PrepXtra Live Semifinal Football Preview Show ….

Intro: On Bishop Amat vs. St. John Bosco
15:40 mark: Central Division, Charter Oak-Glendora; Summit-San Marion
29:30 mark: Southeast Division, La Serna-St. Francis; Cathedral-La Mirada
41:30 mark: Mid-Valley Division, Pomona-Sierra Canyon; San Dimas-Viewpoint
46:00 mark: Southwest Division, La Habra-Villa Park

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  • 12th man

    The audio is horrible! Can’t understand a word your saying

    • FredJ

      It might be your hearing, I can hear it perfectly 🙂 It’s not state of the art, but ….

  • Henry

    If BA pulls off the upset, the PAC 5 championship is also on saturday, which will conflict with the central Division final =(

  • OnBLUE

    In 1988, Bishop Amat beat the #2 team in the nation (USA Today) in Carson, 17-13. Carson had their legendary coach, Gene Vollnogle and 2 D-1 QBs….one was Perry Klein. Other D-1 players included running back, Errol Sapp and wide receiver, Michael Ross…This Carson team would go undefeated after this game and would go on to beat Banning in the City Final, 55-7!

    About 11 weeks later and for the Division 1 semi-final…Bishop Amat would face the #1 team in the nation (USA Today) in Loyola. Their head coach was another legend in Steve Grady. Loyola players included RBs Johann Fuller and Mike Buckley, kicker Paul Stonehouse, and DL Matt Butkus (Dick’s son). BA would shock the world again by defeating Loyola 16-0 to move onto the D-1 championship vs. Fountain Valley.

    BA would lose to Fountain Valley in that championship game, 31-24. Amat was down 24-3 at halftime but came back and had a chance to win the game but turn the ball over on downs with time expiring. The game was played at Angel Stadium in front of 15,000 people.

    Despite losing the championship game, this BA team (1988) is considered one the best teams in Amat’s history because Amat beat both the #1 and #2 teams in the country IN THE SAME SEASON. BA had players like QB Brian Harmon, WR Jeremy Smith, and RBs Adam Rodgers and Motu Ili. They were lead by another legendary coach in Mark Peredes. As a whole, the 1988 squad were considered a “no name” team having graduated star players like QB JR Phillips, WB Stephon Pace, and RB Mazio Royster, the year before in 87.

    Twenty-seven years later, Bishop Amat has the opportunity to beat the #1 and #2 teams in the nation again. Although this time, it will be back to back! Hope you all enjoyed this history lesson.

    Mighty are the Men Who Wear the Blue and Gold…

    • Spam Burger

      Those Carson teams were unreal. What would make me shake my head even more was the chosen foot wear of a few of their players, powder blue vans. JR Philips dad was a tremendous baseball player as well, and went on to slow pitch fame as much as there could be.

      • scotty bore as

        JR had some time with the SF Giants and as I recall a couple of other teams in the show

        • Valley Athletics

          Giants , Astros and finished his career in Sinaloa Mexico .saw him giving batting lessons at RBI in Walnut about 7 years ago .

        • Joe Amat

          JR Had a magical HS senior year And was the reason the Giants let go of Will Clark, as they viewed Phillips as the heir apparent. One of those guys who was too dominant to stay in AAA too long and just a notch below the big time.

    • FredJ

      Good stuff

    • scotty bore as

      a history lesson that would impress one Joe Amat even ! well done

      • Joe Amat

        On Blue. Awesome recap! ’88 was a great one, but I still think the most talented may have been ’86. Proof that sometimes you can be on either side of …
        Any Given Friday!

  • scotty bore as

    SMH … did I hear that correct someone said that the D8 semi-final is the biggest game in fishwrap history?…Amat-Bonita(with Allen Carter) in 1970 kicks the CO/Glendora rematch to the curb

    • Joe Amat

      Check Arams Twitter feed today. He was ridiculous.

      • Spam Burger

        You seem to have a tremendous grasp on SGV football history, if you could go by decade start from the 70’s, what would be the those games that stand out the most, then we could pick a winner from that. Only SGV teams vs SGV teams.

        • WCDan

          One game that stands out was the West Covina vs Bonita Championship game in 2010, Back and fourth game that Came down to the last 25 seconds, seldom does it get much tighter then that.

          • Joe Amat

            Spam & Dan, in the mid to late ’70’s South Hills, Los Altos and WC were the best teams in the valleys so, while I spent alotta Fridays at MSAC watching the Lancers I have to figure there were some match ups between them that wee off the chain. (And on Arams Twitter he was discounting all Finals. There supposed to be huge. That eliminates the hands down winner Scotty mentioned above – Amat/Haden/McKay vs The Blair pair)
            In the ’80s the were some awesome local South Hills-Covina games that were amazing, when that was probably the biggest local rivalry.
            The great Charter Oak-Los Altos match ups in the late ’90s/early 2000s were always packed (spent one on the sidelines of each team for a half. Maybe the next best thing at the time to weekly Pac5 play)
            Amat-Damien played a highly anticipated home and home series during the Ian Johnson/Pasquerella years and Pasquy’s Ayala Bulldogs got the Lancers, I believe at CSUF (if they count as a valley team)
            Recently Amat ran thru a series of Fish Bowl challengers that we’re supposed to be the next team to knock off “the struggling Lancer program”. While highly attended – the outcome left little doubt and took the wind out of the challengers sails early.

            But my non final nominees were the 74 Amat/Los Altos quarterfinal that filled MSAC and the next weeks semifinal vs Pasadena filled ELAC and resulted in a 8-7 Amat win in a California tiebreaker finishing with Amat on the 49 yd line to win by a yard (actually saw old video of that recently) the only time it might get”tighter than that”:-)
            unfortunately, Amat lost the next week in the finals to….St John Bosco