Friday is the opening day of the 2012 high school football season. Each week, I will make my picks for each game. We have seven games this week. Here are my picks for this week:
Friday, Aug. 24
St. Paul at La Mirada, 7 p.m. — St. Paul
El Dorado at at La Habra, 7 p.m. — La Habra
Roosevelt at Montebello, 7 p.m. — Montebello
La Serna vs. Rancho Christian, 7 p.m. — La Serna
El Rancho vs. Marina, 7 p.m. –El Rancho
Whittier Christian at Mammoth, 7 p.m. — Whittier Christian
Saturday, Aug. 25
Godinez vs. Santa Fe, 7 p.m. — Santa Fe
If you have a home subscription to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News or Whittier Daily News, you’ll find the 111-page PrepXtra Football Preview Magazine in your newspaper Thursday morning. The Magazine is also available with a copy of your paper at newsracks and will be sold at our home offices at the Tribune, Star-News and Whittier Daily News, so don’t miss it.
PREPXTRA PREVIEW DAILY NEWS TEAM STORIES AVAILABLE HERE, ALONG WITH PRE-SEASON ALL-AREA TEAM
By Eric Terrazas, Staff Writer
SANTA FE SPRINGS – St. Paul High School senior quarterback Paul Telles has come a long way since winning the starting job as a sophomore.
Telles is now hoping to finish his prep career on a high note. St.Paul opens its season at 7 p.m. on Friday at La Mirada.
“The first game is crucial for our season,” Telles said. “If we come out victorious, I believe we can beat anyone. We’re looking really good right now and I think we can beat anybody.
“(Monday’s) practice went very good. Every day is a crucial step for our preparation – for us to get better individually and as a team. With each day we look to get better and hopefully by Friday, we’ll be in perfect form.”
Telles believes his leadership skills have grown in his three seasons as St.Paul’s starting quarterback.
“Going into my senior year, I believe I developed into a leader that my team can depend on during crucial game situations,” Telles said. “I have built friendships on this team, especially with the linemen. And I owe my gratitude to them. They have done the dirty work for me to be successful. I’ve grown not only as a player but as a person.”
St. Paul head coach Elijah Asante said of Telles: “He brings maturity and veteran leadership. He’s like a compass – he never loses direction. He’s always calm. He is our leader.”
Read more: St. Paul quarterback Telles looking to help Swordsmen get off to a good start
My name is Eric Terrazas, and I am the new Daily News prep sports editor. I am replacing Steve Ramirez, who is now the Star-News prep sports editor. Before becoming the Daily News prep editor, I worked as the weeklies sports editor.
The Whittier area is a place I know very well. I grew up and went to school in Whittier. While serving as the weeklies sports editor, I also frequently helped out with the Daily News prep sports coverage.
If you have any questions or want to touch base with me, you can call me at 562-698-0955, ext. 3060, or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow me on Twitter at twitter@WhittierPreps. I look forward to hearing from you.