Burbank (1-2, 0-0) at Glendale (1-2, 0-0)
Last Year: Burbank 56-8
Bulldogs had a week off to get its offense on track after averaging 12 points per game. The Nitros could be 2-1 if not for a close loss to La Canada.
Burbank will have to rely on senior leadership with Quortney Brazier needing more carries. A set quarterback might also help the offense.
Evan Horton is the starting quarterback for Glendale which has yet to score a touchdown through the air. Michael Davis is Horton’s favorite receiver early on.
Bonita (2-2, 0-0) vs Diamond Ranch (1-3, 0-0) (Ganesha)
Last Year: Bonita 38-10
Different feel to the game this year as it returns to Ganesha after a two year break. Main difference is that the Bearcats are very defensive this season and will rely on it against tough running attack that will be featured by the Panthers.
Garrett Horine is legit when it comes to both sides of the ball. On offense he plays smart and gets the extra yards after catch. Defensively, many teams try to stay clear of throwing to him. Bonita also can run the ball effectively this season.
Andrew Fischer was rested last week, which allowed Nick Gibson to star in Diamond Ranch’s win over Chaffey. Depending on the game time decision the quarterback will be Isaiah Locke Ramirez or Xavier Beltran.
Diamond Ranch 28-21
West Covina (3-1, 0-0) at Diamond Bar (2-2, 0-0)
Last Year: West Covina 58-20
Believe there are too many weapons on offense for the Bulldogs not to repeat its win over the Brahmas. The fact that Chris Solmon returns to the lineup and Jimmy Frazier had his coming out party the last two weeks makes them even more dangerous.
Diamond Bar will need to be nearly flawless against the Bulldog defense which can make adjustments on the fly to stop a passing game. Henry Omana has finally settled into a rhythm throwing for nine touchdowns. George Katrib has been on the end of six of those touchdown passes.
West Covina 49-21
Los Altos (4-0, 0-0) at Walnut (0-4, 0-0)
Last Year: Walnut 35-14
Raise your hands if you thought heading into this game that the Conquerors would be undefeated and the Mustangs winless.
Walnut really needs to find away to get a win or it will be one long season for Coach Mike O’Sheilds. Devin Brown shines rushing for 279 yards. Offense has only averaged 12 points per game.
Dale Ziola has Los Altos fans believing this is might turn out to be a real season. The Conquerors defeated Ayala who beat Diamond Bar this season. Shane Virnala has yet to throw an interception and has accounted for eight touchdowns overall.
Los Altos 21-14
Arcadia (2-1, 0-0) at Muir (2-1, 0-0)
Last Year: Arcadia 34-13
For those who enjoy high scoring games, this is the game to circle. The Apaches will put Kevon Seymour to the test with his defensive abilities as Taylor Legace, Robby Haines and Alex McElwee will be in full attack mode against the Muir Secondary.
The Mustangs must stop committing penalties if it wants to contend for a Pacific League title. Hopefully with a week off that will be fixed. Tairen Owens will need to have a big game to help the Muir’s offense.
Burroughs (0-3, 0-0) at Pasadena (1-2, 0-0)
Last Year: Burroughs 35-8
A steady dose of Zander Anding will do lots for the Indians. The running game will wear down an athletic Bulldogs defense. Now that the brutal Santa Clarita tour is over, Burroughs can concentrate on defending its Pacific League title.
Well now this is the time that Pasadena must show it can compete in the Pacific League or Joe T. will owe a Mid Valley Staffer Northwood Inns dinner! With that said, the Bulldogs barely got by a La Salle team that hasn’t won in nearly two years.
Crescenta Valley (2-1, 0-0) vs Hoover (0-3, 0-0) (Glendale) – Crescenta Valley 42-0
Glenn (2-2, 0-0) vs Cerritos (0-3, 0-0) (Gahr)
Last Year: Glenn 34-20
Playoff hopes abound in Eagle Land as they look to improve on its record heading into Gahr facing a winless Dons team. Glenn averages 264 yards on the ground, so it’s important that the Eagles establish a running game. Brandon Ruiz leads the team with 2.5 sacks.
Scoring only eight points per game will be problematic for Cerritos which has yet to be in any games this season. The defense has also allowed 42 points per game.
Bellflower (2-2, 0-0) at La Mirada (1-3, 0-0)
Last Year: La Mirada 33-20
Travis Newberry has run for 563 yards and Ryan Hunley adds an additional 296 yards with three scores to lead the Bucs offense. Bellflower has yet to record an interception in four games.
After battling some strong teams in the Pac-5, the Matadores begin league where they have not lost a game in 15 straight.
La Mirada 42-24
Artesia (0-4, 0-0) vs Norwalk (0-4, 0-0) (Excelsior Adult School) – Norwalk 49-0
California (2-1) at Schurr (0-3)
Last Year: Schurr 28-23
This is a different season for the Condors who are close to matching last season’s win total. California features three running backs in Aaron Garcia, Gabriel Lozano and Justin Dankert, each of which can produce a 100-yard game.
With just 14 points scored in three games, the Spartans really wish that Aaron Cantu had another year of high school left. Just remember Schurr fans, the real season doesn’t begin until October 14 when they face Bell Gardens.
Charter Oak (3-1) vs Santa Fe (1-3) (Pioneer)
Last Year: Charter Oak 17-0
The Chiefs took a week off last week to lick its preseason wounds. After opening the season in Arizona, Santa Fe now must face a determined Charter Oak coming off its first loss of the season. Defense will be key for the Chiefs after giving up 50-plus points twice in two of its losses.
Travis Santiago has thrown for seven touchdowns and Kurt Scoby has already run for 477 yards in four games with five touchdowns. Herman Akins leads the Chargers with two sacks.
Charter Oak 35-14
La Serna (3-1) at Warren (0-3-1) – La Serna 35-7
Pioneer (0-3) at Huntington Park (1-2) – Huntington Park 42-14
Paramount (0-3) vs Whittier (3-0) (California) – Whittier 35-14