Aram Tolegian’s Saturday Morning Quarterback: It was one thing to think St. Francis was favored over La Serna on Friday night, but it was another to imagine the Knights going right through the Lancers for a 49-20 victory. This was supposed to be a game between two legitimate Division 3 championship contenders. In its wake, it looks like this might be the game that stamps the Knights the favorite.
Charter Oak dominating again: The challenging part about Charter Oak’s schedule is the Chargers are facing the same five nonleague opponents it beat last year, and they’re not the usual pushovers, they’re good football teams.
You figure at some point, one of them is going to get payback.Or maybe not.
After already defeating Northview, Colony, and Glendora in consecutive seasons, undefeated Charter Oak added Damien to the list, putting the clamps on the Spartans’ offense for the second straight year to come away with a 23-0 victory on Friday.
St. Francis routs La Serna: Tough and hard-fought playoff games in 2014 and 2015, plus a close matchup in the regular season last year, have made the St. Francis-La Serna High game a must-follow for those who enjoy competitive prep football. However, St. Francis’ unstoppable offense and ferocious defense stopped La Serna from keeping things close this time around as the Golden Knights cruised to a 49-20 win on Friday night in nonleague play.
Bishop Amat still winless: With the Bishop Amat offense sputtering over most of the season’s first three games, all losses, an injury to a key player was the last thing the Lancers needed.
That is exactly what happened when quarterback Blake Archuleta went out of the game in the first quarter with an apparent right shoulder injury.
Rancho Cucamonga (3-0) didn’t help matters either. The Cougars intercepted Amat backup quarterback sophomore Aiden Sanchez four times en route to a 31-7 victory on Friday night.
Glendora beats undefeated Los Altos: Glendora halted Los Altos’ winning streak at three games with a 41-25 nonleague football victory Friday night at Citrus College.
The Tartans (2-2) led throughout on a night when senior quarterback Bryce Wooldridge completed 14 of 27 passes for 212 yards and four touchdowns.
Leading the triple-threat receiving corps was Parker Haveles (six catches, 104 yards, two touchdowns), Cameron Keller (five catches, 79 yards, two TDs) and Dylan Hill (three catches, 61 yards).
La Salle beats Muir in thriller: It was lights out at Muir High School. Momentarily.
The Mustangs hosted the La Salle Lancers on Friday with an undefeated record and having outscored its opponents, 86-0.
But La Salle spoiled it all, defeating Muir at home, 21-20, in a Pasadena thriller.
El Rancho takes care of Montebello: Montebello High’s 77-yard opening drive Friday night against El Rancho was sort of a double-edged sword for the Oilers.
On one hand, the Oilers had just capped off the game’s first drive with a 22-yard touchdown run by running back Kris Rodriguez. On the other, quarterback Gabriel Tapia suffered a twisted ankle on the first play, which hampered his ability to make plays for a Montebello team that relies heavily on the senior captain.
Don Lugo rallies past Northview: Turns out Greg Gano’s return to the San Gabriel Valley was one he’ll remember for quite a while.
The longtime area head coach saw his Don Lugo Conquistadors (3-0) rally from a 19-7 halftime deficit to defeat the Northview Vikings 38-27 on Friday at Covina District Field.
Senior Korey Bentley spearheaded the comeback by scoring three touchdowns in the second half.
Temple City dominates Gabrielino: Temple City soundly defeated Gabrielino 35-7, in a game it controlled from the start.On the Rams’ opening possession, junior running back Sam Jackimowicz scored on a five-yard run, capping a five-play, 36-yard drive.
Sophomore Adam Kuo added another touchdown for a 14-0 lead, finishing off a nine play, 71-yard drive.
Rancho Cucamonga 31, Bishop Amat 7
San Marino 41, Viewpoint 12
Charter Oak 23, Damien 0
La Salle 20, Muir 19
St. Francis 49, La Serna 20
Brea Olinda 31, Diamond Bar 14
Fairmont Prep 28, Workman 17
Whittier Christian 42, Bell 38
St. Paul 34, St. Anthony 6
Ganesha 26, San Gabriel 19
Whittier 27, Monrovia 0
El Rancho 35, Montebello 7
Wilson 14, La Puente 12
Alhambra 47, Los Angeles Wilson 6
Baldwin Park 30, Sierra Vista 7
Glendora 41, Los Altos 25
Bell Gardens 50, Azusa 36
Buena 39, Bonita 35
Mountain View 49, Duarte 40
El Monte 34, Gladstone 0
Arroyo 49, Rowland 0
Don Lugo 38, Northview 27
Bassett 18, Bosco Tech 13
Upland 49, La Mirada 7
Nogales 28, Walnut 14
Temple City 35, Gabrielino 7
Schurr 42, West Covina 6
Elsinore 27, Chino Hills 14
Claremont 25, Pomona 20
Summit 32, Ayala 17
Loyola 17, Cathedral 7
Crescenta Valley 59, La Canada 20
Diamond Ranch 38, Burbank Burroughs 33
Maranatha 7, Campbell Hall 3