Saturday Morning Quarterback: Charter Oak with a thunderous knockout over Chino Hills; El Monte beats Arroyo for first time since 1990; Rowland shocks Los Altos; Ayala squashes Damien

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Charter Oak’s 41-13 whipping of Chino Hills proves the Chargers are the real deal
By Aram Tolegian
One game into the Sierra League season, it’s quite obvious the league championship still goes through Charter Oak High School.
The Chargers erupted early against visiting Chino Hills on Friday night and never looked back in a 41-13 rout in the league opener for both teams. “We’re just putting all of our pieces together and coming together as a team,” Chargers receiver Bryce Bobo said. “It’s nothing that surprises me. When we come together as a team, we know what we can do.”

El Monte parties like its 1979
By Fred J. Robledo, SGVN

El Monte wasn’t celebrating its first league title since 1979. That could come in the weeks that follow.
But in some ways it was just as satisfying.
El Monte ended years of frustration against nemesis and three-time Mission Valley League champion Arroyo on Friday by winning 38-21 and snapping the Knights’ 15-game league winning streak.
El Monte coach Joel Sanchez, who’d never beaten the Knights in his 10 years as coach, watched his team celebrate its first win over Arroyo since 1990.

Visit the SGV football page to read all the game stories

Lindsey insane for Glendora: Senior running back Cade Lindsey rushed for a school single-game record 366 yards and tied another school record with four rushing touchdowns to lead Glendora High School (3-3) to a 32-0 Baseline League-opening win over Alta Loma (4-2) at Citrus College on Friday.

Diego Arias does it all for Rowland: Defensive back Diego Arias led Rowland High School to a 28-13 Hacienda League victory over visiting Los Altos on Friday night.

Farias delivers for South Hills: Just when things appeared to be slipping away from South Hills High School in its Sierra League opener against Claremont on Friday, senior Jacob Farias delivered a stunning blow. Farias, described by South Hills coach Albert Rodriguez as “one of the best return men in the Valley,” broke away for a 95-yard kickoff return just before halftime to give the Huskies a lead they never relinquished in a 42-27 win.

West Covina gets defensive: West Covina relied on steady defense and a stellar ground game to come away with a 35-7 Hacienda League victory over Walnut on Friday night. The Bulldogs (3-4, 2-1) took just two plays to get on the scoreboard as Aaron Franklin ran 87 yards to the end zone for a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter.

La Puente’s statement win: – La Puente dominated Sierra Vista 42-0 Friday night in Montview League play. “It was kind of a statement game,” La Puente coach Brandon Rohrer said.

Damien can’t get it done: Dane Cruikshank ran for a 70-yard touchdown and an 11-yard touchdown and caught an 80-yard touchdown pass to lead Ayala to a 49-31 win over Damien in a Sierra League opener Friday night.

Friday’s results
Charter Oak 41, Chino Hills 13 — You want a statement, that’s a statement.
Ayala 49, Damien 31 — More reasons for the Spartans bloggers to complain
El Monte 38, Arroyo 21 — First win over Arroyo since 1990, BMart 378 yards and 6 TDs
Rosemead 21, South El Monte 16 –– Panthers always come to play in MVL
La Puente 42, Sierra Vista 0 — Not surprised by win, surprised how easy.
Glendora 32, Alta Loma 0 — Cade Lindsey returned and went nuts for Tartans
West Covina 35, Walnut 7 — That’s the West Covina we know
Rowland 28, Los Altos 13 — Sorry, I just can’t explain it
San Dimas 54, Nogales 14 — No fun watching Saints win this easy
Gabrielino 28, Mountain View 11 Time to take 6-0 Eagles serious
Duarte 49, Workman 0 – Falcons ready for unbeaten Gladstone
Azusa 35, Ganesha 0 — Tha’s more Aztec-like.
Wilson 13, Pomona 7 – Wildcats get a W in the VVL


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“It means a lot,” Sanchez said. “We’ve talked about this game since losing to them last year and we didn’t forget about it.

“All the good things programs do over the spring and summer to get ready for this paid off. From a physical standpoint, we felt we had the team. We had to get over that mental hurdle and we did that. Sometimes it’s all in your head.”

Lions quarterback Brandon Martinez, the CIF-Southern Section’s third-leading passer, had another stellar performance, completing 27-of-46 passes for 378 yards and six touchdowns.

Martinez threw five touchdowns in the first half, and directed three TDs to receiver Abel Barajas, who finished with 11 receptions for 141 yards.

But Martinez knows how to spread it around, connecting with Josh Morales for seven receptions and 102 yards and a TD, and Adolfo Sanchez, who caught seven passes for 84 yards and a TD.

“Brandon’s Brandon,” Sanchez said. “I don’t need to sit here and tell you how great he is, but he’s got Abel, Josh, Adolfo and we’ve got Brandon Luevano (116 all-purpose yards), a guy who runs hard for our team and doesn’t get the credit he deserves.”

El Monte improved to 4-2 and 1-0 while the Knights dropped to 3-3 and 0-1.

After the Lions took a 6-0 lead on Martinez’s three-yard TD pass to Barajas, the Knights marched down the field and scored after quarterback Nathan Coto fumbled into the endzone with Lucas Rodriguez recovering it to go up 7-6.

Coto finished with 117 yards passing and running back Peter Aholoka finished with 152 yards and a touchdown, but a couple Knights turnovers in the second quarter allowed the Lions and Martinez to pull away — Martinez throwing touchdown passes of 52, 17 and eight yards to take a 26-7 halftime lead.

“We got suckered out of what we wanted to do,” Arroyo coach Jim Singiser said. “Our game plan was to run the ball and we were fine up 7-6. But we got pulled out of what we wanted to do and started throwing the ball and turned it over. When you give them extra possessions it’s not going to matter.”

As much as pained Singiser to watch El Monte celebrate, he tipped his cap.

“We’ve been on the other side of this,” Singiser said. “Our guys need to know what this (losing) feels like. They played harder and they deserved it.

“It’s sort of like that scene from Platoon. We’ve been kicking (butt) for so long, maybe it’s time we got our (butts) kicked a little bit.”

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  • Warrior fan

    Sorry CO fans i just think CH is going to have you guys number this year and pull off what i consider an upset victory tonight in a close game.


  • State Bowl Picture

    SGV Teams in State Bowl Picture

    Division 1

    1 (1 last week). Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita), 5-0, 74.6
    2. (2) Narbonne (Harbor City), 5-0, 73.6
    3. (4) St. John Bosco (Bellflower), 1-4, 67.6
    4. (3) Vista Murrieta (Murrieta), 5-0, 66.6
    5. (5) St. Bonaventure (Ventura), 5-1, 63.1
    6. (6) Mater Dei (Santa Ana), 4-1, 61.8
    7. (10) Mission Viejo, 6-0, 61.8
    8. (7) Tesoro (Rancho Santa Margarita), 5-0, 61.4
    9. (NR) Oaks Christian (Westlake Village), 5-1, 60.9
    10. (9) Bishop Amat (La Puente), 5-0-1, 60.6

    North Division I
    De La Salle has a healthy lead over Oak Ridge in NorCal Division I and is a solid contender for the Open Division.
    Photo by Brad Kupper
    De La Salle has a healthy lead over Oak Ridge in NorCal Division I and is a solid contender for the Open Division.
    1. (1 last week) De La Salle (Concord), 5-0, 64.1
    2. (2) Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills), 5-0, 51.8
    3. (5) Serra (San Mateo), 4-0, 50.5
    4. (4) Franklin (Elk Grove), 5-0, 50.4
    5. (8) California (San Ramon), 5-0, 49.9
    6. (3) Elk Grove, 5-0, 48.3
    7. (10) Folsom, 5-0, 44.9
    8. (NR) Burbank (Sacramento), 5-0, 42.3
    9. (7) Archbishop Mitty (San Jose), 3-1, 41.5
    10. (NR) Monte Vista (Danville), 4-1, 41.4

    South Division II
    Serra rebounded from its loss to Narbonne two weeks ago and still holds a slim lead over Edison.
    Photo by Ian Tennant
    Serra rebounded from its loss to Narbonne two weeks ago and still holds a slim lead over Edison.
    1. (1 last week) Serra (Gardena), 4-1, 58.1
    2. (4) Edison (Huntington Beach), 4-1, 56.7
    3. (7) Chaminade (West Hills), 4-1, 54.4
    4. (3) Tustin, 6-0, 55.3
    5. (2) Lompoc, 5-0, 53.5
    6. (NR) Oceanside, 4-1, 50.1
    7. (10) Hart (Newhall), 4-1, 49.6
    8. (6) Cathedral (Los Angeles), 3-2, 48.9
    9. (5) Helix (La Mesa), 3-1, 47.6
    10. (8) La Mirada, 5-1, 46.9

    North Division II
    Placer throttled Woodcreek to stay atop Division III.
    Photo by David Barpal
    Placer throttled Woodcreek to stay atop Division III.
    1. (1 last week) Placer (Auburn), 5-0, 48.1
    2. (2) Concord, 5-0, 40.2
    3. (6) Paradise, 4-1, 38.8
    4. (3) Inderkum (Sacramento), 4-1, 37.8
    5. (4) Oakdale, 4-1, 36.2
    6. (5) Enterprise (Redding), 4-1, 35.2
    7. (7) Los Gatos, 2-2, 32.8
    8. (8-tie) Cosumnes Oaks (Elk Grove), 4-1, 32.5
    9. (8-tie) Rancho Cotate (Rohnert Park), 5-0, 29.0
    10. (NR) American Canyon, 5-0, 26.5

    South Division III
    Nordhoff (shown here last year) blasted San Marcos and still holds a tight advantage over St. Augustine.
    File photo by Robert Curtis
    Nordhoff (shown here last year) blasted San Marcos and still holds a tight advantage over St. Augustine.
    1. (1 last week) Nordhoff (Ojai), 6-0, 40.2
    2. (2) St. Augustine (San Diego), 4-1, 39.2
    3. (6) Madison (San Diego), 4-1, 30.7
    4. (7) Monrovia, 3-2, 29.5
    5. (8) Wasco, 5-0, 27.0
    6. (3) Valley Center, 3-2, 26.2
    7. (9) Imperial, 4-1, 26.1
    8. (4) Mission Oak (Tulare), 4-1, 25.6
    9. (5) Paraclete (Lancaster), 5-1, 25.7
    10. (10) Ontario Christian, 5-0, 24.9

    North Division III
    El Cerrito registered its fifth blowout victory of the season and has a favorable route to the section playoffs.
    Photo by Ed Oswalt
    El Cerrito registered its fifth blowout victory of the season and has a favorable route to the section playoffs.
    1. (1 last week) El Cerrito, 6-0, 42.7
    2. (4) West Valley (Cottonwood), 5-0, 38.3
    3. (2) Marin Catholic (Kentfield), 5-1, 35.5
    4. (3) Cardinal Newman (Santa Rosa), 5-0, 35.0
    5. (5) Sutter, 5-0, 33.3
    6. (NR) Ripon, 6-0, 30.8
    7. (8) Campolindo (Moraga), 5-1, 30.0
    8. (7) Analy (Sebastopol), 6-0, 28.9
    9. (10) Seaside, 4-0, 28.7
    10. (6) Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland), 4-1, 28.3

    South Division IV
    Sierra Canyon inched closer to Mission Prep.
    Photo by Dustin Jack
    Sierra Canyon inched closer to Mission Prep.
    1. (1 last week) Mission Prep (San Luis Obispo), 6-0, 32.4
    2. (2) Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth), 5-0, 31.4
    3. (3) Rio Hondo Prep (Arcadia), 4-1, 27.3
    4. (4) Bishop Diego (Santa Barbara), 5-0, 27.3
    5. (5) Parker (San Diego), 3-1, 19.0
    6. (7) Christian (El Cajon), 4-1, 17.1
    7. (6) Santa Fe Christian (Solana Beach), 2-3, 16.3
    8. (9) St. Margaret’s (San Juan Capistrano), 4-1, 16.0
    9. (8) Boron, 5-1, 12.8
    10. (10) Bakersfield Christian, 4-1, 12.2

    North Division IV
    Central Catholic is running away with the top D-IV spot currently.
    Photo by Mark Bahrenfuss
    Central Catholic is running away with the top D-IV spot currently.
    1. (1 last week) Central Catholic (Modesto), 4-2, 35.1
    2. (2) Valley Christian (Dublin), 4-1, 22.0
    3. (4) McClymonds (Oakland), 2-3, 19.8
    4. (3) Ferndale, 4-1, 18.4
    5. (5) Modesto Christian, 3-3, 12.6
    6. (6) Portola, 5-0, 10.2
    7. (9) Capital Christian (Sacramento), 4-1, 5.1
    8. (7) Pierce (Arbuckle), 5-0, 3.4
    9. (10) Trinity (Weaverville), 3-2, 2.4
    10. (NR) Chester, 5-0, 1.6

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  • Not So Fast My Friend

    State Bowl

    Was that Bosco record a typo at 1-4? and ranked no. 3?

  • State Bowl Picture

    1-4 due to Forfeit’s but Maxpreps has them ranked anyway. I am not sure why.

  • State Bowl Picture

    Not so fast… after looking,

    ST J Bosco, forfeited it’s preseason games. What ever issue they had should be resolved going into league. If they win league and go on to win the Pac 5, they possibly could be selected. But Vista Murrieta got overlooked last year in a simular situation.

  • Not So Fast My Friend

    State Bowl,

    Yeah I remember that from last year with VM. Thanks for clearing that up!

  • bulldog4life

    “Warrior fan said:

    Sorry CO fans i just think CH is going to have you guys number this year and pull off what i consider an upset victory tonight in a close game.


    ahaha thanks for jinxing them…

    thanks CO for avenging our loss.. mainly cuz their coaches are doosh bags.. now we know whos number 2 in the SGV

  • say what





  • STFU…




    Charter Oak 41 – Toothless Huskies 13….

    That is one Bad Ass defense their at CO! Why did Amat have so much trouble with these puppies is beyond me.

    CO will be the SIERRA LEAGUE CHAMPS! Nobody can play CO in that league is good enough!


  • Oldman in Chino

    Just got home from the COHS/CHHS game. It was an all COHS night. Smothering defense, great O-Line protection, sure handed receivers and a QB who found his receivers. COHS played the type of game I expected CHHS would play. Heck even the announcer won the 50/50 drawing. Unless COHS totally tanks in the rest of their games, they should run the table in league.

  • Real talk

    Eat that Amat????? Lol wait didn’t Amat beat Co? That would be a big yup with ezzzz… Co is just another Check on that Amat schedule.

  • Amat93

    Hey idiot stfu,

    Amat didn’t have any trouble with your so called “bad ass d”. We kicked your ass remember! We Ate You Up And Spit You Out Stupid!! go home… over “deir” at co…

  • Wow

    Congrats 2 CO, but that being said, keep AMAT outta ur mouths and this blog cause AMAT SPANKED YOU!!! Dont gimme a what if or but.. they rolled you @ ur house.. wear it CO, better yet Ceeee-NOOOO.. BTW, What happened @ big bad Los Altos?? Rowland?? Really??? Hahahaha

  • JMO

    Amat fan,

    This is the first time that the MORON STFU has ever posted as being a CO fan, you owned us that night and nothing an idiot says can change that. I’m just glad to see how CO responded after the Amat game, they could have tucked tail and quit but chose the higher ground and are building from that loss.

  • D-Mo

    Great effort by the Chargers tonight. Besides that brutal defense, Dom really called some great offense.
    Chino Hills looked beat from the beginning. They really didn’t look prepared to play. They may even get beat again if this is all they have. Mr Ice was not impressive.
    Fred, oh Freddie. Time to repent knucklehead. CO may have something special this season after all. They may even make the playoffs – ha!

  • Not So Fast My Friend

    Went to see Chino Hills vs Charter Oak.

    Interesting game. CH wasn’t getting beat by the run, but their Achilles heel, their DBs. More than a dozen times they were out of position, or displaying such poor fundamentals it made me wonder whose coaching these kids?

    COs team was more athletic and seemed ready. Heck, they looked and played liked they wanted it more than CH did and that was from the defensive side of the ball! They were more aggressive and more physical than CH. As another poster said, CO looked prepared and CH to me, half prepared. When I checked the schedule, CH had a bye last week. Well that should have been more than enough time to be ready.

    Offensively CH couldn’t get moving. Their OL was getting pushed backwards and collapsing from the pressure. Simko was getting hammered and rushed. His Boise connection, Austin despite having more than several catches at times stopped running his routes and he and Simko miscommunicated on a few others. I was surprised both number 12 and 24 were open quite a bit, but either Simko didn’t see them or wasn’t looking their way.

    CO played well which makes them getting hammered by Amat that much more confusing. But congrats, cause I had CH winning by 3 or 7 points.

    CH on the other hand needs to get back to work on both sides of the ball. It’s high school football, but on another level a defense playing that poorly, giving up that many easy touchdowns would cause a defensive coordinator to start looking for another job.


    Frank, Warrior Fan, Fred Robledo, Steve Ramirez, Not So Fast My Friend, Jefe, Red Barron, Sierra league fan, Nostradamus,

    Come one guys, you were all SO confident that CH was going to destroy Charter Oak again because of comperative scoring! It’s time to claim that prize you all won crow pie.

    Frank, you posted this yesterday. Please re-read your post and its time to bow down sucka!!!! I’m still trying to find those “great analyst” skills you claim to have because all that comes out of your mouth is hot air.

    “Frank said:

    @ Sgv football, Why? So you can tell me how right I am! Be ready to bow down and humble yourself before a great analysyt. Personally I could care less who wins this game. As for Co being in the Sierra, it hasn’t been that great for them. As soon as they get to play-offs they get embarrassed like they did by Amat. ”

  • Big Bird

    Cheater Choke won?

  • Spartan 03

    First off, congratulations to Charter Oak for beating Chino Hills.

    Damien’s year has just gotten long and adventurous in all aspects. First Damien’s principal, “for personal reasons, indicated his desire and decision not to continue as Principal of Damien High School;” and then the football team losses to Ayala which in all likelihood was for 3rd place in league, and the final playoff spot. It looks like the whole Damien Administration is headed in a new direction as there is a new Co-Athletic this year and the old Athletic Director is being pushed out. Is this good news or bad news for the future of Gano? Will he get an administration that helps him or will he be pushed aside like the rest? I tend to think it will be the latter of the two as the are trying to get rid of anything that was associated with former Principal/President Fr. Travers.

  • Cabana Ave. and Rath St.

    Amat93, Big Bird, STFU and Warrior Fan.

    Not La Puente W Fan I hope? “Sorry CO fans, “I THINK CH is going to…” Stop it! Just stop thinking. Just worry about that investigation going on and pray with everyone in the nation that somehow it turns out to be just a bad dream.

    STFU what are you yellin about? Eat that Amat…CO 41 Toothless Huskies? 13. Eat what? The team was given a victory meal of rook QB, Where’s the Special Teams and thanks for all the great field position meat to go. Not a problem goin over there to pick it up (from a very beautiful football field but it ends there, the V section needs work) enjoyed it til early morning and forgot about it by Sun. Far as Toothless Huskies? Negative, those young men are teenagers. Remember that.

    Amat93 and Wow get a grip. Lil thrown off by the comments I read. Grown Men is what I’m guessing the two of you respectively are (meaning since I don’t know personally forgive me if you are of the female gender) Point is why react like that? “We didn’t have trouble..”bad ass d”, “..ate you up and spit you out stupid…”, “AMAT SPANKED YOU!!!..they rolled you..” See my view; Scoring by BA – 1st TD Kickoff Return. 2nd TD pass play. End of 1st BA 14 CO 7. Field Goal, Field Goal, 3rd TD pass play. Field Goal. Halftime score BA 30 CO 7. WE WERE SHUT-OUT the entire 3rd and 4th quarter. Am I wrong? What am I missing here? Didn’t have trouble w the d, spit them out, spanked and rolled them???? The first time I was told and turned to this site, to a place to interact with fans might as well be my last. Wheres all the + comments besides a couple? Excuse me for the long comment. I would like to end by saying no matter what is said out there or here. My prayers are with the La Puente H.S. soccer kids. I hope the investigation concludes quick and the rightful guilty are faced with justice. A wish for this to be a bad dream. To all the parents of all the young athletes around stay involved. It’s better than having the streets take your child. Remember when you say, AMAT, CO, CH, cheater choke, toothless huskies…you’re talking about teenagers, kids, somebody’s child. Thank You for taking the time to read. Lastly to my boy. I Love You. I watch football with the joy as if you are here sitting with me. When the LORD sees fit..I then will hold you again. Have a fun, joyful and safe season to all you fans and family. Again excuse me, been a long night.

  • STFU….

    Bishop Nomas Fan

    Get your big head out of your A$$ and pay attention you little she male. I came on 2 weeks ago here reping Alemany and told you that we are kicking your sorry asses all the way back to your ghetto and you will not win another game this season! You stupid dumb asses have your heads so far up Hagerty’s ass that you’re not breathing anymore! Play CO again and they easily kick your ass. That Hauser kid is an excellent LB. he keeps that defense together. And YOU let him go, you dumb ass!

    Bottom line Lancers, we kick your ass next week and you won’t make the playoffs! STFU…biaaaatch!

  • Not So Fast My Friend

    SGV Football

    You must have me confused. I never said CH was going to destroy CO. I made no claims like that.

    What I did do was compare scores between the two when they played Amat. But I prefaced that with it didn’t make a difference because IMHO, it was going to come down to whose defense showed up to play. Well we know now who did and who didn’t. But I’m not going to blame that one on the boys, I’m going to blame that on the coaches. CHs players didn’t look like they were prepared and on the defensive side of the ball, they were “out schemed.” Which for laymen means “out coached.” Thats too bad because when you have two weeks to prepare for a game this big and you come out and perform like that, that’s all coaching.

    Congrats to CO though. When you want it, that’s how you prepare and that’s how you play. CO wanted it. CH did not, absent the lip service.

  • Lb house

    @stfu I havnt seen hauser yet. But from what I heard from some people he is decent . Hauser should of stayed and worked his ass off and proved he can play linebacker at amat . He just left Without competing.

  • Un WOW

    Why Rice…why NO OC,…why NO DC….WHY.!! BOTH GONE BECAUSE TOO MUCH INTEGRITY! A team that has so much speed and talent why can’t they win at leastone game vs a sub par Azusa team? Rice as OC/DC/STc…NO special teams TDs, averaging 3pts per game for, 45.5pts against, with the original OC and DC, 15.8 pts for, 29 against and scoring on ST.

    I know they are supposed to be talked about, but they should have been and were when they were at least competing in every game. It can’t be injury related because the roster has been sliding down 35 to 22 standing on the sideline ND the cancelations of the JV team, where you usually build your program. BUT WAIT, the freshmen team is being successful and has a winning record, so there is some building but NOT related to the great rice.
    Most fans won’t comment on this rant as it isn’t worthy…not. BA, CO, Monrovia, but it is about lack of leadership from the administration to the Hc not standing up for what right for the program and players….

  • tommykiss

    For the Early Birds, Here are the Highlights and Interviews from last nights Charter Oak Rout of Chino Hills

  • Geez

    Charter oak beat chino hills because they finally used their best weapon- the only D-1 athlete on the team. Bobo. The amat game was closer then all you guys think- and I just don’t think Dom called a good game. Big games he gets one dimensional by calling that stupid draw play almost every series. Charter oaks d-line are studs- dont get enough credit and Washington should get more carries- he has better vision. Vaughn’s has ran well but he’s a slot receiver.

  • Frank

    Congtats to Co!
    @ Sgv Football, even a great analyst, analyizations can be wrong. Various other components factor in which can change the outcome of a situation.
    Also I didn’t factor my scores on comparitive games between Amat. Becuase its known those games were heavily influenced by officiating. It was clear from both games that Amat was far superior. The reason I had Ch by 2 Td is their pass game which should of been more effective then Co. But I wasn’t at the game to see what actually happened. But congrats anyway, as I said since you reposted my comments, I didn’t care who won.

  • Sierra league

    Good win for C0 . They might of lost Travis but I think there defense is better this year and will give them a better chance against the elite 4 in the inland . Saw rancho on tv twice and there offense did not impress me . Vista is clear favorite but anything can happen. Chino hills and charter oak could meet deep in the playoffs with a whole different outcome , every game is different .

  • Not So Fast My Friend

    Just watched Tommy Kiss’ video. Great job!

    Charter Oaks QB summed it up when discussing the game and CH’s defense.

    “they weren’t adjusting”

    Case closed.

  • Cong ’76

    Congratulations to Rowland, they played opportunistic ball and took advantage of every LA miscue. I think it is fair to say that LA outplayed Rowland, especially in the first half, but Rowland did what good teams do, they take advantage when their opponent gives them a gift.

    Once again LA fumbles resulted in points for their opponents. Two fumbles returned for touchdowns by the Raiders resulted in what was effectively a 14 point swing. Add to that a 15 yard punt by Rowland that struck an LA defender to be recovered by the Raiders and LA commiting an inexplicable “roughing the kicker penalty”, you begin to see how this game soured for the Conq’s.


    First of I want to say great job last night CHARTER OAK! Come on that’s a good win on the field and on Fred’s Blog!LOL..

    What caught my eye though was ” UN WOW”, and his comment about AZUSA being a sub par. Okay maybe so, but they did win 35-0, and would have to say not a bad game on DEFENSE and OFFENSE!

    I’ll say this also, AZUSA wasn’t the team that loss to Ganesha when they broke their 49 losing streak and that was GLADSTONE!


  • Fred Robledo

    Still in shock with how easy Charter Oak beat Chino Hills .. They deserve all the props they get today

  • LA Fan

    It was a disappointing lose for Los Altos. Their defense did all they could but when the offense keeps making turnovers and going 3 and out, the defense gets tired. Their offense was just getting no production. Fumbles, penalties, dropped passes all lead to them losing. I thought the sophomore quarterback earned the start this week after getting LA the win against WestCO but they went back with their starter. He threw three interceptions and was just never in the game. Now they must win every game left to even make the playoffs. Diamond Ranch is going to be a tough task, coaches need to work on the offense, maybe put the sophomore quarterback again and let Estuardo Marcos run!

  • LA Fan

    It was a disappointing lose for Los Altos. Their defense did all they could but when the offense keeps making turnovers and going 3 and out, the defense gets tired. Their offense was just getting no production. Fumbles, penalties, dropped passes all lead to them losing. I thought the sophomore quarterback earned the start this week after getting LA the win against WestCO but they went back with their starter. He threw three interceptions and was just never in the game. Now they must win every game left to even make the playoffs. Diamond Ranch is going to be a tough task, coaches need to work on the offense, maybe put the sophomore quarterback again and let Estuardo Marcos run!


    Great job El Monte, and i’m sure you have the City TALKING! Not winning ARROYO since 1990, well you do the math! That win couldn’t have happened at a greater time being homecoming.

    Enjoy the win LIONS!

  • Warrior fan

    So fred does that make CH the 3rd best team in the SGV or are they still the second because they tied with number 1 but lost to number 3 which lost to number 1?

  • Serra 2012

    Next week Mater Dei is going to beat Santa Margarita (unfortunately), Amat will beat Alemany (though Amat always manages to lose coming off of their bye week), El Toro will pull it off against Tesoro (not sure this can be called an upset), and Crespi will hold on against Notre Dame (Crespi is dangerous). The Pac-5 is going to be fun this year. It’s not the same without Long Beach Poly though. Does Amat have a chance in this field assuming they make playoffs?

  • Warrior Fan,

    If you’re gonna keep Amat ahead of CO because they beat them, then you’re gonna put CO ahead of CH because they beat them.

    As far as I’m concerned, the BEST two wins in the area this season are:

    1. Amat over CO
    2. CO over Chino Hills

  • AMAT 73

    Congratulations to all the teams of the SGV win or lose for a great effort . Some damn good wins by lower tier schools who really need some respect in these rankings of the SGV when they come out next week , these kids are playing lights out ball !!!! Great win by CO , the D turns in a solid game again , congratulations to the team and SGV FOOTBALL and all the other honks .Come on Fred , why are you in shock . CH’s pass defense was suspect, and last week CO’s O put some points up big time , the CO defense is solid and has gotten better since the AMAT game . I wasn’t there last night but I thought if they made CH one dimensional they could beat them with their D .

  • Fred Robledo

    Amat 73
    I’m not shocked they won, I’m shocked at how convincing it was.

    That’s a silly question, top two-ranked teams are without a doubt Amat and Charter Oak


    Folks that’s how you give congrats! AMAT 73,YOU’RE FIRST RATE IN MY BOOK!

  • Sam Cooke

    Why is no one talking about the debacle that is the Damien Spartans. They are coming apart at the seams from the football program to the athletic director to the administration. Change is a comin’

  • Sparta??

    @sam Cooke . From what I here Damian has a very good freshman and sophomore class . MAybe they can make noise in a couple years

  • Gano lover

    For Damien fans it is not the kids that are playing bad or that you have a good fresh soph team. It is that Gano is a bad coach period. It does not help that the SGV writers can not get off Gano’s lap. Get rid of Gano

  • Sam Cooke

    Question is – Will Gano be around to coach them? Will Carroll ever be put out to pasture? Can the principal survive the chaos? I’m betting all 3 happen soon

  • Gano lover

    The best coach for the job is Butch Goncharoff. if i were a damien alum contact this guy asap. orange lutheran turnded him down. this guy will shake up balance of power in california not just san gabriel valley. If you want a state championship . His record is 87-7-0. If anyone can beat de lasalle he can. He coaches at Bellevue high school from Washington.

  • Gano lover 1

    For sure Gano is going down with the ship.
    He made no changes, except a dumb one at offensive line, after the los alamitos butt whooping. He won’t make any other changes becuase he lost his ability to be a good coach. He has a lap dog Offensive coordinator, a bunch of glendora kids as his starters. whether his boys perform or not, they keep their jobs. there is no change in this guy

    good by and good riddance gano.(

    the only reason the spartans scored again in the 3rd quarter was that Ayala put their second string in. Gano stayed with his starters all night. Pathetic.

  • Gano lover

    Butch Goncharoff Butch Goncharoff Butch Goncharoff Butch Goncharoff is best coach to replace Gano !!!

  • If it’s broke, fix it!

    It’s only gonna get worse for Damien. They still have CO, Chino Hills, and an improved South Hills team remaining on their schedule. It seriously looks like they’re gonna lose all those games if not more. If Gano isn’t gone by the end of the season, that would seriously show just how much Damien doesn’t care about its football program.

    Things aren’t looking good on the lower levels either. The freshman team lacks in size and athletes. They’re getting beat by mediocre schools that they should be beating. The culture there has changed and this new, soft approach, no conditioning cause its “too hard on the boys” mentality is not cutting it and it’s evident on the playing field on all levels! They need to clean house with the current staff and start from scratch.

    That Bellevue coach would be nice but realistically there’s only two chances of getting him. Slim and none. How about Jim Kunau, the former coach at Orange Lutheran? He has an impressive record (182-52-3), he’s a proven winner (13 league titles in 19 years, won CIF SS title twice), and he’s available! Damien wouldn’t have to lure him away from another program. Just throwing a name out here, just some food or thought.

  • Sparta???

    Is sophomore AAron Gonzalez on the varsity team at damien . He was impressive last year on freshmen team . Also a receiver named Mackenzie I believe his name was. There was also a food running back on that freshmen team . Have not heard about any of these promising players at Damien .

  • Damien Lover

    Realy……… Damien has close to sixty kids on the field, 22 play and ganmo has only one page of plays. Turn the page Gano! If you don’t have a page 2, mail it in and give someone else a chance….Don’t wory it’s the latest Damien epidimic, “to quit,”not we will return again, like Damien’s Alma Matter says….By the way after the game thatsthe only part we hear, the kids have no pride. Do you blame them?

  • Hey

    Salter or Bogan will be the next Damien coach.

  • You’reOnDrugsSpartanville

    You Damien fans are on drugs if you think a STELLAR coach from Washington who knows how to beat De La Salle would come down here to coach any of our pissant teams. Freaking delusional!

    Corona Centennial, VIsta Murietta, Mater Dei, Santa Margarita… maybe just maybe, but 90% effin NO WAY. Damien has NO CHANCE OF EVER going up against CDLS. EVER!!!! Besides that, not only is California a $#!+hole to live in, taxes are outrageous, qualty of life is piss poor compared to the Northwest.

    It’s ok to dream, but dayum, that’s more than dreaming. That’s borderline drug overdose.

  • Joe Amat

    It’s my opinion that Steve Bogan (who is a great man and role model for young kids), as a pretty strict Evangelical Christian, would never step foot on a Catholic School campus. Oaks is a little too big time, and the new Christian School in Yorba Linda has been put on hold. More apt to give the Maranatha thing a go again, or something like the Western/Ontario Christian jobs. Just the impression I got from 2007/8 conversations when we had our last opening.

    Also, as good a fit as Tim Salter is, he has a couple/few more years before he reaches 20 years at Upland. Not sure of he got any years from his time at Schurr, but he’d be crazy to walk away from any big public school pension jump. After 20 he could double-dip and I really could see that happening.

    As for Gano’s “2nd page” , there are some pretty good teams that survive on a simplistic play book. You just have to be demanding and do those things pretty damn well. Unfortunately, the Spartan contingent is not so happy with “demanding”

  • Damien Lover

    Gano…I ask you why, after the Los Alamitos would you tell the kids in the locker room it’s all your fault Damien lost and it was because of your coaching. You followed the comment by ststing now you were going to go back to your old style of coaching making everyone participate in severe hitting drills to the “point some kids are going to quit the team”. Should’nt you have done that during two a day’s? Or at least before you started league play. I don’t know why you want the kids to quit you are the coach who recrutied the kids from the other schools( Glendora, etc…). Since wee on the subject, I think it sucks you are paying the tuition for the kids you brought in with the additional fees you charge the other players that you have standing on the sidelines. YOu also promised the team yo uwould beat Ayala, that did’nt happen, whats your next promise. Just promise your going to resign, so we can move on………….


    Damn Damien better not miss the playoffs. If they do these Damien fans will go insane!

  • 12th man

    A few complaints from some angry parents won’t induce any type of Termination or resignation….A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions..

    Coaching is nothing more than eliminating mistakes before you get fired:
    Lou Holtz

  • To the 12th man

    if you know one of those modest men, who exceeds in his actions, please send him to damien so we can give Gano the boot. He is a pompas ass.

    Thanks 12th Man.

  • Please no Bogan

    Bogan? Hell no! Replace Gano with his Catholic hating buddy? That will go over great. This is the same Bogan who believes Catholics won’t go to heaven right? That would be a winner.

    There has got to be a younger Damien guy out there that will coach with some intensity, knows the school culture, and will get those kids to play at a higher level.

    Please not another public school retread!

  • Damien Breakdown

    The Damien season is done. The principal was removed Friday. Gano is next. His back alley deals and poker games to replace lost scholarship funds is like St. Bernard. Gano has no respect from alum/booster/parent. He accepted money to play certain kids. He allows the investors to walk the sidelines. Coaches kids playing over real starters had costly turnover on special teams and block in the back call that reversed a touchdown @Ayala game. Gano will go down with the ship due to these bad decisions. The QB averages three turnovers a game (5 @ Ayala). We are 2-3, time to give change a try. Why are we not seeing Sternquist or Armstrong playing? Both had big plays in the end zone but when it didn’t matter. I could pick this apart all day. No one can defend this guy now. Done hearing about what this guy has done in the past. Look at the present.

  • Damien breakdown said:

    Damien Breakdown,
    Those two touchdown drives were set up by getting the running game going. The converted 1st downs by the run not by trying to complete 30+ yard passes. Again, you have to be able to run between the tackles for those 3-5 yard gains to keep the defense honest. The defense has to many kids playing out of position. Damien has a lot of talent, but they are not being utilized.

  • Damien Breakdown

    @Damien Breakdown said-Establishing the run game would have been the way to go. This would require the following: Game time adjustments, more than three play calls and coaching.

    There is talent and there is hype. That is where coaching comes in. Seeing through the smoke screens and seeing who is for real and who isn’t. Game time is the only time that matters.

    The question is how long do we justify staying with the same people, plays, mistakes? It’s football. The players who perform, play. Players who make mistakes get pulled until they show they want to play. Simple concept.

  • Get Real……

    Salter, Bogan, Goncharoff, Kunau, Paredes?????
    That’s some helluva list you’ve compiled there Sparta fans. Why not put Pete Carroll or Urben Meyer on there too while you’re at it cause they’re all unattainable! Why would anyone, with any coaching ability want to coach at Damien? The school is obviously not committed to winning or else Gano would’ve been fired last year. The parents bitch and complain that freshman coaches were too hard on the kids last year and didn’t play everyone so you fire all your coaches?? That was a good staff who taught the kids tough, hard nosed football fundamentals. They were League Champs and compiled a record of 9-1 and they get fired? How’s your freshman team doing doing these days? You want a top tier coach then be prepared to pony up big money for someone. You wanna compete and win some championships then open up your wallets and checkbooks and be prepared to pay like Oaks Christian, Crespi, Servite, Santa Margarita, etc. etc. Or you can hire some old ex-hack and be mediocre like you’ve been for the past 30 years. The choice is yours Sparta, put up or shut up!

  • Bravedad

    @ State Bowl Picture,

    In case you are still trying to figure out why we are so highly ranked even with the forfeits its because those loses are just that, forfeits. Maxpreps only takes what happens on the field into consideration and nobody has beat us on the field. Only one team has come close, Jordan – the #1 team in the Nation. We have some tough tests coming up but if we take care of our business we will be fine.

    And yes, our issue has been “taken care of.” It was an innocent mistake that youll never see again by Bosco. That said, can’t wait for our 10/26 game. We have other business to attend to before that game, but our 1-/26 opponent knows we have a little something special for them this season. And they know why!

  • Bravedad

    Sorry, meant the #1 team in Utah” not the nation.