Tuesday, December 18, 2012

OC Register Names Mission Viejo's Max Redfield Defensive Player of the Year

by Jeff Fisher
High School Football America
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Max Redfield of Mission Viejo has been named the Orange County Register's Defensive Player of the Year.

OCVarsity's Dan Albano reports that Redfield, who has reportedly narrowed his college choices to USC and Notre Dame, had 65 tackles, forced two fumbles, recovered four fumbles, picked-off four passes and block four punts.

LA Times Names 2012 Top High School Football Offense Players

by Jeff Fisher
High School Football America
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Eric Sondheimer of the LA Times has announced his 2012 Player of the Year Award to go along with his Offensive Back and Offensive Lineman of the Year awards.

The LA Times' Player of the Year is Mater Dei's Thomas Duarte, who had a great season on both sides of the ball. Sondheimer reports that Duarte 15 touchdown passes as a wide receiver, while picking-off three passes with 10 sacks from his linebacker position.

Narbonne quarterback Troy Williams, who played the final games of his senior season with a separated shoulder led the Gauchos to an undefeated regular season and City Section Division I championship while passing for nearly 2,900 yards and 39 TDs.  Williams is headed to the University of Washington.

The Times' Offensive Lineman is Cameron Hunt of Corona Centennial.  


Sunday, December 16, 2012

De La Salle Wins 4th Straight CIF Open Division Title

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by Jeff Fisher
High School Football America
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You can't beat the De La Salle by turning the ball over and making mistakes.  And, that's what Corona Centennial did in Saturday night's CIF Open Division championship game between the two.

Corona Centennial put the ball on the ground seven times, losing three fumbles in a 48-24 loss to the Spartans, who won their fourth straight Open Division title.  The Huskies were also penalized 12 times in the game.

Despite a 28-7 halftime deficit, the Huskies did try to make a game of it in the second half, but could only get within 14 points.

PE.com reports that the Huskies still put-up some impressive offensive numbers in the game, which closed-out a record-setting year for the offense.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Chaminade's Terrell Newby High School Football America/SoCal Player of the Week

by Jeff Fisher
High School Football America
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Terrell Newby
Courtesy of MaxPreps.com
Chaminade running back Terrell Newby is this week’s High School Football America/SoCal Player of the Week.

Newby lit-up the scoreboard Friday night with a school record eight touchdowns and 360 yards on just 16 carries in #15 Chaminade’s 78-34 win over Harvard-Westlake in a Mission League showdown between the two schools that entered the game unbeaten in league play.

Jack Pollon was at Friday night’s game and you can listen to his account of Newby’s performance by clicking here to hear his report on High School Football America/SoCal on AM 570 Fox Sports LA. Pollon’s report is around 30-minutes into the link.

Click here to read his story in the Los Angeles Daily News.


Southern California High School Football Scores - Week 9

Southern California High School Football Scores
City & Southern Sections
Saturday, October 20, 2012

Bellarmine-Jefferson 37 St. Anthony 33
Cantwell-Sacred Heart 34 Verbum Dei 6
Chadwick 53 Southlands Christian 0
Fairmont Prep 45 Animo Leadership 8
Locke 44 Manual Arts 6
Saddleback Valley Christian 21 Santa Clarita Christian 0
Salesian 62 Genevieve 7
Valley View 20 Riverside Poly 0
Viewpoint 45 Firebaugh 0
Workman 39 Ganesha 27


Avalon 38 Hope Centre 14
Lone Pine 53 Immanuel Christian 20
Marywood-Palm Valley 53 Crossroads Chrisitan 22
Mojave 57 Ocean View 32
Pacific Lutheran 56 Lighthouse 6
Thatcher 62 Dunn 36
Trinity Classical Academy 35 Faith Baptist 34

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

#8 Upland Prepares for Baseline League Opener against #14 Rancho Cucamonga

by Les Lukach
High School Football America Correspondent

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uplandUpland, CA – The popping of shoulder pads and helmets is not an uncommon sound coming from high school fields all across America during the fall. However, on this sunny Tuesday afternoon the Upland Highlanders and their coach of 19 years, Tim Salter, find themselves in the midst of a bye week, which means practicing in shorts and helmets with no contact.

At the midway point of the regular season, the Highlanders find themselves sitting at a perfect 5-0 with only one game having been a test. Salter, he of the four CIF championships, is doing his best to keep the players focused as the team works on the basics during the week.

“We are going back to the fundamentals this week” said Salter. “We are putting an emphasis on the little things as we get ready for league”.

The basics – proper stance, footwork, technique – are things the coach and his staff continuously drill into their players but are being emphasized this week. The coaching staff, many of whom have been with Salter for over 10 years, knows what the expectations are in this small community about 40 miles east of Los Angeles. The expectation is to compete for championships as anything less is considered a disappointment.

“We are a one high school town so this is big part of what we do” said Salter. “We play in front of big crowds at home and on the road. The community has been very supportive of our football program for a long time.”

College coaches have also taken notice of the Highlanders winning ways and are regularly making recruiting stops on campus. That’s what happens when you win consistently while producing Division I talent regularly; there are currently close to a dozen former Upland players in Division I.

The face of this year’s team is DL/FB Joe Mathis, a four-star recruit according to Rivals.com. Mathis, who is being recruited by a who’s who of top programs and garners most of the attention from recruiters, isn’t doing it alone. The Highlanders have no fewer than six players being pursued by Division I schools.

Quarterback Nate Romine has taken the leadership role associated with the position to heart and has made sure the underclassmen understand the privilege it is to play for Upland.

“This year he has to take more on his shoulders” said Salter. “Last year he had four guys who are now playing in the Pac-12 along with Joe (Mathis). More is expected of him because he doesn’t have the veteran group around him”.

Romine, who is getting interest from Boise St., Northwestern, and Oregon, has effectively led the Highlanders in the first five games this season.

“He’s done what we’ve asked him to do and then some” said Salter.

James Johnson, an athletically gifted safety helps direct traffic in the secondary for the Highlanders and is counted on by the coaching staff to get younger guys in the right position.

“He’s another coach on the field for us”, said Salter. “We rely on him a lot and he’s proven he can handle it. James is a very cerebral player”.

Nose guard Taloa Otuafi along with linebackers Zac Toussaint and Nafei Lokotui has proven to be a strength for a defense that’s giving up fewer than 20 points a game. Despite the loss of talent from last year’s team, Upland is focused on getting back to where they’ve been so many times before – deep in the playoffs.

Many believed last season was going to be the year the program earned its fifth CIF title after going unbeaten through a grueling non-conference schedule that included Loyola of Los Angeles and Norco, two perennial powers in the Southern Section.

“I felt like the preseason schedule we played last year really prepared us for the grind of league and the playoffs” said Salter. “That’s the difference between last year and this season, those were two tough and physical games for us”.

The non-conference schedule this year left the Highlanders scrambling to add games as both Loyola and Norco backed out of games with Upland.

“We hadn’t been tested this season until our game against Santiago (Corona) which makes me feel a little better because our guys had to really battle in that game” said Salter. “That’s what league is going to be like for us”.

The Baseline League is regularly known as one of, if not the, best leagues in the Inland Empire. The cream of the crop in the league the last few seasons has been Upland and Rancho Cucamonga, the Highlanders first league opponent this season.

Many outsiders believe that the league title will be won or lost this Friday night, just don’t tell Salter that.

“We don’t put any more emphasis on this game versus other league games,” said Salter. “Our kids understand this game is important because we don’t want to start league with a loss, but at the same time we know that if we win we still have a lot of work to do.”

Despite what the coach says, this is a very big game. The win last season snapped a four-game losing streak in the series for Upland. Two years ago Rancho won on 4th and 7 touchdown pass as time expired. Three years ago Rancho won in the waning moments of the game as well.

Naturally you would think that Upland feels like they’ve gotten the proverbial monkey off their back, but Salter disagrees, “We still feel like we have something to prove. We want to win this game like we want to win every other game, but we recognize that there is added significance to this game given what these teams have accomplished the last few years.”

The winner of this game will be in the driver’s seat of the Baseline League with an early 1-0 record and the head-to-head win. The loser will have an uphill battle to get back to the top of the league standings. One thing we know for sure, like the last six games in this series, the crowd this Friday night is in for a treat.

Helmet courtesy of California Helmet Project

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

High School Football America - SoCal Top 25

by Jeff Fisher and HSFA Staff

This week figures to be one of the biggest for Southern California football all season as a number of the premier programs from the region will face each other in non-league Top 20 showdowns.

There’s plenty at stake with #1 Santa Margarita hosting #5 St. Bonaventure; #4 Narbonne taking on #7 Serra (Gardena); and #13 Mater Dei squaring-off with #15 Edison. Not everyone can come out a winner, so expect there to be a major shakeup in the High School Football America – SoCal rankings next week.

That said, let's take a look at how some of the top teams from Southern California stack up against each other in the newest edition of our rankings, which feature three newcomers in Edison at #15, Bishop Amat at #18 and Crespi at #20

Note: Team's ranking from last week is parentheses. 


Newsworthy: The Eagles (4-0) were impressive the last time they stepped out on the field. A duplicate effort will be needed this week against a formidable foe.
Rewind: Defeated Carson, 72-0.
Fast-forward: St. Bonaventure (Ventura) on Friday.

Newsworthy: A difficult test looms this week against one of the top teams from the San Diego area. Odds are, the Broncos (3-0) take care of business anyway.
Rewind: Defeated Redlands East Valley, 59-14.
Fast-forward: Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) on Friday.

Newsworthy: With Brandon Dawkins directing the offense, the Eagles (4-0) are playing well. And the sophomore quarterback has shown no signs of slowing down.
Rewind: Defeated Chaminade (West Hills), 44-30.
Fast-forward: Crenshaw (Los Angeles) on Friday.

Newsworthy: Last week, senior linebacker Keishawn Bierria and the Gauchos (3-0) gave up their first touchdown of the season on the defensive side of the ball.
Rewind: Defeated Lakewood, 61-6.
Fast-forward: Serra (Gardena) on Friday.

Newsworthy: The Seraphs (4-0) are focused on the task at hand. A win this week would be a statement-maker, to be sure, and they're capable of pulling off the upset.
Rewind: Defeated Atascadero, 56-23.
Fast-forward: Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita) on Friday.

Newsworthy: The Diablos (4-0) are in a favorable position. With multiple teams ahead of them in the poll facing tough tests, they could make a major move in the rankings.
Rewind: Defeated La Quinta (Westminster), 63-14.
Fast-forward: Aliso Niguel (Aliso Viejo) on Friday.

Newsworthy: Showdowns do not get much bigger than the one this week and the final result will give us a good idea about whether the Cavaliers (4-0) are for real. Or not.
Rewind: Defeated Banning (Wilmington), 43-0.
Fast-forward: Narbonne (Harbor City) on Friday.

Newsworthy: The Huskies (2-1) are playing about as well as anyone out here in Southern California. Peaking a bit too soon could develop into a concern, however.
Rewind: Defeated Alemany (Mission Hills), 36-32.
Fast-forward: Carson on Friday.

Newsworthy: Steven Mitchell is the difference between winning and losing for the Warriors (3-1). The senior receiver and USC commit came up short last week.
Rewind: Lost to Centennial (Corona), 36-32.
Fast-forward: Dorsey (Los Angeles) on Friday.

10. (10) UPLAND
Newsworthy: The Scots (4-0) are fighting for the right to call themselves the cream of the crop from the Inland Empire. A victory this week would be a stepping stone.
Rewind: Defeated Silverado (Victorville), 34-3.
Fast-forward: Santiago (Corona) on Friday.

Newsworthy: We have been waiting for the Titans (4-0) to be challenged. Could this, at long last, be the week it happens? Everyone will find out soon enough.
Rewind: Defeated Colony (Ontario), 56-7.
Fast-forward: Chaparral (Temecula) on Friday.

Newsworthy: Senior quarterback Adam Friederichsen has emerged as a leader. The Cougars (3-1), as a result, are a group that no one wants to face in the near future.
Rewind: Defeated A.B. Miller (Fontana), 45-0.
Fast-forward: J.W. North (Riverside) on Friday.

Newsworthy: Trinity League play is right around the corner for the Monarchs (3-0). Building up some momentum now is imperative in order to move forward.
Rewind: Defeated Santa Monica, 55-0.
Fast-forward: Edison (Huntington Beach) on Friday.

Newsworthy: The Braves (4-0) have managed to go about business quietly so far. Their days of flying underneath the radar are about to come to an end though.
Rewind: Defeated Loyola (Los Angeles), 45-0.
Fast-forward: Jordan (Sandy, Utah) on Sept. 29.

Newsworthy: Last week's victory against a traditional powerhouse program from Southern California certainly looks good on the resume for the Chargers (3-0).
Rewind: Defeated Servite (Anaheim), 6-0.
Fast-forward: Mater Dei (Santa Ana) on Friday.

16. (18) LOMPOC
Newsworthy: The Braves (4-0) understand what it takes to win: Hand the ball off to Lavon Coleman. The senior running back and Washington commit has responded too.
Rewind: Defeated Dos Pueblos (Goleta), 31-14.
Fast-forward: Morro Bay on Friday.

Newsworthy: Another team from the San Fernando Valley, another lopsided victory last week for the Knights (3-1). It's official: They have hit their stride at the right time.
Rewind: Defeated Birmingham (Lake Balboa), 44-0.
Fast-forward: Golden Valley (Valencia) on Friday.

Newsworthy: It does not matter who lines up against the Lancers (3-0-1), by the end of the game, the opponent has not figured out a way to beat this bunch in the recent past.
Rewind: Defeated Charter Oak (Covina), 30-14.
Fast-forward: St. Paul (Sante Fe Springs) on Friday.

Newsworthy: The Friars (1-2) do not have much time to dwell on their last loss, certainly not with one of the nation's premier programs heading to town this week.
Rewind: Lost to Edison (Huntington Beach), 6-0.
Fast-forward: Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV.) on Friday.

Newsworthy: Tyler Foreman has been the anchored for the Celts (5-0). With the senior defensive back patrolling the secondary, this team will be tough the rest of the way.
Rewind: Defeated Palisades, 70-8.
Fast-forward: Westlake (Westlake Village) on Friday.


Noteworthy: The beat goes on for the Trailblazers (3-0). We would not be the least bit surprised to see them go wire-to-wire as the top team in this part of the poll.
Rewind: Defeated Kilpatrick (Malibu), 49-6.
Fast-forward: La Jolla Country Day on Friday.

Noteworthy: The Spirits (3-1) looked good with last week's win over a traditional powerhouse from the CIF Los Angeles City Section. See if they can keep it up now.
Rewind: Defeated Dorsey (Los Angeles), 26-24.
Fast-forward: Marshall (Pasadena) on Friday.

Noteworthy: Craig Bruinsma got the job done last week for the Knights (4-0). The senior quarterback had a pair of touchdown tosses and just three incomplete passes.
Rewind: Defeated Jurupa Valley, 47-6.
Fast-forward: Valley Christian (Cerritos) on Friday.

Noteworthy: The Kares (3-1) jump right back into the rankings with a particularly impressive victory last week. They held a spot in this poll, mind you, earlier this season.
Rewind: Defeated Boron, 48-6.
Fast-forward: Big Bear (Big Bear City) on Sept. 29.

5. (3) SAN DIMAS
Noteworthy: The Saints (3-1) should feel little, or no, shame about last week's loss to a school with a bigger enrollment. Expect a bounce-back effort from them.
Rewind: Lost to Monrovia, 35-23
Fast-forward: Wilson (Hacienda Heights) on Friday.

CIF-SS High School Football Rankings

CIF-SS Rankings for Week 3

1. Summit 3-1
2. Kaiser 3-0
3. Paloma Valley 4-0
4. Heritage 3-1
5. Elsinore 3-1
6. Palm Springs 3-1
7. Rancho Verde 2-2
8. Arlington 2-2
9. Chino 2-2
10. J.W. North 1-2

1. Citrus Hill 4-0
2. Carter 3-0
3. Serrano 4-0
4. Oak Hills 3-0
5. Beaumont 3-1
6. Tahquitz 2-1
7. San Jacinto 3-1
8. San Gorgonio 3-1
9. Moreno Valley 2-1
10. Rialto 1-2

East Valley
1. Rubidoux 3-0
2. Ontario Christian 3-0
3. Rim of the World 2-0
4. Big Bear 3-0
5. St. Margaret's 2-0
6. Twentynine Palms 2-0
7. Citrus Valley 1-2
8. Fillmore 2-1
9. Banning 2-0
10. Jurupa Hills 2-1

1. Vista Murrieta 3-0
2. Upland 4-0
3. Centennial Corona 2-1
4. Chaparral 3-0
5. Rancho Cucamonga 3-1
6. Chino Hills 2-1-1
7. Charter Oak 2-1
8. Redlands East Valley 1-2
9. Redlands 3-1
10. Norco 4-0

Mid-Valley Division
1. Sierra Canyon 3-0
2. Paraclete 3-1
3. Monrovia 2-1
4. San Dimas 3-1
5. Brentwood 3-0
7. Gabrielino 4-0
8. Covina 3-1
9. Mountain View 3-1
10. Arroyo 2-2

1. Mission Prep 4-0
2. Rio Hondo Prep 3-1
3. Boron 3-1
4. Salesian 3-1
5. Bishop Union 2-1
6. Pasadena Poly 3-0
7. Desert 3-1
8. Chadwick 2-1
9. St. Anthony 3-1
10. California City 2-1

1. Palmdale 3-0
2. Hart 2-1
3. West Torrance 2-0
4. Arroyo Grande 3-1
5. Canyon/C.C. 3-0
6. Valencia/Valencia 0-2
7. Mira Costa 2-1
8. Quartz Hill 2-0
9. Eastside 3-0
10. Antelope Valley 3-0

1. Nordhoff 4-0
2. Bishop Diego 4-0
3. La Salle 4-0
4. North Torrence 3-1
5. Gladstone 3-0
6. El Segundo 2-1
7. South Torrance 2-1
8. Heritage Christian 3-1
9. Oak Park 2-2
10. Torrance 1-2

1. Santa Margarita 4-0
2. Oaks Christian 4-0
3. Tesoro 4-0
4. St. Bonaventure 4-0
5. Mater Dei 3-0
6. St. John Bosco 4-0
7. Alemany 3-1
8. San Clemente 4-0
9. Westlake 3-1
10. Mission Viejo 4-0

1. La Serna 4-0
2. La Mirada 3-1
3. Norwalk 4-0
4. Paramount 2-1
5. Diamond Ranch 3-1
6. West Covina 1-3
7. California 3-0
8. Los Altos 3-1
9. Downey 2-2
10. Gahr 3-1

1. Segerstrom 4-0
2. Irvine 3-0
3. Woodbridge 2-1
4. Corona del Mar 2-1
5. Laguna Beach 2-0-1
6. Estancia 2-1
7. Garden Grove 2-1
8. Katella 2-1
9. Rancho Alamitos 3-0
10. Santa Ana Valley 2-2

1. Edison 3-0
2. Tustin 4-0
3. Los Alamitos 2-1
4. Villa Park 3-1
5. Yorba Linda 4-0
6. Foothill 3-1
7. Aliso Niguel 4-0
8. Buena Park 3-1
9. Esperanza 3-1
10. Laguna Hills 1-2

1. Serra 4-0
2. Lompoc 4-0
3. Chaminade 3-1
4. St. Francis 2-1
5. Harvard-Westlake 3-1
6. Culver City 2-1
7. Cathedral 4-0
8. Venture 3-1
9. Santa Monica 2-1
10. Camarillo 2-1

Friday, September 14, 2012

Southern California High School Football Scores - Week 3

by Jeff Fisher
High School Football America

Back in the office, keeping an eye on all of the Twitter reports from the Southern California region. I will be listing the finals here.

Thanks to all of my media colleagues that do an awesome job each and every week.

Southern California High School Football Scores
Friday, September 14, 2012

High School Football America - SoCal Big Schools Top 20 Scores

#1 Santa Margarita 72 Carson 0
#2 Vista Murrieta 59 Redlands East Valley 14
#3 Oaks Christian 44 #19 Chaminade 30
#4 Narbonne 61 Lakewood 6
#5 St. Bonaventure 56 Atascadero 23
#7 Mission Viejo 63 La Quinta 14
#8 Serra 43 Banning 0
#9 Corona Centennial 36 #6 Alemany 32
#10 Upland 34 Silverado 3
Edison 6 #11 Servite 0
#14 St. John Bosco 45 Loyola 0
#15 Rancho Cucamonga 45 Miller 0
La Serna 38 #16 Westlake 9
Cathedral Catholic 16 #17 Helix 9
#18 Lompoc 31 Dos Pueblos 14
#20 Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) 44 Birmingham 0

High School Football America - SoCal Small Schools Top 5 Scores

#4 Ontario Christian 47 Jurupa Valley 6
Rio Hondo Prep 48 #5 Boron 6

Other scores

Agoura 17 Golden Valley 10
Alta Loma 36 Ontario 35
Ayala 38 Glendora 28
Bakersfield 29 Long Beach Poly 6
Bonita 61 Claremont 20
Brea Olinda 31 Diamond Bar 18
Beaumont 56 Banning 34
Calabasas 50 Oak Park 20
Cajon 42 Colton 13
California 32 Fullerton 28
Camarillo 50 Burroughs 13
Carpenteria 33 Santa Ynez18
Cathedral 55 Westchester 6
Chino 16 Los Altos 0
Chino Hills 46 West Covina 14
Compton 14 Morningside 8
Corona Santiago 51 Santa Fe 0
Crean Lutheran 42 Animo Leadership 0
Crenshaw 41 Fresno Edison 30
Culver City 32 Redondo 27
Diamond Ranch 23 Schurr 6
El Rancho 57 Montebello 48
Elsinore 53 Temecula 29
Etwiwanda 22 Roosevelt 21
Fairfax 28 Reseda 14
Fillmore 35 Santa Paula 18
Fontana 34 Granite Hills 13
Foothill 31 Laguna Hills 0
Fountain Valley 24 Downey 10
Gahr 59 Artesia 25
Garden Grove 38 Pacifica 14
Great Oak 35 Heritage 32
Harvard-Westlake 43 Sylmar 13
Kaiser 40 Riverside Poly 20
La Mirada 28 St. Francis 21
Lawndale 14 Luezinger 13
Long Beach Jordan 41 Dominguez 13
Mayfair 42 Valley Christian 7
Mira Costa 35 South Torrance 14
Mission Prep 52 Sage Hill 0
Montclair 21 Sunny Hills 12
Moorpark 28 Newbury Park 27
Murrieta Mesa 33 Citrus Valley 6
Newport Harbor 27 Corona del Mar 26
Nordhoff 56 Nipomo 13
North Torrance 56 Bishop Montgomery 0
Orange Lutheran 27 La Habra 7
Oxnard 20 Buena 10
Paramount 48 Long Beach Wilson 35
Peninsula 35 Beverly Hills 7
Rancho Alamitos 35 Ganesha 7
Redlands 26 Palm Desert 13
Rim 38 Twentynine Palms 0
Royal 31 Channel Islands 0
Rubidoux 41 Desert Hot Springs 21
St. Margaret's 35 Whittier Christian 7
Salesian 35 Pasadena 6
San Clemente 21 La Costa Canyon 10
San Jacinto 42 Indio 12
San Juan 28 Marina 7
San Marcos 40 Hueneme 20
San Pedro 36 Locke 13
Santa Barbara 26 Rio Mesa 14
Segerstrom 55 Godinez 12
Simi Valley 14 Pacifica 7
South Gate 57 Millikan 46
South Pasadena 39 Glendale 7
Thousand Oaks 28 West Ranch 10
Troy 28 Dana Hills 9
Ventura 10 Saugus 7
Vista del Lago 45 Pacific 12
West Torrance 54 El Segundo 24
Yorba Linda 17 Esperanza 13
Yucaipa 18 San Gorgonio 3


Desert Christian 35 Trinity Classical 30
Excelsior 40 Bloomington Christian 0
Joshua Springs 62 King Christian 2
St. Michael's Prep 42 Noli Indian 6
Thatcher 46 Faith 34


Arroyo Valley at Eisenhower, due to power outage

Thursday Night's Southern California High School Football Scores - Week 3

By Jeff Fisher

Thanks to USC quarterback Matt Barkley’s outstanding high school career at Mater Dei, I knew quite a bit about the Monarchs from a far, thanks to their appearances on national television.  What I didn’t know before moving here is the Santa Ana school has had some slow starts out of the gate over the past five years.

Last night, the Monarchs, ranked #13 in this week’s High School Football America – SoCal Top 20, dominated Santa Monica 51-0 to improve to 3-0, which is the team’s best start since 2007.

JSerra, the other Trinity League school in action Thursday night, also improved to 3-0 with an impressive come from behind 15-14 win over previously undefeated Buena Park (2-1).  The Coyotes actually held a 14-0 lead in the third quarter.

One other game of note last night saw Paraclete (3-1), the #2 team in the High School Football America – SoCal Small Schools Top 5, surprised Dorsey (2-1) 26-24.  According to a story in the LA Times, Paraclete withstood a furious comeback by the Dons after taking a 26-12 led with eight minutes to go in the game.

Be sure to tune-in to High School Football America – SoCal on Saturday night.  This week’s show will start at 10:30 P.M. right after the Dodgers game on KLAC AM 570 Fox Sports LA.  The show runs until midnight.

You can listen to past shows, by clicking here to go to our blog on AM 570 Fox Sports LA.

Southern California High School Football Scores
Thursday, September 13, 2012

High School Football America – SoCal Big Schools Top 20 Scores

#13 Mater Dei 51 Santa Monica 0

High School Football America – SoCal Small Schools Top 5 Scores

#2 Paraclete 26 Dorsey 24

Other Scores from City & Southern Sections

Century 36 Bolsa Grande 33
Chaffey 33 Bloomington 0
Citrus Hill 38 North 7
Costa Mesa 40 Los Amigos 14
Don Lugo 39 Azusa 14
Irvine 20 Estancia 18
JSerra 15 Buena Park 14
Kennedy 42 Magnolia 7
King 31 Patriot 22
Laguna Beach 74 Glenn 19
Los Alamitos 40 University 0
Temple City 15 Hoover 14
Trabuco Hills 35 Huntington Beach 14
University 34 La Quinta 6
Western 21 Anaheim 6


Milken 33 Lighthouse Christian 6

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Where Are We Now? - Trinity League

by Les Lukach
High School Football America Correspondent

With most league teams having played three games, we should be able to more closely make out the teams identities. However, after last week’s games, where we saw school records shattered at Santa Margarita and St. John Bosco, a new passing wrinkle in the OLu offense, and a stout defensive performance from JSerra, there may be more questions than answers. We will do our best to answer those for you here.

Q: How is anyone going to stop Santa Margarita?

A: No clue. Johnny Stanton, who is getting early attention for National Player of the Year honors, seems to be unstoppable. Whether it’s running or passing Stanton is playing on a different level than anyone else on the field. When you consider he has six BCS level recruits on his team alone, what he is doing is even more impressive. For the season Stanton has completed 38 of 62 attempts for 629 yards with seven touchdowns and three interceptions. Stanton broke the school record for total yards (5,459), which was held by current Oakland Raider Carson Palmer, last week in another dominant performance. The Eagles were tested a little bit in a nationally televised game against Brophy Prep (Phoenix, AZ), but have since had no trouble with opponents. They should have no trouble with Carson this week but should get a good look from St. Bonaventure (Ventura, CA) before taking on an inconsistent Servite (Anaheim, CA) team to kick off league.

Q: How good is St. John Bosco?

A: Last week we mentioned the defense being the early storyline for the Braves this season. Well, it looks like head coach Jason Negro and his offense got the message. After throwing one pass in the season opener and 14 in Week 1, Josh Rosen went 18 of 26 for 312 yards and 7 touchdowns against Santa Fe (Santa Fe Springs, CA) last week. Wide receiver AJ Holman was on the receiving end of four of those touchdown passes, all in the first half, which shattered the school record. The Braves offense is beginning to find a rhythm and could be the most prolific in the league. In their first three games of the season the Braves have had six, nine, and 10 players with carries and now Rosen seems to have settled into a comfort zone with his receivers. With a very good offensive line and a defense which has done a superb job against inferior competition, the Braves look forward to this Friday’s showdown against Loyola (Los Angeles, CA). There will be a lot of Division I talent on display in this game and could serve as a springboard into a special season for St. John Bosco.

Q: They throw the ball in the veer-option offense?

A: Sort of! Orange Lutheran (Orange, CA) showed a new wrinkle to their offense in last Friday’s game as they threw a 75 yard reverse touchdown pass in the second quarter of their game against El Modena (Orange, CA). Wide receiver Adam Connette took the reverse from QB Luke Langdon and threw a gem to WR Brady Billups who displayed some speed in separating from the defense on his way into the end zone untouched. People in the stands were as surprised as the El Modena defense was, not because the Lancers pulled it off, but because they were just familiarizing themselves with the intricacies of head coach Chuck Petersens’ offense. With Langdon working hard to master the offense it wouldn’t be surprising to see Coach Petersen open up the passing opportunities in the next couple of weeks to give league coaches something else to game plan for. The Lancers are as good as anyone in the front seven defensively and the secondary is growing each week. Their offensive line is in the top three in the league; the kicking game is arguably the best behind senior Kicker Reese Flynn’s strong leg; and if the wide receivers continue to develop, the Lancers are going to be tough to beat. After playing a rebuilding La Habra (La Habra, CA) and a pesky Redondo Union (Redondo Beach, CA), the Lancers will have a bye before kicking off league against St. John Bosco.

Q: Is Mater Dei back?

A: We don’t know just yet. The Monarchs have played only two games against teams they’re supposed to beat. This Thursday’s game against Santa Monica (Santa Monica, CA) will tell us a little more about where Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA) is at this stage in the season. Quarterback Ryan McMahon’s growth from last season to this one is impressive. The USC baseball commit is clicking on all cylinders and has developed a great relationship with WR Thomas Duarte, who is BCS level recruit. When head coach Bruce Rollinson compliments his defense you know they’re pretty good; the coach isn’t one to fawn over units on his teams, he prefers to speak of the team as a whole. The defense will have its hands full this week against WR Sebastian LaRue (USC) and a potent Santa Monica offense. The Monarchs cannot afford to get caught looking ahead to a potential huge showdown against Edison (Huntington Beach, CA) next week.

Q: What is going on at JSerra?

A: Very good things. However, be warned that we’ve seen this before. After going 5-0 and 4-1 in non-league the last two seasons respectively, the Lions have won only one league game in those two seasons. The difference this season is how they’re winning these games. They had a 27-0 lead in the third quarter over Wilson (Long Beach, CA) before emptying the bench in week one. The Lions used a blocked punt return for touchdown against Huntington Beach (Huntington Beach, CA) on the road to claim their second victory last week. JSerra is fighting an uphill battle as they have low numbers but Head Coach Jim Hartigan is getting the most out of them in the early part of the season, especially junior WR/CB Dante Pettis, who is proving to be a pleasant surprise on both sides of the ball for the Lions. The rest of the non-conference schedule will be a good test for JSerra despite going against some teams that aren’t playing to their potential. The true test will come in league where the Lions will look to add to their one win seasons of the past.

Q: How will Servite respond to the shakeup on the coaching staff?

A: If we know anything about head coach Troy Thomas it’s that he’s a no-nonsense kind of guy which he proved by letting go of his fourth-year offensive coordinator…after a win! The Friars have been a disappointment this season in many people’s eyes despite their 1-1 record. After losing to what should be a very good Bishop Amat (La Puente, CA) team, Servite (Anaheim, CA) needed a furious late rally to beat a very good Rancho Cucamonga (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) team. Shortly after that comeback it was announced by Thomas that Matthew Mitchell would no longer be on staff. For the Friars the challenge is going to be adapting to a new play caller and handling the changes in the scheme. On a team without a ton of senior leadership we could see the residual effects of this decision the rest of the season. On the flip side, don’t be surprised if this move brings the Friars closer together and they make yet another run at league and state titles. In order for that to happen though, the offense and defense must begin to play to Servite standards which in the past have meant being more prepared, more physical, and more confident than their opponents. We haven’t seen any of that yet thus far.

Les Lukach appears on High School Football America - SoCal on AM 570 Fox Sports LA. You can follow Les Lukach on Twitter: @leslukach
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