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

Bishop Amat football players take pictures, talk about expectations for opener against Mater Dei and the season

Bishop Amat will take on Mater Dei, ranked No. 1 in the country by MaxPreps in the season opener at home on August 25. We caught up with a few of Amat’s headliners during a photo shoot at the Tribune and here is how it all went down.

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Glendora’s offensive line and QB Bryce Wooldridge keys to 2017 success

Everyone will get its first look at Glendora on Thursday, Aug. 24 against Kaiser in the season opener at Citrus College. This will be Tartans’ fans first look at how much QB Bryce Wooldridge has improved and how vaunted its offensive line is. We caught up with assistant coach Brandon Rohrer and some of the players on Tuesday to talk about it.

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Arroyo football players and coach Jim Singiser talk about returning after winning a CIF championship

Arroyo checks in at No. 10 in the all-encompassing SGVN Top Ten daily countdown: The daily Tribune/Star-News/Whittier top ten countdown begins with a surprise at No. 10 with reigning Division 12 champion Arroyo, which won its first CIF Southern Section divisional title since 1986 in dramatic fashion, beating Rancho Mirage 35-34 in overtime, winning on a do-or-die two-point conversion.

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Aram Football notes: Los Altos’ midnight practice, St. Francis QB update and Schurr’s Lance Babb II headline

By Aram Tolegian
Why ruin a good thing?
That’s the way first-year Los Altos High School football coach Hector Spathias is approaching many of his new school’s traditions, both new and old
Early Thursday morning, Spathias and his team embraced the midnight practice concept started by former head coach Dale Ziola and reserved for the team’s first workout in pads. So, there the Conquerors were into the wee hours of the morning, banging away on each other under the lights.
“We don’t want to take their identity away, we just want to build on it,” Spathias said. “It’s easier to build on what’s there and take it to the next level. So, it was good. It was fun for the kids. It was their first day in pads.
“We’ve been going in the day and it’s been really hot, so the kids really enjoyed practicing at night.”
Spathias estimated the practice was over by 3 a.m., at which point the kids left, presumably headed directly for their beds at home. The team was given the rest of Thursday off.
The Conquerors have a lot of holes to fill this season after losing last year’s dynamic senior class to graduation. The Conquerors went 13-1 in 2016 and won the Hacienda League. Ziola resigned shortly after the season.
Spathias was offensive line coach at Montebello last season, but prior to that he turned in a solid showing at Bassett, where he made a struggling program into something competitive despite battling low player turnout.

St. Francis head coach Jim Bonds confirmed Tuesday that Crespi transfer Darius Perrantes has won the Golden Knights starting QB job. Now the question is will he be eligible when the season starts?
Perrantes is currently listed on the CIF website as a sit-out-period player with eligibility for football beginning on Oct. 2. Bonds expects he’ll have his starting man, however, when the season starts after the school submits a new filing with CIF for a valid change of residence.
Perrantes won a spirited offseason battle for the quarterback position. The sophomore will have plenty to work with as St. Francis has a standout in receiver Greg Dulcich, who was also part of the quarterback competition at one point. Experienced running back Elijah Washington is also back.

The college offers continue to roll in for Schurr receiver Lance Babb II. Just this week, New Mexico, Wyoming and Colorado State have joined the fray seeking Babb’s services next season.
Among others, Babb already has offers from Air Force, Army and Idaho. He’s part of a loaded Schurr offense that has returning experience at all of the skill positions. Babb had 57 receptions for 1,153 yards and 13 touchdowns last season.

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Charter Oak players and coach Lou Farrar talk about the summer, recruiting and expectations

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Let the countdown to the high school football season begin …

First day of the high school football season is roughly three weeks away and what I’ll do is post football schedules, results and stories for Whittier, Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley Tribune here on the blog throughout the season as well as two-minute drills and predictions.
As a countdown to the football season, we’ll unveil a best of the best all-encompassing top ten that combines the Tribune, Star-News and Whittier Daily News beginning Monday featuring the tenth-ranked team, and continue the countdown daily until we crown No. 1 on Aug. 18, roughly a week before the season begins. Between now and then, if you have story ideas, transfer news to share or anything you think our readers need to know, email me at frobledo@scng.com or hit me up on twitter at @sgvnsports. Until Monday, here is a look at the Week 0 football schedule. It opens with a triple-header that features Glendora and South Hills in games Thursday night, followed by Bishop Amat taking on Mater Dei Friday along with Northview thinking it can upset Charter Oak the same evening. On Saturday, the weekend closes out with one of the areas best rivalries, the Smudge Pot, featuring San Dimas and Bonita.

Thursday, Aug. 24

Glendora vs. Kaiser at Citrus College, 7 p.m.
Pasadena at Buena Park, 7 p.m.
Crenshaw vs. South Hills at Covina District Field, 7 p.m.
Poinciana vs. Whittier Christian at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Kissimmee, FL, 6 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 25
Alhambra vs. South El Monte at Moor Field, 7 p.m.
Alta Loma at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m.
Arcadia at La Salle, 7 p.m.
Baldwin Park at El Monte, 7 p.m.
Burbank at Monrovia, 7 p.m.
Cantwell-Sacred Heart at Glendale, 7 p.m.
Chaparral at Rancho Cucamonga, 7 p.m.
Covina at Arroyo, 7 p.m.
Damien at Chino, 7 p.m.
Gabrielino at Costa Mesa, 7 p.m.
Ganesha at Sierra Vista, 7 p.m.
Gladstone vs. Wilson at Citrus College, 7 p.m.
Hawthorne at La Canada, 7 p.m.
Keppel at Malibu, 4 p.m.
La Habra at Upland, 7 p.m.
Orange Lutheran at La Mirada, 7 p.m.
Maranatha at Rim of the World, 7 p.m.
Marshall vs. Duarte at Pasadena High, 7 p.m.
Mater Dei at Bishop Amat, 7 p.m.
Montclair at San Gabriel, 7 p.m.
Muir at Compton, 7 p.m.
Nogales at Garey, 7 p.m.
Northview at Charter Oak, 7 p.m.
Norwalk vs. El Rancho at Excelsior Adult School, 7 p.m.
Pasadena Poly at Temple City, 7 p.m.
Rosemead at South Pasadena, 7 p.m.
Rowland at Walnut, 7 p.m.
San Marino at Los Altos, 7 p.m.
Santa Fe at Cathedral, 7 p.m.
Savanna at Bassett, 7 p.m.
Schurr at California, 7 p.m.
Sonora vs. Whittier at La Habra, 7 p.m.
Southlands Christian at Arrowhead Christian, 7 p.m.
Viewpoint at Mountain View, 7 p.m.
West Covina at Colony, 7 p.m.
Workman at La Puente, 7 p.m.
Bakersfield Centennial at Diamond Ranch, 7 p.m.
Garfield at Montebello, 7 p.m.
San Diego Montgomery at Pioneer, 7 p.m.
St. Paul at Venice, 7 p.m.
Saturday, August 26
San Dimas vs. Bonita at Citrus College, 7 p.m.
La Serna vs. La Costa Canyon, 7 p.m.

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Charter Oak QB Matt Takata transfers to La Mirada

Just a month before the high school football season begins, Matt Takata, who had been battling for the starting quarterback spot at Charter Oak, left the school to enroll at La Mirada and is already practicing with his new team.
Takata, one of a handful of quaterbacks that platooned for the Chargers when Brett Clemetson was lost to a broken collarbone, completed 45 of 82 passes for 811 yards and four TDs. He had his best game against Chino, throwing for 409 yards and three TDs.
It appeared the Chargers’ starting QB spot was Takata’s to lose, but in the Battle of the Beach summer passing tourney and during a recent scrimmage with Bishop Amat, Jalen Palacios, a senior, improved his stock and may have pushed himself ahead of Takata on the depth chart.
Palacios, who was a WR and DB last season, was not part of the many QBs who platooned last year following Clemetson’s injury because he was recovering from an injury of his own. Palacios tore his ACL early in the season against Glendora and was lost for the year.
With Takata now at La Mirada, you can pencil in Palacios as the starting QB. No word on whether Takata will be eligible right away or if he will have to wait for the sit-out-period to end.

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