Big Week in Zero Week

The Matt Castaneda era begins as Rosemead travels to South Pas

We just wanted to give you an idea of some of the big games scheduled right out of the gate of the 2017 season, so we listed 20 key clashes for Zero Week. We’ll hone in on a few of them in Game Night right before the season kicks off.

Friday August 25

South El Monte at Alhambra (Moor Field)

Alta Loma at Diamond Bar

Arcadia at La Salle

Baldwin Park at El Monte

Burbank at Monrovia

Covina at Arroyo

Muir at Compton

Northview at Charter Oak

El Rancho at Norwalk (Excelsior Adult School)

Pasadena Poly at Temple City

Rosemead at South Pasadena

San Marino at Los Altos

Santa Fe at Cathedral

Schurr at California

West Covina at Colony

Garfield at Montebello

Sierra Canyon at Westlake

Serrano at Paraclete (Antelope Valley College)


Saturday August 26

San Dimas vs Bonita – Smudgepot (Citrus College)

La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad) at La Serna (California H.S.)

23 Comments to "Big Week in Zero Week"

    August 17, 2017 - 9:47 am | Permalink

    there is nothing like local analysts stating their know it all skill,s when half these schools have new coaches , new kids, a ton of transfers, since CIF doesn’t scare or enforce anything anymore ,The only known is consistent schools with returning starters and same coach. REST IS UNKNOWN ,

  2. Spartan Dad's Gravatar Spartan Dad
    August 15, 2017 - 9:32 am | Permalink

    Same thing you said last year. Your big boys will be gassed from chasing Schurrs little guys around

  3. Condors's Gravatar Condors
    August 15, 2017 - 8:04 am | Permalink

    Dont kid yourself we will be able to control the clock and run the ball on Schurr. We are too much for them upfront. If are gonna stop the big play and make them drive the ball down the field

  4. Public Advocate's Gravatar Public Advocate
    August 14, 2017 - 4:23 pm | Permalink

    A lot of smoke around illegal contact between Stephens and a new coach at Muir. More than one “transfer” apparently involved. Might a be a lot of ineligible players when it is all done.

  5. Pico's Gravatar Pico
    August 14, 2017 - 12:27 pm | Permalink

    I won’t go out on an limb and say ER will beat Norwalk, but…. ER outplayed Norwalk in 7/8 quarters last season, Norwalk was almost completely shut down in that playoff game other than that monster RB Jordan Thomas who is now gone. The QB who is the last of the long line of penny brothers is back and will be their biggest weapon, he will give ER fits, but I’m confident the ER staff will figure it out.

  6. Area Spectator's Gravatar Area Spectator
    August 14, 2017 - 11:29 am | Permalink

    Alhambra over SEM
    Alta Loma over Diamond Bar
    Arcadia over La Salle
    El Monte over Baldwin Park
    Burbank over Monrovia
    Arroyo over Covina
    Muir over Compton
    Charter Oak over Northview
    Norwalk over El Rancho
    Pasadena Poly over Temple City
    South Pasadena over Rosemead
    Los Altos over San Marino
    Cathedral over Santa Fe
    Schurr over California
    Colony over West Covina
    Montebello over Garfield
    Sierra Canyon over Westlake
    Paraclete over Serrano
    San Dimas over Bonita

  7. August 13, 2017 - 3:18 pm | Permalink

    Have heard nothing but GREAT things out the lions den thus far. This has come together in a big way. Way to early to make a call on this EM team but we’re on our way. I’m calling a victory 32-17 over BP
    I hear South El Monte is gonna take a huge step backwards returning only two starters on offense and 2 starters on defense. Granted One of those offensive starters is Sal Tovar who has to carry another and even heavier load than last year. Eagles get punched in the mouth to start, Alhambra wins big over the Eagles! 38-14
    Arroyo looks to be just as good or even better than last year. Camacho has looked good in 7s and Cotero is on the verge of breaking receiving records at Arroyo they also return scat back Ocariz who despite his small frame is used in a huge way. Arroyo redeems themselves from last years decale be Covina and drops a 40 spot on the colts. 42-21
    Rosemead is going back to ground and pound and that fits their HUGE lineman just fine. Panthers win 21-17.

    Anyone with good working knowledge of the kids in MVL please give who you guys think are the top players in the league.
    3 at each position

  8. Really?'s Gravatar Really?
    August 13, 2017 - 1:24 pm | Permalink

    El Monte and Baldwin Park, look I really like Jesse as a man and a coach. We saw his big boys up front. he is a bit out matched in this first game. Really, he has a total of about 120 yards and only 1 TD returning from any of their offensive returners from last year. His lineman better be fleet of foot. Baldwin Park has over 1800 yards of offense retuning, as well as 9 TD’S from a Jr QB to 5 TD’s to Jr receivers, They also have 4 rushing Td’s by underclassmen. A 33% of their tackles on defense were from underclassmen. El Monte has less than 25% made by underclassmen. Between El Monte’s Freshman and JV teams they won only one game last year. Baldwin Parks lower levels did not win a game that was posted on Maxpreps. However their Frosh team lost to Northview 27-21 and scored 27 on Chino. El Monte is home is home but Baldwin Park wins by 3 scores at least. Sorry

  9. Sportsdad's Gravatar Sportsdad
    August 13, 2017 - 12:10 pm | Permalink

    Jahlique Stephens makes Muir better! Does anyone know if he has to sit out 30 days because of him transferring from Arcadia.

  10. FBFan's Gravatar FBFan
    August 13, 2017 - 9:41 am | Permalink

    Alhambra and SEM- Toss up. Alhambras improving and SEM has Tovar. If Alhambra can contain him, Inthink they’ll win. If not, a long night.

    BP VS EM- BP wins this one going away. But EM might be able to keep the ball away from them.

    Burbanks vs Monrovia- game of the week. Hype vs a CIF finalist and a new coach. I’m going with M-Town

    Muir vs Compton- Muir’s back and they’re gonna show it in a big way.

    Northview vs CO- Farrar has more toys to play with than Perez.

    El Rancho vs Norwalk- Norwalk has had a while off-season to think about their revenge. They’ve been thinking about this one a long time!

    SAN Marino vs Los Altos- SM won’t be able to handle the size of the Conquerors.

    Santa Fe vs Cathedral- The batte of the recruiters. Private school wins out on this one. And big too.

    Cal vs Schurr- Schurr has athletes. Cal has size. This should be a good one.

    West Covina vs Colony- West Covina in the biggest upset of the week.

    Smudgepot- You just have to go
    to this one. Best environment in high school football.

  11. 50 something's Gravatar 50 something
    August 13, 2017 - 8:14 am | Permalink

    Interesting games for sure. It’s possibly one of the last seasons to watch our game the way it was.
    The doctor who invented the concussion scare is now saying allowing a kid to play football is child abuse. So changes are coming for sure. Politicians need something to do.
    Anyway here is my take.
    Alhambra will have a blow out win they are big working their tails off and solid coaching.
    Pasadena poly is a div 10 juggernaut and will have jv team in by halftime.
    Schurr is too solid wins by minimum of three scores very solid group.
    Rosemead is for real and will be tough game for anyone on the schedule.
    Covina handles Arroyo by two scores.
    And to the comment of getting a new captain for the ship at alhambra you need to be thrown overboard.
    Anyway enjoy the season it was great while it lasted.

  12. StaNg nation's Gravatar StaNg nation
    August 13, 2017 - 7:28 am | Permalink

    What’s new for Muir to make them “improved”? I hope the are better then last year.

  13. August 13, 2017 - 12:41 am | Permalink

    South El Monte over Alhambra 28-21
    LaSalle over Arcadia 38-17
    El Monte over Baldwin Park 42-28
    Burbank over Monrovia 34-28
    Arroyo over Covina 42-21
    Charter Oak over Northview 32-17
    Norwalk over El Rancho 14-13
    Pasadena Poly over TC 52-14
    Rosemead over South Pasadena 21-17
    Los Altos over San Marino 32-14
    Cathedral over Santa Fe 56-21
    Schurr over Cal 42-21
    Colony over West Covina 46-28
    Montebello over Garfield 21-17
    Sierra Canyon over Westlake 38-20
    Paraclete over Serrano 50-21
    San Dimas over Bonita 32-24
    La Contra Costa over La Serna 28-26
    Downey pulls off the upset over Santa Margarita 34-28

  14. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    August 12, 2017 - 11:59 pm | Permalink

    South El Monte at Alhambra certainly should be a matchup to watch. It’ll be a good early test for both teams.
    The visiting Eagles, who are coming off an 11-2 season, feature 2,000-yard rusher Sal Tovar, and the Moors will counter with their thousand-yard tailback, senior Salman Gurung. Both teams emphasized the run last year, but are seeking to improve their passing games.
    South El Monte advanced to the CIF Division XIII semifinals last season, while Alhambra made its first playoff appearance since 2011 and finished with an overall record of 5-6.
    The game will be played at Moor Field, located at 6th and San Marino, two blocks north of Valley Boulevard. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m.

  15. PACific rim's Gravatar PACific rim
    August 12, 2017 - 11:36 pm | Permalink

    Compton 17-10 that’s a joke!

  16. Mexicanadamshefter's Gravatar Mexicanadamshefter
    August 12, 2017 - 6:28 pm | Permalink

    Schurr is gunna beat cal by at least 2 TDs 27 to 13

  17. Mexicanadamshefter's Gravatar Mexicanadamshefter
    August 12, 2017 - 6:27 pm | Permalink

    Schurr is gunna beat cal by at least 2 TDs.

  18. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    August 12, 2017 - 11:47 am | Permalink

    Well, at least most of those games are local; you can get there and back with just a gallon or so of gas. And, yeah, it’s opening week…

  19. Anon's Gravatar Anon
    August 12, 2017 - 11:09 am | Permalink

    Don’t sleep on LP vs Workman @ Wilson hs, that will be a good one

  20. MissedOne's Gravatar MissedOne
    August 12, 2017 - 10:51 am | Permalink

    Thursday the 24th… Pasadena at Buena Park.

  21. Football Fan's Gravatar Football Fan
    August 11, 2017 - 11:56 pm | Permalink

    Pasadena Poly at Temple City, Muir at Compton? Key clashes?
    From T. Peterson: Considering TC has a new coach I think it’s big for those locally that want to see what TC has. Muir is improved. It will be interesting to see what the Stangs can do straight outta Compton.

  22. sgv's Gravatar sgv
    August 11, 2017 - 11:34 pm | Permalink

    Most interesting upsets; Alhambra over South El Monte. Covina over Arroyo. California over Schurr. Pickems: El Rancho vs Norwalk. Burbank vs Monrovia. Baldwin Park vs El Monte. Wipe outs: Colony over West Covina. Cathedral over Santa Fe. San Dimas over Bonita. IMO

  23. Guru4u's Gravatar Guru4u
    August 11, 2017 - 11:07 pm | Permalink

    South 34-14
    DBar 28-17
    Arcadia 21-20
    El Monte 35-20
    Monrovia 28-10
    Arroyo 28-12
    Compton 17-10
    Charter Oak 42-20
    Norwalk 27-14
    Pasadena Poly 35-12
    Mead 24-17
    Los Altos 20-14
    Cathedral 48-21
    Cal 20-14
    Colony 28-16
    Garfield 35-14
    Sierra Canyon 44-17
    Paraclete 19-12
    San Dimas 28-7
    La Serna 21-9

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