Los Altos stuns us, stuns everyone in dramatic 17-14 win over West Covina; Bishop Amat, Charter Oak win big, Damien goes down hard

Keith Birmingham’s Los Altos-West Covina photo gallery

Los Altos rocks the champs

By Fred J. Robledo
For lack of better words, it was unbelievable.
Los Altos pulled off the upset of the season, shocking back-to-back CIF-Southern Section champion West Covina 17-14 a week after getting embarrassed in a 40-point loss to Diamond Bar.

Los Altos kicker Alex Henry, called up to varsity after regular kicker Juan Sanchez left the team to join a soccer academy, booted a 30-yard field goal as time expired to hand the Bulldogs their first loss in the Hacienda League since it was created in 2010.

“It was awesome, I don’t know what to say, amazing,” Conquerors coach Dale Ziola said. “We played our guts out tonight. West Covina’s a great team, but we wanted it bad and our guys played their hearts out.” TO CONTINUE READING CLICK THREAD

Bishop Amat remains unbeaten: – Bishop Amat High School put the finishing touches on a fantastic nonleague schedule with a workmanlike 31-7 win over visiting Culver City on Friday night. The Lancers improved to 5-0-1 and will have next week off to prepare for Serra League play, where the action begins with a road game against defending league champion Alemany.

Charter Oak impressive again: Senior Aaren Vaughns ran for 163 yards and four touchdowns on 17 carries as Charter Oak cruised to a 52-7 win over Los Osos in nonleague play Friday, making for an unhappy homecoming for the Grizzlies.

Goss leads way for South Hills: South Hills continued its winning ways as it defeated Glendora 28-17 in a nonleague game Friday at Citrus College. The Huskies were led by a strong passing attack featuring junior Adam Goss, who was 12 of 19 for 164 yards, including touchdowns of 25 and 21 yards to Carlos Delgado and Steven Mendoza, respectively.

Damien routed on the road: Los Alamitos (4-1) sent Damien (3-2) into Sierra League play on a sour note by defeating the Spartans 42-7 on Friday at Veterans Stadium.

Friday’s results
Los Altos 17, West Covina 14
Bishop Amat 31, Culver City 7
Los Alamitos 42, Damien 7
Charter Oak 52, Los Osos 7
South Hills 28, Glendora 17
Bonita 42, Walnut 7
San Dimas 47, Baldwin Park 7
San Marino 31, South El Monte 21
Kaiser 14, Ayala 7
Temple City 20, Rosemead 10
La Puente 56, Ganesha 6
El Monte 46, Bell Gardens 41
Bassett 41, Workman 14
Arroyo 42, La Canada 7
Northview 20, Pomona 10

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Los Altos led 14-7 and was was lining up a 27-yard field goal to provide the finishing touches with 3:21 left when Aaron Franklin blocked Henry’s punt.

Muleck Henderson picked it up and ran 83 yards for a touchdown to tie the score, 14-14.
Dazed but not done, the Conquerors came right back.

Sophomore quarterback Lorenzo Silva, who couldn’t do anything right in his first varsity start in last week’s loss, finished with 91 yards passing and came up with the play of the game on the Conquerors’ game-winning dive.

Facing fourth-and-five on the Bulldogs’ 41 with 1:45 left, the Conquerors went for it, leaving the game in Silva’s hands.

He ran around the backfield forever and with defenders pulling his shirt, delivered an 18-yard strike to Estuardo Marcos for a first down at the 23.

Silva scrambled again for a 12-yard run, and that eventually set up Henry’s game-winning field.

Los Altos improved to 4-2 and 1-1 in the Hacienda while the Bulldogs’ 13-game Hacienda league win streak was snapped to fall to 2-4 and 1-1.

“A sophomore baby, a sophomore,” Ziola said of Silva. “He did a phenomenal job. He was eyes down field and played with guts. They all did.”

Los Altos’ main workhorse was Marcos. He kept the chains moving all night, finishing with 158 yards and two touchdowns.

“Marcos was banged up and came through in the clutch,” Ziola said. “He had a monster game.”

Los Altos’ defense was equally impressive, giving up two fluke touchdowns on special-team plays.

West Covina’s Aaron Salgado scored on a fake punt, going 55-yards to give the Bulldogs a 7-0 first-half lead.

It stayed that way until late in the third quarter when Silva’s 19-yard pass to Trevor Virnala set-up Marcos’ one-yard TD to tie the score, 7-7 with 1:49 left in the third. After the Conquerors blocked a 41-yard Bulldogs field goal attempt, Marcos made them pay, later scoring on a 50-yard run to go up 14-7 with 6:55 remaining.

West Covina lost on a night it returned senior quarterback Jonathan Najera and junior running back Josh Best.

Both players sat out the first quarter. Najera didn’t have much of an impact, completing just three passes for 12 yards.

Best finished with 90 yards on 13 carries, but he couldn’t bust a big one.

The game was delayed 30 minutes after Los Altos’ Matt Hayashi was injured on the opening kick-off. Hayashi was taken to a nearby hospital with a badly injured knee.

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  • bobbradstreet

    I saw the Bulldogs freshmen game against Los Altos. It was a blowout,W.C 56
    Los Altos-0. What really bothered me was a Los Altos player who was badly hurt. They had to call the paramedics, who took the boy to the hospital. I only hope he is okay, as he did not move after the injury and it looked like he was unconscious when the paramedics removed him. We never see anything in the papers about JV or Freshmen. I wish we did. God speed, young man.

  • Fred, Do Your Homework!

    You pick Los Osos to beat Charter Oak? You do know that Los Osos’ QB is not playing because he got ejected last game right? That puts them ina HUGE whole. CO is getting all the breaks. First, they instigate Andrews of Amat to fight and he is done for the 2nd half…keeping the game close. Then last week they play Glendora whose best (and only threat) RB doesn’t play. This week they play LO without their QB ( and no quality back up). I predict a 35-7 CO win.

  • Real talk

    Fred is right with his pick. Charter choke suxs really they do. I don’t think They kept the game close with Amat that game was over when they took the field . I didn’t even see bobo out there it’s like he disappeared.

  • Journalistic Value

    Still waiting for the Journalistic Value a Huge story line in the St Francis vs Monrovia game that no one has touched yet ! Heyworth follows his older brother to St Francis, spends time there, realizes he will never see the QB position with out of state transfer, so he high tails it back to “home”, helps lead Monrovia to one CIF Title, now he is heading back to the campus that shunned him. Wow, great story, you don’t think that kid is going to step on that field with something to prove ? Will he handle the pressure and deliver, or get rattled. Guess you will wait until after the game and write it. That is a big story line waiting to play out.

  • Colt74

    I don’t know where this Los Osos QB ejected thing comes from but I watched the game and saw him get benched with 6 mins to go in the 4th and LO go with the wildcat and #7 the rest of the game.

    Johnson ( #8 ) will be in the game and CO will have a field day. I predict CO by AT LEAST 21.

    If it was not for the penalties and called back TD on Norco that game would have been 72-14.

  • Not So Fast My Friend

    @ Colt

    He won’t be. He got flagged for hurling a F/U to the official. Wasn’t him, but since he was standing close enough, they hit him with his second unsportmanslike penalty.

    They’ll have to go wildcat all game because the other backup (the one that didn’t transfer) is not as polished as Johnson.

  • Colt74

    If I was the coach of Los Osos and DID NOT go with the wildcat and number 7 I would deserve to be ran out of town on a rail.

    That kid Bolden is damn good.

  • Not So Fast My Friend

    @ Colt

    Haha! I have to agree with you. Bolden is very good, but I don’t know if their head coach is!

  • AMAT 73

    Good luck to all the teams of the SGV for well played and injury free games.
    To The Men in Blue , last tune up game before the real deal starts. Don’t let up , stay the course and play lights out tonight .AMAT WILL SHINE TONIGHT !!!!!



    C.O HATERS..


  • just saying

    @not so fast my friend—100% agree with you. Bolden is good but any kid that wants to go to the next level is smart to leave Osos. Johnson should have transferred. So maybe QB that DID TRANSFER got it right?

  • DamienFaithful

    The Damien OC sucks. He needs to go back to The Glendora Tartans Jr all American football league. Worst play calling I ever seen since I graduated in 1993. What a joke

  • http://www.insidesocal.com/tribpreps/2012/09/friday-countdow.html Lousafur


    C’mon man, Choke doesn’t recruit…LOL

    Everyone in the valley knows CO gets kids from all over. And good for them, they’re never in any trouble from CIF. If you think all of their skills are from the Covina area, you are seriously high.

  • Soft Damien

    Damien Faith

    The problem isnt the OC guy. The team really isnt that talented and when you play a QUALITY opponent its showes up on the field.

    Gano just can’t compete against these top schools!

  • Billy’s Dad

    Yo Colt 74- Billy’s getting some playing time tomorrow night. Game is 7PM. CLU has a feed arrangement if you want to tune in.

    If you go, the alumni hosts an all you can eat pregame for $5. Pork sandwiches and spicy italian sausages among other things.

  • JMO


    CO 52, Los aholes 7, nice pick. In the last two games against Baseline teams CO 90 Baseline 10!

  • 12th man

    Amat could be in trouble!! Unless the Culver City defense is better than anyone in the Serra League Amat mite have to win their division through the air..The run game was non existent throughout the whole game…Amat struggled in the first half & dodged a few bullets..I think Culver had it 3 times inside the red zone & came up empty due to turnovers..Culver City seemed to move the ball & had good drives tons of speed on both sides of the ball..They just seem to lack any type of play makers or game Changers if you will..Haynes started slow & looked as if he was off in the 1st half throwing everything high & missing his receivers but seemed to settle down in the second half..Koa did an amazing job spreading the ball around to different players which seemed to confuse the secondary who were focused on Andrews all night..Amat’s grade for tonight B or perhaps B+..

  • 12th man

    Mater Dei-17

    The Gauchos, favorites in the City Section, hold off the Monarchs,18-17, in a struggle that gives them triumphs over three Southern Section powers.

  • 12th man

    Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks)-27


  • Colt74

    Billys Dad,
    Sent you an email. Send me info on where etc…what time for food….lol
    Saw Billy at Northview game. Looks good. Looks like he’s beefing up.

  • Real talk

    Culver city. Check!!!

  • GoAmat

    CO is still talking after Amat spanked them?? Guess that’s what you CO people do best is talk! Because you can’t and never will beat Amat!!! Lol. We are just two or three levels ahead of you guys! Always have and always will be!!! So just continue to do what you do best, AND THAT’S TALK!!! CONGRATS ON ANOTHER AMAT WIN!!! GOOD JOB BOYS!!!

  • JMO

    Go jizmat,

    You should be happy that CO is working others after you beat them tool, it only helps to build your status. You are obviously not one of the amat faithful that we care to hear from.

  • 12th man



  • SEMHS FAN 3481

    San Marino Titans 31
    South El Monte Eagles 21

    something about this game was close to being a upset of sorts for SEMHS, that is until the 4th Quarter. In similar fashion to the other 2 losses for SEMHS in this preseason, the 4th Quarter came down to who would OUT-COACH the other COACH.

    by all indications, SEMHS held the lead 21-14 going into the 4th, but by then, it was visible. San Marino’s running game was methodically wearing out the DEs and DBs of SEMHS. and for them it paid off immensely in the 4th. San Marino scored 2x (one of those with a 2-point conversion) and a safety.

    hopefully the confidence is still there, because the SEMHS Coaches have this niche about confusing their squad as to which formation to put up when on Defense, sometimes leaving the safety putting his hands up as to what the call is. The fact is this, 3 COACHES, probably all defense-related, are ALL throwing out signals to their defense, and it just was horrible.

  • WTH

    Wow I thought that this was suppose to be a great night for WC since their senior QB was back. I was not impressed. Maybe they should have continued to play Noodles.

  • sgv scouting

    This is the correct final in the Alemany vs Norco Game…

    Alemany 27
    Norco 13

  • Valley athletics

    @12th man . Is that the real alemany score or is it from max preps which had thAt posted since 7pm.

  • Valley Athletics

    @12th man . The score was 27-17 alemany won . Just looked it up .

  • 650.00 tuition

    2 all boys private schools in comparison St. John Bosco with 750 students competes in the Trinity and high state and national rankings. Damien 1000 students and struggles in the Sierra something needs to change at DHS. Its going to be a long season at Damien, had hope (HOPE is the 1st step to disappointment) but they just cant compete against the big boys and now going into league…damn, good luck Sierra looks pretty stacked across the board. Coach Gano sorry but you need to go or resign your magic is gone all hype and show no results. Had my heart set to go to Damien but now parents set to send me to Bosco to win till something changes at Damien.

  • 12th man

    warrior fan,
    By monday Amat will be ahead of Alemany in all the poles..Or the ones that matter like you stated..CIF,CalPreps,La Times,& Maxpreps..

    POY..should be intresting..Haynes has really stepped up…After Blue & Andrews were pretty much shut down all night..Koa spread the ball around to a variety of different receivers to get the job done..Tonight was a preview of what Amat will face defensively in the Serra League..You will have to pass & run with the ball dual threat (via) Johnny Stanton style..To win the big ones in the Pac5~

  • 12th man

    Valley Athletics,
    Misprint from Maxpreps~



  • Warrior fan

    12th man

    You do know we won tonight right and against a much tougher team then CC. Oh and also get ready because your date of heads being hung walking off the field is coming up you have 2 weeks to prepare for us i hope you have enough videos or maybe if you talk to coach Harrington he mightlet you play with 12 men on the field that way you can kind of slow down this air assault thats coming.

    But congrats to the rest of the Valley on there big night of victories. I cant believe WC lost to Los Al but hey anything can happen and on this friday night Los Al just wanted it a little more.

  • Warrior fan

    Devon Dunn completed 20 of 26 passes for 284 yards and accounted for two touchdowns to lead the Warriors (5-1). Dunn also rushed for 51 yards on 11 carries.

    Steven Mitchell caught six passes for 110 yards for Alemany.

    Those two will share Serra league MVP honors.

  • Coach Bear Byrant

    I decided to skip the B. Amat/Culver City Game. I went down to Harbor City for the Narbonne /Mater Dei Game instead. I wanted to see for myself, what I was told about Mater Dei’s football team. Their line stood 6 feet tall and average 300lbs. I entered on the visitor,s side to buy my ticket. Mater Dei bragged how they were going to run over Narboone! I walked out of the gate to go around to sit on the home side. No way was I going to root for Mater Dei. The crowd for Mater Dei was rather small, for such a contest. I attempted to buy a program,to check out for myself the heights and weights of the players.No programs were being sold! I got a good seat right in front of the announcer’s booth.No reserved or tons of blankets on the seats. First come first served.To my dismay,some Mater Dei guests sat behind me. Mater Dei was for sure much bigger in size than Narbonne.I was not that empressed with Mater Dei. The line was slow.The center was pretty difficult to run aganist. Narboone was more successful running plays over the tackles, around ends or passing.Mater Dei’s Q.B. was not that sharp, too many off target passes.The close game was a result of some sloppy plays by Narboone, fumbles and missed extra point kicks. Next week I will attempt to see a Trinty or Serra League Game, to see what we are up against. Like we did in ‘Nam, Recon patrols!
    Why am I giving you all this information? In the event we meet up with Mater Dei in the CIF play -offs, we have a very good chance in winning,if the team keeps playing as they have been!

  • 12th man

    Football: Friday scores
    September 28, 2012 | 11:24 pm


    Friday, September 28th



    Bell 50, Los Angeles Jordan 6

    Los Angeles Roosevelt 49, South Gate 7

    South East 40, Garfield 21


    Gardena 62, Rancho Dominguez 0

    Lincoln 49, Santee 27

    Los Angeles University 14, Franklin 14

    San Pedro 51, Westchester 7

    Venice 35, Dorsey 12

    Washington 32, West Adams 0



    Paraclete 62, Kilpatrick 0

    Viewpoint 23, Brentwood 19


    Brea Olinda 30,Anaheim Canyon 13

    El Dorado 24, Esperanza 21


    Bishop Montgomery 34, Cantwell-Sacred Heart 14

    Mary Star 20, Verbum Dei 19


    Boron 52, Mammoth 0

    Lancaster Desert Christian 27, Vasquez 20


    Garden Grove Pacifica 42, La Palma Kennedy 0

    Tustin 49, Placentia Valencia 21

    Yorba Linda 56, Western 13


    Antelope Valley 36, Knight 35 (OT)

    Eastside 40, Littlerock 0

    Palmdale 61, Lancaster 6

    Quartz Hill 31, Highland 6


    Bonita 42, Walnut 7

    Los Altos 17, West Covina 14

    Rowland 42, Diamond Bar 30


    Riverside North 51, Vista del Lago 6

    Riverside Poly 21, Rancho Verde 14


    Lompoc Cabrillo 19, Santa Ynez 14

    Morro Bay 48, Nipomo 34

    Templeton 54, Santa Maria 7


    Newbury Park 35, Royal 7

    St. Bonaventure 31, Westlake 23


    Moorpark 51, Calabasas 18

    Oaks Christian 36, Thousand Oaks 6


    Bassett 41, Workman 14

    La Puente 56, Ganesha 6


    Lakewood 21, Compton 7

    Long Beach Cabrillo 48, Millikan 13

    Long Beach Poly 28, Long Beach Jordan 6


    Chaffey 35, Montclair 3

    Chino 48, Don Lugo 6


    Arroyo Grande 41, Atascadero 27

    San Luis Obispo 38, Paso Robles 16

    Santa Maria St. Joseph 22, Righetti 10


    Burbank 41, Arcadia 20

    Crescenta Valley 17, Pasadena 14

    Muir 63, Hoover 0


    La Mirada 31, Bellflower 7

    Norwalk 48, Artesia 24


    Covina 43, Hacienda Heights Wilson 16

    Northview 20, Pomona 10

    San Dimas 47, Baldwin Park 7


    Alemany 27, Norco 13

    Arroyo 42, La Canada 7

    Banning 56, Coachella Valley 0

    Bell-Jeff 50, Pasadena Poly 49

    Bishop Amat 31, Culver City 7

    Buena 25, Rio Mesa 13

    Buena Park 28, Westminster 7

    California 42, Warren 14

    Camarillo 43, Oak Park 14

    Capistrano Valley 45, Beckman 19

    Carpinteria 27, Fillmore 0

    Carter 44, Colton 0

    Cathedral City 3, Twentynine Palms 2

    Chaminade 35, Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 27

    Channel Islands 24, Santa Paula 7

    Chaparral 46, Santa Fe 0

    Charter Oak 52, Los Osos 7

    Corona Centennial 68, Etiwanda 15

    Corona del Mar 37, Cypress 24

    Dana Hills 22, Irvine 7

    Edison 31, San Clemente 3

    El Toro 49, Garden Grove 6

    Estancia 24, Sonora 18

    Godinez 43, Century 14

    Hart 41, Santa Monica 7

    Heritage Christian 44, Brethren Christian 35

    Inglewood 34, Torrance 23

    JSerra 31, Trabuco Hills 21

    Kaiser 14, Ayala 7

    Katella 33, Santa Ana 0

    King 34, Ramona 17

    Laguna Beach 59, Pioneer 7

    Laguna Hills 22, El Segundo 13

    Leuzinger 34, Hawthorne 20

    Linfield Christian 58, California Military Institute 3

    Los Alamitos 42, Damien 7

    Loyola 24, Valencia 14

    Mira Costa 26, Newport Harbor 14

    Mission Viejo 52, Redlands East Valley 21

    Monrovia 17, St. Francis 13

    Moreno Valley 56, Pacific 0

    Nordhoff 55, San Marcos 7

    Norte Vista 35, Bloomington 0

    Northwood 45, Cerritos Valley Christian 7

    Oak Hills 41, Silverado 17

    Palm Desert 45, San Bernardino 6

    Palos Verdes 44, Dominguez 0

    Paramount 42, Troy 35

    Rancho Alamitos 35, Anaheim 14

    Rialto 62, Grand Terrace 12

    Rim of the World 42, Desert Hot Springs 28

    Rosamond 27, Chadwick 26

    Saddleback 43, Westminster La Quinta 0

    San Juan Hills 27, Dos Pueblos 14

    San Marino 31, South El Monte 21

    Santa Barbara 31, Oxnard Pacifica 5

    Schurr 10, Whittier 6

    Serrano 14, Compton Centennial 0

    Servite 38, St. Paul 6

    Shadow Hills 35, Xavier Prep 13

    Simi Valley 44, Golden Valley 12

    South Hills 28, Glendora 17

    South Pasadena 37, Beverly Hills 25

    South Torrance 32, Peninsula 18

    St. Margaret’s 42, Grace Brethren 0

    Sultana 30, Barstow 24

    Summit 74, Granite Hills 0

    Sunny Hills 48, Orange 0

    Tahquitz 54, Temecula Valley 21

    Temple City 20, Rosemead 10

    Ventura 26, Oxnard 8

    Victor Valley 17, Patriot 17

    West Torrance 30, North Torrance 27

    Western Christian 41, Villanova Prep 8


    Anza Hamilton 37, Escondido San Pasqual Academy 6

    Eagle Rock 83, Blair 0

    Julian 38, Sherman Indian 8

    Mission Prep 26, View Park 14

    Narbonne 18, Mater Dei 17

    Pasadena Marshall 38, Angelou 20

    Spring Valley Steele Canyon 49, Canyon Country Canyon 49

    Vista Murrieta 42, Palisades 6

    Whittier Christian 57, South Region #2 6

    8 MAN


    California Lutheran 34, Upland Christian 26

    Excelsior def Victor Valley Christian (forfeit)


    Cuyama Valley 64, Santa Maria Valley Christian 38


    Hope Centre def Price (forfeit)


    Coast Union 61, Dunn 14


    Calvary Baptist 42, Moreno Valley Calvary Chapel 0

    Cornerstone Christian 46, Crossroads Christian 28


    Nuview Bridge 50, West Shores 0

    Public Safety Academy 52, San Jacinto Valley Academy 14


    Antelope Valley Christian 42, Pilgrim 0

    Lancaster Baptist 55, Lighthouse Christian 0

    Thacher 38, Joshua Springs 30

    Trinity Classical Academy 68, Liberty Christian 6


    Fulton 52, Rolling Hills Prep 0

  • Dan

    INCREDIBLE! I’m utterly speechless, except I must say great job to Los Altos, your boys beat us in every aspect of the game, and I think we’re in trouble.

  • 12th man

    warrior fan,
    It should be a good game in 2 weeks..I know the Alemany win tonight was huge..Norco is no slouch~

  • Warrior fan

    12th man

    Serra league games are always good games you Amat folks just hope you dont even get a little bit rusty coming into Father Milbauer Stadium or it can be over by the start of the 3rd quarter. And yeah Norco was HUGE made us look undersized for real. Im glad our defense made plays when they did 2nd half is when Norco got going with the run, nothing in the air i just cant wait for some LANCER MEAT.


  • no-step

    Damien Faithful,
    You say that Damien’s OC has to go? Damien’s offense didn’t give up 47 points! Their DC is the same guy who “led” their defense during the Morrison years. Remember? You just can’t stunt and blitz your way through the Sierra league. That league is full of smart coaches, and Damien isn’t.

  • question

    Warrior fan, so when the Pasadena pipeline goes to another school in the next few years, are you going to move on from Alemany too? What am I saying, of course you will.

  • Mean Green…

    Monrovia won. They beat St Francis.

  • Warrior fan


    LOL thats a good question im only a warrior fan because of my son but once that pipeline dry up like you say then i think ill have to stick with them because it will be my sons alma mater. so im thick and thin with them lets just hope that pipe line dont dry up we need them kids.


  • don clankolero

    so much for the west con clankwagon. bo hi on i hop again

  • MVL Insider

    Cover Boy Brandon Martinez throws for over 550 yards and 5 TD in comeback win over Bell Gardens. Five Games 1900+ yards, 16 TD, 300+ rushing. Good call On the cover, good call on the game Aram

  • Aaron

    Bonita had a stat game last night….woah. The Boys are where they should have been all season…those first three games were tough.

    Congrats to the other ‘Cats on the west side as well.

    WesCo losing to Los Altos…what is this?

  • This Isn’t Spartaaaa!

    I really do not understand why people expect more from Damien Football. Damien has never been a football school. They’ve been in a public school league forever rather than be in a Catholic school league.Everyone had such high expectations from Gano but what everyone forgot is that Gano (Like Lou Farrar of CO) made his career by dodging high quality competition while he was at Los Altos. NO ONE can name a top tier program that Gano actually scheduled while he was at Los Altos. And then people expect that he’s going to magically do better against tougher competition at Damien??? LOL! I think not.

  • LA Conq


    What game were you watching? Because the one I watched had Noodles doing absolutely nothing at QB that first quarter! Kid is athletic but there isn’t much of a throwing threat there. At least with Najera we had to respect your passing game which opens up some lanes for your backs

    Your problem isn’t your QB or even your scheme. Your problem is your linemen. They are big and slow! Our little 180lb D-linemen we’re blowing by them and jumping gaps all night. Our QB couldn’t even get to the end I his drop most passing plays before he was under pressure. Do you guys have shotgun?? It’s not his fault…your line is just not very good! Ad same with your D-line. We pinked those big buffaloes all night. Your linebackers ha some nice stunts and got into our backfield a few times. But your down linemen were just getti eaten up!

    I enjoyed it!!!

  • sillyWarrior


    It’s going to be a great game… Alemany has earned my respect the last few years.. especially since having no football tradition what so ever.. and it’s funny how you’re on this blog since Alemany is based out of the SFV.. but hey Alemany looks like Amat.. especially the “A” on the helmet.. heck their stadium looks like Keifer Stadium. might as well change their name to Bishop Alemany Lancers.. but you can’t fake the funk.. recent success does not translate to respect.. they have to win all of the PAC 5 to be part of that special class of Division 1 champions.. Amat hasn’t won it in awhile.. but we have our share of Division 1 championships.. Alemany has 2 league championships.. Ohh.. I like the all black uniform.. nice touch from the Alemany Head Coach to take that from Hart.. Alemany is just a big blob of many high schools.. Alemany might as well have bag pipes like Servite and do a pride drill like Mater Dei.. Still a long road to travel Warrior of the Bishop Hart Alemany Lancer Friar Monarchs.

  • Football Fan

    I think West Co should have kept Noodles in at quarterback, he adds a greater threat with his legs. But the reality is Los Altos defense was just doing a great job of pressuring the quarterback and getting to the ball. Coach Ziola has done an amazing job with this programa and a lot of credit as well to their defensive coordinator for putting a great defensive scheme for this game. This just makes the Hacienda anyones for the taking. Rowland with a huge win over DB makes them a team you cant take lightly. Things are now interesting but good job LA!

  • Bulldogs have bite

    LA Conq,

    Great win for you guys! You guys earned it on the field! So I just have to tip my hat and say congratulations. Although Noodles did not show it in his 1 quarter of work, he has shown glimpses of being a pretty competent passer. Last week he ran an 80 yard drive with 1:34 left in the first half against DR and made some really good throws. He is pretty green still, but he has improved in that aspect.

    I agree with you that our trenchmen need some work, we have not had the same starting unit on both lines for more than two consecutive games yet this season. They looked completely out of sync last night, but I will say that the Conq defense more than likely had something to do with that. Your post made it sound like you blew us away by three or more touchdowns, which was not the case. It was a hard fought game and LA came away with a gutsy 17-14 victory!

    On your side you guys must be riding an ultimate high with tons of optimism for the future after beating us. On our side, we have nothing but questions, worries and concerns after losing to a team we have dominated so thouroughly over that last four years.

    Big trouble in dogtown! Seniors need to light a fire under their teamates! I had a sense that the team just seemed to think that by just showing up will be enough to beat the Conq’s. They proved to be too well coached and have too much heart for that to happen. Congratulations again, and I have nothing but well wishes and prayers for your injured player! Get well soon!

  • reality

    Lets see: Bonita squashed Rowland that thumped Diamond Bar that whomped Los Altos that beat West Covina that beat Diamond Ranch. Therefore Bonita should beat West Covina 84-21 in two weeks and every one else in league by even more right? Any takers?

  • Damien Breakdown

    @No Step: When the score is 42-7 Do you blame the whole game on the defense? The offense, defense, coaches have to do their job. The offense turnovers were key. The article today painted a soft picture. Pucci threw two interceptions that resulted in Los Alamitos touchdowns. Sherwood fumbled, Trailor fumbled. Both resulted in touchdowns. The offense gift wrapped 28 points to LA. The offense ran a lot of series with no first downs. The defense is not off the hook. They had missed tackle after missed tackle, poor coverage on the deep ball, etc. The coaches…the play calling was as bad as it gets. Boykins, a great player, is not the only player. They ran the same plays (same players) over and over. Part of running your offense is establishing your other weapons and not just one or two of them.

    The only expectation Sparta had for the coaching staff was to compete, have each player on the team ready and coach some football at practice/game.

    The Sideline Parents will jump in on this thread and declare the greatness of the program. I would love to drink from that glass of Koolaid too. When can we be upfront enough to take a step back and say what we are doing is not working? League play starts next week. Are we ready? Spartan fans/parents/boosters/slumni want them to be. A clean up needs to happen from top to bottom.

  • question

    Warrior fan, well maybe if the pipeline turns towards St. Paul, we can say that the kids are going from The Pits to The Pits. Lol.

    And there are some other schools that “need them kids” too. Especially in Pasadena itself. Too bad the people in that part of town hate their own city as much as the do and have no pride in their city and local schools.

  • @Damien Breakdown:

    Couldn’t agree more! Damien has a LOT of TALENT! They are not using everyone they have. They throw to the same receiver when two others are WIDE OPEN. The run game is non-existent. They can’t run off tackle, instead they try to bounce everything outside.Even in the two wins against Temescal and Palm Desert the offense wasn’t that good. This team needs a shake up/ wake up really quick!

  • Spartan 03

    Damien has always seemed to lack aggressiveness and physicality in its play. They play very soft and get punked around at times. Their passive play is not to put down the kids and say theyre too scared, but is a reflection of their coaching and administration. At the Mater Dei JV Scrimmage I witnessed Damiens AD drive onto the field of play, in his golf cart, and scorn the players for being in a scuffle with the other team. Coach Gano also got in the face of one of his players after getting in an altercation with them. This is football and its going to get chippy at times. They need to be able to play with this edge in order to compete with the big boys in the upper divisions. I see Damien has a Co-AD now, I hope he is able to bring something new to the table to get Damien to the next level. As a whole Athletic Department (baseball, basketball, water polo, swimming) they are in the playoffs and competing but just need to get over the last hurdle to win it all.

  • Amat93

    hey sgvbASSett,

    Why’s a punk from bassett who types in CAPS rooting for Covina Charter Oak?
    Amat is the only school in the SGV that plays in the Pac5, so if your kid has talent and wants to play & win against the best in D1… The answer is Bishop Amat!

  • Damien Alum

    That was some horrible football on both sides of the ball last night. Damien looked unprepared and got outcoached. They are sof on defense and totally predictable on offense. If Gano is allowing that excuse for an OC to be calling plays, then he should be fired! i have seen more creativity on a pop warner team. Absolutely horrible and no leadership anywhere to guide the team. That is also a direct reflection of the coaching. They have no idea how to get the best effort out of the talent they have. I guess they expect the players to come in already knowing what to do. Get rid of Gano!!!

  • SGVFootball

    Amat sucks and you just won your las game of the season! Enjoy it Pendejo cus you ain’t making your own league’s playoffs. Not even by a coin flip dumb ass!

  • bobbradstreet

    Let’s go Bulldogs. You showed your stuff against
    Covina,South Hills and Diamond Ranch. Play every game as if it is a championship, because it is.
    We have lot’s of winners left to play, so don’t let down. By the way, the teams we beat seem to get better and better. Let’s do the same thing.

  • SGV Football

    Los Altos should stick with the Sophomore…
    He looked good in the clutch.

  • Charmin

    Spartan 03 – that wont change until administration does. Didn’t they get rid of the freshman staff (that came over from Amat) because they re too tough on the kids and parents complained?

  • football jones

    LA fans,

    Any word on LA running back (MH) that injured his knee?
    Hope it’s not as ugly as it sounds.

    Another questions for LA fans – who plays QB next week? The lefty that help orchestrate biggest LA upset in years or the junior that looked good up until shoulder injury?

    Decisions, decisions…

  • Fair Weather Fan

    LA Conq, what gives?

    Aren’t you the clown who said a week ago, “it doesn’t matter who plays for West Co, that they’ll beat LA 56-3 anyways”

    And calling for coaches’ heads?

    Now you’re their biggest fan?

    What happens when they lose again? They suck and fire the coach?

    How about being a true fan and conqueror, support no matter what!

    “once a conqueror, always a conqueror”

    “conqueror born, conqueror bred, and when I die, I’ll be conqueror dead”

    SUPPORT!!! Time to practice it, not just preach it, pal!

  • No Doubt

    Watch out West Covina, Bonita has got Reggie Style!

  • Black Tooth

    To SGV Football, why are you so jealous and angry at Amat? Where you raised some where else, and not in the San Gabriel Valley? Member, stress may cause you heart problems!
    To this isn’t Spartaaaaa, Do you remember when St Francis had their huge robot mascot come on the the field? If you do not, than you don’t know St. Francis football history. St. Francis belonged to a Catholic League, before joining a public League. In the days of Coach Jack Freeman, St Francis was tough. I wish St Francis had a more competitive football team, they always gave Bishop Amat a good game!
    To Silly Warrior, You say the Alemany stadium resembles that of Bishop Amat? I have an extra pair of eye glasses to give to you. With all the high voltage wires, Alemany reminds me of driving on the 605 freeway where the nursey plant are kept, where the larges duck farm once stood. The stench was just awful!
    To Warrior fan,be careful what you ask for! You said you can’t wait to get some Amat MEAT? If you do, would this mean we would get engaged?

  • Wtf

    Sorry Spartans you just saw Gano is all about. Unless you get 10 D1 players gano will always lose. He is not a coach he is a recruiter. That’s why he took the job at a private school. He can recruit all he wants without getting in trouble. Everyone in hacienda heights knows he cheated with recruiting. The CIF was not as strict back then but gano saw the writing on wall an left. Gano’s losses are poetic justice. Get rid of him he is toxic to the kids

  • Bohi Booster

    Well Bonita will be in first place for at least 12 more days in the Hacienda and no one can do zip about it. It is nice to see Reggie Turner start getting a little recognition for his years of effort. He reminds me alot of those human fire hydrants that ran the ball for the KC Chiefs back in the day. Though not tall were powerful and fast. Tanner Diebold is looking a little more comfortable each game but makes me nervous scrambling so much. The defence is stout with Brandt Davis all CIF kicker filling in nicely at safety and becoming a solid hitter. Angel Verdugo. Where did this kid come from? Super soph is all over the field on offense and defense and is more than just getting it done. The big boys are not to be forgotten ripping holes for Turner and Pitts and they are getting noticed too. So way to go Bearcats and coach Medrano and staff, this booster will have at least a few days to bask in first place alone in the Hacienda. Also well done to the bearcat faithful filling the stands at all home games and the boistrous student section keeps getting bigger and louder. Now lets bring it to West Covina in two weeks and try to deflate that big bulldog baloon of theirs

  • True Fan

    The MH injury from Los Altos didn’t look good, probably out for the season
    As for Los Altos they got guys that can cover that position but the big question is who’s going to be the starting quarterback?
    Looks like Sophomore Lorenzo Silva earned it.

  • bbin91741

    I don’t get the ignorance of people saying Bishop Amat sucks. I hate Amat more than anyone. I think their fans are fat, liberal, gang-banging, 300-plus pound illegals, and that’s just their moms. But they’re obviously the best team in the area right now. I hope the Serra League puts them back in their place in that ghetto known as La Puente, but people piss all over their own credibility when they say the No. 1 team in the area, who’s beaten or tied everyone they’ve played sucks. Yeah, and the Heat, Yankees and Packers suck too, right?


    @BINBO91740, now I see your showing your IGNORANCE over here! First you try crapping on AZUSA, on the AZUSA ARTICLE now your bar hopping here showing your PATEHIC side!Why don’t you put Cork in it. What you’re placing on here is a little over the top and I know your a little excited seeing your second post on here, but bring your excitement down a little and easy on the EXCREMENT!


  • AMAT 73

    Congratulations win or lose to the teams of the SGV for their efforts on Friday night . Some stunning wins and some big losses and hopefully not too many injuries.
    The Men in Blue came away with a victory and I got to say the good Lord was watching over the team until they woke up . I thought they came out flat and who could blame them. They played like they were coming off the bye week . After facing huge battles every week the past 5 weeks a let down was kind of inevitable . Culver City came out with a vengence and was in scoring position early . AMAT got the stops either by turnovers and playing solid defense. Glad that ones behind us and chalk that win up to the defense as they gave the O plenty of time to get on track . We have the bye week so we can heal up some of those nagging injuries and focus on Alemany as we must come out sharp and firing on all cylinders. They are a very good team and we will need a solid game on both sides of the ball to get the victory .

  • At Damien Breakdown

    At Damien Breakdown.

    I couldn’t agree with you more. Gano wont do this. He needs to step back, evaluate each and every player. Take his blinders off. His faves arent necessarily the best.

    Gano’s O-line, D-line, and other coaches also should be ashamed. Grow a pair fellas!!! tell the boss he is wrong!! Tell him you want to play some other kids, that his faves aren’t necessary the best.

    If he doesnt revisit his team,. I predict he will be out within a year and half.

  • Damien Breakdown Said

    Damien does not care about winning. There is no competition for positions, kids are just handed positions. If Damien really wanted to win the best kids would be playing period! In football you should be competing for playing time weekly. It doesn’t happen at Damien.

  • LA Grad

    Can’t believe Aram & Fred picked Rowland over LA. I hope you’re both right but Rowland has done everything that they are supposed to do. LA sophomore quarterback had a great quarter, Marco is still the offensive nucleus. I like the way Ziola is bringing up his young quarterback. Almost like the olden day Tampa Bay Buccaneers, don’t expect a lot from your Quarterback but don’t make mistakes and turn the ball over.

    Kudos To Alex Henry on that key fg kick in his first varsity game!

    Now let’s turn to the real heroes, The LA defense that did not give up any points to two-time defending champions, WC. Both WC scores came from special teams play. They were phenomenal all night long and kept their team in the game. Keeping them in the game & setting up Silva’s great fourth-quarter heroics and Henry’s last-second FG. You’re going to be needed again Friday night, so come prepared!

  • Cong ’76

    LA Grad

    They both picked LA over Rowland…

  • I agree with you

    Half the Damien starters dont show for practice.
    Half don’t even want to play. but it doesnt matter. If they show or not, they are still starters. Gano cant be this dumb. His team was getting their arses handed to them by Los Alamitos, why didnt he just ask, “Hey who wants to play football?” insted of just keeping in the same group of losers??

    After the game he was HOT, was gonna make changes, gonna revisit everything, take his team back. guess what he did?? more yelling, more running, more hitting drills, Yeaaaahhhhh, thats gonna fix his problems.

    what a schmuck!! wish there was real life dinner for schmucks I’d invite him to come talk football with the guys.

  • Damien Booster

    They should fire Gano now!!!! What are the waiting for????