San Dimas faces familiar foe: One of the most cringe-worthy road trips any Mid-Valley Division team can take is to Lancaster on a Friday night to take on Paraclete High School.
But perhaps the Mid-Valley team best equipped to deal with it is San Dimas, which has plenty of experience through the years against the Spirits in high-stakes games.
“It’s like a college road trip,” first-year San Dimas head coach Mark Holman said. “We’ll leave here Friday at noon, get up there at 2 and have a walk through. Have some dinner. We’ll try to make it like a normal home game.”
This weeks games and predictions
CIF-SS Playoff Schedule
All games start at 7:30 p.m., unless noted
Oaks Christian (11-0) at Bishop Amat (9-2) — Robledo (Amat); Aram (BA)
La Habra (10-1) at Laguna Hills (8-3) — Robledo (La Habra); Aram (LaHab)
San Clemente (9-2) vs. Sonora (9-2) at La Habra HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SC); Aram (SC)
La Serna (9-2) at Harvard-Westlake (8-3) — Robledo (HW); Aram (LS)
Burroughs (10-1) at St. Francis (8-3) — Robledo (St. Francis); Aram (SF)
La Mirada (8-3) at Dominguez (8-3) — Robledo (La Mirada); Aram (LM)
Monrovia (8-3) at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. (10-1) — Robledo (COak); Aram (CO)
Glendora (10-1) at Colony (8-3) — Robledo (Colony); Aram (G-Hi)
San Marino (11-0) vs. Don Lugo, 7 p.m. (6-5) — Robledo (SMarino); Aram (SM)
Sierra Canyon (11-0) at Schurr (6-5) — Robledo (Sierra Canyon); Aram (SC)
Pomona (9-2) vs. Northview (10-1), at CDF, 7 p.m. — Robledo (NView); Aram (N)
Viewpoint (6-5) vs. Covina (7-4), at West Covina HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Viewpoint); Aram (View)
San Dimas (8-3) at Paraclete (6-5) — Robledo (SDimas); Aram (Clete)
Maranatha (7-4) at Aquinas (7-4) — Robledo (Aquinas); Aram (Mara)
AMAT CRUSHES NORCO: If conventional wisdom holds true, the Bishop Amat High football team will need to defeat juggernauts St. John Bosco and Corona Centennial in consecutive weeks to win the CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division championship.
Aided by a 43-point second-quarter outburst, the Lancers (9-2) took their first step toward that tall task Friday night at Kiefer Stadium with a 72-36 first-round victory over Norco.
Don Lugo knocks out Bonita: It had been long enough since the Don Lugo High School football team had won a playoff game, the coaching staff couldn’t dig up that last postseason victory in the records.
The Conquistadores are more worried about their future after a 28-19 victory over Bonita on Friday night in the first round of the CIF-SS Central Division playoffs.
San Marino eliminates Diamond Ranch: Diamond Ranch High School’s football team gave San Marino its best game of the season, and it still wasn’t nearly enough.
The Titans improved to 11-0 with a 35-21 victory over the visiting Panthers in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Central Division playoffs on Friday night. San Marino, the division’s No. 3 seed, will visit Don Lugo in next week’s second round. San Marino’s closest game before Friday’s result was 35 points.
Covina edges Arroyo: Covina may have needed an at-large bid to make the CIF Southern Section playoffs but the Colts took advantage of the opportunity and beat fifth-seeded Arroyo 35-28 in a Mid-Valley Division first-round game on Friday night. Covina (7-4) will host Viewpoint, another at-large team, Friday at 7 p.m.
Schurr 27, Baldwin Park 26
Quarterback Miguel Aguero scored in overtime on a 1-yard run and Eddie Delgado picked off a Jacob Robles pass on a two-point conversion attempt and Schurr High School rallied for a 27-26 CIF Southern Section Mid-Valley Division first-round victory on Friday night.
The Spartans (6-5) trailed the Montview League champions (7-4) 20-10 at the half. Aguero scored in the third quarter and Pedro Moreno kicked a field goal to send it into overtime. Schurr got the ball first in OT. On third-and-5 from the 20, Aguero got a key first down on a 5-yard pass to Anthony Varela. The Spartans marched the ball to the 1, where Aguero scored and Moreno kicked the extra point.
On the Braves’ first play of overtime, Robles was sacked. But on third-and-19, he hit Louis Flores on a 34-yard pass. Two plays later, Robles scored. The Braves lined up to kick the extra point to tie the game, but when the ball went through the goalposts it was waived off, the Braves calling time out before the snap.
Baldwin Park elected to go for the win and the Braves lined up all of their receivers on the right side. Robles was supposed to lob the ball up, but the pass was more of a beeline, right to Delgado.
The Braves led 14-0 when Carlos Varguez intercepted a Arguero pass and went 82 yards for a score. Flores rushed for 107 yards and a TD for the Braves.
— Rudy Ramos
Glendora 34, South Pasadena 0
Matt Fink did it again. The Tartans’ quarterback threw two touchdown passes and scored two touchdowns himself in the first round of the Central Division playoffs in a game played at Citrus College.
Fink threw for 62 yards, completing 4-of-9 passes and he and rushed for 50 yards on nine carries. Tight end Corey Taylor scored the first touchdown and cornerback Michael Lowe, Jr. scored the second before Fink scored his pair of touchdowns. Running back Anthony Montano led the fourth-seeded Tartans (10-1) in rushing yards with 114.
The Tartans play at Colony next week.
— Vincent Nguyen
San Dimas 49, Bassett 21 Charter Oak 49, Ayala 0
Zion Echols scored four touchdowns on 11 carries and ran for 149 yards before being pulled after one carry in the second half as the top-seeded Chargers rolled to a Central Division victory.
It was the Echols and Kam Brown Show in the first half. The two combined for four rushing touchdowns as the Chargers scored on four of their five first-half possessions, taking a commanding 28-0 lead at halftime.
Echols played only one play in the second half, which was a 54-yard touchdown scamper to extend the lead to 35-0.
The Chargers’ defense forced five turnovers and sacked Ayala’s quarterback five times. Charter Oak will be at home against Monrovia in the second round.
Northview 48, Rosemead 17
Quarterback Steven Comstock used a dominating performance to lead the Vikings in a Mid-Valley Division game at Covina District Field. Northview (10-1) played Rosemead (5-6) in the opening week of the season and Northview won, 37-24. This game was much more one-sided.
Comstock completed 13 of 21 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran the ball 11 times for 203 yards and three touchdowns. The Vikings will host third-seed Pomona next week.
— Guillermo Tovar
Bishop Amat 72, Norco 36
Charter Oak 49, Ayala 0
Monrovia 27, Grand Terrace 17
Glendora 34, South Pasadeno 0
San Marino 35, Diamond Ranch 21
Don Lugo 28, Bonita 19
Summit 59, South Hills 35
Sierra Canyon 69, El Monte 18
Schurr 27, Baldwin Park 26, OT
Northview 48, Rosemead 17
Viewpoint 49, Montebello 0
Pomona 40, Brentwood 33
Covina 35, Arroyo 28
San Dimas 49, Bassett 21
Paraclete 49, Azusa 0
Oaks Christian at Bishop Amate
Monrovia at Charter Oak
Glendora at Colony
San Marino at Don Lugo
Chino at Summit
Sierra Canyon at Schurr
Pomona at Northview
Viewpoint at Covina
San Dimas at Paraclete
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Read All About the SGVs Best: There is no better feeling for a high school athlete than to see hard work pay off with a college scholarship.Several area athletes are enjoying that feeling in the coming week, including on Wednesday, which was the beginning of the early-signing period.
Bryce Peters, Damien, University of Colorado
AJ Woodall, Bonita, UC Santa Barbara
Nick Lodolo, Damien, Texas Christian University
James Free, Damien, University of Pacific
Nick Peifer, Bonita, Cal Poly Pomona
Tommy Acuna, San Dimas, Arizona
Chris Moya, South Hills, USC
Cody Dye, Walnut, New Mexico
Jacob Castillo, San Dimas, San Diego State
Hayden Petrovick, South Hills, San Diego State
Ryan Mauch, South Hills, Long Beach State
Adam Medrano, Charter Oak, Fresno State
Andre Henson, Charter Oak, Cal Poly Pomona
Griffen Herrera, Glendora, Azusa Pacific
Jacob Nemeth, Glendora, Azusa Pacific
Miranda Gil, West Covina. Bristol University
Alyssa Diaz, South El Monte, UC Santa Barbara
Samaria Diaz, Bishop Amat, New Mexico State
Alyssa Barrera, Bishop Amat, Utah
Julia Valenzuela, Bishop Amat, Cal State Fullerton
Cambria Keefer, Glendora, Rutgers University
Alexis Vargas, Bishop Amat, Whittier College
Miranda Farricker, Glendora, Arizona State University
Nicole Gutierrez, West Covina, Kansas Wesleyan University
Riley Jacobs, Glendora, UNLV
Girls Cross Country
Sam Cabrera, Bishop Amat, West Texas A&M
Girls Field Hockey
Kassidy Valentine, Glendory, Keuka College
Girls Water Polo
Carly Kesterson, Glendora, St. Francis University
Girls Field Hockey
Kassidy Valentine, Glendory, Keuka College
Catherine Sanchez, Glendora, USC
Amelia Feick, Glendora, Cal Poly, SLO
Sean Dennis, Bonita, UC Irvine
Robledo Note: Most of the picks this week were slam dunks, I don’t expect a lot of upsets. Some of the tough games were taking Covina over Arroyo, Bonita over Don Lugo, Baldwin Park over Schurr and St. Francis over Warren. Everything else I feel strong about. We’ll see.
SOUTH PAS WELCOMES SHOT AT GLENDORA: “We’re aiming to try and win it, we’re not just happy to be here,” first-year Tigers head coach C.B. Richards said. “Anybody we could have played would have been tough. Matchups-wise, Glendora has Fink but there’s unknown guys there, too, that don’t get a lot of press. And they’re very well-coached.”
This week’s playoff games and predictions
Norco at Bishop Amat, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Amat); Aram (BA)
Ayala at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. — Robledo (COak); Aram (CO)
Grand Terrace at Monrovia, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Monrovia); Aram (Mon)
South Pasadena vs. Glendora at Citrus, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Glendora); Aram (G-Hi)
Diamond Ranch at San Marino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SMarino); Aram (SM)
Don Lugo at Bonita, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bonita); Aram (Bonita)
South Hills vs. Summit at AB Miller, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Summit); Aram (Sum)
El Monte at Sierra Canyon, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Sierra); Aram (SC)
Schurr at Baldwin Park, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BPark); Aram (Schurr)
Rosemead vs. Northview at CDF, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Northview); Aram (Nview)
Brentwood at Pomona, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Pomona); Aram (Pomona)
Viewpoint at Montebello, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Montebello); Aram (Mbello)
Covina at Arroyo, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Covina); Aram (Arroyo)
Bassett at San Dimas, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SDimas); Aram (SD)
Azusa vs. Paraclete at Antelope Valley College, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Paraclete); Aram (Clete)
Paramount vs. La Serna at Pioneer, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Serna); Aram (LS)
Whittier at Downey, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Downey); Aram (Downey)
Santa Fe at La Mirada, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Mirada); Aram (LM)
St. Francis at Warren, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (St. Francis); Aram (SF)
Kennedy at La Habra, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Habra); Aram (LH)
Sonora at Tustin, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Tustin); Aram (Tust)
Pasadena Poly at Rancho Mirage, 7 p.m. — Robledo (PPoly); Aram (PP)
Maranatha at Bishop Montgomery, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BMontgomery); Aram (B-Mont)
Nipomo at Rio Hondo Prep, 7 p.m. — Robledo (RH Prep); Aram (RHP)
CIF-PLAYOFF PREVIEW: Of all the possible outcomes with the CIF-Southern Section playoff pairings released Sunday, Mission League co-champion Bishop Amat earned the best draw possible, though nothing comes easy in the CIF-Southern Section Pac-5’s marquee division.
Bishop Amat (8-2), entering the Pac-5 as the No. 2 team from the Mission League, was awarded a first-round home game against Norco (8-2), the second-place team from the Big VII League.
CIF-SS Football Playoffs
All first-round games Friday, 7 p.m.
Chaminade at No. 1 Corona Centennial
Orange Lutheran at St. Bonaventure
Lakewood at Mater Dei
Westlake at No. 4 Serra
Long Beach Jordan at No. 3 Oaks Christian
Norco at Bishop Amat
Loyola at Long Beach Wilson
Corona at No. 2 St. John Bosco
Ayala at No. 1 Charter Oak
Grand Terrace at Monrovia
Kaiser at Colony
South Pasadena at No. 4 Glendora
Diamond Ranch at No. 3 San Marino
Don Lugo at Bonita
Chaffey at Chino
South Hills at No. 2 Summit
El Monte at No. 1 Sierra Canyon
Schurr at Baldwin Park
Rosemead at Northview
Brentwood at No. 4 Pomona
Viewpoint at No. 3 Montebello
Covina at Arroyo
Bassett at San Dimas
Azusa at No. 2 Paraclete