By Tim Peterson
We still have two weeks left in the regular season but it looks like everything is settled. Let’s take a league inventory:
The Almont was settled last week when Schurr beat Montebello. Bell Gardens fans may disagree, and I admire their loyalty, but the Lancers won’t beat the Spartans. Not this year. They’re on the verge but this year Schurr will win league. In fact the Spartans did last week at Montebello.
Santa Fe won the Del Rio Friday night with a win over El Rancho. The Chiefs set the tone with a huge victory over La Serna on October 6. The Chiefs are in.
The Hacienda race is over. Charter Oak will run the table. When the Chargers beat Diamond Ranch two weeks ago that was it. Everyone else has been just a pebble on the road that Charter Oak has kicked aside. Lou Farrar’s crew is waiting for their playoff assignment.
Pomona owns the Miramonte. La Puente was 2-0 in league before Friday night and Pomona beat the Warriors 42-0. The Red Devils are league champs.
Arroyo won the Mission Valley League crown with a 14-13 win over South El Monte October 6. The title was on the line that night and Arroyo secured it. Like Charter Oak, the Knights will also clear the table and go 10-0.
Burbank wrapped up the Pacific League Friday night with a win over previously undefeated Crescenta Valley. The Bulldogs have already beaten Arcadia, which sits in third. They’re not losing to Muir or Burroughs. You can bank on that. Congrats to first year HC Adam Colman on the Pacific championship.
Palomares League? Yeah it’s over. South Hills rallied past Glendora to win it Friday night. The Huskies have Bonita and Diamond Bar left. Raise the banner now.
San Marino will win the Rio Hondo. No, the Titans won’t lose to Monrovia. It will be confirmed this week when M-Town travels to San Marino. It’s settled already though. The Rio Hondo League belongs to the the Titans.
The San Gabriel Valley League has been decided as well. Paramount beat Downey 21-20 in overtime two weeks ago to win the title. The Pirates still had four games left at the time but everybody knew that was the title game. The Pirates have outscored their two opponents since then, Warren and Dominguez, by the combined score of 98-7.
The Suburban has been over since September 22 when Mayfair beat La Mirada. The Monsoons are your 2017 Suburban League champs.
The Valle Vista? Some think it’s up for grabs this Thursday when San Dimas travels to Covina District Field to face Northview. San Dimas lost to Covina, while Northview beat the Colts by two touchdowns. A possible three-way tie? Nah…it’s Northview’s league to lose and the Vikings aren’t about to lose it.
Okay, so not everything is etched in stone. Cathedral and St. Francis are headed for a showdown on November 3 for the Angelus league title. Nogales and Azusa, both 3-0 in the Montview, will also vie for the crown at Citrus College on November 3.
But for the most part it’s done. That’s a wrap! Can we start the playoffs now?
That’s my principle.
Tim can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @tspeterson40.