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

Charter Oak gives coach Lou Farrar 300th win; Upland beats Damien; Glendora beats SHills

Charter Oak’s Big Lou gets No. 300 Charter Oak High School’s Lou Farrar has been one of the area’s top football coaches for more than three decades, and now he has a milestone to go with his first-rate reputation — 300 wins.
Matthew Takata threw for 409 yards and three touchdowns and Charter Oak got its legendary coach his magic number Friday with a 45-21 victory over host Chino in a Hacienda League game.

Isaiah Hamilton had three receptions for 193 yards and two touchdowns and Jermaine Braddock had four for 131 for the Chargers (7-0, 2-0). Willie Morris had 119 yards receiving and two touchdowns for the Cowboys (4-3, 1-1).

Third quarter dooms Bishop Amat: Bishop Amat’s hopes of back-to-back Mission League football titles ended with a 21-point outburst by visiting Serra in the third quarter that turned a defensive battle into an easy 28-12 Cavaliers victory Friday at Kiefer Stadium.
Bishop Amat’s offense struggled all night, but its defense played well enough to give it a 6-0 halftime lead behind Shazel Shakr’s 27- and 34-yard field goals.

Glendora hangs on for win: The Glendora football team knows that league titles aren’t won in mid-October.
But, after the Tartans thwarted a wild last-second rally to secure a 30-28 victory over South Hills on Friday night, they took the inside track in the race for the Palomares League championship.
South Hills quarterback Christian Martinez connected with Tahron Tolbert for an 11-yard score, pulling the Huskies to within 30-28 in the final seconds. South Hills then recovered an onside kick at midfield, setting up one final play.

West Covina outlasts Diamond Ranch: West Covina earned a tough road win with a 20-13 victory over Diamond Ranch on Friday in Hacienda League play.For a game this early in the league season, it had major implications.
Last year, the matchup between the teams was the difference between making the playoffs and not. Diamond Ranch was the third team to make the playoffs from the Hacienda League, with West Covina left out.

Friday’s results
Baseline League
Upland 30, Damien 17 — Was the game the Spartans needed to firm up a Division 4 playoff berth. May be tough now.
Hacienda League
Charter Oak 45, Chino 21 — Victory gives legendary coach Lou Farrar win No. 300.
Los Altos 52, Walnut 7 — Conquerors inching closer to big game at Charter Oak in Week 9.
West Covina 20, Diamond Ranch 13 — Thought all along the Bulldogs were third best in Hacienda.
Miramonte League
Pomona 44, Garey 21 — Miramonte League has been a blessing for Red Devils.
La Puente 41, Bassett 14 — Warriors having better year than most expected.
Mission League
Serra 28, Bishop Amat 12 — Amat is 2-0 against Mission Division 2 teams and 0-2 against Mission Division 1 teams.
Mission Valley League
El Monte 33, Gabrielino 17 — Lions need to keep winning to keep playoff hopes alive.
Arroyo 41, Marshall 0 — Knights looking more impressive with each victory.
South El Monte 20, Rosemead 15 — Shocker is was so close or maybe just Arroyo after affects.
Montview League
Duarte 21, Azusa 6 — Looking like Falcons have inside track toward Montview title.
Workman 24, Sierra Vista 14 – For me, this was the shocker of the night.
Palomares League
Ayala 28, Diamond Bar 3 — Brahmas struggling way more than I thought it would.
Claremont 47, Bonita 31 — Bearcats not looking like team that surprised us a few weeks ago.
Glendora 30, South Hills 28 — Could be game that propels Tartans to the Palomares league title.
Valle Vista League
Covina 35, Baldwin Park 17 — Was the game for third best in the Valle Vista.
Northview 41, Rowland 15 — Vikes set for San Dimas next.
San Dimas 53, Wilson 6 — Saints set for Northview next.

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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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