Charter Oak holds on, remains undefeated: Charter Oak stayed undefeated because of a huge performance from a player that didn’t think he would be able to play, what turned out to be the winning touchdown on a rugby-style play, and a defensive stop with 2:21 left in the game to clinch a 27-24 win over West Covina in the Hacienda League opener for both teams.
The Chargers’ defense, led by linebacker Dillon Ontiveros, stopped the Bulldogs fourth-and-1 from the 12-yard line to sew up the win.
“I considered going for the field goal,” Bulldogs coach Mike Maggiore said. “But we had the momentum and wanted to go in and win the game. But they made a big play and we didn’t.”
Damien beats Chino Hills: The first couple weeks of league play really set the tone for high school football. Come out hot, and you are in prime position to make the postseason. Come out sluggish, and you have to make your way back into contention. The Baseline League, other than preseason favorite Rancho Cucamonga, is wide open.
So teams like Upland, Chino Hills, Damien, Etiwanda and Los Osos need to get in the win column early. Damien started slowly, but proved Friday night it was in for the long haul. Warren Bryan continued his stellar junior season, completing 18 of his 25 passes for 278 yards and two touchdowns, and the Spartans (5-1, 1-0) cruised to a 27-12 victory over host Chino Hills.
Northview steps on the gas: The Northview High football team opened Valley Vista League play with an impressive display on offense and defense in a 49-7 victory over Covina at Covina District Field on Friday night.
Northview (5-1, 1-0) was led by its offensive leader, quarterback Steven Comstock. The junior was 16 for 25 for 222 yards and four touchdowns with one interception. He also rushed 11 times for 110 yards and one touchdown.
Glendora routs Diamond Bar: Glendora sprinted out of the gate in its Palomares league opener Friday night and beat host Diamond Bar 42-8. The Tartans (2-4, 1-0) were led by lighting-fast quarterback Bryce Wooldridge. In the first half, he had two rushing touchdowns of over 40 yards. On both, he pulled down the read-option and beat everyone to the sideline — once for 45 yards and once for 42.
Azusa stuns undefeated Nogales: Nogales High School had a rude awakening to Montview League football on Friday night.The Nobles, after playing in the Valle Vista League for the last few seasons, were off to their best nonleague start in more than 20 years.
But Azusa (3-3) sent Nogales (5-1) back to reality in the league opener for both teams with a 21-7 victory.
Gabriel Whitworth ran for two touchdowns and took advantage of Nogales turnovers for the stunning victory.
Damien 27, Chino Hills 12 — Huge step toward a Division 4 playoff berth in Baseline opener
Charter Oak 27, West Covina 24 – Chargers’ fourth quarter goal-line stand pulls it out.
Chino 63, Walnut 13 — Going to be a long year in Hacienda for the Mustangs.
Los Altos 29, Diamond Ranch 13 — Expected a close one and got one, but L.A. still unbeaten.
Bassett at Garey
Pomona 36, Ganesha 8 — Red Devils feel right at home in the Miramonte.
Bishop Amat 38, Crespi 17 — Amat raced to a huge lead and dominated more than final score indicates.
Mission Valley League
Arroyo 41, El Monte 13 — Knights well on their way to going undefeated in MVL.
Rosemead 35, Gabrielino 14 — Panthers a good bet to finish third when all said and done.
Marshall 42, Mountain View 34 — Vikings not happy about losing a close one.
Azusa 21, Nogales 7 — Upset shocker of the night as Division 13 No. 3 and undefeated Nogales falls.
Sierra Vista 47, Gladstone 0 — Dons starting to put something serious together.
Duarte 27, Workman 6 — Thought the Falcons would win much easier.
Ayala 20, Bonita 7 — Bearcats hardest team to figure out.
Glendora 42, Diamond Bar 8 — Tartans feel right at home in the Palomares.
Valle Vista League
Baldwin Park 42, Wilson 0 — Braves a good best to finish third in VVL.
Northview 49, Covina 7 — Vikings step on the gas in rout of rival.
San Dimas 49, Rowland 18 — Only surprise is the Raiders scored 18 points.