Charter Oak, St. Francis, La Habra, Damien headline Super 20 High School Football Rankings

School, Record, Division

1. Charter Oak (5-0), D-3
If it stays healthy, Division 3 title possible.
2. St. Francis (4-0), D-3
True tests come in the Angelus League.
3. La Habra (3-2), D-2
Thoroughly dominated Colony.
4. Damien (4-1), D-4
No problem rolling past Monrovia.
5. South Hills (3-1), D-7
Played Charter Oak strong for a half.
6. Glendora (3-2), D-4
Back to winning record after dominating West Covina.
7. Los Altos (4-1), D-5
Impressive showing beating Newport Harbor.
8. La Serna (2-3), D-3
Still big favorite to win Del Rio League.
9. Bishop Amat (0-4), D-1
Opens Mission at Loyola, hasn’t lost five straight since 2002.
10. Arroyo (5-0), D-11
Destroyed Gabrielino 56-0.
11. Northview (3-2), D-8
Dominating win over Pomona.
12. Arcadia (2-2). D-11
Clearly a contender in the Pacific after Muir win.
13. San Marino (4-1), D-6
Won four straight since season-opening loss.
14. La Salle (2-3), D-8
Only gets tougher in Angelus League.
15. Schurr (4-1), D-12
Won a thriller over Whittier, 36-35.
16. South El Monte (5-0), D-13
Easy win over Mountain View, 35-8.
17. Muir (2-2), D-9
Couldn’t keep up with Arcadia playmakers.
18. Maranatha (4-1), D-9
Crushed in first loss to Brentwood, 42-3.
19. South Pasadena (4-1), D-2
Finished nonleague with 27-0 blanking of Alhambra.
20. St. Paul (2-2), D-6
Tough 29-28 loss to Warren.

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Charter Oak stays undefeated; Arcadia holds off Muir

Arcadia playmkers beat Muir: Normally it was Muir’s athletes and playmakers that would give Arcadia fits over the years, but the tables turned and the Apaches’ game breakers were on full display in a 35-19 victory on Friday in the Pacific League opener for both teams.
Arcadia quarterback Max Davila picked the Mustangs secondary apart, completing 9-of-11 for 196 yards and three touchdowns and also ran for a score.
When Deonte Bevel (three receptions for 111 yards) wasn’t making big plays for the Apaches, Rolandiss Whitener was, hauling in two touchdowns and rushing in for another for 165 all-purpose yards.

Charter Oak stays unbeaten: Top-ranked Charter Oak used special teams and a smothering defense to hand South Hills its first loss of the season 37-14 in a nonleague game on Friday night.It was the Chargers’ seventh consecutive victory over the Huskies, dating back to 2001.The Chargers (5-0), ranked first in CIF Southern Section Division 3 as well as the top-ranked team in the San Gabriel Valley, scored first on a 46-yard punt return by Jermaine Braddock with 7:08 left in the first quarter.

Big plays boost Los Altos: Los Altos’ defense keyed a tough 21-13 football win Friday night over Newport Harbor, forcing two turnovers deep in its own territory, and the Conquerors closed out a successful preseason under first-year coach Hector Spathias with a 4-1 record.
“Our defense came up big with a couple of takeaways,” Spathias said. “That really helped us a lot. We preached that all week, if the teams are even whoever wins the turnover battle is going to win the game.”

La Mirada drops to 0-5: A pair of first-half turnovers helped give visiting Mayfair a lead it wouldn’t relinquish against La Mirada in Friday night’s Suburban League football opener.The Monsoons quickly turned two second-quarter fumbles into touchdowns on their way to a 20-6 victory. Mayfair (4-1) hadn’t beaten La Mirada since 2013.

Damien rebounds with rout: A shutout loss to Charter Oak pained Damien and quarterback Warren Bryan last week.So when the Spartans headed to Monrovia for their game against the Wildcats, Damien showed no residual effects and bounced back with a 49-7 nonleague victory on Friday.
“That was not acceptable,” Bryan said of last week’s 23-0 loss. “We can’t really have that. Our defense played great (against Charter Oak) and we didn’t put any points on the board for them, so at practice all week, we said we have to get in the end zone. No more mistakes.”

Schurr wins thriller: Schurr High overcame a two-touchdown halftime deficit against visiting Whittier in a 36-35 victory that was led by a 15-point fourth quarter on Friday night in a nonleague game.After a goal-line defensive stand and an interception by Keith Harris, it looked like the Cardinals (2-3) might win the game with only 2:37 remaining.

La Habra routs Colony: It was the kind of game high school football players dream about.For La Habra High sophomore Clark Phillips III, maybe even better.
Phillips returned three interceptions for touchdowns Friday night to spark La Habra’s 49-14 romp over Colony in a nonleague game.
The scoring returns covered 35, 42 and 60 yards, and were the highlights of a dominant La Habra defense that took advantage of Colony losing starting junior quarterback Joseph Tesimale to a knee injury on its first series.

La Serna falls in nonleague finale: Tesoro High School, behind a balanced passing and rushing attack, sent host La Serna to its second consecutive loss 34-9 in a nonleague game Friday night at California High.
Trailing 9-7 early in the second quarter, the Titans (2-3) reeled off 27 points to win going away.La Serna (2-3) will open Del Rio League play in two weeks.

Friday’s results
Mission Valley League
Arroyo 56, Gabrielino 0
South El Monte 35, Mountain View 8
Pasadena Marshall at Rosemead
Pacific League
Arcadia 35, Muir 19
Crescenta Valley 54, Hoover 22
Burroughs 45, Pasadena 34
Suburban League
Glenn 64, Cerritos 25
Mayfair 20, La Mirada 6
La Habra 49, Colony 14
Los Altos 21, Newport Harbor 13
Cypress 45, El Rancho 0
Tesoro 34, La Serna 9
La Quinta 56, Garey 21
Don Lugo 27, Chino 13
Upland 41, Great Oak 20
Montclair 27, Ganesha 24
Rowland 27, Azusa 21
Ontario 55, Jurupa Valley 20
Rancho Cucamonga 30, Citrus Hill 0
Alta Loma 33, Claremont 31
Bassett 49, Sierra Vista 41
Diamond Ranch 56, Bonita 14
Baldwin Park 56, South East 46
Workman 40, Bosco Tech 34
San Marino 30, Bell Gardens 6
Covina 49, Walnut 14
Santa Fe 54, Downey 0
Damien 49, Monrovia 7
Charter Oak 37, South Hills 14
San Dimas 50, Diamond Bar 12
Pasadena Poly 33, Rosamond 6
Pioneer 35, Wilson 14
Northview 32, Pomona 0
South Pasadena 27, Alhambra 0
San Gabriel 41, Temple City 7
Montebello 36, Cantwell-Sacred Heart 16
Glendora 41, West Covina 7
Schurr 36, Whittier 35
Warren 29, St. Paul 28

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Thursday final: La Puente holds off Gladstone, 27-19

La Puente finds its groove: Two teams that came into Thursday night’s nonleague game at Citrus College with two wins between them played as if a league title was on the line.
Gladstone and La Puente high schools had a combined 2-5 record, seemingly looking for a direction before their respective league schedules begin.
La Puente came away with a 27-19 win to improve to 2-2, while Gladstone fell to 1-4.
Warriors senior quarterback Jesse Hernandez completed 13 of 21 passes for a game-high 192 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for 47 yards on 10 carries.

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This week’s games and predictions: Charter Oak, Muir, La Mirada will win

All games at 7 p.m., unless noted
Thursday’s games

La Puente vs. Gladstone at Citrus College — LA PUENTE
Trinity Classical Academy vs. Southlands Christian at College of Canyons — TRINITY

Friday’s games
Mission Valley League
Gabrielino at Arroyo — ARROYO
Marshall at Rosemead — ROSEMEAD
Mountain View at South El Monte — SOUTH EL MONTE
Pacific League
Arcadia at Muir — MUIR
Pasadena at Burroughs — BURROUGHS
Suburban League
Mayfair at La Mirada – LA MIRADA
Azusa at Rowland — ROWLAND
Bassett at Sierra Vista
Bell Gardens at San Marino — SAN MARINO
Bonita at Diamond Ranch — DIAMOND RANCH
Covina at Walnut — COVINA
Cypress at El Rancho — EL RANCHO
Damien at Monrovia — DAMIEN
Duarte at Vasquez — VASQUEZ
Granite Hills at Keppel — GRANITE HILLS
La Habra at Colony — LA HABRA
La Serna vs. Tesoro at California — LA SERNA
Montebello at Cantwell-Sacred Heart — CANTWELL
Newport Harbor at Los Altos — NEWPORT HARBOR
Pioneer at Wilson — PIONEER
Pomona vs. Northview at Covina District Field — NORTHVIEW
San Dimas at Diamond Bar — SAN DIMAS
San Gabriel at Temple City — TEMPLE CITY
Santa Fe at Downey — SANTA FE
Saugus vs. St. Francis at College of Canyons — ST. FRANCIS
South Hills at Charter Oak — CHARTER OAK
South Pasadena vs. Alhambra at Moor Field — SOUTH PASADENA
St. Paul at Warren — ST. PAUL
West Covina vs. Glendora at Citrus College — GLENDORA
Whittier at Schurr — WHITTIER
Workman vs. Bosco Tech — BOSCO TECH
Baldwin Park at South East — BALDWIN PARK
Notre Dame Prep, Scottsdale, AZ at La Salle — LA SALLE
Pasadena Poly at Rosamond, 8 p.m. — ROSAMOND

Saturday’s games
La Canada at Rio Hondo Prep — RIO HONDO PREP
Maranatha at Brentwood, 3 p.m. — MARANATHA

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Ten Football Burning Questions and stat leaders

Here are the 10 burning questions for high school football
1. Is Charter Oak, St. Francis on collision course? – The CIF Southern Section Division 3 rankings came out Monday and there was no surprise Charter Oak is No. 1. The Chargers dominated Northview, Colony, Glendora and Damien in racing to 4-0 and will likely do the same to South Hills Friday before rolling through the Hacienda League.
St. Francis, ranked fifth, has been even more impressive than the Chargers, thoroughly dominating Mira Costa and La Serna on top of a rout of Pasadena.
Both look like going 10-0 is a real possibility and the potential of meeting in the playoffs, particularly in a championship setting, gets more real each week.

2. Why is Charter Oak’s secondary so dominant? Because Michael Anyanwu has five interceptions and Isaiah Hamilton has four, which rank the duo with just nine others in the Southern Section with four or more INTs through four games. Anyanwu is tied for the section lead with Citrus Hill’s Shawn Dourseau, who also has five.

3. How serious is Gabriel Tapia’s ankle injury? – The Montebello quarterback suffered a severe ankle injury according to coach Pete Gonzalez and will likely sit out Friday’s game at undefeated Cantwell Sacred Heart (3-0). Tapia suffered the injury on the first drive of Montebello’s 35-7 loss to El Rancho on Friday, and it hampered his ability the rest of the game. It makes sense to sit him against Cantwell because Montebello has a bye next week before the Almont League starts on Oct. 6.

4. Is Covina and Northview in South Hills’ future? – There always has been the sense that Covina and Northview, which share Covina District Field with South Hills, should take on South Hills in non-league games. It hasn’t happened for a long time because for years, South Hills swallowed up all the district talent, but times are changing. The three schools have never been closer in talent, and there is talk that Northview and Covina, who square off in the Valle Vista League, are trying to secure games with South Hills, possibly as early as next season.

5. Is Friday’s Pacific League opener more important to Muir or Arcadia? It is equally important because Muir, in Division 9 and Arcadia in Division 11, begin the seven-week chase to make the playoffs.
It is important to remember that while both divisions give Muir and Arcadia a chance to go deep in the playoffs, finishing top three in the Pacific is vital to making the playoffs. There will be tough games later against Burbank, Burroughs and Crescenta Valley so for Muir and Arcadia, dropping a game before it gets to those three could do big damage to its playoff pursuit.

6. Is Monrovia favored to win the Rio Hondo League? South Pasadena and San Marino are both 3-1 and even Temple City, who was terrible last year, is 2-2.
While all that looks good on paper, Monrovia, which is 0-4 and about to go 0-5 hosting Damien this week, is probably still the favorite, but not the slam-dunk it has been in the past.
The Wildcats are playing a non-league schedule that made sense five years ago when they were rolling, but not today. Still, a close 42-40 loss to La Salle can’t be ignored, though Monrovia took a big step back getting rolled by Whittier, 27-0.
South Pasadena probably has the edge, but Monrovia started 1-4 and went undefeated in the Rio Hondo to win it last year, including a 46-16 win over South Pasadena. So who knows, maybe nothing’s changed.

7. Who leads the Southern Section in passing? – Bonita’s J.P. Andrade is the leader in the clubhouse with 1,431 passing yards, 12 touchdowns, an average of 357 yards per game. Second is Whittier Christian’s Quinn Commans with 1,331 yards, 11 touchdowns and an average of 332 yards per game.
This is according to MaxPreps, so unless there are some teams out there hiding super quarterbacks, you don’t have to go far on a Friday to watch these two light it up.

8. Will anything change in the Mission Valley League? – No, while the MVL starts on Friday there is only one game to circle on the calendar, and that’s when South El Monte (4-0) visits Arroyo (4-0) on Oct. 6. Even then, not sure much will change from a year ago when Arroyo won, 38-14. The Knights have looked so impressive during non-league, especially the dominant win over Schurr, that following a Division 12 championship with a Division 11 title is a real possibility.

9. So who’s favored in Division 12? That appears to be Schurr (3-1), who was ranked No. 1 this week despite the 31-10 loss to Arroyo two weeks ago. Pollsters were obviously impressed with how the Spartans bounced back routing West Covina, 42-6.

10. Will La Mirada finally have a chance to breathe? – Yes, after going 0-4 and being outscored 149-14 in non-league, the Matadores open the Suburban League Friday at home against Mayfair (3-1), who just lost to Santa Margarita, 49-3.
If La Mirada wins, it becomes the favorite to win league and all will be OK again.


1. J.P. Andrade, Bonita, 1,431 yards, 357 avg., 12 TDs
2. Quinn Commans, Whittier Christian, 1,331, 332 avg., 11 TDs
3. Kody Olmos, Los Altos, 985 yards, 246 avg., 12 TDs
4. Ernesto Camacho, Arroyo, 983 yards, 245 avg., 6 TDs
5. Kwon Peterson, Maranatha, 941 yards, 234 avg., 13 TDs
6. Nathan Delgado, Whittier, 869 yards, 217 avg., 8 TDs
7. Steven Comstock, Northview, 851 yards, 212 avg., 7 TDs
8. Miguel Aguero, Schurr, 848 yards, 212 avg., 11 TDs
9. Jacob Rodriguez, El Rancho, 804 yards, 201 avg., 6 TDs
10. Darius Perrantes, St. Francis, 792 yards, 264 agv., 6 TDs

1. Abel Cueva, El Monte, 756 yards, 189 avg., 5 TDs
2. Armando Flores, Mountain View, 699 yards, 174 avg., 9 TDs
3. Sal Tovar, South El Monte, 638 yards, 159 avg., 9 TDs
4. Eric Cuellar, Covina, 513 yards, 171 avg., 3 TDs
5. Matthew Chavez, Charter Oak, 506 yards, 126 avg, 7 TDs
6. Blake Cabot, San Marino, 480 yards, 120 avg., 8 TDs
7. Skyler Taylor, La Habra, 476 yards, 119 avg., 10 TDs
8. Alex Retana, Whittier, 462 yards, 155 avg., 0 Tds
9. Armando Velasco, St. Paul, 411 yards, 102 avg., 3 TDs
10. Francisco Ibarra III, Nogales, 401 yards, 100 avg.., 2 TDs

1. Lance Babb II, Schurr, 452 yards, 113 avg., 3 TDs
2. Christopher Vargas, Baldwin Park, 427 yards, 106 avg., 5 TDs
3. Daniel Centeno, Temple City, 409 yards, 102 avg., 3 TDs
4. Ryan Romero, Whittier Christian, 409 yards, 102 avg, 3 TDs
5. Noah Guzman, Bishop Amat, 391 yards, 97 avg., 1 TD
6. Jermaine Braddock, Charter Oak, 383 yards, 95 avg, 5 TDs
7. Noah Sanchez, Whittier Christian, 378 yards, 94 avg., 4 TDs
8. Quinn Peoples, Los Altos, 344 yards, 86 avg., 3 TDs
9. Rene Zaldivar, Los Altos, 330 yards, 82 avg., 5 TDs
10. Greg Dulcich, St. Francis, 323 yards, 107 avg., 3 TDs


57 – Devin Escobedo, Damien; 53 – Nathan Alba, Damien; 52 – Mark Tolmachoff, Whittier; 47 – Jesus Lopez, Baldwin Park; 43 – Andrew Tarango, El Rancho.

7 – Ray Dominguez, Baldwin Park; 6 – Mark Sosa, South El Monte, Noah Sanchez, Whittier Christian; 5 – Luis Valerio, El Monte, Eduardo Rodriguez, Sierra Vista, Frank Hernandez, Monrovia, Alexandre Dumais, St. Paul, AJ Carreon, South El Monte.

5 – Michael Anyanwu, Charter Oak; 4 – Isaiah Hamilton, Charter Oak, Daniel Mendoza, Arroyo; 3 – Marcos Figueroa, El Monte, Jared Schoenick, Glendora.

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La Salle QB CJ Montes gets shout out from Shaq

La Salle freshman quarterback CJ Montes is having quite a month. After being featured with Snoop Dogg during an American Online documentary piece, he’s now getting shout outs from Lakers legend Shaq. On Friday, Montes threw three touchdowns in a 21-20 victory over Muir.

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Tribune/Star-News/Whittier Super 20 Football Rankings

School, Record, Division

1. Charter Oak (4-0), D-3
Passed every test with flying colors
2. St. Francis (3-0), D-3
Strong argument Golden Knights should be No. 1
3. La Habra (2-2), D-2
Easy 49-0 win over Oak Grove
4. South Hills (3-0), D-7
Next in line to get shot at Charter Oak
5. Damien (3-1), D-4
Offense blanked in 23-0 loss to Charter Oak
6. La Serna (2-2), D-3
Completely dominated by St. Francis
7. Glendora (2-2), D-4
Beat previously undefeated Los Altos
8. Los Altos (3-1), D-5
Exposed in loss to Glendora
9. Bishop Amat (0-4), D-1
Worst start in decades, and could get worse
10. Arroyo (4-0), D-11
Should finish regular season undefeated
11. La Salle (2-2), D-8
Big win on the road at Muir
12. Muir (2-1), D-9
A two-point conversion from beating La Salle
13. Northview (2-2), D-8
Blew lead late against Don Lugo
14. Arcadia (1-2). D-11
Opens Pacific League at Muir
15. San Marino (3-1), D-6
Looks like Rio Hondo League favorites
16. Maranatha (4-0), D-9
Big 7-3 win over previously undefeated Campbell Hall
17. Schurr (3-1), D-12
Easy time routing West Covina, 42-6
18. South El Monte (4-0), D-13
Undefeated after easy non-league schedule
19. La Mirada (0-4), D-2
Finally, the Suburban starts for winless Mats
20. St. Paul (2-2), D-6
Takes care of St. Anthony, 34-6

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