Thursday Final: El Monte jumps out to big lead, holds off Gladstone 40-22

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Thursday’s results
Gladstone 40, El Monte 22
Pioneer 30, Cerritos 28
Blair 54, Sherman Indian 6
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By John Sherrard
Something had to give when the El Monte and Gladstone football teams met in a nonleague game Thursday night.
Both teams went into the game winless three weeks into the season, but visiting El Monte, which had been averaging 21 points a game without a victory, ended that with a 40-22 win over Gladstone at Citrus College.
The Lions raced out to a 32-0 halftime advantage before Gladstone could find the end zone in the third quarter.
El Monte quarterback Edward Dominguez had a game-high 294 yards, completing 24 of 35 passes for three touchdowns. The junior also ran in a 5-yard score and a two-point conversion.
“It feels good to come back and win, even though I have some injuries,” Dominguez said

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UPDATE: Pomona forced to forfeit game to Mission Prep, could be forced to pay penalties

MONDAY UPDATE: Pomona High School could face far more costly ramifications than just a forfeited game for its football team after the Red Devils failed to honor a contract to play Mission Prep of San Luis Obispo in a nonleague road game last Friday night.
The result will go into the record books as a loss for the Red Devils, who didn’t make the trip after district officials determined that a four-hour ride to Mission Prep and a four-hour ride back were not in the best interest of the players, according to a statement last week by Pomona Unified School District administrative director Fernando Meza.

“Once we understood students would have to ride on the bus for four hours, warm-up, play the game and travel back four hours, we looked at what’s in the best interest of the students and the long bus rides didn’t seem to be in the best interest of the kids.”Fernando Meza, the Administrative Director at Pomona Unified School District,

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STORY: Pomona High School’s football team is off to an impressive 2-0 start and No. 3 ranking in the CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division.
The Red Devils inked a big game in August to travel on Friday to challenge Northwest Division’s top-ranked San Luis Obispo Mission Prep (1-1), but Pomona athletic director Anthony Rice said the game was cancelled last week by the Pomona Unified School district because of travel cost and other factors.
“It’s disappointing,” Rice said. “It just didn’t get approved.”
When asked why travel cost wasn’t ironed out when the game was agreed to in August, Rice didn’t have a definitive answer.
“One the info was sent to the school district, it was one of those things where they said it was too much.”

My thoughts: The explanations don’t cut it. Why schedule a game in August then decide a week before it’s played not to play it because of travel cost? Or travel time? When I learned Mission Prep offered to pay for the trip, not sure I was convinced with the Pomona Unified School District’s answer that the long bus ride wasn’t in the best interest of the kids. Mission Prep is making four trips the same length and teams are traveling out of state to play high school football. If someone offers to pay your travel cost once a game already is established, isn’t it the right thing to at least play? Wouldn’t you owe Mission Prep that, who is forced to miss a game that already was agreed upon? You decide, I welcome your comments.

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Boys Water Polo: No. 2 Los Altos falls to No. 4 La Serna, 17-13

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It may only be an early-season game, but the Los Altos and La Serna high school boys’ water polo teams, both of which are ranked in the Top 10 of CIF-SS Division 5, put on quite a show on Tuesday afternoon at La Serna.
The game included four All-CIF players from last season, with Los Altos (4-2) and La Serna averaging 15 and 13 goals per game, respectively.
La Serna, ranked No. 4, came from behind for the second year in a row in the annual nonleague game and defeated second-ranked Los Altos, 17-13.
Despite a high-scoring game, La Serna third-year coach Jim Armstrong was quick to praise his freshman goalie Zack Jenkins on his strong play late in the game, holding Los Altos to only one goal in the final period.
“They (Los Altos) can really make a goalie look silly,” Armstrong said. “They shoot from such angles and with authority, but he stepped up big and stopped them in the end.

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CIF-SS Commissioner Rob Wigod formulating plan to change high school football playoff format

By Aram Tolegian
If CIF-Southern Section commissioner Rob Wigod gets his way, and he likely will, the complexion of the high school football playoffs could change drastically in two years.
Wigod said during a special one-on-one interview last week that he is exploring alternative playoff formats for football that would make it so playoff divisions are no longer determined by leagues but by teams, instead.
Under the current format, playoff divisions are a grouping of leagues with teams from every league competing in the same division. Under Wigod’s concept, teams from the same league would be dispersed to different divisions based on a formula that the commissioner is currently working to perfect.

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Two-Minute Drills: Aram and I both take Bishop Amat but we’re split on Los Altos-Glendora

In this week’s 2-Minute drill we discuss why we both like Bishop Amat and why I like Glendora and Aram likes Los Altos

In drills for the Star-News area, we’ll tell you why we like St. Francis in a blowout over Monrovia and why Maranatha isn’t ready to beat La Salle

In drills for the Whittier area, Aram and I both like Damien over St. Paul while Aram’s taking La Mirada and I’m taking La Habra.

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CIF Polls: Bishop Amat drops from Pac-5 top ten AFTER dismantling Rancho Cucamonga … Oh pollsters

Bishop Amat was No. 9 last week, crushes Rancho Cucamonga 46-17 then drops from the top ten? Well, at least they got something right, looked terrible that Amat was ranked last week while Santa Margarita was not. Well, at least someone’s drinking their Margarita’s again.
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Lookie here, Monrovia No. 1 with Charter Oak No. 3 and West Covina No. 4. After the ‘Cats get whipped by St. Francis Friday, Charter Oak will be back on top where it belongs.
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San Dimas is No. 1 but officially, Pomona is No. 3 and 2-1. Pomona given a forfeit loss for not attending last week’s game at Mission prep.
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Tribune Super 32 Football Rankings: Bishop Amat stays No. 1; Charter Oak and San Dimas move to No. 2 and 3 respectively

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TRIBUNE SUPER 32 FOOTBALL RANKINGS
1. Bishop Amat (2-1) — Starting to look like it might be a Mission League and Pac-5 contender after back-to-back blowouts over quality opponents.
2. Charter Oak (1-2) — Needed a win in worst way and got it against an improved Damien squad.
3. San Dimas (2-1) — When’s the last time San Dimas was ranked No. 2 in the area by MaxPreps’ computer rankings? They’re legit.
4. Los Altos (1-1) — Huge home gave vs. Glendora. Sooner or later, Conqs need to win these step-up games.
5. Glendora (1-1) — Huge step back in lopsided loss at San Gorgonio, but can get back on track at Los Altos next.
6. Diamond Bar (2-1) — Couldn’t handle defending Mid-Valley Division champion San Dimas. Surprise not the loss but how it lost.
7. Diamond Ranch (2-1) — Took a step back against Ayala, but that’s nothing to be ashamed of.
8. Damien (1-1) — After losing to Charter Oak, needs to take care of business against undefeated St. Paul.
9. Northview (3-0) — Won’t know how good the Vikes are until they line up against San Dimas.
10. Pomona (2-0) — After the Pomona School District robbed the kids of a memorable trip to San Luis Obispo, Red Devils have huge test at Colony.
THE REST: 11. West Covina (2-1); 12. Bonita (2-1), 13. Arroyo (2-1), 14. South Hills (1-2), 15. Covina (1-1); 16. Walnut (1-2), 17. La Puente (1-2), 18. Baldwin Park (1-2); 19. Ganesha (2-1); 20. Azusa (0-2); 21. Rosemead (0-3), 22. Wilson (1-1); 23. Rowland (1-1); 24. Bassett (1-2), 25. Duarte (0-3), 26. El Monte (0-3), 27. South El Monte (0-3), 28. Sierra Vista (1-1), 29. Mountain View (0-2), 30. Workman (1-1), 31. Nogales (1-2); 32. Gladstone (0-2).

By the way, I’m covering Glendora at Los Altos on Friday… are the Conqueror Crazies really this good?

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