WDN Touchdown Table: Your Predictions and ours

This season, I will give my 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.
Record (season total, last week): Ramirez (45-23, 7-3).
Last Week: It was a decent week, getting victories with Chaminade over St. Paul and Santa Fe over El Rancho. I missed on Schurr getting its first win against Bell Gardens; Montebello losing to San Gabriel and Cantwell losing to Bishop Montgomery.
This week: It’s another big week in the Del Rio League, with Santa Fe hosting California for first place. I’m going with the Chiefs in what should be a close game. I also like La Serna to put El Rancho in an 0-2 hole, while St. Paul should rebound against Cathedral.
Here are this week’s predictions:

Thursday, Oct. 20
Pioneer vs. Whittier at California HS, 7 p.m. – Whittier
Friday, Oct. 21
El Rancho vs. La Serna at California HS, 7 p.m. – La Serna
California vs. Santa Fe at Pioneer HS, 7 p.m. – Santa Fe
Cathedral at St. Paul, 7:30 p.m. – St. Paul
Alhambra at Schurr, 7 p.m. – Alhambra
Montebello at Bell Gardens, 7 p.m. – Bell Gardens
Cantwell-Sacred Heart at Mary Star of the Sea, 7 p.m. – Cantwell
La Habra at Fullerton, 7 p.m. – La Habra
Whittier Christian at Maranatha, 7 p.m. – Maranatha
Cerritos at La Mirada, 7 p.m. – La Mirada

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Friday recap: Chaminade leaves St. Paul blue, Santa Fe rocks El Rancho, La Serna and Cal also win

Well, we should have a new No. 1 in the area, after St. Paul dropped a 31-6 setback at Chaminade and La Habra returned to form with a 39-0 win over Sunny Hills. We also Santa Fe strut its stuff in a 39-21 win over El Rancho. And how about Schurr, which may have been 0-5 in nonleague play, but they are 1-0 in the Almont League.
Here’s a brief recap of Friday’s Games:
Chaminade 31, No. 1 St. Paul 6 – The host Eagles turned the Swordsmen as blue as their field, although this one was a bit closer than the score. The Swordsmen had 295 yards, but only got two fields goals on four drives inside the Eagles’ 20. But overall, it was just too much Logan Scott, who threw for 197 yards and three TDs, and running back Terrell Newby, who had 180 yards rushing with one TD.
No. 2 La Habra 39, Sunny Hills 0 — Nothing like a return to Freeway League play to bring the Highlanders back to form. Sean Sparling threw for 175 yards and two TDs to lead La Habra, which should be back atop the area ratings next week.
No. 3 California 17, Pioneer 7 – Gabriel Lozano rushed for 151 yards, including a 70-yard TD run and the Condors set up an early-league showdown against Santa Fe next week with a victory over the Titans, who are now 0-6.
No. 4 La Serna 35, Whittier 6 — OJ Medina rushed for 155 yards and three touchdowns and the Lancers showed they will battle to keep the title they won last season. Whittier lost its third consecutive game after starting 3-0.
Bishop Montgomery 24, No. 5 Cantwell Sacred Heart 21 — Didn’t see this coming, especially after the Cardinals looked efficient in last week’s 45-21 win over Whittier Christian. But Cantwell, tying it with five minutes left, made a nice rally before being done in by Jonathan Kim’s 20-yard field goal with nine seconds left.
Santa Fe 39, El Rancho 21 – So much for how being outscored 151-0 in three games would effect the Chiefs’ psyche. Coach Jack Mahlstede said his team would be ready to rock-n-roll by league, and Santa Fe proved it with an 18-point win. The Chiefs got two interceptions in the fourth quarter, one for a TD by Marcos Gomez to improve to 2-4 and 1-0. They now prepare for Cal, which will be one piece of the Del Rio League elimination tournament.
Schurr 7, Bell Gardens 0 – How ’bout the Spartans? Schurr, ,after struggling in nonleague play are now tied for first in the Almont League. Bradley Powell’s 47-yard jaunt in the first quarter was the only score.
San Gabriel 48, Montebello 17 – Three weeks ago, the Oilers, aftr starting 2-0 and challenging Arroyo before losing on a late TD, looked like Mid-Valley contenders. But they are now 0-4 after being blitzed by the Mats.
La Mirada 55, Glenn 27 — A nice victory for the Mats, who after opening the Suburban League with a loss to Bellflower, need to keep on winning. Andy Gramajo was big tonight, rushing for two TDs.
Whittier Christian 54, L.A. Baptist 0 — The Heralds took care of business Friday. Next up is a trip to Mid-Valley No. 1 Maranatha, which also adds intrigue with Minutemen coach Peter Karavedas being a former Whittier Christian assistant. Ryan Morales led the Heralds with three TDs on Friday.

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St. Paul ready to pass the test against Chaminade

How good is the St. Paul High School football team?
The Swordsmen, who have opened the 2011 season with five consecutive victories, are about to find out.
St. Paul, ranked No. 1 in the CIF-Southern Section Western Division, begins Mission League play Friday when it travels to No. 2 Chaminade, which is 4-1 and coming off arguably the biggest victory in its history.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in West Hills.
“This one really counts,” St. Paul coach Marijon Ancich said. “They compete against some of the best teams in Southern California. They are really athletic and fast.
“The only headache is, can we get everyone ready to go?”

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CalHi: The Condors can pass, too

By Steve Ramirez
The book on California is to stop the Condors’ vaunted running game, which has accumulated 1,311 yards and 12 touchdowns in five games.
But the Condors, who open Del Rio League play at Pioneer at 7 p.m. Friday, can also take to the air, which was evident last week when Drew Castro completed 5 of 5 passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-7 victory over Montebello.
“The thing is when guys come up and play run, the play action is there for us,” California coach Jim Arnold said. “Drew was 5 for 5, but two touchdowns – I’ll take that any day.”

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WDN Elite 13: St. Paul leads heading into Mission League play

Here’s this week’s Whittier Daily News Elite 13 football rankings, which as St. Paul at the top for the second consecutive week:
Note: Rankings include rank, last week’s ranking and record.
1. (1) St. Paul (5-0) – How good are the Swordsmen? We get a better barometer this week when they open up Mission League play with a trip to Chaminade in a battle of the top two teams in the CIF-SS Western Division. St. Paul has won its five against teams that are a combined 6-22.
2. (2) La Habra (2-3) – The Highlanders should be well rested after one of their worst efforts in recent years — a 41-6 loss to St. John Bosco. I don’t expect them to lose for a while, especially in Freeway League play, which begins Friday against Sunny Hills.
3. (4) California (4-1) – The Condors, with a defense that has yielded just 56 points in 5 games, might be the frontrunner in the Del Rio League title chase. They get Pioneer this week before facing Santa Fe next week at Pioneer High School in what might be a championship decider.
4. (5) La Serna (4-1) – Don’t sleep on the Lancers, who will definitely be in the mix with running back OJ Medina and linebacker Craig Jones leading the defense.
5. (6) Cantwell (3-2) – The Cardinals had their best offensive production of the season in a 45-21 victory over Whittier Christian last week. They will need it in the coming weeks as they get into the meat of their Del Rey League schedule.
Others: 6. (7) La Mirada (2-4), 7. (8) El Rancho (4-1), 8. (3) Whittier Christian (3-3), 9. (9) Santa Fe (1-4). 10. (10) Montebello (2-3), 11. (11) Whittier (3-2), 12. (12) Pioneer (0-5), 13. (13) Schurr (0-5).

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WDN Touchdown Table: Your predictions and ours

This season, I will give my 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.
Record (season total, last week): Ramirez (38-20, 6-1).
Last Week: I had my best week of the season, with my lone setback going for Whittier, which was hammered by Salesian.
This week: The week is highlighed by the game of the week in the CIF-SS Western Division with No. 1 St. Paul visiting No. 2 Chaminade, plus the opening of Del Rio League play. The Swordsmen are 5-0 for the first time in recent memory, but Chaminade is coming a monster 36-32 victory over rival Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks. I’m going against the local, and picking Chaminade, which will be a home and has a bigger signature win than the Swordsmen. The first week of Del Rio League play features league favorite Santa Fe calling on El Rancho. As good as El Rancho (4-1) has played and as bad as the Chiefs (1-4) have played, it’s hard to pick against Jack Mahlstede’s boys, so I won’t. Chiefs in a close one. I also like La Serna over Whittier and CalHi over Pioneer.
This week’s predictions
St. Paul at Chaminade, 7:30 p.m. – Chaminade
Santa Fe at El Rancho, 7 p.m. – Santa Fe
Whittier vs. La Serna at California, 7 p.m. – La Serna
California at Pioneer, 7 p.m. – California
Bishop Montgomery at Cantwell-Sacred Heart, 7 p.m. – Cantwell
La Habra vs. Sunny Hills at Buena Park, 7 p.m. – La Habra
Los Angeles Baptist vs. Whittier Christian at Whittier College, 7
p.m. – Whittier Christian
Bell Gardens at Schurr, 7 p.m. – Bell Gardens
Montebello at San Gabriel, 7 p.m. – Montebello
La Mirada vs. Glenn at Excelsior Adult School, 7 p.m. – La Mirada

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Friday Recap: Cal dominates Montebello, St. Paul makes it 5 for 5 and Cantwell rocks Whittier Chr.

What have we learned from week 6? That California is very good. The Condors, who started 0-5 start last season, dominated Montebello, which after a once promising start has dropped three consecutive games. Also around the area, St. Paul stayed unbeaten with a 28-6 win over Schurr, and how about Cantwell rolling over Whittier Christian.

Here’s Friday night’s recap:
No. 1 St. Paul 28, Schurr 6 – This sets up No. 1 vs. No. 2 battle in the Western Division next week when the Swordsmen travel to Chaminade, which beat Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks Friday. St. Paul, without its three top running backs, got 135 yards passing and three TDs from QB Paul Telles.
Cantwell 45, No. 3 Whittier Christian 21 – Who woke up the Cardinals? Cantwell finally put a complete game together. All-everything Corey Collins accounted for four TDs, rushing for 137 and three and also throwing a 46-yard score to Adam Aguirre.
No. 4 California 28, Montebello 7 – You can put the Condors in the Del Rio League title-chase talk after they totally dominated Montebello, which was held to 138 yards, 54 of which came on one TD pass. The Oilers were held to 15 yards rushing. Drew Castro threw two TDs and Gabriel Lozano rushed for 100 and a TD.
La Mirada 42, Artesia 0 – No surprise here as the Mats rolled easy to improve to 2-4 and 1-1 in the Suburban League. Kevin Dillman passed for two first-half TDs and ran for a third as La Mirada led 21-0.
El Rancho 35, Fontana 0 – The Dons, getting 160 yards rushing and two first-half TDs from Josh Lopez cruised. They open up league play vs. Santa Fe next week.
Salesian 41, Whittier 6 – Suddenly the Cardinals have a two-game losing streak after being overwhelmed by the Mustangs.
Rancho Alamitos 23, Pioneer 7 – The Titans are still in search of their first win.

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