Saturday Morning Quarterback: Gladstone beats La Puente 37-7 in a game ended early due to an injury; Bishop Amat fends off St. Paul, 35-24

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La Puente’s Ivan Vasquez rushed to the hospital in loss to the Gladiators

Gladstone impressive again on emotional night: Gladstone High School’s football team wasn’t doing any celebrating on Friday night despite a dominating performance against La Puente in the Montview League opener for both teams.
With the Gladiators leading 37-7 early in the fourth quarter, the game took a tragic turn when La Puente quarterback Ivan Vasquez suffered an apparent neck injury that required the senior to be treated on the field by paramedics and transported to a local hospital.

Bishop Amat holds on: On a night it honored its 1992 CIF-Southern Section Division 1 championship team that also won the Reebok Bowl to finish undefeated and become the first team in California history to post 15 wins in a season, Bishop Amat’s current undefeated team needed to work extra hard to fend off old nemesis St. Paul in the 43rd meeting between the schools on Friday at Kiefer Stadium. Bishop Amat quarterback Koa Haynes completed 13 of 18 passes for 258 yards and a touchdown and ran for two more scores in Amat’s 35-24 victory over St. Paul.

Damien pulls away in second half: Damien quarterback Gage Pucci returned in the second half and completed 6 of 7 passes for 134 yards and touchdown to lead the Spartans (3-1) to a 31-10 victory over Temescal Canyon (2-3).

Reggie goes nuts for Bonita: Bonita senior running back Reggie Turner had 114 total yards and six touchdowns in the first half, leading the Bearcats to a 57-16 victory over Rowland High School at Glenn Davis Stadium on Friday night.

Suspensions hurt Covina in loss: Northview beat Covina 14-6 Friday night at Covina District Field in Valle Vista League play. The Vikings controlled much of the first half, but only led 7-0 at the half.

Wow, Diamond Bar in a rout: A young Diamond Bar team opened Hacienda League play with a convincing 40-3 victory over Los Altos (3-2).

For stories of tonight’s games, visit the SGV Football page

Tonight’s results
Diamond Bar 40, Los Altos 3
Gladstone 37, La Puente 7
Bishop Amat 35, St. Paul 24
West Covina 20, Diamond Ranch 14
Northview 14, Covina 6
Damien 31, Temescal Canyon 10
San Dimas 42, Wilson 15
Rosemead 16, San Gabriel6
Bonita 57, Rowland 16
Azusa 23, Bassett 0
Sierra Vista 43, Workman 20
Nogales 38, Baldwin Park 19
South El Monte 28, Maranatha 14
Chino Hills 41, Great Oak 20
Claremont 31, Irvine Northwood 14

Twitter updates from games straight to scribble using #sgvfootball hashtag

By Fred J. Robledo, SGVN
On a night it honored its 1992 CIF-Southern Section Division 1 championship team that also won the Reebok Bowl to finish undefeated and become the first team in California history to post 15 wins in a season, Bishop Amat’s current undefeated team needed to work extra hard to fend off old nemesis St. Paul in the 43rd meeting between the school’s on Friday at Kiefer Stadium.

Bishop Amat quarterback Koa Haynes completed 13-of-18 passes for 258 yards and a touchdown and ran for two more scores in Amat’s 35-24 victory over St. Paul.

Running back Dionza Blue scored twice, finishing with 161 all-purpose yards as the Lancers improved their series lead over the Swordsmen to 27-14-2 while also improving to 4-0-1 with a non-league game against Culver City next week before starting the Serra League. (To continue click thread)

Amat tried to pull away all night, leading by 18 points twice only to have the Swordsmen fight back.

“Did you expect it to be different, we didn’t,” Amat coach Steve Hagerty said. “It was going to be a ball game and they were going to play a great game. It wasn’t going to be a blowout, it’s always going to be a good game against them.”

Over the first month, Haynes has been special.

“He’s doing a lot of good things, hopefully he just keeps doing it,” Hagerty said. “We don’t him to have to be spectacular, but it’s nice to have someone pulling you out when things don’t go as planned.”

Running back Kurt Scoby helped keep St. Paul in it by rushing for 210 yards and a touchdown, but it wasn’t enough as the Swordsmen fell to 1-3.

“I thought our kids showed themselves well, if a couple plays went our way it could of gone the other way,” said St. Paul coach Elijah Asante. “He (Scoby) is a workhorse. We’re finding our identity. All of these games are exhibition games until the (Mission) League starts.”

There were fireworks in the final minute of the half that got the Swordsmen going.

Haynes threw a 20-yard pass to Tristan Ruiz followed by a 34-yard pass to Joseph Cook to the Swordsmen 24. After another six-yard pass and Blue 10-yard run, Blue finished the drive with an eight-yard TD run to give the Lancers a comfortable 21-3 lead with 52 seconds left.

Amat, hoping to go for the kill, tried an onside kick that left the Swordsmen with a first down on Amat’s 48.

After Blue missed an easy opportunity for an interception, St. Paul quarterback Paul Telles made them pay on fourth-and-10, nailing a 27-yard pass to Zach Ramsay to the Lancers’ two with 12 seconds left. Telles took it in from there, scoring on a two-yard run with four seconds left to cut the Lancers’ lead to 21-10 at half.

Scoby pulled the Swordsmen to within three after scoring on a three-yard early in the third quarter to cut the Lancers’ lead to 21-17.

But Amat answered quick. Haynes’ short pass to Blue turned into a 58-yard TD reception and 28-17 lead with 6:15 left in the third. Then Haynes helped stretch even more with a nine-yard TD run early in the fourth to finish a 97-yard drive to make it 35-17.

Scoby came right back and scored on a 69-yard TD run to make it 35-23 with 9:54 left, but St. Paul ran out of gas.

Both teams were slow out of the gate.

After a stalled opening series, Haynes finally got Amat going late in the first quarter with a 23 and 12-yard pass and with a couple penalties against the Swordsmen, the Lancers suddenly had a first down at the four. A couple plays later, Haynes scored on a one-yard plunge to give the Lancers a 7-0 lead with 54 seconds left in the opening quarter.

On a double reverse to Joseph Cook, the 6-foot-5 receiver fooled the Swordsmen by pulling up and throwing a 26-yard TD pass to Sal Velasquez, who walked in untouched for a 14-0 lead with 9:08 to go in the half. The officials initially called it back for illegal participation, but after huddling and discussing it, the officials pulled the flag and awarded the Lancers the touchdown.

St. Paul finally got on the board, but it wasn’t what they wanted. After a 14-play drive that started on its own 20, it settled for a 31-yard field goal by Kevin Melendez to trim the Lancers’ lead to 14-3.

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    Hey Fred, I read your TWEET! and it’s not HAPPENING! LOL… Have a good FIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS type of DAY!!!



    Alright here I go again and i’m amped up on JAVA!
    Just letting everybody know that tomorrow at Citrus College will be a great game between two ranked STATE JC schools! Citrus OwlS against the Mt. SACKS… HAHAH..
    This is Citrus best start and are 3-0!!!

    GO CITRUS and lets support the local players from our area!

    Let’s go AZTECS!

  • I Have The Answer

    If Servite couldn’t, if Chino Hills couldn’t, if La Mirada couldn’t, and Charter Oak couldn’t then St. Paul can’t either. Case Closed.

  • Pac 5…

    If Amat couldn’t in 1996, 97, 98, etc., etc., 2009, 10, 11, win a PAC 5 ring they certainly won’t in 2012…! LMFAO

  • Hahahahaha!!!

    I have always enjoy your work, especially some of the back and forth between you and Aram about Amat. But come on, will St. Paul hand Amat it’s first loss? LMAO. At most, St. Paul will consider it a moral victory if they lose by less than three touchdowns tonight. I predict if Blue plays, the score will be 42-7. If he doesn’t play, it will be 31-7. St. Paul will only score if Amat put in their JV. As I have said it before and I will say it again, you can’t win in big boy football when your best DL is a 5’8″ DT, PERIOD.

  • Clarify you statement

    Aztec Pride
    What do you mean by CC’s best start? Since what year? I know that you don’t mean ever, because CC had some powerhouse teams in the 70’s some of which went undefeated for the entire season and finished ranked nationally in the top 10.

  • j

    will it be a sell-out in lancer land 2night??

  • 1st and Goal

    Even if AMAT plays the JV, they beat SP yesterday by a score of 38-8. The slime had quite a few Varsity helmets out there and they still could win. They even allowed a sack late in the game from the 2nd team D of AMAT. SP does not win this game by a long shot.

  • Spread’Em

    Queen Lady Victory

    Spread’em sweetheart cus you gonna get slimed tonight!

    Go get’em Scooby!

  • AMAT 73

    Good luck to all the teams of the SGV for well played and injury free games.
    To the Men in Blue ,
    Stay focused and keep playing lights out football . No let down tonight as you are going up against the slime so take it to them and leave no doubt in their mind on who the LANCERS are .

  • I have a question

    Pac 5,
    And you won one when? I thought so FA.

  • Hahahahaha!!!

    My guess is NO because I know St. Paul faithful already knows what the outcome of this game will be and not show up. Even if they don’t know, they will know by halftime. The only guy that will come out a winner tonight for St. Paul is the owner of Pizzamania where most of the St. Paul losers (Ahhhh, I mean faithfuls) will go to drown their sorrows after halftime. You should notice the big discrepancy of blue cups and red cups in the parking lot right about now (4:30).

  • DBar Pop

    Diamond Bar 40 Los Altos 3 Final Score…All six DBar touchdowns were by different players. DBar has given up only 3 points in their last six quarters of football…Who knows how good this team is…going into tonight the teams they lost to were a combined 11-1. I see Norwalk is down by one at halftime to La Mirada. All I know for sure is that’s the best I’ve see a DBar team play in years.

  • Football Fan

    Los Altos biggest dissapointment!, two games in a row without a single touchdown

  • dear football fan u really expected it – right

    last year for LA was a fluke, but nice to see; and with so many graduating from that group, this is what some were expecting to see this year

  • I’m bit of a LA homer. Only had them winning 3 games this year.( even picked against them in the opener )Then I drank too much of the kool-aid. I went back and forth this week between them & D.B. Man did I pick wrong. Coulda had a great week in picks.BOHI,WEST CO,DRanch beat LA for sure. Walnut & Rowland are coin flips…imo.

  • LA Fan

    dear football fan u really expected it – right,
    Last years Los Altos team was not a fluke. They beat the same Ayala team from this year, beat the same diamond bar team this year. And lost to the team that made it to the finals by the last play of the game. Last years team has one of the areas top rushers including one the areas best quarterbacks and showed it in the HOF game. They were well coached which made all the difference last year. It is hard to replace so many pieces but Los Altos has done a great job early in the season and hopefully can bounce back

  • SEMHS FAN 3481

    South El Monte Eagles 28
    Maranatha Minutemen 14

    1st Quarter was just back and forth. End of the 1st Quarter was 3-0 (SEMHS leading). 2nd Quarter saw more of the same. SEMHS scored a Touchdown but missed the PAT, which left the halftime score 9-0 (SEMHS leading).

    3rd Quarter saw the Minutemen finally break free, the RB (#1 Omar Younger) pounded the SEMHS D-Line, and got a TD for Maranatha. SEMHS next drive would see them answering back for that TD, but on SEMHS TD, again they missed a PAT. SEMHS would hold Maranatha again, and would score one more time before the 3rd ended, but instead of trying for a PAT they tried a 2-point conversion, which failed. 3rd Quarter ended with SEMHS in the lead still, 21-7.

    The beginning of the 4th saw Maranatha come out strong, I believe it was in their 2nd drive where it look like their QB was going to take a sack, but chucked a long pass that was caught for a TD. With about 5mins left, SEMHS drove down the field under the runs of #7 Leo Artiaga, who broke free with a awesome run through the middle, about 45+ yards for a TD. SEMHS would actually make a PAT this time. That score would stay until time expired.

    Notes: Maranatha’s #21 (Baile McDavid) and #1 (Omar Younger) are really good backs for the Minutemen. I know that Andrew Elffers had his season end last week due to injury, so #14 Eli Snyder (left handed QB) took over, and when his line held, he does throw the ball like it’s a rocket, fast and precise.

  • SGVfan98

    Alemany loses tonight 13-12 to Dorsey.. Oaks Christian loses to Crenshaw.. LA City owning SS/Private Schools tonight. just saw it on the news..

  • SGVfan98

    Narbonne also defeats Serra.. LA City looking good

  • Valley athletics

    @sgv98.alemany did not lose . Crespi beat westlake 47-12

  • SGVfan98

    @Valley.. you’re right.. that was last years recording..

  • AmatDad3

    Great Win for my Lancers!! I was impressed by SP if they keep it going they will be tough in league. Great game….

  • Valley athletics

    Narbonne vs mater dei next week is going to be a good game .

  • Black Tooth

    I never have qustioned B. Amat’s coaching. But tonight, I must ask Hagerty, with leading 21 to 3, and less than a minute left in the first half, why would you go for an outside call? You had a nice confortable lead! St Pauld was down with only three points on the board.
    Scoby was the real deal, in part because of poor tackling on the part of the Lancers. Why do the Lancers insist in tackling from the waist up? B.Amat made Scoby look even better.
    The Serra league starts after the Culver City Game!Please instruct your men to go for the legs, the runners drop a lot easyer! Very little fumbles occur by grabing from the shoulders!

  • Panther leader

    Holly crap, that’s 2 of the last 3 games that our coaching staff has thrown into the toilet. When is our OC going to start making play calls that actually help us win the game??????? Some of the use of our personnel has many of us in the stands scratching our heads.

  • Coach Bear Byrant

    I was touched by the announcer leading the crowd in prayer for La Puent’s Ivan Vasquez. May he get well. The coaches should be commented for stopping the game early.

  • I thought Amat wasn’t going to allow the Charter Oak game officiating crew to work the game? And
    What happened to SP”s passing game? The principal should be fired for hiring this guy.

  • wow

    Ivan Vasquez is okay thank god, he’s in the hospital getting a cat scan, he’s moving his fingers around and toes. May everyone have him in there preyers, maybe out for the year, losing such a great QuarterBack in the valley.

  • Bulldogs have bite

    @Panther Leader,

    I think Roddy and his crew called a pretty good game in the first half. They drove up the field on us fairly easyily. But WC made the adjustments on defense in the second half and so did DR. The difference in the game was the last 1:34 of the first half when your defense let us march 80 yards for the go ahead touchdown. Both teams are very physical! Watching Kammy Delp and Bryson Finley smash into one another in the trenches was like watching a Godzilla monster movie!

    One thing I would like to add. You guys need to ditch the annoying announcer! The dude started the game by making a classless anouncement. “Last week West Covina was CRUSHED by Chino 46-14,(he was wrong, it was Chino Hills. big difference) wile your Panthers were victorious over Shurr 26-3!”

    There was no need to add in that we were “crushed” by Chino Hills, especially considering in the same sentence he mentions a victory over Shurr! Not that we needed any extra motivation, but professionalism dictates that most announcers do not try to humiliate the visiting team by saying things like that, or annoucing visiting players names with a funny accented voice on purpose, wile announcing home players in perfect english. All announcers are pretty annoying, but your announcer kind of takes it to another level. He needs to be reminded that the stars are on the field and not the pimply faced dork in the booth! Just my two cents.

  • tommykiss

    Here are the highlights and interviews from tonights St Paul v Amat game

    Thanks for all the support

    Tommy Kiss

  • Aaron

    BoHi takes care of business again.

  • Just satin’

    I watched this Amat/st Paul video and watched the Monrovia / South Hills video. Look at the level of play. Look at the atmosphere. Look at the stands? Two time defending “champion” Monrovias bleachers were half empty at CDF. Keifer stadium was packed. Both sides, plus the end zone, and standing room only surrounding the field. Where would a kid rather play? Where would a family rather send their son?

  • Loser Bowl

    Swordsman football has been in the toilet for years now, and Amat football is soon to follow. Viewed from the perspective that neither of these teams has had a whiff of division one glory for eons, last night’s big meeting was on par with a consolation game.

  • GoAmat


  • Really?

    Loser – since Amats last championship only 6 other PAC 5 teams have sniffed a title. Mater Dei’s was in 99, OLus was a flash in the pan, Amateur beats Loyola more often than not, Servite went 25 years between titles and Santa Margarita won their first ever last season, Poly has a few and look at where they are this year. Is everybody else in the best division “a loser”?

  • Really?

    Loser – since Amats last championship only 6 other PAC 5 teams have sniffed a title. Mater Dei’s was in 99, OLus was a flash in the pan, Amateur beats Loyola more often than not, Servite went 25 years between titles and Santa Margarita won their first ever last season, Poly has a few and look at where they are this year. Is everybody else in the best division “a loser”?

  • ejected?

    If a player is ejected from a game then he sits out the nxt game right?

  • chhuskies

    @ i have the answer,
    BA never beat CH dude. get ur shyt straight

  • Valley athletics

    @ch huskies. I have the answer never said amat beat chino hills .Looks to me he is saying if those teams couldn’t beat amat how could st Paul beat them .sounds more like he is saying those teams are better than st Paul .

  • Bohi

    You would have thought it was the Bearcats birthday the way Walnut kept giving them the ball in the first half. The only reason Turner had such few yards were the touchdown drives were only 20 yards. This lop-sided game was ugly with the bearcats having little to pound their chests about. Walnut could not even line-up right and should have stayed hoome. If not for a dropped interception the Raiders could have even lead at the half without the misplays. Bohi’s personal fouls in the second half showed a lack of character on the team and staff and as a fan am disappointed in many things about this game. You want your team to win but at the same time you want your boys that represent you to show some class and discipline. Well class was out on this one.

  • Ummmm


    You played ROWLAND, dipshit.

  • Bohi

    Oh well. That homework project just went out the window.

  • DRanch Man

    @Bulldogs have bite

    Good tough game last night. If the Panthers don’t fumble inside the WC 5, the outcome may likely have been different. Hope your number 58 is OK. Like West Covina, DR is a class act. I agree the announcer was way out of line last night. He usually represents us well. I was embarrassed by his purposeful mispronunciation of Coach Magoire’s last name as well as his other weak attempts at levity. The “Crushed” comment was out of line not to mention inaccurate. This guy needs to understand that the entertainment is on the field not in the press box.

  • one game at a time

    PAC5 news flash: Johnny Stanton, Santa Margarita all everything QB out for the season with ACL knee injury. Title up for grabs without Stanton.

  • Joe

    Dranch Man,

    Are you kidding about hat clown usually represents you well? Every game I have seen at Ganesha this guy as been obnoxious. For you to say dranch has class, that is joke.

  • Really?

    But you’re right…Amat has not won the PAC 5 either. Not Since 1995!

    BTW, Fred Robledo sucks!

    Go Big Blue!!!

  • DRanch Man

    You sound bitter Joe. It has been my experience that people like you feel the need to put others down in order to make themselves feel better. Too bad and very sad little man.