Los Altos is poised to have a breakout year with one of the best running backs in the Valley, Tyler Nevens. And no better way to start that with an opener at defending Central Division champ, San Marino. Fred and Aram discuss their chances.
TRIBSKIN FOOTBALL PICK’EM
The Game: Aram Tolegian and I will go head to head throughout the football season picking winners. If we don’t pick 80 percent winners, we’re not doing our job. Follow along.
The Bet: Loser buys winner at the restauraunt of the winner’s choice. Period. That’s it.
My thoughts: Finally, the football season is here and the first weekend is packed with some intriguing games. There’s not a better non-league local game that Charter Oak taking on Northview on Thursday to kick it all off. All summer I’ve been going with Northview, but I’m getting hammered by people saying at the end of the day, no matter how much the Vikings are improved, the Vikings defense won’t be able to handle Charter Oak’s athletes or its spread offense. Hearing Charter Oak could score at will, but I’m sticking with my guns and calling a Vikings upset. Just how far has Bishop Amat fallen? We’ll find out when they take on one of the best in California in Mater Dei. Will it be a 40 plus point blowout? Will Amat hang and show everyone this is a reload not a rebuild? I’m leaning toward the Lancers getting blown out, but if there is one big advantage on their side, it’s that it’s the first week at Kiefer and mistakes happen in early games so they have that chance, but not betting on it. Amat is always one of the best coached teams regardless of talent, but the talent gap may be too much even for Hagerty and staff to overcome. Smudge Pot? Who do you like? San Dimas lost 28-7 to Bonita last year with a team that advanced to the Mid-Valley Division title game. The Saints probably aren’t as good as last year and with Bonita breaking in a new coach, the Cats should have not only the normal size advantage, but also the advantage of wanting to start their new coach in style, so going with the ‘Cats. I’m more and more convinced that Los Altos is the real deal and could smash San Marino in the opener, and but also feel South Hills, West Covina and Glendora will all lose.
Northview vs. Charter Oak at Covina District Stadium, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Northview); Tolegian (CO)
Southlands Christian vs. Marshall at Pasadena, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Southlands); Tolegian (SC)
Mater Dei at Bishop Amat, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Mater Dei); Tolegian (MD)
San Dimas at Bonita, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bonita); Tolegian (Bonita)
Los Altos at San Marino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Los Altos); Tolegian (LA)
California at Schurr, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Schurr); Tolegian (Cal)
Arcadia at Bell Gardens, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bell Gardens); Tolegian (Arcadia)
Bassett at Mountain View, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bassett); Tolegian (MV)
Buena Park at Pasadena, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Buena Park); Tolegian (Buena Park)
Cathedral at Santa Fe, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Cathedral); Tolegian (Cathedral)
Chino at Damien, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Damien); Tolegian (Chino)
Compton at Muir, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Compton); Tolegian (Muir)
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)
El Toro at La Habra, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Habra); Tolegian (LA)
Garey at Nogales, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Nogales); Tolegian (Nogales)
Gladstone at South El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SElMonte); Tolegian (SEM)
Glendale at Cantwell-Sacred Heart, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Cantwell); Tolegian (CSH)
Glendora at Kaiser, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Kaiser); Tolegian(Glendora)
Keppel at Ganesha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Ganesha); Tolegian (Ganesha)
La Canada at Hawthorne, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Hawthorne); Tolegian (LC)
La Mirada vs. Orange Lutheran at Orange Coast College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Orange Lu); Tolegian (OLu)
Maranatha at Rim of the World, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Maranatha); Tolegian (Maranatha)
Monrovia vs. Burbank, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Burbank); Tolegian (Burbank)
Norwalk at El Rancho, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Norwalk); Tolegian (Norwalk)
Pasadena Poly at Temple City, 7 p.m. — Robledo (PPoly); Tolegian (TC)
San Gabriel at Montclair, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Montclair); Tolegian (Montclair)
Sierra Vista at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Puente); Tolegian (SV)
Sonora vs. Whittier at California High, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Sonora); Tolegian (Sonora)
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)
Bishop vs. Whittier Christian at Whittier College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bishop); Tolegian (Bishop)
Gabrielino at San Diego Clairemont, 6:30 p.m. — Robledo (SDC); Tolegian (SDC)
La Salle at El Camino Real, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Salle); Tolegian (LS)
La Serna at La Costa Canyon, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Serna); Tolegian (LS)
Arroyo vs. Covina at Covina District Stadium, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Covina); Tolegian (Arroyo)
Bishop Amat, already thin after graduating several standouts that helped it win back-to-back Mission League titles and advance to consecutive CIF-Southern Section PAC-5 Division semifinals, is losing arguably its best returning senior just a couple weeks before its mammoth season opener against highly touted Mater Dei on Aug. 26.
Senior wide receiver and defensive back Tyler Sweet left school this week and transferred to Upland, sources have confirmed.
Why Sweet transferred so close to the start of the season is surprising, but speculation is rampant that it may have to do with how Bishop Amat handled his older brother, Torreahno Sweet, who graduated this past spring.
Tyler Sweet and his family chose not to comment when reached, and Bishop Amat coach Steve Hagerty hasn’t returned messages seeking comment.
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By Aram Tolegian
Optimism is bliss across local high school football fields at this time of year.
Nobody’s lost a game. Everyone has league championship aspirations, if not more. However, precious few teams will actually their August goals in November. Nogales is bent on making sure that won’t be its story.
The Nobles, as the season nears, are arguably the area’s biggest mystery team. They’ve switched leagues from the difficult Valle Vista League, with Northview and San Dimas at the top, to the more doable Montview League.
And should the Nobles qualify for the playoffs, they’ll be in Division 13 … the lowest in the CIF Southern Section. It’s a much-needed reset for a once-powerful program and one that could pay off big starting this year.
“I think, as a staff, taking a look at the teams we’re going to play, it definitely brings a sense that there’s a chance to make something happen,” Nobles head coach Richard Salazar said. “I think the kids kind of see it, too.”
Another reason for a sunny outlook at Nogales is the return of 15 total starters (eight offense, seven defense) from last year’s team. That includes three-year starting quarterback Matt Olguin and a couple of outstanding in receivers in 6-foot-2, 215-pound senior La Renzo Williams and James Gray. The offensive line is also a veteran group led by senior Joseph Mantilla.
Nogales has to get better on defense, especially against class teams. The Nobles allowed nearly 30 points per game, but that number should come down against lesser competition. It also helps that standout defensive tackle Jonathan Guardado, an all-league selection in 2015, is back.
Nogales doubled its win total from two games in Salazar’s first season to four games last season.
Nogales doubled its win total from two games in Salazar’s first season to four games last season. Baked in those results were some good performances in losses and also a confidence-inspiring win over Azusa, which is annually one of the favorites in the Montview League.
Based on talent, Nogales might be the favorite to win the Montview League. Just finishing in the top three would likely lead to a trip to the playoffs where, again, the Nobles have a fighter’s chance of making a deep run.
“The new division poses a real chance for us schools that need the opportunity to try be successful and build that morale,” Salazar said. “It gives us an optimal way of getting results so that we can show these kids there is an end-product to what we’re doing.
“I don’t care what division we’re in because a CIF championship is a CIF championship. I’ve been a part of a CIF championship as a player and a coach at La Habra and it’s something that doesn’t come easy. Even league championships these days are as tough as anything to get. But again, I tell these kids everyday that success is a byproduct of what you do. You’ve got to put in that work.”
Nogales opens the season on Aug. 26 against Garey.