Tribskin Pick’em: Predicting Bassett stays undefeated in Montview, Los Altos comes out on top at Bonita and Bishop Amat stays alive with win at Crespi

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 (14-3, last week); (126-52, season total)
Fred Robledo (14-4, last week); (128-50, season total)

10-4-13 DRANCH11Last Week: No blood between Aram I. We missed the same three games, taking Amat over Alemany, Bonita over West Covina and Glendora over Etiwanda. Aram also lost taking South El Monte over Gabrielino, then reminded me on Friday night after the game had been played that I forgot to make a selection on it. He could have told me before, but that’s how the betting mind of Tolegian works, he’ll steal wins any way possible. In any case, I told him I’d take the loss on it so I’m still up 2 headed into week 9.

This week’s games and predictions Best chance Amat has of getting in the playoffs are with wins over Crespi, Loyola, which would be good enough for at least a tie for third assuming Alemany and Notre Dame finish first and second. Then you still have to earn an at-large, a tough place to be in. A loss this week would eliminate the Lancers from playoff contention, but I’m not ready to write them off yet, take Amat over Crespi and the Guru. Los Altos at Bonita is a toss-up with playoff implications for both and others trying to sneak in, such as idle Diamond Bar, paying the price for last week’s brawl with a forfeit to Rowland. Los Altos has been the most consistent and needs to show an ability to win big games, which is why I’m taking them. It’s time. The Bassett story is an exciting one. Here’s a team that started 0-3 and you’re thinking, typical Bassett season. But they’ve run the table in the Montview and are 5-0 heading into a showdown vs. Duarte. If Bassett wins, it likely faces Azusa next week for an all-out, winner take all for the Montview. I’m not betting against that, take Bassett.

Thursday’s games
Baseline League

Glendora vs. Los Osos at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Los Osos); Aram (Glendora)
Friday’s games
Hacienda League

Los Altos at Bonita, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Los Altos); Aram (LA)
Walnut at Diamond Ranch, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DRanch); Aram (DR)
Diamond Bar at Rowland#, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rowland); Aram ()
Mission Valley League
El Monte at Mountain View, 7 p.m. — Robledo (MView); Aram (MV)
Rosemead at Gabrielino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rosemead); Aram (Paramomead)
South El Monte at Arroyo, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Aram (Arroyo)
Montview League
Azusa at Sierra Vista, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa); Aram (Azusa)
Duarte at Bassett, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bassett); Aram (Duarte)
Ganesha vs. Gladstone at Citrus, 6 p.m. — Robledo (Gladstone); Aram (Ganesha)
Workman at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Puente); Aram (LP)
Serra League
Bishop Amat at Crespi, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BAmat); Aram (Amat)
Sierra League
Ayala at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. — Robledo (COak); Aram (CO)
Claremont at Chino Hills, 7 p.m. — Robledo (CHills); Aram (CH)
South Hills at Damien, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Damien): Aram (Damien)
Valle Vista League
Nogales at Pomona, 7 p.m. — Robledo (PTown); Aram (Pomona)
Northview at Baldwin Park, 7 p.m. — Robledo (NView); Aram (Nview)
San Dimas vs. Covina at CDF, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SDimas); Aram (SD)
#November fools

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PREPXTRA: We discuss Amat’s time management in loss to Alemany, plus Inland Insider’s highlights, interviews … So, who’s No. 1 in Trib?

justtribbinJUST TRIBBIN: One of the Just Tribbin thoughts of the weekend is who I will make No. 1 on Monday? Charter Oak, Chino Hills, Bishop Amat, Glendora, Diamond Ranch, Los Altos? Pomona? I said on the show it should be Charter Oak, even though they’re 4-4, and got clowned by Aram. Even Stevie was laughing. It’s a tough one. Your help, your thoughts?

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Alemany puts Bishop Amat on life support, 29-26; West Covina beats Bonita 26-14; Pomona remains undefeated; Diamond Ranch escapes

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Friday’s games and predictions
Baseline League

Etiwanda 35, Glendora 28 After winning five games by four points or less, odds starting to even out for Tartans.
Serra League
Alemany 29, Bishop Amat 26 Warriors blew a 14-point lead, then rallied from 12 down in the fourth to win. Amat can blame this on poor clock management and bad decisions.
Valle Vista League
Pomona 61, Baldwin Park 21 Goodness, is Pomona really this good. Even without 15 players because of suspensions they still rout Baldwin Park.
Covina 41, Nogales 6 Colts trying to stay in the playoff chase.
Sierra League
Chino Hills 52, Ayala 28Bet they’re still kicking themselves for that loss to Charter Oak at home.
Damien 28, Claremont 27 Spartans led 14-0 before you could blink, then had to hold on for dear life to pull it out.
Hacienda League
Diamond Ranch 30, Rowland 28 Despite 19 suspensions as the result of last week’s brawl, the Panthers had enough in reserve to squeeze it out.
Los Altos 37, Walnut 14 With a win over West Covina next can do no worse than second in Hacienda and could finish 9-1.
West Covina 26, Bonita 14 Bulldogs back in the playoff hunt and feeling good for the first time all season.
Mission Valley League
Arroyo 55, Mountain View 19The Vikings usually a tough out, but not tonight.
Rosemead 45, El Monte 0 Former coach Matt Koffler retires again after returning for one game and tossing a no-no.
Gabrielino 47, South El Monte 0 Not surprised by the result, surprised by the total domination.
Montview League
Bassett 42, Ganesha 14 Say it, the Olympians 5-0 in the Montview and move another step closer to big showdown for league title against Azusa in a couple weeks.
Duarte 20, Sierra Vista 15Falcons doing all it can to stay in playoff contention.
Workman vs. Gladstone: If you know the score, tell us, lol

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Smokin Hot Charter Oak routs South Hills 41-18; Azusa hangs on, beats La Puente 27-20

CHARTER OAK WINS BIG: Kory Brown threw for 414 yards and four touchdowns and the Chargers won their fourth consecutive game with a 41-18 victory over host South Hills in a Sierra League football encounter Thursday at Covina District Field.

AZUSA HANGS ON, 27-20: Azusa scored two touchdowns in a five-minute span early in the second half and hung on for a 27-20 win over La Puente on Thursday night at Citrus College.

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cabesCOVINA — Charter Oak High School’s slow start is a distant memory.
Kory Brown threw for 414 yards and four touchdowns and the Chargers won their fourth consecutive game with a 41-18 victory over host South Hills in a Sierra League football encounter Thursday night at Covina District Field.
Zion Echols also rushed for 129 yards for Charter Oak, which improved to 4-4 overall and 3-0 in league play. The Chargers also held the Huskies under 200 yards.
Adam Goss accounted for 237 yards and two touchdowns for the Huskies, who slipped to 3-5 and 1-2.
Charter Oak coach Lou Farrar: “It’s a heckuva job trying to get to .500. I’m just happy our kids have put it together. We always talk about league, and how the second five games are the important (part of the season). We’re on a drive. We’ve got our head down and we’re going to keep driving.”
South Hills coach Albert Rodriguez: “We thought we had put ourselves in good position (late in the first quarter). But you have to credit Kory Brown. He did a great job extending plays. There where times we seemed to have him, but we couldn’t get off the field on third and long.”
– Steve Ramirez
@steverramirez on Twitter

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