale is second. So, what do you think about them running around in 2011 and beating on their chests? And Notre Dame last won a title in 1988 and have been totally irrelevant for a decade so, yes, they are a meaningless team for those that live in the PRESENT.

    Other than Edison, year in and year out the Sunset league is pretty weak (Ive seen Joe Amat say this very same thing) and Huntington Beach lost in pre-season to D9 Corona Del Marso isnt it embarrassing for Loyola, the second best team from the 2nd best league in the state, to get beat by them?

    And like half the teams in the present Pac-5 were never in the Division formally called D1 or the BIG 5, so how does one count them? Or, what about teams like Los Altos and many others who were once in the Big-5 but arent in the Pac-5? For those with half a brain, it is wrong to lump it all together.

  • Fred Robledo

    LA Conq, maybe you need to look more carefully before you write there is “zero” in the paper. Why don’t you try reading the prep football roundup, you might be surprised with what you skipped over…What some of you need to understand is that with 7:30 starts we’re limited in how much we can write, especially in the first-round with so many games, and using freelancers, who don’t write from the games, they have to fly back to the office.

  • Aaron

    I’m going to talk about the tremendous facility that is Salter Stadium…driven by it before…but until you watch a game there you have no idea.

    Visitor’s side is pretty nice…but the access from the southern end to enter is pretty choked…needs to be addressed by taking some of the fencing out.
    Needs Bathrooms and maybe a small snackbar annex.

    The home stands were beautiful…too bad there was barely anyone there. Stadium envy last night.

    As far as the game…other than two drives the Bearcats were not the Bearcats…no heart.

    Arcadia certainly can play, they executed on offense and defense all night.

    Cam Griffin topped 1000 yds first Bearcat RB to do that since DeAndre Belin I believe.

  • Conq’76

    Great job Charter Oak, way to represent!

  • Fred Robledo

    Bully, you can attack me all you want…but I own the delete button, and you’ve got another “timeout.”

  • Lance R

    “He was huge,” Santa Margarita coach Harry Welch said. “Without a big game from Alex Suchesk, we don’t win. Really, that’s how big he was.”

    This is in the This is when Wolpin their starting running back went out of the game with a shoulder injury and Santa Margarita was only up by 3. This Suchesk kid did his job yes but the point is Harry Welch acknowledges the fact they were in a game that they could have loss against this Amat team. To the haters that think we do not belong or cannot compete at the PAC5 level give it a rest Amat comes to play and competes with the best of the PAC 5. Altho we lost we held our own against a very good football team. Congrats Lancers you came up short but still have all the respect from your loyal fan base. Were Amat we will be back. Instead of asking for Amat to step down from the pac 5 why dont the team you haters belong to step up to the Pac 5?? works both ways.

  • You guys got very lucky getting in.It was the biggest Hail Mary ever.Congrats on that. But now you lost in the 1st round again. You were tough,you had a chance to win,you belong in the pac5,blah,blah,blah….Better stop worrying about how or what you think you are and go find some big guys so you can really compete.

  • Warrior Pride

    From reading these post I don’t care what anyone say’s. The most exciting game of the night was the La Puente Alhambra game. La Puente with 50 seconds left was at Alhambra three yard line was denied on it first three tries. On a fourth and goal on the two LP does a little soft toss to a wide open receiver in the endzone. The reciever bobbles it and it falls to the ground. With 35 seconds left Alhambra sits on itand wins.
    Granted it would have only tied the game the PAT would have won it for LP.
    Tough loss for the Warriors but a great game non the less

  • SGV Football

    Congratulations to all the WINNING teams from last night’s games.

    The SGV showed that we have Strong, Fast, and Athletic teams that can compete and WIN inside and outside the SGV!

    Also, a big Congratulations to the Charter Oak Charges for Winning in such a convincing and dominating fashion! If you have any doubts about the Chargers, go read Aram’s column in today’s Tribune, Great column, Aram!

    Support our Winning SGV teams!

  • Oklahoma State

    Gosh, we were so close to winning yesterday! Really the game was a lot closer than the final score showed. We were the #2 team in the country and really had a chance to win the game. No really! We could of won if we had scored more points than Iowa St! We should won except for some bone head calls by our head coach and some really terrible plays by our defense in the 2nd half! We could have won the game. Really!

    We are still #1! I don’t care anyone thinks!


    By Jeff Tully,
    GLENDALE With running back Zander Anding carrying the majority of the load on offense this season for the Burroughs High football team, the senior had a sizable target on his back when his squad took on Los Altos on Friday night in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Southeast Division playoffs.

    If the Conquerors hoped to defeat the Indians, they would likely have to stop Anding.

    Anding did his part, gaining more than 200 yards, but the Burroughs offense could do little else. In addition, penalties and turnovers proved costly for the No. 3-ranked Indians, as they were defeated by unranked Los Altos, 37-29, at Moyse Field.

    Anding ended a fine career in which he broke numerous records and put up gaudy numbers for Burroughs (6-5). On the night, he had 15 carries for 216 yards and one touchdown of 65 yards.

    “He is an amazing football player,” Los Altos Coach Dale Ziola said. “He definitely got his share tonight and he did some damage.”

    But Anding should have had much more against the Conquerors (8-3). He had nearly 155 yards called back because of holding penalties, including a touchdown run of 85 yards nullified in the second half.

    “If we didn’t have the holding penalties we could have kept running all night,” said Burroughs Coach Keith Knoop, whose team shared the Pacific League championship with Arcadia. “We just couldn’t get the ball back in the second half.”

    With Los Altos leading, 37-29, with just over two minutes left in the game, Burroughs had the ball on its own 34-yard line. However, a miscue on a handoff resulted in the Conquerors recovering a fumble and taking over on the Indians’ 29.

    “Honestly, on that last drive I believe we were going to go down and score the winning touchdown,” Knoop said. “But this is football. This is playoffs and you can’t get holding penalties and you can’t commit fumbles.”

    The Indians received two rushing touchdowns from quarterback Brad Hunt. Damien Beltran also returned a kickoff 95 yards late in the third quarter to put Burroughs in front, 28-23.

    Burroughs, which held a 22-9 lead at the half, was riddled in the second half by Los Altos quarterback Shane Virnala and running back Justin Fa’aola. Fa’aola, who had just eight carries for 30 yards and no touchdowns in the first half, went wild in the second half, ending the night with 27 carries for 195 yards and a touchdown.

    Virnala was 14 for 20 for 152 yards and two touchdowns passing. He also had 14 carries for 72 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

    The Indians looked to be in control in the first half after the Conquerors went ahead, 6-0 in the opening minutes of the game. But the Indians came back, scoring 22 unanswered points.

    “The first half we dominated and the second half they took the ball away from us basically,” Knoop said.

  • joho

    Thank you Bishop Amat!!!!

    This really was a great season, the won loss record and the standings won’t reflect it, but to play as tough as you did inspite of being undersized, dealing with injuries etc. illustrates what a GREAT program, coaching staff and importantly what a great bunch of kids who played with tremendous heart! That’s what it’s all about!!!!
    Can’t wait ’till next year!!!!

    GO AMAT!!!!!!!!!

  • Chater Oak On My Mind!

    Charte Oak Chargers are thee #1 team in the SGV!

    Is this even a question anymore? Hell no!

    2 years into the Inland Division and already one of the Best Teams in the division!
    Sierra League Champions
    10 – 1 overall record
    Beat everyone in the Sierra League including the previous 3 time champ.

    2nd best team is West Covina – CIF Champs and on their way to another!

    We’ll have wait for the rest of the SGV to see where they finish on the list!

  • Just The Facts!

    When you are a 6 – 5 team, you (by definition) are NOT a great team, Sir!

    You are in fact an average and middle of the road team!

    When you are 1 – 5 against your Division (PAC 5) your are NOT a great team!

    You are a losing team!

    When are at the bottom of your League and Division Standings your are NOT a great team!

    You are a losing team!

    Does #20 out of 29 teams in the PAC 5 sound to you like a Great Team?

    Trust me, even Bassett plays with a lot of
    heart and honor! Are they a winning team?

    Can you say, Distorted View? Can you say, Rose Coloerd Glasses?

    Ever ask yourself that perhaps that might be the reason you keep losing every year? You really do believe that you’re great don’t you? That is unfortunate!

    Try a little more heart and better coaching, and little less arrogance!

  • Yes It’s Over

    Yes! It’s all over, again…

    Yes! It’s time to wash those pads and turn them into the coaches office! It’s time to reflect on all the wouldn’ofs and could’ofs! It’s time to plan the Thanksgiving dinner and the football banquet! It’s time

    I know it hurts but this season is Over!

  • Spartan

    Great job Spartans!! Overall you guys had a good season and won the games you were suppose to win. There are a lot of good things happenning at Damien and the program will continue to get better. There are a lot of Juniors on the team that will be back next year and a lot of underclassmen that can compete for some starting spots. To all those who do not think that Damien is moving in the right direction, they are just haters and will NEVER be happy. With talent at Damien now they will compete for the Sierra League title next year!!

  • Reality

    Oklahoma State – you’re no longer #1 or 2 but you’re still better thank undefeated Sam Houston State in Division 1AA!

  • Full of Grace

    2amat – trying to figure out how getting in was ” the biggest hail mary ever”. The teams who lost were predicted to lose. Amat , crespi, and notrre dame all lost to loyola and alemany – so that was expected – not a hail mary. Then Amat had the same chance to get in as crespi and notre dame to win the flip. 1/3 chance.. Not quite a hail mary

  • LA Conq
    Give it a rest, they cannot be everywhere every friday night.Do not be so negative with Fred, he has always been a believer in the Los altos football program, but who would blame him to back off recently?Just support and stay classy.Good things happen to good programs.

  • perspective

    Congratulations to Charter Oak on their 1st win over a real Inland Team (even though Santiago hasn’t got out of the 1st round since 2007)

  • To Spartan:Whaaaa???

    They won the games they were supposed to?

    Then why aren’t they playing anymore??

    They lost to Amat, Chino Hills, how is that winning what they were supposed to win?

    the team will no doubt be better next year with some beef, but they didnt win the games they were supposed to, lol.

    I think Gano needs to re-evaluate when he kicks onside kicks, and change his predictable offensive scheme. Wow, VM just blew that o-line right over. its almost as if they werent there.

  • FullofGrace

    So I guess you really deserved to get in??? It was still a coin flip. It turns out your league seems to be the weakest 1 in the Pac5 w/ NO teams moving on.Hey but you were the 3rd best team in that league.Amat needs to stop talking about being competitive or how much they belong. Go get sum big guys and truly become a threat again.right now you guys are nowhere near a threat to win a CIF.

  • Observantcat

    Say Fred, I’m sure Monrovia is shaking in their boots seeing that Whittier Christian has scored against an El Monte team that had a QB that might as well had his throwing arm tied behind his back. 7 Int’s? after reading that I was wondering why the game was even that close. If you give the Monrovia that many gimme’s it would have been a running clock for the entire 2nd half. El Monte must have been on life support from the start. But my expectations would be that Whittier Christian would want to exact revenge on Monrovia for stopping it’s progress to reach the final destination in the Mid-Valley div. Should be a good game.

  • joho

    Just The Facts!

    Where in my post do I say great team????

    Great program?——absolutely
    Great heart? ——-damn straight
    Great coaching? —–the best in SGV by far…
    Great season?——–to be competitive and play as close as they have against bigger stronger and better teams?——–hell yes it was a great season….

    I can’t wait ’till next year!!!!!

    GO AMAT!!!!!!!!

  • SD John

    Heart breaker for La Puente last night …
    Nothing to be sad about. You guys made us proud !
    WAR TIME !!!

  • Open Minded Fan

    Let’s mix things up a bit instead always rehashing the same stupid Bishop argument because frankly we’re beginning to sound like drunks at a bar…always repeating the same stories.

    1)Would Bishop win the Inland Divisin “this’ year? How about over the Hagerty Era?
    2)Who had better talent…Verti or Hagerty?
    3) Did Hagery maximize Rio’s Football talents compared to other coaches who’ve had similar “talents” in their midst…i.e Allen and Santiago at CO and Mc Donough at Covina, Aguilar, Harwell and Cody at Los Atlos? By similar I mean…”program changers”.
    4)Why did “Bishop” bloggers bully every one into referring to “Bishop” as that other name when Rio and other Lancers refer to theri school as “BISHOP”…and always do?
    5) With coaching vacancies coming up how much longer can Hagerty count on “Trojans” on his staff venturing off on their own?
    6) Instead of discussing what Travis would do at Bishop why not discussing openly what Farrar would do with Rio?

  • joho

    Or what Haggerty and co. would do with Servite, S. Margarita etc.?????

  • Just Saying

    Where is AZTEC PRIDE MONTVIEW CHAMPION x4? he is usually shooting his loud mouth off how great Azusa is?
    Where are you fool? We miss you loud mouth and bragging how you are the MONTVIEW LEAGUE CHAMPION x4.

  • Did you get picked on as a kid?

    Just saying,

    You’re an absolute fool. Stop using “we”…as you a “crowd of ONE”…lol Aztec Pride is a stand up guy who very rarely gets upset and is always propping up his team and of course his son…both with good reason. Go back to pulling the wings off of flies and wetting yourself. Please tell your Dr. to increase your medication.


    Little late on what I observed on the BIG PLAYOFF GAME last night! Did some overtime today for the holidays$$$. LOL But first I just wanted to say and give credit where credit is do! AZUSAS Quarterback, JAKE MARTINEZ! By far gets the GAME BALL for his performance last night, hand s down! Hes probably the best QB that has come of AZUSA; I would have to say in awhile. What a performance last night and he did it all! His pass completions were on and when he needed to run for yardage, he accomplish that and more! Ill end with the accolades, but he definitely won the game for AZUSA last night! ALSO!!! To Coach Scherf for getting by the first round, CONGRATULATIONS, because AZUSA would have been DEVASTED and especially AZTEC PRIDE! LOL Can forget the rest of the coaching staff because they all stuck to their game plan and didnt PANICKED! (GREAT JOB COACHING STAFF)!

    Ill say this and the game didnt start off to well for AZUSA, VC scored twice on their first two possessions and it DIDNT LOOK TO GOOD for AZUSA in the first qtr. CVC had a BIG OFFENSIVE LINE that were moving AZUSAS defense around and opening up large holes for the running backs. Everybody in the stands was in disbelief and YOU know everybody was thinking about LAST YEAR! Well thats when JAKE MARTINEZ and the offense got it going and never look back! AZUSA offensively seem to wake up and scored at will! But most importantly the DEFENSE step up and clamped down and never let VC score again! The player on DEFENSE who had an outstanding game was #5; PEREZ who had BIG TIME tackles when it counted!

    Cant say enough on AZUSA winning last night and how good to see all the players, family and fans all congregating in the stadium after the win and congratulating all the players! AZUSA has a BIG FAMILY oriented type of feeling and its real good to see that! AZUSA, ENJOY THE WIN THIS WEEKEND and RELAX! Come Monday, Im sure Coach Scherf will start all over again and DRAW UP a new game plan! We wont mention the team AZUSA will be playing, because RIGHT NOW ITS TIME TO ENJOY THE WIN AND HEAD IN TO THANKS GIVING WEEK! (YES!!!AZUSA WILL BE PRACTICING THANKS GIVING WEEK AND GET READY FOR TURKEY BOWL III!



  • Watching Aztec Pride

    There he is the loud mouth piesce of crap….
    I knew it was only a matter of time before the MONTVIEW LEAGUE CHAMPION x4 and bragged about beating finally SOMEBODY…….
    What is funny is that he tries to dequise himself in lower type as:
    Just saying,

    You’re an absolute fool. Stop using “we”…as you a “crowd of ONE”…lol Aztec Pride is a stand up guy who very rarely gets upset and is always propping up his team and of course his son…both with good reason. Go back to pulling the wings off of flies and wetting yourself. Please tell your Dr. to increase your medication.

    November 19, 2011 7:04 PM

    I beat he was chomping at the bit to post his AZTEC PRIDE MONTVIEW CHAMPION x4 under his alias until:
    November 19, 2011 8:55 PM
    But now he uses the UPPER CASE “X” now that they won a playoff game.

  • Inland guy

    @2amat.not only bishop amat is not a threat to win cif. your number one team CO will never be a threat against are inland super powers corona centenial and vista murrieta who consistently are powerful.this is COs best team in a while and they will lose next week. after santiago leaves they will not be as good

  • Just an observation

    Somebody has gotten into Aztec Pride’s head big time.He’s a mess.

  • COChargerfan

    Inland Guy, sour grapes???

    It’s true that CO is in for the game of their life against any of the Inland powers as they are all nearly twice their enrollment and are great programs but there are 24 Inland teams sitting at home now and I can guarantee you that every one of them would love to be in CO’s position. What you are overlooking is that CO has a champion’s mentality and they aren’t going to be in awe of Upland.

    And you’re wrong about CO’s past and future. They have won 5 CIF titles including in 2008 and 2009 so they aren’t some one year wonder. And, their 2008 team was loaded with a half dozen senior’s that were fantastic players including the QB, Chris Allen, PLUS 6 juniors that a year later received D1 scholarships…after winning their second CIF title.

    As to the future, it is true that they will lose Santiago and Gilchrist but they are presently starting like 14 underclassmen plus they add a great lineman who transferred from Amat…sorry, as much as you may want it to happen, they aren’t going away quite yet.


    he only thing that’s a MESS,is my internet provider,(SUCKS)!LOL.. I’ve posted twice on here and the IDIOT who wrote PIESCE OF SHIT is not me.LOL… so go ahead have your fun OBSERVATION, BECAUSE IT’S AMUSING! LOL…

    All I need is the RAMS to win the SEA TURDS TODAY, and should make for a GOOD WEEKEND of Football!



    St. Louis RAMS, PENDING!



    The only thing that’s a MESS,is my internet provider,(SUCKS)!LOL.. I’ve posted twice on here and the IDIOT who wrote PIESCE OF SHIT is not me.LOL… so go ahead have your fun OBSERVATION, BECAUSE IT’S AMUSING! LOL…

    All I need is the RAMS to win the SEA TURDS TODAY, and should make for a GOOD WEEKEND of Football!



    St. Louis RAMS, PENDING!



    FRED are you holding comments back? WHY??? Fred does your computer program pick up key words? I just entered A comment on a different article and that went through. PLEASE ADVISE…

  • General Turgidson

    The Amat game was not close. The score only came within 3 points when SM fumbled AT AMAT’S 5 YARD LINE. They were going in to score.

    Amat was playing catch up all night. If you were there, there was no question who was in control. SM was unstoppable. They scored at will. Had they not fumbled the game would’ve been out of hand much earlier in the 3rd. Instead, Amat gets lucky.

    They were dominated on the line, in the secondary… every way.

    Btw, Hagerty going for it on 4th? He was clearly trying to play Welch’s game. Sorry. That’s not going to happen any time soon.

    The game may have been in question early, but that was taken care of after watching SM on offense.

    I will concede they played better than everyone thought… but who cares about that? They had no chance to win the PAC 5 this year. Any team in the coin toss debacle could have done the same thing against SM.

    Thus spake… THE GENERAL.


    The only thing that’s a MESS,is my internet provider,(SUCKS)!LOL.. I’ve posted twice on here and the IDIOT who wrote PIESCE OF SHIT is not me.LOL… so go ahead have your fun OBSERVATION, BECAUSE IT’S AMUSING! LOL…





  • ?

    fred wats up with thread? You have it on LOCKED DOWN? Why…