About Fred Robledo

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

Tribskin Pick’em: Going with Bishop Amat over JSerra and Los Altos and Charter Oak


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
Thursday’s games

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)

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Big Night: Charter Oak routs Colony; Damien beats Glendora; Bishop Amat shocks servite


Damien handles its business: Damien hasn’t made the CIF Southern Section playoffs or had a winning season since 2011, but the Spartans followed last week’s big victory over Chino with an equally impressive 30-22 victory over Glendora on Friday at Citrus College.
Damien junior quarterback Warren Bryan had another big night, completing 17 of 26 passes for 268 yards and a TD pass, and ran for two scores.

Charter Oak routs Colony: Charter Oak and Colony high schools have a combined eight CIF-SS titles between them.
By the end of the 2016 season another championship could be added to one of those schools in Division 4.
The top-ranked Chargers, with five titles, got the jump with a 63-10 thrashing of No. 3 Colony on Friday night at Charter Oak.Charter Oak (2-0) was led by quarterback Bret Clemetson with four touchdowns and 178 yards passing. The senior now has 10 TD passes through the first two games.

Bishop Amat bounces back with huge win over Servite: After giving up 63 points to Mater Dei last week, the Bishop Amat defense showed great resolve and character as they dominated Servite, while the offense made just enough plays late in the game to defeat the Friars’ 14-10 at Cerritos College.
The Lancers offense struggled, unable to score in their first ten possessions.
However, trailing 10-7 with just over six minutes remaining in the game, sophomore quarterback Blake Archuleta connected with Jarren Ford on an 8-yard touchdown pass in the corner of the end zone for the game-winning score.

West Covina no match for St. Francis As debuts go, Friday night couldn’t have been more impressive for St. Francis High School football team quarterback Michael Bonds.
The senior, who transferred in the offseason from Newport Harbor, threw four touchdowns to four different receivers, and also ran for one, in a 42-7 win over host West Covina.

South Hills holds on for win: South Hills got a huge game from its defense and came from behind to beat La Canada 12-9 on Friday night.The Huskies took the lead for good 10-9 on a 38-yard field goal by Justin Muniz with 6:34 left in the third quarter then held on for their first win of the season.
“We bent on defense,” Huskies coach Matt Bechtel said. “but we didn’t break. The defense kept us in the game long enough for us to take and eventually hold on.”

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.

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Northview crushes Rosemead; Ganesha pulls away from Gladstone


Thursday’s High School football results
Northview 47, Rosemead 14
Ganesha 38, Gladstone 21
Duarte 14, Windward 7
Whittier 28, Cantwell Sacred Heart 27
Angelou 46, Blair 7

Northview takes care of Rosemead: Northview dominated the line of scrimmage and bounced back from an opening week loss by running away from Rosemead, 47-14 on Thursday night.Antwaun Ayers ran a kickoff back 79 yards for a touchdown that broke a 7-7 tie as the Vikings exploded for 40 consecutive points before Northview coach Marcel Perez cleared his bench with three minutes left in the first half.
“(Ayers) is one of our key players,” Perez said. “There are still some kinks to be worked out but that’s what the preseason is for.”
Ayers also caught a 70-yard touchdown pass from Steven Comstock for another score.

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How four former Bishop Amat football players started their senior seasons

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.


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Two-Minute Drill: Glendora vs. Damien; St. Francis vs. West Covina; St. John Bosco-La Mirada

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?

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Football Notes: Northview QB Steven Comstock OK; will South Hills face La Canada RB?

By Aram Tolegian
Northview QB Steven Comstock says he’s OK

Northview standout quarterback Steven Comstock gave his team quite a scare in the first half of last week’s loss to Charter Oak after suffering a knee injury and leaving the game in the first half.Comstock said he hyper-extended his right knee while scrambling and trying to avoid a Charter Oak defender inside the Chargers’ 10-yard line. He left the game but later returned with a noticeable limp.
After tweeting that night that he was in serious pain, Comstock said Monday that the knee is back to 100 percent and he won’t be limited in Thursday’s game against Rosemead.

Arroyo coach Jim Singister keeps tie with Covina in perspective.
There would be no other coach in the Valley more frustrated than Arroyo’s Jim Singiser, whose team committed seven turnovers, including two inside the Covina 2-yard line in the closing minutes, in a 17-17 tie to the Colts on Saturday night.
But Singiser is preferring to view the positives as his team prepares for Friday’s game against Temple City. However, Singiser said the end of Monday’s practice would look like cross country practice due to all the mistakes.
“Defense was awesome, special teams was solid for the most part, offense just has to hold onto the ball,” Singiser said. “We can’t run nine plays in the second quarter because of four straight turnovers. We will be fine.”

Will South Hills face La Canada’s bigtime RB Friday?
La Canada High School football coach Ryan Zerbel is hopeful that an independent investigator looking into the transfer of running back Drake Beasley will have situation concluded this week and the CIF Southern Section will clear his star ball carrier in time for this Friday’s game against South Hills.
La Canada hired the investigator in response to allegations from Loyola, Beasley’s previous school, that his transfer was invalid due to undue influence. Loyola presented its case to CIF-SS and now La Canada is set to respond.
“The third-party investigator is wrapping up his investigation and then it’s going to be hand delivered to CIF,” Zerbel said. “I’m really confident. Like I said from the beginning, there’s a process that’s in place and we’ll let that process take place.”

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Monday’s PrepXtra Rewind: What does La Mirada’s big win and Bishop Amat’s crushing loss mean?

Aram Tolegian and Fred Robledo will discuss the big stories from Friday’s games in 15 minutes of fun on Monday’s Prep Xtra Rewind. This week we discuss what La Mirada’s big win over Orange Lutheran and Bishop Amat’s big loss to Mater Dei mean to the programs.

One of the best highlight compilations is from SoCal Prep Legends host Tarak Fattal, who recaps the best of the best from the Southland on Flashback Monday. Watch Charter Oak-Northview highlights at the 4:00 minute mark and look for plays that make the SCPL Top 10 and are eligible for plays of the week.

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