Next Week’s football schedule, PrepXtra Rewind; Maxpreps Local Rankings … And tell us who we should focus on next?

Next Week’s Football Schedule
Thursday, September 5th

La Puente vs. Covina at CDF, 7:00pm
Northview vs. Gladstone at Citrus College, 7:00pm
Friday, September 6th
Ayala at Monrovia, 7:00pm
Azusa vs. Whittier at Citrus College, 7:00pm
Bassett at Mountain View, 7:00pm
Bonita vs. South Hills at CDF, 7:00pm
Chino Hills at Bishop Amat, 7:00pm
El Monte at Ontario Christian, 7:00pm
El Rancho at Diamond Ranch, 7:00pm
Ganesha at Garey, 7:00pm
Glendora at Claremont, 7:00pm
Irvine at Rosemead, 7:00pm
Lutheran vs. Damien at OCC, 7:00pm
Nogales at South El Monte, 7:00pm
Norwalk at Diamond Bar, 7:00pm
Pomona at Don Lugo, 7:00pm
San Dimas at Los Altos, 7:00pm
Sierra Vista at Baldwin Park, 7:00pm
Temple City at Arroyo, 7:00pm
West Covina at Long Beach Wilson, 7:00pm
Wilson at Rowland, 7:00pm
Workman at Keppel, 7:00pm

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Bishop Amat rallies for big 38-28 win over Santa Margarita; South Hills rocks Covina; Los Altos over Arroyo


Bishop Amat game story: Bishop Amat overcame a two-touchdown deficit and Adrian Ortega overcame two early fumbles to rebound with three interceptions and two touchdowns to lead the Pac-5s eight-ranked Lancers to a 38-28 upset over sixth-ranked Santa Margarita in the season opener at Kiefer on Friday.
“I had to come back,” Ortega said. “I had to make up for it (fumbles). I owed it to my team, to everybody.” Amat quarterback Koa Haynes returned from a so-so first half to light up in the second, finishing with 275 yards and a game-clinching touchdown to Tyler Vaughns with 1:47 left to ice it.


Tonight’s Results
Bishop Amat 38, Santa Margarita 28 – Adrian Ortega rallies and so does Bishop Amat in 38-28 win over Santa Margarita
Baldwin Park 47, El Monte 18 – QB Michael Moran helps Baldwin Park snap 16-game losing streak
Pomona 54, Garey 0 – Pomona cruises past city rival Garey
South Hills 48, Covina 7 – South Hills breaks down Covina defense in 48-7 victory
Los Altos 28, Arroyo 21 – Los Altos defense holds off Arroyo, 28-21
Diamond Bar 44, Montebello 10 — Special teams lead Diamond Bar to 44-10 win over Montebello in season opener
West Covina 35, Colony 25 — Huge statement win for the Bulldogs
Maranatha 41, Bassett 21 — Hey, it could have been worse.
Rowland 33, Nogales 28 — Rowland edges Nogales, 33-28
Wilson 22, Bosco Tech 14 — Solid win, Bosco usually tough.
Don Lugo 27, Walnut 0 — Not a good sign, could be a long season.
Diamond Ranch 33, Chino 6 — Another crushing Hacienda league win.
Keppel 22, Ganesha 18 — These aren’t your same old Aztecs.
Duarte 28, Valley Christian 24 — Huge win for Falcons …Montview favorites?
Riverside Notre Dame 42, Workman 6 — Could be another long season for the Lobos

More Amat Highlight Video from Friday

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Breaking News: Jake Payton cleared to play for Bonita

Former San Dimas running back and Valle Vista League MVP Jake Payton who left San Dimas for Upland in the spring before transferring to Bonita last Friday, has been cleared to play for Bonita by the CIF-Southern Section with a valid change of address. Payton was declared ineligible at Upland because San Dimas challenged citing athletic motivation. It appears San Dimas did not challenge Payton’s move to Bonita. That’s right, the Smudge Pot is on tonight!

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Bonita gives San Dimas a Smudging, 33-13; Northview routs Ontario, 40-0

Tom Kiss’ video highlights

Photo Gallery, Bonita vs. San Dimas


Bonita gets back Smudge: There was no fantastic finish at the 41st Smudge Pot game between Bonita and San Dimas High schools.
That’s the way the Bearcats, who were on the wrong side of an amazing ending last season, like it.
Tanner Diebold threw for 255 yards and three touchdowns and Bonita shut down the Saints’ usually high-powered offense and the Bearcats earned some redemption from last season with a 33-13 victory over San Dimas

Northview opens season in rout:
Rookies are not supposed to do what Peter VanDerEb did Thursday night. Making his first start in his first high school football game, the Northview High School quarterback passed for 161 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Vikings to a 40-0 victory over Ontario in the season opener for both teams at Covina District Field.
Smudgepot Boxscore
Bonita- 14 12 0 7- 33
San Dimas- 0 6 7 0- 13

Scoring plays:
1st Quarter

Bonita: Tanner Diebold to Thomas Loy- 46 yard reception (PAT no good) 10:54
Bonita: Jacob Karim 49 yard fumble return (PAT no good) 10:30
Bonita: Defense- Safety :04
2nd Quarter
Bonita: Tanner Diebold to Danny Gelalich 57 yard reception (PAT no good) 11:42
Bonita: Jake Payton 93 yard run (PAT blocked) 7:46
San Dimas- Erick Ware 20 yard run (PAT no good) 4:08
3rd Quarter
San Dimas- Fausto Martinez 22 yard run (PAT good) 5:53
4th Quarter
Bonita- Tanner Diebold to Christian Ramos 8 yard reception (PAT good) 5:04

Thursday scores
Bonita 33, San Dimas 13
Northview 40, Ontario 0
Sunny Hills 28, Pioneer 20
Calvary Chapel 19, Sage Hill 7
Cypress 28, Lakeside 14
Godinez 32, Santiago 30
Magnolia 41, Glenn 20
Ramona 38, Rubidoux 28
Yorba Linda 21, El Modena 7
Yucaipa 30 Chaffey, 6

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Sneak Preview in Thursday’s PrepXtra: SGV Tribune preseason All-Area Football Team

QB — Koa Haynes, Bishop Amat, Sr.
RB — Avery Duffus, Rowland, Sr.
RB — William Bryan, Diamond Ranch, Sr,
WR — Cordell Broadus, Diamond Bar, Jr.
WR — Kanya Bell, Diamond Bar, Jr.
OL — Jordan Austin, Claremont, Sr.
OL — Frank Vierra Jr., Bishop Amat, Sr.
OL — Mike Green, Chino Hills, Sr.
OL — Marco Garcia, West Covina, Sr.
OL — Dominic Johnson, South Hills, Sr.
ALL — Estuardo Marcos, Los Altos, Sr.
K — Tristan Vizcaino, Damien, Sr.

DL — Eric Prevost, Charter Oak, Sr.
DL — Christian Moran, Bishop Amat, Sr.
DL — Kammy Delp, Diamond Ranch, Sr.
DL — Christian McQueen, Bonita, Sr.
LB — Anthony Camargo, Bishop Amat, Jr.
LB — Dillon Fink, Glendora, Sr.
LB — Joe Provenzano, Damien, Sr.
DB — Chazz Eldridge, Chino Hills, Sr.
DB — Mitchell Giles, San Dimas, Sr.
DB — Sidney Jones, West Covina, Sr.
DB — Donavin Washington, Charter Oak, Sr.
P — Jose Valdivia, Arroyo, Sr.

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Breaking News: Jake Payton transfer status to Bonita changed to “under review” on CIF website

Could former San Dimas running back and Valle Vista League MVP Jake Payton be eligible at rival Bonita in time for Thursday’s Smudge Pot? Payton left San Dimas for Upland in the spring before transferring to Bonita last Friday. Bonita filed the paperwork to CIF and is waiting on San Dimas, the last school Payton played for, to sign off or challenge because of athletic motivation, as it did in Payton’s move to Upland, which led to his ineligibility because of an athletically motivated transfer. CIF’s website this morning changed Payton’s status from “pending” to “under review.” So, all I can say is, stay tuned.

9:05 update: Just got a text from CIF-SS spokesperson Thom Simmons who wrote Payton’s status is “under review” because they’re missing necessary paperwork. Hmm, wonder who hasn’t turned it in. Your guess is probably the same as mine.

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West Covina ready to go

By Steve Ramirez, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
West Covina High School has been the most-consistent football program in the CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division in recent years.

The Bulldogs won back-to-back division titles in 2010-11 and advanced to the semifinals last season. But despite being a big-time player in the division, no one views West Covina as the favorite for a championship run in either the Southeast Division or in the Hacienda League.

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CIF Preseason Football Polls: Charter Oak No. 5 in Inland; Amat No. 8 in Pac-5; San Dimas No. 5 in Mid-Valley

forsalePac-5 Division
1. Long Beach Poly, 2. St. John Bosco, 3. Mater Dei, 4. Mission Viejo, 5. St. Bonaventure, 6. Santa Margarita, 7. Alemany, 8. Bishop Amat, 9. Oaks Christian, 10. Crespi.

Southeast Division
1. Downey, 2. La Mirada, 3. La Serna, 4. Norwalk, 5., Diamond Ranch, 6. Los Altos, 7. Muir, 8. Santa Fe., 9. West Covina, 10. Paramount.

Mid-Valley Division
1. Monrovia, 2. Sierra Canyon, 3. Paraclete, 4. San Dimas, 5. San Marino, 6. Bell Gardens, 7. Arroyo, 8. Northview, 9. South El Monte, 10. Montebello.

Northwest Division
1. Bishop Diego, 2. Nordoff, 3. North Torrance, 4. Compton Centennial, 5. El Segundo, 6. Carpinteria, 7. La Salle, 8. Whittier Christian, 9. Oak Park, 10. Sierra Vista.

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San Dimas Football coach Bill Zernickow and his staff cleared after shake allegations

I just spoke with Bonita Unified assistant superintendent Curtis Frick, who gave me the following statement after the District concluded its investigation of the “shake” allegations made against San Dimas coach Bill Zernickow and his staff. Zernickow has been cleared of any wrongdoing.

zernickowStatement from Frick: “The Bonita Unified School District followed the complaint procedure and principal (Michael Kelly) did a thorough investigation into the allegations brought forward by Mr. and Mrs. (Peter and Shara) Lyons.

Essentially, on two to three occasions of the spring of 2011, an assistant coach brought a blender and made shakes after weight training for a small group of position players he coached. The shakes were made with ice cream, milk and pickle relish. Some of the players did this two to three times only over multiple weeks.

Some players started bringing other food ingredients from from home, but they didn’t include them into the shakes. There were absolutely no supplements or additives added to the shakes. No players were ever forced to drink the shakes and any players with milk allergies were not allowed to participate.

“Coach Zernickow put a stop to the assistant coach making the shakes in the spring of 2011 after a parent told him of her concerns. The use of shakes did not occur after the spring of 2011.

“The principal, Mr. Kelly, has full confidence in coach Zernickow’s professionalism and integrity as he continues to serve as the head coach at San Dimas High School.”

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Tribskin Pick’em, your predictions and ours … Smudge Pot and Bishop Amat headline Week 0

The Contest: Once again, Aram Tolegian and I will go head-to-head picking football games throughout the season. He’s edged me out the past two seasons, but it’s not happening this year. He will be back from vacation on Tuesday to fill out his Week 0 picks, but why wait, here’s mine.


This week: Week 0 has been incredible with the addition of the Smudge Pot between rivals Bonita and San Dimas, who kick it off on Thursday at Citrus College. There could be added intrigue if somehow Jake Payton, who left San Dimas for Upland only to transfer to rival Bonita on Friday, is cleared by Thursday. But let’s face it, this game doesn’t need much to get the juices jangling. You want predictions? How’s this? There is no way, no way in the world I’m going against Bonita this time. They have the experienced QB in Sunshine and with Payton out and Bonita and the ‘Cats ticked off with how it fumbled away last year’s game, take Bonita. This is payback time. Santa Margarita at Bishop Amat headlines Friday’s game. As much talk as there has been about the Lancers’ returning QB Koa Haynes, the Lancers are somewhat dinged up and I’m not sure they’re equipped to take on a powerhouse this soon. I don’t expect Bishop Amat to lose any other non-league games, but I do think they loose their first. Other games of note, have to take South Hills over Covina and West Covina over Colony (barely). Also like Los Altos in a blowout over Arroyo and I expect Baldwin Park to bounce back this season with a win at El Monte. I’ve got high hopes for Diamond Bar, so taking them over Montebello

This weeks games and predictions
Thursday’s games

Bonita at San Dimas, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bonita); Aram (SD)
Ontario vs. Northview at CDF, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Northview); Aram (Nview)
Friday’s games
Santa Margarita at Bishop Amat, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SM); Aram (Amat)
Colony at West Covina , 7:00pm — Aram (WC); RObledo ()
Covina vs. South Hills at CDF, 7 p.m. – Robledo (South Hills); Aram (SH)
Diamond Ranch at Chino, 7 p.m. – Robledo (DRanch); Aram (DR)
Don Lugo at Walnut, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Don Lugo); Aram (DL)
El Dorado at Ayala, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Dorado); Aram (ED)
El Monte at Baldwin Park, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BPark); Aram (BP)
Ganesha at Keppel, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Ganesha); Aram (Ganesha)
Los Altos at Arroyo, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Los Altos); Aram (LA)
Maranatha at Bassett, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Maranatha); Aram (Maranatha)
Montebello at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DBar); Aram (D-Bar)
Nogales at Rowland, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rowland); Aram (Rowland)
Pomona at Garey, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Pomona); Aram (PTown)
Valley Christian at Duarte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Duarte); Aram (VC)
Wilson at Bosco Tech, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BTech); Aram (BT)
Workman at Riverside Notre Dame, 7 p.m. — Robledo (RND); Aram (ND)

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Breaking News: Former San Dimas RB Jake Payton makes stunning transfer to rival Bonita

paytonBy Fred Robledo
In a stunning turn of events, former San Dimas High School running back and senior Jake Payton, who transferred to Upland only to be declared ineligible by the CIF-Southern Section in July because of an athletically motivated transfer, enrolled at Bonita on Friday.

Payton had an appeal hearing scheduled with CIF on Sept. 5 in hopes of gaining his eligibility at Upland, but he apparently nixed those plans.

With the Valley’s biggest rivalry, the Smudge Pot set to kick off the high school football season Thursday between Bonita and San Dimas at Citrus College, Payton’s latest change of address should create quite a stir.

“My understanding is that he (Payton) applied for a permit at Bonita under the Allen Bill,” Bonita Unified assistant superintendent Curtis Frick said. “That is (Allen Bill) when an employee works in the district, children can attend their schools.”
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