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.
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)