Diamond Ranch and Los Altos both win, leaving Diamond Bar smiling — for now

lOSALTOSWINWith Diamond Ranch beating Bonita 25-15 and Los Altos defeating West Covina 24-21, Diamond Ranch finishes undefeated in the Hacienda, going 9-1 and 6-0. Los Altos finishes second at 8-2 and 4-2. West Covina (5-5, 3-3) and Bonita (6-4, 3-3) are tied for third. Diamond Bar (5-4, 2-3) finishes with Walnut tomorrow. If Diamond Bar wins, it finishes in a three-way tie for third with West Covina and Bonita, but Diamond Bar owns the tiebreaker because of head to head wins over West Covina and Bonita, which would put the Brahmas in the playoffs. If Diamond Bar loses, West Covina finishes third because of its head to head win over Bonita. Bonita’s only chance now is an at-large. Regardless, Diamond Bar quarterback Tyler Peterson’s tweeted his thoughts after Thursday night’s outcomes

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  • Conq ’76

    Do you know if Hacegaba, is playing this week? It might make a difference in the outcome of the game, don’t ya think?

    • RealTalk

      We’ll find out Thursday night. WC without a doubt has prepared for the best team Los Altos fields. It’s going to be a GREAT GAME!!! Definitely the game of the week in the Hacienda League… I’m going to this one…

      • Conq ’76

        I’ll be there too!

  • reality

    If it breaks like it should, Los Altos, Diamond Bar and Bonita are all 3-3. Who gets in.?

    • Football fan

      Diamond bar beat bonita and West Covina, the head to head points count as 4. This would be the breaker and if it is the case, diamond bar would go.

  • 12th man

    What’s the injury report for Los Altos? QB?

    • LA Futbol

      No one seems to know…and I’m sure that’s exactly what LA wants!

      • SGVSports

        At the time of the injury coaching staff stated it could be season ending, no current updates. That being said LA coaching staff create this mess pampering their kids. The replacement, next years started had the OPTION to play JV or just watch Varsity. He picked the just watch option. The Bonita game was a direct result of giving the kid the option.

        • Conq ’76

          Appreciate that, but I wonder why Fred or Aram haven’t addressed this issue when justifying/explaing their picks?

          • SGVSports

            I think LA wants to keep West Covina guessing.

          • GP AKA Green Machine

            No team in the Hacienda is guessing….everyone is preparing as if everyone is healthy…

          • RealTalk

            As they should!!! WC vs LA is an awesome match up for a second place battle in the Hacienda. DR will handle Jake Payton’s BoHi Bearcats, so the battle is for #2 right now.

          • GP AKA Green Machine

            I would not be so sure about that in regards to Bonita. Ayala was able to snuff them because they came out flat..Fred thinks that with the Hacienda 1st place decided, DR might be on cruise control. That’s why I am going to check this game out instead of the WC LA game. For some reason, I think That WC takes care of Los Al easily. I think DR is the team that struggles tonight. If they lose tonight, and don’t get the # 2 seed. They will lose in the 2nd round. They need the easy road to the Semis. Once you get there…it’s all in the open.

          • RealTalk

            I don’t think DR will be on cruise control tonight. I think DR knows what’s at stake and WILL NOT take BoHi lightly. Simple for the fact that they’ve played LA (the real LA) and won. They saw what BoHi was able to do with LA (minus key players). And just out of precaution and wanting to stay undefeated in the Hacienda they will bring their A game. Just my opinion. Either way both games should be exciting. #HaciendaLeagueDrama

          • GP AKA Green Machine

            You could be right. Bohi has the other top back in the league Payton….I want to See DR’s Back as well. It’s going to be a good one for sure.

          • New York

            Just hope the players and coaches don’t read your posts about Los Altos being depleted when they played Bonita…reading that will give them reason not to fully respect Bonita…

          • Nomoredrama

            I guess Dranch struggled all the way to victory, FINAL SCORE DR 25 Bonita 15

          • GP AKA Green Machine

            you were losing going into the 4th..granted Dranch played a full game and won. Congrats!

          • SGVSports

            No team in the Hacienda is preparing as if everyone is healthy ……… everyone is game planing for both options,

  • Titan_Rudy

    Heard through the Grapevine that Diamond Bar no longer has a defensive coordinator.

    • GP AKA Green Machine

      They are done…

      • Football fan

        You are wrong .they beat walnut put up 60 pts on offense. Made the playoffs

    • Football fan

      Not true

      • Titan_Rudy

        Yes True. Their Defensive Coordinator was not at the game friday night and I confirmed it with administrators at Diamond Bar myself.

        • Football fan

          You posted no longer has.which I said us not true

          • Titan_Rudy

            Yes. Im sure one of the defensive coaches got promoted for the last few games

    • knows everything

      Told you so!! Nine months ago I posted on this blog that he would never make it through the season or last more than one season and I got blasted for it by others on here. Kudos to me! Ive known and worked with the guy. He screws up and moves on to a new school. Goes back to his days at Santa Margarita. Diamond Ranch-Fired, Ayala-Fired, Chino-Fired, Diamond Bar- Fired.

  • LA Futbol

    Freddy, Aram…what game are you guys going to tonight?

  • 12th man

    Fred,
    Have you seen the crazy screen pass from Mount Pleasant High School that lasted nearly 30 seconds before they scored? Go to youtube & type in: Randolph screen pass

    • SGV 4 30 Years

      12th,

      I just checked out that play. THAT WAS SOME CRAZY SH…….”
      I will be showing is all day at work!!!!!

  • Highlander

    what game are you going to Freddie?

  • New York

    Does this Hacienda League championship represent the last realistic shot for any team other than Charter Oak to win it?

    • WCDan

      LOL, Ahh come on New York, at least give the rest of the Southeast a chance. Anyways it should be fun once again to see the Bulldogs line up opposite Charter Oak starting next season. WC should have some good years coming up if their last three freshman classes can successfully progress to the varsity level. Two straight frosh Hacienda league titles and a showdown against Los Altos on Friday for a possible third. Conqueres frosh are 8&0, while the Bulldogs are 7&1, both are undefeated in league, should be a fun game to check out,

      • New York

        Hey Dan. The Hacienda will be loaded next year. CIF should give you guys 5 or 6 playoff spots.

  • SGVSports

    Los Altos won that game due to home field advantage. They watered down the field, major impact to the game. Before the first half was over WC starting RB and lineman were both on crutches. LA’s first touchdown was directly related to the wet field also. Before the LA supporters come on this thread and deny the intent, don’t waste your time. The comment came directly from one of your coaches that this is intentional from a prior game.

    Their was an incident on the field when one of the WC coaches confronted the VP from LA while they were attending to one of injured WC players on the field.

    On the positive side, that running back at LA is very good and much faster than I originally thought. His size hurt him at times, Overall was very impressed with the way this kid ran the ball, excellent use of his blockers.

    Would have been nice to see both teams playing at full strength.

    • SGV 4 30 Years

      SGV,

      That’s funny you would comment about the field at LA. I was at a game there a couple of weeks ago. Evidently Hacienda Heights gets these isolated rain storms that the rest of the valley doesn’t get. I didn’t know this either until I spoke with one of the LA people. My first thought was that it was intentionally done to slow the visiting team down, but that could be considered bad sportsmanship. I hope for next year that the AD over there realizes that these black rain clouds over the Heights on Thursday nights are a regular occurrence, so maybe getting a tarp would keep the playing surface dry and safe for Friday night games. Or even better LA should demand that they get a turf field. Especially since another school in the district (La Puente) got theirs a few years ago.

      SGV430 OUUUTTT!!!

      • RealTalk

        SGVSports

        • 3 hours ago

        Los Altos won that game due to home field advantage. They watered down the field, major impact to the game. Before the first half was over WC starting RB and lineman were both on crutches. LA’s first touchdown was directly related to the wet field also. Before the LA supporters come on this thread and deny the intent, don’t waste your time. The comment came directly from one of your coaches that this is intentional from a prior game.

        Their was an incident on the field when one of the WC coaches confronted the VP from LA while they were attending to one of injured WC players on the field.

        • SGV 4 30 Years

          Wow,

          When I posted about the watering of the field at LA, I was half joking. I would think coaches would be aware of the field conditions well before they play there. My scouting would have alerted me to conditions. I certainly didn’t want it to take on racial overtones. For the record though corruption is nothing new to the HLPUSD, I can remember financial issues with board members as far back as the early 90′s. The only thing that actually troubles me about the field conditions is the possible injury to players.

    • Stephen Carter

      Thats crazy, because as a former DR coach, I know for a FACT that LA used to moisten the fields. However bc they do have GRASS, watering the field is justified. Football players all over the country have to adapt to the fields or turf that they play on. Its the coaches job of the opposing school to check into things like this prior to his team taking the field!!

    • Conq ’76

      How is it LA’s players are not hindered by this ploy, wouldn’t that sort of tactic also slow down the running back who was much faster than you thought he was? Just sayin’….

      • SGVSports

        It is an obvious advantage, LA plays and practices on it all year. As seen in the game last night.

        The reason why LA doesn’t have a turf field has zero to do with being unincorporated. It has to do with the school being dominated by Asians. Asians aren’t going to spend that type of money on turf. The district does have the money, millions in reserves. The Asian School Board President is also under investigation for embezzlement. He brings in Asian kids from out of the country, charging the families for the expense. The money somehow ends up in his personal account. Then the school district picks up the tab. Now the guy has the balls to go up for re-election. When ever the subject is brought up all he says is “talk to my lawyer”. That school district is loaded with corrupt employees. The administration, board, principals, etc. Please don’t get me started, shame what these kids are missing out on.

        • Conq ’76

          So, LA’s backs can run at top speed because they practice running on this field and have what, developed some sort of super-power that makes them oblivious to muddy, sloggy conditions? Really? So, by that reasoning they should actually be much faster when they run in dry conditions, wouldn’t it? But, be that as it may, I think last nights game hinged on the fact that LA got more breaks than did WC. That spot was questionable in my mind and what was the LA coaching staff thinking when all they could think to do was give the ball to Marcos on those short yardage plays when WC was literally putting 10 in the box. It was as if they KNEW that LA would not even try any play-action or a fake to him and try and run around the end. As a result, LA got stuffed. I am all for showing confidence in your offensive line, but, man ya’ gotta give them some support.

          As to HH politics, it is sad and a far cry from what the priorities were in town some 40 years ago.

          • RealTalk

            As to the advantage of the muddy field, not making any excuse. But it does make a difference when you are prepared for it. Cleats!!!. As to the breaks LA did catch a couple of major ones. LA clearly fumbled and the ref’s blew it down. And on that 4th and 1/2 a yard, REALLY REALLY BAD SPOT, game changer… But it’s football, things happen and you can’t make excuses. WC didn’t have the greatest first-half. Some questionable play calling so hopefully they make the playoff’s. I’d love to keep watching my son play a few more games.

          • Conq ’76

            I hope WC gets in also…WAY back in the day, LA, WC and SH were all competing at the very top of SoCal HS football. Its fun seeing the rivalry between the Bulldogs/(Spartans), continue. For awhile there it looked like LA was gonna drop off the map.

          • SGVSports

            All the teams that are staying in the Hacienda league will be competing for the last playoff spot (third place). With Charter Oak and South Hills(?) coming into your league next season. None of these teams can compete with Charter Oak. That is almost as bad as the Monrovia situation.

          • Conq ’76

            Yeah, don’t really understand that decision. CO competed in the new division, eventually got beat up in the playoffs, but there are teams in the PAC 5 like LB Jordan and LB Wilson who rarely if ever play on Thanksgiving who cannot escape their fate.

          • TruTH

            2014 Hacienda League, Charter Oak, Diamond Ranch, Los Altos, West Covina, Rowland, Walnut. South hills will be in the Sierra league

          • WCDan

            Conq 76, it should be a lot of fun next year when WC, LA, DR, & CO are all in the same league. It’s good to see Coach Ziola turning things around over there at Los Altos. In the future it should make for another exciting friday night to look forward too during the league season. From a fans perspective, it’s better when you have 4 or 5 tough games in league, games where you don’t know what the outcome will be, much more exciting than watching blowout wins all season.
            As for the watering of the field, I guess thats the right that the home team has, Los Altos would not be the first team to do it. They also must consider that they put their own kids at risk too.
            As for the advantage, if the visiting team has played on artificial turf all year, as West Covina has, they would be at a disadvantge because the team that practices on grass or mud fields will already have the instinct or muscle memory to be carefull on their jukes and cuts because they have been conditioned to doing it throughout the season. Case in point was when Sidney Jones slipped on the corner route, he probably ran it the way he was acustomed to running it all year on artificial turf without taking into consideration the mud on his pass route. He may have even hit a spot that transitioned from dry soil to mud. Never the less, Los Altos is a good team and deserves a playoff spot with the season they have had. Thats a good staff over there. It seems like West Co has put themselves into tough situations recently with predictability and reluctance to develope more variety in a very limited passing offense.
            With the new young qb who looks poised enough to pass from the pocket, and probably two of the area’s best run after catch recievers that we had this year (Love and Jones) it would have been nice to see some spread offense, 4 reciever sets with a quick 1 to 3 step drop passing game mixed into the game plan. Maybe lots of quick short routes at first then go mid range and longer as the qb gets into a rythm. We could have kept the wing t, I, power I, and other power run formations for inside the red zone and short yardage situations, or to just mix it up with the spread once in a while. I don’t know if all that would have worked but you don’t know if you don’t try. We had the players to do it with. Someway somehow we just gotta mix things up more, give other teams more to think about and more to prepare for. After all these years teams are on to us, some years it doesn’t matter cause we have the talent to run over them even when they know it’s coming, thats the way it was in 2010 and 2011, but 2012 and 2013 were not those kind of years.
            When we had running backs like Solomon, Fraizer, BJ Lee, and Salgado, we typicaly scored within 5 or 6 plays out of the wing t offense. We could get away with throwing only 4 or 5 times a game. Today, without those guys your looking at more like 14 or 15 play drives. So much can go wrong on 14 or 15 play drives such as fumbles, picks, penalties, or just being stopped on 3rd or 4th down. You have to have balance and variety to execute over long drives, you gotta be able to throw the ball as well as run. We saw lots of turnovers this year on these types of long drives. Lots of time used up with no points to show for it. We also saw lots of three and outs. Maybe mixing in 4 reciever sets out of shotgun would have put some quick points up for us and shortened some of those long risky drives, especially would have been helpful in games where we fell behind by a few scores and needed some quick points. We had the speed on the outside to do it with, like I said you don’t know if you don’t try.
            No offense meant to anybody, these are thoughts that come to mind when I watch frustrating games like last night. I like the team, and have always supported the program and coaches and hope more success comes their way in the future, been following WC for a long time, since 99, started consistantly going to
            games in 2001, haven’t missed very many since then, It’s been a lot of fun through the years. I have met lots of parents and enjoy going to the practices when I can and shooting the breeze with the dads and coaches that I see there. This will be the first time that WC doesn’t make the playoffs since late the 90′s if they don’t get in this year. Hopefully CIF realizes that the Hacienda is the toughest league in the Southeast division. There is no other league that has as much balance in it.

          • Come on

            It’s shameful that the Hacienda is being broken up. In 4 years the Hacienda has had 4 different teams win or share a piece of the League Title. Also, every team in the Hacienda has now made the playoffs at some point over the 4 years of league existence. What other league can boast that kind of balance? As for next year CO, WC, and LA will be the contenders. DR is Senior heavy this year and will probably be falling off for at least the next 3 or 4 years and I don’t see Rowland or Walnut improving any time soon.

          • Conq ’76

            Proper footwear will make a difference, but WC has been playing there for 40 years, if cleats were a game changer, you’d think they would have prepared for that contingency.

          • RealTalk

            Never said cleats were a game changer. I said that bad 4th & inches was a game changer. I never blamed the lost due to the field condition either. 2 years ago when WC played there, the field was not watered down.

    • Conq ’76

      BTW, would love to see a new field at LA, it may have something to do with the fact that HH is an unincorporated area of LA county with no city council dedicated to to bringing the facilities into the 21′st century.

      • FredJ

        What happened was there was an agreement to do all three fields in the District, La Puente, Los Altos and Wilson. La Puente went first and they went so far over budget, they’ve never got around to doing the other two … that’s what I hard.

        • Conq ’76

          Thanks for the update….

          • SGVSports

            Fred was the original reason years ago, both schools have since had a second chance to get the turf fields. Both opt. out for I believe a music building and the other was for something very similar. Bottom line both administrations don’t have the football program as a very high priority, especially Wilson. Wilson has badminton and tennis they don’t need football (haha).

          • Conq ’76

            LA built a beautiful new swimming facility to host Water Polo matches. Don’t know the condition of the existing pool, been there for 50 years, (I learned to swim in it around 1966), but maybe that was where the $ went.

          • Conq ’76

          • SGVSports

            No it was after the pool, but that was another great example of the HLPUSD at work. They built Los Altos a new pool a few years back. A few weeks into the project the county shuts down the Wilson Pool, it was in such poor condition. So Wilson had to go without a pool for almost two years, while Los Altos had two of them. The kids in water sports got bused to other local high school pools so they could practice.

            What A Joke

      • AMAT 73

        Conq,
        It’s a HLPSD decision . And since Workman also plays at LP it made more sense to do that field first .And as Fred wrote , they blew it all on the LP field . Don’t be surprised if and when you get a new field , Wilson shares it also or vice versa .

        • Conq ’76

          Several years ago, Wilson was using the LA stadium and wanted it renamed the HH District Stadium….never happened, I would prefer they change the name to the “Dwayne Despain Stadium” from the Peter Mauch Stadium, but, what the heck, Mauch fully supported Despain during the glory days. Little trivia, Peter Mauch, Principal at LAHS back then, was brother to Gene Mauch of MLB manager fame.

      • SGV 4 30 Years

        Hey Conq,

        Do you remember these 3 classic LA WC games from the 70′s. The 2 games in 76 WC won the first one on a TD run by Epps. Then the CIF semi final game at Mt Sac. LA won that meeting thanks to John Hill’s last second heroics. I think there was something like 10,000 people there. The next years game may have topped both of those. WC won one a one yard TD with no time on the clock. LA vs WC was an incredible rivalry back then, and the Sierra League was the some serious “big boy” football. LA won CIF titles in what is would be considered the PAC 5 now. Now those were the days.

    • Guest

      One of the big plays of the game was on a corner route where our #1 WR slipped in the mud on our only INT. I couldn’t understand why our players had to run to the sidelines and de-MUD their cleats every chance they got when it hadn’t rained in 3 weeks.
      That’s ok …hey that’s football. If we would’ve opened up the playbook like we did with 70 seconds in the game ,when we drove down the field( like Montana to Rice vs Jr high kids) for a TD….we would’ve won 48 to 10. But im not a coach at WCHS so what do I know.?? Not to mention the fumble where we were about to score a TD on and the refs decided to blow the whistle (after the fact), The 2 passing TDs that were called back, The 15 yard flag in the 4th when their kid knocked our kid down ,10 seconds after the play was over …and the terrible spot on our last run.

  • TruTH

    Football is the same sport in turf as it is in grass. This is football and if it is played in watered down field it does not change to fact that there is a game that must be played. There are already so many changes to the sport that its a shame to hear people talk about a field not being turf.

    • MoreKetchup

      Football is a totally different game on turf. Turf allows for maximum traction,therefore letting the players play to the best of their ability.

  • GP AKA Green Machine

    There is no way DR is the # 2 team in the South East. They have huge problems stopping a good RB they are poor tacklers and they also give up too much in the passing game…Briscoe is a nice player saved them with a few dazzling plays. Their strength is in the line, but their QB is shaky…Bonita had them..but left too many points on the board. They continually jumped offsides etc…The finally got wore down, and fell to DR’s size at the end. Deibold was huge bust…With Payton Jake, Bonita would be terrible. If SD Had Payton, they would be #2 in the division. Payton left a better football team and now his season is over….He did not realize, that he was the difference maker where ever he went. He beat his own Team SD…

    • IC Green

      Are you saying that without Jake Payton, Bonita would be terrible?

      • Nomoredrama

        Lol, no GP AKA Green Machine said what he meant, even if he didn’t. Freudian slip?

        • IC Green

          I can’t figure out what he’s saying but Bonita would have been in a far better world had Payton not showed up in La Verne. Coaches had team rules and then they had Payton rules. That’s not Jake’s fault but his teammates certainly didn’t like the coaches coddling to their star.

          • Nomoredrama

            Showing favoritism can definitely cause descension amongst the players.

    • Nomoredrama

      Bonita had them….until they didn’t….

  • inlandfootball

    in other news, Norco wrapped up the #4 seed in the Inland Division last night whooping Santiago. Looks like #1 Centennial #2 Vista, #3 Ranch0- if they win tonight, if not Upland might sneak in there and get the 4 seed moving Norco up to the 3 spot.

  • Charles Watson

    Los Altos intentionally over water the field and they should be fine by the CIF and the parents of the kids that was injured should sue the school and the school district. If the CIF does nothing about this mess, they should be sued also. Win at any cost, they dam well knew that it would slow down the speed guys from west covina. So all you —— that is making excuses need to get you heads out of your —–.

    • The Dude

      They definitely aren’t the only school to do that. I remember watching some Chino Hills games where it was blatantly obvious that they did the same thing. It’s bad, but it happens, so don’t act like LA is the only school to do it. And don’t forget, it slows down both teams.

      • Charles Watson

        Bull—- those kids was not prepared for the 13th man. LA obvisouly had longer cleats so they was prepared.

    • Conq ’76

      I was at the game and have been going to games there since 1971 or so. I didn’t notice it being overly saturated last evening. Having said that, there were quite a few WC players hobbling around last night, I would hope it was not the result of any unfair tactics LA was using.

      • Charles Watson

        Yeah I wonder why they was hobbling around. Oh I assume that they had a thunder storm the night before the game.

  • BobbyB

    One of the big plays of the game was on a corner route where our #1 WR slipped in the mud on our only INT. I couldn’t understand why our players had to run to the sidelines and de-MUD their cleats every chance they got when it hadn’t rained in 3 weeks.
    That’s ok …hey that’s football. If we would’ve opened up the playbook like we did with 70 seconds in the game ,when we drove down the field( like Montana to Rice vs Jr high kids) for a TD….we would’ve won 48 to 10. But im not a coach at WCHS so what do I know.?? Not to mention the fumble where we were about to score a TD on and the refs decided to blow the whistle (after the fact), The 2 passing TDs that were called back, The 15 yard flag in the 4th when their kid knocked our kid down ,10 seconds after the play was over …and the terrible spot on our last run.

    • Conq ’76

      A lot of plays/calls went against WC last night, no doubt…

  • Saints Parent

    Look at the picture above, you can see a little slop flying. I will tell you this, it was not a factor in our game, but that field is the worse dog track we saw all year. You can check pictures of our game on Maxpreps and you will see the tops of kids shoes “under” the grass….. mow the lawn baby…. and it is kinda funny because everyone talked about how “fast” Los Altos was and that little back can flat out fly…. on that dog track no less.

  • 12th man

    I was at the LA vs WC game last night..& I have to tell ya~ Don’t know if both teams were having an off night or if that’s just they’re style of play..but both teams are one dimensional..no creativity,no surprises,both are one trick pony’s..It was like literally watching a chess match between both teams! WC would hand the ball off to #1 on literally every play..& then LA would do the same with #35..both teams probably combined for 10 passes the whole game(figure of speech) You didn’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out what LA was doing every time they switched QB’s #13 was brought in every time they needed a pass & #11 would run with it..Ultimately #35 was just to quick for anyone on that field..This kid is lightning quick & could easily get you 7-10yds every time he touches the ball that’s if he gets to the outside..LA dominated the 1st half & WC the 2nd half..There could of been some calls that seemed rather suspect & you could call it home cooking..but my thing is this? Don’t put yourself in a situation where your going to need a call or some luck to win the game..Start from the gate & punch your opponent in the mouth! Especially if you’re out on the road..either way~ Both teams are in trouble if they make the playoffs~

    • Conq ’76

      If the pairings line up, I think both LA and WC can get by the first round. Everything I have read points to the Hacienda being the toughest league in the Div. and hopefully that allows for first round wins….but we will see…from the games I have been at, LA’s strategy has been to be a bit more creative in the first half and them relying on “up the gut” football the second half when, presumably, the opponent has been drained a bit. This may work well against San Dimas, Arroyo and Wilson, but Bonita, WC and DR all stayed around until the end of the game.

      WC was literally putting ten in the box when LA was in short yardage situations. Why not try some play action or running around the end when the other team has prepared for the inevitable “hand-off to Marcos” who hopes to crash/slip through 10 opponents? LA has obvious confidence in the O-Line, but really?