Charter Oak, St. Francis dominate; Bishop Amat falls to 0-4

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.

Friday’s scores
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

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  • Valley Athletics

    Archuleta is going to have to have a good game with no turnovers . Worried about the defense with the injuries and the missed tackles . Secondary’ looked tiny and got mangandled by JSerras Big physical receivers . Don’t think Rancho has big receivers like JSerra so they should do better . Not feeling as confident but still think Amat will have a good game and win at home .

  • AMAT73

    Good luck to all the teams of the SGV for well played and injury free games . The LANCERS need to win this game to get on the right track going into league play . We need to see some discipline and hard nose AMAT football and good play calling from the coaches , get the running game in gear !!!!!!! Play smart , keep the mental errors to minimum . GO AMAT !!!!!

  • FredJ

    I like Amat winning in a high scoring game, something like 48-41 … Rancho wll get it going but my guess is Amat’s going to be able to score at will too. Should be a great game to watch.

    • Spam Burger

      I guess now would be a good time to hit the panic button for Amat. Good thing their league is garbage and they still might make the playoffs.

      • Valley Athletics

        Loyola beat Cathedral 17-7 so they are not as bad as first thought . With Archuleta Amat wins that game . If Archuleta is done don’t know what they can do . I would try Arévalo and have him run The read option .or take a chance on a very good Freshman Qb who has the size for varsity already . Having Bam back sure helped the defense also .they need Jarvis and Mares back .

  • flatiron

    So Amat is 4-0! Oh, wait…I mis-read that. Gee…0-4. Wow…Even when he was at Poly, Hags wasn’t that good of a coach, and Amat is just not very physical. All of that finally came out last night.

    • reality

      Perfect fit. Tough energetic ER head coach at Amat. Would love to see what this kid could do with big time talent.

  • Conq ’76

    LA got a lesson in humility last evening. Glendora dominated on both sides of the ball and when it looked like LA might fight its way back in, the tables were immediately turned.

    Take your lumps and learn from last night. The arrogance you displayed against St. Paul should now be forgotten. You play in a tough league and you have a very real shot at getting a solid seed in the playoffs if you can focus on being better and not on being arrogant.

  • Go Big Blue

    Have to say I’m disappointed and don’t understand what’s going on with Amat football this yr. But I believe in the program and the kids. Have to say this though. Everyone completely disrespected lat year’s team and called it a “rebuilding year.” We had no pre season pics or hype for our seniors. And look what they did. Second in league and not far behind the “super team” from the year before. I know we lost in the first round of playoffs but the playoffs changed to where we started off with a D1 team. Last years class was strong and this year’s class is strong too. But finally show some respect for last year’s seniors.

    • joho

      Injuries, injuries, injuries and missed tackles — MANY, inconsistent play both on offense but mostly on defense…
      And they will still beat C O !!!

      • tanksolot

        Insecurity is showing

        • joho

          Sorry FACTS and REALITY, C O is a third tier team…

          • Guest

            Cry Me a River Bishop Amat stinks

          • Guest

            That will beat Bishop A-not

      • Guest

        Injuries is no excuse it happens to them all Bishop Amat not the big fish in the fish bowl bowl no more

  • Football

    Amat, will they b ranked in top 20 this week? Oh robledo is ranking them maybe still in top 10. They played another d1 team and got beat bad. Amat 0-3? Hymn maybe should be in d2 next year.

    • reality

      Amat #1. They still beat CO by 3 TD’s.

      • tanksolot

        What makes you think BA could even score 3 TDs against the Chargers?

  • reality

    WC Dan log on and tell us what you think is wrong at WestCo. Was it all about Maggiore? Did he know the cupboard was empty? Were past teams nothing but transfers? Wha happen?

    • WCDan

      The team is young, there are 12 seniors left from what was already a small freshman class of 2018. We not only lost Maggiore, but also lost Coach Murphy, Coach Ybarra, and Coach Uda Walker, so essentially we have the same staff minus 3 line coaches and minus 1 DB coach. QB was hurt and out for the season last week against South Hills, so last night you could see we were having a tough time deciding what to do with inexperienced QB’s. Lots of mishandled balls, missed throws, because they don’t have the experience, which lead us to basic vanilla play calling, which the defense will eventually catch on to and stop us. On defense there is a lot of reaching and grabbing instead of hitting with pads, wrapping, and driving into the ground. Low numbers also means lots of two way players, kids compete for about 1 to 2 quarters then something goes wrong and the flood gates open.

  • SH-Alum

    BA Fans, the only thing that makes you guys happy is saying you can still beat anyone in the SGV, never mind that, go win your schedule and do be 0-4 talking smack. BTW: CO would smack you guys this year, you aren’t that good. Your talent is average at best, not good enough to compete in D1, and you lost to a PUBLIC school. You private/recruiting schools should never lose to a public school. And also we will all soon that matchup with CO and other local teams when BA is in D3 or D2. Your staff is awful and nothing will ever change at BA.

    • Valley Athletics

      Rancho recruits more than Amat . They have many transfers . CO needs to beat a D 3 or above team first to Be in the Conversation . They beat teams they should beat .

    • Spam Burger

      I’m the first one to revel in Amat’s misery, mostly to see the BA guys get riled up, but no way CO beats Amat in any year. Flash back to 2012 & 2013, 2 very average Amat teams smacked around 2 very good CO teams, nothing would change.

      • SH-Alum

        The BA talent was pretty good back then, a lot better then the talent now. CO is better at every position except maybe QB, the Archuleta kid is pretty good. You’re right about the recruiting, but if youre a private school and getting out recruited that’s on you and your staff.