All kickoffs are at 7:00 p.m. unless otherwise indicated:
Thursday November 2
Arcadia (6-3) at Crescenta Valley (8-1) (Glendale)
Last Year: Crescenta Valley 49-28
Crescenta Valley is trying to finish off the regular season in style and secure second in the Pacific. Arcadia can also take second with a victory and gain some huge momentum heading into the playoffs. There will plenty of points put on the board but most of them will be courtesy of the Falcons. Arcadia is good but CV is just better. Their offense is too much for the Apaches to handle. Falcons gearing up for a post season run.
Crescenta Valley 38 Arcadia 17
Friday November 3
Montebello (6-3) at Bell Gardens (5-4)
Last Year: Montebello 44-0
We saw where Bell Gardens was at last week in the loss to Schurr. The Lancers will be good…next year. This year is still a rebuilding process. They won’t be able to keep up with Montebello. The Oilers nearly matched Schurr stride for stride. Montebello wins big.
Montebello 35 Bell Gardens 10
Cathedral (8-1) at St. Francis (9-0)
Last Year: Cathedral 24-17
The game everybody has been waiting for in the Angelus League. These two have been on a collision course since August. Both teams can score and also have quick athletic defenses. Both teams destroyed everybody else in the Angelus League. Ironically both teams beat St. Paul by the identical score of 24-7 and they both dropped 49 on La Salle. You can probably flip a coin to decide the winner. The Golden Knights are at home, and that’s big in this game, and it just seems like it’s their turn. Cathedral leads early in the fourth but St. Francis rallies late to get the win. The Angelus is golden.
St. Francis 28 Cathedral 24
Los Altos (7-2) at Diamond Ranch (6-3)
Last Year: Los Altos 29-13
Second place is on the line in the Hacienda. It could be a big game especially when it comes down to playoff seedings. Los Altos beat West Covina last week but it was a fight until the fourth quarter. Earlier this year D Ranch gave Charter Oak all it wanted. Both teams are physical and it should be a hard hitting game. It could go either way but on paper the Panthers look stronger. DR…close.
Diamond Ranch 21 Los Altos 17
Nogales (8-1) at Azusa (5-4) (Citrus College)
Last Year: Azusa 21-7
The Montview league title is on the line as both teams enter the contest at 4-0. Nogales is a team flying under the radar coming in 8-1 at overall. Last year Azusa derailed the Nobles on their way to the post season. Nogales is looking for a little payback. It could come down to who makes a big play late. Nogales has to rally but gets it done in the fourth quarter. Nobles win the Montview.
Nogales 24 Azusa 21
Burbank (7-2) at Burroughs (4-4) (Burbank)
Last Year: Burbank 36-7
Always a great rivalry that gets the city of Burbank’s blood pumping every year. Anything can happen in a game like this. Burroughs has been up and down coming into the game at .500 while Burbank is on the verge of running the Pacific League table. The Indians will come out pumped and ready to rock looking to upset the Burbank apple cart. But in the end the Bulldogs will have too much. The Bank finishes off a perfect year in league in Head Coach Adam Colman’s first season.
Burbank 27 Burroughs 13
Muir (5-4) vs. Pasadena (2-7) – Turkey Tussle (Rose Bowl)
Last Year: Muir 18-6
Pasadena is playing for pride only. The Bulldogs are already making plans for next season with a 2-7 record under their belt. However they could throw a wrench in Muir’s season by knocking off the Mustangs in the annual Turkey Tussle. Muir can finish no higher than fourth in the Pacific but with a win over Pasadena and a 6-4 record the Stangs could be in line for a playoff berth. Pasadena may make it interesting for awhile but Muir should make enough plays to get the win. The Mustangs walk off of the Rose Bowl turf a winner.
Muir 31 Pasadena 14
Sierra Canyon (8-1) at Paraclete (8-1) (Antelope Valley College)
Last Year: Sierra Canyon 35-7
The game of the week (the year?) is at Antelope Valley College this week. If you have some free time this Friday night and want to see some quality high school football make the drive out to Lancaster to see the Trailblazers and the Spirits battle for supremacy. Both teams have rolled through their Gold Coast Leagues. Sierra Canyon lost to Westlake Village back in Zero Week while Paraclete fell to Oaks Christian in Week Two. Both teams are powerhouses. It’s a pick’em game. The long bus ride may take a toll on the Trailblazers. The Spirits prevail at home.
Paraclete 28 Sierra Canyon 21