Game Night: Week 10

Amaris Harrison leads Muir into the Turkey Tussle with Pasadena Thursday night at the Rose Bowl. (Photo by Doug Brown).

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

Thursday October 31

Pasadena (6-2) vs. Muir (7-2) (Rose Bowl)
Last Year: Muir 33-14
The Turkey Tussle is a little more meaningful this year as each team is vying to improve its playoff chances. Muir is 4-1 in the Pacific League while Pasadena is 3-2 and tied with Burbank for third. A loss coupled with a Burbank win could knock the Bulldogs out of playoff contention. The Mustangs need a win to secure their second place spot. Pasadena is an improved team. They have raised a few eyebrows this year, but the Stangs are just too talented. Pasadena won’t be able to hang for 48 minutes. Muir wins in the Rose Bowl.
Muir 34 Pasadena 13

Mission Valley
El Monte (9-0) at South El Monte (4-5)
Last Year: El Monte 53-7
South El Monte, locked in a four-way tie in the MVL for second place needs a win to secure a playoff spot. El Monte is looking for a perfect season. With the Eagles it’s hard to know which team is going to show up. Will it be the team that Arroyo beat 42-17 or the team that routed Rosemead 51-28? South also lost to Gabrielino in the first league game. They would need a near perfect game to beat El Monte and based on their inconsistency that won’t happen. Lions end the regular season 10-0.
El Monte 42 South El Monte 21

Friday November 1

Bell Gardens (3-6) at Schurr (4-5)
Last Year: Bell Gardens 45-7
Both teams are 2-2 in the Almont. A win could mean a third place finish and a playoff berth. Schurr has had trouble stopping people all year. Bell Gardens isn’t where it would like to be but the Lancers have played well on occasion. They were up on undefeated Alhambra before eventually losing by nine points last week. Schurr gave up 69 points to Alhambra while BG allowed just 23. Bell Gardens should make enough stops to get it done. The Spartans give up too many points.
Bell Gardens 31 Schurr 17

Cathedral (5-4) at St. Francis (7-2)
Last Year: Cathedral 31-17
Best game of the week will be at St. Francis. Always a great battle between two heavyweights. Cathedral is at the top of the Mission League but St. Francis can overtake the Phantoms with a victory. Both teams can score, play defense and has athletes all over the field. Will come down to who makes a play in the fourth quarter. Cathedral holds on and wins by a field goal.
Cathedral 27 St. Francis 24

Del Rio
Santa Fe (3-6) at El Rancho (7-2)
Last Year: El Rancho 52-14
This game is important to Santa Fe because a win would put the Chiefs into a tie with El Rancho for second place in the Del Rio. Santa Fe shocked Whittier 2-0 last week to get in this position. But El Rancho has had a great year. The Dons only losses have come against undefeated La Serna and 7-2 Northview. They aren’t about to stumble in this one and let the Chiefs throw a monkey wrench into their plans. Santa Fe might hang around for a quarter but after that it’s all ER. Dons roll and gain some momentum heading into post season.
El Rancho 35 Santa Fe 7.

Los Altos (7-2) at South Hills (5-4) (Covina District Field)
Last Year: South Hills 49-14
The winner here will secure the second place spot in the Hacienda League. Diamond Ranch looks good for first with only West Covina left in its path. A second place finish would not only secure a playoff spot but possibly a home game as well. Los Altos has just two losses to D Ranch and Glendora while South Hills has stumbled four times. The Conquerors are still smarting from the beating the Huskies gave them last year. They might be looking for a little pay back. This team has the moxie to do it. Los Altos
takes second in league.
Los Altos 24 South Hills 14

Rio Hondo
La Canada (5-4) at South Pasadena (6-3)
Last Year: South Pasadena 27-13
A playoff berth is on the line here. With Monrovia and San Marino slated for one and two in the Rio Hondo the third place team could earn that final CIF berth. La Canada was humbled last week by San Marino 42-7 while South Pasadena held off Temple City 21-14 Monday night. The Spartans beat TC also but were outscored by San Marino and Monrovia 93-10. The Tigers fell to San Marino as well but by only three points. South Pasadena looks more polished at this point. Tigers get the W.
South Pasadena 21 La Canada 14

San Gabriel Valley
Downey (4-5) at Warren (6-3)
Last Year: Warren 48-28
Paramount will take care of Gahr Friday night. That we know about the San Gabriel Valley League. What we don’t know is who will finish second. Warren-Downey is one of the best rivalries in Southern California high school football and this year will be even more intense with both teams coming into the game tied for second in the SGV at 3-1. Like the Cathedral-St. Francis battle this should go down to the wire. Who makes the big stop? Who makes the big play on offense. Hard one to call. Downey has just enough.
Downey 35 Warren 31

15 Comments to "Game Night: Week 10"

  1. Pato's Gravatar Pato
    October 31, 2019 - 11:20 pm | Permalink

    Whittier forfeited the 4 games it won due to playing academically ineligible players. Whittier now 0-10. Who’s head will roll for this?

  2. Whs's Gravatar Whs
    October 31, 2019 - 1:51 pm | Permalink

    Does anyone have any facts regarding WHS forfeiting games?

  3. October 31, 2019 - 12:59 pm | Permalink

    Gold, You really think Gabby has a shootout in them? It’s still bird hunting season we already got some Eagles hunted what’s a little more. We win 42-10

    You’re giving way to much credit to SEM The “SoCal Lions” roll SEM 50-7 IMO.
    Only question is does Frank Gallardo survive an embarrassing blowout at the swamp?

    Rosemead against The View. It’s the end of a merciful season 0-10 is a new low even for the Vikings. On the positive side it’s only up from here boys can get any worse… can it? Panthers win 35-7

  4. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    October 31, 2019 - 6:24 am | Permalink

    @T.Peterson you are a legend my friend love your responses. Sweet but

  5. Areafan's Gravatar Areafan
    October 31, 2019 - 6:23 am | Permalink

    @Mr.Golbricker sir, I been to the last 4 El Monte games to see hype myself and I dont know if your going to agree with me, but their is more to this team then just Booth which people only talk about. #2, #3 #23, #20, make alot of play on defense and get no love.

  6. My Two Cents's Gravatar My Two Cents
    October 30, 2019 - 12:26 pm | Permalink

    RHP vs Poly game is actually at 3pm not 2:30. The reason for the early start time is because Poly’s field doesn’t have any lights. Not sure if this game will be competitive, Poly got doubled up by South Pasadena and SP is not a good team.

  7. Coach Alonso's Gravatar Coach Alonso
    October 30, 2019 - 10:41 am | Permalink

    Whats up coach Mike Minter?

  8. Poetic 1's Gravatar Poetic 1
    October 30, 2019 - 10:06 am | Permalink

    Muir coaches don’t have a clue
    Pasadena’s do
    Bulldogs by two

  9. October 30, 2019 - 12:48 am | Permalink

    MVL playoff implications all over the place this week. The season has been pretty exciting and much more competitive than in years past.

    First off El Monte 1 win away from being 10-0 standing in their way is the SEM Eagles and the swamp! This game has seen big upsets in the past. Do the Eagles have what it takes to not only beat the lions but punch their way into the playoffs? Well the Eagles have a good run game and a bit of a passing game to keep teams honest. But can the Coaches figure out how to exploit the lions defense? I doubt it based on passed experience. The Lions have the reigning MVP and the One of a great 1-2 punch along with Cuevas. Too much lions here. The Eagles have been way to inconsistent to trust them. Lion staff is just better than SEMs. Lions win and win big. 48-17

    Arroyo faces off against Gabrielino both teams need a win both teams are desperate and both teams are coming off losses. Arroyo is in a position it hasn’t been in a few seasons but the Knights control their own destiny and I’m sure Jim Singiser is just fine with that. I’m predicting a high scoring affair here both defenses are suspect right now I think it comes down to who has the ball last. Arroyo pulls it out in the end 34-28 and punch their ticket to the post season.

    Rosemead has the Vikings this week. The Vikes play hard and do not quit but are just too green and just not ready to compete with the Panthers and Ivan Ostry. Rosemead wins 35-7. Panthers are back in the playoffs.

  10. Colt74's Gravatar Colt74
    October 29, 2019 - 9:43 pm | Permalink

    I can not believe that you guys did not do a Thursday Night write up/prediction about Covina – Baldwin park???????????????

    I mean this is for 4th place in the VVL!


    Yeah. It’s been one of those seasons.

  11. Coach Coach's Gravatar Coach Coach
    October 29, 2019 - 11:41 am | Permalink

    Tim I applaud you for your work and where you stand brother!
    Now a days kids are fortunate anyone cares as much as some do to cover HS football games. It’s more of a hobby than a job but the Mid gets it done somehow.

  12. Coaches Corner's Gravatar Coaches Corner
    October 28, 2019 - 9:42 pm | Permalink

    Much love Tim don’t get me wrong. Mid Valley was always very good to us over at Monrovia. Mid Valley is still and will always be my #1 . Just giving a lil love for the Prep League. True, never loved afternoon Friday or Saturday morning Football games. Still don’t. See you soon my friend

  13. Mike Minter's Gravatar Mike Minter
    October 28, 2019 - 8:39 pm | Permalink

    WOW! My bad. I didn’t know there was a time restriction on Games of the Week. I thought you were just giving 411 on the best games of the week not the best times to watch games of the week. Poly has NO lights. We play when we can. I guess you’ll have to hear about the game from the SGVTribune. I know the will be there. By the way. What does that have to do with the importance of the game. Oh Well! Let us know how that So.Pas or Schuur game works out.
    From T. Peterson: C’mon Coach! It’s not like it’s Monrovia! I’ll try to get somebody over there if I can pull them away from work but I’ll say it again and I know I’m not alone on this. Friday afternoon games SUCK! Even the kids hate it! They’ve told me. They want Friday night lights!! I’ll let you know how the St. Francis-Cathedral game works out. The SGV Tribune is still in business? Where can I find them? Haven’t seen them all year!

  14. MVS's Gravatar MVS
    October 28, 2019 - 8:28 pm | Permalink

    Write something up

  15. Coaches Corner's Gravatar Coaches Corner
    October 28, 2019 - 6:53 pm | Permalink

    C’mon Tim. Only League title up for grabs Friday and we get no run. Not even a mention. Best game in town happens Friday afternoon. Thats right afternoon. Rio Hondo Prep vs Pasadena Poly for all the marbles. 2:30 Kickoff @ Pasadena Poly. Only one team gets to go to Div.12 playoffs because of the 3-man league.
    #gokares #rhplife
    From T. Peterson: Friday afternoon at 2:30?? And you really expect anybody to be there? People have jobs my friend. Especially parents. RHP is a good team, no argument there. But do something about those start times. That’s terrible!

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