COUNTDOWN: First full Friday has finally arrived. As always, we’ll have everything updated on Scribble Live with our team of reporters, and I’ll be tweeting updates @sgvnsports of everything I can. Mike The Cousin won’t be on location, but he’ll be on Scribble offering his usual insight and updates. Please join the chats and have some Friday night fun with us. Big game is Los Altos at defending Central champion San Marino where Aram Tolegian will be, along with the annual Smudge Pot, Bonita vs. San Dimas at Citrus College covered by Clay Fowler. Bishop Amat is hosting power Mater Dei, and there is much much more. Read our advances, watch our pre-game prediction video’s and look at all our predictions. It’s game time.
Friday Night Featured Advance capsules: Mater Dei-Bishop Amat; San Dimas-Bonita; South Pasadena-Rosemead; El Monte-Montebello; Chino-Damien; Sierra Vista-La Puente.
Preview, Los Altos at San Marino: Los Altos High School football coach Dale Ziola is sick of hearing all the preseason hype about his team. Now, he just wants them to go out and live up to it.
What better way for that to happen than to beat 2015 CIF Southern Section champion and State bowl finalist San Marino on Friday night? The two teams meet at 7 p.m. at San Marino High.
“They still have to earn it,” Ziola said. “Last year, these seniors were a fantastic junior class and what did that do for us? This day and age, juniors and even sophomores are so much a part of a varsity football team. So our seniors this year, as juniors last year, they underperformed theoretically.
Preview, Bonita-San Dimas: Talk about being thrown right into the frying pan.
New Bonita High School football coach Ibis Aguilar will make his sideline debut on Friday night against arch-rival San Dimas in the annual renewal of the Smudge Pot Game. Kickoff is 7 p.m. on Friday at Citrus College.
“To be honest, I don’t really feel like it’s more pressure than I would normally have,” Aguilar said. “I approach this game like I do any other of my games. It’s about preparing and being ready and getting kids ready.
“I feel like we’ve done our due diligence getting ready for this game as a staff and as athletes, so I’m going in there confident and ready to go.”
Friday’s Games and predictions
Mater Dei at Bishop Amat, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Mater Dei); Tolegian (MD)
San Dimas vs. Bonita at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bonita); Tolegian (Bonita)
Los Altos at San Marino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Los Altos); Tolegian (LA)
Bassett at Mountain View, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bassett); Tolegian (MV)
Chino at Damien, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Damien); Tolegian (Chino)
Diamond Bar at Alta Loma, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DBar); Tolegian (ALHS)
Diamond Ranch vs. South Hills, 7 p.m. at CDF, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DRanch); Tolegian (DR)
El Monte at Montebello, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Montebello); Tolegian (Montebello)
Garey at Nogales, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Nogales); Tolegian (Nogales)
Gladstone at South El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SElMonte); Tolegian (SEM)
Glendora at Kaiser, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Kaiser); Tolegian(Glendora)
Sierra Vista at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Puente); Tolegian (SV)
South Pasadena at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rosemead); Tolegian (SP)
Walnut at Rowland, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Walnut); Tolegian (Rowland)
West Covina at Colony, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Colony); Tolegian (Colony)
Wilson at Hoover, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Wilson); Tolegian (Wilson)
Workman at Baldwin Park, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BPark); Tolegian (BP)