THURSDAY OCTOBER 27
All games start at 7pm.
Burbank (2-2, 3-4) vs Crescenta Valley (2-2, 4-3) (Glendale)
Last Year: Burbank 39-26
This is a must win for the Bulldogs which really need to win two of its next three games to secure a playoff spot. Of course, the same holds true for the Falcons as its loss to Burroughs put them in a three-way tie for the final spot.
Burbank will rely on the ground game to eat up clock and wear down the C.V. defense. Falcons quarterback Zac Wilkerson will need to target more than Nick Ruiz and Marro Lee if they intend to beat the Bulldogs.
Hoover (0-4, 0-7) at Pasadena (3-1, 4-3)
Last Year: Pasadena 41-7
Bright side for the Tornadoes is it finally scored some points in the Pacific League. Now it just needs to find away to stop teams. Unless the Bulldogs come out completely flat and are looking way ahead that doesn’t appear to be possible.
Brandon Cox is one of the most dynamic quarterbacks in the Southeast. With a stellar running game to compliment his ability to pass, Pasadena is on track to have its finest season in recent memory.
OCTOBER 28 FRIDAY
All games start at 7pm.
Arcadia (3-1, 5-2) at Glendale (0-4, 1-6)
Last Year: Arcadia 49-14
The Apaches should have no trouble getting by the Nitros before a crucial Pacific League match with Pasadena next week that could determine second place. Myles Carr has many more weapons now then when they fell to Burroughs as Jake Medel has become a big part of the offense.
Stop Mike Davis and Glendale can be beat. With that said, Evan Norton will need to find Matt DeFrance and Alex Yoon a little more to help balance the Nitros attack.
Burroughs (4-0, 4-3) at Muir (2-2, 4-3)
Last Year: Muir 28-21
Everyone knows the offense runs through Zander Anding, yet no one can stop him. With that said, the Indians still have Brad Hunt at quarterback and Eli Peppmuller has some of the best hands at receiver in the Southeast Division.
The Mustangs carousel at quarter is now in the hands of Mark Samuels. Travonta Herod has been handling most of the rushing duties in place of Tairen Owens. The question everyone will be asking is Muir back to being the team that can get the third or fourth spot in league or is it the team that was handled by Arcadia?
West Covina (3-0, 6-1) at Los Altos (2-2, 6-2)
Last Year: West Covina 48-7
This game lost some of its luster after the Conquerors were upset by Bonita.
The Bulldogs will pound the ball with the three-headed attack of Chris Solomon, Jimmy Frazier, and Aaron Salgado. West Covina will need to stop the run as well with Justin Fa’aoa handling the rock for Los Altos.
WEST COVINA 35-14
Bonita (1-2, 3-4) at Walnut (2-2, 2-6)
Last Year: Bonita 44-14
Talk about must win. The Bearcats playoffs started last week against Los Altos and continue with the Mustangs. They have shown that running the ball is its best way to win ball games. The quarterback position is in flux for the time being. Reggie Turner and Cam Griffin can carry this team though.
Walnut needs a complete game from both sides of the ball. Devin Brown has been its offense and Chris Mendez is rounding out to be a good quarterback. The Mustangs need to play some serious defense to stop the Bearcats.
Rowland (0-3, 2-5) at Diamond Bar (1-2, 3-4)
Last Year: Diamond Bar 46-33
The Raiders would like nothing more than to beat the Brahmas and spoil its shot at a playoff spot. Terry Ford has run the ball well for Rowland.
The offense has been clicking the last couple of games. Diamond Bar must win this game and if they do it’s a donnybrook for the final playoff spot.
DIAMOND BAR 35-28
DEL RIO LEAGUE
La Serna (2-0, 6-1) vs Santa Fe (2-0, 3-4) (Pioneer)
Last Year: La Serna 38-0
The Lancers nearly gave one away last week against the Dons. Now they face a Chiefs team that has a chip on its shoulder after having a brutal pre-season. Frankie Palmer is one year away from being a star. Craig Jones will anchor a defense that will need to stop the Pistol.
Santa Fe is all Joey Davis and Christian Mahlstede. Twice during its game against California, Mahlstede made acrobatic catches to keep a drive alive. Davis returned a touchdown and ran wild on the Condors.
SANTA FE 28-14
Whittier (0-2, 3-4) at California (1-1, 5-2)
Last Year: California 27-13
Well the Cardinals promising season is now hanging on a thread with the Condors holding the scissors. Whittier imploded in its lost to Pioneer and could only muster up seven points against a floundering defense. Now it faces a very angry one in California.
The Condors had a nightmarish game against Santa Fe. It got away from them early and never recovered. It should be able to handle Whittier pretty easily with Gabriel Lozano leading the charge on offense.
Pioneer (1-1, 1-6) at El Rancho (0-2, 4-3) – El Rancho 28-14
Mayfair (3-0, 5-2) at Bellflower (4-0, 6-2)
Last Year: Mayfair 35-0
THE SOUTHEAST GAME OF THE WEEK:
Could determine the Suburban League title especially if the Bucs end up winning this tilt.
The Monsoons will run all day long as they have Jerry Smith and Aaron Brown to rush the ball. Christian Woo has had two weeks to develop of passing game to help Mayfair become a little less one-dimensional.
Bellflower can play defense and if they stop the run will be tough to beat. Travis Newberry has run wild on defenses with 1,179 yards and eight touchdowns. Ryan Hunley has added additional 889 yards and eleven touchdowns.
MAYFAIR 28-27 (ot)
Norwalk (1-2, 1-6) vs Glenn (1-3, 3-5) (Excelsior Adult School) – Norwalk 35-21
Cerritos (0-3, 0-7) at Artesia (0-3, 0-7) – Someone has to win. Cerritos 7-6 (ot)