South Hills shocks Crenshaw; Arroyo, Glendora open with wins too

Covina rally falls short: Fresh after winning a CIF-Southern Section Division 12 title, Arroyo High School’s football team held off a fourth-quarter charge from Covina to open the 2017 season with a 35-28 victory Thursday.
Junior quarterback Ernesto Camacho picked up where he left off last year, throwing for 312 yards and two touchdowns. He scored midway through the fourth on a 1-yard run that gave the Knights what looked like a safe 21-point lead with less than six minutes left.
But Covina sophomore quarterback Nin Burns, who struggled with a fumble and interception that led to Knights’ touchdowns, got the Colts back in it, throwing two touchdowns to Tristan Sprague, a 38-yard strike, and nine-yard TD with 2:30 left, but it wasn’t enough.

South Hills shocks Crenshaw: For the first time in the 51-year history of South Hills High School, the football team ventured out of the CIF-Southern Section and faced Crenshaw of the City Section in a season-opening nonleague game.
The Huskies, under second-year coach Matt Bechtel, came away with a 24-8 victory Thursday night at Covina District Field.
“We went to San Gorgonio last year in the first round of the playoffs and they were athletic and big and our goal was to schedule somebody like them,” Bechtel said. “Crenshaw was available and they have a great football history. They matched the type of team we were looking for.”

Glendora rolls past Kaiser: A shaky start on defense by the Glendora High football team was quickly fixed as the Tartans stiffened in the second half to cruise past Kaiser 42-20 in season-opening nonleague action on Thursday night.
Glendora gave up 20 points and 252 total yards to Kaiser in the first two quarters. But the second half was a different story as the Tartans shut out the Cats while holding them to 59 yards of total offense.
Glendora’s offense had little problems scoring after going three-and-out on its first possession of the season. The Tartans scored six touchdowns on their next eight possessions.

Pasadena comeback falls short: Despite 18 unanswered second-half points, the Pasadena High School team fell 31-25 to host Buena Park in a nonleague game on Thursday evening.
The Bulldogs (0-1) fought back from a 24-point, third-quarter deficit. After Buena Park went up 31-7 with 4:50 remaining in the third, Pasadena scored three times thanks to wide receiver Jaloni West.

Thursday’s resultses and predictions
Glendora 42, Kaiser 20
Arroyo 35, Covina 28
Buena Park 31, Pasadena 25
South Hills 24, Crenshaw 8
Poinciana FL., 28, Whittier Christian 20

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Ten Best Things to follow during opening weekend of high school football

With the opening weekend of the high school football season starting Thursday and ending Saturday with one of the best rivalries in the San Gabriel Valley, Bonita vs. San Dimas in the Smudge Pot at Citrus College, it’s time to make predictions, ask questions and comment on the best storylines, games, players or whatever is trending each week.
This is for football teams in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Whittier Daily News and Pasadena Star-News coverage areas. So here it is, the ten best things to keep tabs on during opening weekend.

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CIF football Divisions for Whittier, Pasadena and rest of SGV

The 2017 CIF-SS High School Football Divisions for team in the Whittier Daily News, Pasadena Star-News and San Gabriel Valley Tribune footprints. On Monday, we post the Star-Tribune-Whittier Top 20.

Division 1
Bishop Amat
Division 2
La Habra
Upland
La Mirada
Division 3
St. Francis
Charter Oak
La Serna
Division 4
Damien
Glendora
Division 5
Los Altos
Division 6
St. Paul
San Marino
Division 7
Diamond Ranch
South Hills
Bonita
Pomona
Monrovia
Division 8
La Salle
Northview
San Dimas
Division 9
El Rancho
Maranatha
Muir
Division 10
Diamond Bar
Santa Fe
Whittier
South Pasadena
Montebello
California
Pasadena Poly
Division 11
Arcadia
Arroyo
Covina
Pasadena
Pioneer
Division 12
Whittier Christian
Walnut
Schurr
South El Monte
La Canada
Baldwin Park
Rosemead
Division 13
Nogales
Rowland
El Monte
Azusa
Wilson
Temple City
Rio Hondo Prep
Alhambra
Duarte
Marshall
Cantwell-Sacred Heart
Southlands Christian
La Puente
Mountain View
Blair
Sierra Vista
Gabrielino
Bassett
San Gabriel
Workman
Ganesha
Gladstone
Mark Keppel

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Two-Minute Drill: Can Northview hang with Charter Oak after last year’s thumping?

Northview quarterback Steven Comstock explains why transferring to Charter Oak was not an option: Last December, less than a month after Northview’s 30-27 loss to Burbank in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division 8 playoffs, quarterback Steven Comstock was hearing all the chatter.
There were rumors he would transfer to Charter Oak, where he spent some of his youth as a Chargers’ ball boy. There were friends he grew up with suggesting, hinting, even asking if he would “come home” and play his senior year with what appears to be a loaded Chargers’ team, one that could compete for a Division 3 title this fall.

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Two-Minute Drill: Is La Salle, Arcadia a tossup?

Who will La Salle start at QB? The freshman or the soph? If La Salle High School football head coach Russell Gordon really does know who is starting quarterback is going to be for Friday’s season opener against Arcadia, he sure isn’t letting on about it.
Gordon maintained that he’s undecided between freshman C.J. Montes and sophomore Chris Wilson and likely won’t make a call for the next several days. But he is certain that both players will see time against the Apaches. Kickoff is 7 p.m. at La Salle High.
“At this point, I think they both didn’t do anything to lose the job,” Gordon said. “No decision has been made. We’re letting this week play itself out. I expect they’ll both get a lot of time on Friday night.”

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