Friday Gameday Countdown: St. Paul hosts Mater Dei; Cantwell visits Whittier Christian


Week 1 continues with seven games tonight. This week features a few interesting matchups, which includes St. Paul hosting Mater Dei.

SCOREBOARD UPDATES: Click here to get quarter-by-quarter updates


MATER DEI AT ST. PAUL PREVIEW

TONIGHT’S FEATURED GAMES

TONIGHT’S SCHEDULE
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.

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Thursday Gameday: La Mirada travels to La Habra

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).


PREVIEW OF TONIGHT’S GAMES

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Daily News Pigskin Pick’em: Your picks and ours

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

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La Mirada running back Hills shines in opener

By Eric Terrazas Staff Writer

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.

Read more: La Mirada running back Hills shines in opener

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New SGVN blogs to appear this week

For those of you who didn’t already we know, we’ve been planning on switching our blogs to a new publish-type, and that will change come this week. Here’s what Fred posted, with what to expect:

What’s important for you to know: The blogs will be out of service for at least 48 hours when the transition of moving our blogs from Moveable Type to Word Press begins sometime on Wednesday. All the blogs at our eight properties are changing to Word Press including Inside the Huddle and our UCLA and USC blogs with Scott Wolff and Jon Gold. It’s a new blog era and after more than a year of telling us it’s coming, it’s finally here.

Friday Night Football: We may or may not have the new blogs in time for Friday night football, so for now, I would plan on not having them. Even if they’re ready, It’s going to take some time for me to learn all the new functions of what we can and can’t do and Friday is too busy of a day for me to experiment. However, we will update football scores on twitter using the #sgvfootball hashtag. Those in Whittier can follow Eric Terrazas at twitter.com/WhittierPreps. Also, Mike The Cousin will be at Chino Hills vs. Bishop Amat on Friday to do live updates on Scribblelive, which will be available on the Whittier, Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley Tribune prep pages. Friday’s postgame show with Aram, Fred and Steve will also be on our websites instead of the blogs, so visit our websites this week, that’s where we will keep you updated along with on twitter. Again, you can follow me on twitter at WhittierPreps. I’ll keep you updated on everything that’s happening until the blogs arrive.

Archives: You’ll be happy to know we’re not starting a completely new blog in the sense the archives will be switched over to the new blogs. I know a lot of you like to scroll through the blog history, so you’ll be happy to know we saved it.

Commenting: You can still comment anonymously and there are many other ways to comment such as through Facebook, Twitter and other ways. You can also interact with other commenters much easier through WordPress.

About WordPress: I have no idea how the new blog looks or how it’s designed. I’ve looked at other WordPress blogs, but they’re built so differently we’re going to have to wait and see what they give us.

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Friday Night Countdown: La Mirada hosts St. Paul

Twitter Hashtag: #sgvfootball

For quarter updates of tonight’s games, click the scoreboard page

The 2012 high school football season kicks off tonight. St. Paul travels to La Mirada in what figures to be an impressive opener. There are six games tonight with a seventh scheduled for Saturday.


ST. PAUL-LA MIRADA GAME PREVIEW

Tonight’s schedule
St. Paul at La Mirada, 7 p.m.
El Dorado at La Habra, 7 p.m.
Roosevelt at Montebello, 7 p.m.
La Serna vs. Rancho Christian at Fallbrook, 7 p.m.
El Rancho vs. Marina at Westminster, 7 p.m.
Whittier Christian at Mammoth, 7 p.m.

Saturday’s game
Godinez vs. Santa Fe at Pioneer, 7 p.m.

SCRIBBLELIVE: Join Mike the Cousin for tonight’s Bishop Amat-Servite game from Kiefer. Mike will launch at 6:45 p.m. and will have plenty of updates from other area games.

SERVITE VS. BISHOP AMAT

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