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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SGVN High School Football Rankings: St. Paul, Los Altos, La Serna move up; Bishop Amat still No. 1

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

1. Bishop Amat (2-0)

Mater Dei’s forfeit and defensive minded win over Paramount leaves Amat undefeated.

Previous: 1

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

2. St. Paul (2-0)

Major victory over Lompoc; Swordsmen are back.

Previous: 8

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

3. Los Altos (2-0)

Easy win over Wilson, the big test comes next.

Previous: 6

Next: vs. St. Paul, Friday, 7 p.m.

4. La Serna (2-0)

Back-to-back impressive wins over normally good opponents.

Previous: 9

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

5. Muir (1-0)

After bye, heads to Oakland to play Stellar Prep.

Previous: 4

Next: at Oakland’s Steller Prep, Friday, 7 p.m.

6. Bonita (2-0)

Steve Bogan offense averaging 52 points a game.

Previous: 10

Next: vs. Riverside Poly at Ramona High, Friday, 7 p.m.

7. South Hills (2-0)

Defense has been solid two straight weeks, toughest game next.

Previous: 11

Next: vs. San Juan Hills, Thursday, 7 p.m.

8. Diamond Ranch (2-0)

Huge come-from-behind 28-27 win over Chino Hills.

Previous: 12

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

9. Northview (2-0)

Big second half in 28-10 win over San Marino.

Previous: 13

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

10. St. Francis (0-1)

Rally falls short against Mira Costa.

Previous: 2

Next: at vs. Damien, Friday, 7 p.m.

11. Arcadia (1-1)

Still no match for Cathedral in 27-10 loss.

Previous: 3

Next: vs. Hart, Friday, at College of the Canyons, 7:30 p.m.

12. La Habra (0-2)

Another tough loss in  overtime to Redlands East Valley, 22-21

Previous: 5

Next: at Mission Viejo, 7:30 p.m.

13. Whittier (2-0)

Impressive first two weeks, big one on road next.

Previous: 18

Next: at San Dimas, Friday, 7 p.m.

14. San Dimas (1-0)

Rolled up lots of offense in 48-14 blowout over Long Beach Wilson.

Previous: 14

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

15. Glendora (1-1)

Couldn’t stop Corona Roosevelt in 48-21 loss.

Previous: 7

Next: vs. Charter Oak at Citrus College, Thursday, 7 p.m.

16. Covina (1-1)

Offense came alive in 41-9 win over South El Monte.

Previous: 17

Next: at West Covina, Sept. 7.

17. Charter Oak (0-2)

Has been awful in second half two straight games.

Previous: 16

Next: vs. Glendora at Citrus College, Thursday, 7 p.m.

18. California (1-1)

Couldn’t keep up with Mayfair, loses, 39-21

Previous: 19

Next: vs. Mayfair, Thursday, 7 p.m.

19. El Monte (2-0)

Winning by 42-point margin through two games.

Previous: NR

Next: vs. San Marino, Friday, 7 p.m.

20. Arroyo (1-1)

Totally dominated Nogales, 48-7

Previous: NR

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

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Saturday Morning Quarterback: Northview wins big; St. Paul makes statement; Charter Oak 0-2

A wrap-up of high school football coverage of stories, scores and video highlights for the Pasadena Star-News, San Gabriel Valley Tribune and Pasadena Star-News

Saturday Morning Quarterback, St. Paul makes biggest statement of the night: It just might be time to wake up the echoes at old St. Paul. The Swordsmen got tested for quality on Friday by perennial power Lompoc. And despite playing without their best offensive weapon and falling behind 13-0, St. Paul rattled off the next 31 points for a 31-13 victory that’s arguably the school’s biggest in years.

Northview football pulls away from San Marino: A slow start gave way to a strong second-half surge as the Northview High football team pulled away for a 28-10 win over San Marino in nonleague action Friday night. The teams were tied 7-7 at halftime before Northview (2-0) outscored the Titans 21-3 in the third and fourth quarters, thanks to some big plays by junior quarterback James Jimenez. He threw two of his three touchdown passes in the second half and ran for another score.

Bishop Amat’s defense helps in win over Paramount: The Bishop Amat football team struggled offensively, throwing more than it probably wanted to while struggling to get a run game going with junior Damien Moore missing with an injury. But Amat did enough to earn a 21-6 victory in its home opener over Paramount, ranked No. 2 in CIF Southern Section Division 4.

St. Paul beat Lompoc without Que Allen: For as much as it’s possible make a statement in high school football before Labor Day, that is exactly what St. Paul did on Friday night. A Lompoc mistake just before the half opened up the floodgates for St. Paul, and the took full advantage erupting for 31 unanswered points en route to a stunning 31-13 victory over Lompoc.

Diamond Ranch football edges Chino Hills in thriller:  Diamond Ranch High School was viewed as one of the area’s darkhorses coming into the football season. The Panthers have not only lived up to that assessment, but now area teams better take notice after Kejon Gibson blocked a 37-yard field by Gabriel Chavers with less than a minute to play to preserve the Panthers’ 28-27 win over Chino Hills in a nonleague game Friday at Diamond Ranch.

Cathedral football’s second-half surge sinks Arcadia: For one half on Friday evening, the Arcadia High football team matched Cathedral’s effort on both offense and defense. However, the host Phantoms (2-0) dominated the second half and easily dispatched the Apaches, 33-10 on Friday evening.

Alemany’s big second half buries Charter Oak: Charter Oak, hoping to bounce back from last week’s upset loss in its season opener, couldn’t stop Alemany’s passing game as it dropped a 33-3 decision on Friday night. The Warriors, (2-0) who haven’t made the playoffs since 2013 when they went to the CIF Southern Section Pac-5 division semifinals, rode the right arm of sophomore quarterback Miller Moss, who completed 23 of 30 passes for 353 yards and three touchdowns, to their second win of the year.

La Serna football delivers more offensive fireworks in win over Troy: After an overwhelming season-opening win last week, La Serna High continued its offensive fireworks with another decisive victory Friday night in a nonleague game at Cal High. The Lancers, behind two touchdowns from senior running back Robert Ruiz (72 yards on eight carries), defeated visiting Troy 49-26.

Big plays help Pasadena football edge Maranatha: The balloon finally popped. That was what Pasadena High football coach Dejuan Shamburger felt after the Bulldogs scored for the first time against Maranatha.“It gave us some confidence, and it was like we finally popped the balloon,” Shamburger said. “It was like, ‘Ok we can do it.’ That’s what my main focus was to these kids all week: just fight.”

Redlands East Valley football stuns La Habra in overtime: There is a new man in charge of the Redlands East Valley High football program this year, but the magic lingers. Few would dispute that Friday night following the Wildcats’ pulse-pounding 22-21 overtime victory over La Habra.

Friday’s final scores

Buena Park 32, Baldwin Park 25

Redlands East Valley 22, La Habra 21

Capistrano Valley 38, La Mirada 7

La Serna 49, Troy 26

Whittier 21, Fullerton 0

Alemany 33, Charter Oak 3

Alhambra 16, Rowland 6

Arroyo 48, Nogales 7

Cathedral 33, Arcadia 10

Rancho Verde 35, Corona Santiago 24

Crescenta Valley 27, Santa Fe 7

Damien 42, Claremont 7

Bonita 62, Diamond Bar 20

Diamond Ranch 28, Chino Hills 27

El Rancho 45, Bell Gardens 28

Garey 21, Cantwell-Sacred Heart 12

Roosevelt 48, Glendora 21

Los Altos 35, Wilson 0

Montebello 38, Inglewood 20

Temple City 32, Keppel 6

Great Oak 20, King 7

Santa Paula 51, La Canada 6

Pasadena 14, Maranatha 12

Alta Loma 23, Monrovia 21

Northview 28, San Marino 10

Bishop Amat 21, Paramount 6

El Segundo 31, Peninsula 21

Pomona 56, Arlington 31

Rosemead 26, San Gabriel 7

Salesian 7, La Salle 6

San Dimas 48, Long Beach Wilson 14

Covina 41, South El Monte 9

El Monte 59, South Pasadena 6

Mira Costa 27, St. Francis 22

La Puente 40, Vasquez 0

Pasadena Poly 34, Village Christian 7

Walnut 47, Gladstone 8

Gabrielino 28, Contreras 23

Garfield 41, Schurr 0

West Covina 21, Crenshaw 6

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South Hills has easy time with Don Lugo, 39-7

South Hills 39, Don Lugo 7: If there wasn’t a lot of buzz about the South Hills High School football team before the season, there’s nothing like back-to-back blowouts to create the buzz for you.
South Hills picked up where it left off last week, routing visiting Don Lugo 39-7 at Covina District Field on Thursday behind another steady performance from sophomore quarterback Khalil Ali, and a defense that was one blown play away from posting a shutout.

Mayfair 39, California 21: The California High School football team was hoping that Thursday’s game against Mayfair would turn out better than last year’s 27-point loss to the Monsoons that still resonated with them.
For a while, Cal managed to go toe-to-toe with the reigning Suburban League champions, but thanks to a four touchdown performance from Mayfair running back Tstrong Mataele, the Monsoons cruised to victory again, beating Cal 39-21 in the nonleague affair.

Thursday’s final scores
South Hills 39, Don Lugo 7
Workman 31, Mountain View 22
Ganesha 47, Azusa 34
Mayfair 39, California 21

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Six transfers from Cantwell to Schurr not cleared to play

BREAKING: At least six high school football players that played for Cantwell Sacred Heart last season transferred to Schurr High School for the 2018 season have not been cleared to play by the CIF Southern Section according to Assistant Commissioner Thom Simmons.

All six players were not available when Schurr opened the season last week with a 63-35 loss to California and likely won’t play when the Spartans visit Garfield on Friday at 7 p.m.

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