Football Notebook: Los Altos ready for rival Wilson; Chino Hills coach Derek Bub reacts to big call in Amat game

By Aram Tolegian, SGVN

Anyone thinking the Los Altos High School football team’s performance last season was a fluke, merely an inheritance of riches by a new coaching staff, is getting clear proof so far in 2012 that there was nothing accidental about it.

The Conquerors are back at it, despite a bevy of new faces. Los Altos improved to 2-0 on Friday by beating a talented Salesian team on the road, 48-34.

Estuardo Marcos was the catalyst, returning two kickoffs for touchdowns, scoring on a rushing play and taking a fumble in for a score. All totaled, Marcos had 213 yards in kick returns and another 84 on the ground on 16 carries.

But it hasn’t been just about Marcos this season. The Conquerors had only one returning starter on offense, a lineman, entering the season. One of the area’s best offensive backfields had to be entirely replaced.

“Salesian was an extremely, extremely talented team,” Los Altos coach Dale Ziola said. “They play in Division 13, but those guys they have on their team were legit Division I prospects, at least five or six of them.

“You get into a game like that, I’m thinking `We’re Division 7 and they’re Division 13, we’re supposed to win.’ But then you see all those guys they have and they can beat anybody on any given night.”

Los Altos began the season by routing three-time Mission Valley League champion Arroyo, 33-6. After beating Salesian, the Conquerors are now heavily favored against arch-rival Wilson on Friday.

“Until we play a perfect game, I won’t know exactly where we stand,” Ziola said. “But our kids have certainly shown a ton of heart. I’ve heard some things about Wilson early on and it sounded like they were in trouble. But I saw some film and they really get after it. I’ve never seen a team sprint to the football the way they do before a play.

“They’re going to give us their A-game and we’re going to have our hands full Friday night.”

Huskies moving on
Chino Hills coach Derek Bub has seen the photo and video showing Bishop Amat receiver Darren Andrews getting credited with a catch on what looks to be an incomplete pass. That set up the game-tying score for the Lancers moments later. But Bub isn’t about to blame the referees or let his team dwell on the call.

“The game’s over, it is what it is,” Bub said. “If our kids don’t leave it in the hands of the referees and we play a better football game, then we don’t have to worry about that. It’s a moot point. The refs do the best job they can.

“That’s not how I saw it at the end of the game there, but that’s not how they saw it. It’s just one of those things.”

Perhaps the reason Bub is so anxious to move on is because his team will need all it’s got against another Pac-5 Division opponent in Tesoro on Friday night.

The good news is the game is at home and Boise State-bound receiver Jack Austin figures to be 100 percent for the Huskies. The bad news is that Tesoro (2-0) is considered by many to be one of the top teams in the Southern Section.

“We’ve got to come back and play,” Bub said. “I keep preaching this, every week we want to play in a playoff atmosphere. In the Sierra League, every week you have to get up.”

Austin gives Huskies standout quarterback Matt Simko another weapon to work with after the emergence of Joseph Lara and Chazz Eldridge.

“It’s a big impact,” Bub said. “He’s another kid who provides that ability to catch the football down the field. And I think Matt Simko is playing pretty good football right and we’re able to run the football a little bit.”

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  • 12th man

    Looks like Coach was thinking the same thing I said yesterday!(1) The refs made the best call they could have at the time! (2) Don’t put your team in a situation where it needs a big catch or stoppage in the final seconds of the game!!

    Ok!! That’s enough of beating this poor horsey to a bloody pulp!! FRED!!It’s time to move on!! Let it go!!..Do a feature story on Johnny Hills from La Mirada or Something..Rehashing this story will prove or change anything!!

    Would like to hear about how Chino Hills stacks up against Tesoro?..

  • GoAmat

    Come on now!! Really??? How about the pass interfearance that wasn’t called on CH. It is what it is.


    Just admit it was a good game already!! No one was better then anybody!! If CH was that good they would of won by at least 3 TDs. Face it all ready. Good luck winning on Friday. No excuses ok!

  • http://rgd2626 rgd2626

    As a Los Altos fan, nice to see a story and some recognition for them.
    Thanks for that. IT was well deservred.

  • Not So Fast My Friend

    @ Stop Crying:

    Exactly! If Amat was so good they would have won by 3 touchdowns too! HAHA!!!

    Time to move on, there is nothing more to see here.

  • Margarita bill

    Yo fred i kind of agree with 12th man i think you should be doing a story on La Mirada then have a title to whereas bloggers give their reasons why they think a team would win. If you was to post what team would win and why featuring a specific matchup during the week would give a lot of team fans a chance to see their team with some publicity. Now i know that you wouldnt be able to do every team in the area but its 10+ weeks of football i think youll be able to cover a lot of teams in that amount of time.

  • White Fang

    To all blogers: I was informed, that all the refs from the Amat/Chino Hills game had break downs and had to be admitted to the USC Psych ward for depession You guys should be ashame of your seleves. Fellows, dont take this all so serious, it’s only a football game I’m glad I’m not your neighbor. For thoes of you who are married, I pity your wife.

  • no-step

    What happened, happened. Amat proved they are at least as good as C.H. and can compete with them. They left it all on the field and it’s been settled.

  • Idiots

    Amat crushed Servitemamd Servite beat No.7 in the state Rancho Cucamongza at their house … Amat haters just can’t stand it

  • great for the sgv

    Did a bishop fan just write “it’s time to move on”
    Best post I’ve read in a long time, here’s hoping we don’t have to see the stats and scores of games played decades ago. But bishop did prove they could hang with Chino Hills.

  • Mv news

    Just read that ucla commit Erik bunte from Santa margarita transferred to mission viejo. In august a receiver and running back had transferred . What’s going on here . Why would the top lineman transfer.

  • Amat Fan

    Honestly really interested to see how well Chino Hills does going forward and though dissapointed Amat didn’t whoop on ’em I’m loving the fact that there is another school in the valley worth watching right now. This game against Tesoro is pretty huge and if local teams can start knocking off the OC I’m all for it. The local competition is great prep for league and hopefully playoffs. As far as state bowl games are concerned and what regular season record implications are there- well, maybe I’m a little old school but Div I Pac 5 championship is end all and be all. State stuff is neat, but eh… That being said, make it happen Chino Hills. Represent. Still expecting the Lancers to take it to La Mirada and Charter Oak though.

  • Sierra League Fan

    Amat Fan,
    I’m glad that Chino Hills was able to show they could play with the best team in the SGV. Especially for a relatively new program. Tesoro will be a tough task. They are ranked #4 in D.1 and in the times top 25 poll. Chino Hills is 5-1 against Tesoro however, it will be a tough game this year. Hopefully, the Huskies can get a win like 2 years ago. I don’t think Tesoro’s offense is as high powered as Amat’s , but I do think they are solid on D. They held Hart to 7 points last week. It is games against Amat, Tesoro, West Co. that will help come playoff time as these games offer a playoff like atmosphere. Good luck to All SGV teams this week especially Amat. If they can win out the rest of the year, it only makes CH look that much better.

  • Not So Fast My Friend

    @ Great for the SGV:

    If that was directed at me, I can assure you I am not a Bishop Amat “fan.”