WATCH IT! One More Thing …. and Two Minute Drills for Week 5

Fred Robledo, Aram Tolegian and James Escarcega lead off with “One More Thing,” which highlights all the hot topics of high school football on and off the field along with two-minute game previews and predictions of this week’s biggest football games for the SGVN.

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South Hills, for the first time in years, takes over top spot in SGVN Football Rankings

The all-encompassing San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News and Whittier Daily News Top 20 football rankings:

1. South Hills (4-0)

Unbelievably impressive so far, another tough one next.

Previous: 2

Next: at Mira Costa, Friday, 7 p.m.

2. Bishop Amat (4-1)

Is looking like Mission League favorite heading into bye week.

Previous: 4

Next: at Chaminade, Sept. 28

3. La Serna (5-0)

Has done everything right, next game against Warren could be tough.

Previous: 3

Next: vs. Warren at California High, Frida, 7 p.m.

4. Northview (5-0)

Can’t imagine anyone in Division 5 playing better than Vikings.

Previous: 6

Next: at Wilson, Sept. 28.

5. Bonita (4-0)

Next two weeks against Covina, Colony are big tests.

Previous: 5

Next: vs. Covina at San Dimas High, Friday, 7 p.m.

6. Glendora (4-1)

Only loss to Division 3 Eastvale Roosevelt.

Previous: 9

Next: at Ayala, Sept. 28

7. St. Paul (4-1)

Undefeated start ends with 34-27 loss to Paraclete.

Previous: 1

Next: vs. La Salle, Sept. 28

8. St. Francis (2-2)

Much-needed 17-13 win over Saugus to get to .500.

Previous: 10

Next: at Harvard-Westlake, Friday, 7 p.m.

9. San Marino (4-1)

Easily the Rio Hondo League favorite.

Previous: 13

Next: vs. Newport Harbor, Friday, 7 p.m.

10. San Dimas (3-1)

Strong come-from-behind 21-14 win over Colton.

Previous: 12

Next: at California, Thursday, 7 p.m.

11. Muir (3-1)

Laid an egg in Pacific League opening loss to Crescenta Valley, 31-7.

Previous: 7

Next: vs. Hoover, Friday, 7 p.m.

12. Arroyo (3-1)

Ready to defend Mission Valley League after bye week.

Previous: 14

Next: at Gabrielino, Friday, 7 p.m.

13. Arcadia (2-2)

Opened Pacific with 45-27 win over Burroughs.

Previous: 15

Next: vs. Burbank at Burroughs, Friday, 7 p.m.

14. La Habra (1-4)

Ended losing skid with 31-10 win over Diamond Ranch.

Previous: 20

Next: vs. Fullerton, Sept. 28

15. Diamond Ranch (3-2)

Gave La Habra a game for a half, then it got away.

Previous: 8

Next: at Los Altos, Sept. 28

16. Los Altos (2-3)

When is the bleeding going to stop after third straight loss?

Previous: 11

Next: vs. Diamond Ranch, Sept. 28

17. El Monte (4-1)

Showed it’s a Mission Valley contender with 52-14 win over Rosemead.

Previous: 17

Next: vs. Mountain View, Sept. 28

18. Covina (3-1)

Big win over Monrovia, but still has work to do on defense.

Previous: 16

Next: vs. Monrovia at Covina District Field, Thursday, 7 p.m.

19. Alhambra (5-0)

First time in many years it finishes non-league undefeated.

Previous: 18

Next: vs. Schurr at Moor Field, Sept. 28

20. Whittier (4-1)

Might be only team to challenge La Serna in Del Rio League.

Previous: 19

Next: at Westminster, Thursday, 7 p.m.

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Friday Night Wrap: Northview, La Serna, Alhambra remain unbeaten; Amat rolls

A wrap-up of Friday’s High School football stories, scores and video from Week in the high school football season for the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-news and Whittier Daily News.

Saturday Morning Quarterback: There’s something brewing at Northview. Something seriously special. The Vikings rolled again this week, blasting Don Lugo 35-0 to improve to 4-0. Yes, the record is impressive, but how the Vikings are doing it is what really should be opening eyes. Northview’s defense has been downright stingy. The Vikings are allowing just 7.5 points per game. Further, it was an interesting moment midway through Friday’s games when the score crossed that Northview was leading Don Lugo 35-0. Simultaneously across town, San Marino was up 49-7 on Santa Fe at halftime.

Northview dominant again in 35-0 win over Don Lugo: Someone is going to have to figure out where the weakness is for the Northview High School football team because after a month of football, it hasn’t shown signs of any. Northview’s James Jimenez looked like a video game quarterback the way he spread it around to his speedy receivers, completing 12-of-16 passes for 272 yards and four touchdowns in a 35-0 victory over host Don Lugo on Friday.

Punt returns spark Upland football to victory over La Mirada: With its offense struggling to convert long drives into points, Upland used a dominant performance from its defense and a pair of third-quarter punt returns for touchdowns to pull away from La Mirada for a 35-7 victory Friday night. The Highlanders (3-0) recorded 16 tackles for loss while holding the Matadores offense to just 130 total yards.

Bishop Amat rolls to 45-14 win over Rancho Cucamonga: Bishop Amat High School is on a roll and the duo running back combination of Kenny Collins and Chris Lopez accounted for four of the seven touchdowns to lead the Lancers to a 45-14 non-league win over host Rancho Cucamonga Friday night.

Andrew Henriquez connects, leads La Serna football over Colony: There’s nothing complex about the La Serna High School football team’s offensive scheme. But knowing what’s coming is one thing; stopping it is quite another matter. Colony found that out Friday. Andrew Henriquez threw for 151 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner to Abraham Shalash with less than two minutes to play to lift the Lancers to a 37-30 victory over the host Titans in a nonleague game that featured two of the top 10 teams from CIF Southern Section Division 5.

Alhambra football overcomes mistakes, holds off Wilson: The stats may not look good for the Alhambra High football team, but they don’t have to for the Moors to find a way to win. Alhambra committed six turnovers, had 13 penalties and only 143 total yards, but thanks to a few big plays, the Moors held off L.A. Wilson 21-20 in nonleague action on Friday night.

Glendora overpowers Los Altos: Los Altos coach Travis Brown commented before Friday’s night’s nonleague game against visiting Glendora that it would a showcase of two of the stingiest defenses in the area. Both teams delivered on Brown’s prediction but Glendora overpowered the Conquerors in the fourth quarter in a 24-14 victory.Spearheading the offensive attack for the Tartans (3-1) was running back Xzavier Ford. The senior rushed for 175 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries.

Covina’s Nin Burns II too much in 54-16 win over West Covina: Spurred by the 3,000 fans who took advantage of free admission for the first football ballgame at the renovated Thyberg Stadium, host West Covina looked like it had shaken off some of the problems that had plagued it in its two losses. West Covina (1-3)  led by three points midway through the second quarter but that was it for the night as the Covina High (2-1) scored the final 41 points to pick up its second win of the season, 54-16.

Temple City knocks off unbeaten Gabrielino: After Gabrielino senior running back Adam Scannell scored from seven yards with 7:18 remaining, the Eagles appeared to have found a new energy on their sidelines. Gabrielino trailed Temple City by five points following the score by Scannell and were knocking on the Rams’ door after struggling to get anything going on offense in the previous three quarters.



Damien 31, Charter Oak 24, OT

Diamond Bar 42, Buena Park 13

Calabasas 43, La Habra 27

Whittier 61, Portola 0

Bishop Amat 45, Rancho Cucamonga 14

Baldwin Park 20, Sierra Vista 6

Pomona 36, Claremont 34

Covina 54, West Covina 16

Glendora 24, Los Altos 14

Bassett 47, Bosco Tech 23

Bell Gardens 49, Azusa 33

Bellflower 21, South El Monte 0

Monrovia 47, Cerritos Valley Christian 20

Diamond Ranch 48, Valley View 26

Mountain View 44, Duarte 21

El Monte 20, Orange Vista 14

El Rancho 29, Montebello 24

Chino Hills 51, Elsinore 0

Fillmore 32, La Cañada 0

Temple City 26, Gabrielino 14

North Torrance 28, Gahr 25

Ganesha 41, San Gabriel 28

Redlands East Valley 12, Heritage 7

Jurupa Hills 52, Rowland 8

La Puente 41, Wilson 0

La Serna 37, Colony 30

Maranatha 17, Campbell Hall 13

Walnut 30, Nogales 6

Northview 35, Don Lugo 0

Village Christian 65, Marshall 0

Arrowhead Christian 26, Rosemead 19

San Marino 63, Santa Fe 7

Schurr 32, Chino 29

Arroyo 52, South Pasadena 7

Westlake 35, St. Francis 21

Upland 35, La Mirada 7

Garey 25, Webb 21

St. Paul 31, Birmingham 7

Rio Hondo Prep 69, Boron 0

California 58, South East 0

Westchester 48, La Salle 7

Alhambra 21, L.A. Wilson 20

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Two Minute Drills and “One More Thing” — Who wins the Smudge Pot

Each week Aram Tolegian, James Escarcega and Fred Robledo will discuss and make predictions on the biggest high school football games of the week ni the Two-Minute Drills for the Pasadena Star-News, San Gabriel Valley Tribune and Whittier Daily News. But that’s not all, they will also discuss all the hot topics in “One More Thing.” Check it out.

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SGVN Top 20 Football Rankings: St. Paul, South Hills, La Serna rise to the top

The all-encompassing San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News and Whittier Daily News Top 20 football rankings:

1. St. Paul (3-0)

Expectations were big and it has surpassed them.

Previous: 2

Next: vs. Birmingham, Friday, 7 p.m.

2. South Hills (3-0)

Area’s biggest step-up win beating San Juan Hills, 19-7.

Previous: 7

Next: vs. La Mirada at Covina District, Sept. 14

3. La Serna (3-0)

Impressive wins over Thousand Oak, Troy and Mira Costa.

Previous: 4

Next: at Colony, Friday, 7 p.m.

4. Bishop Amat (2-1)

Was two-point conversion away from beating JSerra.

Previous: 1

Next: at Rancho Cucamonga, Friday, 7 p.m.

5. Bonita (3-0)

Winning by a ridiculous 26-point margin, San Dimas next.

Previous: 6

Next: vs. San Dimas at Covina District Field, Saturday, 7 p.m.

6. Northview (3-0)

Destroying everyone in its path and not against pushovers.

Previous: 9

Next: at Don Lugo, Friday, 7 p.m.

7. St. Francis (1-1)

Strong bounce-back win over Damien, 38-21

Previous: 10

Next: at Westlake, Friday, 7 p.m.

8. Los Altos (2-1)

Defense kept it close in overtime loss to St. Paul.

Previous: 3

Next: vs. Glendora, Friday, 7 p.m.

9. Muir (2-0)

Was leading 29-6 when game cancelled after brawl at Oakland’s Stellar Prep.

Previous: 5

Next: vs. Rancho Christian, Friday, 7 p.m.

10. San Dimas (2-0)

Back-to-back blowouts wins over Long Beach Wilson and Whittier

Previous: 14

Next: vs. Bonita at Covina District Field, Saturday, 7 p.m.

11. Diamond Ranch (2-1)

Fell short in 14-6 loss to Ayala.

Previous: 8

Next: at Moreno Valley View, Friday, 7 p.m.

12. Glendora (2-1)

Ran away from Charter Oak in second half to win, 21-7.

Previous: 15

Next: at Los Altos, Friday, 7 p.m.

13. Arcadia (1-2)

Rally came up short in 31-27 loss to Hart on the road.

Previous: 11

Next: at Burroughs, Sept. 14.

14. La Habra (0-3)

The opponents are tough, but the losses are piling up.

Previous: 12

Next: vs. Calabasas, Friday, 7 p.m.

15. Arroyo (2-1)

Offense cooking after 56-21 win over Schurr.

Previous: 20

Next: vs. South Pasadena, Friday, 7 p.m.

16. San Marino (2-1)

Beau Hobbie was ridiculous in 76-36 win over El Monte.

Previous: NR

Next: vs. Santa Fe, Friday, 7 p.m.

17. Covina (2-1)

Should be rested after bye week.

Previous: 16

Next: at West Covina, Friday, 7 p.m.

18. Rosemead (3-0)

Mission Valley League contender?

Previous: NR

Next: vs. Arrowhead Christian at Citrus Valley High, Friday, 7 p.m.

19. Gabrielino (3-0)

Another undefeated Mission Valley League team.

Previous: NR

Next: at Temple City, Friday, 7 p.m.

20. El Monte (2-1)

Defense was awful in blowout loss to San Marino.

Previous: 19

Next: at Orange Vista, Friday, 7 p.m.


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