I haven’t been to Los Altos since Greg Gano was winning championships and roaming the sidelines. Tonight I return to witness its electrifying fan base, the Conq Crazies, and to find out what Los Altos is all about under coach Dale Ziola, whose Central Division’s sixth-ranked team is hosting No. 7 Glendora. It’s such a good matchup CalPreps’ computer projections spit out Glendora winning 22-21 and I’m on record taking Glendora while Aram takes Los Altos. Whatever happens, this is the atmosphere and matchup that makes high school football fun, so follow my tweets and pictures at @sgvnsports. Mike the Cousin and Friday’s Live Scribble Chat will be hosted from Chino Hills with the Huskies taking on Bishop Amat. And of course, Mike will have updates of all the games from our reporters and correspondents. The live chat is so popular that 12,000 visitors dropped by the chat last week. Aram will tweet updates from the biggest show in Pasadena, Mid-Valley No. 1 Monrovia at Southeast No. 1 St. Francis. And when it’s all done, come back to the blogs about 11 p.m., where Aram, Stevie and I will host PrepXtra Live, our live web post-night party where we talk about all the results and the games we covered.
Damien to get big test vs. St. Paul: Although the jury’s still out for most area fans on just how good the St. Paul High School football team is after its 3-0 start, there’s absolutely no doubt about the Swordsmen’s quality for Damien head coach Mark Paredes.
Paredes and the Spartans host St. Paul on Friday in a game that many will use to gauge just whether, or not, the Swordsmen revival is legit. Kickoff is 7 p.m.
“The teams they’ve played might not have been as strong as you want, but they won, they’re 3-0 and you can’t take that from them,” Paredes said. “It doesn’t matter about the strength of schedule. We’re playing a team that is going to be very emotionally charged, especially against us.”
Friday’s featured football previews: Los Altos vs. Glendora; Bishop Amat vs. Chino Hills; Diamond Ranch vs. Schurr; South Hills vs. La Serna; Arcadia vs. Azusa.
Friday’s games and predictions
Glendora at Los Altos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Glendora); Aram (LA)
Bishop Amat at Chino Hills, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BAmat); Aram (Amat)
Monrovia at St. Francis, 7 p.m. — Robledo (St. Francis); Aram (SF)
St. Paul at Damien, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Damien); Aram (D)
Pomona at Colony, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Colony); Aram (Pomona)
Arcadia vs. Azusa at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arcadia); Aram (Arc)
Bell Gardens at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. — Robledo (COak); Aram (CO)
San Dimas at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SDimas); Aram (SD)
South El Monte at Bonita, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bonita); Aram (Bo-Hi)
South Hills vs. La Serna at California, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Serna); Aram (LS)
Northview at Walnut, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Northview); Aram (Nview)
Bosco Tech at Bassett, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bassett); Aram (Bass)
Brea Olinda at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Diamond Bar); Aram (DB)
Covina at Claremont, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Claremont); Aram (Claremont)
Diamond Ranch at Schurr, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DRanch); Aram (DR)
Duarte at Mountain View, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Duarte); Aram (Duarte)
Flintridge Prep at Sierra Vista, 7 p.m. — Robledo (FPrep); Aram (FP)
Ganesha at Baldwin Park, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BPark); Aram (BP)
Keppel vs. Workman at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Workman); Aram (Work)
La Puente at Wilson, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Puente); Aram (Wilson)
Rowland at Arroyo, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Aram (Arroyo)
West Covina at Tesoro, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Tesoro); Aram (Tesoro)