Thursday Final: Azusa struggles again, loses to Don Lugo, 39-14 to fall to 1-2

Azusa-Don Lugo photo gallery

By Brian Reed-Baiotto
Don Lugo High didn’t just come into Citrus College Thursday night and beat host Azusa, 39-14 in a nonleague match up, the Conquistadores made it look easy.

Don Lugo (2-2) led 27-0 before Azusa scored its first points of the game halfway through the third quarter and the difference at quarterback told much of the story.

The Conquistadores Marc Wiseman was an efficient 13 of 22 for 204 yards, including three touchdowns and no picks, while Azusa’s Jose Ledesma threw two touchdowns, but was intercepted four times. (To continue click thread)

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Bishop Amat, Charter Oak a day away ….

If you haven’t purchased tickets at Bishop Amat or Charter Oak, you should right away. It is expected to be the largest crowd in Charter Oak’s history. Because it’s an open area, Charter Oak can sell as many tickets as they want, but seating is limited. If you do not arrive early, you may not get a seat and will have to stand along a roped area. Also, tailgating is permitted, however alcohol (careful what you put in those red cups) and smoking obviously is not. The gates open at 6 p.m., enjoy it, I know we will.

Amat’s Koa Haynes and Charter Oak’s Donavin Washington on twitter

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Koa Haynes has become the “it” factor at Bishop Amat, leading the Lancers to Friday’s super showdown at Charter Oak

By Aram Tolegian, SGVN

Junior quarterback Koa Haynes has been a key contributor this season for Bishop Amat (2-0-1), which visits Charter Oak for a huge nonleague game Friday night. (Keith Birmingham)
The reasons are several for the Bishop Amat High School football team’s success this season.

One game it’s the defense. The next game it’s the offense. Some games, it’s both. And the Lancers’ star power has been out in force thanks to players like running back Dionza Blue, receiver Darren Andrews and defensive stalwart Sal Velasquez.

But perhaps the biggest and most consistent force has been junior quarterback Koa Haynes. Whether it’s been coming up with the big pass at key times or a clutch run to get a first down and keep drives going, Haynes has done it. And for that reason, Amat (2-0-1) is the top-ranked team in the area heading into Friday’s game at No. 2 Charter Oak (2-0).

“I’m not surprised because I worked pretty hard in the offseason and I knew it would all pay off,” Haynes said of his hot start. “I would come to school on off days with my dad and work on routes with receivers. The game has definitely slowed down for me this year compared to last year.”

Last year, Haynes was pressed into action in interesting and precarious situations. He started the season opener against Garfield and played the entire first half when starter Rio Ruiz was suspended. Later in the season, Haynes found himself under center against Loyola when Ruiz was injured during the game. The following week, he had to start on the road against Notre Dame with a playoff spot on the line.

For the most part, Haynes struggled. But one offseason full of preparation later, he’s arguably the top quarterback in the area.

It started with a smashing performance in Amat’s Week 0 rout of Servite. Haynes threw for 157 yards and three touchdowns, and added another on the ground. The light had officially gone on.

“I had been doing so well during summer and hell week, and our whole team was, but we really didn’t have a real test because we only had one scrimmage,” Haynes said. “Our first test was going to be against Servite and we showed that we were well prepared.

“I had lots to prove to everyone, but I don’t really think of it as pressure. I thought of it as motivation. I had a pretty good feeling that I was going to do well.”

Haynes’ strong performance carried over into Amat’s 48-48 tie with Chino Hills. He threw for 282 yards and two scores in the shootout, including the game-tying touchdown with just seconds left.

Against La Mirada, Haynes again proved to be the difference with his heady play and ability to beat teams with both his arm and legs.

But now comes a different test in the vaunted Charter Oak defense, which is loaded with speed and hoping to put the clamps on Amat’s offense.

“They’re fast, very athletic and well-coached,” Haynes said of Charter Oak. “I think this will be the fastest team we’ve played this year. I think it will be a different kind of challenge in terms of speed-wise.”

For Haynes, a Covina resident, the game has special meaning. He was in the same Covina Vikings Junior All-American program as Charter Oak starters Donavin Washington and Aaren Vaughns. He even considered going to Charter Oak, but decided on Amat after attending Lancers games while in junior high school.

“We’re two teams that are very similar,” Haynes said. “We’ve got lots of friends who go to Charter Oak and know a lot of people who go there. It’s a crosstown rivalry. Simple as that. But once you get on the field, everything’s business.”

The good news for Amat fans is that Haynes is only a junior, and there’s no telling what heights he could take Amat to this season and/or next. But if what he’s shown so far is any indicator, the Lancers are in for one special ride.

“A lot of it is going to be related to him and how he develops and continues to get better,” Amat coach Steve Hagerty said. “But knowing him, I would suspect there’s a lot of certainty because he does work hard. All those leadership things are there.

“It’s really hard to project, but at the same time we have every reason to believe it will happen because his mental makeup is far ahead of what most juniors are in high school.”

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Tribune Super 35 Rankings: Fasten your chin straps and hide the children, it’s No. 1 Bishop Amat vs. No. 2 Charter Oak up next


1. Bishop Amat (2-0-1) — The take-on-all-area challengers campaign hits the road for the third straight week at Charter Oak, the new No. 2 in this weeks poll. Amat looked beatable against Chino Hills and settled for a tie. It looked beatable at La Mirada but pulled away in the fourth quarter. They’ve bent, but they haven’t broken.

2. Charter Oak (2-0) — RB Aaren Vaughns went nuts in the Chargers’ win at Los Alamitos. The Chargers need a similar output from someone against Amat to have a chance to pull out the biggest non-league victory in the school’s history. Best thing going at Charter Oak is they play great defense and when you do, you can hang with anyone, and believe me, they don’t fear Amat.

3. Chino Hills (1-1-1) — How can you drop them past No. 3 after tying Amat and losing by only 10 to power Tesoro. Over the years I’ve been questioned for ranking Amat high despite not getting results against high-caliber opponents. You have to give Chino Hills that same respect.

4. Ayala (3-0) – Arguably the area’s biggest surprise after going 3-7 last year. They’ve already beaten Monrovia and then beat a team in Arizona. It doesn’t get easier, undefeated Glendora and their huge offensive line and running game invade the Inland Empire next.

5. West Covina (1-2*) — What can you say, injuries have marred what was expected to be a great season. Fact is they’re actually 2-1 with its only loss to a Pac-5 team, but injuries to keep players are a deep concern, especially with Chino Hills visiting next.

6. Damien (1-1) – They drank their bottle of get tough and got a resounding win at Palm Desert. The Spartans need to keep it rolling, they’re a team that needs all the confidence it can muster.

7. San Dimas (3-0) — The Saints are averaging an astounding 47 points on offense entering this week’s huge game at home against back-to-back defending champion Monrovia. Are the Saints nervous? Why should they, they own a 3-2 series record over the ‘Cats dating back to 2009, when they beat Monrovia for the Mid-Valley title.

8. Los Altos (3-0) — With West Covina injured and bruised up, the Conquerors look more like the Hacienda league title favorites each week. They absolutely crushed rival Wilson and are building early-season momentum.

9. Glendora (2-0) — The Tartans are pounding their opponents into submission behind a big offensive line and sturdy backs, averaging nearly 250 yards on the ground. When you can run, you’re always in games.

10. South Hills (2-1) — After losing to West Covina, they have a week off to get ready for its showdown against Monrovia at Covina District on Sept. 20.

The Rest: 11. Diamond Ranch (2-1), 12. Rowland (3-0), 13. Gladstone (2-0), 14. El Monte (2-1), 15. Covina (2-1), 16. Azusa (1-1), 17. Mountain View (2-1), 18. Walnut (1-2), 19. La Puente (1-1), 20. Arroyo (1-2), 21. Claremont (1-2), 22. Diamond Bar (1-2), 23. Northview (1-2), 24. South El Monte (1-1), 25. Bonita (0-3), 26. Diamond Bar (1-2), 27. Rosemead (0-2), 28. Wilson (1-2), 29. Duarte (1-2), 30. Pomona (1-2), 31. Workman (1-2), 32. Wilson (1-2), 33. Nogales (0-3), 34. Bassett (1-2), 35. Ganesha (0-2).

*Covina forfeit win; West Covina forfeit loss

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Charter Oak vs. Amat: You have to watch out for Uh-Oh Bobo to leave his stamp on Friday

By Aram Tolegian, SGVN

Bryce Bobo is merely the latest in a long line of great Charter Oak High School wide receivers.

Before Bobo, there was Chris Gilchrist, Dennis Rufus, Mikey Harrell, Michael Johnson, Matt Austin, Will Harris, David Boler and Steve Stevenson, to name a few. Heck, even on Bobo’s current team there’s a Tribune All-Area receiver from last season in Aaren Vaughns, who now also plays running back.

This season, it’s Bobo’s turn to further make a name for himself. He can take a big step in doing just that Friday when the Chargers (2-0) host Bishop Amat (2-0-1) in one of the area’s biggest nonleague games in years.

“I don’t feel any pressure at all to live up to the past players when I’m on the field,” Bobo said. “I just think of playing the game and getting the W.

“The coaches always told me to keep my poise and contribute to the team in any way I can, and not too much about me striving to live up to the other receivers who came before me.”

Bobo’s stock has shot up more than just about any other player in the area, considering that as a sophomore he caught only one ball. Last season, as a junior, Bobo took full advantage of quarterback Travis Santiago’s passing abilities to haul in 53 balls for 834 yards and nine touchdowns.

Those stats, combined with his 6-foot-3 frame, led to offers from Idaho and Colorado. Bobo gave an oral commitment to Colorado this past summer and can now concentrate on simply making his senior season the best it can be.

So far so good.

The Chargers are 2-0 and Bobo already has three touchdown receptions. But none of that really matters if Charter Oak isn’t able to get over the Amat hump on Friday.

“It’s going to put Charter Oak on the map,” Bobo said. “We’ve been practicing hard this week because we know how much this win would mean. I feel like we’re starting to get our name on the map. I don’t feel like we get enough credit, but we’re going to make you work.”

Beside catching passes and making big plays, another key part of Bobo’s role is to help Charter Oak’s inexperienced quarterbacks Kory Brown and Ross Barrera in their maturation process. Having a weapon like Bobo helps, but there’s other things he can do to speed the process along.

“I will make reads for them,” Bobo said. “I don’t try to do too much that will make them have to spend a lot of time in the pocket. All in all, they’re really good quarterbacks, but we just have to find our groove faster.

“When we start the first quarter of a game, it’s kind of hard for them to come in and just find their rhythm.”

Charter Oak also needs Bobo’s talent on defense where he’s seeing more and more time at cornerback. On Friday night, that means he’ll probably be asked to cover his friend Darren Andrews, or vice versa. That’s part of the game within the game that makes this clash of locals so intriguing.

“I know Darren because he was at Charter Oak before he went to Bishop Amat,” Bobo said. “We were really good friends our freshmen year. We’re still good friends now, but this game is going to be personal.

“We always go at it because we think we’re better than each other. This will be a good test to see who can carry their team further.”

Bobo has done more than the normal amount of research on Bishop Amat.

Beside ample film study, he was at the Lancers’ season-opening win against Servite, sitting in the student section behind the end zone along with his cousin Khari Garcia and friend Brian McIntyre, who also both start for the Chargers.

“I wasn’t wearing anything like that,” Bobo said when asked if he was wearing any Charter Oak gear in La Puente. And he claims nobody noticed the Chargers trio either.

As for his thoughts on Amat’s big win over the Friars: “I don’t like to give the teams I play too much credit about anything. I was just looking at the type of coverage they played.”

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Don’t forget about Glendora, the Tartans are 2-0 and still among the area’s best

By Fred J. Robledo, SGVN

The Glendora High School football team has sent out a reminder to San Gabriel Valley foes that it’s still among the best around with its 2-0 start.

It’s easy to overlook the Tartans after they went 3-7 and finished fifth in the Baseline League in 2011.

New coach Jerry Lewallen is the school’s third coach in three years. And the Tartans compete against Upland, Rancho Cucamonga, Los Osos and Etiwanda in the Baseline, one of the toughest leagues in the Southland.

“In my view, we can no longer use the Baseline as an excuse and just lower our heads,” Lewallen said. “We have to just play. What league we’re in is out of our control, you can’t worry about those things.

“What I worry about is us getting better and doing the little things that help win ballgames. Those are the things we can control.”

What they’ve controlled is the line of scrimmage.

Lewallen moved 6-foot-5 Christian Schneider to tackle and 6-foot-2, 280-pound offensive lineman Tommy Green is imposing his strength too.

In the Tartans’ season-opening 14-6 win over Claremont and last week’s 52-29 thrashing of Colony, they’ve averaged 302 yards per game with two outstanding individual performances.

Against Claremont, Amin Raad carried 36 times for 214 yards and a touchdown.

In last week’s win over Colony, Cade Lindsey couldn’t be stopped, rushing for 315 yards and three touchdowns on just 17 carries.

“Obviously we think our offensive line is the strength of our team,” said Lewallen, whose team only has thrown 17 times in two games. “When you have success moving the ball (on the ground), it wears opponents down not just physically, but mentally.

“And for our defense, if you ask any defensive coach, the longer you can keep them on the sideline the better. That’s their favorite place to be.”

The Tartans needed a good start because the schedule gets tougher, including at undefeated Ayala (3-0) on Friday, followed by a home game against Charter Oak (2-0) on Oct. 19 at Citrus College.

“We’re excited to play these games and see where we’re at,” Lewallen said. “If we can continue to move the ball and chew up the clock, we’ll be fine.”

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Girls Volleyball: St. Lucy’s beats Los Altos in three; San Dimas beats Bointa

Photo Gallery: St. Lucy’s’ Marissa Hageman (7) scores against Los Altos in the second game on Tuesday night

St. Lucy’s sweeps Los Altos: Two-time defending CIF-Southern Section Division 2AA champion St. Lucy’s Priory continued its fast start this season with a 25-20, 25-15, 25-17 sweep of Los Altos on Tuesday night. The Regents (3-0), who have moved up to Division 1A and are ranked second in the early-season CIF-SS poll, have not lost a game this season.

Maranatha beats San Marino in five: Maranatha avoided hitting into the net and took advantage of perfectly placed Skylar MacLeod sets in the fifth game to defeat the Titans, 25-22, 15-25, 21-25, 26-24, 15-7.

Chino Hills 3, Santiago 2

The Huskies opened their season with a 23-25, 25-27, 25-23, 25-21, 15-11 victory.
Karrah Wood led Chino Hills with 17 kills and Meghan Buzzerio added 14 kills and three blocks. Shelley Anderson chipped in with 42 assists.

Bishop Amat 3, San Gabriel Mission 0
The Lancers (1-0) defeated the Pioneers (0-1) 25-12, 25-13, 25-10 behind the efforts of Mariah Jackson, with 12 kills, and Sam Quesada-Diaz, with 10 kills.

Glendora 3, Walnut 0
The Tartans evened their record at 1-1 by beating the Mustangs (0-2), 25-13, 25-22, 25-15. Senior middle blocker Cassandra Freitag led Glendora with eight kills. Senior setter Casie Lowden chipped in with 18 assists, six kills, three aces, three digs and one block. Senior libero Lauren Hyllengren had 10 digs and one ace.

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West Covina’s Justin Hornsby has surgery, likely out for the season

By Aram Tolegian
West Covina defensive end Justin Hornsby underwent two hours of surgery on Saturday to treat a broken tibia and fibula in his left leg after suffering the major injury in the fourth quarter of Friday’s 21-7 win over South Hills.

Hornsby had to be taken off the field on a stretcher and treated on site by paramedics before being transported to the hospital.

“He will be fine and fully recovered with time and rehab,” West Covina coach Mike Maggiore said via text message. “Surgery was textbook. He is in good spirits.

“What bothers me is the kid has had crappy luck and a really unfortunate two years. This was just a freak thing that happened. He planted his foot and his body got twisted.”

Hornsby transferred to West Covina from Rancho Verde prior to last season but was ruled ineligible by CIF because he lived in South Hills’ school district. After sitting out the season, Hornsby figured to be one of the top defensive players in the Valley.

“He is a good play, but an outstanding young man that is a leader on our team and on our campus,” Maggiore said. “He is really well-liked, bright and personable.”

Hornsby was hoping to leave the hospital on Monday night.

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Tribskin Pick’em: Your picks and ours; One of the best weeks of the season and Robledo pulling away against Tolegian

Aram and I will go head-to-head in Tribskin Pick’em throughout the season for our annual dinner bet.

Last Week: Robledo (17-8); Tolegian (50-21).
Season: Tolegian (12-13); Tolegian (42-29).

Last Week: For the first time in the history of Tribskin Pick’em, one of us had a sub .500 week and it wasn’t me. After going 0-for-3 on Thursday night, Aram didn’t fare much better on Friday, losing 10 more games and too many to mention. I fared better, but still lost eight games to take an unprecedented eight-game lead just three weeks into the football season. It can’t be that easy, can it?

This week:: The best non-league football week of the high school season with lots of tough games to choose from. Bishop Amat or Charter Oak? We’ve wondered that for years and I’ve argued in most years I’m taking Amat and this is one of them. Both teams are playing great and deserve the 1 and 2 rankings when the Trib poll comes out tomorrow. But it comes down to this: Charter Oak is arguably a tad better on defense, but Amat’s offense has proved to be better against a tougher schedule so far. I don’t think Amat will score more than 30, but I also don’t think Charter Oak will score more than 17. If I were setting a betting line, I would make Amat a 4-point favorite, something like a 21-17 point victory is what I’m predicting. Sure, I like Amat to win, but won’t be surprised at all if Charter Oak gets them. After all, you never know what role emotion plays in these games, and this will be one of the most emotionally-charged of the season. West Covina-Chino Hills? No way I’m taking the Bulldogs. I just don’t see how they stack up after how Chino Hills has fared the past two weeks against the Pac-5, and especially with Justin Hornsby out for the Bulldogs to go with QB Najera. Let’s hope the Bulldogs are ready for the Hacienda. Monrovia-San Dimas? Nobody in the Mid-Valley has played Monrovia better in the last three years than the Saints. For whatever reason, Monrovia has more athletes, but the Saints have an offense they have a hard time dealing with. I like the Saints and I like them by more than a touchdown. Gladstone-El Monte? One of those I-wish-I-could-be-there games. Two of the best quarterbacks in the Division going head to head. Gladstone’s defense is the key, but I will like El Monte’s offense to win out. Glendora-Ayala? A huge battle of the unbeatens. Nobody has stopped Glendora’s ground game, averaging somewhere near 250 yards in two games. As great as Ayala has been, Glendora’s a big-boy program and I’m feeling them. Ayala is definitely the favorite, but I’m calling the upset, take Glendora.

This weeks games and predictions
Thursday’s games

Azusa vs. Don Lugo at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa); Tolegian (Lugo)
Friday’s games
Bishop Amat at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Amat); Tolegian (CO)
Monrovia at San Dimas, 7 p.m. — Robledo (San Dimas); Tolegian (M-Town)
Chino Hills at West Covina, 7 p.m. — Robledo (CHills); Tolegian (CH)
Gladstone vs. El Monte at Citrus, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Monte); Tolegian (G-Stone)
La Puente at Wilson, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Puente); Tolegian (LP)
Covina at Walnut, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Walnut); Tolegian (Walnut)
Bonita at Claremont, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bonita); Tolegian (Bonita)
Glendora at Ayala, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Glendora); Tolegian (Ayala)
Northview vs. South El Monte at CDF, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Northview); Tolegian (SEM)
Rowland at Arroyo, 7:00pm — 7 p.m. – Robledo (Rowland); Tolegian (Rowland)
Baldwin Park at San Gabriel, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Baldwin Park); Tolegian (SG)
Los Altos at Chino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Los Altos); Tolegian (LA)
Brea Olinda at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DBar); Tolegian (Brea)
Warren at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rosemead); Tolegian (Warren)
Pioneer at Mountain View, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Pioneer); Tolegian (M-View)
Diamond Ranch at Schurr, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DRanch); Tolegian (Roddy)
Nogales at San Marino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (San Marino); Tolegian (SM)
Rancho Alamitos vs. Ganesha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Alamitos), Tolegian (RA)
Sierra Vista at Keppel, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SVista); Tolegian (SV)
Sultana at Pomona, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Sultana); Tolegian (Sultana)

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