Week 4 results: DRL teams take a hit

St. Paul running back Aubrey Haynes picks up yardage in Swordsmen’s
40-7 nonleague victory over La Mirada Friday night

Friday’s games:

California 20, Schurr 7
Jasper Meza averaged nearly 11 yards per carry (11 for 120 yards),
including a 1-yard scoring run to start the ball rolling, but the
Condors’ defense stepped up, again, this time intercepting three passes,
including Drew Harris’ fourth of the season, and recovering two fumbles,
one of them by Blake Barragan, who returned it 45 yards for a touchdown.

Whittier 54, Katella 20
Cardinals’ offense continued to roll. Last week, it was Jonathan Quezada
with six touchdowns; this week it was Daniel Enriquez with four TDs and
170 yards on 18 carries. Whittier finished with 321 yards on the ground.
This has to grab the attention of next week’s opponent, Whittier

St. Paul 40, La Mirada 7
Any questions concerning whether the Swordsmen can stretch the field
vertically were answered on the fourth play from scrimmage when
sophomore quarterback Paul Lopez connected with Ryan Cadwalader on a
49-yard TD toss. Lopez finished with 221 yards that included completions
of 62, 39, and 40 yards with passes that traveled farther through the
air than the receiver ran with after the catch.

Cantwell 36, Villanova Prep 11
Running back Khamari English, the transfer speedster from Monrovia,
scored touchdowns on runs of 55, 36 and three yards as the Cardinals
improved to 4-1. Next up is rival Don Bosco Tech.

Blair 38, Whittier Christian 26
Last week it was St. Margaret’s power ground game with Hunter Steffien
that tested the Heralds’ defense. This week it was the Vikings’ overall
speed and Devin Fuller, who had 143 yards on 23 carries.

Bell Gardens 31, Santa Fe 22
Tough to win if you don’t have the ball. Santa Fe lost two fumbles early
and had only 11 plays in the first half. The loss put a damper on
another strong performance by junior running back Aaron Turner, who
rushed just 11 times for 133 yards.

Cypress 24, Pioneer 20
Fumbles hurt the Titans and allowed the host Centurians to
come-from-behind. Pioneer’s big-play capabilities were evident in an
84-yard, halfback pass play from Ronnie Palacios-to-Tony
Hernandez-to-Randy Palasios to open the game, and Pepe Quinones’ 41-yard
fumble return for a touchdown to start the third quarter.

Arroyo 28, El Rancho 21
Dons came out on the short end of a see-saw battle in which the team’s
traded touchdowns. Marcus Aldecoa led El Rancho with 90 yards and QB
Javier Hernandez was eight for 15 for 130 yards and a touchdown.

Warren 22, La Serna 17
Lancers couldn’t hold a quick 14-0 lead, and speedster Rudy Jordan,
although finishing with 150 yards, was held to three or fewer yards on
16 of his 21 carries.

HH Wilson 42, Montebello 20
Oilers lead, 7-0, but then defense struggles again, giving up 140 yards
rushing and 99 yards receiving to RB Tim Gilmore, and 296 yards passing
to QB Andrew Tomsio (16-for-20, three TDs).

Thursday’s game:

La Habra 49, Villa Park 31
With the Highlanders’ defense having an off night (compared to its first
three games), the offense came alive on the arm of QB Chris Morales
(12-16-292-4TDs) and RB Jason Davis, who rushead for 72 yards and a
touchdown and caught a touchdown pass.

Any surprises here?

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Week 4: It looks like this …

Roger Murray: Last week: 10-1; Season 35-5
Andrew Campa: Last week: 9-2; Season 29-11

Today’s game
Villa Park at La Habra, 7 p.m. Murray (La Habra), Campa (La Habra)
Friday’s games
St. Paul at La Mirada, 7 p.m. Murray (St. Paul), Campa (St. Paul)
California at Schurr, 7 p.m. Murray (Schurr), Campa (Schurr)
Whittier Christian vs. Blair, at Pasadena CC, 7 p.m. Murray (WhChristian), Campa (WhChristian)
Bell Gardens vs. Santa Fe, at Pioneer HS, 7 p.m. Murray (Santa Fe), Campa (Santa Fe)
Arroyo at El Rancho, 7 p.m. Murray (Arroyo), Campa (Arroyo)
Katella vs. Whittier, at California HS, 7 p.m. Murray (Whittier), Campa (Whittier)
La Serna at Warren, 7 p.m. Murray (Warren), Campa (La Serna)
Pioneer vs. Cypress, at Western High School, 7 p.m. Murray (Pioneer), Campa (Pioneer)
Montebello at Hacienda Heights Wilson, 7 p.m. Murray (Wilson ), Campa (Wilson)
Cantwell at Villanueva Prep, 7 p.m. Murray (Cantwell), Campa (Cantwell)

Some toughies this week: Cal/Schurr; Arroyo/El Rancho; Katella/Whittier.
Have you any upsets in mind???

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Area teams dominate Southeast Division poll

Five locals are among the top 10, with La Habra (3-0), La Serna (3-0) and California (3-0) holding firm in the
Nos. 2-3-4 spots. Santa Fe (2-1) moved up to No. 5 from No. 6 after shutting out Huntington Park, 35-0.
Schurr (2-1) is No. 7, up a notch after an impressive 43-33 win over Hacienda Heights Wilson. Pioneer (4-0) also moved up a spot to No. 8 after defeating Gladstone, 34-0.

La Habra, which defeated Westminster, 21-0, appears headed for another Freeway League showdown with Troy (3-0), still No.1 in the division after blasting Don Lugo, 63-33. La Serna and California, who could be contenders rather than pretenders in the Del Rio League race this season, defeated Monteclair, 63-14, and Bassett, 53-0, respectively.

The other local which climbed in the rankings is St. Paul (2-1), which moved two places to No. 5 in the Western Division after blanking Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary, 34-0.

Cantwell (3-1) slipped from No. 3 to No. 7 in the Mid-Valley Division after its loss to St. Paul.

Whittier Christian (2-1) fell two spots to No. 6 in the Northeast
Division after losing to No. 1-ranked St. Margaret’s, 35-19.

One thing about the DRL members; Come league play, they’ll be beating each other, which hinders their designs for remaining ranked.
With that in mind, how many – and who- among those currently ranked have the staying power to warrant a spot in the final regular season polls?

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Saturday Morning Talk

It seems that both La Habra and La Serna, ranked No. 2 and 3 respectively in the latest CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division polls, made big statements Thursday evening.

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Above, La Habra fans show up two hours before the game and feast at a tailgate party. Two hours later, the Highlanders force five turnovers, four sacks and hold the Lions (1-2) to fewer than 150 yards of offense in a 21-0 win. Do the Highlanders have the area’s best defense?

Here, Rudy Jordan returns ONE of TWO 90-plus kick returns for a touchdown on the game’s opening kickoff against Montclair. La Serna romped to a 63-14 victory. Who’s going to stop the Lancers?

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Week 3: Read ‘em and weep . . . .

Roger Murray: Last week: 12-1; Season: 25-4
Andrew Campa: Last Week: 10-3; Season: 20-9

Thursday’s games

Montclair v. La Serna @ Cal, 7 p.m. Murray (La Serna) Campa (La Serna)
La Habra at Westminster, 7 p.m. Murray (La Habra) Campa (La Habra)

Friday’s games
Montebello at El Rancho, 7 p.m. Murray (El Rancho) Campa (El Rancho)
St. Paul at Cantwell, 7:30 p.m. Murray (St. Paul) Campa (St. Paul)
Whittier at S. El Monte, 7 p.m. Murray (Whittier) Campa (Whittier)
Paramount at La Mirada 7 pm Murray (La Mirada) Campa (Paramount)
H.H. Wilson @ Schurr, 7 p.m. Murray (Schurr) Campa (Schurr)
Bassett at California, 7 p.m. Murray (California) Campa (California)
Pioneer v. Gladstone @ Citrus, 7 pm Murray (Pioneer) Campa (Pioneer)
Santa Fe at Huntington Park, 7 p.m. Murray (Santa Fe) Campa (HP)

Saturday’s game
St.Margaret v. Whittier Christian @ W. College, 7, Murray(WC)Campa(SM)

A couple of sticklers for the upsets of the week: Paramount/La Mirada and St. Margaret’s/Whittier Christian.

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Back in a moment with more football, but first ….

…. I know, I know, football dominates this blog like it does every
other blog, but every now and then it needs a break, however brief it
might be, in the action.

Here’s a Daily News preseason Top 5 for boys water polo:
1. Montebello
2. La Serna
3. Whittier
4. El Rancho
5. Take your pick from La Habra, California or Santa Fe.

Hope somebody is listening.
And cares.
Enough to share.

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WEEK 3: Get ‘em while they’re hot …

Thursday’s games

Montclair vs. La Serna, at California HS, 7 p.m.
La Habra at Westminster, 7 p.m.
Friday’s games
Montebello at El Rancho, 7 p.m.
St. Paul at Cantwell Sacred Heart, 7 p.m.
Whittier at South El Monte, 7 p.m.
Paramount at La Mirada, 7 p.m.
Hacienda Height Wilson at Schurr, 7 p.m.
Bassett at California, 7 p.m.
Pioneer vs. Gladstone, at Citrus College, 7 p.m.
Santa Fe at Huntington Park, 7 p.m.
Saturday’s games
St. Margaret’s vs. Whittier Christian, at Whittier College, 7 p.m.

The week’s big game?
For sheer rivalries sake, how about Montebello at El Rancho, or St. Paul at Cantwell Secred Heart (and it’s newly sodded field)?
Or maybe Saturday night’s game at Whittier College between St. Margaret’s, the Northeast Division’s defending champion and ranked No. 1 in this week’s poll, vs. Whittier Christian, ranked No. 4 in a big jump from No. 8 last week?
It was St. Margaret’s that ended the Heralds’ fine season a week short of their goal by handing them a 35-21 setback in the Northeast Division semifinals a year ago.
The rest of the area teams in this week’s CIF polls:
La Habra, No. 2 in the Southeast Diviison
La Serna, No. 3 (Southeast)
Cantwell Sacred Heart, No. 3 (Mid-Valley)
California, No. 4 (Southeast)
Santa Fe, No. 6 (Southeast)
St. Paul, No. 6 (Western)
Schurr, No. 8 (Southeast)
Pioneer (No. 9 (Southeast)

Nine out of 13 area schools ranked among the Top 10 teams in their respective divisions.
Not too shabby!

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Week 2: Area teams make comebacks

After suffering some surprising losses in Week 1, a couple of area teams
made impressive turnarounds this week.
And others made turnarounds not so impressive:

Santa Fe 28, Peninsula 22
Chiefs defense tough in second half, Turner’s two TDs spark offense

St. Paul 17, Redondo Union 16
Defense provides time for offense to rally from 16-0 down, Haynes has 148 yards.

La Serna 28, Norwalk 12
QB Ben Burke 6-8-164-3TDs, Rudy Jordan 19-107 as Lancers improve 2-0

Pioneer 29, South El Monte 14
Matt Botello 105 yards and a touchdown to go with a 33-yard scoring reception.

California 33, El Monte 6
Jasper Meza 101 yards (10.1 ypc) and 2 TDs, Blake Barragan 72-yard scoring punt return.

Charter Oak 27, La Mirada 0
Matadores can’t win if they can’t score.

La Habra 31, South Hills 6
Defense, special teams sparkle as Highlanders play like Division contenders.

Cantwell 40, Bassett 6
Cardinals tuning up for meeting with St. Paul next week.

Bell Gardens 27, El Rancho 16
Dons can’t hold third quarter lead, despite Hernandez’s 11-21-159-1TD passing.

Rowland 32, Montebello 26
Oilers waste quarterback Eli Mendibles’ 61-yard touchdown run.

Downey 42, Schurr 23
Spartans’ early advantage erased when Vikings score on four consecutive possessions.

Tonight’s schedule:
Whittier vs. Verbum Dei, at Compton Centennial HS, 7 p.m.
Whittier Christian vs. LA Baptist, at Alemany HS, 7 p.m.

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Del Rio League FB: Who are these guys?

From left, La Serna High School (Whittier) DLs Oscar Orosco, Able Ramirez, Joe Cannon, Louie Lozano and Zeid Nesheiwat. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Raul Roa/SPORTS)

I know, I know, it’s still early.

It still deserves a mention.

Seven games into the season, the Del Rio League is 6-1.

And the leader is Pioneer (2-0).

And the one loss is six-time defending DRL champion Santa Fe’s.

Three of the six league members are ranked among the top 1-0 in this week’s CIF Southern Section, Southeast Division (VII) poll: La Serna (3), California (4) and Santa Fe (7).

Two others, Pioneer and Whittier, received votes.

All this is big because the Del Rio League doesn’t get alot of support among the voters, in any sport for that matter. This is especially true when it comes playoff time and the brackets are set up.

Last week, the DRL guys outscored their opponents, 156-91, perhaps not the most impressive ratio, but still, that’s an average of 26-15 per game. And that’s more than just decent in anybody’s league.

In this week’s CIF-SS polls, eight of the area’s 13 teams are ranked among the top 10 teams in their respective divisions. In addition to La Serna, California and Santa Fe, they are: Schurr (No. 2, Southwest/VII), Cantwell (No. 3, Mid-Valley/XI), La Habra (No. 5, Southeast/VII), St. Paul (No. 7, Western/III) and Whittier Christian (No. 8, Northeast/XIII).

In addition to Pioneer and Whittier, La Mirada (Southwest) also received votes. The only area teams left out of the polls were El Rancho, which won its opener over Cerritos, and Montebello, winless in two games.

Which area teams has the staying power to remain in the polls?

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