Bonita’s Reggie Turner has come a long way since the Smudge Fumble, dominating for the Hacienda Leading ‘Cats as they ready for West Covina

By Aram Tolegian, SGVN
Reggie Turner’s football season did not start out the way a dream senior season is supposed to.

The Bonita High School running back took a handoff in the shadow of his own end zone with his team trying to kill the final minutes of clock while holding a 36-30 lead over rival San Dimas in the Smudge Pot game.

Soon after getting the ball, Turner was stripped. San Dimas emerged with the ball on the doorstep of victory. The Saints cashed in and won, 37-36. It was a cruel trick played on Turner by the football gods.

“It was a crucial moment,” Turner said while thinking back to the play.

“Everyone was saying `Hold on to the ball, hold on to the ball’ even before I went in.

“As soon as the ball popped out, my heart just dropped. It’s really unexplainable. I felt real, real bad. All that was going through my head was apologizing to my teammates.”

Rather than being blamed or ridiculed, Turner received nothing but support from his teammates and coaches. Although the disappointment from the loss still burns bright, Turner and Bonita have moved on.

It wasn’t easy, though. Bonita went on to lose its next two games after San Dimas. But since then, Turner has become a scoring machine and at 3-3 overall and 2-0 in the Hacienda League, the Bearcats have their sights set on knocking off defending champion West Covina on Friday and putting themselves on the inside track to a league championship.

“It’s the most important game to date,” Turner said. “And it might be the most important game of the season. We just have to treat it like it’s the Hacienda League championship, because for the most part it is.”

It’s no secret what the Bearcats will do on Friday night in order to beat the Bulldogs. A steady dose of Turner has been the recipe that’s led Bonita to three consecutive blowout wins and Turner to some pretty amazing stats.

Turner has scored 13 touchdowns in the last three weeks. Six of those came against Rowland. He now has 18 total touchdowns for the season to go along with 676 yards rushing.

“He’s obviously doing some things right for us and he’s obviously the guy who we want the ball in his hands,” first-year Bearcats head coach Adrian Medrano said. “He wants that to be on his plate, too. He wants to be getting 20 carries a game, at least. And to be honest, that’s not exactly happening every game, but he’s getting the ball thrown to him and he’s playing some defense for us in spot situations.”

Turner has been a key contributor for Bonita for the past three seasons. He was too good, even as a sophomore, to not play a huge role on the Bearcats’ CIF-SS Southeast Division runner-up team.

Last season, Turner’s role grew even more as he was counted on, along with Cameron Griffin, to carry the offense while also playing defense.

Now, Bonita is riding its best player for all he’s worth and that’s just fine for Turner. The season may not have started out as planned, but Turner is threatening to end it in smashing style.

“Mistakes just happen,” Turner said. “I didn’t think it would ruin my season, but I thought people would be pointing the finger at me. I actually got a lot of support. Nobody really pointed the finger. Well, not to my face, at least.

“I got support from all my teammates. None of them were mad at me. The coaches weren’t mad at me. It’s my last year playing high school football and I’m trying to get a scholarship. This is my last shot right here to beat West Covina, not just for me, but for the previous teams.”

Win or lose on Friday, there’s still plenty of time left for Turner to leave his mark. But he knows that with a win, the Bearcats can start thinking about bigger goals, like an extended playoff run.

“A league championship would be awesome,” Turner said. “It would be a pretty good end to my senior season, but a Southeast championship would be the perfect ending.

“I definitely think as a team, if we play our best football, we can compete with anyone in the Southeast and go to the championship.”

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Mission Hills Meltdown: Bishop Amat should have beaten Alemany in 2010, but self destructed in the final minute of the half when Alemany’s Hail Mary was Amat’s Fail Mary

Both teams were 9-0 and 3-0 and fighting for the Serra League title in 2010, but of course, Alemany won and never looked back, a perfect 9-0 since joining the league in 2010 with two league titles. Amat had its chance to win that night, but blew it with one of the most self-destructive final 44 seconds of a half I’ve ever seen. It was truly stunning, the Mission Hills Meltdown. Amat was in control and led 17-14 after a go-ahead touchdown with 44 seconds left. I started walking to my computer to write-up the first half when Alemany blitzed down the field, throwing a bomb and then scoring on a four-yard pass play to take a 21-17 lead with 17 seconds left. Then Alemany did an onside kick, got the ball back and threw a “Hail Mary” as time expired to go up 28-17 at halftime. It was game, set, match right there. Amat never regained their swag, momentum and eventually lost 38-30. People are going to say Alemany was better that night, I’m not sure that was the case. They were certainly more opportunistic and even lucky. Check out the highlights from the Inland Insider. Amat heads back to Alemany on Friday at 7 p.m., and we’ll be there too.

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PrepXtra Rewind: La Salle coach Russell Gordon and QB Austin Wallis. Plus, the Scouting Guru breaks down the Serra and two-minute drills

La Salle coach Russell Gordon, “We feel like we can play with anyone in the San Gabriel Valley.”

Opening: La Salle coach Russell Gordon and quarterback Austin Wallis. The Lancers are 6-0 after winning one game in two previous seasons. Gordon’s thinking big, hoping to schedule the area’s best next season, and that includes anyone, including Monrovia, St. Francis, Muir or even some of our heavyweights on the East side.

18:30 mark: The Scouting Guru joins us to talk about the Serra League, plus two-minute drills on Bishop Amat-Alemany, Bonita-West Covina, South Hills-Charter Oak and Gladstone Duarte. In the segment Aram tells you why Bishop Amat and Charter Oak are so much better than everyone else, and I tell you why El Monte should let QB Brandon Martinez chase every record imaginable.

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Rosemead coach Marc Paramo describes El Monte’s “broken play” offense

Rosemead is not sure how to stop El Monte and quarterback Brandon Martinez. The senior is second in the Southern Section in passing with 2,265 yards and 22 touchdowns, and is chasing the East San Gabriel Valley all-time record held by Los Altos’ Mike Smith, who threw for 3,437 yards in 1982. Rosemead hosts El Monte on Friday, and here is how coach Marc Paramo describes the Lions’ offense.

“I’ll be honest, and I’m not sure this is kosher to say, but their best play is the broken play. You can’t really prepare for the broken play. It was the same thing last year; he threw jump balls and to his receivers’ credit, they went up and got the ball.” — Marc Paramo

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South Hills’ chances against Charter Oak can be described like this, “So you’re telling me there’s a chance.”

Okay, so that’s not how South Hills coach Albert Rodriguez descibed his teams’ chances against red-hot Charter Oak, the Inland Division’s fourth-ranked team. But let’s be honest, though both teams are 5-1 and 1-0, it doesn’t feel like that type of match-up. Rodriguez explains his thoughts to Aram..

By Aram Tolegian, SGVN
Both teams are 5-1, but who out there is really giving the South Hills High School football a chance against Charter Oak on Friday night?

“I get the feeling that people are kind of wondering if we should show up, huh?” first-year Huskies head coach Albert Rodriguez said Tuesday.

That pretty much sums up the court of public opinion on the game. The Huskies are in the midst of a remarkable turnaround season under Rodriguez, but Friday’s game at Charter Oak against the Chargers is where most area pundits draw the line.

It partly has to do with South Hills’ ugly, but effective, style of football. There’s nothing flashy about the Huskies. They pound quarterback Adam Goss behind a huge offensive line and hope to kill the clock while eating up chunks of real estate.

Meanwhile, Charter Oak has plenty of flash. Receiver Bryce Bobo, at 6-foot-4, cannot be covered by most high school defensive backs. Running back Aaren Vaughns is as electric a playmaker as there is in the area.

The Chargers’ defense has held every opponent to its season low in points this season.

“By watching them on tape, they’re a helluva football team,” Rodriguez said. “Defense is the first thing that really stands out to me when watching their tape. They really fly around. I know Roger Lehigh runs the defense over there and I’ve got a lot of respect for Roger.

“It seems like they’re starting to get things offensively as well, too. They definitely turned a lot of heads with that Chino Hills game last week.”

Don’t expect the Huskies to change their style for the Chargers. Their methodical way was good enough to upset Monrovia a few weeks ago when most people thought the Wildcats were too athletic for South Hills to handle.

“There’s really no secret to what we do,” Rodriguez said. “We run the football and get first downs. The more important thing is as we’re moving the chains and running the clock, we’ve got to come up with touchdowns.

When they do get the ball, we have to limit their big plays. They do have big-play opportunity guys. It’s easier said than done, but going in, that’s the plan.”

The Huskies have been doubted just about every step of the way this season, but they’ve actually turned that into motivation. Whether that’s enough on Friday against a team like Charter Oak remains to be seen.

“We’ve had kids who have left our place to go over there,” Rodriguez said. “The frustrating thing is that a lot of their top-notch players the last couple years have been South Hills guys and in our program, so we have a little bit of a chip on our shoulder, without a doubt.

“But we don’t want to make it too much bigger than what it is. Without a doubt, these kids are looking forward to playing Charter Oak. But you don’t want to go out there so excited that you come out tight.”

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Girls Volleyball: La Puente whips Gladstone … again; St. Lucy’s sweeps aside Chino Hills

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La Puente maintains ownership in Montview, beats Gladstone
By John Honell
The La Puente High School girls volleyball team took a huge step Tuesday toward its fifth consecutive Montview League title.

The Warriors (10-3, 7-1) avenged their only league loss of the season with a 25-21, 22-25, 25-22, 25-11 win as the teams began the second round of league play.

“We just had too many errors in that fourth game,” Gladiators coach Jeff Devine said. “We came back in that second game and were close in the other two but we just lost control of it in that last game.”

St. Lucy’s 3, Chino Hills 0
[St. Lucy’s remained unbeaten in league as the Regents ran their record to 4-0 and 11-5 overall with a 25-10, 25-21, 25-13 sweep of the Huskies. Chino Hills fell to 14-7 overall and 2-2 in league. St. Lucy’s senior captain libero Arden Davis played an strong game as she recorded 14 digs and one ace. Senior left outside hitter Vanessa Caustrita added 10 kills, two blocks, two digs and two assists while junior left outside hitter Veronica LaPierre had nine kills and nine digs. Sophomore setter Juliet McClure had 28 assists, 10 digs, four aces, two kills and one block. For Chino Hills, sophomore left outside hitter Meghan Burzzerio led the way with 17 kills and 14 digs.
Senior setter Shelley Anderson added 18 assists, 10 digs and six kills while senior libero Kiana Hayashida had 13 digs..

Ayala 3, West Covina South Hills 2
Erin Clark dished out 49 assists as the match went all five games with the Bulldogs coming out on top 25-10, 14-25, 25-17, 21-25, 18-16. Danielle Giltner led Ayala in kills with 17. Ayala improves to 10-6 overall, including 3-1 in league.

Claremont 3, Charter Oak 0
Ariana Holmes had 14 kills and nine digs for Claremont (6-2, 2-2). The Wolfpack will host Ayala on Thursday.

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Alemany likely missing linebackers for Amat

Alemany likely to miss key linebackers for Friday’s game vs. Bishop Amat, Daily News reports: Injured Alemany linebackers Rene Deleon and Deyon Glass did not play in a 49-42 win over Notre Dame, and both could be out for the season after getting hurt one week earlier against Norco. Deleon has a high ankle sprain, and Glass has a knee injury. “The tough part is they both play the same position,” Alemany coach Dean Herrington said.

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


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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Girls Volleyball Rankings, plus St. Lucy’s at Chino Hills and La Puente at Gladstone tonight

Above: Los Altos’ Fabiana Rosas has helped lead the Conqs to a 6-0 start in the Hacienda

1. St. Lucy’s (10-5) – Gets rival Chino Hills tonight, but probably just another Sierra League win for the Lucy’s. Ayala already tenderized them.
2. Ayala (8-6) — Everyone keeps telling me I have it all wrong, that Ayala is the second best in the area. See, I’m listening.
3. Chino Hills (14-6) – Not what it use to be, but still very good. It took Ayala five-sets to beat them. Maybe St. Lucy’s will bring out their best.
4. San Dimas (6-1) – Emily Pincin and Jene Lee had huge games in the five-set win over Northview. The Vikes rallied from two sets down, but the Saints won the fifth 17-15 to take over first in the VVL.
5. Los Altos (11-2-1) – The Conquerors are rounding into form and are a perfect 6-0 in the Hacienda. They have a big test against Diamond Bar on Thursday.
6. Northview (13-3) - The Vikings thought this was the year to knock off San Dimas, but will have to wait until they meet them again in a couple weeks.
7. Claremont (7-4) - Unless they can beat Ayala, St. Lucy’s or Chino Hills, say goodbye to their playoff chances. That’s life in the Sierra.
8. Bishop Amat (7-5) - They looked good in the preseason against teams they were obviously better than. But reality is setting in now that they’re 0-2 in the Del Rey.
9. Gladstone (17-4) – The Gladiators get La Puente at home tonight for sole possession of first. If you haven’t been to one of these games, show up, the emotions run high.
10. La Puente (9-3) - Beat Azusa last week to force a tie at the top with Gladstone and the Aztecs, all with just one loss. The Warriors are the defending league champs and want to prove they can win another at Gladstone.

1. Laguna Beach, 2. St. Lucy’s, 3. Thousand Oaks, 4. La Salle, 5. El Dorado, 6. Valencia (Valencia), 7. El Toro, 8. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, 9. Capistrano Valley, 10. Hart.
1. Sage Hill, 2. St. Margaret’s 3. La Sierra, 4. Nipomo, 5. Aquinas, 6. San Gabriel, 7. Crean Lutheran, 8. Ontario Christian, 9. Northview, 10. San Dimas
1. Pacifica Christian, 2. Bell Jeff, 3. Frazier Mountain, 4. St. Anthony, 5. Gladstone, 6. La Puente, 7. Downey Calvary Chapel, 8. Milken Community, 9. Laguna Blanca, 10. Nordoff

Big Games Tonight
Sierra League
St. Lucy’s at Chino Hills, 5:30 p.m.
Ayala at South Hills, 5:30 p.m.
Montview League
La Puente at Gladstone, 5:15 p.m.
Hacienda League
Diamond Bar at Bonita, 4:45 p.m.
Del Rey League
St. Josepha’s at Bishop Amat, 6 p.m.
Valle Vista League
Northview at Covina, 3:15 p.m.

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Last time Duarte and Gladstone played for something, benches cleared, Coach Crutchfield quit, then came back

That was the season opener in 2007 with both teams hoping for a Montview League title. Duarte crushed Gladstone 34-3 in a game that was called with 3:47 left after the benches emptied. Duarte coach Wardell Crutchfield was so upset with his administration for not supporting him, he resigned only to return later in the week. Duarte finished second in league behind La Puente and the Gladiators were never in league contention again until now. Nice to see both teams back on top of their game.

Duarte (4-2, 3-0) meets Gladstone (6-0, 3-0) on Friday for first in the Montview League.

By Fred J. Robledo, SGVN
Duarte High School football coach Jason Martin knows all about the warm, fuzzy feelings area fans have for Gladstone coach Albert Sanchez.

The Gladiators (6-0, 3-0 Montview League) are off to their best start in school history in what could be Sanchez’s final year as head coach after 13 years in charge.

But don’t expect the Falcons (4-2, 3-0) to be sentimental when they line up against the Gladiators with sole possession of first place on the line Friday at Citrus College.

Duarte already has crashed one party. It ended Azusa’s 27-game league winning streak by crushing the four-time league champs, 40-14, in the league opener.

Duarte beat Gladstone 17-14 last season, and with a win over Azusa in the bank the Falcons are looking to take another big step toward their first league title since 2006.

“First off, hats off to coach Sanchez and that coaching staff,” Martin said. “Their quarterback (Kevin Amezquita) is a stud, and if you give him a chance to beat you he’s going to beat you.

“What impresses me about them, and this goes back to last year, is their continuity.

“They were a team on the verge last year and you see them putting it all together.”

The Falcons have noticed the Gladiators have started slow in almost all of their games. They’ve come from behind in five of their six wins.

Duarte has been just the opposite in starting fast and finishing slow.

“Finishing games has been a big concern to us, and obviously they’ve shown they’re great finishers,” Martin said. “You always want to jump on top of a team, but regardless of whether you have a lead or you have to come from behind, you need to learn how to finish strong.

“That’s a characteristic that they have that we’re trying to get.”

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Tribskin Pick’em: Write it down, Bishop Amat will beat Alemany, Gladstone over Duarte, Bonita over West Covina and Charter Oak over South Hills

You want Alemany, you’ve got Alemany. What’s Bishop Amat going to do?


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

Last Week: Robledo (13-4); Tolegian (13-4).
Season: Robledo (99-47); Tolegian (97-49).

Last Week:: We cancelled each other out and each had four losses. Aram and I both missed taking Damien over Ayala and Los Altos over Rowland. My other two losses were taking Chino Hills over Charter Oak and South El Monte over Rosemead. But I got Aram back with his misses, taking Pomona over Wilson and Mountain View over Gabrielino.

This week:: After saying I wouldn’t do it, I did it. I’m taking Bishop Amat over Alemany at Alemany. Something about Alemany struggling to put away Notre Dame before escaping with a 49-42 win in the final minute combined with how bad Amat wants this game after what happened the last two years has led to this. Plus, with an extra week off, if not now then when? I also struggled taking Gladstone over Duarte. The Gladiators have flirted with losing since dominating La Puente in the league opener. But I think they’ll get the wake-up call and take care of the Falcons on Friday. South Hills and Charter Oak looks great on paper. Both 5-1 and bitter rivals. But in reality, it’s Charter Oak by at least two touchdowns, maybe three. Ayala’s been great and looked great last week, but Chino Hills will take care of business after laying an egg against Charter Oak. Oh yeah, the biggie in the Hacienda. I’m going with Bonita over West Covina. The Bulldogs’ two-year reign was dented in a loss at home to Los Altos, now Bonita will take care of the rest.

This weeks games and predictions
Friday’s games

Bonita at West Covina, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bonita); Tolegian (Bonita)
Bishop Amat at Alemany, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BAmat); Tolegian (Amat)
Duarte vs. Gladstone at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Gladstone); Tolegian (Duarte)
South Hills at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. — Robledo (COak); Tolegian (CO)
Diamond Ranch at Los Altos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DRanch); Tolegian (DR)
El Monte at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Monte); Tolegian (B-Mart)
Claremont at Damien, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Damien); Tolegian (Damien)
Rowland at Walnut, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Walnut); Tolegian (Rowland)
Ayala at Chino Hills, 7 p.m. — Robledo (CHills); Tolegian (Chino Hills)
Mountain View at Arroyo, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Tolegian (Arroyo)
Gabrielino at South El Monte , 7 p.m. — Robledo (Gabrielino); Tolegian (SEM)
Glendora at Upland, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Upland); Tolegian (Upland)
Azusa vs. Workman at La Puente , 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa); Tolegian (Azusa)
Ganesha at Sierra Vista, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SVista); Tolegian (SV)
Covina at Nogales, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Covina); Tolegian (Covina)
La Puente at Bassett , 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Puente); Tolegian (LP)
Northview at Wilson, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Northview); Tolegian (Vikes)
Pomona at Baldwin Park, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bpark); Tolegian (BP)

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Damien principal Sam Pearsall resigns after 21 years and former Amat principal Merritt Hemenway takes over on interim basis

Why would we post this? Because athletics and administration go hand in hand. The future of Damien athletics is tied to its next choice to lead the school.

Press Release: I accepted the resignation of Mr. Sam Pearsall as Principal of Damien High School in LaVerne located in the San Gabriel Pastoral Region. I am grateful for his 21 years of service at Damien as a math teacher, administrator, vice principal and principal.

The positions of Principal and Vice Principal of Damien will be posted for applicants after December by the Department of Catholic Schools. Father Peadar Cronin, SS.CC. continues as President. Meanwhile I have appointed Dr. Merritt Hemenway as Interim Principal.

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El Monte’s Brandon Martinez chasing history

Go for it: My feeling on this is turn him loose. I don’t care if El Monte is up 28 in the fourth quarter, let Martinez go and chase history. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime to have a season like this, if anyone doesn’t like it, then man-up and stop him. This isn’t AYSO.

By Fred J. Robledo
El Monte senior quarterback Brandon Martinez already has re-written nearly every school record, now he has his sights set on the East San Gabriel Valley’s all-time single-season passing mark, set in 1982 by Los Altos’ Mike Smith, who threw for 3,437 yards.

Arroyo’s Steven Rivera, who became the San Gabriel Valley’s career passing leader with 8,295 yards and 91 touchdowns (2008-11), is second all-time in the East San Gabriel Valley after throwing for 3,408 yards and 38 touchdowns last year.

The all-time San Gabriel Valley record was set in 2002 by Muir’s Richard Irvin, who threw for 4,061 yards behind quarterbacks coach and offensive guru Steve Clarkson. The state record is held by Folsom’s Tanner Trosin, who threw for 5,185 yards in 2011.

Martinez, second in the CIF-Southern Section in passing, threw for 386 yards and six touchdown in last week’s 38-21 win over Arroyo to push his season total to 2,265 yards and 22 touchdowns with four games remaining plus the playoffs.

Martinez is averaging 377 yards and at that pace, he could eclipse 3,700 yards by week 10.

If Martinez gets extremely hot, he could be within reach of the CIF-state record for passing yards in a 10-game regular season.

Modesto Downey’s Jason Lee holds that distinction, passing for 3,972 yards in 2009 to set the record in a 10-game season.

Martinez is second in the Southern Section behind El Toro senior Conner Manning, who leads everyone with 2,939 yards and 30 touchdowns.

Martinez is also 20 touchdowns shy of the all-time SGV mark for touchdown passes in a season. Bishop Amat’s Pat Haden (1970) and Los Altos’ Aguilar (2000) share the record with 42.

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Just Tribbin on Coach of the Year: Phat Albert’s leading the way for Gladstone and South Hills

The early list of coach of the year candidates are plentiful. Anything can happen over the next several weeks, but the early contenders are worth noting, and for the fun of it, I’ll rank the TOP TEN.

Above: First-year coach Albert Rodriguez has a huge game against Charter Oak on Friday. Both teams are 5-1.

1. Albert Sanchez, Gladstone — In what might be his final season he’s having his best season ever and the Gladiators (6-0) are off to their best start in school history. But are they hanging by a thread? A 10-0 regular season would be remarkable for a team that had key players quit before the season.

2. Albert Rodriguez, South Hills — Another truly remarkable story. Nobody, and I mean nobody, would have pegged the Huskies to be 5-1. Not after the firepower they lost last year and replacing legendary coach Steve Bogan. Few still expect the Huskies to make the playoffs in the Sierra, but if they knock off Charter Oak this week, and that’s a big if, move Rodriguez to the front of the line.

3. Randy Reams, Ayala — Nobody expected a 3-7 team from last year to be 5-1 and a serious threat to win the Sierra League title. He’s done an unbelievable job and if they beat Chino Hills this week, his stock soars.

4. Steve Hagerty, Bishop Amat – This wasn’t supposed to be the year the Lancers went undefeated. Not with Jalen Moore, Rio Ruiz and Zach Shay graduated. Not with games against Chino Hills, Servite, Charter Oak, La Mirada and St. Paul. But they’ve done it again, their best start since …well, 2010, when they started 9-0.

5. Joel Sanchez, El Monte – One of the hardest places to build a winner, Sanchez finally has one. They’re 4-2 and trying to win their first league title since 1979. After beating Arroyo for the first time since 1990, they’re off to a good start.

6. Lou Farrar, Charter Oak – Big Lou’s surprising us again. With Travis Santiago graduated and Kurt Scoby off to St. Paul, no way are the Chargers (5-1) competing for the Sierra League again. Turns out, they might be more dominant than ever.

7. Craig Snyder, Rowland — No way was this team supposed to be 5-2 and tied for the Hacienda League race at any point. It shows again that Snyder is truly one of the gems in the San Gabriel Valley. There aren’t many who can do as much with less.

8. Adrian Medrano, Bonita – Can remember when bloggers were calling him a “one and done” coach after starting 0-3, though two losses were close games to San Dimas and La Serna. The first-year coach has been the talk of the town since, winning three straight Hacienda league games in convincing fashion. If the ‘Cats (3-3) win league and go deep in the playoffs, he’s got a shot.

9. Jason Martin, Duarte — When you’re 3-0 in the Montview (4-2 overall) and already have knocked off four-time league champ Azusa and ended its 27-game league winning streak, you’re in the running for coach of the year honors. This might be the best Falcons team since Wardell Crutchfield was let go to “move in another direction.”

10. Jerry Lewallen, Glendora – He may round out the list, but the Tartans and Lewallen control their own destiny too. Seriously, if they somehow shocked the world and won the Baseline, he would have to be a strong, strong consideration. Walk-on coaches can’t win the Baseline can they? As is, a 3-3 start is great considering the injuries in all their losses.

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Diamond Ranch still has ownership over Diamond Bar in 50-22 win for 4-2 Panthers

By Clay Fowler

Diamond Bar High School was in a giving mood Saturday night.

After all, it was Diamond Ranch head coach Roddy Layton’s birthday.

In a game they led at the half, the Brahmas committed seven turnovers in an eventual 50-22 loss to Diamond Ranch at Ganesha High.

The Panthers (4-2, 1-1) received five of the turnovers in the second half, including two in 1:24 stretch during which it turned a one-point halftime deficit into a 33-15 lead.

Diamond Bar (2-5, 1-2) pulled within 11 two plays later but got no closer as turnovers plagued the Brahmas. (To continue click thread)

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Saturday Morning Rewind: Prep Xtra Postgame show, plus video/interviews of Charter Oak, El Monte and South Hills’ big wins

Aram and Fred discuss Friday nights blowouts, upsets and shockers …

Inland Insider Tom Kiss and Courtney Ponce have the highlights of Charter Oak’s win over Chino Hills.

Reginald Miller’s highlights of El Monte’s first win over Arroyo since 1990

Tyler Drohan’s highlights of South Hills-Claremont

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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.

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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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With Bishop Amat off, here are my Friday night Serra League predictions and order of finish

Defending league champ Alemany is only a six-point favorite at home against Notre Dame, and they’ve done well enough in a close loss to Centennial and blowout win over Norco to let me know they will handle the Sherman Oak Irish. Crespi is a 14-point favorite at home over Loyola, a game that will be much closer. Crespi’s hard to get a handle on, the only two teams they beat with winning records are from Arizona and Nevada. In fact, the only Southern Section team they faced was Westlake, wining easy last week, but Westlake isn’t Westlake. I’m still going with Crespi, particularly because Loyola’s lopsided loss to St. John Bosco just shouldn’t happen, but it did. But it’s much closer than 14 points. And for the record, here is my Serra League prediction

Prediction: 1. Alemany, 2. Bishop Amat, 3. Crespi, 4. Loyola, 5. Notre Dame.

Friday’s games
Notre Dame (4-2) at Alemany (5-1), 7 p.m.
Loyola (6-0)* at Crespi (6-0), 7 p.m.

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Thursday Final: Gladstone pulls away to beat Bassett; Covina rolls past Baldwin Park

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Covina in total control, shuts out Baldwin Park
By John Honel
Rock-solid defense and another long punt return for a touchdown by Mike Peters sparked the Covina High School football team to a 35-0 win over Baldwin Park on Thursday night at Covina District Field.

The Colts (5-2,2-1) scored first on a 6-yard touchdown run by Shazeb Mallick capping a seven-play, 74-yard drive with 3:59 left in the first quarter.

Mallick carried the ball 14 times for 79 yards and two touchdowns.

Gladstone pulls away in second half to remain unbeaten
By Garrett Fisch
Unbeaten Gladstone High School started slow but got its act together to beat Bassett 44-22 on Thursday night in a Montview League football game at Citrus College.

The Olympians’ defense started the game strong as it forced the Gladiators into intentionally grounding the ball in the end zone, resulting in a safety.

After the ensuing free kick, Bassett quarterback Nicolas Colmenero hit Jamel Greenfield on a 13-yard touchdown pass to extend the lead to 9-0.

The Gladiators’ offense didn’t take long to respond as it took three plays to drive 65 yards, scoring on a 55-yard pass from Kevin Amezquita to Sergio Torres.

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Chino Hills’ 38-7 loss to Charter Oak will not be forgotten in Friday’s rematch

By Aram Tolegian
The manner in which Chino Hills saw its three-year reign atop the Sierra League end last season has not been forgotten.

Charter Oak, in its second season in the league, trounced Chino Hills, 38-7, in Week 10 to win the league championship. It was a resounding changing of the guard that head coach Derek Bub said his team has not forgotten about.

“I’d be lying to you if I said that last year doesn’t stick in the back of a lot of guys’ heads,” Bub said. “We return a lot of guys off of that team. But sometimes when you get into that revenge factor, you get a little too excited and lose sight of how you play football.

“They did a great job last year. Do I think it’s a different year? Yeah, sure.”

A simple glance at the quarterback position is proof positive that it is a different year.

Charter Oak had all-everything quarterback Travis Santiago last season, but he has since graduated. Chino Hills got the biggest impact transfer of the offseason when quarterback Matt Simko came over from Colony.

With Simko at the helm, the Huskies have the type of offense not many fans have seen around those parts in quite a while. Combine Simko with Boise State-bound receiver Jack Austin, and the Huskies are a sight to see.

Both teams have a common opponent in Bishop Amat, with Chino Hills faring much better by producing a 48-48 tie with the Lancers. Meanwhile, Charter Oak was beaten 30-14. But basing ones opinion on Friday’s game off of the Amat comparison isn’t such a great idea, according to Bub.

“I think it’s foolish,” Bub said. “If we can do it all based on score comparisons and wouldn’t have to play, then shoot, I’d be happy with that.

“I think Bishop Amat got up on them early and Charter Oak had trouble coming back. But if you watched the second half of that football game, it seemed like a much different team that comes out in the second half.”

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Covina boys cross country having best season in decades, hopes to make CIF final for first time since 1993

By Keith Lair, SGVN
Erik Starkey can remember the last time the Covina High School boys cross country team was ranked in a CIF-Southern Section poll. He was running for the Colts more than two decades ago.

In his fourth year as Covina coach, the Colts are back in the polls.

“We’ve been building toward this,” Starkey said.

Covina is ranked eighth in Division 3 heading into Saturday’s invitational in Huntington Beach.

Covina has slowly been making gains. The Colts won the Valle Vista League title in Starkey’s first season back and they won it last year, too. The Colts scored 19 points in the first league meet this season at Bonelli Park, missing a perfect score when Pomona’s Abraham Alderaca took second place behind the Colts’ Kevin Mejia. Kevin Herrera, Roman Esparza, Richard Reyes and Manny Cruz took the next four spots.

The goal now is, come November, to be competing for a CIF-SS title at Mt. SAC. The Colts came close last year, but failed to advance.

“Last year we were very confident we would make it,” Starkey said. “We had a great year and a terrific performance in the prelims. The guys were standing, stunned they did not make it.”

Covina has not been to the CIF-SS finals since 1993.

“Last year was a big deal that we get there,” Starkey said. “Not this year. Maybe we’ll win our prelim heat.

“You win league and after awhile, it’s not enough. For two years, we would go to CIF and get pummeled. We’d run great and get intimidated. But all that started to change last year. We definitely can make it.”

Starkey said he has had to change Covina’s mindset.

“The approach to get there is a little different,” he said.

Mejia has been the No. 1 runner for three seasons. He finished fifth in his Woodbridge race this year and the Colts had their second-fastest team time on the course.

“He’s gotten to the point where in the race he expects to be up front,” Starkey said. “He felt the pain of not getting (to the finals) last year. He’s leading the team and getting the guys to do workouts.”

The girls are not ranked, but they’re on their way, Starkey said. They won their league opener and also took their division title at the Bosco Tech Invitational.

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