2-MINUTE DRILLS: Norco at Bishop Amat, Pac-5
2-MINUTE DRILLS: Central Division first round predictiions
2-MINUTE DRILLS: Mid-Valley Division first round predictions
2-MINUTE DRILLS: Southeast Division first round predictions
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
CIF FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PREDICTIONS
First Round Winners
Corona Centennial over Chaminade
Orange Lutheran over St. Bonaventure
Mater Dei over Lakewood
Serra over Westlake
Oaks Christian over Long Beach Jordan
Bishop Amat over Norco
Loyola over Long Beach Wilson
St. John Bosco over Corona
Corona Centennial over Orange Lutheran
Mater Dei over Serra
Bishop Amat over Oaks Christian
St. John Bosco over Loyola
Corona Centennial over Mater Dei
St. John Bosco over Bishop Amat
Corona Centennial over St. John Bosco
First Round Winners
Charter Oak over Ayala
Monrovia over Grand Terrace
Colony over Kaiser
Glendora over South Pasadena
San Marino over Diamond Ranch
Bonita over Don Lugo
Chino over Chaffey
Summit over South HIlls
Charter Oak over Monrovia
Colony over Glendora
San Marino over Bonita
Summit over Chino
Charter Oak over Colony
San Marino over Summit
Charter Oak over San Marino
First Round Winners
Sierra Canyon over El Monte
Baldwin Park over Schurr
Northview over Rosemead
Pomona over Brentwood
Montebello over Viewpoint
Covina over Arroyo
San Dimas over Bassett
Paraclete over Azusa
Sierra Canyon over Baldwin Park
Northview over Pomona
Montebello over Covina
San Dimas over Paraclete
Sierra Canyon over Northview
San Dimas over Montebello
Sierra Canyon over San Dimas
Arroyo wins MVL: There wasn’t much hoopla when Arroyo High School football coach Jim Singiser won his 100th game last week.Singiser said all week that win 101 would be much sweeter.
His team made sure of it on Friday night with a 38-21 victory over rival Rosemead to win the Mission Valley League championship and send the Knights into the playoffs with an 8-2 record.“And 102 will be sweeter than 101,” Singiser said moments after he won his eighth league championship in 13 years as Arroyo head coach. “This is sweet because you saw the environment. We went into the locker room before the game, and I’m not kidding you, there was a line of people to get into this game all the way back to where we were near the cafeteria.
Bishop Amat rolls into playoffs: Bishop Amat did not start with a flourish, but by the time it ended up Friday night’s game at Loyola, the Lancers had picked up plenty of momentum heading into the CIF-SS Pac-5 Division playoffs that begin next week.
The Lancers scored just before halftime to take a seven-point lead, and went on to a convincing 24-3 triumph in the regular-season finale at Loyola.
Northview wins Valle Vista: Northview High School clinched the Valle Vista League title and took home the crosstown crown trophy for the fourth consecutive year with a 42-28 win over Covina on Friday night.
Echols scores six TDs: Charter Oak High School, ranked No. 1 in the CIF Southern Section Central Division, put the finishing touches on what it hopes will be enough to earn the Chargers the top seed when the playoff pairings are announced Sunday with a 49-14 victory over visiting West Covina on Friday night.
Los Osos 21, Damien 14 – Not a great finish for Sparty, who misses playoff again.
Diamond Ranch 24, Los Altos 18 — Panthers reach playoffs, Conqs out unless it gets at-large
Chino 56, Walnut 14 — Chino earns playoff berth.
Charter Oak 49, West Covina 14 — Zion Echols scores six TDs as Chargers eliminated WC from playoffs.
Ganesha 42, Garey 30 – Giants could be dangerous playoff team
Pomona 61, La Puente 14 — Red Devils ready to defend Mid-Valley title
Bishop Amat 24, Loyola 3 — With Serra losing, Amat clinches share of Mission League title, though Serra goes as No. 1 entry from league.
Mission Valley League
Arroyo 38, Rosemead 21 — Knights clinch outright league title.
El Monte 54, Mountain View 47 — Lions win bragging rights game.
Gabrielino 35, South El Monte 19 — Good win for Eagles to close out season.
Azusa 24, Sierra Vista 6 — Aztecs clinch playoff spot by finishing second.
Baldwin Park 49, Duarte 20 — Braves go undefeated in Valle Vista
Bonita 37, Ayala 7 — Bearcats earn playoff berth; Ayala must hope for at-large.
Glendora 25, Diamond Bar 10 — Tartans go undefeated in Palomares, likely top four seed.
South Hills 28, Claremont 27 — Huskies beat Ayala, Claremont back-to-back weeks to make playoffs
Valle Vista League
Northview 42, Covina 28 –– Vikings win outright league title
San Dimas 63, Rowland 0 — Saints finish second in Valle Vista.
Nogales 35, Wilson 8 — Nobles win game for bragging rights.
Matt Fink, Glendora, QB: The USC recruit’s numbers aren’t eye-popping, but they’re the Palomares champs, 8-1, and have a shot at a Central Division title with the Tartans’ super all-everything QB. He has thrown for 1,018 yards and 11 TDs and rushed for 734 yards and 11 TDs.
Torreahno Sweet, Bishop Amat, RB — Despite missing a game and half for reasons nobody really knows, Sweet has been unbelievable for the Lancers, rushing for 1,156 yards and an area-leading 25 rushing touchdowns. He also has had two 5 touchdown performances. If Amat hadn’t put so many teams away early, his numbers would be even more inflated.
Tyler Nevens, Los Altos, RB: Has rushed for 1,458 yards and 20 touchdowns, averaging 162 yards per game. Has been incredible in past two games, rushing for 225 yards and 2 TDS against Charter Oak, and then 269 and 4 TDs in a big win over West Covina.
Steven Nava, Rosemead, QB: The area’s leading passer has the Panthers on the verge of the Mission Valley League title with 2,309 yards and 26 touchdowns.
Steven Comstock, Northview, QB: The only sophomore on the list has the Vikings ranked fourth in the area and zeroing in on a Valle Vista league title. In terms of numbers, he’s got it all. He’s passed for 1,946 yards and 23 TDs, and also has rushed for 556 yards and 11 TDs.
Zion Echols, Charter Oak, All Purpose: Is there a better all-purpose threat than the lead playmaker on the Central Division’s top team? Not only has he rushed for 1,322 yards and 22 TDs, but also has 21 receptions and 4 TDs.
Dylan Thigpen, Damien, RB: Became the school’s all-time rushing leader this season, and all his yards were tough yards against very good opponents. He has 1,676 yards and 16 TDs.
Tyler Vaughns, Bishop Amat, WR: The USC-bound receiver has 59 receptions for 901 yards and 8 TDs. In their big 30-22 win over Chaminade, Vaughns had 11 receptions for 194 yards and a TD. And oh, he’s also a lockdown corner on defense.
Roy Barajas, El Monte, All Purpose: He’s been a numbers machine for the Lions, rushing for 1,917 yards and 24 touchdowns. He also has 35 receptions for 585 yards and 3 TDs.
Humberto Pantoja, Arroyo, QB: Leads the area in all-purpose yards for a Knights team playing for the Mission Valley league title Friday. Has thrown for 2,304 yards and 24 TDs and rushed for 347 yards and 9 touchdowns.