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

Thursday Final: San Dimas, El Monte rally for wins

San Dimas High RB Jarell Sykes (#22) heads for a first half touchdown vs California High at the Condors' Whittier, Calif. campus field Sept. 29, 2016. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb, SGV Tribune/ SCNG)

San Dimas High RB Jarell Sykes (#22) heads for a first half touchdown vs California High at the Condors’ Whittier, Calif. campus field Sept. 29, 2016. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb, SGV Tribune/ SCNG)

WHITTIER — San Dimas High School was pushed for the first time this football season Thursday. But the Saints showed that when challenged, they can push back.

Jarell Sykes rushed for 141 yards and three touchdowns and San Dimas closed the nonleague portion of its schedule with a 41-14 victory over host California.
Joey Tamayo also threw for 81 yards and two scores for the Saints, who improved to 5-0. Christopher Lowden rushed for 114 yards and Andrew Reyes had 87 and two touchdowns for the Condors, who slipped to 3-2.
San Dimas outgained Cal, 278-62 during the second half to finish with an advantage of 404-273.
San Dimas, which was held without a first down on its first two possessions, took control of the game during the middle of the second quarter and scored on five consecutive possessions to lead, 35-14, by the first play of the fourth quarter.
The Saints started the third quarter with scoring drives of 65, 55 and 40 yards to go up, 35-14, on a 20-yard run by Sykes with 11:52 to play.
San Dimas also got an 8-yard run from Sykes at 7:44 and a 30-yard pass from Tamayo to Daniel Jackson at 5:08 for a 28-14 lead in the third quarter.
San Dimas coach Mark Holman: “Cal High was really physical (in the first half). I knew they would be physical and I put a challenge on my kids and said, ‘Hey, we came down for a road trip, we expected it to be physical and our mission to (open the second half) with a drive.’ And we did.”
— Stephen Ramirez
PASADENA — El Monte High School football coach Eric MacIntyre said he had a feeling his team would start slow against Marshall.
He proved to be right when his team trailed, 13-3, in the second quarter. But the Lions came roaring back, scoring 34 unanswered points in a 37-19 win in Mission Valley League play on Thursday night at Pasadena High.
El Monte took a 17-13 lead it never relinquished early in the third quarter when quarterback Andrew Ramos scored on a 2-yard touchdown run. The Lions made is 24-13 a few minutes later when Kevin Molina picked up a fumble and ran it 36 yards for a touchdown.
Romero iced the game in the fourth quarter when he scored his second and third touchdowns. The first was a 16-yard run. The second was a 22-yard run.
El Monte coach Eric MacIntyre: “It wasn’t pretty. We made a lot of mistakes. We came out flat early and had a bad week of practice.”

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Sources: South Hills sophomore quarterback Dylan O’Leary expected to transfer to Charter Oak

olearyBy Fred J. Robledo
Sources have confirmed that sophomore quarterback Dylan O’Leary has checked out of South Hills and is expected to transfer to Charter Oak. No word on whether O’Leary will be eligible at Charter Oak this season, it likely will depend on how Charter Oak files his transfer and whether or not South Hills challenges. Charter Oak (5-0) is undefeated and ranked No. 1 in Division 4 and opens Hacienda League play next week against West Covina.
O’Leary’s transfer comes two weeks after Charter Oak senior quarterback Bret Clemetson broke his collarbone and is likely lost for the season. After dominating its first four opponents, Charter Oak struggled in a 35-21 victory over South Hills last week, a game South Hills briefly led 21-14 in the fourth quarter. O’Leary didn’t start or play in South Hills’ lost last week, but he threw for 104 yards and two touchdowns in a 75-7 win over Temple City a week earlier. O’Leary played varsity as a freshman last year at South Hills and in six games, completed 79 of 146 for 821 yards and a touchdown, averaging 136 yards a game.
An interesting twist to this is that Rancho Cucamonga junior quarterback RJ Stearns recently transferred to South Hills. Stearns is already listed on South Hills’ MaxPreps roster, however he is not eligible yet. South Hills filed the transfer paperwork with CIF, but it is pending a response from Rancho Cucamonga and whether or not it will challenge the transfer … Stay Tuned.

Below: Highlights of Stearns

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Who is Tribune Football’s Mid-Season Most Valuable Player?

With more than half the SGV on a bye week and with most leagues starting next week, who is the leader in the clubhouse for the Tribune football player of the year? I’ll list 10 choices in no particular order and you can debate.

Steven Comstock, Northview, QB — The junior has thrown for 1,108 yards and 14 touchdowns, averaging 221 yards a game. He’s also rushed for 283 yards and that includes a 156 yard rushing performance against Don Lugo, a game in which Comstock led the Vikings on a last-minute game-winning drive in a 35-28 victory.

Sal Tovar, South El Monte, RB — The bruising back not only leads the San Gabriel Valley in rushing but he’s second in the state averaging a whopping 245 yards a game. He’s rushed for 1,227 yards and is on pace for a 2,500 yard season. He also has 18 touchdowns for the undefeated Eagles, off to their best start in years.


Brian Casteel, Charter Oak, WR/DB — The University of Arizona commit is the undefeated Chargers’ big-game playmaker. His numbers aren’t staggering, but his influence is for the Division 4s top-ranked team. He’s averaging 67 yards with four touchdown receptions, but also has ran for five touchdowns. On defense he has an interception and usually locks down the opposing teams’ best player.

bryanWarren Bryan, Damien, QB — Has led the Spartans’ resurgence to a 4-1 record while averaging 258 yards passing with 11 touchdowns. He’s thrown for 1,292 yards and has an impressive 62 percent completion clip.

Jacob Camargo, Damien, LB — The Spartans playmaker on defense is averaging 11 tackles per game with an area best 32 solo tackles while averaging a whopping three sacks per game. Those are impressive numbers for one of the best defenses in the SGV.


Jarell Sykes, San Dimas, RB — Can do no wrong for the undefeated Saints, averaging 162 yards a game with 650 yards for the 4-0 Saints. He’s scored at least two touchdowns in every game and his stats would be much better but he rarely plays much in the second half because the Saints are winning by an average margin of 40 points.

nevinsTyler Nevens, Los Altos, RB — Posting great numbers for the undefeated Conquerors against quality competition. He’s rushed for 1,027 yards, averaging 214 yards a game with a Valley best 19 touchdowns. In last week’s game he turned up the volume even more, rushing for 263 yards and 5 touchdowns to earn SoCal Prep Legends athlete of the week.

Marcus Ruiz, Bassett, QB — Bet you didn’t know the Olympians quarterback leads the San Gabriel Valley in passing with 1,492 yards, averaging 290 yards per game with 14 touchdowns against just three interceptions. Great numbers, only problem is the Olympians have no defense and they’re 0-5.


Antwaun Ayers, Northview, WR — The Vikings receiver is electric, having caught the game-winning ball in the final seconds to beat Don Lugo. He leads the SVG in receiving yardage with 633 and touchdowns caught with 9. He’s averaging 126 receiving yards to boot, also best in the Valley.

Andrew Carrazco, Nogales, WR/DB — The Nobles are undefeated for the first time in more than 20 years and two-way standout Carrazco is a big reason, leading the SGV with four interceptions. On offense he’s averaging 7.6 yards a carry, but is more of a WR threat with three receptions and a touchdown.

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Tribskin Pick’em: Going with Nogales and South El Monte to remain unbeaten and Notre Dame to beat Bishop Amat

Fred and Aram’s Football Predictions
All games at 7 p.m., unless noted’
Thursday’s games
Mission Valley

Marshall vs. El Monte at Pasadena — Robledo (Marshall); Aram (EM)
San Dimas at California — Robledo (San Dimas); Aram (SD)

Friday’s games
Mission League

Bishop Amat at Notre Dame — Robledo (Notre Dame); Aram (Amat)
Mission Valley League
Arroyo at South El Monte — Robledo (South El Monte); Aram (Arr)
Rosemead at Mountain View — Robledo (Rosemead); Aram (Rosemead)
Pacific League
Burroughs at Pasadena — Robledo (Burroughs); Aram (Burr)
Muir at Arcadia — Robledo (Muir); Aram (Muir)
Suburban League
Norwalk vs. La Mirada at Excelsior Adult School — Robledo (La Mirada); Aram (LM)
Azusa at Pomona — Robledo (Azusa); Aram (Pom)
Buena Park at St. Francis — Robledo (St. Francis); Aram (SF)
Duarte at Maranatha — Robledo (Maranatha); Aram (Mnatha)
Rowland at Nogales — Robledo (Nogales); Aram (Nogales)
Sierra Vista at Garey — Robledo (Sierra Vista); Aram (SV)
Sonora vs. Aliso Niguel — Robledo (Sonora); Aram (AN)
South Pasadena at Gabrielino — Robledo (South Pasadena); Aram (SP)
Victor Valley at Bassett — Robledo (Victor Valley); Aram (VV)
Whittier vs. Schurr at California — Robledo (Schurr); Aram (Schurr)
Whittier Christian at St. Margaret’s — Robledo (Whit Christian); Aram (WC)
Workman at La Puente — Robledo (La Puente); Aram (LP)

Saturday’s game
South Catholic League

Bosco Tech vs. Verbum Dei at Los Angeles Southwest College — Robledo (Verbum Dei); Aram (VD)

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Tribune Super 32 Rankings: Los Altos’ impressive month leaps Conquerors to No. 1

1. Los Altos (5-0) – With Charter Oak struggling against South Hills and Bishop Amat coughing up a big one, time to just the most consistent to No. 1. Los Altos and RB Tyler Nevens has been sensational and the most impressive undefeated.
2. Charter Oak (5-0) — Trailing offensively challenged South Hills in the fourth quarter shows how much the Chargers will miss quarterback Bret Clemetson, who is probably lost for the season with a broken collarbone.
3. Bishop Amat (3-2) – How do you get off the floor after blowing a 9-point lead with the ball and just over a minute to go? No time to weep, at tough Notre Dame next.
4. San Dimas (4-0) – Is winning by a ridiculous average of 40 points while averaging 52 points a game.
5. Northview (4-1) – Has won four straight since season opening loss to Charter Oak and routed Pomona on Friday.
6. Damien (4-1) – Dominated Monrovia and got some of its mojo back after the tough loss to Charter Oak the week before.
7. South El Monte (5-0) – The unbelievable turnaround continues for the Eagles who have their biggest test next against Arroyo.
8. Nogales (4-0) – Hoping to finish non-league undefeated with Rowland in town on homecoming.
9. West Covina – (3-2) – After losing first two, Bulldogs have been impressive with rout of South Hills and Glendora.
10. Bonita (3-2) – Big win over Diamond Ranch gets the Bearcats back in the top ten.
The Rest: 11. Diamond Ranch (3-2), 12. Arroyo (4-1); 14. Duarte (3-1), 14. Rowland (3-1), 15. Covina (3-2), 16. Glendora (1-4), 17. Baldwin Park (3-2), 18. South Hills (2-3), 19. Diamond Bar (2-3), 20. Sierra Vista (3-1), 21. El Monte (3-2), 22. Mountain View (2-3), 23. Ganesha (2-3), 24. Workman (2-2), 25. Azusa (1-3), 26. La Puente (3-2), 27. Pomona (0-5), 28. Rosemead (0-5), 29. Wilson (0-4), 30. Walnut (0-5), 31. Bassett (0-5), 32. Gladstone (0-5).

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