Friday Gameday Countdown: Is St. Paul for real? The answer may come tonight….Also, La Mirada, La Habra play for area bragging supremacy

 (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

(Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

St. Paul is off to its best start since Marijon Ancich roamed the sidelines. But some say the foundation of its early-season success is built on the peanut brittle of facing teams combined for a 1-7 record. Tonight the Swordsmen can answer their critics when they travel to La Verne to face the Spartans. Can they do it? We’ll find out. Meanwhile, La Mirada and La Habra, with all due respect to La Serna and what it’s accomplished, battle for area bragging rights. I’ll be at the St. Paul-Damien game and will tweet scoring updates via @steverramirez on Twitter. You can follow the rest of the scores via our area scoreboard page, and on scribble live, which will be coming from the Bishop Amat at Chino Hills game. At about 11 p.m., will wrap it all up on the PrepXtra Live show.

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD

GAME OF THE WEEK
ST. PAUL AT DAMIEN, 7 P.M.

Although the jury’s still out for most area fans on just how good the St. Paul High School football team is after its 3-0 start, there’s absolutely no doubt about the Swordsmen’s quality for Damien head coach Mark Paredes.
Paredes and the Spartans host St. Paul on Friday in a game that many will use to gauge just whether, or not, the Swordsmen revival is legit. Kickoff is 7 p.m.
“The teams they’ve played might not have been as strong as you want, but they won, they’re 3-0 and you can’t take that from them,” Paredes said. “It doesn’t matter about the strength of schedule. We’re playing a team that is going to be very emotionally charged, especially against us.”
St. Paul’s wins have come against Firebaugh, Warren and South East. Those three teams have a combined record of 1-7. But the Swordsmen have an average margin of victory of over 31 points per game.

A LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S FEATURED GAMES
TONIGHT’S SCHEDULE, PROJECTIONS
La Mirada at La Habra, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Habra); Aram (LM)
South Hills vs. La Serna at California, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Serna); Aram (LS)
St. Paul at Damien, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Damien); Aram (D)
Burroughs vs. Santa Fe at Downey, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Burroughs); Aram (Burroughs)
California at San Marino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SMarino); Aram (SM)
Diamond Ranch at Schurr, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DRanch); Aram (DR)
El Rancho at Montebello, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Rancho); Aram (ER)
Whittier at Long Beach Wilson, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Whittier); Aram (Whitt)
Whittier Christian at St. Margaret’s, 7 p.m. — Robledo (St. Marg); Aram (SM)

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Thursday Final: Pioneer holds on for second consecutive win


By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter

 (Photo by Leo Jarzomb/Whittier Daily News)

(Photo by Leo Jarzomb/Whittier Daily News)


CERRITOS >> It might have been closer than expected, but all the Pioneer High School football team cares about is that the Titans have won for the second consecutive week.
Phillip Hernandez accounted for 165 yards and three touchdowns and Pioneer stopped Cerritos twice in the final three minutes to lead the Titans to a 30-28 victory over Cerritos on Thursday in a nonleague game at Gahr High School.
Pioneer, also getting 51 yards receiving and two touchdowns from Ray Flores and 51 yards rushing and a score from Jakob Williams improved to 2-2.
Kijon Washington rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns for the Dons, who slipped to 0-3.
Pioneer looked to be in good shape late in the third quarter when Williams scored on a 5-yard run for a 30-20 lead.
But Cerritos, which had battled back all night, countered with a 6-yard run by Washingto to make it 30-28 with 8:15 left in the game.
Pioneer, after giving up the ball, then stopped the Dons on fourth and four from Cerritos’ 48 with 2:55 left. The Dons got the ball back with just over two minutes to play, but with its double-wing offense could only march to midfield before the clock ran out.

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Boys Water Polo: La Serna knocks off No. 2 Los Altos, 17-13

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La Serna-Los Altos water polo photo gallery
It may only be an early-season game, but the Los Altos and La Serna high school boys’ water polo teams, both of which are ranked in the Top 10 of CIF-SS Division 5, put on quite a show on Tuesday afternoon at La Serna.
The game included four All-CIF players from last season, with Los Altos (4-2) and La Serna averaging 15 and 13 goals per game, respectively.
La Serna, ranked No. 4, came from behind for the second year in a row in the annual nonleague game and defeated second-ranked Los Altos, 17-13.
Despite a high-scoring game, La Serna third-year coach Jim Armstrong was quick to praise his freshman goalie Zack Jenkins on his strong play late in the game, holding Los Altos to only one goal in the final period.
“They (Los Altos) can really make a goalie look silly,” Armstrong said. “They shoot from such angles and with authority, but he stepped up big and stopped them in the end.

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Daily News Football Rankings: La Mirada stays on top

St. Paul quarterback Jacob Maier (#15) breaks away from a South East defender in their non-league football game at St. Paul High School in Santa Fe Springs on Friday September 12, 2014. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

St. Paul quarterback Jacob Maier (#15) breaks away from a South East defender in their non-league football game at St. Paul High School in Santa Fe Springs on Friday September 12, 2014. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

DAILY NEWS FOOTBALL RANKINGS
1. La Mirada (2-1) –
The Matadores were given a dose of reality after being blown out by a Servite team that is considered one of the best in the state. But they stay at No. 1, because their 2014 resume is just better than anyone else. This week, La Mirada gets La Habra, which also gives us a better look of good they really are.
2. La Serna (2-1) – The Lancers, after an opening week setback, are rolling. They beat a good Los Osos team, then overwhelmed Schurr last week. They again look like the Del Rio League favorites, and still might be the best in the area.
3. La Habra (1-2) – The Highlanders are in the same boat as La Mirada, who they host on Friday. But the Mats have better wins, although La Habra’s white-washing of South Hills was impressive.
4. St. Paul (3-0) – Look who is the area’s only undefeated team. But as horse trainer Tom Smith told owner Charles Howard in Seabiscuit, ‘Against who?’ The Swordsman get a good measuring stick at Damien this week. Win that, and you have to believe they can do some damage in the Angelus League.
5. El Rancho (1-1) – The Dons appear to be La Serna’s chief challenger in the Del Rio League. Right now, they appear to be a step behind, but I like the look of this club.
6. Whittier (2-1) – The Cardinals make the biggest leap in the area, moving here form outside last week’s top 10. But its earned after they whacked last week’s No. 6 — Whittier Christian — and every else in the bottom of the top 10 lost, and in some cases, big.
7. Whittier Christian (2-1) – With the 6-10 ranked teams all losing, the Heralds just drop one spot. Other than last week’s loss to Whittier, the Heralds have looked solid.
8. Santa Fe (1-2) – It’s hard to get a read on the Christian Lara-less Chieftains, who have again scheduled up big. They’ve got another tough one this week, traveling to West Covina.
9. California (1-2) – The Condors have suffered back-to-back blowouts. It won’t get any easier this week as they are at San Marino, which won 65-0 last week.
10. Schurr (1-2) – The Spartans were no match for La Serna last week …but who is?
Others: 11. Cantwell (1-1), 12. Montebelo (0-3), 13. Pioneer (1-2).

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Football Pick’em: It’s big game week in SGVN, with La Mirada-La Habra; St. Francis-Monrovia and Chino Hills-Bishop Amat

The game: In this year’s Tribskin Pick’em, Aram will I will do it a little differently. We’ll pick all games from the SGVN coverage areas of the Tribune, Whittier Daily News and Pasadena Star-News for an all-encompassing, all-out bragging right for 2014, since nobody ever pays the dinner bet. I won last year, ending Aram’s two-year win streak.
Head-2-Head
Aram Tolegian (Last Week: 31-10; Season Total: 91-29)
Fred Robledo (Last Week 29-12; Season Total: 83-37)

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Last Week:
Aram picked up a couple more games, his big difference makers were taking San Gorgonio over Glendora, Glendale over La Canada, and Bassett over El Monte.
This week: Great games in the Pasadena area and is good as Monrovia’s looked, I like St. Francis over the ‘Cats and La Salle over Maranatha. Glendora at Los Altos is intriguing, but this is where Glendora flexes its muscle. Also like Bishop Amat easy over Chino Hills and San Dimas easy over Rosemead. In Whittier, gotta take La Habra over La Mirada, also like Damien over St. Paul.

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Thursday’s games
Gladstone vs. El Monte at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Monte); Aram ()
Pioneer vs. Cerritos at Gahr, 7 p.m. — Robledo — Robledo (Pioneer); Aram ()
Sherman Indian vs. Blair at Muir, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Blair); Aram ()
Friday’s games
Bishop Amat at Chino Hills, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BAmat); Aram ()
La Mirada at La Habra, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Habra); Aram ()
Arcadia vs. Azusa at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arcadia); Aram ()
La Salle at Maranatha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Salle); Aram ()
Monrovia at St. Francis, 7 p.m. — Robledo (St. Francis); Aram ()
San Dimas at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SDimas); Aram ()
South El Monte at Bonita, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bonita); Aram ()
South Hills vs. La Serna at California, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Serna); Aram ()
St. Paul at Damien, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Damien); Aram ()
Northview at Walnut, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Northview); Aram ()
Bell Gardens at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. — Robledo (COak); Aram ()
Beverly Hills at San Gabriel, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BHills); Aram ()
Bosco Tech at Bassett, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bassett); Aram ()
Brea Olinda at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Diamond Bar); Aram ()
Burroughs vs. Santa Fe at Downey, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Burroughs); Aram ()
California at San Marino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SMarino); Aram ()
Covina at Claremont, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Claremont); Aram ()
Diamond Ranch at Schurr, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DRanch); Aram ()
Duarte at Mountain View, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Duarte); Aram ()
El Rancho at Montebello, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Rancho); Aram ()
Flintridge Prep at Sierra Vista, 7 p.m. — Robledo (FPrep); Aram ()
Ganesha at Baldwin Park, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BPark); Aram ()
Glendale at South Pasadena, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SPasadena); Aram ()
Glendora at Los Altos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Glendora); Aram ()
Hart at Muir, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Muir); Aram ()
Keppel vs. Workman at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Workman); Aram ()
La Canada vs. Crescenta Valley at Glendale, 7 p.m. — Robledo (CV); Aram ()
La Puente at Wilson, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Puente); Aram ()
Pomona at Colony, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Colony); Aram ()
Rio Hondo Prep vs. Calvary Murrieta at Temescal Canyon, 7 p.m. — Robledo (RHPrep); Aram ()
Rowland at Arroyo, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Aram ()
Webb vs. Marshall at U. of La Verne, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Webb); Aram ()
West Covina at Tesoro, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Tesoro); Aram ()
Whittier at Long Beach Wilson, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Whittier); Aram ()
Whittier Christian at St. Margaret’s, 7 p.m. — Robledo (St. Marg); Aram ()
Alhambra vs. L.A. Wilson at Moor Field, 7 p.m. — Robledo (LA Wilson); Aram ()
Gabrielino at Mar Vista, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Mar Vista); Aram ()
Temple City at Eagle Rock, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Eagle Rock); Aram ()

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Saturday Morning Quarterback: St. Paul wins again; La Mirada comes down to earth; La Serna wins again

St. Paul continued its 2014 turnaround in week 2 of the prep football season, winning its third consecutive game to open the season with a solid 29-6 victory over South East, of South Gate. Also, Friday, La Mirada, which started 2-0 with impressive wins over Tesoro and Charter Oak was dropped back to reality with a blow-out loss to highly-touted Servite. La Serna, after an opening week loss to Ralston Valley, of Colorado, scored its second consecutive big win, shutting out Schurr, 35-0.
DAILY NEWS HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD

St. Paul quarterback Jacob Maier (#15) breaks away from a South East defender in their non-league football game at St. Paul High School in Santa Fe Springs on Friday September 12, 2014. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

St. Paul quarterback Jacob Maier (#15) breaks away from a South East defender in their non-league football game at St. Paul High School in Santa Fe Springs on Friday September 12, 2014. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)


GAMES OF THE WEEK
ST. PAUL 29, SOUTH EAST 6


SANTA FE SPRINGS — It’s been a trying couple of years for the St. Paul High School football team. But the Swordsmen are finally seeing the light at the end of what has been a dark tunnel.
Jacob Maier threw for 217 yards and three touchdowns and host St. Paul won its third consecutive game with a 29-6 victory over South East in a nonleague game.
Gabriel Bermudez had 121 yard receiving and a touchdown and Alfred Delgado rushed for 108 yards for the Swordsmen, who have already won more games this season than they won the past two seasons combined. St. Paul was 1-9 in each of the past two seasons.
Johnny Romero threw for 91 yards and a touchdown for the Jaguars, who slipped to 0-3.
St. Paul led 21-6 at halftime.

– Stephen Ramirez

SERVITE 56, LA MIRADA 14
NORWALK — La Mirada’s quest to upset a Pac-5 Division opponent for the second time in three weeks came up short on Friday night, as the Matadores fell to Servite 56-14 at Cerritos College.
“We got outcoached and we got overwhelmed from the get-go,” said La Mirada head coach Mike Moschetti. “They were the better team and we didn’t have a chance. When it went bad, it went bad, and before you knew it we were down 28-0.”
The Friars (2-1), who entered the game ranked No. 4 in the state by Cal-Hi sports, were in top form from the start, scoring touchdowns on each of their first five possessions.
However, the highlight of the night was provided by the Servite defense. On fourth-and-2 with 1:32 left before halftime, Maurice Davison intercepted a Christian Lara pass and returned it 97 yards for a touchdown.
Davison’s touchdown capped a nearly perfect half for Servite and gave the Friars a 35-0 lead at the break.

– Richard Hernandez
ROUNDUP: Whittier beats Whittier Christian, 51-28
Whittier High School outscored Whittier Christian 25-0 over the game’s final 12:19 to take a 51-28 nonleague victory Friday night at Whittier College.
Luis Valero scored on a 4-yard run with 19 seconds to play in the third quarter to give the Cardinals (2-1) the lead for good, 32-28.
Valero then scored from the 8-yard line less than two minutes into the fourth quarter and Anthony Pena scored two of his game-high five TDs to cap the scoring.
The Cardinals’ three-back set wore down the Heralds (0-3). Richard Bailey also scored on a 61-yarder.
Pena rushed for 198 yards on 14 carries. He scored on runs of 41, 20, 3, 35 and 15 yards.
Heralds quarterback Cooper Hughes threw three TD passes.

HOW THE TOP 10 FARED
1. La Mirada (2-1) lost to Servite, 56-14
2. La Habra (1-2) lost to Mission Viejo, 49-20
3. La Serna (2-1) def. Schurr, 35-0
4. St. Paul (3-0) def. South East, 29-6
5. El Rancho (1-1), idle
6. Whittier Christian (2-1) lost to to Whitter, 51-28
7. Santa Fe (1-2) lost to Bonita, 41-7
8. California (1-2) lost to Troy, 41-18
9. Schurr (1-2) lost to La Serna, 35-0
10. Montebello (0-3) lost to Arroyo, 35-17

OTHER SCORE
Pioneer 45, Rancho Alamitos 40
El Segundo 38, Cantwell 7

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Girls Volleyball: La Habra beats La Serna in five games

La Habra High's Lexi Kolschefski (#44), right, jubilates after her match-winning shot past the La Serna High defense at the Highlanders' campus gym Sept. 9, 2014. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb/Whittier Daily News)

La Habra High’s Lexi Kolschefski (#44), right, jubilates after her match-winning shot past the La Serna High defense at the Highlanders’ campus gym Sept. 9, 2014. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb/Whittier Daily News)

By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter


LA HABRA >> La Habra High School is not listed in this week’s San Gabriel Valley Newspapers top 10 girls volleyball rankings. But that might change next week.
The Highlanders made a statement Tuesday for inclusion.
Ashly Hernandez had six kills and seven aces and Lexi Kolschefski had 15 kills to lead La Habra to a 22-25, 25-16, 21-25, 25-11, 15-12 victory over No. 5 La Serna in a nonleague match.
Marina Pilkington also had eight kills for the Highlanders, who improved to 2-1. Laura Butler and Isabelle Van Lockner had 12 kills each for the Lancers, who slipped to 1-1.
La Habra coach Adrianne Spear: “They (her team) have this little fight in them that they just don’t give up. We struggled in the first game, we struggled in the third game, and we started to struggle in the that fifth game. But because of that fight, they were able to overcome that. They really played like a team. I enjoyed watching them play today. It’s fun to watch. We just need to do that a lot sooner.”

La Habra’s Ashly Hernandez: “I don’t know what it is. Sometimes we just need to push through. We did it, and I’m really glad. It felt great to win. It felt just like the last time we beat them. It’s really awesome.”

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Football Top 10: Everyone still looking up to La Mirada

La Mirada running back Nicko Carrasco (#25) is congratulated by Vic Penales (#67) after running for a touchdown as they play Charter Oak in their non-league game at La Mirada High School in La Mirada on Friday September 5, 2014. La Mirada beat Charter Oak 48-28. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

La Mirada running back Nicko Carrasco (#25) is congratulated by Vic Penales (#67) after running for a touchdown as they play Charter Oak in their non-league game at La Mirada High School in La Mirada on Friday September 5, 2014. La Mirada beat Charter Oak 48-28. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

DAILY NEWS TOP 10 FOOTBALL RANKINGS
1. La Mirada (2-0) — Two weeks, two impressive wins
2. La Serna (1-1) — It’s Enrique Pacheco’s team now
3. La Habra (1-1) — Routed South Hills
4. St. Paul (2-0) — Doubled last year’s win total
5. El Rancho (1-1) — One-point loss to Troy
6. Whittier Christian (2-0) — Offense is rolling
7. Santa Fe (1-1) — Rebounded from opening win
8. California (1-1) — No match for Buena Park
9. Schurr (1-1) — Routed El Monte
10. Montebello (0-2) — Outscored, 86-20, in first 2 weeks

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