All kickoffs are at 7:00 p.m. unless otherwise indicated.
Thursday September 19
Bell Gardens (1-3) at San Marino (0-4)
Last Year: San Marino 41-29
Neither team is off to the kind of start they had hoped for. While San Marino has only scored seven points in each of its four games, Bell Gardens is coming off a big win over Glenn after just missing against Norwalk the week before. BG still needs to pick up some momentum heading into Almont League play. The Lancers have just enough.
Bell Gardens 21 San Marino 17
Friday September 20
Crescenta Valley (3-0) at Pasadena (3-0)
Last Year: Crescenta Valley 47-28
Pasadena is getting there. the Bulldogs are off to a great start. Not only have they won their first three games but they have outscored their opponents 146-14. Crescenta Valley though is a different animal. The Falcons are also unbeaten and have put it on its three opponents as well. CV, as always, will be in the hunt, if not the outright favorite to win the league. Pasadena is close but Crescenta Valley has already arrived. Falcons win the Pacific opener.
Crescenta Valley 31 Pasadena 28
Bishop Amat (3-1) at Cathedral (3-1)
Last Year: Bishop Amat 42-21
“Amat is on the clock,” said Cathedral assistant Robert Maxie on Twitter. The Phantoms have been looking forward to this one since last year when Amat beat them by three scores. Cathedral has suffered just one setback but a loss to Cajon isn’t exactly one to sweat about. Bishop Amat has just one loss as well – to JSerra. If you want to see some “Big Boy” football Cathedral High School is the place to be Friday night. It will be a test of wills, a heavyweight battle if you will. Bishop Amat will deliver some shots but Cathedral is the last team standing.
Cathedral 27 Bishop Amat 24
Covina (2-1) at Monrovia (3-1)
Last Year: Covina 57-50
I think its safe to say this game will be different than last year’s. While Monrovia looks improved from last year’s edition Covina, while competitive, isn’t nearly as explosive. The Wildcats fell two weeks ago to Los Altos but bounced back nicely last Saturday night with an impressive win over South Hills. The Colts have won their last two after a win over West Covina last week. Covina will come to play but this year M-Town has too much. Cats roll.
Monrovia 38 Covina 7
La Serna (4-0) at Montebello (0-4)
Last Year: La Serna 56-17
If you have early dinner plans Friday night this might be the game for you. I think it’s safe to say this one will be like last year’s. La Serna is good. I mean really, really good. Montebello is still trying to find its way. Oilers will be fine in league but not Friday night. Lancers will be in cruise control by halftime.
La Serna 41 Montebello 14
Northview (4-0) at Los Altos (3-1)
Last Year: Northview 31-7
This could be the game of the week. Northview has established itself as a power knocking over everyone in its path. Los Altos has been impressive as well even in its one defeat. The Conquerors loss last week to undefeated Glendora was only decided by one score. Could go either way. Flip a coin and you’ll probably have just as good of a shot to pick the winner. The pick here is Northview. Just too many playmakers.
Northview 35 Los Altos 31
Arroyo (2-1) at Rio Hondo Prep (3-0)
Interesting game here. Arroyo has won its last two after an opening night loss to Bonita. The Knights have scored 105 points in their last two games. Rio Hondo has steam rolled its three opponents while pitching two shutouts. This is the first time these two schools have ever played even though they’re a nine iron away from each other. The Kares can ball, no question, and will make a some big plays at times but Arroyo should prevail as long as the Knights don’t take anything for granted. Jim Singiser and the coaching staff won’t let them.
Arroyo 28 Rio Hondo Prep 21
Schurr (2-2) at Whittier (1-3) (California)
Last Year: Whittier 57-14
Whittier can look great at times (see win over San Dimas) and very pedestrian at others (see loss to Arcadia). Schurr had a momentum building win last week erasing a 21 point deficit to stun Rosemead. Both teams need a win heading into league play. Whittier can run the ball and at times the Spartans have had trouble stopping the run. The Cardinals ground attack eventually wears Schurr down. The Cards come out on top.
Whittier 24 Schurr 17