Aram Tolegian and I will go head-to-head picking football games throughout the season. He edged me out the past two seasons, but it’s not happening this year, not when we’re playing for a Slater’s 50-50 burger.
Aram Tolegian (11-8, last week); (68-37, season total)
Fred Robledo (13-6, last week); (71-34, season total)
Last week: I picked up three games on our football expert by going 3-0 in the Hacienda while he went 0-3. Enough said.
This week: The biggest game is from the West San Gabriel Valley so we might as well pick it. I’ve got St. Francis and have been saying for weeks they won’t lose to Monrovia two-straight years. Golden Knights coach Jim Bonds won’t let it happen. Period, end of story. In the Hacienda, I like Diamond Bar and Diamond Ranch to continue on its collision course with victories over Los Altos and West Covina, respectively. Covina and Northview go at it Thursday night in what should be a close game, but I like the Vikes to bounce back after last week’s loss to San Dimas. It’s too bad Glendora doesn’t face Bishop Amat because they’ve beaten every other top local contender and will do so again against South Hills at the District. In somewhat of an upset, I like Damien to bounce back and beat Los Alamitos at home.
This week’s games and predictions
Ganesha vs. Azusa at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa); Aram (Azusa)
Covina vs. Northview at CDF, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Northview); Aram (Northview)
Bonita at Rowland, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bonita); Aram (Bo-High)
Los Altos at Diamond Ranch, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DRanch); Aram (Roddy)
West Covina at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DBar); Aram (D-Bar)
Gladstone at Bassett, 7 p.m.
Sierra Vista at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Puente); Aram (LP)
Workman at Duarte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Duarte); Aram (Falcs)
Valle Vista League
Baldwin Park at Nogales, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Baldwin Park); Aram (BP)
Wilson at San Dimas, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SDimas); Aram (SD)
Arroyo at La Canada, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Aram (Arroyo)
Ayala at Kaiser, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Ayala); Aram (Ayala)
Bishop Amat at Culver City, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bishop Amat); Aram (Amat)
El Monte at Bell Gardens, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BG); Aram (BG)
El Toro at Claremont, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Toro); Aram (ET)
Glendora vs. South Hills at CDF, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Glendora); Aram (Glendora)
Los Alamitos at Damien, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Damien); Aram (D-High)
Los Osos at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Los Osos); Aram (LO)
Mountain View at Maranatha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (MView); Aram (MV)
South El Monte at San Marino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SMarino); Aram (SM)
St. Francis at Monrovia, 7 p.m. — Robledo (St. Francis); Aram (M-Town)
Temple City at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rosemead); Aram (Rosemead)