Saturday Morning Quarterback: Northview wins big; St. Paul makes statement; Charter Oak 0-2

A wrap-up of high school football coverage of stories, scores and video highlights for the Pasadena Star-News, San Gabriel Valley Tribune and Pasadena Star-News

Saturday Morning Quarterback, St. Paul makes biggest statement of the night: It just might be time to wake up the echoes at old St. Paul. The Swordsmen got tested for quality on Friday by perennial power Lompoc. And despite playing without their best offensive weapon and falling behind 13-0, St. Paul rattled off the next 31 points for a 31-13 victory that’s arguably the school’s biggest in years.

Northview football pulls away from San Marino: A slow start gave way to a strong second-half surge as the Northview High football team pulled away for a 28-10 win over San Marino in nonleague action Friday night. The teams were tied 7-7 at halftime before Northview (2-0) outscored the Titans 21-3 in the third and fourth quarters, thanks to some big plays by junior quarterback James Jimenez. He threw two of his three touchdown passes in the second half and ran for another score.

Bishop Amat’s defense helps in win over Paramount: The Bishop Amat football team struggled offensively, throwing more than it probably wanted to while struggling to get a run game going with junior Damien Moore missing with an injury. But Amat did enough to earn a 21-6 victory in its home opener over Paramount, ranked No. 2 in CIF Southern Section Division 4.

St. Paul beat Lompoc without Que Allen: For as much as it’s possible make a statement in high school football before Labor Day, that is exactly what St. Paul did on Friday night. A Lompoc mistake just before the half opened up the floodgates for St. Paul, and the took full advantage erupting for 31 unanswered points en route to a stunning 31-13 victory over Lompoc.

Diamond Ranch football edges Chino Hills in thriller:  Diamond Ranch High School was viewed as one of the area’s darkhorses coming into the football season. The Panthers have not only lived up to that assessment, but now area teams better take notice after Kejon Gibson blocked a 37-yard field by Gabriel Chavers with less than a minute to play to preserve the Panthers’ 28-27 win over Chino Hills in a nonleague game Friday at Diamond Ranch.

Cathedral football’s second-half surge sinks Arcadia: For one half on Friday evening, the Arcadia High football team matched Cathedral’s effort on both offense and defense. However, the host Phantoms (2-0) dominated the second half and easily dispatched the Apaches, 33-10 on Friday evening.

Alemany’s big second half buries Charter Oak: Charter Oak, hoping to bounce back from last week’s upset loss in its season opener, couldn’t stop Alemany’s passing game as it dropped a 33-3 decision on Friday night. The Warriors, (2-0) who haven’t made the playoffs since 2013 when they went to the CIF Southern Section Pac-5 division semifinals, rode the right arm of sophomore quarterback Miller Moss, who completed 23 of 30 passes for 353 yards and three touchdowns, to their second win of the year.

La Serna football delivers more offensive fireworks in win over Troy: After an overwhelming season-opening win last week, La Serna High continued its offensive fireworks with another decisive victory Friday night in a nonleague game at Cal High. The Lancers, behind two touchdowns from senior running back Robert Ruiz (72 yards on eight carries), defeated visiting Troy 49-26.

Big plays help Pasadena football edge Maranatha: The balloon finally popped. That was what Pasadena High football coach Dejuan Shamburger felt after the Bulldogs scored for the first time against Maranatha.“It gave us some confidence, and it was like we finally popped the balloon,” Shamburger said. “It was like, ‘Ok we can do it.’ That’s what my main focus was to these kids all week: just fight.”

Redlands East Valley football stuns La Habra in overtime: There is a new man in charge of the Redlands East Valley High football program this year, but the magic lingers. Few would dispute that Friday night following the Wildcats’ pulse-pounding 22-21 overtime victory over La Habra.

Friday’s final scores

Buena Park 32, Baldwin Park 25

Redlands East Valley 22, La Habra 21

Capistrano Valley 38, La Mirada 7

La Serna 49, Troy 26

Whittier 21, Fullerton 0

Alemany 33, Charter Oak 3

Alhambra 16, Rowland 6

Arroyo 48, Nogales 7

Cathedral 33, Arcadia 10

Rancho Verde 35, Corona Santiago 24

Crescenta Valley 27, Santa Fe 7

Damien 42, Claremont 7

Bonita 62, Diamond Bar 20

Diamond Ranch 28, Chino Hills 27

El Rancho 45, Bell Gardens 28

Garey 21, Cantwell-Sacred Heart 12

Roosevelt 48, Glendora 21

Los Altos 35, Wilson 0

Montebello 38, Inglewood 20

Temple City 32, Keppel 6

Great Oak 20, King 7

Santa Paula 51, La Canada 6

Pasadena 14, Maranatha 12

Alta Loma 23, Monrovia 21

Northview 28, San Marino 10

Bishop Amat 21, Paramount 6

El Segundo 31, Peninsula 21

Pomona 56, Arlington 31

Rosemead 26, San Gabriel 7

Salesian 7, La Salle 6

San Dimas 48, Long Beach Wilson 14

Covina 41, South El Monte 9

El Monte 59, South Pasadena 6

Mira Costa 27, St. Francis 22

La Puente 40, Vasquez 0

Pasadena Poly 34, Village Christian 7

Walnut 47, Gladstone 8

Gabrielino 28, Contreras 23

Garfield 41, Schurr 0

West Covina 21, Crenshaw 6

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  • hs sports news

    Picks for Friday:
    Alemany big over Charter Oak
    Bishop Amat (very close) over Paramount (upset alert)
    I’ll take Arcadia in the upset (since I need to pick some underdogs)
    South Pasadena and Arroyo will both get wins
    Upset of the week- San Gabriel over Rosemead
    Cal and Saint Francis will win
    Los Altos in another blowout of Wilson (why does the district still make them play this game???)

    • Conq’76

      Tradition, rivalry, usually pretty good crowds on both sides even if a blow out is predicted…

    • General Turgidson

      Hey you should buy a lotto ticket! Your upset pick was excellent. You’re on a roll!

      Ha!

      That’s how I got ‘em

      The General

      • hs sports news

        super sorry about those 3 poor upset picks I had. Was undefeated on my Thursday picks and outside of those bad 3 upset picks, pretty decent results. This week’s picks become much more difficult to make though with some of these games

  • tanksolot

    Fred, CO lost 4 straight pre-season games in 2013. Sounds like you forgot that season.

  • AZTEC PRIDE

    Garfield & Roosevelt representing East LA well!