Super Top 20 Rankings: Charter Oak, St. Francis still undefeated to lead way

School, Record, Division

1. Charter Oak (6-0), D-3
Diamond Ranch first team to give it a scare.
2. St. Francis (6-0), D-3
Can make a great argument to be No. 1 too.
3. La Habra (4-2), D-2
Beat undefeated Sunny Hills to open Freeway.
4. Damien (5-1), D-4
Huge Baseline opening win over Chino Hills.
5. Bishop Amat (2-4), D-1
All that matters is its 2-0 record in the Mission.
6. South Hills (5-1), D-7
Earned clutch win on the road at Ayala.
7. Glendora (4-2), D-4
Easy 33-7 win over Claremont; Diamond Bar next.
8. Los Altos (5-1), D-5
Next in line to get a shot at Charter Oak.
9. Arroyo (7-0), D-11
South El Monte gave it all it could handle.
10. Northview (4-2), D-8
Showdown with rival Covina next.
11. San Marino (5-1), D-6
Whipped La Canada in Rio Hondo league opener.
12. La Salle (3-3), D-8
Hosts St. Francis in Angelus showdown on Friday.
13. Covina (5-1), D-11
Huge 36-35 win over San Dimas.
14. Arcadia (3-3). D-11
Tough 17-15 loss to Burbank.
15. Schurr (5-1), D-12
Gets rival Montebello next for control of Almont.
16. South El Monte (6-1), D-12
Nearly knocked off Arroyo.
17. Diamond Ranch (3-3), D-7
Played well in loss to Charter Oak.
18. Montebello (4-2), D-10
Blanked Alhabra 30-6; Schurr next.
19. Whittier (3-3), D-10
Held on to beat California, 17-14.
20. Muir (3-3), D-9
Finally got a win in the Pacific, 48-0 over Hoover

High School Football Schedule
All games start at 7 p.m.

Thursday’s games
Del Rio League

Pioneer vs. La Serna at California
Pacific League
Pasadena vs. Burbank at Burroughs HS
Palomares League
Diamond Bar vs. Glendora at Citrus College

Friday’s games
Almont League

Alhambra at San Gabriel
Keppel at Bell Gardens
Schurr at Montebello
Angelus League
Harvard-Westlake at Salesian
St. Francis at La Salle
St. Paul at Cathedral
Baseline League
Damien at Upland
Etiwanda at Chino Hills
Rancho Cucamonga at Los Osos
Del Rio League
El Rancho at California
Santa Fe vs. Whittier at Pioneer HS
Freeway League
Sonora at Buena Park
Troy at La Habra
Hacienda League
Charter Oak at Los Altos
Chino at Diamond Ranch
Walnut at West Covina
Miramonte League
La Puente at Ganesha
Pomona at Bassett
Mission League
Crespi at Bishop Amat
Mission Valley League
El Monte at Arroyo
Marshall at Mountain View
Rosemead at Gabrielino
Montview League
Gladstone vs. Azusa at Citrus College
Sierra Vista at Duarte
Workman at Nogales
Olympic League
Whittier Christian vs. Heritage Christian at Whittier College
Pacific League
Glendale at Muir
Hoover vs. Arcadia at Glendale HS
Palomares League
Ayala at Bonita
South Hills at Claremont
Rio Hondo League
Monrovia at La Canada
South Pasadena at Temple City
Suburban League
La Mirada at Artesia
Valle Vista League
Covina vs. Northview at Covina District Field
San Dimas at Rowland
Wilson at Baldwin Park
Pasadena Poly at Boron
Santa Clara at Rio Hondo Prep
St. Genevieve at Cantwell-Sacred Heart

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Big night, Arroyo, Charter Oak hold on; South Hills, Damien, Bishop Amat earn clutch wins

Arroyo wins battle of unbeatens: The South El Monte and Arroyo high school football teams showed why they were undefeated with bruising defenses headed into their Friday night Mission Valley League showdown.
Neither defense surrendered much of anything in the way of yards or points. However, Arroyo budged South El Monte just enough to squeak out a thrilling 14-13 win to remain on top of the league standings.
Arroyo trailed 13-7 before quarterback Ernesto Camacho punched in the game-winning touchdown for the Knights (7-0, 3-0) on a 2-yard sneak with 4:51 left in the game.

Charter Oak survives scare: Charter Oak got all it could handle from a tough Diamond Ranch team on Friday night, but the Chargers made key plays down the stretch, squeaking out a 14-7 victory in an early but pivotal Hacienda League game.
“(Diamond Ranch) have an excellent coaching staff,” said Charter Oak coach Lou Farrar. “They have some of the best talent in their district and are the best team we have seen this year.”

Covina stops San Dimas’ go-ahead conversion: Covina just made next week’s crosstown rivalry with Northview that much more appealing after defeating San Dimas 36-35 in Friday’s Valle Vista League opener.
San Dimas rallied in the final minutes and pulled within one on Noah Maldonado’s fifth touchdown, an 8-yard run with 1:13 to go, but instead of kicking the extra point to tie the score, the Saints went for the two-point conversion and were stuffed, allowing the Colts to hold on for the win.
“It was a staff decision and on the road with less than two minutes you’re going for two,” San Dimas coach Mark Holman said.

St. Francis takes care of St. Paul: St. Francis High running back Elijah Washington’s first-down run midway through the third quarter said it all.After getting hit near the line of scrimmage, Washington kept his feet moving forward and pushed the pile for an 11-yard gain that moved the chains.
In many ways, Washington’s run symbolized the type of night St. Paul had — being competitive but not quite good enough to threaten the Knights in the contest.

La Habra rises to the occassion: One of the challenges facing La Habra in its Freeway League opener against Sunny Hills on Friday at Buena Park High was slowing down Alex Jung, the leading rusher in the county, averaging 304 yards per game.The Highlanders met the challenge, limiting Jung’s time on the field and his yardage when he was in the game.

Pasadena can’t stop undefeated Crescenta Valley: And still undefeated.Crescenta Valley quarterback Cole Doyle and receiver Tyler Lobianco picked apart the Pasadena defense in the first half, and extended their winning streak to six games as the Falcons defeated the Bulldogs 48-33 in Pacific League play Friday.
Doyle threw five touchdown passes on 15-of-24 passing and 241 yards and ran for 113 yards and a score as well.

Santa Fe shocks La Serna: For the first time in the last three years, the Santa Fe High School football team has defeated La Serna, 22-7, and it came at a perfect time in the Del Rio League opener on Friday.
Santa Fe, which started the season with only one victory in preseason, upped its record to 2-4 and more importantly 1-0 in league.With the loss, the defending DRL champion Lancers fall to 2-4 and 0-1.
“We have a lot of respect for La Serna,” Santa Fe coach Dave Pierson said.


Troy 29, Buena Park 21
Fullerton 35, Sonora 14
La Habra 42, Sunny Hills 3
Montebello 30, Alhambra 6
Bell Gardens 54, San Gabriel 0
Schurr 35, Keppel 8
La Salle 51, Salesian 7
St. Francis 24, St. Paul 7
Damien 34, Chino Hills 29
Etiwanda 34, Los Osos 27
Upland 30, Rancho Cucamonga 23
El Rancho 33, Pioneer 12
Santa Fe 22, La Serna 7
Whittier 17, California 14
Charter Oak 14, Diamond Ranch 7
Los Altos 34, Walnut 14
Chino 56, West Covina 7
Pomona 38, Garey 21
Alemany 32, Crespi 14
Serra 13, Loyola 10
Bishop Amat 31, Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 17
Rosemead 28, Mountain View 16
El Monte 59, Pasadena Marshall 7
Arroyo 14, South El Monte 13
Azusa 38, Duarte 0
Nogales 58, Gladstone 0
Workman 22, Sierra Vista 14
Cerritos Valley Christian 63, Maranatha 14
Burbank 17, Arcadia 14
Crescenta Valley 48, Pasadena 33
Muir 48, Hoover 0
Bonita 42, Diamond Bar 39
Glendora 33, Claremont 7
South Hills 21, Ayala 13
San Marino 55, La Canada 0
Monrovia 49, South Pasadena 10
St. Bernard 34, Bosco Tech 12
La Mirada 23, Norwalk 16
Northview 56, Baldwin Park 0
Rowland at Wilson
Covina 36, San Dimas 35
Big Bear 22, Rio Hondo Prep 13

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La Puente football races to lead and routs Bassett

LA PUENTE ROLLS: Bassett fumbled the ball twice in the opening two minutes in its Miramonte League opener against La Puente.La Puente then went on to score two early touchdowns in a little more than two minutes and cruised comfortably to a 44-6 win over Bassett at home Thursday night.
“(We’re) only playing four league games, (so these wins) makes it matter a whole lot more,” La Puente coach Erick Williams said.
La Puente quarterback Jesse Hernandez led the Warriors on 11-for-20 passing for 147 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

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Matt Bechtel is turning the corner with South Hills football

Believing in Bechtel: The rap on South Hills football coach Matt Bechtel is that he’s an offensive genius who rarely looks like he’s enjoying himself on the sidelines.
It’s his serious demeanor and attention to detail than fans see, but inside, he’s a serious competitor that wants to return South Hills to its glory days, and is tedious the way he goes about it.
But there might be a sneaky grin here and there because South Hills is 4-1 and ranked sixth in CIF-Southern Section Division 7, losing only to undefeated Charter Oak, ranked No. 1 in Division 3.
And now the fun begins, because South Hills opens the Palomares League on Friday at defending champion Ayala (2-3) at 7 p.m.

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Ten Burning Questions: League title predictions

Ten burning questions for high school football. While some teams have started league play, most begin Friday. Here’s how we expect several leagues to unfold in the following weeks.

1. After Bishop Amat’s win, how will it fare in the Mission League? Amat ended its four-game losing streak with a 7-3 win over Loyola using a third-string quarterback in the league opener. Word is that junior starter Blake Archuleta could be out a few more weeks with an injured shoulder, so how will that impact the Lancers’ league title hopes?

Fortunately for the Lancers, their next two games at home against Sherman Oaks Notre Dame (5-1) and Crespi (1-4) are extremely winnable, with or without Archuleta. And they won’t have to face league favorite Chaminade until Week 10. The worst part of Amat’s schedule is over, so there’s a good chance it could go into the league finale playing for a title. It probably won’t win it, but after all it has gone through, there appears to be light at the end of this. League prediction: 1. Chaminade, 2. Serra, 3. Bishop Amat.

2. Who wins Friday’s battle of unbeatens? That would be the Mission Valley League special, South El Monte (6-0, 2-0) at Arroyo (6-0, 2-0). CalPreps, which makes weekly projections based on its computer formula, projects a 31-12 victory for Arroyo. The Knights beat the Eagles 38-14 last year.

Even though it looks juicy on paper, nothing is expected to change. None of South El Monte’s victims have a winning record and though it only is allowing an average of seven points per game, it hasn’t faced an offense anything close to the firepower of Arroyo.

South’s only chance is if running back Sal Tovar can grind out yards and chew up clock for long offensive possessions. But history says Arroyo won’t let that happen, and that CalPreps’ projection could resemble the final score. League prediction: 1. Arroyo, 2. South El Monte, 3. Mountain View.

3. Who wins the Valle Vista League? – Two of the three teams in the hunt play this week when Covina (4-1) hosts San Dimas (3-2) on Friday. The third team is defending champ Northview (3-2), the likely favorite. There won’t be lopsided games between the three, but Covina has been more impressive than San Dimas and Northview has been more impressive than both. Rowland and Baldwin Park are 3-2, but they should wind up playing for fourth. League prediction: 1. Northview, 2. Covina, 3. San Dimas.

4. Who wins the Angelus League? The beauty of this is St. Francis (5-0) is the favorite and won’t have to face contenders Harvard-Westlake (5-0) or Cathedral (4-1) until the final two weeks, so the drama will build. La Salle (2-3) could potentially sneak in the race, but it hasn’t shown enough in nonleague play. In all likelihood, St. Francis will host Cathedral in Week 10 for the title, and the Knights, who lost 24-17 last year, will get it done this time. League prediction: 1. St. Francis, 2. Cathedral, 3. Harvard-Westlake.

5. Who wins the Palomares League? – The only losses for Glendora (3-2) were to Damien and Charter Oak and has a slight edge over South Hills (4-1) and Ayala (2-3).

Bonita (2-3) might be dangerous, but it has clearly not played as well as the top three. South Hills is at Ayala on Friday and the Huskies continued to look dangerous, whipping Mira Costa 40-18 last week.

If South Hills wins at Ayala, then maybe it steals the edge because it hosts Glendora two weeks later. But for now, sticking with Tartans. League prediction: 1. Glendora, 2. South Hills, 3. Ayala.

6. Who wins the Hacienda League? Charter Oak (5-0) is the overwhelming favorite with Los Altos (4-1) and Diamond Ranch (3-2) playing for second.

Diamond Ranch is at Charter Oak on Friday and has more potential to give Charter Oak a game than Los Altos. But let’s be honest, we’ve watched this song and dance before and know how it ends, with Charter Oak wiping everyone out and finishing another undefeated league season. League prediction: 1. Charter Oak, 2. Diamond Ranch, 3. Los Altos.

7. Who wins the Del Rio League? You always take La Serna (2-3) right? It plays the toughest nonleague schedule and it’s proven to be one of the best in Whittier. But it won’t be so easy this time. Pioneer (3-2), Whittier (2-3), El Rancho (2-3) and California (2-3) have been in a lot of tight games and look more than capable than years past. But how do you bet against La Serna? League prediction: 1. La Serna, 2. Whittier, 3. El Rancho.

8. Who wins the Almont League? It came down to Montebello (3-2) beating Schurr (4-1) for the title last year and not much has changed. Alhambra (2-2) could be a sleeper, but this is a lot like the Mission Valley League in that it’s a two-horse race, and this time, Schurr gets the job done. League prediction: 1. Schurr, 2. Montebello, 3. Alhambra.

9. Who wins the Rio Hondo League? Winless Monrovia (0-5) could be the favorite because it’s the defending champ and started 1-4 last year and ran the table in the RHL. Monrovia has played a tough schedule, but it didn’t compete in four of its five losses. That’s why San Marino (4-1), despite losing its season opener at Los Altos, is the team to beat. Second place likely comes down to what happens when South Pasadena (3-2) visits Monrovia on Friday. League prediction: 1. San Marino, 2. Monrovia, 3. South Pasadena.

10. Who wins the Baseline League? This is really about whether Damien can finish top three and make the Division 3 playoffs automatically, though a fourth-place finish could do the trick, too, with an at-large berth. Rancho Cucamonga and Upland will compete for the title. Both are on another level. Third will come down to whether Damien can beat Chino Hills on Friday, and the Spartans have played well enough to get it done. League prediction: 1. Rancho Cucamonga, 2. Upland, 3. Damien

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High School Football Leaders for SGV, Whittier, Star-news

Local High School Football Leaders

1. Quinn Commans, Whittier Christian, 2,072 yards, 345 avg., 19 TDs
2. Ernesto Camacho, Arroyo, 1,483 yards, 247 avg., 11 TDs
3. Miguel Aguero, Schurr, 1,307 yards, 261 avg., 14 TDs
4. Kody Olmos, Los Altos, 1,189 yards, 237 avg., 13 TDs
5. Steven Comstock, Northview, 1,146 yards, 229 avg., 10 TDs
6. Kwon Peterson, Maranatha, 1,123 yards, 187 avg., 13 TDs
7. Jorge Ledesma, Azusa, 1,061 yards, 212 avg., 11 TDs
8. Nin Burns II, Covina, 1,004 yards, 200 avg., 15 TDs
9. Jacob Rodriguez, El Rancho, 966 yards, 193 avg., 6 TDs
10. Justin Bowman, Temple City, 927 yards, 185 avg., 10 TDs

1. Zaquand Irby, Ganesha, 1,348 yards, 224 avg., 20 TDs
2. Sal Tovar, South El Monte, 927 yards, 154 avg., 16 TDs
3. Abel Cueva, El Monte, 897 yards, 179 avg., 7 TDs
4. Erik Cuellar, Covina, 839 yards, 167 yards, 5 TDs
5. Armando Flores, Mountain View, 818 yards, 136 avg., 9 TDs
6. Alex Retana, Whittier, 686 yards, 136 avg., 4 TDs
7. Blake Cabot, San Marino, 615 yards, 123 avg., 8 TDs
8. Matt Chavez, Charter Oak, 565 yards, 113 avg., 7 TDs
9. Beau Hobbie, 553 yards, 110 avg., 9 TDs
10. Noah Maldonado, San Dimas, 550 yards, 110 avg., 6 TDs

1. Lance Babb II, Schurr, 722 yards, 6 TDs
2. Ryan Romero, Whittier Christian, 674 yards, 6 TDs
3. Noah Sanchez, Whittier Christian, 660 yards, 6 TDs
4. Daniel Centeno, Temple City, 528 yards, 4 TDs
5. Raymond Yrigoyen, Whittier, 486 yards, 97 yards, 6 TDs
6. Noah Guzman, Bishop Amat, 478 yards, 1 TD
7. Christopher Vargas, Baldwin Park, 474 yards, 5 TDs
8. Jimmy Amezquita, Northview, 443 yards, 5 TDs
9. Tristan Sprague, Covina, 425 yards, 9 TDs
10. Eric Burton, Rowland, 421 yards, 6 TDs


1. Roman Hernandez, Bassett, 77
2. Luis Saenz, Maranatha, 73
3. Thali J.Cobb, Pomona, 72
4. Devin Escobedo, Damien, 68
5. Mark Tolmachoff, Whittier, 61
6. Jesus Lopez, Baldwin Park, 61
7. Nathan Alba, Damien, 60
8. Jacob Moreno, Maranatha, 59
9. Justin Diebert, La Mirada, 59
10t. Jaime Hurtado, Bosco Tech, 55
10t. Ryan Romero, Whittier Christian, 55

11 – Roy Dominguez, Baldwin Park, 7 – Michael Dominguez, Pioneer; Mark Sosa, South El Monte; 6 – AJ Carreon, South El Monte, Noah Sanchez, Whittier Christian.

5 – Isaiah Hamilton, Charter Oak, Michael Anyanwu, Charter Oak; 4 – Clark Phillips, La Habra, Luis Chavez, Ganesha, Daniel Mendoza, Arroyo.

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