South Hills, for the first time in years, takes over top spot in SGVN Football Rankings

The all-encompassing San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News and Whittier Daily News Top 20 football rankings:

1. South Hills (4-0)

Unbelievably impressive so far, another tough one next.

Previous: 2

Next: at Mira Costa, Friday, 7 p.m.

2. Bishop Amat (4-1)

Is looking like Mission League favorite heading into bye week.

Previous: 4

Next: at Chaminade, Sept. 28

3. La Serna (5-0)

Has done everything right, next game against Warren could be tough.

Previous: 3

Next: vs. Warren at California High, Frida, 7 p.m.

4. Northview (5-0)

Can’t imagine anyone in Division 5 playing better than Vikings.

Previous: 6

Next: at Wilson, Sept. 28.

5. Bonita (4-0)

Next two weeks against Covina, Colony are big tests.

Previous: 5

Next: vs. Covina at San Dimas High, Friday, 7 p.m.

6. Glendora (4-1)

Only loss to Division 3 Eastvale Roosevelt.

Previous: 9

Next: at Ayala, Sept. 28

7. St. Paul (4-1)

Undefeated start ends with 34-27 loss to Paraclete.

Previous: 1

Next: vs. La Salle, Sept. 28

8. St. Francis (2-2)

Much-needed 17-13 win over Saugus to get to .500.

Previous: 10

Next: at Harvard-Westlake, Friday, 7 p.m.

9. San Marino (4-1)

Easily the Rio Hondo League favorite.

Previous: 13

Next: vs. Newport Harbor, Friday, 7 p.m.

10. San Dimas (3-1)

Strong come-from-behind 21-14 win over Colton.

Previous: 12

Next: at California, Thursday, 7 p.m.

11. Muir (3-1)

Laid an egg in Pacific League opening loss to Crescenta Valley, 31-7.

Previous: 7

Next: vs. Hoover, Friday, 7 p.m.

12. Arroyo (3-1)

Ready to defend Mission Valley League after bye week.

Previous: 14

Next: at Gabrielino, Friday, 7 p.m.

13. Arcadia (2-2)

Opened Pacific with 45-27 win over Burroughs.

Previous: 15

Next: vs. Burbank at Burroughs, Friday, 7 p.m.

14. La Habra (1-4)

Ended losing skid with 31-10 win over Diamond Ranch.

Previous: 20

Next: vs. Fullerton, Sept. 28

15. Diamond Ranch (3-2)

Gave La Habra a game for a half, then it got away.

Previous: 8

Next: at Los Altos, Sept. 28

16. Los Altos (2-3)

When is the bleeding going to stop after third straight loss?

Previous: 11

Next: vs. Diamond Ranch, Sept. 28

17. El Monte (4-1)

Showed it’s a Mission Valley contender with 52-14 win over Rosemead.

Previous: 17

Next: vs. Mountain View, Sept. 28

18. Covina (3-1)

Big win over Monrovia, but still has work to do on defense.

Previous: 16

Next: vs. Monrovia at Covina District Field, Thursday, 7 p.m.

19. Alhambra (5-0)

First time in many years it finishes non-league undefeated.

Previous: 18

Next: vs. Schurr at Moor Field, Sept. 28

20. Whittier (4-1)

Might be only team to challenge La Serna in Del Rio League.

Previous: 19

Next: at Westminster, Thursday, 7 p.m.

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Friday Night Wrap: Northview, La Serna, Alhambra remain unbeaten; Amat rolls

A wrap-up of Friday’s High School football stories, scores and video from Week in the high school football season for the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-news and Whittier Daily News.

Saturday Morning Quarterback: There’s something brewing at Northview. Something seriously special. The Vikings rolled again this week, blasting Don Lugo 35-0 to improve to 4-0. Yes, the record is impressive, but how the Vikings are doing it is what really should be opening eyes. Northview’s defense has been downright stingy. The Vikings are allowing just 7.5 points per game. Further, it was an interesting moment midway through Friday’s games when the score crossed that Northview was leading Don Lugo 35-0. Simultaneously across town, San Marino was up 49-7 on Santa Fe at halftime.

Northview dominant again in 35-0 win over Don Lugo: Someone is going to have to figure out where the weakness is for the Northview High School football team because after a month of football, it hasn’t shown signs of any. Northview’s James Jimenez looked like a video game quarterback the way he spread it around to his speedy receivers, completing 12-of-16 passes for 272 yards and four touchdowns in a 35-0 victory over host Don Lugo on Friday.

Punt returns spark Upland football to victory over La Mirada: With its offense struggling to convert long drives into points, Upland used a dominant performance from its defense and a pair of third-quarter punt returns for touchdowns to pull away from La Mirada for a 35-7 victory Friday night. The Highlanders (3-0) recorded 16 tackles for loss while holding the Matadores offense to just 130 total yards.

Bishop Amat rolls to 45-14 win over Rancho Cucamonga: Bishop Amat High School is on a roll and the duo running back combination of Kenny Collins and Chris Lopez accounted for four of the seven touchdowns to lead the Lancers to a 45-14 non-league win over host Rancho Cucamonga Friday night.

Andrew Henriquez connects, leads La Serna football over Colony: There’s nothing complex about the La Serna High School football team’s offensive scheme. But knowing what’s coming is one thing; stopping it is quite another matter. Colony found that out Friday. Andrew Henriquez threw for 151 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner to Abraham Shalash with less than two minutes to play to lift the Lancers to a 37-30 victory over the host Titans in a nonleague game that featured two of the top 10 teams from CIF Southern Section Division 5.

Alhambra football overcomes mistakes, holds off Wilson: The stats may not look good for the Alhambra High football team, but they don’t have to for the Moors to find a way to win. Alhambra committed six turnovers, had 13 penalties and only 143 total yards, but thanks to a few big plays, the Moors held off L.A. Wilson 21-20 in nonleague action on Friday night.

Glendora overpowers Los Altos: Los Altos coach Travis Brown commented before Friday’s night’s nonleague game against visiting Glendora that it would a showcase of two of the stingiest defenses in the area. Both teams delivered on Brown’s prediction but Glendora overpowered the Conquerors in the fourth quarter in a 24-14 victory.Spearheading the offensive attack for the Tartans (3-1) was running back Xzavier Ford. The senior rushed for 175 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries.

Covina’s Nin Burns II too much in 54-16 win over West Covina: Spurred by the 3,000 fans who took advantage of free admission for the first football ballgame at the renovated Thyberg Stadium, host West Covina looked like it had shaken off some of the problems that had plagued it in its two losses. West Covina (1-3)  led by three points midway through the second quarter but that was it for the night as the Covina High (2-1) scored the final 41 points to pick up its second win of the season, 54-16.

Temple City knocks off unbeaten Gabrielino: After Gabrielino senior running back Adam Scannell scored from seven yards with 7:18 remaining, the Eagles appeared to have found a new energy on their sidelines. Gabrielino trailed Temple City by five points following the score by Scannell and were knocking on the Rams’ door after struggling to get anything going on offense in the previous three quarters.



Damien 31, Charter Oak 24, OT

Diamond Bar 42, Buena Park 13

Calabasas 43, La Habra 27

Whittier 61, Portola 0

Bishop Amat 45, Rancho Cucamonga 14

Baldwin Park 20, Sierra Vista 6

Pomona 36, Claremont 34

Covina 54, West Covina 16

Glendora 24, Los Altos 14

Bassett 47, Bosco Tech 23

Bell Gardens 49, Azusa 33

Bellflower 21, South El Monte 0

Monrovia 47, Cerritos Valley Christian 20

Diamond Ranch 48, Valley View 26

Mountain View 44, Duarte 21

El Monte 20, Orange Vista 14

El Rancho 29, Montebello 24

Chino Hills 51, Elsinore 0

Fillmore 32, La Cañada 0

Temple City 26, Gabrielino 14

North Torrance 28, Gahr 25

Ganesha 41, San Gabriel 28

Redlands East Valley 12, Heritage 7

Jurupa Hills 52, Rowland 8

La Puente 41, Wilson 0

La Serna 37, Colony 30

Maranatha 17, Campbell Hall 13

Walnut 30, Nogales 6

Northview 35, Don Lugo 0

Village Christian 65, Marshall 0

Arrowhead Christian 26, Rosemead 19

San Marino 63, Santa Fe 7

Schurr 32, Chino 29

Arroyo 52, South Pasadena 7

Westlake 35, St. Francis 21

Upland 35, La Mirada 7

Garey 25, Webb 21

St. Paul 31, Birmingham 7

Rio Hondo Prep 69, Boron 0

California 58, South East 0

Westchester 48, La Salle 7

Alhambra 21, L.A. Wilson 20

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Two Minute Drills and “One More Thing” — Who wins the Smudge Pot

Each week Aram Tolegian, James Escarcega and Fred Robledo will discuss and make predictions on the biggest high school football games of the week ni the Two-Minute Drills for the Pasadena Star-News, San Gabriel Valley Tribune and Whittier Daily News. But that’s not all, they will also discuss all the hot topics in “One More Thing.” Check it out.

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SGVN Top 20 Football Rankings: St. Paul, South Hills, La Serna rise to the top

The all-encompassing San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News and Whittier Daily News Top 20 football rankings:

1. St. Paul (3-0)

Expectations were big and it has surpassed them.

Previous: 2

Next: vs. Birmingham, Friday, 7 p.m.

2. South Hills (3-0)

Area’s biggest step-up win beating San Juan Hills, 19-7.

Previous: 7

Next: vs. La Mirada at Covina District, Sept. 14

3. La Serna (3-0)

Impressive wins over Thousand Oak, Troy and Mira Costa.

Previous: 4

Next: at Colony, Friday, 7 p.m.

4. Bishop Amat (2-1)

Was two-point conversion away from beating JSerra.

Previous: 1

Next: at Rancho Cucamonga, Friday, 7 p.m.

5. Bonita (3-0)

Winning by a ridiculous 26-point margin, San Dimas next.

Previous: 6

Next: vs. San Dimas at Covina District Field, Saturday, 7 p.m.

6. Northview (3-0)

Destroying everyone in its path and not against pushovers.

Previous: 9

Next: at Don Lugo, Friday, 7 p.m.

7. St. Francis (1-1)

Strong bounce-back win over Damien, 38-21

Previous: 10

Next: at Westlake, Friday, 7 p.m.

8. Los Altos (2-1)

Defense kept it close in overtime loss to St. Paul.

Previous: 3

Next: vs. Glendora, Friday, 7 p.m.

9. Muir (2-0)

Was leading 29-6 when game cancelled after brawl at Oakland’s Stellar Prep.

Previous: 5

Next: vs. Rancho Christian, Friday, 7 p.m.

10. San Dimas (2-0)

Back-to-back blowouts wins over Long Beach Wilson and Whittier

Previous: 14

Next: vs. Bonita at Covina District Field, Saturday, 7 p.m.

11. Diamond Ranch (2-1)

Fell short in 14-6 loss to Ayala.

Previous: 8

Next: at Moreno Valley View, Friday, 7 p.m.

12. Glendora (2-1)

Ran away from Charter Oak in second half to win, 21-7.

Previous: 15

Next: at Los Altos, Friday, 7 p.m.

13. Arcadia (1-2)

Rally came up short in 31-27 loss to Hart on the road.

Previous: 11

Next: at Burroughs, Sept. 14.

14. La Habra (0-3)

The opponents are tough, but the losses are piling up.

Previous: 12

Next: vs. Calabasas, Friday, 7 p.m.

15. Arroyo (2-1)

Offense cooking after 56-21 win over Schurr.

Previous: 20

Next: vs. South Pasadena, Friday, 7 p.m.

16. San Marino (2-1)

Beau Hobbie was ridiculous in 76-36 win over El Monte.

Previous: NR

Next: vs. Santa Fe, Friday, 7 p.m.

17. Covina (2-1)

Should be rested after bye week.

Previous: 16

Next: at West Covina, Friday, 7 p.m.

18. Rosemead (3-0)

Mission Valley League contender?

Previous: NR

Next: vs. Arrowhead Christian at Citrus Valley High, Friday, 7 p.m.

19. Gabrielino (3-0)

Another undefeated Mission Valley League team.

Previous: NR

Next: at Temple City, Friday, 7 p.m.

20. El Monte (2-1)

Defense was awful in blowout loss to San Marino.

Previous: 19

Next: at Orange Vista, Friday, 7 p.m.


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Friday Wrap: Bishop Amat rally falls short; La Serna, St. Francis, San Dimas impressive

A wrap-up of Friday’s High School football stories, scores and video from Week in the high school football season for the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-news and Whittier Daily News.

Saturday Morning Quarterback: Sometimes a running clock might be a bad thing. That is if your’e a fan of making history. A few years ago, the CIF Southern Section mandated that any game where a team held a 35-point or more lead in the fourth quarter would be played with a running clock in order to put the losing team out of its misery sooner. But one unintended consequence of the rule is that it will limit the chances of offensive records being broken. Such was the case on Friday night when San Marino running back Beau Hobbie was flirting with getting his name in the record books due to his five touchdown runs at halftime.

San Dimas cruises past Whittier: San Dimas High kept its offense rolling for the second week in a row and cruised to a 49-14 nonleague victory over Whittier on Friday night. The Saints (2-0) moved the ball on the ground and through the air equally as senior quarterback Dylan O’Leary (5 for 9, 74 yards) threw for two scores and three touchdowns came by way of the run.

Bishop Amat’s rally falls short: Bishop Amat’s loves do-or-die situations and figured since it came all the way back, why not go for the go-ahead two-point conversion with just over a minute left against JSerra, ranked No. 7 in CIF Southern Section Division 1. Bishop Amat coach Steve Hagerty has won some and lost some going for it all before, so he had no regrets after the Lancers came up short in their upset bid on Friday at Kiefer Stadium. Amat quarterback Blake Archuleta, who threw a six-yard touchdown pass to Donavan Clinton to bring the Lancers’ within a point with 1:01 left, couldn’t convert with Jaden Allen on the two-point conversion, allowing JSerra to escape with a 21-20 victory.

La Habra comes up short against Mission Viejo: Mission Viejo’s defense showed no favoritism against visiting La Habra on Friday night, and it was a good thing for the Diablos. The Highlanders defense eventually locked down, too. A week after collecting four interceptions against Santa Margarita, the No. 3 Diablos grabbed two more against the No. 12 Highlanders and followed JoJo Forest and Joey Yellen to a 28-14 victory in a duel of top public schools.

Arroyo too much for Schurr: Even though Arroyo senior quarterback Ernesto Camacho put together an overall complete performance against Schurr High, the Knights’ gunslinger still thought the team didn’t have its best performance. The 6-foot-1 Camacho, who led Arroyo to a CIF Southern Section title two years ago, looked every bit like a veteran signal caller going up against a young Schurr defense, completing 20 of his 35 pass attempts for 240 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Thanks to Camacho’s effective play and four unanswered first-half touchdowns, the visiting Knights cruised to a 56-16 victory over the Spartans in a non-league contest on Friday night.

Back-up QB leads St. Francis to win: If the St. Francis High football team was going to bounce back this week from a last-minute season-opening loss, it would probably need to rely on the strong arm of quarterback Darius Perrantes. But a high fever kept him off the field and in street clothes before the game. That’s when backup Doyle Kane got the call to start. Kane filled in admirably, completing 13 of 18 passes for 235 yards and two touchdowns as the Golden Knights cruised to a 38-21 win over Damien in nonleague action Friday night.

Beau Hobbie runs wild in win over El MonteThe big question entering Friday night’s nonleague game between San Marino and host El Monte was whether the Lions could play with one of the top teams in the area. If their performance was any indication, the Lions have more work to do. The Titans (2-1) jumped out to an early lead and throttled the Lions, 76-36. The game featured an outstanding performance by San Marino running back Beau Hobbie. The senior carried the ball 22 times for 308 yards and six touchdowns. To say that coach Mike Hobbie was pleased with his grandson’s performance was an understatement.

La Serna holds on for victory: La Serna High’s potent offense had scored 92 points as the Lancers won their first two games, and they looked poised to light up the scoreboard again on Friday night as they scored 17 first-half points against Mira Costa. But the Lancers were held to only one touchdown in the second half, while it was their defense that came to the rescue, forcing three turnovers deep in their own territory to clinch a 23-20 victory.

Diamond Ranch comes up short against Ayala The football gods seemed to be conspiring against Ayala senior wide receiver/cornerback David Diaz entering Friday’s game against Diamond Ranch. Not only was he battling a stomach illness that dehydrated him during the game, but he was covering Diamond Ranch’s standout 6-foot-2 sophomore wide receiver, Cristian Dixon, who already has a college offer from USC, among others.

Friday’s final scores

Western 56, Baldwin Park 14

El Dorado 30, California 20

JSerra 21, Bishop Amat 20

Mission Viejo 28, La Habra 14

Mater Dei 49, La Mirada 0

Arrowhead Christian 46, Whittier Christian 0

Hart 31, Arcadia 27

Arroyo 56, Schurr 16

Ayala 14, Diamond Ranch 6

Adelanto 65, Bassett 14

Bonita 47, Riverside Poly 28

Crescenta Valley 44, Montebello 26

St. Francis 38, Damien 21

Claremont 48, Diamond Bar 47

Don Lugo 35, Monrovia 28

Viewpoint 33, Duarte 25

Eastside 7, South Pasadena 6

Eisenhower 45, Ontario 12

Gladstone 32, Mountain View 13

Glenn 49, Bosco Tech 19

Wilson 17, Montclair 12

Harvard-Westlake 34, Crespi 10

La Serna 23, Mira Costa 20

Azusa 28, Maranatha 18

Pasadena 30, Pioneer 28

Chaffey 31, Patriot 7

Rosemead 16, La Puente 7

San Gabriel 61, Marshall 9

San Marino 76, El Monte 36

Alhambra 20, Temple City 2

Rowland 35, Walnut 14

Northview 51, West Covina 6

Western Christian 51, Southlands Chr. 6

San Dimas 49, Whittier 14

Garey 42, Workman 14

Birmingham 56, La Salle 0

Cantwell-SH 26, Carlsbad Army-Navy 20

Milpitas 35, Ganesha 0

Muir vs. Oakland Stellar Prep, late up north

West Hills 37, Santa Fe 14

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Thursday Wrap: Los Altos outlasts St. Paul in thriller; South Hills with shocker win of the night

Thursday’s high school football results

St. Paul 31, Los Altos 25, 20T
As far as thrilling finishes go, this was fun. Los Altos hung around long enough to take its first lead late in the fourth quarter, but St. Paul came back with big plays and big stops to squeeze out a 31-25 victory in double-overtime to remain undefeated on Thursday. St. Paul running back Mateo Rico scored his second touchdown on a 2-yard run to win the game in double OT, improving the Swordsmen, ranked No. 4 in CIF Southern Section Division 5, to 3-0.

Glendora 21, Charter Oak 7
Glendora took home the Mayor’s Trophy for the first time since 2013 with a 21-7 win over Charter Oak at Citrus College on Thursday night. The Chargers (0-3) were playing with heavy hearts as head coach Lou Farrar’s older sister passed away Thursday morning after battling a long illness. “We’ll miss her,” Farrar said. “She was a one of the biggest Chargers fans for a long time.” The Tartans (2-1) scored twice in the fourth quarter to break a 7-7 tie in a defensive battle that looked destined for overtime.

Pomona 53, El Rancho 27
Pomona High School’s source of optimism toward a fifth consecutive Miramonte League title this season rested with the return of quarterback Daniel Limon, who lived up to the billing Thursday. The senior threw for 404 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Red Devils to their second consecutive win with a 53-27 victory over visiting El Rancho in a nonleague game.

South Hills 19, San Juan Hills 7
Throughout the history of its football program, South Hills High has never shied away from challenging some of the top teams from Orange County and coming away successful. It happened again Thursday night. Junior Juaquin Elliott had 31 carries for 120 yards and scored both of South Hills’ touchdowns as the Huskies (3-0) upset San Juan Hills 19-7 at Covina District Field.

Thursday’s final scores
St. Paul 31, Los Altos 25 (2OT)
South Hills 19, San Juan Hills 7
Pomona 53, El Rancho 27
Glendora 21, Charter Oak 7
South El Monte 28, Nogales 21
Gabrielino 23, Sierra Vista 7

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