Star-News Pick ’em, your predictions and ours: Week 1

The Contest: Once again, Keith Lair and I will go head-to-head picking football games throughout the season.

This week: Week 0 has some interesting matchups, highlighted by La Salle’s step up game at home vs. Cathedral. The Phantoms were 10-3 last season, finishing third in the tough Mission League and advancing to the Western Division semifinals. La Salle had a breakout season last year, but they might be overmatched in this game. Other notable games are Alhambra vs. Arcadia, which pits two new coaching staffs; Ganesha at Keppel, which could surprise people with transfer quarterback Marqus Valenzuela, and Rio Hondo Prep, seeking a three-peat in the Northeast Division, opening up at Brentwood.

This week’s games and predictions
Alhambra vs. Arcadia at Moor Field — Ramirez (Arcadia); Lair (Arcadia)
Blair vs. Hoover at Glendale HS — Ramirez (Hoover); Lair (Hoover)
Cathedral at La Salle — Ramirez (Cathedral); Lair (Cathedral)
Ganesha at Keppel — Ramirez (Keppel); Lair (Keppel)
Maranatha at Bassett — Ramirez (Maranatha); Lair (Maranatha)
Montclair at San Gabriel — Ramirez (Montclair); Lair (Monclair)
Pasadena Poly vs. Marshall at Pasadena HS — Ramirez (Poly); Lair (Poly)
Rio Hondo Prep at Brentwood, 4 p.m. — Ramirez (RHP); Lair (RHP)
Salesian at Muir — Ramirez (Muir); Lair (Muir)
Temple City at Simi Valley — Ramirez (Simi Valley); Lair (Simi Valley)
Cerritos Valley Christian at Duarte — Ramirez (Duarte); Lair (CVC)
Hacienda Heights Wilson at Bosco Tech — Ramirez (Wilson); Lair ()Wilson
Army-Navy vs. Flintridge Prep at Occidental College — Ramirez (FP); Lair (FP)
Gabrielino at Contreras — Ramirez (Gabrielino); Lair (Gabrielino)


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