All kickoffs are at 7:00 p.m unless otherwise indicated:
La Salle (3-4) at Cathedral (6-1)
Last Year: Cathedral 17-0
Consider this just a stepping stone for Cathedral on its way to a Week 10 showdown with St. Francis for the Angelus League title. It will be interesting to see if La Salle can pull something. It won’t happen though. The only thing the Lancers might pull is a hamstring. Cathedral rolls.
Cathedral 31 La Salle 10
Santa Fe (3-4) at El Rancho (3-4)
Last Year: Santa Fe 30-27
Santa Fe leads the Del Rio with a 2-0 record but after that there’s a four-way tie for second will all four teams at 1-1. El Rancho is one of those teams. Santa Fe has emerged as the best team in the league so far with big wins over La Serna and Whittier. The Chiefs came out of the blue. El Rancho knocked out Pioneer but then was stunned by Cal. A win over Santa Fe would be huge for ER keeping the Dons directly in the Del Rio hunt. All signs point to Santa Fe, but we like El Rancho in the upset. Dons pull it out to throw the Del Rio into chaos.
El Rancho 21 Santa Fe 17
La Serna (3-4) vs. Whittier (3-4) (California)
Last Year: La Serna 49-13
Another Del Rio matchup that could have huge ramifications. Whittier did fall to Santa Fe but took care of Cal the week before. La Serna is looking to bounce back from a loss to the Chiefs two weeks ago. A win for either team is huge when it comes to post season considerations. Whittier can play and is improved but La Serna never stays down for long. That’s why they’re the Lancers. La Serna gets the win.
La Serna 28 Whittier 14
Los Altos (5-2) at Chino (2-5)
Last Year: Los Altos 39-7
Los Altos was brought back down to earth last week by Charter Oak. Of course that happens a lot when the opponent is Charter Oak. Chino isn’t the Chino of the last couple of years. Jesse Ceniceros stepped down and it might take the Cowboys a year or two to step back up. Chino might hang around for a half but Los Altos puts it away in the second. Conquerors stay on track for a possible second place Hacienda finish.
Los Altos 30 Chino 17
Burbank (5-2) at Crescenta Valley (7-0) (Glendale)
Last Year: Crescenta Valley 35-21
Burbank always seems to surprise just when it’s counted out. Nobody thought the Bulldogs would beat Monrovia in the season opener- they did. Nobody liked them over Arcadia on the Apaches home field…again they won. Last year’s run to the CIF championship game was shocking as well. But to beat Crescenta Valley would be the biggest upset of all. The Falcons have been tested a couple of times but remain unbeaten. They’ve been the class of the Pacific for several years now. Burbank will battle but in the end the Bulldogs will fall. CV stays undefeated.
Crescenta Valley 35 Burbank 17
Glendora (5-2) at South Hills (5-1) (Covina District Field)
Last Year: Glendora 30-28
This should be the game of the week as the Palomares League title is on the line. On paper it looks like an even contest. Both teams won big over West Covina but lost big to Charter Oak. Both teams have rolled over their first two league opponents. South Hills can be explosive offensively but Glendora just looks more physical. The Tartans also handed Los Altos one of its just two losses by two touchdowns. It should be a battle and could come down to a fourth quarter field goal. Glendora wins late.
Glendora 27 South Hills 24
Temple City (4-2) at San Marino (5-1)
Last Year: San Marino 35-0
Temple City has raised a few eyebrows with a 4-2 record overall but more importantly, 1-0 in the Rio Hondo after a big victory over South Pasadena last week. San Marino however is a different animal. The Titans lost the season opener to Los Altos and that just seemed to make them mad. Since then they have ripped off five in a row having dismantled everything in their path. San Marino has outscored its last four opponents 126-18. The Rams may take third in the Rio Hondo and could even make the playoffs but they won’t win this one. San Marino breaks out early and never looks back.
San Marino 34 Temple City 13
Bell Gardens (4-3) at Alhambra (3-3) (Moor Field)
Last Year: Alhambra 26-21
This is the first real test in the Almont for Bell Gardens who is looking for at best a third place finish. Alhambra lost big to Montebello but did put the wood to San Gabriel last week. Both teams desperately need a win to reach that third place goal and a possible post season berth. The Lancers look like they’re on the verge of taking that next step under second year coach Margarito Beltran. A win here would show just that. The Moors beat Bell Gardens last year. This year BG gets some payback.
Bell Gardens 21 Alhambra 13