Artesia vs. Whittier at California HS, 7 p.m.
California at Montebello, 7 p.m.
Cantwell Sacred Heart vs. Whittier Christian at Whittier College, 7 p.m.
Diamond Ranch at El Rancho, 7 p.m.
La Serna at Downey, 7 p.m.
Mater Dei at St. Paul, 7:30 p.m.
Santa Fe vs. Esperanza at Yorba Linda HS, 7 p.m.
La Mirada 45, La Habra 27 — The Matadores deliver their second impressive victory in a row. Pioneer 35, Glenn 28 — The Titans get the win in Chuck Willig’s debut as Pioneer head coach. Buena Park 35, Schurr 0 — Not the start the Spartans wanted.
Week 1 of the high school football season kicks off tonight with three nonleague games, highlighted by La Mirada at La Habra. The visiting Matadores (1-0) are ranked No. 1 in the latest CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division while the Highlanders (1-0) is rated fifth in the Southwest Division.
Pioneer and Schurr both open their respective seasons tonight. Pioneer has a road date against Glenn (0-1) while the Spartans travel to Buena Park (1-0).
I will be making my picks in the Daily News Pigskin Pick’em throughout the season. I had a good week, posting a 6-1 record in week 0 action. The only game I missed was La Mirada’s victory over St. Paul.
We have a full schedule this week with three games set for Thursday. The big Thursday game is La Mirada (1-0) at La Habra (1-0). Friday’s slate of games is headlined by St. Paul’s home opener against Mater Dei.
Here are my picks for week 1:
Last week’s record: 6-1 Season record: 6-1
Thursday, Aug. 30 Nonleague
La Mirada at La Habra, 7 p.m. — La Mirada
Pioneer vs. Glenn, 7 p.m. — Pioneer
Schurr at Buena Park, 7 p.m. — Buena Park Friday, Aug. 31 Nonleague
Artesia vs. Whittier, 7 p.m. — Whittier
California at Montebello, 7 p.m. — California
Cantwell Sacred Heart vs. Whittier Christian, 7 p.m. — Whittier Christian
Diamond Ranch at El Rancho, 7 p.m. — Diamond Ranch
La Serna at Downey, 7 p.m. — La Serna
Mater Dei at St. Paul, 7:30 p.m.– Mater Dei
Santa Fe vs. Esperanza, 7 p.m. — Esperanza
LA MIRADA – La Mirada High School running back Johnny Hills started his senior season on an impressive note Friday.
Hills, who also plays defensive back, ran for 208 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries in the Matadores’ 55-28 Week 0 victory over St. Paul. He also played a key role in the passing game, catching two passes for 61 yards and a TD.
All three of Hills’ touchdowns came on big plays. He scored on runs of 80 and 72 yards and also caught a 58-yard scoring pass from Matadores quarterback Gerry Myres.
“It was good,” Hills said of his opening-night performance. “I told my offensive line before the game that if you have a good game, I will have a good game. Throughout the game, they led me to the end zone a few times.
“It was a good win against St. Paul. Hopefully, we can stay on track.”
Hills excelled last year as a junior, rushing for 1,003 yards and 11 touchdowns. He hopes for an even better senior season.