About Fred Robledo

Fred J. Robledo is the local sports editor for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group

Who is Tribune Football’s Mid-Season Most Valuable Player?

With more than half the SGV on a bye week and with most leagues starting next week, who is the leader in the clubhouse for the Tribune football player of the year? I’ll list 10 choices in no particular order and you can debate.

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Steven Comstock, Northview, QB — The junior has thrown for 1,108 yards and 14 touchdowns, averaging 221 yards a game. He’s also rushed for 283 yards and that includes a 156 yard rushing performance against Don Lugo, a game in which Comstock led the Vikings on a last-minute game-winning drive in a 35-28 victory.

Sal Tovar, South El Monte, RB — The bruising back not only leads the San Gabriel Valley in rushing but he’s second in the state averaging a whopping 245 yards a game. He’s rushed for 1,227 yards and is on pace for a 2,500 yard season. He also has 18 touchdowns for the undefeated Eagles, off to their best start in years.

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Brian Casteel, Charter Oak, WR/DB — The University of Arizona commit is the undefeated Chargers’ big-game playmaker. His numbers aren’t staggering, but his influence is for the Division 4s top-ranked team. He’s averaging 67 yards with four touchdown receptions, but also has ran for five touchdowns. On defense he has an interception and usually locks down the opposing teams’ best player.

bryanWarren Bryan, Damien, QB — Has led the Spartans’ resurgence to a 4-1 record while averaging 258 yards passing with 11 touchdowns. He’s thrown for 1,292 yards and has an impressive 62 percent completion clip.

Jacob Camargo, Damien, LB — The Spartans playmaker on defense is averaging 11 tackles per game with an area best 32 solo tackles while averaging a whopping three sacks per game. Those are impressive numbers for one of the best defenses in the SGV.

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Jarell Sykes, San Dimas, RB — Can do no wrong for the undefeated Saints, averaging 162 yards a game with 650 yards for the 4-0 Saints. He’s scored at least two touchdowns in every game and his stats would be much better but he rarely plays much in the second half because the Saints are winning by an average margin of 40 points.

nevinsTyler Nevens, Los Altos, RB — Posting great numbers for the undefeated Conquerors against quality competition. He’s rushed for 1,027 yards, averaging 214 yards a game with a Valley best 19 touchdowns. In last week’s game he turned up the volume even more, rushing for 263 yards and 5 touchdowns to earn SoCal Prep Legends athlete of the week.

Marcus Ruiz, Bassett, QB — Bet you didn’t know the Olympians quarterback leads the San Gabriel Valley in passing with 1,492 yards, averaging 290 yards per game with 14 touchdowns against just three interceptions. Great numbers, only problem is the Olympians have no defense and they’re 0-5.

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Antwaun Ayers, Northview, WR — The Vikings receiver is electric, having caught the game-winning ball in the final seconds to beat Don Lugo. He leads the SVG in receiving yardage with 633 and touchdowns caught with 9. He’s averaging 126 receiving yards to boot, also best in the Valley.

Andrew Carrazco, Nogales, WR/DB — The Nobles are undefeated for the first time in more than 20 years and two-way standout Carrazco is a big reason, leading the SGV with four interceptions. On offense he’s averaging 7.6 yards a carry, but is more of a WR threat with three receptions and a touchdown.

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Thursday Countdown: San Dimas hoping to keep unbeaten season alive; El Monte on the road

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Thursday Preview: With five out of his six Valle Vista League foes guaranteed to have winning records when league play begins next week, San Dimas High School football coach Mark Holman is taking things very seriously on Thursday night.
The Saints will travel to Whittier to take on California in the final nonleague prep for both teams. Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Cal High.
“This is a big game for us,” Holman said. “My kids know it. This is the final evaluation before we head into league. The (Valle Vista) looks good this year. I’m real excited our league is doing so well.”

Thursday’s games and predictions
Mission Valley

Marshall vs. El Monte at Pasadena — Robledo (Marshall); Aram (EM)
Non-league
San Dimas at California — Robledo (San Dimas); Aram (SD)

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Tribskin Pick’em: Going with Nogales and South El Monte to remain unbeaten and Notre Dame to beat Bishop Amat

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Fred and Aram’s Football Predictions
All games at 7 p.m., unless noted’
Thursday’s games
Mission Valley

Marshall vs. El Monte at Pasadena — Robledo (Marshall); Aram (EM)
Non-league
San Dimas at California — Robledo (San Dimas); Aram (SD)

Friday’s games
Mission League

Bishop Amat at Notre Dame — Robledo (Notre Dame); Aram (Amat)
Mission Valley League
Arroyo at South El Monte — Robledo (South El Monte); Aram (Arr)
Rosemead at Mountain View — Robledo (Rosemead); Aram (Rosemead)
Pacific League
Burroughs at Pasadena — Robledo (Burroughs); Aram (Burr)
Muir at Arcadia — Robledo (Muir); Aram (Muir)
Suburban League
Norwalk vs. La Mirada at Excelsior Adult School — Robledo (La Mirada); Aram (LM)
Non-League
Azusa at Pomona — Robledo (Azusa); Aram (Pom)
Buena Park at St. Francis — Robledo (St. Francis); Aram (SF)
Duarte at Maranatha — Robledo (Maranatha); Aram (Mnatha)
Rowland at Nogales — Robledo (Nogales); Aram (Nogales)
Sierra Vista at Garey — Robledo (Sierra Vista); Aram (SV)
Sonora vs. Aliso Niguel — Robledo (Sonora); Aram (AN)
South Pasadena at Gabrielino — Robledo (South Pasadena); Aram (SP)
Victor Valley at Bassett — Robledo (Victor Valley); Aram (VV)
Whittier vs. Schurr at California — Robledo (Schurr); Aram (Schurr)
Whittier Christian at St. Margaret’s — Robledo (Whit Christian); Aram (WC)
Workman at La Puente — Robledo (La Puente); Aram (LP)

Saturday’s game
South Catholic League

Bosco Tech vs. Verbum Dei at Los Angeles Southwest College — Robledo (Verbum Dei); Aram (VD)

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Tribune Super 32 Rankings: Los Altos’ impressive month leaps Conquerors to No. 1

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1. Los Altos (5-0) – With Charter Oak struggling against South Hills and Bishop Amat coughing up a big one, time to just the most consistent to No. 1. Los Altos and RB Tyler Nevens has been sensational and the most impressive undefeated.
2. Charter Oak (5-0) — Trailing offensively challenged South Hills in the fourth quarter shows how much the Chargers will miss quarterback Bret Clemetson, who is probably lost for the season with a broken collarbone.
3. Bishop Amat (3-2) – How do you get off the floor after blowing a 9-point lead with the ball and just over a minute to go? No time to weep, at tough Notre Dame next.
4. San Dimas (4-0) – Is winning by a ridiculous average of 40 points while averaging 52 points a game.
5. Northview (4-1) – Has won four straight since season opening loss to Charter Oak and routed Pomona on Friday.
6. Damien (4-1) – Dominated Monrovia and got some of its mojo back after the tough loss to Charter Oak the week before.
7. South El Monte (5-0) – The unbelievable turnaround continues for the Eagles who have their biggest test next against Arroyo.
8. Nogales (4-0) – Hoping to finish non-league undefeated with Rowland in town on homecoming.
9. West Covina – (3-2) – After losing first two, Bulldogs have been impressive with rout of South Hills and Glendora.
10. Bonita (3-2) – Big win over Diamond Ranch gets the Bearcats back in the top ten.
The Rest: 11. Diamond Ranch (3-2), 12. Arroyo (4-1); 14. Duarte (3-1), 14. Rowland (3-1), 15. Covina (3-2), 16. Glendora (1-4), 17. Baldwin Park (3-2), 18. South Hills (2-3), 19. Diamond Bar (2-3), 20. Sierra Vista (3-1), 21. El Monte (3-2), 22. Mountain View (2-3), 23. Ganesha (2-3), 24. Workman (2-2), 25. Azusa (1-3), 26. La Puente (3-2), 27. Pomona (0-5), 28. Rosemead (0-5), 29. Wilson (0-4), 30. Walnut (0-5), 31. Bassett (0-5), 32. Gladstone (0-5).

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Bishop Amat falls on last second 49-yard field goal; Charter Oak survives South Hills scare

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Bishop Amat can’t close, lose on 49-yard FG with no time left: Bishop Amat fell apart in the final minute and Loyola made it pay with a dramatic 49-yard field goal from Diego Cacho-Sousa as time expired to lift the Cubs to an improbable 24-23 victory in Friday’s Mission League opener.
Bishop Amat led 23-14 with just over a minute to play and was driving deep in Cubs territory when it fumbled the ball.
Loyola, led by quarterback Sean O’Malley, who finished with 266 yards passing and two TDs, quickly moved the Cubs down the field, tossing a 3-yard touchdown pass to Jack Webster with 17 seconds left, cutting the Lancers’ lead to 23-21.
Bishop Amat couldn’t handle the ensuing onside kick, with Loyola’s Alex Johnson recovering it. After a short pass out of bounds, the Cubs lined up for a 49-yard field goal with 5 seconds left, and Cacho-Sousa delivered with a long line-drive that dipped over the crossbar.

San Dimas routs fourth straight team: The San Dimas football team scored on its first three drives of the game and its defense quickly established control of the game in a 49-0 rout of visiting Diamond Bar in a nonleague game Friday night.
San Dimas (4-0), which has scored 40 points or more in every game this year, scored on its first drive of the game.
Noah Maldonado took the handoff from the 2-yard line and scored to make it 7-0 with 9:56 left in the first quarter.

Bonita gets surprising win over Diamond Ranch: Bonita’s 21 points in the first 3 minutes of the second half powered the Bearcats to a 39-14 nonleague victory against Diamond Ranch Friday night. Offense and defense contributed to the three scores that completely deflated the Panthers, who didn’t score in the second half.
The momentum shift happened at the end of the first half when the Panthers were looking to add to their 14-8 lead. The Bearcats’ Randy Fertig blocked the Panthers 21-yard field goal attempt with 22 seconds left, and Bonita quarterback John Andrade followed with three completions of 17, 18 and 25 yards that set up a made 34-yard field goal for Deane Garrett.

Undefeated Duarte no match for Whittier Christian: How good is Whittier Christian quarterback Quinn Commans?Very good, but so are the Heralds, who showed it at Duarte High School on Friday.
Commans, who equaled a CIF Southern Section single-game record with nine touchdown passes last week, accounted for 398 yards and four scores to lead Whittier Christian to a 55-20 victory over the host Falcons in a nonleague game.

Friday’s results
Mission League

Loyola 24, Bishop Amat 23 — With a sure victory tucked away, Lancers inexplicably blow a 23-14 lead in final 17 seconds, losing on last second 49-yard FG.
Mission Valley League
South El Monte 56, Gabrielino 14 — The dominance continues for the Eagles, who look like the read deal in Division 13. Bring on Arroyo.
El Monte 34, Mountain View 6 – Lions look like the third-best team in the MVL.
Arroyo 16, Rosemead 0 – The Knights didn’t miss their benched starters in last week’s win, but they did this week, gutting out tough win over the Panthers.
Non-League
Brethren Christian 69, Azusa 7 — Not a great scheduling job for Azusa, especially in a down year.
San Dimas 49, Diamond Bar 0 — Saints have have won a few titles, but don’t remember any season this dominant through four wins.
Bonita 39, Diamond Ranch 14 — Bonita most impossible team to figure out. No way I thought they could beat Diamond Ranch.
La Puente 19, Gladstone 10 — Perfectly matched teams with Warriors pulling out a close one.
West Covina 30, Glendora 13 — This was the truth game for both teams and while that hurts for Glendora, West Covina must be feeling like it can contend in the Hacienda.
Los Altos 35, Newport Harbor 23 — Going to seriously have to consider leaping the Conquerors to number one after tonight.
Damien 40, Monrovia 0 — That’s how you get the sting from a tough loss to Charter Oak out of your system.
Northview 35, Pomona 0 — Offense is rolling heading into next week’s Valle Vista opener with rival Covina.
Sierra Vista 34, Bassett 28 — Dons much better than anyone tough.
Charter Oak 35, South Hills 21 — Wholly molly, the Huskies actually led 21-14 in the second half. Would have been the biggest upset in a long time.
Whittier Christian 55, Duarte 20 — Undefeated Duarte exposed, but they’ll still be a contender in the Montview.
Workman 16, Bosco Tech 0 — These are the types of games the Lobos need to schedule more often.
South East 40, Baldwin Park 26 — Braves knew they were in tough against a solid team from the City Section

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