Aram and I will go head-to-head in Tribskin Pick’em throughout the season for our annual dinner bet.
Last Week: I’ve nickled and dimed my way to a three-game lead by going 15-3 to Aram’s 15-4, picking a game for a second-straight week. We both missed taking Bonita over Diamond Bar, Glendora over Colony and Duarte over Sierra Vista, but Aram took Azusa over La Puente, and we all know what happened there. Lunch is looking good heading into Week 10, I’m thinking Petrillo’s.
This week: Great Thursday and Friday lineup, the Hacienda and Mission Valley titles will be decided, as well as playoff spots in the Hacienda. As great as Rowland’s been, West Covina is still too good and has a chance to show if it’s got any title swag going into the playoffs. Diamond Ranch and Bonita will also win, leaving three teams tied for second at 4-2. In that scenario, West Covina and Rowland get in, Diamond Ranch will have to hope for an at-large. Mark this down too, El Monte’s going to finish the job against South and claim their first title 1978. Amat, probably already has done enough to earn an at-large berth in the Pac-5, but beating Notre Dame and finishing no worse than second and possibly first if Alemany loses to Loyola is huge. It’s a first-round home game, and a more winnable first-round game. Take Amat, they hardly ever lose at home. Northview and San Dimas is the Valle Vista League title game on paper, but in reality I like San Dimas by three or four touchdowns. South Hills can finish second with a win at Chino Hills, but it’s not going to happen. With Charter Oak at Damien, we could be watching coach Greg Gano’s final game with the Spartans, and it won’t be pretty.
This weeks games and predictions
West Covina at Rowland, 7 p.m. — Robledo (WC); Aram (WC)
South El Monte at El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Monte); Aram (EM)
Bonita at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Bonita); Aram (Bonita)
Rosemead at Mountain View, 7 p.m. — Robledo (MView); Aram (Rosemead)
Diamond Ranch at Walnut, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DRanch); Aram (DR)
Notre Dame at Bishop Amat, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Amat); Aram (ND)
Northview at San Dimas, 7 p.m. – Robledo (SD); Aram (SD)
South Hills at Chino Hills, 7 p.m. — Robledo (CHills); Aram (CH)
Charter Oak at Damien, 7 p.m. — Robledo (COak); Aram (CO)
Glendora at Los Osos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Glendora); Aram (G-Hi)
Arroyo at Gabrielino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Gabrielino) Aram (Arroyo)
Gladstone at Ganesha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Gladstone); Aram (G-Stone)
Sierra Vista vs. Azusa at Citrus, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Azusa); Aram (Azusa)
Pomona vs. Covina at CDF p.m. — Robledo (Covina); Aram (C-Town)
Bassett at Duarte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Duarte); Aram (Duarte)
Workman at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Puente); Aram (LP)
Ayala at Claremont, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Ayala); Aram (Ayala)
Nogales at Wilson, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Nogales); Aram (Wilson)