Thursday Final: Paint it black! Northview rallies from 21 down to beat Covina, 31-28….Azusa routs Ganesha


By Steve Ramirez

COVINA –The Covina city championship trophy that the Northview and Covina high school football teams play for annually is not going anywhere.
The Vikings made sure of it Thursday night in the most shocking of circumstances.
Senior running back Bryan Salinas rushed for 160 yards and Jared Brito bulldozed his way into the end zone on a 25-yard catch-and-run during the middle of the fourth quarter as Northview rallied from 21 points down to score a 31-28 victory at Covina District Field to beat Covina for the second-consecutive season.
Damian Lavin rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown for the Vikings, who improved to 5-1 overall and 1-1 in the Valle Vista League. Quarterback Peter Vandereb threw for 101 yards and two scores.
Darren Torres accounted for 204 yards and three touchdowns for Covina, which slipped to 2-4 and 0-2. Pearnell Smalley IV rushed for 164 yards and a touchdown. The Colts, who led 28-7 in the second quarter, drove to Northview’s 49 with less than a minute to play. But Torres was stopped a yard short of a first down at the Viking’ 40 on a fourth-down run with 41 seconds left.
Northview coach Marcel Perez: “We just started playing like a team. (Ybarra and Salinas) really stepped it up. And (Brito) made a big play. Big players make big plays, and he’s one of our big guys. Thank God for him.”
Covina coach Joe Brown: “I give Northview credit. They kept playing. But we gave it away, plain and simple. We didn’t challenge them, like in the first half. We just didn’t do all the little things like we did in the first half. We thought we could rest on it, and in football, you can’t, especially against a good team.”
Northview’s Bryan Salinas: “We just didn’t give up. We went to the locker room and told everyone that it’s time to step up. We all did that and executed.”

Azusa 57, Ganesha 27

The Aztecs showed their ready to get back to the top of the league race with their second consecutive victory.
Jose Ledesma completed 7 of 9 passes for 177 yards and four touchdowns to lead Azusa, which improved to 3-2 overall and 2-0 in league play.
Donavon Davis rushed for 290 yards and four touchdowns for the Giants, who slipped to 1-4 and 0-2.
Azusa coach Joe Scherf: Not making the playoffs last year is right behind my kids all the time. We didn’t deserve to make the playoffs last year, but that was the first time since I’ve been head coach we didn’t make it and there is a hunger there now.”

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Our very own Clay Fowler is co-producing a feature-length documentary that explores the world of college football recruiting

Daily Bulletin and Sun sports reporter Clay Fowler is co-producing “Signing Day,” a feature-length documentary film that explores the world of college football recruiting through the stories of three football players from Summit, Claremont and Diamond Ranch High Schools. Several NFL players who are Inland Empire natives were also interviewed for the film about their own recruiting experiences, including Eric Weddle, Toby Gerhart, Anthony Munoz, Terrell Thomas and Bobby Wagner. Check out the trailer below and see more videos on its Signing Day Facebook page.

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Tribskin Pick’em: Another big week in the Hacienda; Monrovia-St. Francis ready for showdown

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
Thursday’s game

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)
Friday’s games
Hacienda League
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)
Montview League
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)

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With Antonio Hull out, Diamond Bar fired up to take on West Covina

Story: The Diamond Bar High School football team doesn’t have to look too hard to find motivation for this Friday’s game against West Covina.
The Brahmas simply need to watch and listen to teammate Antonio “Noodles” Hull in practice this week and they’ll have plenty of inspiration to get what would be a gratifying win after a controversial offseason between the two programs.
Hull doesn’t get to play in Friday’s game. He’s ineligible after his transfer from West Covina to Diamond Bar this offseason was ruled to be athletically motivated by the CIF-Southern Section after West Covina’s coaching staff challenged the move.

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Sibling rivarly between Donavon and Isaiah Davis good for Ganesha football

ganeshaStory: Seniors Donavon and Isaiah Davis admit there is a bit of sibling rivalry when it comes to who can produce the most yards for the Ganesha High School football team. Donavon is the top running back and Isaiah lines up in the backfield with him at quarterback.
Since Donavon has more opportunity, Isaiah wants to claim his passing yards too. If he does, then Donavon wants to add his kick return yards, which coach Don Cayer says is a deal Isaiah should take because no one kicks to his brother anyway.

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Girls Vollebyall: Los Altos still the team to beat in Hacienda League, bests Diamond in four sets

By Steve Ramirez
@steverramirez on Twitter
Los Altos High School was pick by most to win the Hacienda League girls volleyball title this season, and so far the Conquerors are living up to the billing.
Senior middle blocker Jeannette Mojica had 14 kills and senior outside hitter Marisa Rojo 11 as Los Altos took over first place with a 22-25, 25-14, 25-20, 25-19 victory over Dimaond Bar on Tuesday.
The Conquerors, also getting six kills from senior opposite Jordan Midyette and five from sophomore outside hitter Mireya Rojo, improved to 7-2 overall and 2-0 in league play. Los Altos also won its 14th consecutive Hacienda League match after going 12-0 last season.
Junior opposite Jessica Pierce had 10 kills for the Brahmas, who slipped to 6-5 and 2-1.

Los Altos High girls volleyball defeats Diamond Bar High 3-1 October 1, 2013.  (Staff photo by Leo Jarzomb/SGV Tribune)

Los Altos High girls volleyball defeats Diamond Bar High 3-1 October 1, 2013. (Staff photo by Leo Jarzomb/SGV Tribune)

Los Altos coach Jaime Ornelas: “(The final three) sets we figured out who we could serve to, and who we could go to. We modified our defense, and the girls picked up their service. Once we pickd up that momentum, we did a lot better and the girls picked up their game.”
Diamond Bar coach Hua Li: Both teams played really well. Los Altos did better than us. We need to find out by the next match what we need to do to play well in our home game (against Los Altos).”
Los Altos’ Jeannette Mojica: “Our biggest comeptitor this year is Diamond Bar. They’ve been our focus in practice. We’re very proud of ourselves that we were able to smash them.”

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