Week 9 pick’em: It ain’t gettin’ any easier

Montebello running back Fernando Toy on his way to a 10-yard gain in the Oilers’
20-7 win over Mark Keppel. Toy finished with 145 yards, two TDs in 13 carries.

Up to date:
Roger Murray: Last week – 5-3; Season 68-19
Andrew Campa: Last week – 2-6; Season 56-31

Friday games:
California vs. Whittier, at California HS: Murray (California), Campa (California)
Pioneer at El Rancho: Murray (Pioneer), Campa (Pioneer)
La Serna vs. Santa Fe, at Pioneer HS: Murray (Santa Fe), Campa (Santa Fe)
Verbum Dei at Cantwell: Murray (Cantwell), Campa (Cantwell)
Buena Park at La Habra: Murray (La Habra), Campa (La Habra)
La Mirada vs. John Glenn, at Excelsior HS: Murray (La Mirada), Campa (La Mirada)
Montebello at San Gabriel: Murray (San Gabriel), Campa (San Gabriel)
Bell Gardens at Schurr: Murray (Schurr), Campa (Bell Gardens)
Alemany at St. Paul: Murray (St.Paul), Campa (St. Paul)
Marshall vs. Whittier Christian, at Whittier College: Murray (WhChristian), Campa (Whittier Christian)

Best chance for upset: Murray (Whittier), Campa (Montebello)

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Week 8 pick’ems: Rivalries make it difficult

A couple of intraleague rivalries spice this week’s area high school
football. The difficulty in picking a winner is that either team in both
cases is a legitimate potential victor.

Up to date:
Roger Murray: Last week – 8-1; Season – 63-16
Andrew Campa: Last week – 7-2; Season – 54-25

Tonight’s game:
El Rancho vs. Whittier, at California: Murray (Whittier), Campa (Whittier)

Friday’s games:
Artesia at La Mirada: Murray (La Mirada), Campa (La Mirada)
Mark Keppel at Montebello: Murray (Montebello), Campa (Montebello)
La Habra at Fullerton: Murray (La Habra), Campa (La Habra)
La Serna at California: Murray (California), Campa (La Serna)
Santa Fe at Pioneer: Murray (Santa Fe), Campa (Pioneer)
Schurr at San Gabriel: Murray (San Gabriel), Campa (Schurr)
Chaminade at St. Paul: Murray (St. Paul), Campa (Chaminade)

Saturday’s game:
Whittier Christian at Brentwood: Murray (Whittier Christian), Campa (Brentwood)

Potential for upsets: Murray (Pioneer), Campa (St. Paul)
2-Mi tune Drills
Chaminade vs St. Paul
La Serna vs Calhi

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Coming Down the Final Stretch

With only a few league games left for most area teams, here is the Whittier Daily News latest TOP 5

Keep your heads up La Mirada.

1. Cal-Hi (13-0)
Last Week’s Ranking: 1
Received votes in Division III-AA, but unranked

The Condors are making Del Rio League play seem easy even though it isn’t. Against the supposed contenders to the DRL crown, Cal-Hi defeated Santa Fe in three and La Serna and El Rancho in four. Cal-Hi has three games left, including the last two against Santa Fe and La Serna. However, by the time they get to the La Serna game, the league title may have been decided. The only mystery left is what it takes to get ranked by the CIF-SS.

2. La Habra (17-4)
Last Week’s Ranking: 2
Ranked No. 4 in Division II-AA

Sooner or later, the Highlanders had to lose A GAME. La Habra, however, has stretched its match winning streak to nine and is crushing Freeway League opposition in a pretty convincing manner. While league play appears to be little more than a cupcake, the Highlanders have a super matchup this Saturday against Division I-AA No. 5-ranked Redondo Union. Yeah, that same Redondo team that took down Alex Klineman and National No. 1 ranked Mira Costa last season. Good Luck girls!

3. St. Paul (20-5)
Last Week’s Ranking: 5
Ranked No. 6 in Division IV-AA

It’s been a pretty good few days for the Swordsmen. First, St. Paul takes third in the Gabrielino Tournament on Saturday. Then the team welcomes back Victoria Polo from injury Monday. Then on Tuesday night, St. Paul goes out and wins the first team league title in 40 years. What’s next, a CIF championship? Well, let’s not get too far ahead here. Two more league games before the playoffs, then we can start talking CIF playoffs.

4. La Mirada (18-4)
Last Week’s Ranking: 4
Ranked No. 8 in Division III-A

Boy, Wednesday afternoon at Mayfair was brutal. Up 2-1, the Mats couldn’t close out a proud Mayfair bunch. It appears both teams will split the Suburban League title. However, La Mirada can’t overlook Cerritos at home next Wednesday. The good news for the Mats is that they get Miranda Doing back from injury. The bad news is that this team only has two games left to a find a consistent scorer and offense for that matter.

T5. La Serna (12-9)
Last Week’s Ranking: 3
Unranked in Division III-A

Last week’s loss to El Rancho was disappointing but not unexpected, especially for such a young team. The Lancers finish up with three solid challenges starting with Santa Fe today. Kavanagh’s team cannot overlook Whittier next Tuesday before Thursday’s league finale against Cal-Hi.

T5. El Rancho (7-8)
Last Week’s Ranking: Unranked
Unranked in Division III-A

Way to go Coach Ida Picon. The Dons looked dead early on with a 1-5 record while losing to average teams like Bell Gardens and Temple City. However, El Rancho has rallied around the strong play of senior middle blocker Megan Barr and looks in good position to snatch up either a Del Rio League second or third seed. The Dons season finale against Santa Fe coupled with the La Serna-Cal game may decide whether El Rancho is second, third or fourth in league.

On the bubble:
Santa Fe (8-5) and Montebello (8-6)

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Week 7 results: Cal, La Serna win to set up DRL titanic

Gerardo Avila (51), Jonathan Ruiz (97) and some of their California buddies greet
an unidentified Santa Fe ball carrier on this play in the Condors’ 19-7 victory.

Thursday’s result:
La Serna 38, El Rancho 18

Not much spectacular here, just another efficient performance by Lancers.

California 19, Santa Fe 7
Condors seem for real, Chiefs continue to be suspect

Crespi 13, St. Paul 0
Swordsmen defense sparkles, but offense can’t hold its own

Bellflower 27, La Mirada 5
No matter how hard the defense works, five points won’t win many games.

Whittier 38, Pioneer 16
Cardinals keep pace, Titans find their backs to the wall

Whittier Christian 21, Downey Calvary Chapel 0
Camarillo, Schwerdt, now Edwards; where do the Heralds find these guys?

Schurr 35, Montebello 0
Host Spartans make Oilers resurgence last week short lived.

La Habra 62, Sunny Hills 7
Free wheeling Highlanders are having more fun than should be allowed.

Cantwell 40, St. Monica 7
Even with defensive standouts Weissenberger and Perez out, Cards breezed.

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DRL title: Can a team lose two and still win it?

La Serna’s Rudy Jordan reaches for extra yards under an El Rancho pile of defender

La Serna’s impressive 38-18 victory over El Rancho Thursday night illuminates the need for Del Rio League teams to avoid losing.
It begs the question: Can a team lose two league games and still win the league championship?
The first reation is probably not, at least not outright. A two-loss team might manage a share of the title.
But then the reality of the league’s balance sets in, and it might be feasible.
It seems more likely that two teams might tie with a single loss.
Unless …

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