Game Night: CIF Playoffs – Second Round

The Knights continue to look upward and onward. (Photo by Joe T.)

The Knights continue to look upward and onward. (Photo by Joe T.)

All Kickoffs are at 7:00 p.m. unless otherwise indicated: 

Thursday November 17

Division 11

Montebello (10-1) at Covina (7-4) at Covina District Field 

The Oilers ran the Almont League table and then routed Coachella Valley in the first round. The Colts had a more difficult road to the second round. Covina took third in the Valle Vista with two losses and then had to convert a two point conversion in overtime last week to beat Victor Valley in the desert. But make no mistake they can play. Quarterback Anthony Meneses has thrown for over 1400 yards and he has a pair of talented receivers in Wahub Mallick and Hakim Williams Jr. Montebello can throw it as well with Gabriel Tapia racking up 1,741 yards through the air with favorite target Andy Brown hauling in over 500 yards in receptions. If Montebello’s defense can make a couple of stops early and pick up a quick score or two it might be tough for Covina to rebound. It should be a close game into the fourth quarter. Both teams are local and know each other well. Montebello gets the lead early and holds on late. Oilers advance.

Montebello 24 Covina 17   


Friday November 18

Division 4  

Charter Oak (10-1) at Downey (10-1)

Maybe the best game of the weekend. Two powerhouses that rarely cross paths and both come in with just one loss. Charter Oak fell to Los Altos in the Hacienda League while Downey fell to Hart back in September. Both teams have plenty of weapons although the Chargers have gone through three quarterbacks due to injury. The Vikings have an evenly balanced attack with 2,323 yards passing and 3,104 rushing. Trevor Hill has over 2200 yards passing and has rushed for nearly 500. Charter Oak’s Brian Casteel is a threat catching or running. In a rare stat, the Chargers have three players who have thrown for over 800 yards led by Brett Clemetson with 876. With Clemetson injured either Zack Niccoli or Matthew Takata will get the start. Expect some points to be put on the board. The home field advantage and some big defensive plays should leave Downey as the last team standing.

Downey 34 Charter Oak 30


Division 6

Los Altos (11-0) at Paramount (8-3)

Paramount is one of those teams that is seemingly always in the playoffs and always in contention for the SGV League title. This year was no different. The Pirates finished 4-1 in league falling only to SGV champ Downey. No matter who they line up against they’ll give them a fight. So with that and the home field advantage Paramount has a puncher’s chance against Los Altos. The only problem is Los Altos is more than a puncher. The Conquerors will knock you out. If Tyler Nevens or Andrew Manuele on the offense don’t get you then the defense will. Los Altos is perfect for a reason. They beat Charter Oak at Charter Oak, they beat West Covina and everybody else in the Hacienda. The Conqs have a CIF title on their minds and they aren’t going to let Paramount get in their way. Los Altos moves on.

Los Altos 31 Paramount 14


Division 3

La Serna (8-3) at La Mirada (9-2)

This is a repeat of last years Southeast Division Final that La Mirada won 45-20 en route to a state title. The Lancers would like nothing better than to exact a little payback on the Matadores. Both teams hit their stride going into the playoffs so there is nothing that says this won’t be one of he best games this weekend. The edge has to go to La Mirada for two reasons. The O-line and D-line. La Serna will be ready to play and keep it close but the Matadores prevail.

La Mirada 35 La Serna 27


Division 8

Burbank (8-3) at Northview (10-1)

Both teams should make sure they have fresh coats of paint on their helmet as this game will be a physical battle. The two teams know how to get it done in the trenches and have multiple playmakers. Guy Gibbs (1,933 and 9 td’s) and Steven Comstock (2,371 and 27 td’s) are solid quarterbacks who make plays and don’t make mistakes. This game could come down to a play on special teams and that’s where the Vikings have an edge with Antwaun Ayers.

Northview 30 Burbank 24


Division 9   
Valley Christian (9-2) at El Rancho (5-6)
The Dons’ Adam Chandler can deliver the ball and Gabriel Huerta can catch it…but its on the other side of the ball and in the trenches that cause concern for The Ranch. The Crusaders have a trigger-man in quarterback Isaac Joseph and home run hitter in running back Gianni Hurd. The Olympic League champions also have something else…beasts in the trenches that should allow them to take control early and win easily.
Valley Christian 44 El Rancho 13


Division 11
Arcadia (9-2) at Quartz Hill (8-3)
The Rebels are going to find the Apaches a bit tougher than they found Bishop Montgomery. Arcadia has not displayed a great offense or a shut down defense but they have shown that they are a very good team with a very competent coaching staff. Quartz Hill has a solid back in Manny Thomas with a good line to run behind, if the Apaches can shut this down they may have a chance out in the desert.
Arcadia 26 Quartz Hill 18


Division 12

Arroyo (10-1) at Schurr (8-3)

The Knights and the Spartans met in the playoffs back in 2013 and Arroyo came out on top 28-14. Friday’s game will be a closer game with the Spartans getting physical early and trying to take the Knights out of their game. The Knights’ confidence level is riding high on their current eight game winning streak. If the Spartans can get pressure on Ernesto Camacho, the odds of getting the upset increase! We’ve been wrong in the past picking against Schurr in the playoffs but we’ll take the chance again.

Arroyo 24 Schurr 21


Division 13
South El Monte (10-1) at Santa Clarita Christian (5-6)
When looking at this game, you might want to look at the one common opponent for both schools: Gabrielino. The Gabrielino Eagles finished the 2016 season 2-8. They beat Keppel for their first win of the season in Week One and the following week they beat Santa Clarita Christian…then they lost seven in a row.
The week after beating the Cardinals, Gabrielino fell to the South, 56-14.
SCC likes to throw the ball and they have some playmakers. Of course the Southmen to need to play error free (who doesn’t?)…but with Sal Tovar & The Devil’s Herd (the offensive line), South should take this game. They should make close game for three quarters look like a blowout in the fourth after they wear the Cardinals down.
South El Monte 28 Santa Clarita Christian 9


39 Comments to "Game Night: CIF Playoffs – Second Round"

  1. Phillip's Gravatar Phillip
    November 19, 2016 - 10:14 am | Permalink

    Schurr gave up 40 … once again predictible coach Ramos same plays like when he was at BG .. that’s why Arroyo owns Ramos

  2. Spartan's Gravatar Spartan
    November 18, 2016 - 6:24 pm | Permalink


  3. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 18, 2016 - 2:56 pm | Permalink

    Schurr will coming hard…..ALL KNIGHT LONG!!!

  4. Knight life!'s Gravatar Knight life!
    November 18, 2016 - 7:15 am | Permalink

    Good luck to Schurr tonight.
    Arroyo is coming tonight boys!

  5. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 17, 2016 - 11:24 pm | Permalink

    Mtb 17 Covina 10

  6. Dr. Craven Morehead's Gravatar Dr. Craven Morehead
    November 17, 2016 - 5:15 pm | Permalink

    @ Richard Warner, You need to come by office for an evaluation. Definitely not playing with a full deck.

  7. My Two Cents's Gravatar My Two Cents
    November 17, 2016 - 4:12 pm | Permalink

    I have seen both teams play. I am sticking with Burbank. I have no dog in the fight so I am just giving my objective opinion. Good luck Friday night.

  8. Really's Gravatar Really
    November 17, 2016 - 2:24 pm | Permalink

    @Jim Warner
    Schurr hasn’t and won’t give up 40.
    All you Arroyo fans are true fans but definitely not realistic. You went into the half tied 14-14 last week! The Spartans are not Verbum Dei……
    Good luck to both teams.

  9. Northview vs Burbank's Gravatar Northview vs Burbank
    November 17, 2016 - 2:12 pm | Permalink

    @2 cents
    I take it you haven’t seen this Northview TEAM and you didn’t understand what I said. I said these are 2 GOOD TEAMS but Northview has Comstock and Ayers to put them over the top. Northview has good Line play on both sides and a good Running Back and Linebackers and a good secondary to go along with a good kicker. Not just a 2 trick pony

  10. JimWarner's Gravatar JimWarner
    November 17, 2016 - 1:50 pm | Permalink

    If you look at size and stats and opponent, the 2nf round favors the Knights. Cal Prep and MVS has Arroyo just barely winning against schurr but to be honest (and logical) Arroyo wins big. 42-16

  11. My Two Cents's Gravatar My Two Cents
    November 17, 2016 - 12:45 pm | Permalink

    @Vikings vs Bulldogs, you hit the nail on the head! Burbank is a TEAM! The last time I checked, a team will beat 2 guys, no matter how talented they are, any day and twice on Friday night.

  12. November 17, 2016 - 11:14 am | Permalink

    If SEM losses they got out coached? Lol
    The other team has players too they want to win just as bad as SEM. Not sure if that’s entirely accurate. I’ve criticized Gallardo for his defense in the past but he’s turned it around I think he’s coach of the year in league. Our coaches are fine Mooney and Coach Ili have done wonders for our squad. Boys will be ready! What a way to end it for these seniors. My son included.
    As for Arroyo, we played them both Arroyo is on a different level talent wise. Arroyo wins big. Both MVL teams advance!

  13. November 17, 2016 - 10:44 am | Permalink

    SEM should beat SCC. Gabrielino beat SCC big. If SEM doesn’t win, than they got out coached.
    Arroyo and Schurr should be a good game. At the end of the regular season Schurr has been playing better than Arroyo. Schurr wins in a close game.
    LM, LA, VC, Burbank , Arcadia, Downey, and Montebello win.

  14. Northview vs Burbank's Gravatar Northview vs Burbank
    November 17, 2016 - 10:35 am | Permalink

    @2 cents/Monrovian
    What advantages does Burbank have over Northview? QB? WR? RB? OL/DL? K? Not sure Burbank has any advantages over Northview. 2 good teams but Northview has Comstock and Ayers

  15. Tin's Gravatar Tin
    November 17, 2016 - 9:56 am | Permalink

    @Anonymous, you do realize that these players are racking up these numbers against each other? And the bad teams they play in non-league? Or in garbage time against the good teams they may play? I give them credit for the their numbers but it is relative to the overall bad football in the MVL and local area…. Credit goes to coach at Arroyo for maintaining the culture and SEM for changing it (good non-league scheduling helps).

  16. November 17, 2016 - 9:00 am | Permalink

    Arroyo is too big up front! Qb throws a lot of safe passes to keep defenses honest. Athletes make plays and boy arroyo has athletes! In the end that will make the difference. Qbs will be pretty equal run game will be equal the gap will come from big plays! Arroyo wins 49-21

  17. Knight life!'s Gravatar Knight life!
    November 17, 2016 - 7:53 am | Permalink

    The score will be more like 42-21 arroyo.
    Arroyo is just the better team and will put up.
    It’s going to be a long night for the Spartans.

  18. San Gabriel valley Fan's Gravatar San Gabriel valley Fan
    November 17, 2016 - 5:49 am | Permalink

    @ SC wait just one minute you need to look at the teams that they played compared to the teams that Charter Oaks have played look at the strength of schedule that should speak for itself

  19. MonroVian's Gravatar MonroVian
    November 17, 2016 - 5:10 am | Permalink

    For once in my life i agree with my two cents. Burbank takes it to Northview. Bulldohs advance!

  20. November 17, 2016 - 12:06 am | Permalink

    Ditto sir.

  21. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 16, 2016 - 11:07 pm | Permalink

    @FridayKnights, if 10 years doesn’t matter what does 2 years ago matter? Teams never remain the same. Its going to be a good game though

  22. SC Parent's Gravatar SC Parent
    November 16, 2016 - 10:46 pm | Permalink

    Hey T. Peterson I know you only have so much room to write all your predictions down so I’ll help you this week with Division 4 playoff game between 11-0 Sierra Canyon vs 7-4 Redondo Union. Here we go my first article for Mid Valley Sports. 🙂 Friday Nights game between 2 powerhouse teams will take place at Redondo Union high school as the 11-0 Trailblazers take on the 7-4 Seahawks in what should be a battle of the defenses with Sierra Canyon holding the edge only giving up 152 points this year including last weeks shutout to Lakewood. Redondo Beach looks to counter with Junior QB Jack Alexander throwing to his favorite target Julian Woodard the duo connected last week for 3 TDs. Sierra Canyon Sophomore QB Johnny Hawkins will look to spread the ball around between multiple receivers and RB Bobby Cole whose averaging 8.9 yards per carry will look to establish his presence. The score will be close at halftime but the Trailblazers defense will wear down the Seahawks in the second half . Sierra Canyon comes out on top. Sierra Canyon 35 Redondo Union 20. ….. How was that for my first article T. Peterson

    From Duane B.: Nice job! If you want to write a game story after Friday night’s game and send it to us we will be happy to post it!

  23. My Two Cents's Gravatar My Two Cents
    November 16, 2016 - 10:32 pm | Permalink

    I’ll take Burbank!

  24. Sparta's Gravatar Sparta
    November 16, 2016 - 10:20 pm | Permalink

    FridayKnights……both teams will be prepared for the game. Any team in the second round is no fluke, wish both teams a safe and great game. We welcome all the Arroyo followers to Ken Davis field…..good luck

  25. November 16, 2016 - 9:13 pm | Permalink

    What does 10 years ago have to do with now? Schurr just prepare for a fight! Because our boys are hungry and will fight tooth and nail inch by inch if we have too! Much respect for the spartan program, the fans I could live without! It’s gonna be a great night for football! Go Knights!!!

  26. Shs parent's Gravatar Shs parent
    November 16, 2016 - 8:04 pm | Permalink

    It’s gonn be a good game!!! Hopefully Schurr wins!…

  27. Areafan's Gravatar Areafan
    November 16, 2016 - 7:47 pm | Permalink

    Watch their scrimmages, there was one team who kept beating arroyo deep. They aren’t all that.

  28. Oilerparent's Gravatar Oilerparent
    November 16, 2016 - 6:55 pm | Permalink

    First impression of Arroyo from when we competed with them in 7v7. A bunch of undisciplined thuggish kids.They were talking a lot of trash throwing gangs signs and seriously needed to chew on bars of soap.I hope schurr wins this one

  29. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 16, 2016 - 6:49 pm | Permalink

    Arroyo is good but remember 10 years ago they got smacked around by very good SEM and Rosemead teams. So 10 years ago is not a good number.

  30. Knighttrain's Gravatar Knighttrain
    November 16, 2016 - 6:16 pm | Permalink

    Arroyo is a good team but so is Schurr. The team with fewer mistakes wins,,,hopefully that’s Arroyo.
    All yapping does no good. The teams will decide who is better.

  31. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 16, 2016 - 6:05 pm | Permalink

    Another one from Arroyo smoking the good stuff…
    We see where there get it from.
    We Can’t wait to see all your athletes on Friday.

  32. Really?'s Gravatar Really?
    November 16, 2016 - 5:05 pm | Permalink

    If Arroyo plays like they did against Covina and stink up the place with all the penalties and Schurr does the same, like they did against Montebello, it will be a long night. This holding penalty, that personal foul then un-sportsmanship. You know the gambit. This Arroyo offense has been good. Are the Spartans 10-11 points better defensively than Mountain View? Probably. Is their offense better Yes. Schurr Beat Cal by 13 who beat Rosemead. Rosemead lost to the Knights 16-0. Schurr had every chance to beat Montebello. missed 3 field goals and had 2 penalties for retries. But this is the 2nd season and I think its a toss up. If the totals are under 43 then Schurr wins. If it is over 43 then Arroyo probably wins.

  33. Geezzzzz's Gravatar Geezzzzz
    November 16, 2016 - 5:05 pm | Permalink

    The kids on Arroyo’s team aren’t Nevens, Casteel, or Ayers.
    Everyone is the MVL has the same talent the difference is coaching.

  34. Jimmy the Greek's Gravatar Jimmy the Greek
    November 16, 2016 - 4:56 pm | Permalink

    I’ll take El Rancho and the points for a sawbuck.

  35. November 16, 2016 - 4:40 pm | Permalink

    I just named a few of the guys we had to go through to prepare for this match up…. we’re primed and ready to rock!

  36. November 16, 2016 - 4:38 pm | Permalink

    Almont is weak! Other than Montebello teams are very very bad!

  37. November 16, 2016 - 4:36 pm | Permalink

    42-14 Schurr scores one early and one late against the seconds! Out!

  38. November 16, 2016 - 4:35 pm | Permalink

    Wait to y’all see Yez Marquez! Probably Arroyos team MVP step on the field!!!!! #24 if y’all don’t know yet!!!

    From Joe T.: Kid can play!

  39. November 16, 2016 - 4:34 pm | Permalink

    Arroyo is far more talented than anyone in Division 12, let alone Schurr high school. This is the best team out of Arroyo in at least 10 years! If you compare leagues…
    MVL alomost guaranteed MVP who is the states #4 leading rusher in Sal Tovar who is leading the 10-1 South El Monte Eagles into the playoffs, #4! Nuff said!
    Mountain View has the 1800 yards back in Josue Martinez who is a monster in his own right!
    Eli Gardner is probably the most explosive Wr in the area. 1,000 season for him
    We have several 100 tackle guys in C.C at Arroyo Ruben Aguilar SEM and El Monte has two in Camacho and Hernandez.
    To say noting of the fact that Arroyo has 5 receivers that can beat you two dangerous runningbacks and Oline that just beats people up. Defensively it’s the same attitude just beat people up! As I have stated THE most talented team in at least a decade! They destroy Schurrs VEER scheme with talent and sheer size! 42-14

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