After getting whipped in Week 0 by Mater Dei in front of a Southland TV audience, Bishop Amat came back and beat Servite last week, 14-10. Now Amat returns home to face JSerra, who is 2-0 after beating Alemany 28-27 in overtime last week. It should be a great game at Kiefer, who are you picking? We discuss it.
Bonita answered it’s Week 0 disaster losing to rival San Dimas 42-14 with a 36-28 victory over Santa Fe. So just how good are the Bearcats? They will get a solid test to answer against undefeated South Pasadena (2-0) on the road Friday.
Watch SCPL host Tarek Fattal take you through Week 1 highlights throughout the Southland, including the big buzz over the weekend, Salesian refusing to shake hands with Calabasas in the pre-game coin flip. Watch!
TRIBUNE SUPER 32 FOOTBALL RANKINGS 1. Charter Oak (1-0) – Impressive opening two weeks routing Northview followed by Colony, who was ranked third in Division 4. 2. Bishop Amat (1-1) – Learned Bishop Amat is still a capable Division 1 team beating Servite on the road week after Mater Dei rout. Another big test Friday against JSerra. 3. Los Altos (2-0) – You might say crazy, right. Los Altos blows out San Marino and Wilson and drops from No. 1 to No. 3? Sorry, rankings also about beating quality. 4. Damien (2-0) – Best Spartans have looked since making the playoffs in 2011. They have a real shot of finishing top three in the Baseline. 5. San Dimas (2-0) — Not surprised Saints won first two games, but was surprised how easy it was. 6. Northview (1-1) — All the pistons firing for the Vikings, who now have a running back to go with QB Steven Comstock and WR Antwaun Ayers. 7. Glendora (1-1) – Went back and forth with Damien before coming up short. Tartans have a lot to feel good about going forward. 8. Diamond Ranch (1-1) — A competitive 21-13 loss to Chino Hills is nothing to be ashamed of. 9. Rowland (2-0) — Solids wins over Walnut and Alhambra to start the season. 10. Nogales (2-0) — With blowout wins over Garey and Ontario, Nobles ranked in top ten for first time in years. The Rest: 11. South Hills (1-1), 12. Arroyo (2-0), 13. Covina (1-1), 14. Diamond Bar (1-1), 15. South El Monte (2-0), 16. Azusa (1-0), 17. Ganesha (2-0), 18. Bonita (1-1), 19. West Covina (0-2), 20. Baldwin Park (1-1), 21. Mountain View (1-1), 22. Duarte (1-0), 23. Sierra Vista (1-0), 24. Pomona (0-2), 25. Walnut (0-2), 26. El Monte (0-2), 27. Rosemead (0-2), 28. Bassett (0-2), 29. La Puente (0-2), 30. Wilson (0-2), 31. Workman (0-1), 32. Gladstone (0-2).
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TRIBSKIN FOOTBALL PICK’EM The Game: Aram Tolegian and I will go head to head throughout the football season picking winners. If we don’t pick 80 percent winners, we’re not doing our job. Follow along. Last week: Aram Tolegian 36-4; Fred Robledo 34-6 Overall: Aram Tolegian 67-12; Fred Robledo 58-21 My thoughts: Going to be tough to catch Aram after his Week 0 beating, and Aram was on fire again this week, missing only four in 40 games. I also did well, missing only six. We both missed Servite over Bishop Amat, Whittier over Cantwell.
This week’s games and predictions
All games scheduled at 7 p.m., unless noted
Ontario at San Dimas — Robledo (SDimas); Aram (SD)
Brethren Christian vs. Workman at La Puente — Robledo (Brethren); Aram (BC)
El Monte vs. Azusa at Citrus College — Robledo (Azusa); Aram (El Monte)
Newport Harbor vs. El Rancho at Estancia — Robledo (NHarbor); Aram (NH)
Pasadena at St. Francis — Robledo (St. Francis); Aram (SF)
University at Pioneer HS — Robledo (University); Aram (Uni) Friday’s games
JSerra at Bishop Amat — Robledo (BAmat); Aram (Amat)
Charter Oak vs. Glendora at Citrus College – Robledo (COak); Aram (CO)
Northview at Santa Fe — Robledo (Northview); Aram (Nview)
Arcadia at Monrovia — Robledo (Arcadia); Aram (Arcadia)
Claremont at Damien – Robledo (Damien); Aram (Dam)
Wilson at Nogales – Robledo (Nogales); Aram (Nogales)
Arroyo vs. Hart at College of Canyons, 7:30 p.m. – Robledo (Hart); Aram (Hart)
Ayala at Diamond Ranch – Robledo (DRanch); Aram (DR)
Bishop Diego at La Salle — Robledo (BDiego); Aram (LS)
Covina vs. Diamond Bar at Covina District Stadium – Robledo (Covina); Aram (D-Bar)
Blair vs. Inglewood at Los Angeles Southwest College – Robledo (Inglewood); Aram (I)
Bonita at South Pasadena – Robledo (Bonita); Aram (SP)
Bosco Tech vs. Carnegie at Arlington – Robledo (Carnegie); Aram (Carn)
California Military Institute at Rio Hondo Prep – Robledo (RH Prep); Aram (RHP)
Duarte at Montclair – Robledo (Montclair); Aram (Duarte)
Gladstone at Garey – Robledo (Garey); Aram (Garey)
Glendale at La Canada – Robledo (La Canada); Aram (LC)
Glenn at Mountain View – Robledo (Glenn); Aram (Glenn)
Jurupa Valley at Ganesha – Robledo (Ganesha); Aram (JV)
Keppel at Sierra Vista – Robledo (SVista); Aram (SV)
La Habra at Mission Viejo, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Mission Viejo); Aram (MV)
La Mirada vs. Mater Dei at Santa Ana Stadium – Robledo (MDei); Aram (MD)
La Serna at Mira Costa – Robledo (Mira Costa); Aram (MC)
Los Altos at Corona – Robledo (Los Altos); Aram (LA)
Marshall vs. San Gabriel at Pasadena — Robledo (SGabriel); Aram (Marshall)
Mayfair vs. Sonora at La Habra — Robledo (Sonora); Aram (Mayfair)
Notre Dame vs. St. Paul at Riverside CC – Robledo (St. Paul); Aram (ND)
Pomona at California — Robledo (California); Aram (Pomona)
Rosemead at Artesia — Robledo (Artesia); Aram (Rose)
Rowland at Bassett — Robledo (Rowland); Aram (Rowl)
Saddleback Valley Christian at Baldwin Park — Robledo (SVC); Aram (SVC)
Salesian at Cantwell-Sacred Heart — Robledo (Salesian); Aram (Salesian)
San Marino at Schurr – Robledo (San Marinio); Aram (SM)
South El Monte at Walnut – Robledo (SEMonte); Aram (SEM)
Southlands Christian vs. Riverside Prep at Diamond Bar – Robledo (RPrep); Aram (Rprep)
Temple City vs. Alhambra at Moor Field – Robledo (Alhambra); Aram (TC)
Whittier at Montebello – Robledo (Montebello); Aram (Montebello)
Whittier Christian vs. Arrowhead Christian at Redlands – Robledo (ArrC); Aram (AC)
Pasadena Poly at Los Angeles Dymally, 4 p.m. – Robledo (Poly); Aram (PP) Saturday’s game
South Hills vs. West Covina at Covina District — Robledo (WCovina); Aram (WC)
Friday’s results Damien 30, Glendora 22 — Damien QB Warren Bryan is legit and so are Spartans. Bishop Amat 14, Servite 10 — Lancers show everyone they’re back in a big way. Charter Oak 63, Colony 10 — Nobody pictured the Chargers routing Colony like this. Rowland 22, Alhambra 19 — Raiders hang on and off to quick 2-0 start St. Francis 42, West Covina 7 — Bulldogs routed in first two games. San Dimas 55, Maranatha 8 — Saints as impressive as anyone first two weeks. South Hills 12, La Canada 9 — Huskies in another defensive battle, but get win this time. Arroyo 50, Temple City 0 — Good win for Arroyo, but how far have the Rams fallen? Azusa 20, Bassett 19 — Aztecs open season by hanging on to one-point win. Chino 50, Baldwin Park 23 — Braves figured to have a tough time. Chino Hills 21, Diamond Ranch 13 – Raise your hand if you were surprised it was this close. Covina 28, Pioneer 7 – After forfeiting tie to Arroyo, Colts get first win. Don Lugo 41, Pomona 20 — New coach Greg Gano is suddenly 2-0. Viewpoint 20, Mountain View 6 — Not enough offense for the Vikings. Nogales 56, Ontario 28 — Nobles looking like the real deal we though they were. Bonita 36, Santa Fe 28 — Bearcats win the back-and-forth battle. Schurr 44, El Monte 6 — Looks like a long year for the Lions. South El Monte 27, La Puente 12 — Eagles looking like MVL contenders. St. Anthony 54, Southlands Christian 0 — Southlands having tough time after leaving eight-man. Diamond Bar 34, Walnut 9 — Brahmas bounce back after Week 0 loss.
Bishop Amat football not only graduated one of the best senior classes that advanced to back-to-back Pac-5 Division semifinals, but four seniors they had counted on to keep the train moving are no longer at the school. Here are four former Lancers who started their senior years someplace else, and how they did in Week 0.
Quarterback Jack Graham, Citrus Hill: Completed eight passes for 60 yards and four carries for 14 yards. Didn’t play second half in 31-0 win. Wide Receiver Tyler Sweet, Upland. Finished with five receptions for team-leading 133 yards in 41-22 loss to Mountain Pointe. Wide Receiver Noah Rigney, Chino Hills. The slot receiver had eight receptions for 63 yards in 19-7 win. Defensive Back Blake Jenkins, Corona Centennial. Deflected numerous passes and played a bunch for one of the best teams in the country.
Speaking of Amat, came across its 2016 hype video. Great stuff. Enjoyed the part where they showed Aram, Steve and I on PrepXtra with a “You (meaning Amat) against Can’t (meaning us). All in good fun.
Two-Minute Drill: Damien and Glendora were very impressive in Week 0, setting up Friday’s game of the week between the Tribune’s fourth-ranked Damien and fifth-ranked Glendora. They play Friday at Citrus College at 7 p.m.
Two-Minute Drill: West Covina is playing a typically tough non-league schedule. They hung with Colony for a half before getting routed in the fourth quarter last week. Will it do any better with St. Francis coming to town. We discuss. Bulldogs host the Golden Knights Friday at 7
Two-Minute Drill: La Mirada had the big win over Division 1 Orange Lutheran last week, which follows their CIF section and state titles from last year. Now it gets St. John Bosco, ranked top ten in the country by MaxPreps and we’ve got one question … Can they stay within 40?