Covina rally falls short: Fresh after winning a CIF-Southern Section Division 12 title, Arroyo High School’s football team held off a fourth-quarter charge from Covina to open the 2017 season with a 35-28 victory Thursday.
Junior quarterback Ernesto Camacho picked up where he left off last year, throwing for 312 yards and two touchdowns. He scored midway through the fourth on a 1-yard run that gave the Knights what looked like a safe 21-point lead with less than six minutes left.
But Covina sophomore quarterback Nin Burns, who struggled with a fumble and interception that led to Knights’ touchdowns, got the Colts back in it, throwing two touchdowns to Tristan Sprague, a 38-yard strike, and nine-yard TD with 2:30 left, but it wasn’t enough.
South Hills shocks Crenshaw: For the first time in the 51-year history of South Hills High School, the football team ventured out of the CIF-Southern Section and faced Crenshaw of the City Section in a season-opening nonleague game.
The Huskies, under second-year coach Matt Bechtel, came away with a 24-8 victory Thursday night at Covina District Field.
“We went to San Gorgonio last year in the first round of the playoffs and they were athletic and big and our goal was to schedule somebody like them,” Bechtel said. “Crenshaw was available and they have a great football history. They matched the type of team we were looking for.”
Glendora rolls past Kaiser: A shaky start on defense by the Glendora High football team was quickly fixed as the Tartans stiffened in the second half to cruise past Kaiser 42-20 in season-opening nonleague action on Thursday night.
Glendora gave up 20 points and 252 total yards to Kaiser in the first two quarters. But the second half was a different story as the Tartans shut out the Cats while holding them to 59 yards of total offense.
Glendora’s offense had little problems scoring after going three-and-out on its first possession of the season. The Tartans scored six touchdowns on their next eight possessions.
Pasadena comeback falls short: Despite 18 unanswered second-half points, the Pasadena High School team fell 31-25 to host Buena Park in a nonleague game on Thursday evening.
The Bulldogs (0-1) fought back from a 24-point, third-quarter deficit. After Buena Park went up 31-7 with 4:50 remaining in the third, Pasadena scored three times thanks to wide receiver Jaloni West.
Thursday’s resultses and predictions
Glendora 42, Kaiser 20
Arroyo 35, Covina 28
Buena Park 31, Pasadena 25
South Hills 24, Crenshaw 8
Poinciana FL., 28, Whittier Christian 20