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 (20-12, last week); (175-70, season total)
Fred Robledo (23-9, last week); (178-67, season total)
Last Week: I picked up three games on Aram and helped my cause by taking Diamond Bar, Los Altos, Muir, all teams that Aram predicted their season’s would end on Friday. Aram has some catching up to do, but there are several more games this week for us to choose.
This week: When I made my Divisional predictions, I predicted La Serna-Muir in the Southeast finals, Monrovia-San Dimas in the Mid-Valley finals and Rancho Cucamonga, Corona Centennial in the Inland finals. All are still alive so I’ve got them all winning this week. Diamond Bar with Antonio Noodles Hull could give La Serna a scare, but that’s about it. Muir-Los Altos is a heavyweight match, but how can you not like Muir after beating La Mirada last week. One of the tough games to predict is Arroyo at Schurr, especially after how bad the Mission Valley looked in the Mid-Valley and with Arroyo rallying to beat Baldwin Park. I’ll still take Arroyo, but don’t feel as good about it as I did a week ago. San Dimas at San Marino looks dangerous on paper for the Saints, but the Saints are looking too good, and if they win, there is no doubt they’re going to the finals.
THIS WEEK’S CIF-SS PLAYOFF GAMES AND PREDICTIONS
FRIDAY’S QUARTERFINAL SCHEDULE
Monrovia at Montebello — Robledo (Monrovia); Aram (Monrovia)
Paraclete at Pomona — Robledo (Paraclete); Aram (Clete)
San Dimas at San Marino — Robledo (San Dimas); Aram (SD)
Arroyo at Schurr — Robledo (Arroyo); Aram (Arroyo)
Dominguez at Norwalk — Robledo (Norwalk); Aram (Dominguez)
Los Altos at Muir — Robledo (Muir); Aram (Muir)
La Serna at Diamond Bar — Robledo (La Serna); Aram (D-Bar)
Burbank at Santa Fe — Robledo (Burbank); Aram (Santa Fe)
Charter Oak at Vista Murrieta — Robledo (Vista); Aram (VM)
Norco at Rancho Cucamonga — Robledo (Rancho); Aram (RC)
Upland at Corona Santiago — Robledo (Upland); Aram (Uptown)
Centennial Corona at Chaparral — Robledo (Corona C); Aram (CC)
Oak Park at Cerritos Valley Christian — Robledo (Oak Park); Aram (OP)
El Segundo at Carpinteria — Robledo (El Segundo); Aram (Carp)
Bishop Diego at Duarte — Robledo (Bishop D); Aram (BD)
Nordoff at Torrance — Robledo (Nordoff); Aram (Nordstroms)