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Game Night: ZERO WEEK 2012

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Friday, August 24th

(All Games kick-off is 7:PM)


Alhambra at Mountain View

Two new head coaches (Joe Kanach/Alhambra and Victor Ambruso/Mt.View) and two programs that tumultuous off-seasons. The Vikings are energized, they’ve been bitten by injury but should be comeptitive running their double-wing attack.

The Moors, however, physically have too much. They’ve lost a host of skill players from a year ago, but in Ezra Broadus legs and some punshiners along the line of scrimmage they should be able to wear down the Vikes.

Prediction: Alhambra 31 Mt. View 14


Arroyo at Los Altos

One of the most interesting match ups of the opening weekend. Both schools are looking to replace not just starting quarterbacks, but significantly talented quarterbacks. Not easy.

The Conquerors, after a great playoff run in 2011, appear to have lost more, while most of the Knights defense is back and ready for carnage. In fact this may be the best Arroyo defense since 2004.

Prediction: Arroyo 20 Los Altos 10


Baldwin Park at El Monte

It would be easy to write off the Braves because of all the off season drama in replacing James Heggins as head coach. BP has talent, they have bruisers, Dominic Hilo is not a guy you want to cross.

The Lions on the other hand have had no uncertainty. The team theme is “Unfinished Business”, expect them to play that way from the gun. You will hear and read: Brandon Martinez to Abel Barajas quite a bit in 2012. Last Add Ruben Jimenez: Is a “Bad Dude Deluxe”.

Prediction: El Monte 34 Baldwin Park 17


Rio Hondo Prep at Arcadia

Trap game, dangerous game, the game that shouldn’t be played…Unless you are Rio Hondo Prep. The Kares went 13-1 in 2011 and won the Northeast CIF championship. Enrollment at RHP? About a 100.

If the Apaches roll they they were supposed to roll. If they lose, and there is that possibility—this isn’t exactly David versus Goliath here—then it could derail their season.

Expect Arcadia to keep its passing game holstered until its offensive line and backfield combo of Sheldon McKinley and Jake Medel can wear down the trenches.

Prediction: Arcadia 28 Rio Hondo Prep 21


Temple City at La Salle

Over the years the Rams have had some of their best and worst moments playing the Lancers. With things settled in the Home of the Camellias and apparent chaos in the La Salle athletic department (good people/just a whole lot of change), expect TC to do well.

The line is pretty good and Chris Reed is hunting for his varsity win under the lights.

Prediction: Temple City 21 La Salle 7


Quick Hits:

Animo South Los Angeles at San Gabriel

When you don’t know the name and its Zero Week, always go with the familiar. Animo is the perfect foil for Jude Oliva and new SG quarterback Mikal Quintanilla.

Prediction: San Gabriel 42 Animo 0


Sherman Oaks CES at Gabrielino

The Eagles are expected to compete in the Mission Valley League and this opener should be a feast. Gabrielino will win, but a close win could raise concerns. Word to HC Harold Sanin: “Go Deep!”

Prediction: Gabrielino 38 Sherman Oaks CES 7


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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.
Game Night: ZERO WEEK 2012