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)
The Hacienda League has been completely unpredictable, but here are some safe predictions for Thursday. Bonita’s going to beat Diamond Bar to wrap up the league title at 5-1, and Diamond Ranch is going to beat Walnut to finish 4-2. The big game is West Covina-Rowland. If Rowland beats West Covina the Raiders finish tied for first, and get the second-place Hacienda League entry. West Covina would be out of the playoffs with no chance of an at-large berth. If West Covina beats Rowland there is a three-way tie for second between West Covina, Rowland and Diamond Ranch. Because of head-to-heads, West Covina would get second, Rowland third and Diamond Ranch fourth. The Panthers would probably get an at-large with a 7-3 record, but nothing’s guaranteed.
Brandon Martinez Watch
Last week: 417 yards and three touchdowns
Season Passing yards: 3,265
Season Touchdowns: 33
Season Average: 362 yards
Note: Heading into Friday’s Mission Valley League finale, Martinez needs 172 yards to catch Los Altos’ Mike Smith to become the East San Gabriel Valley all-time single-season pass leader. He is also nine touchdown passes shy of the single-season touchdown mark shared by Pat Haden and Felipe Aguilar (42), and will have an opportunity to to equal or pass them in the playoffs.
East San Gabriel Valley single-season passing record: Los Altos’ Mike Smith (1982), 3,437 yards
All-time CIF-SS single-season passing record in 10-game season: Modesto Downey’s Jason Lee (2009), 3,972 yards
All-time San Gabriel Valley single-season passing record: Muir’s Richard Irvin (2002): 4,061 yards
All-Time record touchdowns in a season: Bishop Amat’s Pat Haden (1970) and Los Altos’ Felipe Aguilar (200), 42 touchdowns
What a night in the SGV: Diamond Ranch stunned Bonita with a last second 37-yard field goal to win 34-31. That leaves Bonita and Rowland in a tie for first heading into Week 10, and a wild race for the third playoff spot. Bishop Amat’s win coupled with Alemany’s loss means if Amat beats Notre Dame next week, it will share of piece of the Serra League title. Even better, with Orange Lutheran losing to Mater Dei, Amat is all but guaranteed at least an at-large berth, even with a loss to Notre Dame in the finale. La Puente’s huge win over Azusa means the Warriors and Gladstone will likely share the Montview League title. El Monte and South El Monte’s wins set up showdown next week for the MVL league title. Even with South Hills’ win over Ayala, Damien, despite a loss tonight, is still in the playoff mix. There could possibly be a three-way tie for third between Damien, South Hills and Ayala, but South Hills is in the drivers seat. Get ready for Week 10, it could be a wild one.
South Hills 45, Ayala 27
Bishop Amat 30, Loyola 20
Monrovia 21, San Marino 16
Diamond Ranch 34, Bonita 31
El Monte 38, Gabrielino 14
La Puente 28, Azusa 7
Charter Oak 35, Claremont 0
Gladstone 49, Workman 13
West Covina 35, Diamond Bar 21
Sierra Vista 20, Duarte 14
Arroyo 21, Rosemead 10
South El Monte 31, Mountain View 0
Etiwanda 21, Glendora 14
Damien 56, Chino Hills 14
San Dimas 48, Pomona 14
Bassett 49, Ganesha 14
Los Altos 35, Walnut 7
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