About Fred Robledo

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

El Monte football ready to rock the SGV heading into opener against Montebello

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ABOVE: El Monte High School running back Roy Barajas, left, and quarterback Edward Dominguez at the El Monte campus on Tuesday, August 11, 2015. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda/ San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

EL MONTE FEELING GOOD: High expectations and the El Monte High School football team never used to be found in the same sentence.
For far too long, the Lions were an area also-ran. The playoffs were a rare occurrence and you can forget about winning the Mission Valley League championship.
But all of that has changed.As the dawn of a new season beckons, the Lions are thinking big. League championship big. Prolonged playoff run big. The culture change that head coach Joel Sanchez so badly wanted has finally materialized.

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Tribskin Pick’em: Is Bishop Amat healthy enough to beat Mater Dei in Friday’s opener?


The game: Aram and I will go head-to-head throughout the high school football season for bragging rights. Can’t believe Week 0 is here.

This week: If Bishop Amat is everything we think it is then it will go to Orange County and get a victory over Mater Dei. Health might be a concern, however. DE Andrew Vassquez is out with a knee injury, Trevon Sidney is nursing a hamstring and big offensive lineman Matt Brayton is battling a shoulder injury. Not the greatest way to start, but it’s more important they’re healthy by league than Friday’s opener.

Thursday’s games and predictions
Artesia at Pioneer, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Pioneer); Tolegian (Pioneer)
Jurupa Hills vs. Gladstone at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Jarupa Hills), Tolegian (Jarupa)
Friday’s games and predictions
Mater Dei vs. Bishop Amat at Santa Ana Stadium, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BAmat); Tolegian (Mater Dei)
La Habra at El Toro, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Habra); Tolegian (LH)
La Puente at Sierra Vista, 7 p.m. Robledo (La Puente); Tolegian (LP)
Los Altos at Baldwin Park, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Los Altos); Tolegian (LA)
Nogales vs. Azusa at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Rokbledo (Azusa); Tolegian (Azusa)
Northview at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Northview); Tolegian (Nview)
Salesian at Muir, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Salesian); Tolegian (Salesian)
San Marino at Arroyo, 7 p.m. — Robledo (San Marino); Tolegian (SM)
Schurr at Bonita, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bonita); Tolegian (Bonita)
South El Monte at Pasadena, 7 p.m — Robledo (Pasadena); Tolegian (PHS)
South Hills at Diamond Ranch, 7 p.m. — Robledo (South Hills); Tolegian (D-Ranch)
St. John Bosco at La Mirada, 7 p.m. — Robledo (St. John Bosco); Tolegian (SJB)
Agoura at St. Paul, 7:30 p.m. Robledo (St. Paul); Tolegian (St. Paul)
Alhambra vs. Western at Moor Field 7 p.m.; Robledo (Western); Tolegian (Western)
Bell Gardens at Arcadia, 7 p.m. Robledo (Arcadia); Tolegian (Arcadia)
Burbank at Monrovia, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Monrovia); Tolegian (M-Town)
Colony at West Covina, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Colony); Tolegian (West Covina)
Don Lugo at Walnut, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Don Lugo); Tolegian (Lugo)
Duarte at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Diamond Bar); Tolegian (DB)
El Rancho at Claremont, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Claremont); Tolegian (Claremont)
Ganesha at Keppel, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Ganesha); Tolegian (Ganesha)
Marshall at Southlands Christian, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SChristian); Tolegian (SC)
Montclair at San Gabriel, 7 p.m. Robledo (Montclair); Tolegian (Montclair)
Montebello at El Monte, 7 p.m. Robledo (El Monte); Tolegian (EM)
Mountain View at Bassett, 7 p.m. — Robledo (MView); Tolegian (Bassett)
Pasadena Poly at Bosco Tech, 4 p.m. – Robledo (PPoly); Tolegian (Poly)
Pomona at Oak Hills, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Pomona); Tolegian (Pomona)
Rowland vs. Alta Loma at Chaffey HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Alta Loma); Tolegian (Alta)
St. Joseph vs. Santa Fe at Pioneer, 7 p.m. — Robledo (St. Joseph); Tolegian (St Joe)
St. Monica vs. Maranatha at Santa Monica College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Maranatha); Tolegian (Maranatha)
Verbum Dei at La Canada, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Canada); Tolegian (LC)
Whittier vs. Sonora at La Habra, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Sonora); Tolegian (Sonora)
Charter Oak at Green Valley, Henderson NV., 7 p.m. — Robledo (COak); Tolegian (CO)
San Diego Clairemont at Gabrielino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SDC); Tolegian (SDC)
El Camino Real at La Salle, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Salle); Tolegian (LS)
La Serna at Chula Vista Eastlake, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Serna); Tolegian (LS)
Whittier Christian at Bishop, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bishop); Tolegian (Bishop)
Saturday’s games and predictions
Blair vs. Santa Clarita Christian at Canyon, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SCC); Tolegian (Blair)
California vs. Gahr at Pioneer, 7 p.m. — Robledo (California); Tolegian (Cal)
Mountain Empire vs. Flintridge Prep at Occidental College, 5 p.m. — Robledo (FPrep); Tolegian (FPrep)

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