Super 35 Rankings: Bishop Amat and Charter Oak have separated themselves from the rest

SAN GABRIEL VALLEY TRIBUNE’S SUPER 35 RANKINGS

1. Bishop Amat (5-0-1) –Undoubtedly No. 1 in the San Gabriel Valley, the Lancers embark on its real season in the Serra, opening at defending champion Alemany, who has owned them the past two years. If you can open with a league win on the road, especially against the defending champion, playoff outlook is much clearer.

2. Charter Oak (5-1) — Undoubtedly No. 2 in the San Gabriel Valley after the thorough beating it delivered to Chino Hills. Not only are the Chargers huge favorites to win the Sierra, I like their chances at a deep playoff run in the Inland.

3. Ayala (5-1) – Jordan Robinson and Co., are undefeated in my opinion. In their only loss to Kaiser, Robinson didn’t play. But if the Bulldogs are truly the real deal, they will take care of Chino Hills next.

4. South Hills (5-1) — The Huskies’ had better chances of beating Charter Oak in the two previous years in the Sierra, and still lost last year 63-28. They meet again Friday, and emotions always play a role in this, but South Hills’ offense against Charter Oak’s defense is a gigantic mismatch.

5. Chino Hills (3-2-1) — They took a left hook to their pride and an overhand right to their confidence in last week’s lopsided loss to Charter Oak. Now that their pinned in a corner, what will happen against extremely confident Ayala?

6. San Dimas (6-1) — You get the feeling the next month is just about getting ready for the Mid-Valley Division playoffs. Oh, Northview will have something to say about it the league title, but it will be more talk than anything.

7. Bonita (3-3) -- If we were ranking strictly over the past three weeks, the Bearcats would probably be No. 4 or 5. But now it gets tough at two-time defending Hacienda League champ West Covina, who would like nothing more than to knock the ‘Cats back to reality.

8. Gladstone (6-0) – The Gladiators haven’t been the most impressive undefeated team ever, but they’re still perfect regardless. Their perfect season will surely be tested over the next two weeks against Duarte and Azusa.

9. West Covina (3-4) — The Bulldogs can regain some of their swag with a win over one of the area’s hottest teams and a threat to dethrone their Hacienda League title, Bonita. But the way they’re playing, don’t bank on it.

10. Diamond Ranch (4-2) — Playing well and not out of the Hacienda League title chase. They need West Covina to beat Bonita, then take care of their own business. But look, Roddy’s Ranchers haven’t gone anywhere, they’re in contention as always.

The Rest: 11. Glendora (3-3), 12. Damien (2-3), 13. Rowland (5-2), 14. Los Altos (4-3), 15. El Monte (4-2), 16. Northview (4-2), 17. Covina (5-2), 18. La Puente (4-2), 19. Duarte (4-2), 20. Claremont (2-4), 21. Arroyo (3-3), 22. Diamond Bar (2-5), 23. Rosemead (3-3), 24. Azusa (3-3), 25. Rosemead (3-3), 26. Sierra Vista (3-3), 27. South El Monte (2-4), 28. Mountain View (3-3), 29. Bassett (2-4), 30. Walnut (1-5), 30. Wilson (2-5); 31. Nogales (1-5), 32. Baldwin Park (0-6), 33. Pomona (1-5), 34. Workman (1-5), 35. Ganesha (0-6).

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  • Colt74

    8. Gladstone (6-0) — The Gladiators haven’t been the most impressive undefeated team ever, but they’re still perfect regardless. Their perfect season will surely be tested over the next two weeks against “Duarte and Gladstone.”

    Psst..Fred…They ARE Gladstone. Get some coffee, I know it’s still early.

  • Falcon Fan1

    So when Duarte beats Gladstone does that make us the number 8 team????????
    I sure hope so…
    Let’s go FALCONS!!!

  • reality

    Watching Bonitas rise in the rankings the description of this team always seems to come with a question mark. Are they really any good? Does there clobbering three creampuffs mean anything? Do they bully the little guys but cower in a corner when punched back? This game against West Covina will help answer some questions about this version of the Bearcats. West Covina will most certainly be in the mood to punch back as their season rides on winning this game. It can make Bonita’s Reggie Turner an official nominee for player of the year and Tanner Diebold a top local QB finally getting some press. While not sporting great records this well could be the best and most meaningful game for sgv teams this year.

  • So when Duarte beats Gladstone does that make us the number 8 team????????

    No because you lost to Montclair for God’s sake!

  • Warrior fan

    Fred, love the way you worded that up their ” the Lancers embark on its real season in the Serra, opening at defending champion Alemany, who has owned them the past two years”. Keep up the great writing fred.

  • Falcon Fan1

    And Gladstone is going to lose against duarte, Sooo uhhhhhhhh?

  • Warrior fan

    I like Duarte in this one. Doesnt Gladstone have 4 or 5 comeback from behind wins this season? well if they do i just dont see one happening this week against Duarte if Duarte manages to get an early lead. With a player like Talifero and coaches like Simms and Martin im pretty sure if they have a late lead they will take the air out of the ball.

  • Not So Fast My Friend

    Left hook and an overhand right is right. Chino Hills got gut checked last Friday and if they can’t or don’t fix that porous defense, then it’s not going to matter how many points they put up. And that’s just for starters. Their offense is another story. Their offensive line looks like they got comfortable with their wins against Great Oak and West Covina. But no QB worth their weight is any good when they’re getting hammered all night standing behind a line that can’t block much less control the man in front of them.

    So it becomes who shows up on Friday. Angry huskies with snarling teeth or a yapping puppy.

  • SamuelD

    Hey Reality,

    I’m also looking forward to the Bonita-West Covina game this week. I hear there are several injuries on the Bearcat side, hopefully neither has too many, I want to watch a good game.

  • JJimenez

    Sweet!!!! Rosemead is ranked twice! #23 and #25

    !!!FEAR THE MEAD!!!WAR PANTHERS!!!

  • Steven Blatt

    Once again you show no love to the Rowland Raiders..they are 5-2 and after beating los altos and diamond bar in back to back games. This only shows me you haven’t watched any of there games this season. Keep living off the past with teams that won in previous years. Live in now not in the past…Steven B.

  • DRanch Man

    @Steven B
    Rowland is getting more love this year than in years past. You are ranked ahead of Los Altos(4-3), Diamond Bar(2-5) and Walnut(1-5). Rowland’s wins against Nogales(1-5) and Wilson(2-4) do not help their case much. Not until you beat a Bonita, West Covina or Diamond Ranch, will you be rated higher. Good luck against Walnut this week.

  • reality

    Steven, dig your post man. When West Co. beats Bonita on Friday a league title will be in your grasp, who would of thought it. Those are legit teams you boys beat with legit wins on their resumes and you dominated them. The final chapter of the Hacienda is far from written and anyone in the league still has a say in how it will pan out.