Game Night: CIF Playoffs 1st Round

Arroyo opens defense of its CIF title at home against Lakeside

All kickoffs are 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise indicated:

Friday November 7


Crespi (1-9, Mission at large) at Charter Oak (10-0, Hacienda #1) 

Crespi is lucky to get in but now the luck runs out as the Celts travel to Charter Oak. The Chargers are primed and ready for a long playoff run. Crespi won’t last a half. Charter Oak  rolls into second round. It could get ugly.

Charter Oak 45 Crespi 14


La Serna (6-4, Del Rio #2)  at St. Francis (9-1, Angelus #2) 

It’s been somewhat of a disappointing year for La Serna. The Lancers are used to winning the Del Rio. A loss to Santa Fe wasn’t in their plans. The Lancers rolled through league after that loss but it did throw a wrench in their season. As for the Golden Knights, they’re still mad about losing to Cathedral. They’ll probably take it out on La Serna. St. Francis wins going away.

St. Francis 35 La Serna 10   



Summit (5-5, Sunkist at large) at San Marino (7-2, Rio Hondo #2) 

Tough opening matchup for San Marino. Summit always competes. However the Titans are at home and Stephen Carr is now carrying the ball for USC, not the Skyhawks. It won’t be easy but some home cooking and a strong running attack gets it done for San Marino. Titans advance.

San Marino 27 Summit 20   


DIV 7 

Yorba Linda (7-3, Crestview #2) at Monrovia (4-6, Rio Hondo #1)

Monrovia is at home, that part is good. What isn’t good for the Monrovia faithful is that the Wildcats now face a Yorba Linda team that is anything but a pushover. The Mustangs three losses were to teams that were a combined 27-3 including Capistrano Valley which was 10-0. A home crowd and a couple of scores early could keep the Wildcats in the game. Otherwise it could be a long night for the green and white. Monrovia’s season comes to an end.

Yorba Linda 38 Monrovia 24          



Kaiser (7-3, Sunkist #2) at San Dimas (7-3, Valle Vista #1T)

The Saints may be playing the best football in the area right now. Since losing to Covina 36-35 on October 7, San Dimas has reeled off four straight scoring 215 points in the process. Yeah, 215. They have had some struggles on defense, they allowed 42 to Northview as well as the 35 to the Colts, but the offense has been prolific. Kaiser could pose a problem. The Cats finished second in the always competitive Sunkist and can put points on the board. But if the Saints offense continues to click and the defense can make a couple of stops they should be fine. San Dimas wins a close call.

San Dimas 31 Kaiser 27 


DIV 10

Montebello (7-3, Almont #2T) at Pasadena Poly (8-1-1, Prep #1)

Pasadena Poly’s record may be a little inflated. Yes the Panthers did win eight games and they haven’t lost since August 25 when Temple City beat them 20-7. But here’s the rub. Temple City didn’t make the playoffs and the argument can be made that Pasadena Poly hasn’t played anybody since then. Montebello is on the road but the drive to Rose City is short and sweet. On the field the Oilers came within four points of running the Almont League table. Montebello gets the W.

Montebello 28 Pasadena Poly 17       


DIV 11

Victor Valley (5-5, Desert Sky #2) at Covina (8-2, Valle Vista #1T) (Covina District Field) 

The good thing for the Colts is they don’t have to drive out to Victorville. They get Victor Valley in the friendly confines of Covina District Field and Covina has won eight of its last nine games to boot. Victor Valley may put up a fight early, but in the end the Colts should have enough. Nin Burns II and the Covina offense leads the way to a Colt victory.

Covina 34 Victor Valley 21      


Lakeside (7-3, Sunbelt #3T) at Arroyo (10-0, Mission Valley #1)

Arroyo has wrapped up a perfect 10-0 season and now has its eyes set on a second straight CIF title. Lakeside (Lake Elsinore) went 7-3 overall but just 2-3 in the Sunbelt League and four of its wins came against teams that went winless on the season. The Knights may run into some trouble down the road but they’ll be fine in this one. Arroyo jumps out to an early lead and never looks back. Knights move on the the second round.

Arroyo 42 Lakeside 14   

40 Comments to "Game Night: CIF Playoffs 1st Round"

  1. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 13, 2017 - 8:09 am | Permalink

    @ Anonymous You’re right about this being a team sport. But the entire San Dimas team couldn’t stop #17 for Kaiser. 349 yards rushing, 3 TDs. This kid can ball.

  2. Oiler Nation's Gravatar Oiler Nation
    November 10, 2017 - 9:20 pm | Permalink


    Nope! Known him for many years He’s done a great job and just backing my alma mater! !

  3. Ahs's Gravatar Ahs
    November 10, 2017 - 3:06 pm | Permalink

    Why you talking smack about Arroyo’s head coach

  4. Fantasyland's Gravatar Fantasyland
    November 10, 2017 - 2:39 pm | Permalink

    This anonymous poster who’s telling everyone to shut up and let the kids play, because “anything can happen” needs to wake-up and smell real life. There are first-round matchups that everyone knows will end badly for certain teams that managed to just squeak into the postseason, but this feel-good dolt wants us to keep a tight lip, because there’s a one in two million chance that an upset will occur. How is all this coddling going to help these young men when they hit the streets to make their own way in life? The entire point of football is to show the fellows that life isn’t fair, that you’ve got to ignore the crap that some people spew and keep carrying on. If the various players find an offensive comment on these pages, it’s good training for them to deal with it in the manner deserved.

  5. Coach Vaughn's Gravatar Coach Vaughn
    November 10, 2017 - 2:29 pm | Permalink

    Much props to Frank Ibarra III from Nogales High School. He lit up La Puente high for 5 touchdowns. Son, if you read this post, it was pleasure to coach you for 5 years with the La Puente Warriors of the San Gabriel Valley Junior All-American Conference. I’m not surprised of your accomplishments Continue to prosper academically and athletically.

  6. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 10, 2017 - 1:20 pm | Permalink

    @Oiler Nation

    You must be a Gozales!!

  7. ..'s Gravatar ..
    November 10, 2017 - 11:29 am | Permalink

    Everyone in here talking all this crap just stop and let these kids play anything can happen every team has a bad game or a slump so what happens to everyone records don’t matter who you played in the past dont matter it’s how you play this Friday these kids are just trying to have fun a play ball have respect for that.

  8. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 10, 2017 - 11:28 am | Permalink

    Everyone in here talking all this crap just stop and let these kids play anything can happen every team has a bad game or a slump so what happens to everyone records don’t matter who you played in the past dont matter it’s how you play this Friday these kids are just trying to have fun a play ball have respect for that.

  9. SH's Gravatar SH
    November 10, 2017 - 10:52 am | Permalink

    One of the reason Nogales is doing well is because they are not in the Val Vista league. They got a easy first round game against La Puente. Now is when they can open some eyes going forward.

  10. Sgv Insider's Gravatar Sgv Insider
    November 10, 2017 - 10:21 am | Permalink

    Damn autocorrect!!! I meant Schurr not shirt…

  11. Sgv Insider's Gravatar Sgv Insider
    November 10, 2017 - 10:20 am | Permalink

    I agree that there’s no way Montebello loses to Pasadena Poly. There 2nd round game will test them, not tonight’s opponent. Shirt as well shouldn’t get tested till round 2 or 3 either. Don’t be surprised if Crespi hangs with Charter Oak for awhile. They won’t beat the Chargers but playing a division 1 schedule week in and week out is a lot tougher than beating up on West Covina and Walnut. Also, and I know this is going to hurt some of you, but don’t be shocked if Arroyo loses tonight. They physically don’t match up with Lakeside. This game will be a lot closer than most of you think. Big props to Nogales for last night’s win. What that program has accomplished in 2 yrs is nothing short of amazing.

  12. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 10, 2017 - 9:16 am | Permalink

    @hater of the week..wait I mean lock of the week lol keep hating

  13. Buttermilk's Gravatar Buttermilk
    November 10, 2017 - 8:15 am | Permalink

    @oilernation are you in denial…..

  14. Oiler Nation's Gravatar Oiler Nation
    November 10, 2017 - 7:06 am | Permalink


    Sounds logical but that Kid has been on the sidelines since game 1. All of us fans have been waiting for him to be eligible. He’s a monster! He’s a Schurr transfer and we were hoping he would play against them. Sounds like we dropped the ball if that’s what happened. Btw, BG is in a different division then us. They’re in Div 12. Im not too concerned with them. Not a very good team…

  15. Lock of the Week's Gravatar Lock of the Week
    November 10, 2017 - 1:25 am | Permalink

    I’m gratified to hear from Oiler Nation that Gonzalez is staying. I hope to hear from the Montebello faithful after Friday’s loss about how Pete’s first goal is to build character, and compared to that, championships rate a distant second.

  16. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 9, 2017 - 10:19 pm | Permalink

    play somebody?

  17. @oiler Nation's Gravatar @oiler Nation
    November 9, 2017 - 10:08 pm | Permalink

    Don’t kid yourself that is the reason BG made it. Montebello played a player that transferred without submitting paperwork to CIF. The player got eligible after the grades where turned in that is why it is only brought up now. Ask good ol Pete if I’m lying. #15 is the person we are talking about if you don’t know. Realize how he only played in the last two games

  18. Oh Buckets...'s Gravatar Oh Buckets...
    November 9, 2017 - 9:37 pm | Permalink

    Wrong Valencia…and El Dorado lost, albeit was a close game. And, the Valencia El Dorado lost to is in D-5, so, your point is still very valid, tough draw for SEM…but not the snot-knocking Valencia of Valencia, CA

  19. November 9, 2017 - 8:59 pm | Permalink

    SEM is not playing a team that beat a D-2 team!!! Look again…

  20. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 9, 2017 - 8:51 pm | Permalink

    @Codename: Buckets not true, there are two Valencia’s. SEM plays the other one. D2 Valencia only loss this year was to Calabassas

  21. November 9, 2017 - 7:55 pm | Permalink

    It must be the case. There is no other explanation for the easy path into and on through the playoffs.
    Monrovia tough game
    Arcadia tough game
    SEM plays a team that beat a D2 Valencia team…Yes D2!
    San Mario drew Summit
    Los Altos Gets probably the toughest draw.
    All our Area Teams two teams have cupcake games
    Arroyo and Schurr.

  22. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 9, 2017 - 6:47 pm | Permalink

    @ oiler nation
    Maxpreps is showing you guys Forfeited against San Gabriel?

  23. Oiler Nation's Gravatar Oiler Nation
    November 9, 2017 - 6:26 pm | Permalink

    @ lock of the week?

    I can smell your jealousy from a mile away. Get over it already. Why would you think for one second that Gonzalez doesn’t deserve another year? We came within 3 points of beating Schurr again for a league title. Mind you, the 5th straight year. I’m an alumni at the school and it’s been decades since we’ve had a solid consistent football team. I’m letting you know that he won’t be going anywhere. That’s the way we want it and that’s the way it will be. Move on you jealous loser….
    Buttermilk? Where do you get your info regarding the forfeit? That never happened. Stop spreading rumors….

  24. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 9, 2017 - 6:23 pm | Permalink

    La salle 3-7 overall beat Monrovia with a freshman qb at 5’9” weighing 105lbs
    Monrovia has a lot of issues I thinking dropping them a division helps them rebuild possibly new coaches next year

  25. Buttermilk's Gravatar Buttermilk
    November 9, 2017 - 6:12 pm | Permalink

    @SteliosSHS..who give a flying fart about what Montebello does…they tied with GB in league because they fortified and game to San Gabriel…I agree with you about the other areas schools…there got to be a game more interesting then that…….

  26. Coacher's Gravatar Coacher
    November 9, 2017 - 5:09 pm | Permalink

    Only last 4 teams in division go down and top 4 move up. So Monrovia would move up before down

  27. Really?'s Gravatar Really?
    November 9, 2017 - 5:06 pm | Permalink

    Why should Monrovia go down a division? They won their league, made the playoffs and they are only 24 teams in their division. They loss to Burbank by 2 scores, they lost to La Salle by 2 points and should have won the game. They do have division 7 athletes, don’t they? They have had lots of success, but it seems that instead of being a team that competes, you feel you have to dominate. You know, like you did in your league and CIF back a few years ago in the Mid-Valley Div 10. Go, o-10, 1-9, or 2-8 for a year or two and you will drop. But, by then you might loose some of those players you have to other teams. Take out TC/SP/LC and put Arroyo/SEM/Rosemead in, this might get you into Div 9/10 where you and they belong.

  28. November 9, 2017 - 4:50 pm | Permalink

    Arroyo’s HC is in good with CIF…hes always gotten his way in the meetings

  29. Carnac the Magnificent's Gravatar Carnac the Magnificent
    November 9, 2017 - 2:47 pm | Permalink

    it will be interesting to see if Monrovia drops to division 8 if they stink up the place and go one and done to a supposedly superior Yorba Linda team in a Valley Christian Cerritos style defeat.

    Then the pre season schedule and losing record will be crazy like a fox and will lead to a Division 8 title as they get rewarded with a drop down as the younger skill players improve (ie QB)

    Who knows maybe they can pull another rabbit out of their hat.. But with a 40-20 margin against Temple City and the rest, it looks like the 42-37 win over San Marino was an outlier.

    RE San Marino even if they beat Summit they would have to then (presumably) beat the 1 seed the following week.

  30. November 9, 2017 - 2:41 pm | Permalink

    How is it that Arroyo does this every year? they get the easiest road to the semis Ive eve seen. They open with a Lakeside team that Only beats winless teams and smacked when they play real teams. the ! seed overall in D12 has a much tougher opening game. Then you get the winner of Jurupa Hills and Rancho Mirage. which will be Rancho Mirage, not because they are a good team but because Jurupa Hills is that bad. Rancho Mirage got smacked by D12 Bell Gardens a 15th seed BTW. Go look at the top seed second round match up…. much tougher. How is it that Arroyo can luck out like this every time. Last year Verbum Dei 45 Point win, Segerstrom 45 point win. They play in a league they’ve clearly outgrown and now CIF is rolling out the red carpet for these guys? Don’t be fooled Arroyo can sleep walk into the semis. Arcadia if they are luckily enough to get there could offer a game but after the battles might worse for ware. Unbelievable!

  31. Really?'s Gravatar Really?
    November 9, 2017 - 1:00 pm | Permalink

    MVS Guys
    It is reported on the CIF website that all games this year have a starting time of 7:30pm, unless other wise posted. It is Thursday, please let us know the true starting times for the local games. Thanks!
    From T. Peterson: Usually playoff games are 7:30 and that’s what CIF posts so we can only go by that. But since it’s a Thursday and I’ve seen them change before I’d plan on 7:00. That way even if it is 7:30 you’re early.

  32. Lock of the Week's Gravatar Lock of the Week
    November 9, 2017 - 12:28 pm | Permalink

    The Almont is a steaming pile, with most of the odor rising up from Keppel, San Gabriel and Alhambra. Montebello has a smell all its own, as shown in the team’s performance versus Whittier, ER and even horrible Alhambra. Look for the Oilers to drop this Friday’s tilt at Pasadena Poly, after which Gonzalez will be rewarded with an extension.

  33. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 9, 2017 - 12:03 pm | Permalink

    Tim please may you change my spelling in greatest thank you
    From T. Peterson: Done.

  34. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 9, 2017 - 12:01 pm | Permalink

    Footbal is the greatest TEAM SPORT!!! #17 for Kaiser is one player – I’d take #15 from Northview over him any day of the week.. and SD defeated him!!!…..I think Kaiser will need to worry about stopping San Dimas’ running game a little more.than Sd one guy….. they seem to be hitting on all cylinders..
    2- 1000+ yard backs 1-700 yard back 1- 500 yard back and a 1000 yard passer!!! WOW !!!

  35. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 9, 2017 - 11:22 am | Permalink

    Good thing ER didn’t make the playoffs or they be ripping you guys a new one 😂

  36. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 9, 2017 - 8:42 am | Permalink

    Where’s South El Monte write up?

  37. Stelios SHS's Gravatar Stelios SHS
    November 9, 2017 - 8:20 am | Permalink

    Cantwell, Schurr, Arcadia, Whittier are missing right? (From the local area)

  38. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 9, 2017 - 8:19 am | Permalink

    San Dimas won’t stop RB #17 Allgeier.

  39. 210's Gravatar 210
    November 9, 2017 - 7:41 am | Permalink


    Why no write up on arcadia vs Hillcrest , another D11 matchup tomorrow ? Would of been nice to hear your thoughts.

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