Friday Gameday Countdown: Montebello goes for Almont League glory, hosts Bell Gardens

(San Gabriel Valley Tribune/Staff Photo by Keith Durflinger

(San Gabriel Valley Tribune/Staff Photo by Keith Durflinger

Tonight is all about Montebello, which can win the Almont Leauge title with a win over Bell Gardens. The Oilers have recovered from their slow start with solid play in league, but Bell Gardens will be no pushover. You can follow updates of all the scores on our high school scoreboard page, and don’t forget to join our live chat on Scribble Live. We’ll wrap up the night at about 11 p.m. on PrepXtra Live.
HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD
GAME OF THE WEEK
BELL GARDENS AT MONTEBELLO


What a difference league play makes.
Left for dead after winless nonleague campaigns on the field, the Montebello High School and Bell Gardens football teams are on the verge of a championship.
Both teams have turned things around in Almont League play and all that stands between both and least a share of the league championship is a win Friday. The Oilers host the Lancers at 7 p.m.
“We had a long talk in the offseason about how we were going to toughen up our schedule and we weren’t going to be so concerned with the wins and losses as much as our growth as a team,” Montebello head coach Pete Gonzalez said. “This was part of the purpose of doing it, so we
would be prepared for games like this and hopefully do well in our league.”
– Aram Tolegian
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TONIGHT’S SCHEDULE, PREDICTIONS
Almont League

Bell Gardens at Montebello, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BG); Aram (BG)
Keppel at San Gabriel, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SG); Aram (SG)
Schurr vs. Alhambra at Moor Field, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Schurr); Aram (Schurr)
Angelus League
Cathedral at St. Paul, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Cathedral); Aram (Cath)
La Salle at St. Francis, 7 p.m. — Robledo (St. Francis); Aram (SF)
Del Rio League
Pioneer vs. La Serna at Whittier College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Serna); Aram (LS)
Santa Fe vs. Whittier at California, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Santa Fe); Aram (SF)
Mission League
Loyola at Bishop Amat, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bishop Amat); Aram (Amat)
Suburban League
Cerritos at La Mirada, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Mirada); Aram (LM)

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Thursday Night Final: El Rancho, La Habra score wins, clinch share of league titles

El Rancho players celebrate their win over California in their Del Rio League football game at El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera on Thursday October 30, 2014. El Rancho beat California 48-14. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

El Rancho players celebrate their win over California in their Del Rio League football game at El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera on Thursday October 30, 2014. El Rancho beat California 48-14. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

EL RANCHO 48, CALIFORNIA 14

PICO RIVERA –
The race for the Del Rio League football championship is about over.
El Rancho High School put the title chase in check on Thursday.
Andrew Perea accounted for 281 yards and three scores and the host Dons clinched a share of the league title with a 48-14 victory over California.
James Garcia rushed for 60 yards and a touchdown for El Rancho, which improved to 7-2 overall and 4-0 in league play. The Dons, ranked No. 3 in the area this week, can clinch the title outright with a win over Santa Fe. They will be the league’s No. 1 representative by virtue of a win over second-place La Serna earlier this season.
Nathan Lowden rushed for 89 yards and a touchdown and Robert Leos had a 96-yard kickoff return for a score for California, which slipped to 5-4 and 2-2.
El Rancho all but put it away by halftime. Perrea accounted for 232 yards and three touchdowns to give the Dons a 27-7 lead after two quarters.

– Stephen Ramirez

LA HABRA 42, TROY 35
Carlos Martin had two touchdowns in the first half to lead the Highlanders (6-3, 4-0), who clinched a share of the Freeway League title with the win.

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Montebello still atop water polo poll

The San Gabriel Valley-area water polo Top 10 poll:

1. Montebello (20-3)
Had last week off

2. La Serna (10-8)
Will play Glendale on Thursday

3. Damien (13-6)
Still in hunt for league title

4. Los Altos (14-4)
Easily took out Walnut

5. La Canada (8-11)
Undefeated in Rio Hondo League

6. San Dimas (16-10)
Undefeated in Valle Vista

7. Rowland (11-5)
On track for San Dimas showdown

8. Flintridge Prep (15-6)
Lost to Chadwick by one goal

9. South Pasadena (8-13)
Lost to La Canada in OT for second time

10. Schurr (12-12)
Could not hang with Montebello in league showdown

Others: Pasadena (12-7), Temple City (18-7), San Marino (13-8), Charter Oak (10-5), Glendora (12-10)

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St. Paul moves up in volleyball poll

Top 10 San Gabriel Valley-area volleyball teams

1. Flintridge Sacred Heart (22-5)
Likely to settle for second in tough Mission

2. St. Paul (25-6)
15 consecutive wins vs. CIF-SS teams

3. Gabrielino (24-3)
Lost only one game in league play

4. South Pasadena (12-5)
Beat La Canada in big match on Tuesday

5. Pasadena Poly (15-4)
Lost to Chadwick and Mayfield in four games

6. Arcadia (17-5)
Pacific League champions again

7. St. Lucy’s (16-7)
Tied for second in Baseline League

8. Mayfield (16-7)
Five consecutive 3-0 Prep League wins

9. La Habra (19-6)
League showdown vs. Troy on Thursday

10. Glendora (17-6)
Undefeated in Palomares League

Others: La Mirada (18-4), San Dimas (18-5), Whittier Christian (14-12), Westridge (20-6), La Canada (9-6), Duarte (21-8), La Serna 12-7, Diamond Ranch 15-5, San Gabriel (12-4), Los Altos 12-9.

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Daily News Football Rankings: La Mirada holding firm at No. 1

St. Paul, after losing to St. Francis last week, drops to No. 7 in this week's rankings.  (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

St. Paul, after losing to St. Francis last week, drops to No. 7 in this week’s rankings.
(Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

DAILY NEWS TOP TEN FOOTBALL RANKINGS
1. La Mirada (7-1) — Returned from bye as strong as ever
2. La Habra (5-3) — Defense rounding into form
3. El Rancho (7-1) — Cal stands in way of league glory
4. La Serna (6-2) — Scary playoff team
5. California (5-3) — Can it challenge El Rancho?
6. Cantwell (7-1) — Averaging 44 points in last six games
7. St. Paul (4-4) — Playoffs start now
8. Montebello (3-5*) — Plays for league title this week
9. Santa Fe (2-6) — Overwhelmed by La Serna
10. Pioneer (3-5) — Season is down to two games
*On field record, which does not include forfeit win over Arroyo

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Friday Night Final: St. Francis routs St. Paul; La Mirada, La Habra, El Rancho move step closer to league crowns; Cantwell opens league with win

St. Paul quarterback Jacob Maier (15) scrambles away from a St. Francis defender in their league football game at St. Paul High School in Santa Fe Springs on Friday October 24, 2014. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

St. Paul quarterback Jacob Maier (15) scrambles away from a St. Francis defender in their league football game at St. Paul High School in Santa Fe Springs on Friday October 24, 2014. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)


GAMES OF THE WEEK
ST. FRANCIS 49, ST. PAUL 10


SANTA FE SPRINGS >> Some viewed the St. Francis High School football team’s Friday night encounter at St. Paul as the ultimate trap game.
But it was the host Swordsmen who got caught.
Jeremiah Martin threw for 200 yards and three scores and the Golden Knights showed no signs of last week’s big win over Cathedral with a 49-10 victory at St. Paul in an Angelus League game.
Dylan Crawford had seven receptions for 120 yards and two touchdowns and Mason Williams and Andrew MacKinnon had return scores for Golden Knights (8-0, 3-0).
Jacob Maier accounted for 96 yards and a touchdown for St. Paul (4-4, 1-2).
St. Francis put it away by halftime. The Golden Knights were nearly perfect during the first two quarters and took a 35-10 lead at the break.
St. Francis, which outgained St. Paul 217-134, in the first half, scored on three of its first four possessions, had an interception return for a touchdown and a punt return for a score.

– Stephen Ramirez
LA MIRADA 35, MAYFAIR 0
BELLFLOWER —- La Mirada’s march through the Suburban League continued on Friday night with a 35-0 victory over Mayfair at Bellflower High School.
The Matadores (7-1 overall, 4-0 league) dominated from the start, leading 28-0 at halftime while rushing for 201 yards before the break.
La Mirada’s offense displayed its versatility in the second quarter, first with an 18-play 94-yard drive that lasted over nine minutes and was capped by a 16-yard run by quarterback Christian Lara.
The Matadores showed they could also strike quickly, closing out the first half with a 30-yard touchdown pass from Lara to Tony Brown, finishing an 80-yard drive in under a minute.
Brown has caught at least one touchdown pass in all seven games he has played.
La Mirada’s defense benefited from the from the offense controlling the ball, but that unit certainly did its part, holding Mayfair to just 193 total yards. Mayfair only drove inside La Mirada territory once, never threatening to score at any point.
Sei-J Lauago led the Matadores’ rushing attack with 105 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown.

– Richard Hernandez
EL RANCHO 34, PIONEER 14
LA MIRADA — El Rancho High won its fifth consecutive game and easily defeated host Pioneer 34-14 on Friday night at La Mirada High to remain in first place in the Del Rio League.
Leading the way for the Dons was running back James Garcia with 130 yards on 17 carries.
The sophomore, taking over for injured running back Isaiah Copado, scored two touchdowns to help pace the Dons (6-2, 3-0). “It feels good to step up and help my team and I thank my offensive line,” said an elated Garcia.
Garcia, nursing a bad shoulder, was aided by Mark Milan, Bobby Ramirez, Mason Gonzalez, Adrian Garcia and Ricardo Toriz.
Senior quarterback Andrew Perea was 16 for 33 for 182 yards, two touchdowns and an interception for the Dons. He also ran for 109 yards on 10 carries.

– John Sherrard
ROUNDUP: CAL, LA HABRA SCORE EASY WINS
California High gave Nathan Lowden the ball and he delivered Friday night.
The running back rushed for four touchdowns to help the Condors to a 47-14 Del Rio League victory over Whittier.

HOW THE TOP TEN FARED
1. La Mirada (7-1) def. Mayfair, 35-0
2. La Habra (5-3) def. Sunny Hills, 49-14
3. El Rancho (7-1) def Pioneer, 34-14
4. La Serna (6-2) def. Santa Fe, 52-31
5. California (5-3) def. Whittier, 47-14
6. St. Paul (4-4) lost to St. Francis, 49-10
7. Cantwell (7-1) def. St. Bernard, 35-12
8. Montebello (3-5*) def. San Gabriel, 20-0
9. Santa Fe (2-6) lost to La Serna, 52-31
10. Pioneer (3-5) lost to El Rancho, 34-14
*- does not include forfeit win over Arroyo
OTHER SCORES
Bell Gardens 26, Schurr 18
Whittier Christian 48, Village Chr. 37

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Thursday Final: La Serna stays in the hunt, routs Santa Fe, 52-31

La Serna's Anthony Garcia (24) tries to avoid a Santa Fe defender in their Del Rio League game at California High School in Whittier on Thursday October 23, 2014. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

La Serna’s Anthony Garcia (24) tries to avoid a Santa Fe defender in their Del Rio League game at California High School in Whittier on Thursday October 23, 2014. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter

WHITTIER >>
Don’t count out La Serna High School just yet.
Ruben Rios rushed for 143 yards, Anthony Garcia scored three touchdowns and the Lancers stayed in the hunt for the Del Rio League title with a 52-31 victory over Santa Fe on Thursday at California High School.
Kevin Ramos also had 114 yards rushing and two touchdowns for La Serna, which improved to 6-2 overall and 2-1 in league play. Eli Ledesma threw for 189 yards and a touchdown and Edward Cisneros had two touchdown receptions for the Chiefs, who slipped to 2-6 and 1-2.
La Serna, after leading 31-17 at halftime, put it away in the third quarter on two touchdown runs by Garcia for A 45-17 advantage.
The first half lived up to the tradition of the rivalry, with the teams trading scoring drives before La Serna settled on a 31-17 advantage.
Early on, it looked like the Lancers might run away with it.
La Serna, which got 73 yards rushing and two touchdowns from Ramos during the first two quarters, scored on its first two drives. Ramos, following a 63-yard kickoff return from Jonathan Wise, scored on a 7-yard run at 9:43 of the first quarter before Garcia completed an 80-yard drive with a 4-yard run at 2:38 for a 14-0 lead.
Santa Fe, getting an 83-yard pass from Ledesma to Gabriel Cisneros and a 1-yard run by Ledesma, stayed close at 31-17 at halftime.

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Volleyball Top 10 poll

Here is the San Gabriel Valley-area poll for the week:
1. Flintridge Sacred Heart (21-4)
Won prestigious San Diego tournament
2. Pasadena Poly (15-2)
League showdown at Chadwick Wednesday
3. St. Paul (23-6)
Tough stretch in Tempe, Ariz. tourney
4. Gabrielino (22-3)
Lost in finals of own tournament
5. South Pasadena (9-5)
All alone atop Rio Hondo League
6. St. Lucy’s (10-6)
Key game vs. Rancho Cucamonga Tuesday
7. Whittier Christian (14-10)
Critical league game at Village Thursday
8. Arcadia (14-5)
Unbeaten in Pacific League
9. Mayfield (13-7)
Played Westridge in key game Tuesday
10. La Habra (17-6)
Lost to Troy in five games
Others: Glendora (14-6), La Mirada (16-4), San Dimas (15-5), Westridge (19-5), La Canada (7-5), Walnut (11-8), Duarte (20-8), San Gabriel (8-3), La Serna 9-7, Diamond Ranch 13-5.

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