Thanks to Glendora kicker Caleb Watkins for sharing. We get it Caleb. Isn’t this offside? Someone? Anyone? Maybe I don’t know football as well as I should, but I’ve never seen this before. It’s a great play if you’re allowed to block a kickoff, but you can’t. And what was Los Altos thinking? I’m not going as far as saying it’s a dirty play, but good thing they didn’t take out the kicker or this could have turned ugly.
LOS ALTOS REACTION: “First and foremost, there was zero mal-intent,” Los Altos head coach Dale Ziola said. “If you notice on the film, our kid even turned away in order to avoid Caleb.
“Here’s the thought process: Caleb is a stud. He’s got a 99-percent touch-back rate on kickoffs and kicks field goals from all over the yard. So my special teams coach goes, ‘It’s going to be a touch-back anyway, so what’s a 5-yard encroachment penalty? What if we go block the opening kickoff just to knock it down, just to get the kid to go what the heck? And that’s kinda what we did, to see if we could get in his head and rattle him the rest of the night. Obviously, it didn’t work.”
TRACY MCFATE, OFFICIALS REACTION: “It’s absolutely a encroachment penalty and it should have been called as soon as the first (Los Altos) player stepped over the 40-yard line,” McFate said. “We make no excuses. There’s three officials who should have caught it. I think it was the element of surprise.
TRIBUNE SUPER 32 FOOTBALL RANKINGS
1. Bishop Amat (3-1) — No more Colony or Chino Hills easy games, the real season starts Friday with Notre Dame in town for the Mission opener.
2. Glendora (3-0) – Looking more and more like the No. 1 team in the Central.
3. Bonita (4-0) — The great preseason won’t mean anything if they can’t beat San Dimas in the Smudge Pot.
4. Charter Oak (3-1) — Can’t think of a better non-league game going into league than having the two Central heavyweights, Charter Oak and Glendora, slug it out.
5. Northview (3-1) — Back-to-back 35-0 shutouts over Baldwin Park and Walnut.
6. Los Altos (3-1) — After a big loss to Glendora, it doesn’t get any easier with Monrovia up next.
7. Diamond Ranch (3-1) — Coach Jimmy Welker deserves a lot of credit, especially for the Panthers’ defense.
8. Diamond Bar (3-1) — You didn’t think they were going undefeated did you?
9. San Dimas (2-1) — Saints thinking of only one thing: Beating Bonita in the Smudge.
10. West Covina (1-3) — There would be a lot of area teams not named Bishop Amat that would be 1-3 if they played the Bulldogs’ schedule.
The Rest: 11. Damien (1-2); 12. Pomona (2-2), 13. South Hills (1-3), 14. Arroyo (2-2), 15. Ganesha (3-1), 16. Bassett (2-1), 17. Mountain View (3-1), 18. Covina (1-2), 19. Sierra Vista (2-1), 20. El Monte (2-2), 21. Baldwin Park (1-3), 22. Walnut (1-3). 23. Rowland (1-2); 24. Gladstone (1-3); 25. Rosemead (0-4); 26. Nogales (1-2), 27. Azusa (0-3); 28. La Puente (1-3); 29. South El Monte (0-4); 30. Wilson (1-2); 31. Duarte (0-3); 32. Workman (1-2)
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Aram Tolegian Last week: 31-10; Season: 128-41
Fred Robledo Last week: 32-9; Season: 131-38
Last week: We missed a lot of the same games, but it helped I took San Clemente over La Mirada and La Habra over Los Alamitos, which I won on a Hail Mary. Aram got one back taking El Monte over Gladstone.
This week’s games and predictions
Arcadia at Glendale, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arcadia); Aram (Arc)
Azusa vs. Covina at CDF, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Covina); Aram (Covina)
Cantwell-Sacred Heart at Pioneer, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Pioneer); Aram (Pio)
La Habra at Colony, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Habra); Aram (LH)
La Salle at Bellflower, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Salle); Aram (LS)
Notre Dame at Bishop Amat, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BAmat); Aram (BA)
Mission Valley League
Marshall at El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Monte); Aram (EM)
Mountain View at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rosemead); Aram (Rose)
South El Monte at Arroyo, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Aram (Arr)
Hoover at Pasadena, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Pasadena); Aram (Pas)
Muir at Burroughs, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Burroughs); Aram (Bur)
Norwalk at La Mirada, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Mirada); Aram (LM)
Glendora at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. — Robledo (COak); Aram (CO)
San Dimas vs. Bonita at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bonita); Aram (Medrano)
Alhambra vs. South Pasadena at Moor Field, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SPas); Aram (SP)
Baldwin Park at Walnut, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BPark); Aram (BP)
Bassett at Sierra Vista, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bassett); Aram (Bass)
Cypress at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DBar); Aram (Dbar)
Duarte vs. Whittier Christian at Whittier College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Duarte); Aram (Dua)
El Rancho at Diamond Ranch, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DRanch); Aram (DR)
JSerra at St. Paul, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (JSerra); Aram (JS)
Keppel at Wilson, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Wilson); Aram (Wilson)
La Canada at Rio Hondo Prep, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Canada); Aram (LC)
La Puente vs. Viewpoint at Calabasas, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Viewpoint); Aram (View)
La Serna vs. Rancho Cucamonga at Los Osos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rancho); Aram (RC)
La Sierra vs. Northview at Covina District Stadium, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Northview); Aram (Nview)
Linfield Christian at Maranatha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Maranatha); Aram (Maranatha)
Monrovia at Los Altos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Los Altos); Aram (LA)
Montclair at Pomona, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Pomona); Aram (Pomona)
Nogales at Garey, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Nogales); Aram (Nogales)
Rowland vs. Hillcrest at Norte Vista, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Hillcrest); Aram (Hillcrest)
San Gabriel at Temple City, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Temple City); Aram (TC)
Santa Fe vs. West Covina at Pioneer, 7 p.m. — Robledo (WCovina); Aram (WC)
South Hills at Damien, 7 p.m. — Robledo (South Hills); Aram (Damien)
St. Francis at Canyon, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (St. Francis); Aram (SF)
Workman vs. Ganesha at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Puente); Aram (LP)
Pasadena Poly at Brentwood, 12:30 p.m. — Robledo (Poly); Aram (Poly)
High School Football Scoreboard live updates
Fink’s big game leads Glendora: USC-bound quarterback Matt Fink threw for 298 yards and three touchdowns, and added 124 yards rushing and another score to lead the Tartans to a 42-28 win over previously unbeaten Los Altos at Citrus College.
Sweet leads Bishop Amat: After three years of slugging it out with Bishop Amat, Chino Hills couldn’t keep up this time.Amat running back Torreahno Sweet, starting his first game since a season-opening loss to Mater Dei, scored five touchdowns and Amat never looked back, posting a 63-28 victory Friday at Kiefer Stadium.
Azusa can’t keep up with Montebello: The Montebello High football team is putting up some glossy numbers so far this season. That continued in emphatic fashion Friday night as the Oilers drilled visiting Azusa, 41-7, in a battle of unbeaten squads. Montebello (4-0) stormed to a 20-0 lead early in the second quarter and quickly left no doubt who would remain unblemished. The Oilers have now put up 164 points in four games.
South Hills no match for La Serna: Any thought of the La Serna High School football team starting a downward spiral after last week’s loss to Mira Costa was put to rest Friday.Joe Leal rushed for 89 yards and two touchdowns and the Lancers’ defense was stout for the fourth consecutive game in a 31-8 victory over South Hills in a nonleague game at Covina District Field.
Damien can’t keep up with Claremont: Claremont’s undefeated record is looking more legitimate by the week. The Wolfpack didn’t just elevate the number in the win column Friday night, it defeated its most accomplished opponent yet by its largest margin of the season, handing Damien a 42-17 loss to post the program’s first 4-0 record since 2011.
Glendora 42, Los Altos 28 — Yes, Glendora has some offense after all. Matt Fink threw for 298 yards and three TDs, and rushed for 124 yards and a score. Yeah, he’s good.
Bishop Amat 63, Chino Hills 28 — Torreahno Sweet with 111 yards and 5 touchdowns, one shy of matching Ralph Brown’s record of 6 TDs in a game in 1995.
La Serna 31, South Hills 8 — Huskies’ offense in bad shape.
Montebello 41, Azusa 7 — Oilers as impressive as anyone in the Mid-Valley.
Claremont 42, Damien 17 — Damien lost to the same Claremont team that needed a last-second field goal to beat Covina. And Covina lost to Baldwin Park tonight. Oh no, Sparty.
Charter Oak 49, Bell Gardens 0 — Would like to watch them play La Mirada again.
San Dimas 69, Rosemead 24 — When the Saints are on, they’re really on.
Diamond Ranch 35, Schurr 3 — Starting to get a feeling about the Panthers.
Tesoro 35, West Covina 0 — Nothing to gain by scheduling this far over your head.
Baldwin Park 23, Covina 20, OT — Absolute shocker of the night. Who saw this coming.
La Puente 16, Wilson 9 — Warriors needed something to feel good about.
El Monte 34, Gladstone 0 — This was the Lions team we expected from the beginning.
Bonita 49, South El Monte 7 — Knew this was a blowout before it happened. Just insert final score.
Brea Olinda 17, Diamond Bar 14 — There goes the Brahmas’ perfect season.
Villa Park 49, Pomona 14 — Red Devils aren’t use to these butt whippings.
Mountain View 51, Duarte 48 — Sounds like this was worth the price of admission.
Arroyo 48, Rowland 14 — More and more Knights look like MVL favorites.