La Mirada coach Mike Moschetti said last year is ancient history, and his Mats proved it with an impressive win over Tesoro. Elsewhere, La Habra and Montebello had some big-time losses.
Here’s what the area did:
DIAMOND BAR 48, MONTEBELLO 14
MONTEBELLO >> The first week of the football season is usually not the time for a statement game.
But what Diamond Bar High School did on Friday night likely opened a few eyes throughout the Valley.
Tyler Peterson passed for 162 yards and accounted for four touchdowns to lead Diamond Bar to a 48-14 victory over host Montebello.
Isaiah Thompson rushed for 72 yards and score and Antonio “Noodles” Hull returned a punt 62 yards for another to lead the Brahmas, who gained 422 yards.
Angel Hernandez threw for 102 yards and two touchdowns to lead Montebello.
TOP FIVE HOW THEY FARED
Ralston Valley (Colo.) 47, No. 1 La Serna 24 (Thursday) — The post-Frankie Football era was lukewarm, with QB Enrique Pacheco looking decent, but the defense, especially against the run needs to improve
El Toro 51, No. 2 La Habra 35 —The Highlanders have handled the Chargers in recent years. But not tonight.
No. 3 La Mirada 26, Tesoro 23 — An impressive win for the Mats, who got 281 yards passing from Santa Fe transfer Christian Lara. Last year’s struggles are a distant memory
No. 4 El Rancho 46, Claremont 24 — An impressive win by the Dons. Should they be the Del Rio League favorite?
No. 5 California 28, Gahr 26 — A good win for the Condors.
Bonita 37, Schurr 20
St. Paul 62, Firebaugh 0
St. Joseph/Santa Maria 42, Santa Fe 20
Sonora 41, Whittier 15
Whittier Chr. 33, Bishop 15