La Mirada leapfrogs La Serna for No. 2; La Habra stays No. 1.(Correspondent photo by Chris Burt/Sports)
WHITTIER DAILY NEWS FOOTBALL RANKINGS
1. La Habra (4-1)
Also No. 1 in the Southwest Division 2. La Mirada (2-3)
Should cruise in Suburban 3. La Serna (3-2)
Favorite in Del Rio 4. Sonora (4-0)
Raiders 8-0 to begin the past two seasons 5. Pioneer (5-0)
Titans 5-0 for the first time since 2002 6. Montebello (4-1)
Wake-up call at Paraclete 7. St. Paul (3-2)
No match for JSerra 8. California (1-3)
Tough one vs. San Dimas this week 9. Whittier (2-2)
Can Cards challenge in league? 10. El Rancho (0-4)
Deceiving record vs. tough schedule
Next: Vs. Katella, Friday, 7 p.m. OTHERS: 11. Whittier Christian (3-2), 12. Schurr (1-3), 13. Santa Fe (1-4), 14. Cantwell-Sacred Heart (0-4).
Mayfield remains No. 1 in this week’s Top 25 volleyball poll after defeating St. Lucy’s in five games. South Pasadena made the biggest jump, five positions. Los Altos and Walnut entered the Top 25 for the first time this season.
1. Mayfield (12-1) Defeated St. Lucy’s in five games (1)
2. Whittier Christian (16-2) Swept La Serna, Brea (3)
3. San Gabriel (8-0) League play begins Thursday (4)
4. Flintridge Sacred Heart (6-4) Took highly rated Mira Costa tp five games (5)
5. La Serna (7-1) Good showing in Whittier tournament (2)
6. Glendora (6-3) Plays at Alta Loma on Tuesday (10)
7. South Pasadena (7-1) Big sweep of La Salle (12)
8. St. Lucy’s (6-7) Opens league vs. Rancho Cucamonga Thursday (7)
9. St. Paul (14-3) Plays St. Anthony in league opener Tuesday (8)
10. Duarte (14-4) Showdown vs. Gladstone on Thursday (11)
11. Gabrielino (11-4) 3-0 start in Mission Valley League play (14)
12. Gladstone (11-5) Time to step it into a top role (15)
13. La Salle (7-10) Opens league with two road matches (9)
14. Arcadia (3-3) Swept through Burbank (16)
15. Bonita (11-5) Lost to Los Altos (6)
16. Diamond Ranch (10-3) Two 3-0 wins last week (17)
17. San Marino (15-3-2) Big showings in back-to-back tournaments (21)
18. Westridge (5-2) Will host Mayfield on Tuesday (18)
19. California (5-2) Waiting for a big matchup(19)
20. Maranatha (10-4) Showdown vs. Village Wednesday (20)
21. West Covina (8-6) Three-game sweep of San Dimas (25)
22. Monrovia (6-5) lost to Glendora and Maranatha (13)
23. Los Altos (8-10) Defeated Bonita in five games (unranked)
24. Walnut (10-6) Defeated Diamond Bar in four (unranked)
25. La Mirada (4-5) Lost last two best-of-five matches at 3-0 (22)
La Mirada running back Sei-j Lauago runs for a first down against Norwalk Friday September 25, 2015 at La Mirada, in the Suburban league opener. La Mirada led Norwalk 31-0 at halftime. (Correspondent photo by Chris Burt/Sports)
LA MIRADA >> There were those who wondered what the effects of a brutal nonleague schedule would be on the La Mirada High School football team,
The answers came early and often Friday.
Tristan Meyer threw for 175 yards and two touchdowns and Sei-J Lauago and Chad Wilson each returned kickoffs for scores to lead the host Matadores to a 52-7 victory over Norwalk in the teams’ Suburban League opener.
Mario Hernandez rushed for 76 yards and a touchdown for La Mirada, which improved 2-3. The Matadores also got a 65-yard touchdown run from Anthony Melendez and outgained the Lancers, 422-97.
Chris Walker rushed for 81 yards for Norwalk, which slipped to 1-4. La Mirada coach Mike Moschetti: “I was really disappointed last weekend against San Clemente. We just didn’t finish the game (in a 42-26 loss). This is a big rivalry, La Mirada and Norwalk, I thought we came out and played really physical. There is still a lot of things we have to fix, but the kids are working hard and this was a good win.” La Mirada’s Tristan Meyer: “We worked hard all week and we executed (Friday). We played hard and executed all around.” — Stephen Ramirez WEST COVINA 47, SANTA FE 21
WHITTIER >> In a game that featured many big plays and droves of possessions, West Covina was able to get more done with its chances, and the Bulldogs beat Santa Fe 47-21 in a nonleague game Friday night at Pioneer High.
West Covina (2-3) got important contributions from many players, including senior quarterback Aaron McCorkle, who threw for 159 yards and two touchdowns on 6-for-15 passing.
The Bulldogs were paced on the ground by senior Mike Gomez and junior Kevin Thomas. Gomez rushed 16 times for 70 yards and three TDs. Thomas carried the ball seven times for 75 yards and a score.
West Covina got on the board 15 seconds into the game. The Chiefs (1-4) took the opening kickoff, but fumbled on their first play from scrimmage, and on their first play, the Bulldogs scored on a 9-yard run by Gomez.
Santa Fe battled back to make it 7-7 soon after when junior quarterback Christopher Ramsey connected on a 13-yard scoring toss to sophomore Thomas Gomez.
But the Bulldogs took control after that, recording the next four touchdowns to grab a 34-7 lead midway through the second period. — Mark Carpenter ROUNDUP: Rancho Cucamonga 59, La Serna 21
La Serna High School kept pace with Rancho Cucamonga, the No. 6 team in the CIF Southern Section West Valley Division for a quarter, but gave up 38 unanswered points in a 59-21 nonleague loss Friday night at Los Osos High School.
Rancho Cucamonga running back Aaron Manning scored four touchdowns and had 228 yards from scrimmage on just 13 touches. The senior scored the first two times he touched the ball, including an 83-yard kickoff return in the first quarter.
The No. 4 team in the CIF-SS Southeast Division, La Serna (3-2) gave up six consecutive completions on Rancho Cucamonga quarterback Angel Matute’s first six attempts of the game, the last of which was a 63-yard touchdown to Colin Wong for a 35-14 lead late in the second quarter.
The lone blemish on the Rancho Cucamonga (4-1) record entering Friday required Norco to score the final 15 points of its 29-26 defeat of the Cougars on Sept. 5. Rancho Cucamonga collected comfortable victories over Trabuco Hills and Don Lugo before needing a touchdown with 11 seconds left last week to prevail over Murrieta Valley, 34-28.
HOW THE TOP TEN FARED
1. La Habra (4-1) def. Colony, 49-6 (Thursday)
2. La Serna (3-2) lost to Rancho Cucamonga, 59-21
3. La Mirada (2-3) def. Norwalk, 52-7
4. Sonora (4-0), idle
5. Montebello (4-1) lost to Paraclete, 58-21
6. St. Paul (3-2) lost to JSerra, 42-7
7. Pioneer (5-0) def. Cantwell-Sacred Heart, 47-7
8. El Rancho (0-4) lost to Diamond Ranch, 47-14
9. California (1-3), idle
10. Whittier (2-2), idle OTHER SCORES
West Covina 49, Santa Fe 21
Whittier Chrisitan 29, Duarte 26
WHITTIER >> Dick Torres Memorial Stadium isn’t the only thing that’s new and improved at Pioneer High School.
The Titans’ football team also fits the bill, and Pioneer continued with its turnaround Thursday.
Senior quarterback Phillip Hernandez threw for 268 yards and four touchdowns and the Titans improved to 5-0 with a 47-7 victory over Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary in a nonleague game at Dick Torres Memorial Stadium.
Pioneer, which was 1-9 last season, two by forfeit, is 5-0 for the first time since 2002 when the Titans were 9-3 and finished third in the Del Rio League.
Will Haucly rushed for 153 yards and Nick Griffin had 60 and a touchdown for Cantwell, which slipped to 0-4.
Pioneer, which is averaging nearly 45 points a game, led 27-7 at halftime.
The Titans followed a slow start with a second-quarter blitz to take control.
Hernandez, who was averaging nearly 200 yards passing a game during the first four victories, made it 7-0 with a 34-yard pass to David Dorado with 20 seconds left in the first quarter.
The Titans then made it 20-0 halfway through the second quarter. Michael Chavez had a 5-yard run for a 13-0 lead early in the second before Hernandez pushed the advantage to 13 points with a 20-yard toss to Rodrigo Yanez with 7:02 left in the half.
Hernandez had 144 yards and three touchdowns in the first half. Pioneer’s Phillip Hernandez: “We just worked our buts off. We’re home now. We’re playing for our alumni too. There are guys from a few years ago who put the work in this program and this is the reward.” — Stephen Ramirez LA HABRA 49, COLONY 6
It’s starting to look like Colony and football coach Steve Randall bit off a little more than they could chew.
The veteran coach and his team were coming off a CIF Central Division championship and he wanted to make sure his team was prepared for Mt. Baldy League play. He set up a challenging schedule, maybe a little too challenging.
The Titans were overwhelmed for the third straight week, this time falling to visiting La Habra 49-6 Thursday night in their first home game of the season.
The Titans (1-3) opened the season with a win over West Covina, then it has been lopsided losses to juggernauts Alemany and Bishop Amat. La Habra showed it probably belongs in that discussion, too.
The Highlanders (4-1), ranked No. 1 in the Southwest Division, led 35-6 at the half and never looked back. The numbers told the story as Colony managed just 57 yards in total offense while La Habra (4-1) tallied 234 in the first half. It could have been uglier had La Habra not lost two fumbles. — Michelle Gardner
If you have any scores or stats from any local high school sporting events call them into the desk at 626-544-0992 or 0991 or scores@SGVN
Girls volleyball Mira Costa 3, Flintridge Sacred Heart 2 — Kayla Lund had 27 kills and 16 digs, Ali McCollum had 11 kills, Katherine Lund had 16 digs and Clare Lund had 15 digs and 33 assists for the Tologs (6-4) in a nonleague loss.
Boys water polo California 20, West Covina 8 — Damon Ruiz had six goals, Kyle Brophy had three goals and four assists and AJ DiAngelo had three steals to lead the Condors (8-3) to the nonleague win.