All games scheduled for 7pm.
THURSDAY OCTOBER 20
DEL RIO LEAGUE
Whittier (0-1, 3-3) vs Pioneer (0-1, 0-6) (California)
LAST YEAR: Pioneer 14-0
Something has to give with two teams on losing streaks. The Cardinals after starting the season with some promise with three straight wins have now taken the elevator to the ground floor. The Titans have basically found its way to lower parking level going winless in six games. At stake for both teams is an early hole that will be difficult to get out of.
Take your chances with Anthony Viramontes running the ball down the Pioneer defense. Whittier has played tougher opponents and are primed to notch its first Del Rio League win in two seasons.
Crescenta Valley (2-1, 4-2) vs Burroughs (3-0, 3-3) (Glendale)
LAST YEAR: Burroughs 21-14
The Falcons defense will need to play a little better than last week after surrendering 53 points in its loss to Pasadena. Crescenta Valley will need to play some physical football with Marro Lee running between the tackles. Ball control is the best way to beat the Indians as Zander Anding is a home run threat every time he gets the ball in the backfield. Question for Burroughs will be who will get the nod at the quarterback spot as Brad Hunt started last week and Eli Peppmuller played receiver.
FRIDAY OCTOBER 21
DEL RIO LEAGUE
El Rancho (0-1, 4-2) vs La Serna (1-0, 5-1) (California)
LAST YEAR: La Serna 24-7
It’s not quite do or die yet for the Dons if they drop to 0-2 but it’s definitely “playoff” mode for the rest of the season. Penalties and costly turnovers beat El Rancho as it hung tough with a much more physical team in Santa Fe. Ronell Lone and Josh Lopez will need to establish a run game against La Serna.
Defending Del Rio League champs continue to just do the right things this season. Defense is its best weapon with Craig Jones anchoring a stingy linebacker corp. Frankie Palmer is getting help running offense as O.J. Medina continues to improve at the running back spot.
LA SERNA 35-24
California (1-0, 5-1) vs Santa Fe (1-0, 2-4) (Pioneer)
LAST YEAR: Santa Fe 37-2
Jack Mahlstede stated that the tough preseason helped the Chiefs get ready for the Del Rio. No argument here. Santa Fe roughed up El Rancho and wore them down in the second half. The Pistol offense was in full effect for the Chiefs as they used Joey Davis as the featured back.
Gabriel Lozano is one of the big reasons the Condors are the surprise team in the Southeast Division. Lozano ran for 159 yards in California’s Del Rio League opener. The defense has been tough all season and has allowed a touchdown or less in three straight games.
SANTA FE 28-14
Los Altos (2-1, 6-1) at Bonita (0-2, 2-4)
LAST YEAR: Bonita 37-10
It has come to this for the Bearcats as they face a must-win situation against a Conquerors team that upset Diamond Ranch the week before.
Justin Fa’aola ran tough against the Panthers and has been a big reason that Los Altos has a 6-1 record. Scott Tibbs and Shane Virnala would love nothing more than to get a little closer to a playoff berth with a win.
Bonita needs to get right quick as they have struggled in its first two games in the Hacienda League. With Walnut and Diamond Ranch each sitting at 2-1 and facing winnable games in league will put them in a big hole with a loss.
LOS ALTOS 28-21
Diamond Bar (0-2, 2-4) at Walnut (2-1, 2-5)
LAST YEAR: Walnut 34-7
Favored to make the playoffs prior to the start of the year and league, the Brahmas have its back against the wall. Hopefully a week off has Diamond Bar heading in the right direction. Henry Omana and George Katrib continue to shine.
A win and the Mustangs can pretty much start making post season plans as it will hold no worse than a one and half game lead with two remaining. Devin Brown has scored four touchdowns and averaged 83 yards a game.
Diamond Ranch (2-1, 3-4) at Rowland (0-2, 2-4) – DIAMOND RANCH 28-14
Hoover (0-3, 0-6) vs Arcadia (2-1, 4-2) (Glendale)
LAST YEAR: Arcadia 49-6
The Tornadoes are still struggling and can’t find a rhythm to compete against Pacific League teams.
The Apaches should get healthy against Hoover which has given up 159 points in its last four losses.
Burbank (2-1, 3-3) at Pasadena (2-1, 3-3)
LAST YEAR: Burbank 45-26
This is a must-win for both teams if the playoffs are the end goal. Burbank has the toughest schedule to end the season, so a win here gives them a foothold on at least the final spot. Quortney Brazier returns after being suspend in his last game and that will help on both sides of the ball.
Brandon Cox is putting up PS3 numbers on Madden in his last two games he has accounted for 11 touchdowns. Cox alone has been a big reason Pasadena is in a position to get into the playoffs. Cleo Bates helps compliment the offense and both play well on defense.
Glendale (0-3, 1-5) at Muir (1-2, 3-3)
LAST YEAR: Muir 31-6
Of all the years this might be it for the Nitros as they face a Mustang team that still hasn’t found its identity. Glendale gave Burroughs fits in the first half last week and nearly upset Pasadena the following week. Michael Davis is a legit receiver who can out run most defensive backs.
Finally get a win over Hoover and now must face an improved Dynamiter team. Kevon Seymour will need to show off why he is being recruited as a defensive back with Davis on the other side of the ball.
Glenn (1-2, 3-4) vs Mayfair (2-0, 4-2) (Bellflower)
LAST YEAR: Mayfair 48-7
The Eagles still have a shot at the final playoff spot with a key game next week against Norwalk and Artesia as its final game. This is could be a long night for Glenn as Mayfair will try not to think ahead to next’s week’s game against Bellflower.
Knowing the game was in hand the Monsoons worked on having Christian Woo throw the ball a bit more than he is accustomed to. Jerry Smith is a big threat during kickoffs and punt returns.
Bellflower (3-0, 5-2) at Artesia (0-2, 0-6) – BELLFLOWER 56-0
Cerritos (0-2, 0-6) at La Mirada (2-1, 3-4) – LA MIRADA 42-7