Week 2 predictions: Enough info’ available?

Roger Murray: Last week – 9-3; Season – 13-3
Andrew Campa: Last week – 6-6; Season – 10-6

Two games (for some teams, only one for others) into the season doesn’t
provide much additional information for prognostigators, but let’s do it

Santa Fe at Peninsula, 3 p.m. Murray (Santa Fe), Campa (Peninsula)
Has Chiefs’ soph Flores earned another shot at quarterback?
Bell Gardens at El Rancho, 7 p.m. Murray (Bell Gardens), (Bell Gardens)
Visiting Lancers might bring Dons back to earth.
California at El Monte, 7 p.m. Murray (California), Campa (California)
Can Urquiza/Meza help Condors forget Grigsby?
Cantwell at Bassett, 7 p.m. Murray (Cantwell), Campa (Cantwell)
Cardinal coach Smolin returns to former school.
La Mirada at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. Murray (Charter Oak), Campa (Charter Oak)
Matadores still nowhere near their potential.
La Serna vs. Norwalk, 7 p.m. Murray (La Serna), Campa (La Serna)
Lancers vs. Lancers: Jordan makes La Serna’s better.
Montebello at Rowland, 7 p.m. Murray (Rowland), Campa (Rowland)
Oilers’ struggles continue.
Schurr at Downey, 7 p.m. Murray (Schurr), Campa (Schurr)
Almont League pay attention, Spartans are for real.
South El Monte at Pioneer, 7 p.m. Murray (Pioneer), Campa (South El Monte)
Titans are just getting started, and in the right direction.
South Hills at La Habra, 7 p.m. Murray (La Habra), (La Habra)
One of area’s best games annually, this time Highlanders’ turn.
St. Paul at Redondo Union, 7 p.m. Murray (St. Paul), Campa (St. Paul)
Swordsmen need this one to set the record straight.

Saturday’s games:
Whittier vs. Verbum Dei, 7 p.m. Murray (Verbum Dei), Campa (Verbum Dei)
Host’s huge losses (56-0, 71-7) give Cardinals hope, but is it enough?
Whittier Christian vs. LA Baptist, 7 p.m. Murray (WChristian), Campa (WChristian)
Heralds should be close to full strength to avenge 2006 37-34 loss.

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Week 1: Area schools go 9-3 and are ripe with surprises

All the area teams have at least one game under their belts now, and
Friday night’s results provided some genuine surprises.
Not necessarily who won and who lost, but the manner by which the
outcomes occurred.

Warren 31, Santa Fe 7
The Chiefs fell behind early and couldn’t recover, although sophomore
quarterback Alex Flores was impressive providing a late spark in driving
them to their touchdown. Other than that, at least two interested
observers commented Santa Fe appeared disorganized, and that’s not the
normal mark of a Chiefs team, even if it is their first game of the

Fullerton 13, La Mirada 0
Tough to compete without an offense or a defense. La Mirada showed
little semblance of either, although the close score might indicate
otherwise. Fullerton had little trouble running inside or outside
despite getting no help from the its limited passing (five attempts),
which produced just 31yards.

La Serna 51, John Glenn 7
Transfer Rudy Jordan picked up right where he left off last season’s
trip with Schurr to the CIF Southeast Division championship, rushing for
181 yards and four touchdowns. QB Mike Ibarra’s 6-for-9 for 60 yards
passing (no interceptions) was efficient if not spectacular in
complementing Jordan’s and a stingy Lancer defense.

Pioneer 21, Ontario 7
Pioneer pushed its record to 2-0 with another complete game effort.
Trailing 7-6 at halftime, the Titans adjusted behind another heady
effort by QB Ronnie Palacios and another impressive defensive

El Rancho 17, Cerritos 6
It’s too early for cries of “break up the Dons,’ but it might be time to
start practicing. El Rancho’s opportunistic defense came up with key
turnovers and a clutch stop late in the red zone, and QB Javier
Hernandez passed for two touchdowns. Most important, the Dons are in the
win column, ending a 13-game losing streak.

La Habra 44, Downey 21
It took an unimpressive scrimmage the week before and a sluggish first
quarter Friday night for the Highlanders’ to shake the cobwebs of an
offseason. The defense returned an interception and a fumble recovery
for TDs, QB Chris Morales threw for two and RB Jason rushed for another
among his 130 yards on just 13 carries.

California 19, Rowland 6
Getting the first win is always important for a new coach, and in this
case, for the players and community which hated to see the former coach
leave. The efficiency with which the Condors played provides reason for
increased optimism for lies ahead.

Schurr 27, Burbank Burroughs 7
The Spartans’ victory should lay to rest the thoughts of those who
figured the defending CIF Southeast Division champions’ cupboard is bare
of replacement parts. The defense recorded two sacks, two interceptions,
blocked a punt and did not allow the Indians inside the Schurr 35-yard
line until midway through the fourth quarter.

Whittier 41, Bell Gardens 34 (2OT)
It took Cardinals a bit longer, but their tenacity makes their victory
all the more impressive. You can’t coach staying power, it has to come
from within.

Whittier Christian 48, Mammoth 7
Aleks Schwerdt rushed for 178 yards on just 12 carries and scored four
touchdowns, two of them on receptions, to make the visitors’ seven-hour
trip home seem a lot longer. The Heralds’ offense produced 266 yards by
halftime, which might make lingering memories of last season’s potent
production machine a bit more distant.

Thursday’s games
Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary 65, Daniel Murphy 0

Not much can be said about a score like this. Second half was played with
running time. The implication is more on the lack of strength of the loser rather
than the strength of the winner. A great start by the Heralds, who obviously
can take advantage of available opportunities.

Northview 40, Montebello 14
Clearly a case of the youthful Oilers not being ready and needing more time.
The season is not lost, only the game.

Keeping in mind the season has only begun, and evidence for evaluations
might be skimpy, comments on the teams’ accomplishments, or the lack
thereof, are encouraged from those who feel compelled to share.

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Week 1: Winners/Losers, take you pick

Tonight’s football schedule (w/Daily News picks):

Burbank Burroughs at Schurr, 7 p.m.: Roger (Schurr), Andrew ( Burroughs).
Downey at La Habra, 7 p.m.: Roger (La Habra), Andrew (La Habra ).
El Rancho vs. Cerritos, at Gahr HS, 7 p.m.: Roger (Cerritos), Andrew (Cerritos ).

Fullerton at La Mirada, 7 p.m.: Roger (La Mirada), Andrew (La Mirada ).
La Serna vs. John Glenn, at Excelsior Adult School, 7 p.m.: Roger (La
Serna), Andrew (La Serna ).
Mammoth vs. Whittier Christian, at Whittier College, 7 p.m.: Roger
(Whittier Christian), Andrew (Whittier Christian ).

Pioneer vs. Ontario, at Montclair HS, 7 p.m.: Roger (Pioneer), Andrew (Ontario ).
Rowland at California, 7 p.m.: Roger (California), Andrew (Rowland ).
Santa Fe at Warren, 7 p.m.: Roger (Santa Fe), Andrew (Santa Fe).
Whittier at Bell Gardens, 7 p.m.: Roger (Bell Gardens), Andrew (Bell Gardens ).

Agree, or disagree?

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Was it really that bad?

So, St. Paul should just hang up its season and call it a day.

A 33-0 loss to a team that was favored probably by even more means St.
Paul has no chance for a successful season.

All things being relative, I guess that means Michigan should not
only give up the rest of the season but end its program all together.

C’mon folks, it’s one game.

I don’t think Servite played as well as it can or will in the future,
but I think St. Paul had something to do with that.

I don’t think St. Paul played as well as it can and will in the future,
and I think the Swordsmen had as much to do with that as did the Friars.

St. Paul’s problems are fixable. Obviously it’s up to those involved
to commit to fixing them, and it’s reasonable to assume they will at
least try to.

With that in mind, how about not wrapping up and throwing out the
entire season because of one game, and certainly after the first one.

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Under Pressure…

As Week 1 of the prep football season commences, I’m reminded of that great David Bowie and Queen rendition and which area teams head toward Friday Under Pressure.

Santa Fe

The Chiefs open up on the road Friday against Warren. While there has been no doubt about Santa Fe’s dominance in the Del Rio League this decade, can coach Jack Mahlstede and the Chiefs thrive after losing several seniors?

Coach Jack Mahlstede


The feeling from several returning Condors at last week’s practice is that their victory over Santa Fe (which was forfeited later) was legitimate. With Drew Harris, one the Del Rio League’s flashiest players returning at QB, can the Condors edge the Chiefs? The Condors’ 2007 quest begins at home against a tough Rowland squad.

Drew Harris hands off at practice.

Whittier Christian

The Esteban Camarillo era is over. Without a healthy Nick Camarillo for at least half a season, the Heralds are looking forward to showing that they can not only pass the ball, but win doing so.

Whittier Christian wide receiver Kyle Clark catches a pass during football practice at Whittier Christian High School in La Habra on Wednesday August 22, 2007.

La Serna

A lot of fuss swirled around the arrival of the Jordans, Joey and Rudy. With championship experience comes higher expectations. It will be interesting to see how new coach Margarito Beltran will do filling in for Ken LaVigne.

Rudy Jordan takes a handoff at a recent practice.

El Rancho

The unlucky number has reached 13. Having lost 13 straight games, the Dons’ best chance to win may come this week against host Cerritos and new coach Dusan Ancich. What better way for new coach Gene Parsons to show the community that his team is for real then to start off with a win.

Josh Perea, left, and Javier Hernandez, QB’s, for El Rancho High School, throw passes during practice.

Who else has something to prove?

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Saturday Afternoon Wrap-Up

This is your chance to sound off on the games you saw and didn’t see. I, Andrew Campa, and Roger Murray checked out the St. Paul-Servite game. There certainly was plenty of excitement before the game (with a crowd of over 5,000) and plenty of questions afterward. The guy in the white shirt sure seemed perplexed during Friday night’s game.

Servite 33, St. Paul 0

Here are some key stats.

Turnovers: St. Paul 3, Servite 2

Passing Yards and Attempts:
Servite 15-22, 245 yards, 2 TDs & 1 INT
St. Paul 1-12, 13 yards, 2 INTs

Rushing Yards:
Servite: 129 yards
St. Paul: 162 yards

Overall, a 17-point second quarter doomed what could have been a close game.

Here are some game stories-

Roger Murray’s game story

My side bar on the game

The OC Register’s take on the game

David Flores needed water after spending all night chasing down Servite’s DJ Shoemate.

Other Games

Norwalk 31, Montebello 6

Oilers head coach Nishil Shah said before Friday night that he liked opening the season against Norwalk because the Lancers were a straightforward, smashmouth football team. Well, after surrendering over 300 yards defensively, Shah and his team will have to recover before facing an equally tough Northview team next week. The good news is that they’ll be at home again.

Here’s Rudy Ramos’ Game Story

Cantwell 27, Salesian 13

Several Cardinal seniors remember when this was a fierce Santa Fe League rivalry game and treated Friday night’s contest with the same intensity. So far, so good for coach Pete Smolin, despite having to open the season with a home game at St. Matthias. Next up for Cantwell is Murphy on Friday.

Here’s Michael Velasquez’s Game Story

Daily News Game Ball

Pioneer 42, Gabrielino 6

A game ball goes to Pioneer’s Ramon Juarez and Matt Botello. Sure, the Titans were playing a weak Mission Valley League foe in Gabrielino, but kudos are in order. Botello, the Titans starting tailback, scored four touchdowns as Pioneer led at one point 42-0 before Gabrielino got on the board with a mercy touchdown. So far, Botello and Tony Hernandez are living up to the preseason hype. Next up for Pioneer is a tough road contest against Ontario, which is coming off a 27-0 win over La Puente.

Here is Keith Lair’s Game Story

What’s your take?

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