By Tim Peterson
All game times are 7 PM unless otherwise noted
Thursday September 17
San Gabriel (1-1) at Burbank (1-1)
It’s another tough non league game for the Matadors. San Gabriel wasn’t dominant in the win over South Pas but they did what they had to do. Burbank rolled over Simi Valley and lost by only three to Chaminade. Burbank should prevail.
Burbank 24 San Gabriel 14
La Mirada (1-1) at California (0-1)
Last Year: California 14-10
Cal looking to rebound from a tough loss to Cal. La Mirada survived St. Paul in week one but was taken out behind the woodshed last week by La Habra. The Condors bounce back.
California 21 La Mirada 10
South Hills (1-0) at La Habra (1-0)
Last Year: La Habra 22-13
Good early season test for both teams. South Hills beat a solid Ayala team while La Habra was beating up La Mirada. South Hills isn’t La Mirada. Huskies in a close call.
South Hills 24 La Habra 21
Friday September 18
Alhambra (0-1) at Temple City (0-1)
Last Year: Alhambra 14-10
All -Time: Temple City 12-5
Alhambra is chomping at the bit to hit the field after last week’s game with La Canada was canceled because the Spartans haven’t had enough practice time due to the fires.
Temple City is still smarting from that last second loss to Arroyo but on the bright side the Rams had one of the top teams in the Mid Valley Division on the ropes until that fateful pass. The Moors are another tough test but the Rams will pass this one.
Temple City 20 Alhambra 17
Bell Gardens (1-0) at El Rancho (2-0)
Last Year: El Rancho 31-30
El Rancho suddenly looks like the team to beat in the Del Rio. The Dons are playing with a renewed sense of purpose. And no they haven’t beaten just patsies. They took care of West Covina in zero week.
BG ran roughshod over defending Montview League champ Azusa. The Lancers always are good on the ground but El Rancho will jump ahead early and then hold on.
El Rancho 24 Bell Gardens 17
Bishop Amat (1-0) at West Covina (0-2)
Last Year: Bishop Amat 42-6
West Co doesn’t look as good as last year’s team. Amat might be better. The Bulldogs will still be a factor in the San Antonio but this week it will be all Amat.
Bishop Amat 42 West Covina 7
Covina (0-1) at El Monte (0-1)
Last Year: Covina 38-10
El Monte took one in the chops against La Puente while Covina gave Rosemead all it wanted. The Lions will hang with the Colts. It won’t be a repeat of last year’s rout. But Covina, with offensive weapons like Sebastian Duran and Matt Murray will produce enough points to get the job done.
Covina 28 El Monte 17
La Puente (2-0) at Baldwin Park (2-0)
Last Year: Baldwin Park 27-7
Battle of the unbeatens! BP followed up the zero week win over Nogales with an impressive victory over Montebello. After a disastrous 2008, LP is off on the right foot in ’09. LP is playing inspired ball under Brandon Roher but right now I like the Braves. James Heggins crew goes to 3-0.
Baldwin Park 17 La Puente 13
Arroyo (1-0) at Northview (0-1) Covina District Field
Last Year: Northview 20-6
Arroyo escaped while the Vikings got crushed. With that said Jim Arellanes will no doubt light a fire under his team. Northview will show improvement but the Knights will come out victorious.
Arroyo 31 Northview 13
Rosemead (1-0) at Monrovia (2-0)
Last Year: 9/19/08: Rosemead 42-21, 12/05/08 – CIF Playoffs Semi Final: Rosemead 16-6
Rosemead deserves a lot of credit for rallying to beat Covina last week. Under pressure late, the Panthers kept their cool, mounted a drive and then pulled it out. It might be a little more difficult against Monrovia. The Cats pounded Duarte after taking down Arcadia in week one. Nick Bueno is running wild for M-Town.
Monrovia 24 Rosemead 17
Charter Oak (2-0) at Diamond Bar (0-1) – Charter Oak
Crescenta Valley (0-1) at St. Francis (1-0) – St. Francis
Gabrielino (0-2) at Keppel (0-1) – Gabrielino
Glenn (2-0) at Wilson (1-0) – Wilson
La Canada (0-0) at Glendale (0-1) – Glendale
La Salle (2-0) at San Marino (1-0) – San Marino
Montebello (1-1) at Rowland (1-0) – Rowland
South El Monte (0-2) at Workman (2-0) – Workman
Sierra Vista (1-0) at Mt. View (0-2) – Sierra Vista