When California plays visiting Pioneer tonight, the Condors will be without running back Matt Urquiza. Coach Jim Arnold said the standout, two-way senior may have suffered a broken ankle in last week’s victory over El Rancho, and while the doctor’s final evaluation of the injury won’t be made until Today or Friday, Arnold said in any case, Urquiza won’t be playing against Pioneer. “It really hurts us because he’s a standout on both sides of the ball for us.”
Arnold said junior Dudley Gamino, who was impressive with an 84-yard scoring sprint against El Rancho, will replace Urquiza,
Pioneer coach Ramon Juarez said that junior quarterback Steven Del Villar has been practicing on a still-sore ankle but will be ready tonight.
California, Santa Fe and La Serna all won but failed to move up in this week’s CIF-SS Southeast Division football poll.
California (6-0) dumped El Rancho, 45-13, Santa Fe (5-1) got by Whittier, 19-6, and La Serna (6-0) pounded Pioneer, 57-27, to remain in the Nos. 3, 4 and 7 spots.
Actually, nobody moved up, all were winners.
La Habra (4-2) all but destroyed Sonora, 62-0, but also stayed in the same spot, No. 4, in the Southwest Division. Places 1 though 8 remained the same.
St. Paul (3-3) hung with within striking distance of Loyola for three quarters before succumbing to the Cubs’ Anthony Barr and his 191 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-21 loss that dropped the Swordsmen two notches to No. 6 in the Western Division.
In other sports, no locals are ranked in boys/girls cross country and girls tennis.
In girls volleyball, La Serna moved up a spot in Division II-A to No. 9; La Mirada made the biggest jump, three notches, to No. 6 in Division III-A; and Whittier Christian, three weeks as No. 1, had no place to go up so remained in Division IV-AA’s top spot.
In boys’ water polo, only two area teams are recognized, and both held their spots: Montebello No. 1 in Division III, and La Serna No. 2 in Division V.
Friday night’s results:
La Habra 62, Sonora 0
Yes, Fullerton rolled over Buena Park (50-7), but it it still doesn’t
look good for the Indians and the rest of the Freeway League because
the Highlanders are on a roll.
Santa Fe 19, Whittier 6
Turner returns opening kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown, and although
point differential isn’t what many expected, it was a game the Chiefs
were supposed to win.
La Serna 67, Pioneer 27
Lozano, Burke sharp and Lancers continue to impress, but beating up
personnel-depleted Titans doesn’t earn a lot of ranking points.
California 45, El Rancho 13
Aggressive Condors defense wouldn’t let El Rancho’s offense get loose,
even with Aldecoa back to help Galan, and the near future doesn’t appear
bright for the Dons.
Schurr 38, Alhambra 24
Spartans rise to the occasion – again – and add more misery to the
Moors’ already deteriorating hopes for what was expected to be a
championship Almont League season.
Loyola 42, St. Paul 21
One more week to go (Sherman Oaks Notre Dame) for the Swordsmen, and
then they get off this fast track to begin Mission League play, though,
that’s not going to provide much relief.
Bell Gardens 45, Montebello 20
Oilers put their two-game win streak on the line, then couldn’t stop the
Lancers’ ground game (316 yards) nor keep them out of the end
zone (seven possessions, six TDs).
Cathedral 42, Cantwell Sacred Heart 0
The visiting Phantoms worked their magic and the anticipated duel
between super receivers Ray Carroll (Cathedral) and Jeffrey Taylor
(Cantwell) got lost in the shuffle.
Mayfair 28, La Mirada 0
In what not long ago was the Suburban League’s premier matchup, winning
Monsoons weren’t impressive enough to scare anybody, and the Mysterious
Matadores remain a question mark.
Paraclete 38, Whittier Christian 12
First-half miscues + lost opportunities in the second half + Brandon
Buteyn 280 yards and three touchdowns = more obstacles than the
youthful, mistake-prone Heralds could handle.
Last Week’s results: Roger Murray 7-2; Andrew Campa 6-3
Totals to date: Murray 46-16; Campa 42-20
Week 6 picks:
California at El Rancho: Murray (California); Campa (California)
Sonora at La Habra: Murray (La Habra); Campa (La Habra)
Santa Fe at Whittier: Murray (Santa Fe); Campa (Santa Fe)
La Serna at Pioneer: Murray (La Serna); Campa (La Serna)
Mayfair at La Mirada: Murray (Mayfair); Campa (Mayfair)
Bell Gardens at Montebello: Murray (Bell Gardens); Campa (Montebello)
Schurr at Alhambra: Murray (Alhambra); Campa (Schurr)
Loyola at St. Paul: Murray (Loyola); Campa (Loyola)
Cathderal at Cantwell: Murray (Cathedral); Campa (Cathedral)
Paraclete at Whittier Christian: Murray (Paraclete); Campa (Paraclete)
Just for fun:
Murray’s upset pick: Cantwell
Campa’s upset pick: Bell Gardens
Congratulations to Pioneer High School’s water polo team for upsetting Paramount, 6-5 , — at Paramount — Wednesday. Andrew Orozco scored the game’s tying and winning goals in the fourth quarter to put the cap on a standout defensive effort by the Titans. It was their fourth win of the season, and that’s four more than the program had in 2007.
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