Mid Valley Writers Top 20

Cathedral jumped into the top spot with a win over St. Francis while Sierra Canyon fell to Paraclete. Arcadia surprised Crescenta Valley to climb into the Top 20 while Diamond Ranch did a number on Los Altos to secure second in the Hacienda. Let the post season begin.

1. Cathedral (9-1) – Phantoms best in Angelus.

2. Sierra Canyon (8-2) – Trailblazers overmatched by Paraclete.

3. Charter Oak (10-0) -Chargers get 1-9 Crespi in the first round.

4. St. Francis (9-1) – Golden Knights will host La Serna in the post season.

5. South Hills (8-1) – Huskies finish off regular season by blitzing Bonita.

6. Arroyo (10-0) – Knights open with Lakeside. Where’s Lakeside?

7. Downey (8-2) – Vikings drop 50 on Gahr.

8. Mayfair (9-1) – Monsoons rout Glenn, now host Chaffey.

9. Burbank (8-2) – Great year for first year head coach Adam Colman.

10. Glendora (7-3) – Tartans home against Santiago Corona.

11. Diamond Ranch (7-3) – Panthers gear up for playoffs by blasting Los Altos.

12. Schurr (9-1) – Spartans perfect Almont run.

13. San Dimas (7-3) – Saints are peaking at the right time.

14. Northview (7-3) – Vikes headed out to Millikan.

15. Covina (8-2) – Colts open playoffs in the friendly confines.

16. Arcadia (7-3) – Surprise! Apaches second in Pacific.

17. Crescenta Valley (8-2) – Despite loss Falcons get a home game.

18. South El Monte (9-1) – Eagles looking for The Long Run.

19. Monrovia (4-6) – Tough first round match up with Yorba Linda

20. San Marino (7-2) – Can Titans reach the Summit?

29 Comments to "Mid Valley Writers Top 20"

  1. just sayin's Gravatar just sayin
    November 8, 2017 - 9:14 pm | Permalink

    funny how a team gets a good season in a long time and think there wit the big dogs lol. Lets wait till the playoffs are over before you start proclaiming the best. And by the way yall are not getting past burbank. Got some rings from the past (i see it) but ousted what 5 or 6 years in a row in the first…DAM I think everyone can hear janet in the background (“what have you done for me lately”)

  2. Really?'s Gravatar Really?
    November 8, 2017 - 9:01 pm | Permalink

    Lets look @ part of your post:
    I hate the lakeside draw. I hate the way the bracket is set up as well. CIF didn’t do us any favors that’s for sure. If we do beat Lakeside, Rematch with Rancho Mirage!

    You have got to be kidding! The voice in your writing makes you look like you are looking for any excuse. Quit being a whining little _itch! You are already in division 11, that 2/1 lower than you should be. Your team is the 2nd seed in Division 11. You ran the table in the MVL. The only thing that hurt your team this season is your own players. Like two years ago,with the forfeit. Where is that all CIF lineman that was there last year on offense and defense? Did you schedule the dance yet?

    Look, I want the Knights to run the table. Go to the State Regional Bowl, and win! You know go to State Bowl and win! Maybe the Admin will allow you postpone the dance this year! LOL! Then maybe post the conversation between CIF and The AD (JS) about why they should be put down to Division 12 because their schedule is really weak. LMAO! Hey only 1 team on their schedule scored more against them than Mtn View. That was Covina in D-12.

  3. Cathedral's Gravatar Cathedral
    November 8, 2017 - 2:43 pm | Permalink

    Arroyo got free ride to finals again

  4. SoCal Bulldog's Gravatar SoCal Bulldog
    November 8, 2017 - 11:30 am | Permalink

    Pacifica gets in because they finished 2nd in there league and after Oxnard got DQ’d in there league on Saturday morning. It made a huge mess of things . Ayala finished 3rd which puts them 1 place ahead of Warren, and Monrovia won their league. So the division will take 1st place teams, 2nd place teams, 3rd place teams, then if warranted, AT large teams. I agree with you Warren should have got in.

  5. cif's Gravatar cif
    November 8, 2017 - 11:25 am | Permalink

    To Friday Knights, look who Cathedral is playing and look who arroyo is playing. I see Lake side with The Victory on Friday.

  6. The Truth's Gravatar The Truth
    November 8, 2017 - 11:06 am | Permalink

    He is the Best, you tell me who’s better??? Let me guess the kid from your school…. SMH

  7. November 8, 2017 - 10:56 am | Permalink

    Don’t be surprised next year or the following year Going to be major changes made to C.I.F They’re still going to be 13 divisions .Open division
    ( everybody from Trinity and Centennial) 16 teams then 3 private divisions Private #1 Cathedral St. Francis notre dame Etc. private #2 Saint Paul Aquinas Notre Dame riverside etc. private #3 Rio Hondo’s webb Pasadena poly etc.
    Public schools 1-9 divisions Then you could have the even numbers of schools in each divisions . Their coaches in C.I.F Football committee both private and public Are trying to push for this. A 1-9 team going to the playoffs is a joke look at division six . 22 teams in the division how many at Large teens that division had wrong 3-7 4-6 got at large

  8. 210's Gravatar 210
    November 8, 2017 - 10:18 am | Permalink

    I am hoping for an Arroyo vs Arcadia match up in the semi’s so I can see for myself all the best players in the area (AKA Arroyo Knights) on 1 field at the same time.

  9. SH-Alum's Gravatar SH-Alum
    November 8, 2017 - 10:07 am | Permalink


    Pacifica gets in because they finished 2nd in league which is an automatic qualifier. Ayala finished 3rd which puts them 1 place ahead of Warren, and Monrovia won their league. So the division will take 1st place teams, 2nd place teams, 3rd place teams, then if warranted, AT large teams.

  10. Oiler 88''s Gravatar Oiler 88'
    November 8, 2017 - 8:25 am | Permalink

    I think you are thinking of the Cathedral QB when you say 5’10” and that makes no difference anyway. Camcho is at least 6’0″ and well rounded. Get your fact straight! Good luck to all the local teams.

  11. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 8, 2017 - 8:14 am | Permalink

    Warren finished 6-4 (4th in one of the toughest leagues-SGVL) and didn’t get an at-large birth. How is that possible? Yet, Pacifica(Oxnard) gets in with a 2-8 record, Monrovia at 4-6 and Ayala at 5-5. Just doesn’t make sense…

  12. Coacher's Gravatar Coacher
    November 8, 2017 - 2:02 am | Permalink

    Your boy #22 Mendoza is a stud I think best in the league. Should easily be MVL defensive MVP

  13. Graveyard's Gravatar Graveyard
    November 8, 2017 - 1:19 am | Permalink

    @FridayKnights why do you always assume Cathedral is behind anonymous posts? That is just some troll. We have our own playoff game we are focusing on. We do not have the time to be concerned with Arroyo and never have

  14. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 8, 2017 - 12:08 am | Permalink

    Get Back Coach aka Chain Gang aka Assistant to the Assistant,
    You don’t have to get defensive. It’s the Mid Valley Sports. Not the Mid Valley Judge. We all blog on here for the same reason. Jobs have nothing to do with it. If you were so busy you wouldn’t have come barking out once someone kicked the fence.
    We finally agree on the same thing. Arroyo got hosed on the brackets. Tough break my man.
    Sorry bud. I’m not a Cathedral guy. With my insight on all things MVL, I’m clearly a resident of El Monte.
    Good luck with the playoffs. Make sure you keep everyone behind the lines.
    Oh and Rancho Mirage is a one trick pony. Tell your pops Singy to load the box and dare them to throw.

  15. Husky1's Gravatar Husky1
    November 7, 2017 - 11:41 pm | Permalink

    Tovar best RB in the valley ?Come on ,I am not knocking the kid at all but Mr.Arroyo aka Fridayknights that is a homer call .Just cause a kid runs for massive yards like RB from Ganesha,doesn’t make him better than the running back from Amat ,charter oak,or even south hills .Until arroyo schedules a more difficult non-league ,it will always be seen as a Sierra vista,Azusa,covina,Baldwin park type of team .I am glad they are doing well for the valley but football fans know where they stand

  16. November 7, 2017 - 11:14 pm | Permalink

    Funny guy… no I got a life outside this blog that’s why I wasn’t posting. Before I lay into your school,are the anonymous from cathedral? Because if you are I think you should direct your focus to Redlands East Valley and avoid the first round choke job. If you’re not from cathedral uhmmm sorry

  17. November 7, 2017 - 11:11 pm | Permalink

    I hate the lakeside draw. I hate the way the bracket is set up as well. CIF didn’t do us any favors that’s for sure. If we do beat Lakeside, Rematch with Rancho Mirage! Tough way to go but we’re #Arroyostrong

  18. November 7, 2017 - 11:09 pm | Permalink

    Before we get into the playoff zone on Friday I’d like to post about the MVL awards.
    Ernesto Camacho Arroyo
    Steven Gomez
    Sal Tovar SEM
    Steven Ocariz Arroyo
    Abel Cuevas EMHS
    Rey Cotero Arroyo
    Andrew Lechuga Arroyo
    Campbell RHS
    Manuel Santana!!! Arroyo
    MVP tough sooo tough
    I’m calling Co MVPs Ernesto Camacho and Sal Tovar. Camacho is top Qb in the area and leads an undefeated team to another deep run. Tovar himself is probably the best back in the valley but he dominates on defense as well. Both great players… Co MVPs

  19. Kingofcali626's Gravatar Kingofcali626
    November 7, 2017 - 6:36 pm | Permalink

    It’s time to scrap this Playoff equity crap. Releaguing equity makes more sense. When releaguing happens every 4 years put teams in Leagues within the division that you think they should be in at the same time stay geographically close as possible. For instance if the Rio Hondo was a division 8 League you might have Monrovia, Arcadia Muir CV in the same league. D 13 might have a League have Pasadena Poly Rio Hondo Glendale and Hoover types in the same league. It would eliminate the walk through league deals that Monrovia and Arroyo has had for 9 out of 10 years and Glendale and Hoover losing by 50 points during League. Makes the League Season much more exciting and teams have to really earn their way in. Plus puts not so good teams in Leagues they have a chance to win a few games.

  20. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 7, 2017 - 6:17 pm | Permalink

    Let’s not forget Arroyo shouldn’t be ranked so high, they have a soft schedule and their QB is 5’10” on a good day lol

    That’s a good draw for them. Don’t let Lakeside’s record fool you. They beat about 3 schools that’s went 0-10.

    Good luck to Arroyo and all areas teams.

    FridayKnight aka Get Back Coach aka Chain Gang aka Assistant to the Assistant has been quiet, hopefully he didn’t cut his typing finger moving the chains.

  21. RAMS FAN's Gravatar RAMS FAN
    November 7, 2017 - 3:47 pm | Permalink

    @State Champs, That’s a great way at looking at it. I love an underdog.
    @San Dimas fan Thanks for the explanation, which raises another question. What happened to Buena Park after Anthony White left?

  22. November 7, 2017 - 3:02 pm | Permalink

    CIF will *NEVER* reduce a division to less than 16 teams. They get 3/4 of the gate from all games. The only reason they have not gone from 13 divisions to 15 or 16 with all the schools out there is because they don’t have the refs to cover more games. If they had the refs for 20 divisions there would be 20 divisions.

  23. San Dimas Fan's Gravatar San Dimas Fan
    November 7, 2017 - 2:03 pm | Permalink

    Small correction SoCal Bulldog:
    Crespi (1-9), which went 0-6 in the Mission League and whose only win was back in August’s season opener over Sylmar, 13-0, was given an at-large berth to the playoffs because in Division 3, 16 of the 18 pool of teams make the postseason.

    The two teams left out of the Division 3 playoffs were Serrano (2-8) and Buena Park (1-9). Interestingly, Serrano didn’t turn in an at-large application so it came down to Crespi or Buena Park for the last spot, and Crespi’s strength of schedule won out.

  24. Bottom Line's Gravatar Bottom Line
    November 7, 2017 - 1:37 pm | Permalink

    CIF head Rob Wigod would probably respond to criticisms of the Crespi fiasco by referencing the software decisions made by his computers, and claiming that the technology is not perfect, but it’s doing a pretty good job. I wonder how quick he would be to defend the same kind of technology installed in a self-driving car that has killed someone near and dear to him.

  25. Grim Reaper's Gravatar Grim Reaper
    November 7, 2017 - 12:15 pm | Permalink

    Because Crespi’s division is the AYSO.. everybody plays…

    There are only two teams that didnt make it and they had horrible records too. One didnt even turn in the paperwork to be considered as at large.

    So the real question is why did the CIF use a one size fits all 18 team playoff for what should be at best a 12 team affair. .. Maybe even 8..

    Maybe it is to provide cannon fodder to the 1 and 2 ranks in the division for a walk over.

  26. Old Coach's Gravatar Old Coach
    November 7, 2017 - 12:09 pm | Permalink

    Lakeside is in Elsinore. Tough league but their 7-3 record is a little deceiving because they played a pretty soft preseason. It should be an interesting game.

  27. SoCal Bulldog's Gravatar SoCal Bulldog
    November 7, 2017 - 11:17 am | Permalink

    @ Rams Fan it’s because Division #1 Football only has 18 teams total in that division. Let’s hope that CIF get’s it right next year. The problem is nobody wants to move up to this division to play.

  28. State Champs, 7-9!'s Gravatar State Champs, 7-9!
    November 7, 2017 - 11:10 am | Permalink

    This sort of thing is inevitable under the new playoff system. And there are surely decent teams in the lower divisions who are done for the year. I have to say, I’ll be rooting for Crespi to go on a six game win streak and win a state title, just for the sake of absurdity.

  29. RAMS FAN's Gravatar RAMS FAN
    November 7, 2017 - 10:55 am | Permalink

    How in the world does a 1 win team (Crespi) get into the playoffs? I don’t care if their 1 win came against the New England Patriots. That just shouldn’t happen.

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