About Fred Robledo

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

Nogales bounces back with rout over Gladstone


The Nogales High School football team needed someone to step up following its surprising loss to Azusa last week.
No one figured that player would be temporarily confined to a wheelchair.
Senior offensive and defensive lineman Joe Mantilla gave his team an inspiring talk at practice this week that sparked the Nobles to a big 56-6 win over Gladstone in Montview League action at Citrus College on Thursday night.

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Great story on what high school coaches face dealing with parents and administration

A High School Football coach in the midwest quits during the season, alleging that his own school’s administration forced him to meet with parents over their kids playing time…..

“I cannot be employed by a district that allows parents to dictate where their child should be playing on the football field, nor can I consent to a parent to allow their child to continue to play football after their son has undermined the football team and staff by failing at a coordinated attempt to organize a walk out.
“Members of a team have a responsibility to behave on and off the field in a way to contribute to the team’s effort to be as successful as it can. As a coach, that is my responsibility to uphold that obligation with support from administration. I do not have that support. I have always had a policy of not discussing playing time with parents, yet I have been thrust into two such meetings by administration where playing time was allowed to be discussed.” –
Red Wing HS coach John Ott


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Charter Oak’s Big Lou Farrar needs one more victory for No. 300


By Aram Tolegian
The watch for win No. 300 is on for Charter Oak High School football coach Lou Farrar.
And yet the milestone is the furthest thing from Farrar’s mind when he heads out to the field every day.
“I don’t ever think about it unless somebody starts talking about it,” Farrar said. “It’s not for me, personally. I’ve had coaches on my staff for 25 years and it’s as much about them as it is me. It’s not a Lou Farrar thing, it’s a Charter Oak football thing.”Maybe so, but Big Lou is Charter Oak football. He’s the only head coach the school has ever had since it opened in 1985 as a merger between Royal Oak and Charter Oak. He’s a beacon of stability in an era of coaches who bounce around jobs like ping pong balls. He’s as much a part of the Valley as smog and traffic.
Farrar’s first try for win No. 300 comes Friday at Chino. The Chargers are in the midst of another fantastic season, despite a major injury to quarterback Bret Clemetson. Charter Oak is 6-0, ranked No. 1 in CIF Southern Section Division 4, but the last two wins haven’t come easy. And Farrar warns that anyone planning a 300 party for Friday doesn’t know how good Chino is.

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Tribskin Pick’em: Going with Damien, Charter Oak, Glendora to win; Bishop Amat to lose


This Week’s games and predictions
SGVN Football Schedule
All games start at 7 p.m. unless noted
Thursday’s Games
Del Rio League

Pioneer at California — Robledo (California); Aram (California)
Montview League
Gladstone vs. Nogales at Citrus College — Robledo (Nogales); Aram (Nogales)

Friday’s games
Almont League

Bell Gardens at Keppel — Robledo (BG); Aram (BG)
Montebello at Schurr — Robledo (Montebello); Aram (Montebello)
San Gabriel vs. Alhambra at Moor Field — Robledo (Alhambra); Aram (SG)
Angelus League
Cathedral at La Salle — Robledo (Cathedral); Aram (Cathedral)
St. Paul at Harvard-Westlake — Robledo (St. Paul); Aram (HW)
Baseline League
Upland at Damien — Robledo (Damien); Aram (Upland)
Del Rio League
El Rancho at Santa Fe — Robledo (Santa Fe); Aram (El Rancho)
Whittier vs. La Serna at California — Robledo (La Serna); Aram (La Serna)
Freeway League
Sonora at La Habra — Robledo (La Habra); Aram (La Habra)
Hacienda League
Charter Oak at Chino — Robledo (Charter Oak); Aram (Chino)
Walnut at Los Altos — Robledo (Los Altos); Aram (Los Altos)
West Covina at Diamond Ranch — Robledo (WCovina); Aram (WCovina)
Miramonte League
Garey at Pomona — Robledo (Pomona); Aram (Pomona)
La Puente at Bassett — Robledo (La Puente); Aram (La Puente)
Mission League
Serra at Bishop Amat — Robledo (Serra); Aram (Serra)
Mission Valley League
El Monte at Gabrielino — Robledo (El Monte); Aram (El Monte)
Marshall at Arroyo — Robledo (Arroyo); Aram (Arroyo)
South El Monte at Rosemead — Robledo (South); Aram (South)
Montview League
Azusa at Duarte — Robledo (Duarte); Aram (Azusa)
Workman at Sierra Vista — Robledo (Sierra Vista); Aram (Sierra Vista)
Olympic League
Maranatha vs. Whittier Christian at Whittier College — Robledo (Maranatha); Aram (WC)
Pacific League
Burbank vs. Arcadia at Burroughs — Robledo (Burbank); Aram (Arcadia)
Crescenta Valley vs. Pasadena at Glendale — Robledo (CV); Aram (CV)
Hoover at Muir — Robledo (Muir); Aram (Muir)
Palomares League
Ayala at Diamond Bar — Robledo (Ayala); Aram (Ayala)
Bonita at Claremont — Robledo (Bonita); Aram (Bonita)
South Hills vs. Glendora at Citrus College — Robledo (Glendora); Aram (Glendora)
Rio Hondo League
San Marino at Temple City — Robledo (San Marino); Aram (San Marino)
South Pasadena at La Canada — Robledo (South Pas); Aram (La Canada)
Suburban League
La Mirada at Bellflower — Robledo (La Mirada); Aram (La Mirada)
Valle Vista League
Covina at Baldwin Park — Robledo (Covina); Aram (Covina)
Rowland vs. Northview at Covina District Field — Robledo (Northview); Aram (Vikes)
San Dimas at Wilson — Robledo (San Dimas); Aram (Saints)
Bosco Tech vs. Pasadena Poly at South Pasadena High — Robledo (PPoly); Aram (PPoly)
Rio Hondo Prep at Santa Clara — Robledo (RH Prep); Aram (RH Prep)
Upland Christian vs. Southlands Christian at Nogales — Robledo (Upland C); Aram (UC)

Saturday’s games
Angelus League

Salesian at St. Francis — Robledo (St. Francis); Aram (St. Francis)
Cantwell-Sacred Heart vs. St. Genevieve at Sun Valley Poly High — Robledo (Cantwell); Aram (Cantwell)

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Tribune Super 32 Football Rankings: Los Altos No. 1, Bishop Amat moves to No. 2

Tribune Super 32 Football Rankings
1. Los Altos (6-0) – Still best of the rest after a convincing victory over Diamond Ranch and now the favorite to win the Division 6 title.
2. Bishop Amat (5-2) – Back to back wins over the Division 2 teams in the Mission, but next three won’t be as easy.
3. Charter Oak (6-0) — West Covina gave the undefeated Chargers all they could handle, but Chargers found a way to win again.
4. San Dimas (6-0) – There’s no stopping the Saints train at the moment and probably no team other than Northview has a realistic shot in the Valle Vista.
5. Damien (5-1) – Beating Chino Hills could go a long way to securing a Division playoff berth.
6. Northview (5-1) – Vikings routed rival Covina and should rout everyone else until the big one with San Dimas.
7. Arroyo (6-1) – Might as well pencil in 9-1, there is no way the Knights are losing to anyone in the Mission Valley.
8. West Covina (3-3) – Bulldogs might be .500, but among the teams ranked here, eighth best is fair.
9. South Hills – (3-3) – October Huskies much better than September Huskies.
10. Diamond Ranch (3-3) – Didn’t expect it to beat Los Altos and considering schedule, .500 record is pretty good.
The Rest: 11. South El Monte (5-1), 12. Nogales (5-1), 13. Glendora (2-4), 14. Bonita (3-3), 15. Baldwin Park (4-2), 16. Sierra Vista (5-1), 17. Covina (3-3), 18. Duarte (4-2), 19. Azusa (3-3), 20. Rowland (3-2), 21. Mountain View (2-5), 22. El Monte (4-3), 23. La Puente (4-2), 24. Diamond Bar (2-4), 25. Ganesha (3-4), 26. Workman (2-4), 27. Pomona (1-6), 28. Rosemead (2-5), 29. Wilson (0-5), 30. Walnut (0-6), 31. Bassett (0-7), 32. Gladstone (0-6).

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Charter Oak hangs on, beats West Covina; Azusa shocks undefeated Nogales


Charter Oak holds on, remains undefeated: Charter Oak stayed undefeated because of a huge performance from a player that didn’t think he would be able to play, what turned out to be the winning touchdown on a rugby-style play, and a defensive stop with 2:21 left in the game to clinch a 27-24 win over West Covina in the Hacienda League opener for both teams.
The Chargers’ defense, led by linebacker Dillon Ontiveros, stopped the Bulldogs fourth-and-1 from the 12-yard line to sew up the win.
“I considered going for the field goal,” Bulldogs coach Mike Maggiore said. “But we had the momentum and wanted to go in and win the game. But they made a big play and we didn’t.”

Damien beats Chino Hills: The first couple weeks of league play really set the tone for high school football. Come out hot, and you are in prime position to make the postseason. Come out sluggish, and you have to make your way back into contention. The Baseline League, other than preseason favorite Rancho Cucamonga, is wide open.
So teams like Upland, Chino Hills, Damien, Etiwanda and Los Osos need to get in the win column early. Damien started slowly, but proved Friday night it was in for the long haul. Warren Bryan continued his stellar junior season, completing 18 of his 25 passes for 278 yards and two touchdowns, and the Spartans (5-1, 1-0) cruised to a 27-12 victory over host Chino Hills.

Northview steps on the gas: The Northview High football team opened Valley Vista League play with an impressive display on offense and defense in a 49-7 victory over Covina at Covina District Field on Friday night.
Northview (5-1, 1-0) was led by its offensive leader, quarterback Steven Comstock. The junior was 16 for 25 for 222 yards and four touchdowns with one interception. He also rushed 11 times for 110 yards and one touchdown.

Glendora routs Diamond Bar: Glendora sprinted out of the gate in its Palomares league opener Friday night and beat host Diamond Bar 42-8. The Tartans (2-4, 1-0) were led by lighting-fast quarterback Bryce Wooldridge. In the first half, he had two rushing touchdowns of over 40 yards. On both, he pulled down the read-option and beat everyone to the sideline — once for 45 yards and once for 42.

Azusa stuns undefeated Nogales: Nogales High School had a rude awakening to Montview League football on Friday night.The Nobles, after playing in the Valle Vista League for the last few seasons, were off to their best nonleague start in more than 20 years.
But Azusa (3-3) sent Nogales (5-1) back to reality in the league opener for both teams with a 21-7 victory.
Gabriel Whitworth ran for two touchdowns and took advantage of Nogales turnovers for the stunning victory.

Friday’s results
Baseline League
Damien 27, Chino Hills 12 — Huge step toward a Division 4 playoff berth in Baseline opener
Hacienda League
Charter Oak 27, West Covina 24 – Chargers’ fourth quarter goal-line stand pulls it out.
Chino 63, Walnut 13 — Going to be a long year in Hacienda for the Mustangs.
Los Altos 29, Diamond Ranch 13 — Expected a close one and got one, but L.A. still unbeaten.
Miramonte League
Bassett at Garey
Pomona 36, Ganesha 8 — Red Devils feel right at home in the Miramonte.
Mission League
Bishop Amat 38, Crespi 17 — Amat raced to a huge lead and dominated more than final score indicates.
Mission Valley League
Arroyo 41, El Monte 13 — Knights well on their way to going undefeated in MVL.
Rosemead 35, Gabrielino 14 — Panthers a good bet to finish third when all said and done.
Marshall 42, Mountain View 34 — Vikings not happy about losing a close one.
Montview League
Azusa 21, Nogales 7 — Upset shocker of the night as Division 13 No. 3 and undefeated Nogales falls.
Sierra Vista 47, Gladstone 0 — Dons starting to put something serious together.
Duarte 27, Workman 6 — Thought the Falcons would win much easier.
Palomares League
Ayala 20, Bonita 7 — Bearcats hardest team to figure out.
Glendora 42, Diamond Bar 8 — Tartans feel right at home in the Palomares.
Valle Vista League
Baldwin Park 42, Wilson 0 — Braves a good best to finish third in VVL.
Northview 49, Covina 7 — Vikings step on the gas in rout of rival.
San Dimas 49, Rowland 18 — Only surprise is the Raiders scored 18 points.

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