DAILY NEWS TOP 10 FOOTBALL RANKINGS
1. La Mirada (6-1) – Cruising in the Suburban
2. La Habra (4-2) – The Freeway’s best
3. El Rancho (5-1) – We’re believers now
4. California (4-2) – Getting rival La Serna at right time
5. La Serna (4-2) – Can the Lancers regroup?
6. St. Paul (4-2) – Big win over La Salle
7. Cantwell Sacred Heart (5-1) – Outscored last four, 210-6
8. Montebello (1-5) — Undefeated in Almont
9. Pioneer (3-3) – Won the game it had to win
10. Santa Fe (1-5) – When do the real Chiefs stand up?
La Habra has a long league winning streak to protect and coach Frank Mazzotta had to wonder at some point how to protect quarterback Eric Barrere and running back Carlos Martin too.
“Our (offensive line) had zero experience and one of them had never played on the line before,” Mazzotta said. “It’s been one game at a time and they have begun to jell and come together.”
Martin, who had more than 400 yards against Colony, had another big effort with four touchdowns in a 42-35 Freeway League-opening win over previously undefeated Buena Park on Friday.
See story: http://www.sgvtribune.com/sports/20141011/el-monte-high-school-football-team-begins-to-believe-in-itself
GAMES OF THE WEEK
St. Paul 28, La Salle 21, OT
PASADENA — St. Paul High School football coach Rick Zepeda believed this could be a season of resurgence for his football team.
The Swordsmen showed why Friday night.
Jacob Maier accounted for 185 yards and four touchdowns, including throwing the game-winning pass in overtime and St. Paul opened Angelus League play with a 28-21 victory over host La Salle.
St. Paul, which had been outscored, 96-0 the last two weeks, improved to 4-2. La Salle, getting 164 yards passing and two touchdowns from Will Pyburn, slipped to 3-3.
The Lancers, who joined the Angelus League after winning the Del Rey the past two seasons, tied with less than a minute to play when Pyburn lofted a pass in the left corner to Isiah Spencer to knot it at 21.
But Maier, who rushed for a touchdown, came through on third and 22 in overtime, tossing 26 yards to Damian Escobedo for a 28-21 lead.
La Salle, which got 87 yards rushing from A.J. Akobian, drove inside St. Paul’s 5 on its possession, but on fourth and goal from the 3, Pyburn dropped the shotgun snap from center and was sacked at the 5 to end the game.
– Stephen Ramirez
El Rancho 42, La Serna 35
El Rancho, for the first time in five years, defeated reigning CIF-SS Southeast Division champion La Serna, 42-35, in an all-out shootout in a Del Rio League opener at Don Memorial Stadium on Friday night.
The Dons (4-2, 1-0) got a school-record performance from quarterback Andrew Perea and two touchdowns from senior running back Isiah Copado (14 carries, 52 yards) in the second half and held off La Serna down the stretch.
Perea, in his first year as a starter for the Dons, threw for a record 418 yards, completing 27 of 47 passes, and four touchdowns. The previous record was held by Joey Sanchez (387 yards in a win over California) in 2012.
California 20, Santa Fe 10
California High School scored twice in the second quarter and held on to defeat visiting Santa Fe 20-10 in the Del Rio League opener for both teams on Friday night.
California rushed for 238 yards.
HOW THE TOP 10 FARED
1. La Mirada (6-1) def. Glenn, 59-15
2. La Serna (4-2) lost to El Rancho, 42-35
3. La Habra (2-3) def. Buena Park, 42-35
4. California (3-2) def. Santa Fe, 20-10
5. El Rancho (5-1) def. La Serna, 42-35
6. St. Paul (4-2) def. La Salle, 28-21, OT
7. Cantwell SH (5-1) def. Animo South L.A., 70-0
8. Whittier (3-3) lost to Pioneer, 26-21 (Thursday)
9. Santa Fe (1-5) lost to California, 20-10
10. Schurr (1-4) lost to Montebello, 17-14
– John Sherrard
LA MIRADA >> Pioneer High School senior running back Jakob Williams scored on a 15-yard run with 8:31 left in the game and the Titans made it stand up and defeated visiting Whittier, 26-21, in a in a Del Rio League opener Thursday night at La Mirada High.
With Whittier threatening to take the lead with 1:12 remaining in the game, senior defensive back Ricky Sanchez intercepted Cardinals sophomore quarterback Dylan Salcido at the Titans 17-yard line to secure the victory.
Leading the way for Pioneer (3-3) was junior quarterback Phillip Hernandez with a season-high 341 yards passing, He completed 11 passes on 17 attempts and threw two touchdowns.
Pioneer senior Ray Flores led all receivers with four receptions for a season-high 213 yards and a touchdown. Flores had an 85-yard catch for a touchdown and another big reception for 77 yards.
Whittier was led by senior running back Anthony Pina with a game-high 172 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries. Senior fullback Eddie Orta rushed for 105 yards and two TDs on 15 carries.
– John Sherrard
LA HABRA Christie Wan did not have to play high school tennis.
The Whittier Christian High School 15-year-old is among the top-ranked players in the nation for her age group. Heralds coach Nicole Nicolaides had to do a bit of arm-twisting.
“This year it was a a little harder and we had make compromises,” Nicolaides said. “She is upping her training, working on her ranking and doing more tournaments.”
The sophomore said she is more than happy to step away from the tournament trail a few days a week, even tough she began her high school season less than two weeks ago when the season began in early September.
“High school tennis is kind of fun,” she said. “It’s more of a team atmosphere instead of a single person in tournaments. Last year I had a lot of fun competing with the team and I wanted to see how I’d do again this year.”
See story: http://www.whittierdailynews.com/sports/20141008/whittier-christians-christie-wan-loves-olympic-league-break-from-usta-tennis
By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
WHITTIER >> Pioneer High School wasn’t considered one of the favorites to win the Del Rio League before the season, but the Titans look like a good choice now.
Leslie Jimenez and Nataly Reynoso had nine kills each and host Pioneer opened league play with a 25-20, 25-13, 22-25, 26-24 victory over El Rancho on Tuesday.
Annai Jimenez had eight kills for the Titans, who improved to 7-2. Destini Johnson and Crystal Rodriguez had 10 kills each for the Dons, who slipped to 10-6.
Leslie Jimenez: “I thought we were kind of iffy when we started (the season). But not that we have a (league) win under our belt, I feel very confident.”
DAILY NEWS TOP 10 FOOTBALL RANKINGS
1. La Mirada (5-1) – The Matadores had no trouble giving Bellflower its first loss. The next challenge comes in November when they face Norwalk. Suburban League champs? It’s looking that way.
2. La Serna (4-1) – The Lancers are the clear favorite in the Del Rio League, after a nonleague resume that featured wins over Los Osos and Rancho Cucamonga. They get El Rancho, which might be their stiffest competition in league, this week, but all signs point to a cakewalk.
3. La Habra (2-3) – The Highlanders still look like the favorite in the Freeway League. But the defense has to get better, especially this week when they travel to undefeated Buena Park.
4. California (3-2) – The Condors look like the league darkhorse. The win over San Marino showed a lot, and I have the feeling they will show a lot more in the coming weeks.
5. El Rancho (4-1) – How good are the Dons? El Rancho has looked solid in nonleague, but the real test comes Friday vs. La Serna. Are they ready?
6. St. Paul (3-2) – If the Swordsmen, who are riding a two-game losing streak after winning their first three, have any designs for a playoff spot, they have to beat La Salle this week.
7. Cantwell Sacred Heart (4-1) – The Cardinals have taken care of business in recent weeks, routing their last two opponents, 99-0. A South Catholic League title looks to be in their future.
8. Whittier (3-2) – The Cardinals needed overtime to dispose of Schurr last week. They should have an easier time vs. Pioneer this week. But can they contend for a playoff spot. They’ll need to show a little more.
9. Santa Fe (1-4) – The Chiefs are hard to read, mainly because the schedule has been challenging. But we should get a good education this week when they visit Cal.
10. Schurr (1-4) – Schurr struggled in nonleague play. But on paper, should be the favorite in the Almont League.
GAMES OF THE WEEK
LA MIRADA 40, BELLFLOWER 20
BELLFLOWER — Although they are just 5-foot-5 and 5-9, respectively, La Mirada High’s Sei-j Lauago and Niko Carrasco stood above everyone on the football field Friday night.
The running back tandem of Lauago and Carrasco combined for 232 rushing yards and four touchdowns as the Matadores handed Bellflower its first loss of the season in a 40-20 rout at Ron Yary Stadium.
La Mirada’s starting back, Nick Hernandez, went down on the game’s first play of the Suburban League showdown and did not return. But head coach Mike Moschetti plays with a “next man up” mentality that came through with Lauago and Carrasco.
Niko Carrasco: “It feels good, I haven’t been getting a lot of playing time. So when I heard my name called I knew I had to step up.”
– Chris Trevino
WHITTIER 18, SCHURR 12
WHITTIER — Whittier High School looked all but dead late in its nonleague game against Schurr Friday night.
The Cardinals showed they’re a resilient bunch.
Eddie Orta rushed for three touchdown runs, including one at the end of regulation and the third in double-overtime as Whittier rallied for an 18-12 victory over the Spartans at Whittier College.
Anthony Pina rushed for 137 yards for Whittier, which improved to 3-2. Anthony Varela rushed for 102 yards and Adam Polanco accounted for 139 yards and two touchdowns for Schurr, which slipped to 1-4.
– Stephen Ramirez
EL RANCHO 47, KATELLA 14
ANAHEIM >> El Rancho exploded for 34 consecutive second-quarter points en route to a 47-14 victory over Katella on Friday at Glover Stadium in its final nonleague game prior to Del Rio League play.
Quarterback Andrew Perea paced the El Rancho offense, rushing for three touchdowns and also throwing a TD pass. He completed 7 of 12 pass attempts for 191 yards and ran for 86 yards.
– Richard Hernandez
HOW THE TOP 10 FARED
1. La Mirada (5-1) def. Bellflower, 40-20
2. La Serna (4-1), idle
3. La Habra (4-1), idle
4. California (3-2), idle
5. El Rancho (4-1) def. Katella, 47-14
6. St. Paul (3-2), idle
7. Whittier (3-2) def. Schurr, 18-12, 2OT
8. Cantwell Sacred Heart (4-1) def. Bosco Tech, 45-0
9. Schurr (1-3) lost to Whittier, 18-12, 2 OT
10. Santa Fe (1-4), idle
Sonora 63, Whittier Christian 20