Thursday, September 8th
Hoover (0-0) at Glendale (0-0)
Glendale leads series since 2001 7-3
Last Meeting: Glendale 54-19
A double dose of this series in 2011 as both clubs bookend its annual rivalry on Thursday evening.
It’s the debut of Hoover head coach Andrew Policky, taking over a team that loses A.J. Pule at quarterback to graduation. Still at running back is Luke Tabayoyong who rushed for 502 yards last season. New projected quarterback Alexander Rangel will have a solid target in Jesse Pina.
During the summer, Evan Norton was showing signs that the Nitros may have a good offensive weapon. Alex Yoon returns on defense to help stop opposing teams. Matt De France will be a player to watch on both the offense and defense.
Friday, September 9th
Bonita (1-0) at Claremont (1-0)
Series tied 2-2 since 2001
Last Meeting: Bonita 42-20
The Wolfpack came out on top over a good Kennedy team in its opener. Gabe Schaper threw for 196 yards and three touchdowns. Two capable receivers in Dylan Kegans and Kylvens Delauney each had big games in the win. Delauney played both sides of ball.
The young Bearcats played incredibly against San Dimas to retain the “Smudgepot” for the second straight season. Cam Griffin led the team in rushing on the night which is on pace to have over 1,700 yards for the season on the ground. Garrett Horine led the team with 12 tackles.
Norwalk (0-1) vs Cypress (0-1) (Excelsior Adult School)
Cypress leads series since 2010 1-0
Last Meeting: Cypress 28-6
The Centurions dropped its opener to Garces from Bakersfield. Joseph Anderson threw for 202 yards and two touchdowns. Vincent Rivera ran for a touchdown while amassing 121 yards. Jake Brito registered a 54 yard reception for a touchdown in the loss.
The Lancers were out of the game early in the first half against Los Alamitos last week. Bobby Favela scored twice for Norwalk, while Bryan Sullivan led the team with 67 yards rushing. Bocoyle Roger finished the night with 65 yards on the ground.
Diamond Ranch (0-1) at Damien (0-0)
Damien leads series 1-0 since 2010
Last Meeting: Damien 29-6
Enrique Zaldivar had a good first season for the Spartans throwing for 1,061 yards and 11 touchdowns. Jalen Castille led the team in rushing with 536 yards in 2010.
Expect Andrew Fisher to be the go-to back for the Panthers. Isaiah Locke gets his second start at quarterback, so the butterflies should be gone. Locke does have a good receiver in Chris Miller. Diamond Ranch needs to cut down on turnovers if they expect to win.
La Habra (1-0) at La Mirada (0-1)
La Habra leads series since 2010 2-0
Last Meeting: La Habra 23-17
La Habra easily dismantled El Dorado in its opener with Colt Wolterman going nine of 11 for 102 touchdowns. Justin Caines is exciting on special teams as evident by his 79 yard kick-off return before the half. Brett Bartolone closed the night out with 136 total yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns.
The Matadores will need to shore up its run defense after being knocked off the ball against St. Paul. Andy Gramajo and Johnny Hills handle most of the carries for La Mirada’s offense. Gerry Myres did find Dallas Shipp in the end zone in the loss to the Swordsmen.
La Habra 49-14
Los Alamitos (1-0) vs Mayfair (1-0) (Bellflower HS)
Los Alamitos leads series 3-0
Last Meeting: Los Alamitos 34-19
The Griffins ran all over Norwalk in its opener and scored a comfortable victory. Cody Paul will be the main focus for the Monsoon defense as he ran for 137 yards and three touchdowns. Dylan Lagarde threw for 180 yards in the win.
Jerry Smith helped lead Mayfair to a win on Friday night as he rushed for scores of 15, 49 and 79 yards to go along with a 99 yard kick-off return. Christian Woo is starting at quarterback and will have Keenan Wright to throw to. Woo and Wright connected for a touchdown against Downey.
Los Alamitos 28-21
St. Francis (0-0) at Arcadia (0-0)
St. Francis leads series since 2001 8-2
Last Meeting: 2010 St. Francis 42-27
Get used to seeing Jared Lebowitz to Travis Talianko in print as the Golden Knights have two incredibly talented individuals that can flat out play. Lebowitz is a quarterback transfer from Vermont where he threw for 30 touchdowns. Talianko can cause defensive backs fits with his size and ability to get separation.
Can this be the year? Apache Nation believes so as the summer showed how talented it is with good showings at Passing League tournaments. Myles Carr and Taylor Legace will cause problems for any opposing team. Sheldon McKinley and Rodney Arnett add some much needed run support.
Saugus (1-0) at Muir (1-0)
Saugus leads series since 2010 1-0
Last Meeting: 2010 Saugus 28-14
Jared Carbejal ran for 178 yards in the win over Burroughs. The Centurions took advantage of a late turnover caused by Scott Hamilton and recovered by Denley Rodriguez to help solidify the win.
Muir completely dominated San Gabriel in its win on Friday night. Tairen Owens and Kevon Seymour each accounted for two touchdowns and Darrick Holmes pitched in for two more. Joshua Muema-Washington can go vertical with his rocket arm and will keep defenses honest.
West Covina (1-0) vs Loyola (1-0) (Los Angeles Valley College)
Keep your eyes on Wyatt Bradford. He rushed for 145 yards with two touchdowns (one rushing and one receiving) in the Cubs opening win over Mira Costa. Nicolas Cotton threw for two touchdowns on a limited amount of attempts through the air.
The Bulldogs are beaten up just a tad after a very physical Saturday night win over Covina. Chris Solomon saw limited time rushing the ball as Aaron Salgado and Jimmy Frazier were called on to do some heavy ball control. Chris Caballero can be something special with the way he was able to find the open receiver on many occasions. Many teams wish they had a tight-end like Bradley Ojala.
West Covina 35-14
Wilson at Diamond Bar
Diamond Bar leads series since 2010 1-0
Last Meeting: 2010 Diamond Bar 48-27
It’s an early “must-win” for each team if playoffs are the end goal. Both coaches are seeking their first win.
J.R. Nelson ran for three touchdowns and ate up 183 yards from scrimmage in the loss to Bosco Tech. Josh Morales went 12 of 26 for 224 yards with George Czarnack being his favorite receiver on the night.
Slow start hurt the Brahmas as they fell behind early to Ayala and never recovered. Henry Omana was 15 for 30 for 201 yards and two touchdowns. George Katrib caught a touchdown pass in the game.
Diamond Bar 49-28
Bellflower at Los Altos – Los Altos 35-10
Burbank vs West Ranch (Valencia HS) – West Ranch 24-20
Burroughs at Canyon – Canyon 35-28
Cerritos vs Morningside (Coleman Stadium) – Morningside 42-7
Glenn at Pioneer – Pioneer 28-14
La Serna vs Downey (Whittier College) – La Serna 21-10
Northview at El Rancho – Northview 17-14
Rowland at California – Rowland 35-21
Santa Fe at Warren – Santa Fe 35-14
Santa Paula vs Crescenta Valley (Glendale HS) – Santa Paula 28-14
Walnut vs Troy (Fullerton College) – Walnut 35-14
Whittier at Artesia – Whittier 15-7