Charter Oak stays undefeated; Arcadia holds off Muir

Arcadia playmkers beat Muir: Normally it was Muir’s athletes and playmakers that would give Arcadia fits over the years, but the tables turned and the Apaches’ game breakers were on full display in a 35-19 victory on Friday in the Pacific League opener for both teams.
Arcadia quarterback Max Davila picked the Mustangs secondary apart, completing 9-of-11 for 196 yards and three touchdowns and also ran for a score.
When Deonte Bevel (three receptions for 111 yards) wasn’t making big plays for the Apaches, Rolandiss Whitener was, hauling in two touchdowns and rushing in for another for 165 all-purpose yards.

Charter Oak stays unbeaten: Top-ranked Charter Oak used special teams and a smothering defense to hand South Hills its first loss of the season 37-14 in a nonleague game on Friday night.It was the Chargers’ seventh consecutive victory over the Huskies, dating back to 2001.The Chargers (5-0), ranked first in CIF Southern Section Division 3 as well as the top-ranked team in the San Gabriel Valley, scored first on a 46-yard punt return by Jermaine Braddock with 7:08 left in the first quarter.

Big plays boost Los Altos: Los Altos’ defense keyed a tough 21-13 football win Friday night over Newport Harbor, forcing two turnovers deep in its own territory, and the Conquerors closed out a successful preseason under first-year coach Hector Spathias with a 4-1 record.
“Our defense came up big with a couple of takeaways,” Spathias said. “That really helped us a lot. We preached that all week, if the teams are even whoever wins the turnover battle is going to win the game.”

La Mirada drops to 0-5: A pair of first-half turnovers helped give visiting Mayfair a lead it wouldn’t relinquish against La Mirada in Friday night’s Suburban League football opener.The Monsoons quickly turned two second-quarter fumbles into touchdowns on their way to a 20-6 victory. Mayfair (4-1) hadn’t beaten La Mirada since 2013.

Damien rebounds with rout: A shutout loss to Charter Oak pained Damien and quarterback Warren Bryan last week.So when the Spartans headed to Monrovia for their game against the Wildcats, Damien showed no residual effects and bounced back with a 49-7 nonleague victory on Friday.
“That was not acceptable,” Bryan said of last week’s 23-0 loss. “We can’t really have that. Our defense played great (against Charter Oak) and we didn’t put any points on the board for them, so at practice all week, we said we have to get in the end zone. No more mistakes.”

Schurr wins thriller: Schurr High overcame a two-touchdown halftime deficit against visiting Whittier in a 36-35 victory that was led by a 15-point fourth quarter on Friday night in a nonleague game.After a goal-line defensive stand and an interception by Keith Harris, it looked like the Cardinals (2-3) might win the game with only 2:37 remaining.

La Habra routs Colony: It was the kind of game high school football players dream about.For La Habra High sophomore Clark Phillips III, maybe even better.
Phillips returned three interceptions for touchdowns Friday night to spark La Habra’s 49-14 romp over Colony in a nonleague game.
The scoring returns covered 35, 42 and 60 yards, and were the highlights of a dominant La Habra defense that took advantage of Colony losing starting junior quarterback Joseph Tesimale to a knee injury on its first series.

La Serna falls in nonleague finale: Tesoro High School, behind a balanced passing and rushing attack, sent host La Serna to its second consecutive loss 34-9 in a nonleague game Friday night at California High.
Trailing 9-7 early in the second quarter, the Titans (2-3) reeled off 27 points to win going away.La Serna (2-3) will open Del Rio League play in two weeks.

Friday’s results
Mission Valley League
Arroyo 56, Gabrielino 0
South El Monte 35, Mountain View 8
Pasadena Marshall at Rosemead
Pacific League
Arcadia 35, Muir 19
Crescenta Valley 54, Hoover 22
Burroughs 45, Pasadena 34
Suburban League
Glenn 64, Cerritos 25
Mayfair 20, La Mirada 6
La Habra 49, Colony 14
Los Altos 21, Newport Harbor 13
Cypress 45, El Rancho 0
Tesoro 34, La Serna 9
La Quinta 56, Garey 21
Don Lugo 27, Chino 13
Upland 41, Great Oak 20
Montclair 27, Ganesha 24
Rowland 27, Azusa 21
Ontario 55, Jurupa Valley 20
Rancho Cucamonga 30, Citrus Hill 0
Alta Loma 33, Claremont 31
Bassett 49, Sierra Vista 41
Diamond Ranch 56, Bonita 14
Baldwin Park 56, South East 46
Workman 40, Bosco Tech 34
San Marino 30, Bell Gardens 6
Covina 49, Walnut 14
Santa Fe 54, Downey 0
Damien 49, Monrovia 7
Charter Oak 37, South Hills 14
San Dimas 50, Diamond Bar 12
Pasadena Poly 33, Rosamond 6
Pioneer 35, Wilson 14
Northview 32, Pomona 0
South Pasadena 27, Alhambra 0
San Gabriel 41, Temple City 7
Montebello 36, Cantwell-Sacred Heart 16
Glendora 41, West Covina 7
Schurr 36, Whittier 35
Warren 29, St. Paul 28

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  • observantcat

    I wouldn’t so much use the word disappointed when describing the Wildcats this preseason, more like depleted from the injury bug. The Cats are down to starting several sophomores & even a few Freshmen to help balance out a out of tooned offense. I expect when the Cats get into league and perhaps are ready to regroup the would be just fine. In comparative scenario Mtown suffered the same loss to your much higher loss to a complete LaSalle team as did the mighty Mustangs. As the season roll so will the Cats. I can see them clawing their way back deeper into the playoffs.

    • guest

      A newly hired coach comes into his office, and the outgoing coach is packing up his desk. There is a awkward moment, but the outgoing coach says, Given the way things turned out I suppose there is not much I can tell you. But I have prepared three envelopes for you, it contains what little advice I can give you if things are going badly, open the envelope marked #1, #2, and #3 in numerical number one at a time. Good luck

      The team continues to lose and the fans are mad, the media is howling, So the new coach opens envelope #1

      It says blame it on me.. (the former coach)

      The new coach holds a press conference and says the old system was poor and it is taking time for the new coach to institute a new offense and defense scheme.

      It works and for a couple of weeks there is peach, but they continue to lose.

      So out comes envelope #2 and another press conference

      The envelope says blame it on injuries

      So the new coach says we have made significant progress on setting up the new schemes of play but some key injuries are still impacting the success of the new program.

      There is peace but they continue to lose, The fans and press are howling and hounding. The owner gives the dreaded vote of confidence. So it is really serious..

      The new coach opens up Envelope #3

      It says start preparing three envelopes……

      Old joke.. but it says something about the convenience of blaming injuries.

  • JTJ

    South Hills Defense led by that #33 kid held Charter Oaks offense to 14 points. Both defenses played very well last night. SH will be fine going forward. CO most likely the best team they will play all year. SH offense and Special teams played terrible giving up 23 points. CO should finish out 10-0.