This season, our high school football columnist Aram Tolegian and I will go to head-to-head in giving our predictions for all the area games from week to week. Want to play? Just add your projections and keep your tally and see how you match up.
Records (season total, last week): Ramirez (25-16, 6-5); Tolegian (28-13, 8-3).
Last Week: Aram got a little breathing room by picking Pioneer over Sunny Hills and La Mirada, while I had Pioneer and La Serna in those games. We both missed on La Habra’s near-win against Orange Lutheran and El Rancho surprising Montebello.
This week: The big game on the docket is La Habra hosting St. John Bosco on Thursday. It’s the final encounter of the Highlanders’ Trinity League trilogy. They made good account of themselves against OLu and Servite, and I banking they can get over the hump, especially returning to the friendly confines. Friday has some good matchups, with Charter Oak traveling to the area to face Santa Fe, and St. Paul hosting Ayala. I still don’t have a solid read on Santa Fe, but on the surface it doesn’t appear like they have what it takes to tackle Charter Oak, which might have one of its better teams in recent memory. Over at St. Paul, how can you not take the Swordsmen, who have looked solid the first three weeks.
Aram will provide his picks later.
This week’s games:
St. John Bosco at La Habra, 7 p.m. – Ramirez (La Habra); Tolegian (SJB)
Charter Oak vs. Santa Fe at Pioneer HS, 7 p.m. – Ramirez (Ch.Oak); Tolegian (Charter Oak)
Ayala at St. Paul, 7:30 p.m. – Ramirez (SPaul); Tolegian (San Pablo)
Cantwell-Sacred Heart at St. Bernard, 7 p.m. (St. Bernard); Tolegian (St. Bernard)
Bellflower at La Mirada, 7 p.m. – Ramirez (La Mirada); Tolegian (La Mirada)
Whittier vs. Paramount at California, 7 p.m. – Ramirez (Whittier); Tolegian (Paramount)
California at Schurr, 7 p.m. – Ramirez (CalHi); Tolegian (Cal)
La Serna at Warren, 7 p.m. – Ramirez (La Serna); Tolegian (La Serna)
Whittier Christian at Salesian, 7 p.m. – Ramirez (WC); Tolegian (Salesian)
Pioneer at Huntington Park, 7 p.m. – Ramirez (HB); Tolegian (Pioneer)