Game Night: Week 5

Chris Stanis and the Burbank Bulldogs will be tested this week by Arcadia. (Photo by Doug Brown.)

All kickoffs are at 7:00 p.m. unless otherwise indicated 

Thursday September 20 

San Dimas (3-1) at California (3-2)

Cal is improved this year. In the Condors three wins this years they have racked up 168 points. San Dimas has been running the ball like…well, like San Dimas. The Saints rushing attack is in full throttle mode like usual. They have only one loss – to undefeated Bonita in the Smudge Pot. Cal might come up with a big play or two and make it interesting early but the Saints have too much overall. They will eventually wear Cal down.

San Dimas 35 California 21      


Friday September 21 


South El Monte (2-3) at Mt. View (1-4) 

Big game for South El Monte. Everybody assumes Arroyo and El Monte are a lock of one-two in the Mission Valley but the Eagles want to make sure they can at least secure that third spot. A loss to Mt. View would derail that thought quickly. South might not be the team of last year but the Eagles do have enough to beat the Vikings. View has struggled this season but did manage a win over Duarte. SEM gets the W.

South El Monte 38 Mt. View 7       


Arroyo (3-1) at Gabrielino (4-1)

Don’t let Gabrielino’s record fool you. This won’t be close. The Eagles are 4-1 but their schedule doesn’t exactly resemble murderer’s row. Arroyo fell once – again to unbeaten Bonita- while rolling the other three opponents. The Knights won’t be tested in league until they meet El Monte on October 12. This will be over by half.

Arroyo 42 Gabrielino 13    



Arcadia (2-2) at Burbank (2-2) at Burroughs

We’ll see where both teams are right away in the Pacific. Arcadia outscored Burroughs last week while Burbank was dispensing of Hoover. You can expect a high scoring affair. Both teams have shown a propensity to put points on the board. The question is who makes the most stops? Burbank can shut people down. The Bulldogs held Monrovia to just 12 in Zero Week. It might come down to who has the ball last. Burbank is physical while the Apaches are just fast. Arcadia makes the big plays late to pull it off.

Arcadia 34 Burbank 31      



Covina (3-1) at Bonita (4-0) at San Dimas 

Covina can score, we saw that last week. But Bonita can make stops. We’ve seen that all year. J.P. Andrade will be throwing the ball all over the lot. Nin Burns II and Covina will throw with the Bearcats…for awhile. Bonita will jump out early forcing the Colts to play catch up all night. And they’ll stay within a touchdown for awhile. But eventually Covina will be stopped and Bonita will take full advantage to pull away. Bonita ices it in the fourth.

Bonita 42 Covina 28      


Warren (2-2) at La Serna (5-0) at California 

Warren, under Raul Lara, has been playing good football. The Bears have lost their last two but that came against solid opponents in Culver City and Mayfair and they could surprise somebody in the San Gabriel Valley League. That being said they’ll come up short here. La Serna is always good, this year the Lancers are great. They have big wins over Colony and Mira Costa and they dropped 56 on Montebello. The Lancers will roll through the Del Rio. The real question is can they go 10-0? La Serna will be 6-0 after this one.

La Serna 45 Warren 14  


Rowland (2-2) at Nogales (1-3) 

Neither team is where it wants to be. Rowland has been up and down although the Raiders did beat Diamond Bar last week 35-21. Nogales, under new head coach Oscar Robles has gotten off to a slow start losing three of its first four. Both teams want a victory heading into league play. Should be an interesting contest, entertaining if nothing else. Rowland wins in a close call.

Rowland 23 Nogales 21 


St. Francis (2-2) at Harvard-Westlake (3-2) 

These two former Angelus League foes now get to face off in a non-league battle. Both teams have a couple of losses but they also have schedules that could rival USC’s. St. Francis still has a couple more weeks to tune up for league play. Always a dog fight when these two square off, and this will be no exception. Golden Knights have just enough to get it done.

St. Francis 27 Harvard-Westlake 24    

36 Comments to "Game Night: Week 5"

  1. Moore League's Gravatar Moore League
    September 25, 2018 - 12:05 pm | Permalink

    LB Wilson does not “schedule up” to play Long Beach Poly. They’re in the same league. Have been forever. Wilson made the D1 playoffs during the last season before the current divisional realignment silliness.

  2. QB Sneak's Gravatar QB Sneak
    September 23, 2018 - 8:00 am | Permalink

    San Dimas Fanatic Holman may not control league play but he does control preseason games. All San Dimas needs is 3 wins in league and their in the playoffs. Worst case a at large team.

  3. QB Sneak's Gravatar QB Sneak
    September 23, 2018 - 7:51 am | Permalink

    San Dimas Fanatic Long Beach Poly beat Long Beach Wilson 42-6! LB Poly is a D1 team. How would San Dimas do if they played LB Poly? I’m sure a running clock in the 2nd half. LB Wilson not afraid to schedule up.

  4. LS's Gravatar LS
    September 22, 2018 - 4:20 pm | Permalink

    Oh I think I know who your little band of PC fans are. You’re the bunch that sat on Warren’s side of the field because there was more room.

  5. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    September 22, 2018 - 2:34 pm | Permalink


    The refs robbed us? Lol yeah you’re an idiot. I was at the game, were you? Had it won? We had opportunities to win but didn’t pull it out defensively. Resort to name calling all you want with your Trump tactics but I’m sure you were a never has been so whatever. La Serna should be fine in league but if we are over confident then we’ll go 3-1. Don’t believe me? Look up how many times we lost to guys like pioneer in the past… All I’m saying is not to overlook anyone. If you can’t respect that your whole perspective is whack. Ignorant f***

  6. LS's Gravatar LS
    September 22, 2018 - 12:45 am | Permalink

    Oh my honey bunch!! Does my unbridled support of the Lancers turn you into a quivering mass of jello? Yellow flavor possibly. You were not at the game. We had it won all sorts of times but the refs robbed us. But I don’t cry over spilled milk like you band wagoners. Blame the loss on what did you say? over confidence.? The rest of the year will be as easy as one two three. Here, take a kleenex to wipe off your mascara.

  7. Anony (LS supporter)'s Gravatar Anony (LS supporter)
    September 21, 2018 - 11:33 pm | Permalink

    Anonymous, great assessment to the rhetoric that LS keeps spewing. I have to disagree with the idea that our boys “thought that they could just walk in there and win.” The Warren team is a very tough and talented team, and our Lancers knew it. If I am correct, Warren losses came on last minute one point losses, against higher ranked (MaxPrep) teams. This, by all means, was not going to be a cakewalk, no matter what MVS or LS predicted…they should be able to give Downey a great game, like tonight’s, may also have the opportunity to get over the hump and beat them.

    I tip my hat off to Warren, who should be a great contender in their Division (6)

  8. Lol's Gravatar Lol
    September 21, 2018 - 11:19 pm | Permalink

    LS… keep talking with no class you might just finish 10-0… not

  9. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    September 21, 2018 - 10:46 pm | Permalink


    Be a rah rah guy all you want – sounds like you’re just a cheerleader anyway. I don’t give a crap who likes your post. True LS fans knows what the program stands for. You make LS look like a bunch of cocky, arrogant and racist d***s. We just lost by 1 tonight to Warren, in part because we thought we could just walk in there and win. That’s why you stay humble and have a business-like attitude in your approach to an opponent. We want to win the right way you ignorant ****. Sound off however you want I know no one can change your mind – so f u and have a nice day.

  10. LS's Gravatar LS
    September 21, 2018 - 3:51 pm | Permalink

    Cry me a river. Be humble and self deprecating if you want too. And who exactly am I making look bad. There are about 2 true LS fans that read my posts and they like them. It’s the era of the fighter and taking no prisoners. So sit in your huddled little group and clap politely if you want and that is fine by me. I hold you no ill will. But me and my boys are the ones in the stands that having a kick DELETED good time. Personally, you are doing more to throw water on the school spirit. As long as you keep knocking me I will continue to fight back like you know who.

  11. San Dimas Fanatic's Gravatar San Dimas Fanatic
    September 21, 2018 - 2:43 pm | Permalink

    QB sneak see my previous post. Also remember Z used to play in the old Midvalley division which was Div 10. These divisions are not the same. That’s why his record is not the same. I’m not making excuses just presenting the how it’s currently managed by CIF. Obviously SD had been overmatched the last two years. I’ve said in the past that SD and NV were in the wrong division, NV had a great team last year and lost to Millikan that was not a fair contest.

  12. QB Sneak's Gravatar QB Sneak
    September 21, 2018 - 1:26 pm | Permalink

    San Dimas Fanatic wow! your the smart one! Like i said. San Dimas should make the playoffs every year with the weak division. Yes your right 1st 2 teams. The only other good team in their division is Northview D7. Covina is next at Div9. My question is? why does Holman schedule lower division teams in preseason? Long Beach Wilson isn’t the same team as last year. Holman scheduled them knowing that he could win the following year with all the seniors gone. I guess Holman is happy going 9-1 or 8-2 and losing in the first round of the playoffs! San Dimas Fanatic. You didn’t answer my question? What is Holman’s playoff record as a HC? The last 3 years one and done! The 2014 season, SD made it to the championship with Coach Z players.

  13. September 21, 2018 - 1:04 pm | Permalink

    Neither San Dimas or Covina are where they hoped they be at this week as far as defensively. In 2 weeks we will see who’s figured it out the most.
    Tonight we face a dangerous QB who like Comstock was wants to do it all himself. I hope we stocked up on Flex-Seal since the boat sprung a major leak last week.
    You never know with any game…that whole The best laid plans of mice and men thing….
    I have confidence though. Hopefully we can put the flex seal in storage.

  14. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    September 21, 2018 - 11:04 am | Permalink


    There is a difference between being PC and being a-hole. Just as there is a difference between being confident and cocky. La Serna needs to stay humble if they expect to make it back to the finals and not overlook there opponents that they face each week. Isn’t it obvious that you make LS look bad by the comments you make? If you truly cared about the program you’d show respect instead of stirring the pot.

  15. Football FanA's Gravatar Football FanA
    September 21, 2018 - 10:55 am | Permalink

    San Dimas fanatic if your right about Thursday’s it doesn’t hold well because I Covina is a Thursday game??

  16. QB Sneak's Gravatar QB Sneak
    September 21, 2018 - 9:52 am | Permalink

    That’s funny. Holman likes to run up the score on teams he can beat! I watch a couple of games and San Dimas was up by 52 points and still had his starters in. San Dimas fans always have an excuse. Here is San Dimas tough schedule.
    Whitter D10
    Bonita D10 Loss
    Colton D11
    Baldwin Park D12
    Rowland D12
    Wilson D13
    Good teams play on any day! Wished San Dimas (Holman) would schedule up! But he won’t. CO is down the street and Damien. Look at Holmes record in the playoffs?

  17. San Dimas Fanatic's Gravatar San Dimas Fanatic
    September 21, 2018 - 8:43 am | Permalink

    QB sneak, FYI a high school team makes the playoffs by placing either 1st or 2nd in league. Holman has no control for who he plays in league. How is that easy? Yes, I used to love the days when SD played Monrovia and Los Altos at their peak. BTW Long Beach Wilson is a Division 6 who btw plays Long Beach poly today.

  18. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    September 21, 2018 - 8:32 am | Permalink

    Lol… I noticed that too.

  19. QB Sneak's Gravatar QB Sneak
    September 21, 2018 - 7:35 am | Permalink

    Holman schedules D11 teams. He takes the easy route to the playoffs!

  20. San Dimas Fanatic's Gravatar San Dimas Fanatic
    September 21, 2018 - 12:36 am | Permalink

    Nothing is wrong with San Dimas typical Holman stuff. He likes to tinker with the offense and defense. He’s trying to find the right formula by switching out running backs, linemen and linebackers. He’s been doing this since he took over. He always does with teams he knowa they can beat. Last few years SD has blown out Cal regularly, however today they put up a better fight. Plus SD has never played well on Thursdays.

  21. Good Effort's Gravatar Good Effort
    September 20, 2018 - 11:10 pm | Permalink

    In a game which involved more defense than expected, the Cal Condors showed some vitality in losing to San Dimas 21-14. I believe there will be a real dogfight between Cal, Whittier and Santa Fe for the second automatic playoff spot in the Del Rio.

  22. Football FanA's Gravatar Football FanA
    September 20, 2018 - 10:13 pm | Permalink

    San Dimas won tonight but the last two weeks they won by a total of 14 points to teams that they should dominate!!!! Close games!!! I still like there offense but is something wrong???

  23. LS's Gravatar LS
    September 20, 2018 - 6:03 pm | Permalink

    Boy what has happened to the real Lancer fans. The days of Palmer and company. Now everyone has to be PC. If not you’re an imposter. Don’t let these nancy’s tear you down fellas. You ain’t afraid of no guy named Lara.

  24. Just an 'ol has been's Gravatar Just an 'ol has been
    September 20, 2018 - 4:41 pm | Permalink

    I also think the person listed on this as “LS” is an imposter. A mole. Someone trying to create “locker room, bulletin board material” (does anyone even do that anymore? I’ve been out of the coaching world for a while). I know a couple coaches and parents over there at LS, This is not an accurate reflection of the Lancer group.

    Best of luck to all!

  25. Just an 'ol has been's Gravatar Just an 'ol has been
    September 20, 2018 - 4:19 pm | Permalink

    @ TP
    “Stop drinking the kool-aid”. (just kidding)
    With all due respect respect to you, the Lancers of La Serna and the Warren Bears, I don’t think anyone should anticipate such a one sided game as you have predicted. I have only seen LS play one game this year and one for Warren. They are two completely different types of teams. I honestly think this game will come down to turnovers and who makes the least amount of mistakes.
    I have to agree with ANONYMOUS, be prepared for a “dog fight”.

  26. LS's Gravatar LS
    September 20, 2018 - 1:44 pm | Permalink

    La Serna 56 Warren 14- Running clock in the 4th. Go Lancers!!!!

  27. Captain's Gravatar Captain
    September 20, 2018 - 12:50 pm | Permalink

    All it takes to beat arroyo is to smack them in the mouth and play good defense. They are not invincible. MVL teams need to realize that. Yeah, they may recruit just like schurr high or even have an advantage by having more coaches and a pop warner feeder system. That would only motivate as a player… and it actually did many years ago when we shut them out.

  28. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    September 20, 2018 - 12:45 pm | Permalink

    Chuck, get off the blog man. You embarrass yourself, Jim, and the Arroyo football program. Your a good team and Singiser runs a fine program. Coming on here as some anonymous fan “Friday knights” to defend Arroyo or trash other programs is just dumb. No more Friday knights man, just coach up your team and stop commenting.

  29. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    September 20, 2018 - 12:14 pm | Permalink

    Don’t sleep on Bassett Against Loara. It should be a good game

  30. MVS Fan's Gravatar MVS Fan
    September 20, 2018 - 10:29 am | Permalink

    I think you’ll give El Monte a better game than that I say 36-24. I finally seen booth play last Friday nobody comes close to him in the MVL.

  31. Got to love the ignorance...'s Gravatar Got to love the ignorance...
    September 20, 2018 - 9:58 am | Permalink

    Join a tougher league, cry, cry, cry…
    Now, I will be the first to admit that FridayKnightLights can be a tool sometimes, so lets get that out of the way. But, all the Arroyo bashing b/c they play nobody, is getting old. The coach cannot control the league he’s in, nor the downfall (sometimes seasonal) of opponents who are scheduled years in advance. I don’t think Singiser is afraid of any opposition (albeit it would be stupid to schedule MD & SJB types). Over the years, Arroyo’s played Los Altos, Hart, Northview, Claremont, Tustin, transfer-laden Schurrs, and whoever comes across their paths in the play-offs. The take the Ws & Ls all the same.
    What does not seem to resonate with you boneheads, is that Arroyo has no control over CIF-Division placement nor League placement. Glenn Martinez controls the play-off divisions, take your gripes to him.
    As for league placements, the area principals make those decisions, and even then, they are constricted by area boundaries. All the talk about “Arroyo should man-up and join the Valle Vista or Hacienda League” is non-sense, just for the fact that those leagues are in the Mt. SAC AREA, and Arroyo is in the Foothill AREA. They cannot join those leagues, no matter what anybody wants. The league possibilities are MVL, Rio Hondo, Pacific, Del Rio, 605, or Suburban Leagues.
    So, get working on your genius proposals, and find the 40 some-odd principals, as sell them on why your way is the best (and it can’t be just football based, it has to be sensible for the total sport programs at the AREA schools).

  32. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    September 20, 2018 - 8:34 am | Permalink

    Or you should join a tougher league.

  33. September 19, 2018 - 10:09 pm | Permalink

    MVS hit on the head. Gabs record is deceiving and this game will not be close. Gab won’t score 13 points either. Score will be 48-7. The only game that be remotely close is vs EM but even that will be 35-7. Only thing I’m concerned about is being challenged enough before the playoffs start. These MVL teams have to start stepping up.

  34. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    September 19, 2018 - 10:08 pm | Permalink

    I really hope the LS game turns out this way but I’m anticipating a dog fight with this one

  35. mvl surprise's Gravatar mvl surprise
    September 19, 2018 - 9:33 pm | Permalink

    I think Mountain View beats south El Monte 28-20 Mountain View is bad but I think south is that much worse

  36. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    September 19, 2018 - 6:37 pm | Permalink

    Man, what has happened to Nogales? Wasnt there a guy commenting on how Robles was the second coming. A lot of talk, but not backing it up. Big dud!

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