The tweak in geographic areas to pool talent from for the West team in the SGV Hall of Fame All-Star Game for high school football seniors paid big dividends on Friday night.
The West ended a seven-game losing streak in the series with a 31-14 win over the East in the game’s 36th renewal. The East still leads the all-time series 23-11-2.
With the West struggling in recent years, game organizers changed the borders used to pool talent from previously the 605 Freeway to now Azusa Ave. The game was also moved from late spring/early summer to January in an effort to help players get some last-minute recruiting attention before signing day next week.
The West held up much better in the trenches than in year’s past and that’s all its offense needed to put up big numbers. Maranatha quarterback Eli Snyder threw two touchdown passes, both to Crescenta Valley receiver Jordan Lobianco.
Muir defensive back Brian Reyes had two interceptions, one of them he returned for an 82-yard touchdown in the second half to give the West a 31-7 lead. It was part of a dominant effort by the West defense.
The West lead 10-0 at halftime thanks to a 38-yard field goal by Montebello’s Enrique Lozano and a 22-yard touchdown pass from Snyder to Lobianco. Reyna hit UCLA-bound Monrovia receiver Octavius Spencer on a 53-yard touchdown pass and it was 17-0 early in the third quarter.
The East got a little momentum after a turnover lead to a 1-yard touchdown run by Bonita’s Angel Verdugo. Another West turnover gave the East more hope, but the West clamped down and didn’t allow any points.
Snyder’s 27-yard touchdown pass to Lobianco on the ensuing possession made it 24-7. The East tried to answer and was driving when Reyes made his second interception of the night and took it back for a score.
La Mirada quarterback Christian Lara hit Pomona’s Manny Luna midway through the fourth quarter to close out the scoring for the East.
This is the 1952 Pomona football team, the last Pomona football team to win a CIF championship. They have a chance to win the school’s first title in 62 years. I talked to San Dimas coach Bill Zernickow about Pomona after the Saints’ 41-14 loss. Zernickow said Pomona is the most athletic team he’s ever coached against in high school or college.
CIF-SS Playoff Preview show with listed times of each preview
— Open with South Pasadena forfeit fiasco 11:30 mark: Pac-5 Playoff preview 30:45 mark: Central Division preview 39:30 mark: Southeast Division preview 51:00 mark: Mid-Valley Division preview
CIF-SS Area Playoff Predictions by Fred Robledo Pac-5 Division First Round
St. John Bosco over Long Beach Cabrillo
St. Bonvaenture over Norco
Santa Margarita over Crespi
Servite over Long Beach Poly
Corona Centennial over Serra
Mater Dei over Westlake
Bishop Amat over Lakewood
JSerra over Corona Santiago Quarterfinals
St. John Bosco over St. Bonaventure
Santa Margarita over Servite
Corona Centennial over Mater Dei
Bishop Amat over JSerra Semifinals
St. John Bosco over Santa Margarita
Corona Centennial over Bishop Amat Championship
St. John Bosco over Corona Centennial
Colony over La Canada
Glendora over Summit
Charter Oak over Colton
Claremont over San Marino
Kaiser over Bonita
West Covina over Chaffey
Los Altos over South Hills
Monrovia over Don Lugo Quarterfinals
Glendora over Colony
Charter Oak over Claremont
West Covina over Kaiser
Monrovia over Los Altos Semifinals
Charter Oak over Glendora
West Covina over Monrovia Championship
Charter Oak over West Covina
Mid-Valley Division First Round
Paraclete over Bassett
Azusa over El Monte
La Puente over Montebello
Northview over Brentwood
Pomona over Christa McAuliffe
San Dimas over Baldwin Park
Rosemead over Covina
Sierra Canyon over Bell Gardens Quarterfinals
Paraclete over Azusa
Northview over La Puente
Pomona over San Dimas
Sierra Canyon over Rosemead Semifinals
Northview over Paraclete
Pomona over Sierra Canyon Championship
Pomona over Northview
Find out why South Pasadena was forced to forfeit its 21-3 victory over La Canada. Rio Hondo League administrators decided to ban South Pasadena from the postseason after learning of an unspecified rules violation. Trouble is, they didn’t tell South Pasadena players until the busride home. South Pas players had thought it clinched its first playoff berth since 2003. Tigers coach Martin Konrad was not at Friday’s victory over La Canada. Apparently players from neither team knew about the ruling. Click the thread for a statement from principal Janet Anderson and athletic director Greg Luna: (To continue click thread).