High school football Friday night stories and scores for the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News and Whittier Daily News
Saturday Morning Quarterback: Bishop Amat had two weeks to get it right, or it would enter October still searching for a win.It had every right to panic.
It was on the verge of losing its fifth straight and Mission League opener. Amat hadn’t lost five straight since 2002 and it seems nobody can recall it losing five straight to start a season.Not only that, starting junior quarterback Blake Archuleta is out with a right shoulder injury and his status going forward is uncertain.
So what does Amat do?
It turns senior wide receiver Alex Arevalo into its starting quarterback, and the two-week minicap experiment results in a 7-3 victory over Loyola, and of course Arevalo scored the game’s only touchdown.
Bishop Amat gets first win: Under head coach Steve Hagerty, Bishop Amat has created a reputation for playing its best when its backs are against the wall.On Friday night at Loyola, that was never more true.
Time will tell if the Lancers saved their season with late-game defensive heroics, but they certainly jump-started it.
Arcadia rallies to beat Burroughs: Short. Sweet. And a bit of inconsistency.
Arcadia High came out to the second half trailing visiting Burroughs by nine points, but turned that around, quickly scoring on its first two drives of the half to defeat the Indians 31-26 in Arcadia and take a share of first place in the Pacific League.
San Dimas dominant in win over Cal: San Dimas High School, with a perfect combination of passing and rushing, finished its nonleague schedule with a convincing 40-16 win over California High Friday night.
Looming big for the Saints (3-2) is Covina High next week in the Valle Vista League opener.
“San Dimas is a running school and they’ve been doing that for years and years and its worked and we’ve put points on the board every single game,” San Dimas junior quarterback Dylan O’Leary said.
Crescenta Valley routs Muir: Crescenta Valley’s offensive line mowed Muir into the turf for 48 minutes.
Joe Suh used gaping holes and a big first half to lead Crescenta Valley over Muir at Glendale High 38-8 to remain undefeated in Pacific League play.
Suh scored all three of his touchdowns in the opening 24 minutes and finished with 127 all-purpose yards. He had two rushing and then added a 34-yard touchdown catch.
Whittier Christian falls to Marina: Marina running back Blaine Riederich scored a career-high five touchdowns to lead the Vikings to a 54-21 victory over Whittier Christian in a nonleague game Friday evening at Whittier College.
Riederich exploded for three TDs in the opening quarter and added two more in the second half.
“We practiced like crazy and came out with intensity and we were hyped to win,” said Riederich, who rushed for 158 yards and three TDs and also caught two TD passes.
Pioneer pulls away from La Puente: La Puente High’s football team fell into an early hole against host Pioneer in Friday night’s nonleague game.
It started when Pioneer wide receiver Dominic Calderon returned the opening kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown.
On that play, Warriors starting running back Quinton Groves suffered an injury and as a result backup Anthony Chavez had to step in as his replacement. Then Chavez was injured in the second quarter just when he started to get things going for La Puente (2-3).
Bishop Amat 7, Loyola 3
Mission Valley League
Arroyo 35, Rosemead 6
El Monte 26, Mountain View 20
South El Monte 42, Gabrielino 6
Arcadia 31,Burroughs 26
Pasadena 24, Glendale 20
Crescenta Valley 38, Muir 8
La Mirada 56, Cerritos 7
Marina 54, Whittier Christian 21
St. Francis 39, Buena Park 14
Eastvale Roosevelt/Eastvale 48, Ayala 6
Chaffey 29, Barstow 22
San Dimas 40, California 16
Norco 45, Chino Hills 0
Patriot 30, Montclair 27
Ganesha 48, Southlands Christian 26
Garey 36, Sierra Vista 20
Rancho Cucamonga 49, Victor Valley 0
South Hills 40, Mira Costa 18
Nogales 49, Rowland 14
Pioneer 28, La Puente 19
Pomona 41, Azusa 7