UNBELIEVABLE DRAMA: Bishop Amat misses game-winning PAT with seconds left in thrilling 48-48 tie with Chino Hills as each team scored in the final minute; Damien and West Covina hammered in big tests

Tom Kiss’ video highlights and interviews of Amat-Chino Hills up tomorrow morning.

Loyola routs West Covina
West Covina’s much-anticipated rematch with Loyola went from bad to worse.
With another year to prove it could handle the big boys in Division 1 football, back-to-back CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division champion West Covina could not avoid another big injury to a star player, nor could it do anything to slow bigger-and-better Loyola.
Bulldogs senior quarterback Jonathan Najera was hoping to start after sitting out last week’s win over Covina the Bulldogs eventually forfeited for using an ineligible player, but Najera remained in street clothes with a preseason injury to his knee that is worse than Bulldogs’ coaches originally thought.
Not that it really mattered. Loyola pounded West Covina just like it did a year ago and left Thyberg Field with an easy 38-14 victory over the Southeast Division’s second-ranked Bulldogs, who are 0-2 after last week’s forfeit.

Chino Hills, Bishop Amat 48-48 thriller
As improbable as it was that Bishop Amat drove 80 yards in the game’s final 44 seconds, it was equally improbable it would miss an extra point to claim a one-point victory over Chino Hills. Both happened.
The nonleague game between two Inland Empire powers ended in a 48-48 tie as both coaches elected prior to the game not to play overtime in the event of a tie.

Bishop Amat-Chino Hills photo gallery
Loyola-West Covina photo gallery
San Dimas-Azusa photo gallery

Visit the SGV Preps page for recaps and stories of tonight’s games.

Friday’s results
San Dimas 50, Azusa 7 — Just like last year, the Saints proved they’re too good for the four-time Montview League champions, winning easily in their first home game in over a year on their new turf.
Bishop Amat 48, Chino Hills 48 — In one of the best games in Valley history, Chino Hills rallied to go up 48-42 with just under a minute left after missing the PAT. But the Lancers came back, scoring in the final seconds to tie it, but its game-winning PAT was missed too, ending in a tie game. Now you know why these are the top two-ranked teams in the area.
Charter Oak 35, Roosevelt 0 — Wonderful start for the Chargers. You knew they had a great defense, but nice to see the offense clicking too.
Glendora 14, Claremont 0 — Sometimes we forget how good the Tartans can be. After all, they do play in one of the toughest leagues around.
Diamond Ranch 56, El Rancho 34 — Time to start taking the Panthers serious again. Maybe West Covina isn’t just a walk in the park in the Hacienda.
Arroyo 21, Temple City 0 — Huge bounceback win after last week’s debacle at Los Altos.
Los Altos 48, Salesian 34 — Thanks Conqs, tired of hearing about Salesian and all their D-1 athletes.
Orange Lutheran 31, Damien 14 — Let’s face it, not a good way for the Spartans to start. Losing is alright, but they needed to give a better account of itself.
Ayala 16, Monrovia 15 — Ayala is showing its the real deal, knocking out Pasadena’s No. 1 team. Again, the Wildcats have much more to prove outside the Mid-Valley.
Mountain View 28, Bassett 21 — Make that two in a row for the Vikings, even though it was a struggle against the Olympians.
Norwalk 52, Diamond Bar 38 — That’s two straight weeks the Brahmas gave up a lot of points. They need to do something about that D.
Ontario Christian 45, El Monte 24 — Well, there goes my feel-good story of the year. I really thought the Lions could go unbeaten until the playoffs.
Rowland 15, Wilson 13 — Nice 2-0 start for the Raiders, who beat a Wilson team coming off a big win last week.
South El Monte 19, Nogales 6 Eagles could be a Mission Valley contender after all, and that’s two close losses for the Nobles.
La Costa Canyon 42, Baldwin Park 0 — I don’t know what kind of football they play down South, but after all the points the Braves put up last week, they got shutdown.
Workman 28, Keppel 8 — The Lobos figured to get in the win column with a match-up against the Aztecs.
South Hills 14, Bonita 0 — For a team that couldn’t stop anyone last year, a shutout is a huge improvement for the Huskies.
Troy 34, Walnut 0 — A week after the Mustangs looked great, they get blown out against a tough Orange County squad.

Scoreboard updates: For quarter updates and final scores of tonight’s games, you won’t find them quicker than clicking on our scoreboard link. All scores should be posted by 11 p.m.


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Thursday Night Final: Gladstone roughs up Northview, 19-10; Covina wears down La Puente and Rosemead shutout against Irvine

Keith Birmingham’s Gladstone-Northview photo gallery

Keith Birmingham’s La Puente-Covina photo gallery.

Tonight’s results
Gladstone 19, Northview 10 — The Gladiators defense was in attack mode all night and quarterback Kevin Amezquita was huge, throwing for 160 yards, two touchdowns and rushing for a 12-yard clincher late.
Covina 41, La Puente 16 — The Warriors hung early, but the Colts wore them down in the second half to go to 2-0 after earning a forfeit win over West Covina.
Irvine 20, Rosemead 0 — The Panthers couldn’t get anything going, but it’s not a surprise, we told you they play big boy football out there.

Gladstone’s defense is the difference in victory

Gladstone-Northview game story: It had been a longtime since Gladstone High School football coach Albert Sanchez celebrated a victory over a Valle Vista League team, and it wasn’t just anyone, it was much-improved Northview.
The Gladiators didn’t let the Vikings breathe for four quarters, containing Vikings do-it-all running back Javon Taylor to pull out a 19-10 victory in their season opener.

Covina-La Puente game story: Although Covina High School came into its nonleague matchup against La Puente sporting an undefeated record, the Colts felt they had a lot to prove on the field. Because of an ineligible player, West Covina was forced to forfeit its 34-0 victory over Covina last week. On Thursday night, the Colts bounced back with a convincing win of their own, beating the Warriors, 41-16, with 20 consecutive fourth-quarter points.

Rosemead-Irvine game story: Rosemead ventured deep into Orange County with a new offense and a new head coach, but was unable to overcome mistakes and poor field position, falling to the Irvine Vaqueros, 20-0, on Thursday night.

Gladstone QB Kevin Amezquita and coach Albert Sanchez talk about Gladiators win

Tyler Drohan’s highlights and interviews of Covina’s win over La Puente

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Football Notebook: Mountain View earns most surprising win of the weekend; San Dimas ready for Azusa

Feelings of surprise and excitement have been permeating the Mountain View High School campus in the days following the football team’s stunning upset of Alhambra in last Friday’s season opener for both teams.
The Vikings, led by new head coach Victor Ambruso, proved their strong summer was no fluke in posting a 10-6 win over an Alhambra team that had a good group of players back from last year’s team that won nine games.

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PrepXtra Rewind: Amat’s Dionza Blue, Darren Andrews and Sal Velasquez. Plus, Monrovia’s Brett Walsh and George Frazier V …

Opening remarks: Discussion on West Covina’s forfeit, why coaches aren’t updating MaxPreps and Damein’s Josh Savage unavailable for Friday’s game vs. Orange Lutheran
14:00 mark: Monrovia’s Brett Walsh and George Frazier.
40:00 mark: Bishop Amat’s Dionza Blue, Dareen Andrews and Sal Velasquez
1:05 mark: Aram, Fred and Reginald Miller’s closing thoughts.

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Ayala is Mr. Robinson’s neighborhood; Bulldogs ready for mega showdown with Monrovia

By Aram Tolegian

Jordan Robinson is flying under the radar … for now.

The Ayala High School running back/defensive back is well known to coaches in the Sierra League as one of the most dangerous players their teams will face this season.

But outside of that coaching circle, not many other coaches or fans have heard his name as often as they should. That could start changing in a big way on Friday when Robinson and the Bulldogs host two-time defending CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division champion Monrovia. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

“We’ve been watching film all week,” Robinson said of Monrovia. “They have athletes, but they’re not unbeatable. I want to just go out there and show our team can compete with these guys.

“They’re ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in your poll and if we go out there and beat them then we’re definitely making a statement that we can compete.”

Even with Monrovia coming to town, the spotlight will also be shining on the Bulldogs, who have gotten plenty of hype this offseason and are ranked No. 8 in the Tribune’s latest area rankings. Monrovia is the No. 1 team in the Pasadena Star-News rankings.

For Monrovia, the expectations are nothing new. But for Ayala, so many expecting such big things is a change from the norm.

“I think it’s right,” Robinson said of the rankings. “We have a nice team. We have athletes. We just didn’t put it together as well as we should have last year. This year, we’re a year older and we’ve been through it. I’m pretty sure we can turn it around.”

Ahh, last year. That’s probably the reason why Robinson isn’t yet on the radar of college recruiters like he should be. There’s no doubt he’s one of the best athletes around, but Ayala’s struggles in the won-loss column may be why so many folks just don’t know it.

Robinson is bent on using his senior season to make up for that. He started last week by rushing for 207 yards and three touchdowns in a 46-17 win over Diamond Bar. For Robinson, it was just a continuation of 2011, in which he ran for over 1,500 yards and 13 touchdowns.

But now, stats are just as important as wins, because the more Ayala puts itself on the map, the more eyes will be opened to Robinson’s talents.

Beating Monrovia would be a great way to super charge the process.

When Robinson is on offense, he’ll be trying to plow through a Monrovia defense led by the linebacker duo of Colorado-bound George Frazier V and Northwestern-bound Brett Walsh.

When Robinson is playing corner back on defense, he will be trying to cover either Mason Bryant or Anthony Craft, both of whom already have multiple Division I college offers.

“Honestly, I can’t tell you why I don’t have any offers yet,” Robinson said. “I’m not a college coach, so I don’t know exactly why.”

Robinson and his senior classmates went undefeated as freshmen in 2009.

Their success hasn’t translated to the varsity level yet. As sophomores, only a handful of that class was pulled up to varsity, including Robinson, who broke his leg after four games. The team won just four games and was blanked in the Sierra League.

Last year, the Bulldogs won just three games, but at least one of them came in league. This is the ballyhooed class’ final attempt to deliver under the lights on all the promise they showed four years ago.

“It definitely motivates us,” Robinson said. “We’re all together now again and we’re clicking. It can only get better from here.”

“We definitley can compete with the Sierra League. It’s a tough league, but we have the athletes and the skill players to do it. It’s just about putting it all together.”

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