High School Football players offered scholarships can buy insurance to protect against injury, but do they need it?

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By Clay Fowler, staff reporter
For most, it requires the investment of a large percentage of their lives.
At stake is their future. Well beyond the next four years.
But high school athletes are notoriously unable to secure a fully funded college education until the arrival of National Signing Day their senior year. Everything up to that point is unofficial.
Chris Price is trying to change that.
The Managing Principal for EPIC’s Sports and Entertainment Programs Group has developed an insurance product designed to guarantee high school athletes’ college education is paid for as soon as they receive their first scholarship offer.
It’s not quite that simple — things seldom are in the convoluted world of college recruiting — but if an athlete’s scholarship offer is rescinded due to an injury and only an injury, Education Protector will provide $200,000 toward their higher education.

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Tribskin Pick’em: Bishop Amat will take big step in Mission with win over Chaminade; Glendora will squeeze out win over Ayala

Head-2-Head
Aram Tolegian (Last Week: 29-10; Season Total: 198-72)
Fred Robledo (Last Week 27-12; Season Total: 194-76)

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Last Week: Aram picked up two victories to extend his lead to four. We missed a lot of the same games but he picked up wins taking Cal over Santa Fe, Gladstone over Workman, Pomona over La Puente. I got one back taking St. Paul over La Salle.

This Week:: Not the greatest week of big games, but Bishop Amat hosting Chaminade can put the Lancers in the Mission League drivers seat with a victory. The Lancers have a bye next with Loyola and Notre Dame to follow so if they can go win and got to 3-1, it’s their league to lose, take Amat. Glendora at Ayala looks like the game that will settle the Palomares. Both looked good in non-league and winning league openers last week. It’s close, but I’m going with GTown. St. Francis at Cathedral pits two undefeated 6-0 teams and top teams in the Southeast. Needless to say, whoever wins this will win the Angelus, take St. Francis. I also like Charter Oak easy over Los Altos and Bonita in a nailbiter over South Hills.

THURSDAY’S GAME
Mission Valley League

Marshall vs. Mountain View at Pasadena, 7 p.m. — Robledo (MView); Aram (MV)
FRIDAY’S GAMES
Almont League

Alhambra at Bell Gardens, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bell); Aram (BG)
Montebello at Keppel, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Mont); Aram (Montebello)
San Gabriel at Schurr, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Schurr); Aram (Schurr)
Angelus League
Harvard-Westlake at La Salle, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Harv); Aram (Har-West)
St. Francis at Cathedral, 7 p.m. — Robledo (St. Francis); Aram (SF)
St. Paul at Salesian, 7 p.m. — Robledo (St. Paul); Aram (Salesian)
Baseline League
Damien vs. Etiwanda at Colony, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Etiwanda); Aram (Damien)
Del Rio League
La Serna at California, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Serna); Aram (LS)
Santa Fe vs. Pioneer at Whittier College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Pioneer); Aram (SF)
Whittier at El Rancho, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Rancho); Aram (ER)
Freeway League
Fullerton at La Habra, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Habra); Aram (LH)
Hacienda League
Diamond Ranch at Walnut, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DRanch); Aram (DR)
Los Altos at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. — Robledo (COak); Aram (CO)
West Covina at Chino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (WC); Aram (WC)
Miramonte League
Ganesha at Bassett, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bassett); Aram (Bass)
La Puente at Garey, 7 p.m. — Robledo (LP); Aram (LP)
Mission League
Chaminade at Bishop Amat, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BAmat); Aram (Amat)
Mission Valley League
Gabrielino at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rose); Aram (Rosemead)
South El Monte at El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Monte); Aram (EM)
Montview League
Baldwin Park at Sierra Vista, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bpark); Aram (BP)
Gladstone vs. Duarte at Citrus College, 7 p.m. Robledo (Duarte); Aram (Duarte)
Workman vs. Azusa at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa); Aram (Azusa)
Olympic League
Village Christian vs. Maranatha at Occidental College, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Mara); Aram (Natha)
Whittier Christian at Valley Christian, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Whit); Aram (WC)
Pacific League
Burroughs at Pasadena, 7 p.m. — Robledo (PHS); Aram (Burroughs)
Muir at Arcadia, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Muir); Aram (Muir)
Palomares League
Diamond Bar at Claremont, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Claremont); Aram (Claremont)
Glendora at Ayala, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Glendora); Aram (G-High)
South Hills at Bonita, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bonita); Aram (Bo-High)
Rio Hondo League
Blair vs. La Canada at Muir, 7 p.m. — Robledo (LC); Aram (LC)
South Pasadena at San Marino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SMarino); Aram (SM)
Temple City at Monrovia, 7 p.m. — Robledo (MTown); Aram (Monrovia)
Santa Fe League
St. Monica vs. Bosco Tech at Gabrielino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (St. Monica); Aram (St. Monica)
Valle Vista League
Covina vs. Rowland at San Dimas HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Covina); Aram (Covina)
Northview at Wilson, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Northview); Aram (Nview)
San Dimas at Nogales, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SDimas); Aram (SD)
Non-league
Carpinteria at Cantwell-Sacred Heart, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Carp); Aram (Carp)
Pasadena Poly at California School for the Deaf, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Poly); Aram (Poly)
Rio Hondo Prep at Fillmore, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Fillmore); Aram (Fillmore)

SATURDAY’S GAME
Prep League

Firebaugh vs. Flintridge Prep at La Canada, 7 p.m. — Robledo (FPrep); Aram (Flint Prep)

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Ayala has reinstated 20 of 21 players suspended due to hazing allegations; New Jersey High School cancels football season after reports of hazing

AYALA UPDATE, Oct. 11 St. George, Utah, police confirmed Friday that they are investigating a report of hazing there last month involving the Ayala High School football team.
The case has been assigned to one of the detectives and is currently active, St. George police spokesman Derek Lewis said via email Friday.
“Since the case is active, I cannot release any details,” Lewis wrote.

AYALA UPDATE, Oct. 9: The case of Ayala High School football players involved in a hazing incident last month in St. George, Utah, is ebbing toward completion.
According to officials from the Chino Valley Unified School District, 20 of the 21 student-athletes suspended for the Sept. 18 incident before a road game against Snow Canyon High School in Utah have been reinstated. An expulsion hearing has been scheduled later this month for the only student not reinstated.

I’m not comparing the Ayala situation with this one because not enough facts came out about the situation at Ayala, but give credit to the New Jersey school district that used zero tolerance when handing out discipline. Last week Ayala reinstated 18 of 21 players that were suspended two days before facing Damien. Players were suspended during Ayala’s bye week.

NEW JERSEY SCHOOL CANCELS FOOTBALL SEASON AFTER HAZING INCIDENT: A central New Jersey town is reeling after its high school football team, which has won three sectional titles over four years, had its season cut short by allegations of bullying, intimidation and harassment among players.

Sayreville school officials made the announcement Monday night during a meeting with the players’ parents. The district already had canceled and forfeited a game that was scheduled last week between Sayreville War Memorial and South Brunswick and announced that the Middlesex County prosecutor’s office was investigating the allegations.

“There was enough evidence that there were incidents of harassment, of intimidation and bullying that took place on a pervasive level, on a wide-scale level and at a level at which the players knew, tolerated and generally accepted,” Superintendent Richard Labbe told reporters Monday night. “Based upon what has been substantiated to have occurred, we have canceled the remainder of the football season.

More on New Jersey hazing incident: The investigation at a New Jersey prep football powerhouse that has led to sex crime charges against seven teens prompted an almost unheard-of sanction — the cancellation of the beloved program’s season — that shook this solidly middle-class town and reignited a broader debate over dealing with hazing.

Authorities have released few details about the allegations against the seven Sayreville War Memorial High School students, but the school’s superintendent called the abuse so pervasive he had no choice but to call off the season — a decision that has angered team parents but drew applause from advocates who called it the kind of bold stand necessary to confront hazing.

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El Monte believing in itself

All Joel Sanchez wanted was for his El Monte High School football team to feel comfortable on Friday night.
The Lions had a huge homecoming crowd to cheer them on against reigning Mission Valley League champion Arroyo. The Lions responded with a 26-23 victory.
“I felt they could play with Arroyo and they had to have confidence,” Sanchez said of his players. “I knew the moment they got on the field they would be more comfortable. They got more confident and the kids stepped up for the big challenge.”

See full story: http://www.sgvtribune.com/sports/20141011/el-monte-high-school-football-team-begins-to-believe-in-itself

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What a night of dominance for Glendora and Matt Fink over Bonita, and a night of upsets … Bishop Amat routs Alemany, Northview shocks San Dimas and El Monte stuns Arroyo

Friday Scoreboard: Click for schedule and scoring updates of Friday’s games

finkGlendora and Matt Fink put on a show: Glendora’s Matt Fink reminded everyone why he’s so special and the Tartans showed why they’re the top-ranked team in the CIF-Southern Section Central Division with an easy 49-13 victory over eighth-ranked Bonita in the Palomares League opener at Charter Oak High School on Friday.
Fink did it with his arms and legs, frustrating the Bearcats with two long touchdown runs and finishing with 202 yards on the ground as the Tartans opened it up with six touchdowns in the second quarter to put it away.

Northview shocks San Dimas: Northview threw all the preseason predictions in the trash when the Vikings knocked off defending Valle Vista League champion San Dimas 44-26 on Friday night. The game was the league opener for both teams and it snapped a 15-game league winning streak by the Saints.

Bishop Amat beats undefeated Alemany: Bishop Amat played a nearly perfect first-half Friday night en route to a 47-20 victory over Alemany High School in a non league game. Maxpreps billed the No. 6-ranked Warriors (5-1, 1-0) vs. No. 17-ranked Lancers (4-3, 1-1) as one of the top games to watch in California this week.

Charter Oak holds off Diamond Ranch: Diamond Ranch gave Charter Oak everything it could handle in the Hacienda League debut, but the Chargers made just enough plays to survive with a 27-24 victory Friday.
Jason Ortiz’s sack just inside Charter Oak territory as time expired prevented Diamond Ranch from attempting a Hail Mary attempt and sealed the victory.

El Monte upsets Arroyo: El Monte High School stopped a late Arroyo scoring attempt to hold on for a surprising 26-23 Mission Valley League victory on Friday night.
The Lions (3-4, 2-1) rallied from a nine-point deficit with a pair of touchdowns and then had to have a bit of luck to stop the reigning league champion Knights (4-3, 1-2). Jonathan Sotelo’s potential game-tying 20-yard field-goal attempt with less than a minute left was wide left.

Friday’s results
Mission League

Bishop Amat 47, Alemany 20 — Don’t need to say anything, biggest win in Steve Hagerty era and now they can think big in the Mission League. That they don’t deserve to be in the Pac-5 Aram talk is so September.

Palomares League
Ayala 33, Claremont 14 — This sets up a great match next week vs. Glendora.
Glendora 49, Bonita 13 – Matt Fink was unbelievable with 202 yards rushing, two TDs and a passing TD.
South Hills 40, Diamond Bar 14 — Big win for South Hills over a Diamond Bar team we thought was much better.

Valle Vista League
Northview 44, San Dimas 26 — One of the giant upsets of the night over the defending Mid-Valley division champs. Who saw this coming? I know I didn’t.
Rowland 20, Nogales 7 – Not surprising, the Nobles are really struggling.

Baseline League
Upland 44, Damien 14 – Almost the score I predicted, will be a long year in the Baseline for Sparty.

Hacienda League
Charter Oak 27, Diamond Ranch 24 — Chargers won a nail-biter having to hold on late.
Chino 30, Los Altos 14 — Conquerors don’t look like the team that played so many other tough teams tough.
West Covina 42, Walnut 0 — You have to start thinking about the Bulldogs’ title chances now.

Miramonte League
Garey 19, Ganesha 7 – Good start for Garey, but don’t expect much more in the Miramonte.
Pomona 74, La Puente 14 — You have to think the Red Devils are probably the best in the Mid-Valley after this.

Mission Valley League
El Monte 26, Arroyo 23 — Of all the shockers, this might the greatest of all. I bet coach Joel Sanchez is dancing somewhere right now.
Gabrielino 35, Mountain View 14 — Eagles still hoping to be a playoff team.
South El Monte 60, Marshall 0 — Not sure the Mission Valley is a good fit for Marshall. Ya think?

Montview League
Azusa 43, Sierra Vista 7 — Aztecs are the favorites until someone knocks them off.
Baldwin Park 42, Duarte 14 – Braves showing they might be the league favorites.

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Covina rolls to 49-point victory over Wilson; Gladstone shuts out Workman, 35-0

Follow our High school football scoreboard for updates and final scores

BREAKING NEWS: The CIF-SS confirmed that Pomona officially forfeited its 40-14 season-opening victory over Roosevelt due to the use of an ineligible player. Pomona also forfeited a win at Mission Prep for simply now showing up. Pomona’s record is now 2-4.

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COVINA ROLLS TO 49-POINT VICTORY: The Covina football team continued to pile up points as the Colts beat an injury depleted Wilson squad 55-6 on Thursday night at San Dimas High School.
Colts quarterback Joe Benavidez continued his hot hand, completing 14 of 18 passes for 283 yards and four touchdowns.
His favorite target was junior Eric Williams, who caught eight passes for 157 yards and three scores.
“It was about finding zones tonight,” Williams said. I was surprised they didn’t play man against me, so I just found the zones and sat. (Benavidez) made really great reads and fed me the ball. I did what I could to get some more yards after the catch.”

Thursday’s games and predictions
Covina 55, Wilson 6
Gladstone 35, Workman 0

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That didn’t take long: Roman Silva, a 7-foot junior and 6-foot-3 guard J.J. Watson have both transferred to Diamond Ranch for new boys basketball coach Eric Cooper

You knew when Diamond Ranch named Eric Cooper its next boys basketball coach that it wouldn’t take him long to turn it around. In seems in high school basketball schools don’t attract, coaches do and Cooper is already attracting talent just like he did at La Verne Lutheran, where he turned an unknown program into two state championships and two divisional titles, leaving Lutheran in 2012 for St. Anthony, where he was before taking over this past summer at Diamond Ranch.
Roman Silva, a 7-foot junior center from Etiwanda, one of the best teams annually in the Southern Section, has transferred to Diamond Ranch. Silva’s transfer has not been approved by the CIF-Southern Section. It’s pending until it gets a response from Etiwanda as to whether it will challenge the transfer citing “athletic motivation.” Also, J.J. Watson, a 6-foot-3 sophomore guard from North Carolina, also has transferred in and has been approved with a valid change of address. North Carolina State and Arizona are a couple of schools reportedly interested in Watson.

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CalPreps Prediction: Alemany 40, Bishop Amat 28 .. Will anything ever change? Amat gets another crack Friday

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Bishop Amat vs. Alemany head-to-head since joining the same league in 2010
2010: Alemany 38, Bishop Amat 30
2011: Alemany 26, Bishop Amat 21
2012: Alemany 56, Bishop Amat 35
2013: Alemany 29, Bishop Amat 26

Bishop Amat had its best chance in 2010 against Alemany when both were 9-0. Amat was in control, but choked it away toward the end of the first half and never recovered.

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San Dimas volleyball overcoming coaching change

The San Dimas High School volleyball season could have been acrimonious.
Two games into the season and a day before a match against rival Bonita, fist-year coach Travis Dancer abruptly left the program.
But the Saints (10-5) have not missed a beat. They knocked off the Bearcats in four games and have gone 8-5 since. They won their Valle Vista League opener against Nogales and face visiting Covina on Thursday.
“We have an awesome team,” coach Nicki Bonomo said. “We’re pretty well versed to adversity and they’ve done a good job. It has not been tough at all.”

See story: http://www.sgvtribune.com/sports/20141008/san-dimas-high-school-girls-volleyball-does-not-miss-step-despite-coaching-change

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What happens when Salesian and Cathedral finally meet …

Cathedral and Salesian, who battled off the field to stay out of the Pac-5 and wanted no part of being in the same league because of past history eventually settled on both being in the new Angelus League and the time has arrived to finally settle things on the field. Cathedral is 5-0 with an edge of Salesian (3-2), but who knows how much emotion will play. And who knows what role the fans play, who have been known to get at each other. CalPreps predicts a 31-21 Salesian victory and the game is at Salesian. You know as well as I that you can throw predictions out the window. Stay safe boys.

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Tribune Midseason Leaders: Is there a leading area MVP among this group?

lafansMIDSEASON SAN GABRIEL VALLEY TRIBUNE LEADERS
Quarterbacks
1. Erick Morales, La Puente, 1,290 yards, 215 YPG, 19 TDs
2. Chaz Miller, Arroyo, 1,276 yards, 117 YPG, 10 TDs
3. Kam Brown, Charter Oak, 1,203 yards, 240 YPG, 16 TDs
4. Darreon Lockett, Pomona, 1,132 yards, 283 YPG, 14 TDs
5. Edward Dominguez, El Monte, 1,082 yards, 180 YPG, 11 TDs
6. Damian Garcia, Bishop Amat, 1061 yards, 212 YPG, 9 TDs
7. Joe Benavidez, Covina, 972 yards, 194 YPG, 12 TDs
8. Matt Fink, Glendora, 752 yards, 150 YPG, 5 TDs
9. Jaime Michel, South El Monte, 656 yards, 131 YPG, 5 TDs
10. Joseph Ramirez, Azusa, 651 yards, 130 YPG, 3 TDs
Running Backs
1. Angel Maldonado, Azusa, 793 yards, 158 YPG, 6 TDs
2. Dylan Thigpen, Damien, 725 yards, 181 YPG, 8 TDs
3. Antonio Hull, Diamond Bar, 658 yards, 131 YPG, 9 TDs
4. Cameron Eaglin, Nogales, 656 yards, 164 YPG, 4 TDs
5. Andres Hooper, Northview, 612 yards, 122 YPG, 4 TDs
6. Ricky Mejia, Bassett, 560 yards, 140 YPG, 6 TDs
7. Jesus Navarrete, Bassett, 556 yards, 111 YPG, 4 TDs
8. Angel Verdugo, Bonita, 554 yards, 110 YPG, 10 TDs
9. Jonathan Gonzalez, Workman, 553 yards, 110 YPG, 2 TDs
10. Henry Martinez, West Covina, 525 yards, 105 YPG, 5 TDs
Wide Receivers
1. David Cotero, Arroyo, 561 yards, 38 catches, 4 TDs
2. Desmond Bobo, Pomona, 533 yards, 22 catches, 5 TDs
3. Jordan Fisher, La Puente, 504 yards, 27 catches, 5 TDs
4. Fernando Espinoza, El Monte, 499 yards, 33 catches, 5 TDs
5. Anthony Barcelo, Arroyo, 481 yards, 27 catches, 6 TDs
6. Eric Williams, Covina, 462 yards, 26 catches, 7 TDs
7. Brian Casteel, 430 yards, 21 catches, 4 TDs
8. Dominic Ramirez, 423 yards, 28 catches, 2 TDs
9. Shawn Wilson, 403 yards, 14 catches, 5 TDs
10. Tyler Vaughns, Bishop Amat, 364 yards, 25 catches, 5 TDs

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Palomares and Hacienda League predictions: Glendora and Charter Oak will take it

Palomares/Hacienda Notebook: After five nonleague games, there is no clarity as it pertains to the Hacienda and Palomares league championship races.
Fans usually have a better idea of who should be favored at this point in the season with so much data available from the first five games of the season. But that’s far from the case as league play in the Hacienda and Palomares kicks off this week.
“I think going into it, you just can’t say who’s the favorite,” Glendora head coach Jerry Lewallen said of the Palomares. “You know high school football, each week is going to be so exciting and anybody can beat anybody. In my mind, there’s several deserving teams going into it.”

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Palomares League Predictions
1. Glendora (4-1) – Best defense with the best quarterback equals the league title.
2. Ayala (4-1) — Damien win was an eye opener and so was the blowout over Diamond Ranch.
3. Bonita (4-1) — They have the blueprint to beat San Dimas but third is they best they do in this league.
4. Claremont (4-1) — They best Salesian, crushed a decent Covina team and its only loss is to respectable El Rancho. They could be the sleeper in all this.
4. Diamond Bar (3-2) — With a quaterback like Tyler Peterson and a back like Antonio “Noodles” Hull they should better, but they aren’t.
5. South Hills (1-4) — This was supposed to be their “relief” year but when you lose games 61-0, 44-0 and 37-0 I don’t care how tough your schedule is, you stopped competing.

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Hacienda League Predictions
1. Charter Oak (2-3) – Not the heavy favorite it use to be, but still the favorite in my eyes.
2. West Covina (3-2) — Might not be the conventional pick at No. 2, but love how they’ve blown out teams they’re supposed to blow out.
3. Diamond Ranch (4-1) — Their preseason resume, with a win over El Rancho and a tough loss to Ayala suggests they’re good enough to win this league. But I’m not buying.
4. Los Altos (2-3) — Close losses to San Dimas, Monrovia and Glendora. Feeling the same happens against the three teams I have ranked ahead. Los Altos may not like it, but fourth is where it will finish.
5. Chino (3-2) — They don’t lose points for losing to St. Francis, but they do for losing to Don Lugo.
6. Walnut (2-3) - Beating Baldwin Park was a nice way to finish non-league, but if I’m right, it’s also their last win of the season.

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Tribune Super 32 Rankings: Glendora holds off Bishop Amat to remain No. 1; Bonita to No. 3

tartans21TRIBUNE SUPER 32 FOOTBALL RANKINGS
1. Glendora (4-1) – Tartans living up to pre-season billing with three victories over Central Division ranked foes. Now it has to fend off hot Bonita in Palomares opener.
2. Bishop Amat (3-3) — Huge win over Serra in front of live Fox cameras and it gets tougher this week at power Alemany. A win would set Amat nation in a frenzy.
3. Bonita (4-1) — Bearcats take a big leap forward in the rankings with a clutch win over San Dimas for the Smudge.
4. Charter Oak (2-3) – Charters were idle last week and are probably ready to flex their muscles in the revamped Hacienda.
5. Damien (3-2) — Losing to Ayala is not the best way to finish non-league heading into the Baseline against Upland.
6. San Dimas (3-2) — If you would have told the Saints they would be 3-2 before its non-league schedule, they probably would have taken it considering the opponents.
7. Diamond Ranch (4-1) — They will try to do something Friday they never do, beat Charter Oak.
8. West Covina (3-2) — They should open the Hacienda with a win over Walnut, but are they good enough to win a league title?
9. Los Altos (2-3) – The Conqs open league with Chino hoping their tough nonleague will payoff.
10. Northview (4-1) — The Vikings will find out how good they’re at San Dimas in Friday’s VVL opener.

THE REST: 11. Pomona (3-3); 12. Diamond Bar (3-2), 13. La Puente (4-2); 14. Covina (3-2); 15. Rosemead (2-4); 16. Arroyo (4-2), 17. Walnut (2-3); 18. Azusa (2-3); 19. Baldwin Park (2-3); 20. Bassett (3-3); 21. South Hills (1-4); 22. Ganesha (4-2); 23. Rowland (2-3); 24. Duarte (1-4); 25. El Monte (2-4), 26. Wilson (1-4); 27. South El Monte (1-4), 28. Nogales (2-3), 29. Sierra Vista (1-4), 30. Mountain View (0-5), 31. Workman (1-4), 32. Gladstone (0-5).

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Tribskin Pick’em: I’m taking Glendora, Charter Oak, San Dimas, La Puente and Alemany in the big ones on Friday

Head-2-Head
Aram Tolegian (Last Week: 19-9; Season Total: 169-62)
Fred Robledo (Last Week 21-7; Season Total: 167-64)

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Last Week:
After falling behind by eight two weeks into the season, I’ve slowly trimmed Aram’s lead, cutting it to two by picking up two more this week. I got Aram taking Bishop Amat over Serra, Rosemead over Arroyo, Azusa over Temple City and Whittier over Schurr. Aram got a couple back gettin gme by taking El Rancho over Katella and Glendora over Kaiser.
This Week:: There are five big games that standout. Bonita and Glendora will meet in the Palomares opener at Charter Oak on Friday. Both are playing great coming off big victories but the Tartans have done it against tougher competition so no way I’m picking against Glendora three weeks in a row after they proved me wrong each of the past two weeks. Charter Oak at Diamond Ranch is a great way to get the Hacienda going again. Diamond Ranch never could beat Charter Oak in the old league and they won’t beat them in the revamped one either. As great as Northview has looked, San Dimas is back in its comfort zone and will likely take it to the Vikings in the Valle Vista league opener. This might as well be the game that decides the league title, because nobody else in league can touch these two. Speaking of league title deciders, Pomona at La Puente is another to open the Miramonte League. Pomona was my pre-season favorite and has played a tougher schedule, but I’m going with La Puente. They’ve been scoring a ton and I believe coach Scott Morrison will have them ready. The final game is Bishop Amat at undefeated Alemany. I believe Bishop Amat will finish 4-2 in the Mission League and make the playoffs. They won’t beat Alemany on the road, but they will finish the season with wins over Chaminade, Loyola and Notre Dame. Winning the final three straight is a tough way to do it, but they can. Now, if they beat Alemany, then you can start thinking league title. But Amat NEVER beats Alemany.

La Puente on a roll with Pomona next: All La Puente High School football coach Scott Morrison would like to see is development.
“We have played progressively better each week, but I think it can be better,” he said. “Are we currently playing as well as we can? For this past Friday, probably. For next week, probably not. But we’re progressing well.”
The Warriors (4-2) scored a 77-7 victory over Workman in their final nonleague game on Friday night. It is the most points they have scored this century. They have scored 45 or more points in each of their victories this season.
“We played well and we’re pretty efficient with the ball,” Morrison said. “We had a short field for a lot of the night.”

THURSDAY’S GAMES
Montview League

Gladstone vs. Workman at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Workman); Aram (G-Stone)
Valle Vista League
Wilson vs. Covina at San Dimas, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Covina); Aram (Covina)
FRIDAY’S GAMES
Almont League

Alhambra vs. San Gabriel at Moor Field, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Alhambra); Aram (Alh)
Bell Gardens at Keppel, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BGardens); Aram (BG)
Montebello at Schurr, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Schurr); Aram (Schurr)
Angelus League
St. Francis at Harvard-Westlake, 7 p.m. — Robledo (St. Francis); Aram (SF)
St. Paul at La Salle, 7 p.m. — Robledo (St. Paul); Aram (LS)
Baseline League
Damien at Upland, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Upland); Aram (Upland)
Del Rio League
La Serna at El Rancho, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Serna); Aram (LS)
Santa Fe at California, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Santa Fe); Aram (Cal)
Whittier at Pioneer, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Whittier); Aram (Whitt)
Freeway League
La Habra at Buena Park, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Habra); Aram (LH)
Hacienda League
Charter Oak at Diamond Ranch, 7 p.m. — Robledo (COak); Aram (CO)
Chino at Los Altos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (LA); Aram (LA)
West Covina at Walnut, 7 p.m. — Robledo (WC); Aram (WestCo)
Miramonte League
Garey at Ganesha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Ganesha); Aram (Ganesha)
Pomona at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Puente); Aram (Pomona)
Mission League
Bishop Amat at Alemany, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Alemany); Aram (Alemany)
Mission Valley League
Arroyo at El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Aram (Arr)
Gabrielino at Mountain View, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Gab); Aram (Gab)
Marshall at South El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SEL); Aram (SEM)
Montview League
Azusa vs. Sierra Vista at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa); Aram (Az)
Duarte at Baldwin Park, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BPark); Aram (BP)
Olympic League
Valley Christian at Maranatha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Maranatha); Aram (Bogan)
Pacific League
Arcadia at Pasadena, 7 p.m. — Robledo (PHS); Aram (PHS)
Burbank at Muir, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Muir); Aram (Stangs)
Palomares League
Claremont at Ayala, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Ayala); Aram (Ayala)
Glendora vs. Bonita at Charter Oak HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Glendora); Aram (G-High)
South Hills at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DBar); Aram (D-Bar)
Prep League
Flintridge Prep vs. Rio Hondo Prep at Occidental College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (RHPrep); Aram (RHP)
Rio Hondo League
Blair at South Pasadena, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SPas); Aram (South Pas)
La Canada at Temple City, 7 p.m. — Robledo (LC); Aram (LC)
San Marino at Monrovia, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Monrovia); Aram (M-Town)
Suburban League
Glenn at La Mirada, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Mirada); Aram (LM)
Valle Vista League
Nogales at Rowland, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rowland); Aram (Rowland)
Northview at San Dimas, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SDimas); Aram (SD)
Nonleague
Bosco Tech vs. Bishop Montgomery at Gabrielino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BMont); Aram (B-Mont)
Animo South Los Angeles at Cantwell-Sacred Heart, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Cant); Aram (Cant)
SATURDAY’S GAME
Firebaugh vs. Pasadena Poly at Lynwood, 7 p.m. — Robledo (PPoly); Aram (PP)

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PrepXtra Postgame: Bishop Amat Golden Boys beat Serra 14-7; Rosemead wins thriller over Arroyo on conversion, 28-27; Glendora crushes Kaiser

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Rosemead beats Arroyo on gutsy 2-point conversion: Having not beaten rival Arroyo High School since 2008, there was little chance that Rosemead football coach Marc Paramo wasn’t going to go for two and the win.
That’s exactly what Paramo did after his team scored on a touchdown pass with 11 seconds left to pull within one of the Knights. And when Robbie Franco bulled into the end zone moments later, a great weight was lifted off the Rosemead program with a 28-27 win on Friday night.
“When we were on the 15-yard line, I told my assistant coach upstairs ‘Get your play ready, because we’re going for two. We’re not going to kick it,’” Paramo said. “I’m proud of our guys. It is a huge hump. If we would have lost, we would have stewed over it for all of our bye week.”

ayalarunAyala shocks Damien: The contest between Ayala and Damien looked like a toss-up on paper, each team entering having won three of its four games with some quality wins.
It wasn’t that close when it came to total yardage or time of possession, but it was that close on the scoreboard as Ayala prevailed 17-13 on Friday in the final non-league tuneup for each team.
Ayala (4-1) had that 17-13 lead going into the final few minutes but couldn’t get the first down to run out the clock and handed the ball back to the visiting Spartans with 2:53 left at their own 30.

Bishop Amat upset: Bishop Amat pulled out its gold uniforms for the second time this season and for a game it couldn’t afford to lose, and the good luck charm was just what it needed.
Barely.
The Lancers avoided falling into a huge hole in the ridiculously tough Mission League with a 14-7 defensive gem over Serra, which many considered one of the league favorites and was averaging 45 points a game against a tough schedule.

Glendora pounds Kaiser: If this is a playoff preview, Kaiser has some work left to do.
After Kaiser kept it close with two first-half Glendora turnovers, the Tartans pulled away with two second-half touchdowns in a 28-7 victory over Kaiser in a nonleague game on Friday night at Kaiser High School.
Glendora (4-1) had entered the game ranked No. 2 in the CIF-SS Central Division, while Kaiser (3-2) was No. 4
“The bottom line, they got coached up to come in and do some things that would hurt us,” Kaiser coach Phil Zelaya said. “And they executed that very well.”

Maranatha stays undefeated: Two teams, Mountain View and Maranatha high schools, heading in opposite directions met Friday night in a nonleague game and the final outcome was predictable.
With four games remaining in the regular season for both teams, Maranatha remains on a path to an undefeated season, while Mt. View is still seeking its first win.
The visiting Minutemen (6-0), top-ranked in CIF-SS Northwest Division, defeated the Vikings 41-6.

Friday’s results
Bishop Amat 14, Serra 7 — Gold uniforms and great defense. What can you say?
Rosemead 28, Arroyo 27 – Panthers finally upend Knights in big MVL showdown
El Monte 60, Marshall 13 — 60 points sounds like the Lions offense of old
South El Monte 40, Gabrielino 36 — Thought Gabrielino was better than this.
Azusa 34, Temple City 28 – Aztecs rally past Rams.
Covina 49, Bassett 21 — Colts offense is dangerous.
Chino Hills 48, Victor Valley 0 – Baseline league favorites?
Ayala 17, Damien 13 — Bulldogs late rally beats Spartans
Nogales 27, Gladstone 0 – Someone had to win.
Glendora 28, Kaiser 7 – Tartans win third straight against Central contender
Ganesha 33, La Quinta 3 — Not surprised.
Maranatha 41, Mountain View 6 — Undefeated Minutemen cruise again.
Chino 30, Rowland 16 — Raiders put up a decent fight/
Garey 22, Sierra Vista 14 — Dons come up short.
La Puente 77, Workman 7 — Warriors offense no joke.

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Paint the Smudge pot green again; Angel Verdugo leads Bonita to a 23-9 win over San Dimas

By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter

Bonita High RB Angel Verdugo (#23) tries to push the football in for a touchdown despite having his helmet torn off vs San Dimas High at Citrus College Stadium in Glendora, Calif. October 2, 2014. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

Bonita High RB Angel Verdugo (#23) tries to push the football in for a touchdown despite having his helmet torn off vs San Dimas High at Citrus College Stadium in Glendora, Calif. October 2, 2014. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)


GLENDORA >>
The Smudgepot will stay green for another year.
Angel Verdugo rushed for 165 yards and three touchdowns and the Bonita High School football team scored its second consecutive win over rival San Dimas with a 23-14 victory at Citrus College.
Quarterback Cody Brazzill accounted for 159 yards for the Bearcats, who improved to 4-1.
Bobby Rios rushed for 79 yards and a touchdown for San Dimas, which slipped to 4-2.
Garrett Deane, after Bonita converted a key fourth down with a 20-yard pass from Brazzill to Danny Gelalich, kicked a 24-yard field with 1:33 lef to clinch it.

Angel Verdugo: “It’s a big deal, but we treat it as any other game. We just came out here and played our game. We listened to our coaches and came out with a big win.”

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18 of 21 players suspended for participation in the Ayala Football hazing incident reinstated two days before hosting Damien

INLAND BULLETIN: Eighteen of the 21 Ayala High School football players suspended for participation in a hazing incident have been reinstated by the Chino Valley Unified School District to resume playing Thursday and Friday.
“As of Wednesday, 18 students will have been reinstated to participate in practices and games this week as part of the Ayala High School football team,” district spokeswoman Julie Gobin said in a statement. “The investigation continues.”

Fred’s thoughts: Other than missing school because of the suspensions, it’s not clear to us if the 18 players reinstated to participate in practices and games (according to the district) means the players will actually play in JV or varsity games vs. Damien this week. Ayala hosts Damien’s varsity on Friday night. Since Ayala had a bye last week, what are you reinstating players for? … Practice. If the student/player suspensions were nothing more than missing practice and being eligible for the next game, that wouldn’t seem like a very harsh penalty at all. But who knows, maybe the football coaches will hand down their own suspensions and force players who were suspended from school to sit out Friday’s games. But for now, we just don’t know.

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Does Bishop Amat belong in the Pac-5? Aram doesn’t think so

AmatlookCOLUMN: From 2006 to 2013, Bishop Amat has one playoff win and several thousand fans and coaches who think the Lancers still belong in the Pac-5 Division, SoCal’s elite playoff grouping.

Following last Friday’s loss to Crespi, the Lancers face an uphill battle just to make the postseason with tough Mission League games left against Serra, Chaminade and Alemany.

If the Lancers don’t make the postseason, it will mark the fourth time in the past nine years that Amat didn’t even go dancing. Considering Amat was in a four or five-team league for most of the past decade, that’s saying something.

Heck, in one of the years Amat did make the playoffs, the Lancers needed the stars to align and a coin flip in their favor on the final night of the season just to make the dance.

This year was supposed to be different. Amat has one of its most-talented teams in quite some time, with three players receiving college offers from some of the top college football programs on the West Coast.

But “it” hasn’t happened. Amat is now 2-3. Who knows what to make of the Lancers’ big win in Texas over Aledo. The rout of Rancho Cucamonga looks less impressive now that La Serna just beat the Cougars and it’s looking like this isn’t one of the Rancho Cucamonga’s juggernaut teams.

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Tribune Super 32 Football Rankings: Glendora takes over top spot; Charter Oak drops to No. 5

PrepXtra Live Rewind following Week 4 of the High School Football season.

TRIBUNE SUPER 32 FOOTBALL RANKINGS
1. Glendora (3-1) – Back to back victories over Los Altos and Charter Oak and the hottest team at the moment. Yup, they’re deserving of No. 1
2. Bishop Amat (2-3) — During the regular 10-game season Bishop Amat has never lost three straight during the Steve Hagerty era. They’re in danger of that now.
3. San Dimas (3-1) — Saints already knocked off then-No. 1 Central Diamond Bar. Would prove a lot more if they beat rival Bonita in Smudgepot Thursday.
4. Damien (3-1) — Starting to look more comfortable and a good chance to go 4-1 at Ayala next.
5. Charter Oak (2-3) – Not the Central Division favorite we thought they were.
6. Bonita (3-1) — With a week to rest will Bonita beat San Dimas for the second straight year?
7. Diamond Ranch (4-1) — Strong pre-season showing and way to close over solid El Rancho squad.
8. Pomona (3-2) — Solid blow-out win over Montclair. Looking like a factor in the Mid-Valley.
9. Los Altos (2-3) – If you’re a Los Altos fan the only good from back-to-back losses to Glendora and Monrovia is that they were extremely competitive in both.
10. West Covina (3-2) — Bulldogs are blowing out the teams they’re supposed to blow out.
THE REST: 11. Northview (4-1); 12. Diamond Bar (3-2), 13. Arroyo (4-1), 14. La Puente (3-2); 15. Covina (2-2); 16. Walnut (2-3); 17. Bassett (3-2); 18. Ganesha (3-2); 19. South Hills (1-4), 20. Baldwin Park (2-2); 21. Azusa (1-2); 22. Rosemead (1-4), 23. Rowland (2-2); 24. Duarte (1-4); 25. El Monte (1-4), 26. Wilson (1-3); 27. South El Monte (0-4), 28. Nogales (1-3), 29. Sierra Vista (1-3), 30. Mountain View (0-4), 31. Workman (1-3), 32. Gladstone (0-4).

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Tribskin Pick’em: Why San Dimas will beat Bonita and why Bishop Amat isn’t losing three straight

Head-2-Head
Aram Tolegian (Last Week: 32-10; Season Total: 150-53)
Fred Robledo (Last Week 32-10; Season Total: 146-57)

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Last Week: Aram and I both had a good week statistically, but we also missed opportunities for a super week. We both missed out by not taking Glendora over Charter Oak, La Sierra over Northview and La Canada over Rio Hondo Prep. We both thought Baldwin Park would beat Walnut and that Cypress would beat Diamond Bar. I got Aram taking Crespi over Bishop Amat and Pasadena Poly over Brentwood, but he got me back with California over Magnolia and Diamond Ranch over Cypress.
This week: The Smudge Pot between San Dimas and Bonita lead the way and they’re both hot, both with one loss and playing in the middle of the season instead of the season opener as in recent years. One of San Dimas’ complaints in losing to Bonita last year and struggling in openers is they’re not as prepared as they would be for a mid-season game. I’m taking their word on that and picking San Dimas. For all the good they’ve done, like winning CIF titles, you have to believe San Dimas can’t stomach losing to their rival again. As bad as the situation looks for Bishop Amat, losing in heartbreaking fashion at Crespi in overtime, they’ve NEVER lost three straight during the regular 10-game season during the Steve Hagerty area. They have a good record of responding when their backs are to the wall and they’ve never been more back to the wall than now. Friday’s game is live on Fox West, it’s a 7:30 start and with all the cameras and bright lights on them, this is the type of game Amat wins.

Thursday’s games
San Dimas vs. Bonita at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SDimas); Aram (Saints)
Calabasas at St. Francis, 7 p.m. — Robledo (St. Francis); Aram (SF)
Flintridge Prep at Campbell Hall, 4:30 p.m. — Robledo (FPrep); Aram (FP)

Friday’s games
Serra at Bishop Amat, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (BAmat); Aram (Serra)
El Monte vs. Marshall, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Monte); Aram (EM)
Gabrielino at South El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Gab); Aram (Gab)
Rosemead at Arroyo, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rosemead); Aram (Arroyo)
Burroughs at Muir, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Muir); Aram (Muir)
Glendale at Arcadia, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arcadia); Aram (Arcadia)
Pasadena vs. Hoover at Glendale HS, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Pasadena); Aram (PHS)
La Mirada at Bellflower, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Mirada); Aram (LM)
Azusa at Temple City, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa); Aram (TC)
Bassett vs. Covina at San Dimas HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Covina); Aram (Cov)
Bosco Tech vs. Cantwell-Sacred Heart at Salesian HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Cant); Aram (Cant)
Damien at Ayala, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Damien); Aram (Damien)
El Rancho vs. Katella at Glover Stadium, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Katella); Aram (ER)
Gladstone vs. Nogales at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Nogales); Aram (Nog)
Glendora at Kaiser, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Kaiser); Aram (G-High)
La Quinta at Ganesha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Quinta); Aram (LQ)
Maranatha at Mountain View, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Maranatha); Aram (Bogan)
Montclair at Wilson, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Montclair); Aram (Montclair)
Pomona vs. Santa Monica at Santa Monica College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Pomona); Aram (Pomona)
Rowland at Chino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Chino); Aram (Chino)
Schurr vs. Whittier at Whittier College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Whittier); Aram (Schurr)
Sierra Vista at Garey, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Garey); Aram (Garey)
Whittier Christian vs. Sonora at La Habra, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Sonora); Aram ()
Workman at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (LP); Aram (LP)
Saturday’s games
St. Genevieve vs. Pasadena Poly at Sun Valley, 8 p.m. — Robledo (PPoly); Aram (PP)

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Walnut scores 35 unanswered to beat Baldwin park 35-28; Bishop Amat and Los Altos lose heartbreakers

Click for quarter updates of football games on tonight’s scoreboard page

walnutWalnut scores 35 straight points to win it: Walnut coach Mike O’Shields turned to quarterback Micah Maes after falling behind three touchdowns to host Baldwin Park in the opening quarter.
“I just asked him, ‘What are we going to do to fix this?’” O’Shields said. “(Michah) looked and me and said, ‘I’ll fix it, Coach.’”
That’s exactly what he did, leading Walnut to a 35-28 victory over Baldwin Park with 35 unanswered points after falling behind 21-0.
“They showed so much heart tonight,” O’Shields said. “I felt we had a good game plan all week, but they jumped on us and scored when we made turnovers. I thought we were giving it to them. But we got the momentum back by half and I believed it was going to stay that way.”

crespiBishop Amat loses a heartbreaker: Zari Lealock was not about to let Crespi go down in its Mission League opener.
With Bishop Amat driving into Crespi territory for a potential tiebreaking score late in the fourth quarter, Lealock knew he had to make a game-changing play on the defensive end of the ball.
Lealock’s interception was impressive enough.
But Lealock was far from done, bobbing and weaving through Bishop Amat players en route to a 75-yard interception return for a touchdown that gave Crespi a seven-point lead.
But Amat was not about to lose this game either.
Quarterback Damian Garcia hit Tyler Vaughns for a game-tying touchdown with 21 seconds left to force overtime.
Crespi eventually pulled out a thrilling 32-31 victory.

MONROVIA WINS THRILLER OVER LOS ALTOS: Asaph Zamora drove Monrovia 91 yards in the final minute to stun Los Altos 27-25 in a nonleague game Friday night.
On third-and-goal from the 20-yard line with 0:12 left on the clock, Zamora bought time in the pocket and found Lawrence Spencer in the corner of the end zone for the game-winning touchdown.

Friday’s results
Walnut 35, Baldwin Park 28 – Mustangs fall behind 21-0 and score 35 unanswered to pull it out.
Pomona 51, Montclair 7 — Pomona players needed this.
Crespi 32, Bishop Amat 31, OT – After Bishop Amat rallied to tie the score in regulation, Crespi goes for 2-point conversion and get it in OT for the victory.
Monrovia 27, Los Altos 25 -- Wildcats score in the final seconds to pull out a thriller.
Rosemead 35, El Monte 0 – Panthers get first win in Mission Valley opener.
West Covina 56, Santa Fe 27 -- All of a sudden, Bulldogs looking like top 5 Central team.
Bassett 47, Sierra Vista 15 — Olympians started to pile up victories.
Damien 37, South Hills 0 — Yeah, it’s a good idea that South Hills isn’t in the Inland Division anymore.
Arroyo 28, Mountain View 0 – Knights back in their MVL comfort zone.
Covina 50, Azusa 30 — Don’t sleep on the Colts in the Valle Vista
Diamond Bar 38, Cypress 27 – Brahmas needed a win after losing two straight.
Diamond Ranch 24, El Rancho 19 — Great result over a solid El Rancho squad.
La Salle 42, Duarte 7 — Falcons take another step back.
La Puente 45, Gladstone 7 – Warriors getting better by the week.
Rowland 39, Hillcrest 32 – Raiders didn’t care who they beat, they needed a win.
Ganesha 42, Workman 7 — Lobos struggles continue.
Centennial 42, Wilson 20 – Wildcats defense continues to give up lots of points.
Garey at Nogales, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Garey); Aram (G)

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