All kickoffs are at 7:00 p.m. unless otherwise indicated.
Montebello (5-1) at Schurr (4-2)
After all of the talking, blogging, and trash talking , the game is finally here. It will be nice to see it finally settled on the field instead of behind a computer. The Oilers have only stumbled once all year – at St. Paul in Week One while Schurr has lost twice. The Spartans falling to West Covina was understandable but the loss to Whittier two weeks ago was hard to swallow for the Spartan faithful. Schurr is definitely on the rise under head coach David Ramos. The Spartans pummeled El Monte and San Marino in consecutive weeks by the combined score of 86-13. Montebello has shown signs of a potent offense as well dropping 40 on El Monte, 41 on Azusa and 34 on Cantwell. The Oilers defense has been stout as well and that my prove to be the difference. Both teams will have trouble getting on track early. It might be tied at the half or just a three point game. But eventually the Oiler defense will make a play and the offense will do enough for the victory. Montebello by ten.
Montebello 27 Schurr 17
Cathedral (6-0) at La Salle (4-2)
The Phantoms just keep rolling along. Some people thought St. Paul would give them a game and Cathedral beat them 40-0. Rest assured La Salle won’t lose 40-0. The Lancers gave St. Francis all it could handle last week. A break here or there and they could have pulled it off. But the reality is the good teams make their own breaks and Cathedral, like St. Francis is a good team. If the Phantoms can control Amon Milliner they should win. Last week Milliner went for 259 and three touchdowns but La Salle still fell short. Milliner will get his but La Salle needs somebody else to step up especially on offense. Cathedral has plenty of different weapons in its arsenal. Andrew Tovar and Bryce Tovar have combined to throw for over 2000 yards and Jamire Calvin and Arex Flemings have over 1200 yards 16 touchdowns receiving. The Lancer defense might not be up to what the Phantoms are going to bring. Cathedral simply has too much.
Cathedral 35 La Salle 31
South El Monte (5-1) at Rosemead (2-5)
Big game for the Southmen as they are out to prove they are the second best team in the MVL. The Eagles lost to Arroyo last week but if they can beat Rosemead they should be able to run the rest of the league table and take home second place. The Panthers are in the same boat. They also fell short of the Knights but have bounced back to win their last two and need a win here. Rosemead’s defense has been susceptible. The Panthers have twice allowed opponents to score over 40 points. South will pound Sal Tovar, who has now accumulated over 1400 yards rushing and 19 touchdowns, until Rosemead can stop him. That’s a tall order for the Panthers. South gets it done.
South El Monte 28 Rosemead 21
Charter Oak (6-0, 1-0) at Chino (4-2, 1-0)
There is no doubt the Chargers have big playmakers on offense and can move up and down the field with Brain Casteel and Jermaine Braddock. What may be underrated is the defense led by Joseph Romero who have held opponents to an average of 15 ppg. On the other side the Cowboys will pound the ball and then pound it some more and wear teams out as shown by Andrew Almazan’s 1,200 yards rushing. In the end, Charter Oak’s defense will find a way to contain Chino.
Charter Oak 35 Chino 17
Arcadia (6-0,3-0) at Burbank (4-2, 3-0)
Both of these teams will have a date with Crescenta Valley down the road but the winner of this one could end taking all the marbles in the Pacific. The Apache defense led by Clayton Burnett is allowing only 13 points per game and the offense is clicking. It’s been a balanced attack of offense for the Bulldogs averaging 179 yards passing and 176 yards rushing. Home field advantage for Burbank will be the difference.
Burbank 27 Arcadia 24
Salesian (5-1, 1-0) at St. Francis (6-0, 1-0)
Six teams have tried to find any weaknesses in the Golden Knights’ armor and six teams have come up empty. The Mustangs have probably the quietest 5-1 record in the Angelus League led by Robbie Blosser’s 1,870 yards and 25 touchdowns passing. This will be the biggest test the St. Francis secondary has seen this year.
Salesian 38 St. Francis 28
West Covina (3-3) at Diamond Ranch (3-3)
Both teams need a victory after falling in their league openers. The Bulldogs gave Charter Oak a scare while Panthers lost to Los Altos. The teams have a common opponent in South Hills. West Covina thumped the Huskies 35-8 while D Ranch struggled to a 14-7 win in Zero Week. The Bulldogs have a strong ground attack which could be too much for the Panthers. In the end Westco will wear them down.
West Covina 24 Diamond Ranch 13
South Pasadena (5-1) at La Canada (3-3)
The Tigers have been rolling along but they need a win here to show they are legitimate contenders for the Rio Hondo crown. The Spartans fought but fell short last week against Monrovia and a defeat here could knock them out of playoff contention. It looks like its South Pasadena’s year. It’s hard to see the Tigers let La Canada get in their way. South Pas gets the W.
South Pasadena 27 La Canada 14