Week 10 area football picks:

Last week: RMurray 8-2; ACampa 8-2
Records to date: RMurray 71-24-1; ACampa 64-31-1

Thursday’s games:
El Rancho vs. Whittier: RMurray (El Rancho); ACampa (Whittier)
Santa Fe vs. Pioneer: RMurray (Santa Fe); ACampa (Santa Fe)

Friday’s games:
La Habra vs. Fullerton: RMurray (La Habra); ACampa (La Habra)
La Serna vs. California: RMurray (California): ACampa (California)
Village Christian vs. Whittier Christian: RMurray (WhChristian); ACampa (WhChristian)
Verbum Dei vs. Cantwell: RMurray (Verbum Dei); ACampa (Cantwell)
Artesia vs. La Mirada: RMurray (La Mirada); ACampa (La Mirada)
Montebello vs. San Gabriel: RMurray (San Gabriel); ACampa (San Gabriel)
Bell Gardens vs. Schurr: RMurray (Schurr); ACampa (Schurr)
Alemany vs. St. Paul: RMurray (Alemany); ACampa (Alemany

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It’s scary, but how about this senario …. ?

Last week of the regular football season.
How’s for a possible scenario?

California (5-0) defeats La Serna (2-3);
Pioneer (2-3) defeats Santa Fe (2-3) ;
Whittier (2-3) defeats El Rancho (2-3).

La Serna defeated Santa Fe, Whittier; lost to Cal, Pioneer, El Rancho.
Pioneer defeated La Serna, Santa Fe; lost to California, El Rancho, Whittier.
Santa Fe defeated Whittier, El Rancho; lost California, Pioneer, La Serna.
Whittier defeated El Rancho, Pioneer; lost to California, La Serna, Santa Fe.
El Rancho defeated Pioneer, La Serna; lost to California, Whittier, Santa Fe.

California defeated everyone.

You figure it out.
Is it a double coin flip to determine the league’s second and third place entries for the playoffs.?

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California clinches DRL title

Terris Jones’ sparkling 66-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage propelled California to a 28-0 victory over host Santa Fe Friday night, clinching the Del Rio League championship for the Condors.
California, 6-2-1 overall and 4-0 in league, sits alone atop the DRL. Santa Fe slips to 6-3 and 2-2 and in a three-way tie for second with La Serna 3-6 and 2-2 and El Rancho 5-4 and 2-2.
Whittier defeated Pioneer and is locked with the Titans, each with 1-3 records. Whittier is 4-5 over all, Pioneer 3-6.
Jones finished with 199 yards and three touchdowns in coach Jim Arnold’s ground-oriented game plan. Quarterback Adam Contreras passed only once, a 7-yard completion to Christian Hernandez.
California’s defense was stifling, holding the Chiefs to a net 24 yards on 22 carries. Santa Fe quarterback Justin Rincon racked up 209 yards passing but completed only 13 of 31 passes and faced constant pressure from the Condors.

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Friday a.m., and the beat goes on … and on … and …

Del Rio League football teams have provided a ball bag full of surprises this season, to wit …

DRL preseason favorite Santa Fe sends the rest of the league a message by upsetting Division 1 (Pac-5) member San Clemente, 34-20;

La Serna loses to Downey, 17-10 in season opener, gets a victory when Downey has to forfeit for using an ineligible player, and then loses four in a row to go into league play with an 0-5 record on the field. Apparently they didn’t get the memo about Santa Fe, and they promptly upset the Chiefs, 28-23;

El Rancho opens the season with two wins, drops a tough one to Bell Gardens, and then begins a string of win big (Montebello), lose big (St. Francis), win big (Pioneer), lose big (California).

Meantime, Pioneer 2-4 after that one-sided, 43-7 loss to El Rancho, hangs on for a 17-17 halftime tie with La Serna, then rallies in the second half to stun the Lancers, 34-17.

And last night, El Rancho, without standout RB Art Franco to lean on, gives up two touchdowns in the final minutes of the first half to trail La Serna, 20-10, then roars back to shock the Lancers, 27-23, and turn upside down the race for the DRL’s three automatic postseason playoff berths.

Tonight’s games: League leader California (another surprise) vs. Santa Fe; Pioneer vs. Whittier.

If California (5-2-1, 3-0) defeats Santa Fe (6-2, 2-1) , the Condors clinch the DRL title and the Chiefs remain in second place.
If Pioneer (3-5, 1-2) defeats Whittier (3-5, 0-3), Pioneer improves to 2-2 and the league will have a four-way for second place going into the final week of the regular season.

If Santa Fe defeats California, the Chiefs gain a share of the DRL lead. And if Pioneer defeats Whittier, there is a three-way tie for second.

The final week’s schedule:
California vs. La Serna; Santa Fe vs. Pioneer; El Rancho vs. Whittier.

And the beat goes on … and on … and …

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