South El Monte on El Monte: “Come Thursday, it’s going to be the No. 1 offense vs. the No. 1 defense and I guess we’ll find out if defense really does win championships,” second-year South El Monte head coach Ibis Aguilar said.

By Aram Tolegian, staff writer
While El Monte’s high-flying offense and all-everything quarterback Brandon Martinez have gotten all the headlines this season, nobody can fault the South El Monte defense if it’s feeling a little slighted heading into Thursday’s Mission Valley League showdown against the Lions.

The Eagles are allowing a miserly 9.2 points per game and it’s that defense that has them in position to be league champs and prevent a major celebration by their arch-rival.

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San Dimas not taking Northview lightly, “Playing somebody that will get your temperature up a little bit is a great thing.”

By Aram Tolegian, SGVN twitter.com/ChemicalAT
It will be teacher versus pupil on Friday night when the San Dimas High School football team hosts Northview with the Valle Vista League championship at stake.

Saints head coach Bill Zernickow was the defensive coordinator at Northview in 1997 when then-standout linebacker and current Vikings head coach Marcel Perez was in his senior season.

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Two-Minute Drill: Notre Dame at Amat

CIF-SS PAC-5 DIVISION POLL
1. St. Bonaventure (8-1), 2. Mission Viejo (9-0), 3. St. John Bosco (5-4), 4. Mater Dei (7-2), 5. Santa Margarita (8-1), 6. El Toro (9-0), 7. Oaks Christian (8-1), 8. Alemany (7-2), 9. Bishop Amat (7-1-1), 10. Notre Dame (6-3); Others Long Beach Poly (6-3), Westlake (6-3), Crespi (8-2), Orange Lutheran (6-3).

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