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?

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.”

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.

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

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

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


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.”

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)
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)
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)
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

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.
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
@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)

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.

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

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


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

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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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Ayala reports 21 football players (JV&Varsity) have been suspended while school investigates hazing allegations stemming from last week’s trip to Utah

Ayala High School sent a memo to reporter Lou Brewster involving suspensions and allegations of hazing. Memo: Ayala High School officials are continuing to investigate an incident involving some members of the Varsity Football team while at an away game in St. George, Utah.
Underclassmen reported that there was a hazing incident that took place at the team hotel.
21 students have been suspended ranging from one to five days pending the continuing investigation.
“As a district, we have zero tolerance for hazing or bullying of any sort,” said Julie Gobin, district spokeswoman.

Note: Ayala beat Snow Canyon in St. George, UT., last week 23-7. Ayala has a bye tonight and will resume action next Friday hosting Damien.

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Glendora wins a thriller over Charter Oak, 38-37; Northview loses first game

Glendora proves its a force in the Central: Glendora followed the same script that it used to win the Mayor’s Trophy last year.
In a battle of CIF-Southern Section Central Division powers, The Tartans trailed Charter Oak at the half and came back to beat the Chargers in the last few minutes, 38-37, at Citrus College on Thursday night.
The winning score came on Justin Frazier’s 8-yard run with 4:40 left in the gam, which capped a five-play drive following a fumble recovery by Joel Stone at the Chargers’ 18-yard line.
The Chargers appeared to have stopped the Tartans on a fourth-down play at the 16-yard line, but a pass interference penalty gave Glendora life.
“That’s what you’re going to get when you get Charter Oak-Glendora,” Tartans coach Jerry Lewallen said. “That was just two good football teams. We got off to a quick start and Charter Oak made some plays to get back in it.”

Northview’s loses first game: The La Sierra High School football team mounted a massive second-half comeback Thursday night to hand Northview its first loss of the year, 41-34, in a non-league contest.
The Eagles trailed 28-7 at halftime, but outscored the Vikings 34-6 in the second half to improve to 2-3 at the end of nonleague play. La Sierra equaled its 41 points from last week, making it five consecutive games with at least 20 points.
The Vikings had held each of their last three opponents to just six points, going on to win each game. The defense picked up where it left off for the first half of the game. However, La Sierra managed to turn around its offense to drop Northview’s record to 4-1 as it goes into the league portion of the schedule.

Thursday’s games and predictions
Muir 30, Glendale 0
California 56, Magnolia 6
Glendora 38, Charter Oak 37
La Sierra 41, Northview 34
La Canada 26, Rio Hondo Prep 19

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Bishop Amat finds a worthy successor in Treana Allen to take over coaching of Bishop Amat girls basketball

By Fred J. Robledo
aLLENWhen longtime Bishop Amat girls basketball coach Richard Wiard announced his sudden resignation on Sept. 5., while several administrators were in Texas tending to Bishop Amat’s road football game against Aledo, it left a huge void for the winningest girls basketball program in San Gabriel Valley history with the season just a few months away.
Replacing Wiard, who won 466 games in his 19-year career, including five CIF championships, five Southern California Regional championships and two state championships, is not an envious position for anyone.
But Bishop Amat found what appears to be a worthy successor in Treana Allen, whom the school hired on Wednesday, also making Allen the first African-American head coach in the school’s history.
Allen, who also will become a part-time faculty member, has an impressive resume on and off the court.
After graduating from Long Beach Poly in 1999 and a short stop at Cypress College, Allen transferred to Gonzaga and made an immediate impact from 2001-03, finishing seventh all-time in the school’s history in 3-pointers made (79) and tenth all-time in assists (212) and steals (115). She was named the Bulldog Club senior female athlete of the year in 2003 after guiding Gonzaga to a second-place finish in the West Coast Conference and was a WCC all-conference selection.
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South Hills High School to hold benefit for alum, former Covina wrestling coach Randy Aguirre

South Hills High School will hold a benefit dinner Saturday for alum and former Covina wrestling coach Randy Aguirre, who is battling brain cancer.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes is sponsoring the dinner, which is scheduled for Saturday at the South Hills gym from 6-9 p.m.
Aguirre was a 4-year letterman at South Hills and was captain his senior season. He also wrestled at Mt. San Antonio College and San Francisco State University. He was an assistant at South Hills before becoming the head coach at Covina and later Palisades.
The dinner will include door prizes and a silent auction. The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for kids ages 5-12. All proceeds are for for coach Aguirre and his family.
Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at the South Hills ASB office.

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Two-Minute Drill: Can Bishop Amat win at Crespi? And why Walnut-Baldwin Park has extra meaning

Amat coach Steve Hagerty on state of Amat: “Every week is the same,” Amat head coach Steve Hagerty said. “They’re all must-wins. If we can win six games in a row, that’d be awesome. But they’re all equally tough and it’s just one of those things where we just have to play and see how teams respond.
“We are where we are whether I hoped we would be there or not. We just have to keep swinging away and getting better. I don’t know if we’re where we thought we’d be, but we are where we are and this is where we work from. I would say we’re a good team that is learning how to play together.”

We also discuss whether Los Altos can hang with Monrovia during the Star-News two-minute drill. None of think Los Altos will win.

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Girls Volleyball: Walnut sweeps Nogales

By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter

Walnut's Pauline Mendoza (3) reacts after scoring against Nogales in the first game of a prep volleyball match at Walnut High School in Walnut, Calif., on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

Walnut’s Pauline Mendoza (3) reacts after scoring against Nogales in the first game of a prep volleyball match at Walnut High School in Walnut, Calif., on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

WALNUT – Walnut High School is getting hot at the right time.
The Mustangs, after going through a five-match losing streak a few weeks ago, won for the fourth time in five matches Tuesday, sweeping Nogales, 25-14, 25-14, 25-21, in a nonleague match at home.
Kuuipo Vaimaona had eight kills and Pauline Mendoza seven to lead the Mustangs, who improved to 7-7. They face Wilson next week before opening up Hacienda League play vs. West Covina on Oct. 7.
Julianna Purcell and Annjoree Calvero-Sunga had five kills each for Nogales, which slipped to 4-2. The Nobles open Valle Vista League play next week at rival Rowland.
Walnut’s Pauline Mendoza: “We started out kind of rough. But finally we got our rhythm and were able to succeed and get the lead. One main thing for us to work together is that we have to talk to each other. We continue talking, who is going to get the ball, calling for the ball, then we are able to overcome our (mistakes).”

Nogales’ Julianna Purcell: “I’m happy with the way my team played. We had a good match against Walnut, but they had good solid hits, but so did we. I think if we would have fought a little harder, we might have won.”

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Tribune Super 35 Rankings: Bishop Amat still No. 1, but predicting Charter Oak won’t lose again this year!


Northview freshman QB Steven Comstock undefeated: “What he is doing is not doing anything wrong,” Northview coach Marcel Perez said. “He’s being smart. He is getting rid of the ball when there is nothing there. He is managing the ball. Ever since he got here he’s been doing the right things. He has a great attitude and is very confident. He just runs with it.”

1. Bishop Amat (2-2) — You can make an argument that Amat should drop after an embarrassing loss at Chino Hills, but you can make a better argument they still belong here.
2. Charter Oak (2-2) – Here’s my prediction, Charter Oak won’t lose another game the rest of the year.
3. San Dimas (3-1) — Saints are a legitimate No. 3. Next season it’s time for Bill Zernickow and crew to add Charter Oak to its schedule.
4. Glendora (2-1) – Convinced Glendora is a Central contender, but not convinced it’s much more than that.
5. Damien (2-1) — Biggest jump up the Trib rankings after dismantling of St. Paul and only loss to Charter Oak.
6. Bonita (3-1) — Bearcats have improved since only loss to Monrovia. Test against San Dimas coming soon.
7. Los Altos (2-2) – Conquerors haven’t won the game that makes you go, “wow.” Will it happen this week at Monrovia? Probably not.
8. Diamond Ranch (3-1) — Considering only loss to Ayala, you have to say the post Roddy era is looking OK.
9. Northview (4-0) — Did you ever think you would say after Week 3 Northview would be the only undefeated team in the Tribune area?
10. Pomona (2-2) — They gave Colony a much tougher game that West Covina, losing in the final minutes.
THE REST: 11. West Covina (2-2); 12. Diamond Bar (2-2), 13. Arroyo (3-1), 14. La Puente (2-2); 15. South Hills (1-3), 16. Baldwin Park (2-2); 17. Covina (1-2); 18. Walnut (1-3), 19. Bassett (2-2); 20. Ganesha (2-2); 21. Azusa (1-2); 22. Duarte (1-3), 23. El Monte (1-3), 24. Rosemead (0-4), 25. Wilson (1-2); 26. Rowland (1-2); 27. South El Monte (0-4), 28. Nogales (1-2), 29. Sierra Vista (1-2), 30. Mountain View (1-2), 31. Workman (1-2), 32. Gladstone (0-3).

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Glendora shows Central Muscle with 34-14 win over Los Altos; Bishop Amat falls to Chino Hills, 45-28; Damien routs St. Paul 44-0

Scoring updates and final scores of tonight’s games in the San Gabriel Valley, Pasadena and Whittier
Glendora flexes its muscle: Glendora got it first taste of what the CIF Southern Section Central Division feels like after years of struggle in the Baseline League and Inland Division.
And it tasted good.
Glendora, ranked seventh in the Central, wore down sixth-ranked Los Altos and took advantage of big Conquerors penalties that led to momentum-changing points on its way to a 34-14 victory.

Damien routs St. Paul: That talk of a resurgence for the St. Paul High School football team might have to be put on hold.
Damien is another story.
Dylan Thigpen rushed for 191 yards and two touchdowns and Michael Boragine threw for 114 and three scores as the host Spartans overwhelmed the Swordsmen 44-0 in a nonleague game on Friday.

Friday’s results
Glendora 34, Los Altos 14 — The Tartans are a potential beast in the Central while the Conqs still struggle with step-up games.
Chino Hills 45, Bishop Amat 28 — That folks is what you call a big Pac-5 step back. They better finish top three in the Mission because they just blew a wild card.
St. Francis 35, Monrovia 13 – The King of the Star-News area is still Jimmy Bonds’ Golden Knights.
Damien 44, St. Paul 0 — Nothing like a Spartans butt-whipping over an undefeated team to feel good again.
Colony 42, Pomona 36 – Forget that the Red Devils lost, that’s a competitive result against a solid upper-division foe.
Azusa 20, Arcadia 12 – Huge, huge win and morale booster for the Aztecs.
Charter Oak 41, Bell Gardens 0 – Saw this Chargers butt-whipping coming a mile away.
San Dimas 42, Rosemead 6 — Ahem, and forgive the pun, the Saints go marching on.
Bonita 50, South El Monte 6 – ‘Cats have looked great since the Monrovia beatdown.
La Serna 37, South Hills 18 — At least the Huskies scored some points for a change.
Northview 35, Walnut 6 – Only undefeated team left in the Tribune area.
Bassett 49, Bosco Tech 16 -- Time for the Olympians to move up on Robledo’s Super 32 rankigns.
Brea Olinda 23, Diamond Bar 20 — After a great 2-0 start, two straight setbacks for the purple.
Claremont 52, Covina 19 – Starting to wonder if the Wolfpack are the early Palomares favorites.
Diamond Ranch 17, Schurr 7 — Panthers D steps up when offense struggles.
Flintridge Prep 29, Sierra Vista 14 – The Dons’ struggles hit a new low.
Baldwin Park 49, Ganesha 6 – Braves offense is clicking.
La Puente 58, Wilson 8 -- For Warriors coach Scott Morrison, must have felt nice beating Greg Gano, who replaced him at Damien in the first place.
Arroyo 27, Rowland 15 — Knights warming up nicely for the MVL
Tesoro 38, West Covina 7 — This probably wasn’t the year to test their Pac-5 worthiness.
Duarte 38, Mountain View 21 — Falcons finally get in the win column.
Keppel 50, Workman 26 – You know it’s not going right when Keppel smashes you.

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Thursday Final: El Monte jumps out to big lead, holds off Gladstone 40-22

El Monte-Gladstone photo gallery
Thursday’s results
Gladstone 40, El Monte 22
Pioneer 30, Cerritos 28
Blair 54, Sherman Indian 6
By John Sherrard
Something had to give when the El Monte and Gladstone football teams met in a nonleague game Thursday night.
Both teams went into the game winless three weeks into the season, but visiting El Monte, which had been averaging 21 points a game without a victory, ended that with a 40-22 win over Gladstone at Citrus College.
The Lions raced out to a 32-0 halftime advantage before Gladstone could find the end zone in the third quarter.
El Monte quarterback Edward Dominguez had a game-high 294 yards, completing 24 of 35 passes for three touchdowns. The junior also ran in a 5-yard score and a two-point conversion.
“It feels good to come back and win, even though I have some injuries,” Dominguez said

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