Will La Mirada get first win: There might not be another high school football team in the nation that faced a tougher nonleague schedule this season than La Mirada.
The Matadores (0-4) battled four of the best teams not only in Southern California, but also in the entire state: Orange Lutheran, Capistrano Valley, Mater Dei and Upland.
Nevertheless, La Mirada coach Joaquin Aguilar knows there is no time to waste thinking or complaining about the brutal four-game stretch. The first-year coach looks for the Matadores’ sputtering offense to turn things around after only scoring 14 total points in the four games combined.
Friday’s featured high school football games
South Hills (3-0) at Charter Oak (4-0), 7 p.m. — The Chargers have pinned the first loss on every opponent they faced, most recently shutting out previously undefeated Damien 23-0. The Chargers are winning by an average 23-point margin and are only allowing 10 points per game. The Huskies are the Chargers’ next undefeated opponent, though the Huskies only have played two games on the field. They defeated Crenshaw 24-8 and West Covina 47-0 and have a forfeit win over La Canada, which cancelled a game just before kickoff because of poor air quality. But the question is, can the Huskies do what the Chargers’ other opponents couldn’t, which is get them in a competitive game? Probably not.
Saugus (2-2) vs. St. Francis (3-0) at College of the Canyons, 7 p.m. — The Golden Knights climbed to No. 5 in the CIF Southern Section Division 3 rankings following an impressive 49-20 victory over La Serna. The Centurions should provide another good test, but they’re also allowing a lot of points, which points to the Knights scoring and scoring often behind quarterback Darius Perrantes.
Arcadia (1-2) at Muir (2-1), 7 p.m. — There’s not an easy road to the playoffs through the Pacific League, so the league opener for the local schools is crucial. The Mustangs played well in a loss to La Salle last week, falling 21-20 after missing a potential game-winning two-point conversion late. The Apaches didn’t do so well losing back-to-backs to Cathedral and Hart, but those were step-up games for the Division 11 school. Arcadia also took on La Salle, beating it in the season opener 20-10. Looks like a toss-up.
Mountain View (3-1) at South El Monte (4-0), 7 p.m. — There is no doubt defending Mission Valley League champion Arroyo is the favorite again, but who will give the Knights their best challenge likely comes from the MVL opener between the Vikings and Eagles. South El Monte running back Sal Tovar and Mountain View’s Armando Flores are both averaging roughly 170 yards rushing, but the Eagles’ schedule and defense have been a little better. Plus, South El Monte won this game last year, 49-22.
Bonita (2-2) at Diamond Ranch (2-2), 7 p.m. — Bearcats quarterback J.P. Andrade is leading the CIF Southern Section in passing yards (1,431) and is averaging 357 yards per game, but their defense is still trying to find consistency and they’re coming off a 39-35 loss to Buena. The Panthers look like the better pick after a 38-23 win over Burroughs. Their two losses were to Chino Hills and Ayala and both were competitive.
Damien (3-1) at Monrovia (0-4), 7 p.m. — There’s a lot of disappointment in MTown and it could get worse against a Spartans team whose only loss is to Charter Oak, ranked No. 1 in Division 3. You can blame the Wildcats’ troubles on a tough schedule, but a 27-6 loss to Whittier last week is a head scratcher. All might be fine once the Wildcats get to the Rio Hondo League, but expect the Spartans to roll offensively and get an easy win.
La Habra (2-2) at Colony (3-1), 7 p.m. — Running back Skyler Taylor and quarterback Zach Fogel have been a consistent combination for the Highlanders, whose only losses are to undefeated Upland and Mission Viejo. The Highlanders beat San Jose’s Oak Grove 49-0 last week and look to pick apart a Colony team that struggled in its only loss to Charter Oak, 45-21.
Newport Harbor (0-3) at Los Altos (3-1), 7 p.m. — Conquerors quarterback Kody Olmos has thrown for nearly 1,000 yards and 14 touchdowns, but their defense struggled in a 41-25 loss to Glendora to end their three-game winning streak to start the season. Newport Harbor hasn’t won, but its opponents have a combined 10-2 record and two of its losses were to Chino Hills and Corona del Mar. This is probably the perfect spot for Harbor to get its first win.
Whittier (2-2) at Schurr (3-1), 7 p.m. — Great local game between two teams that are on the brink of busting out and having a great season. The Spartans’ only setback was to undefeated Arroyo, but they looked good rebounding to crush West Covina 42-6. The Cardinals crushed Monrovia 27-6, were competitive in a 48-40 loss to Montebello and played still undefeated Sonora tough, losing only 19-8. Tough one to call.
Friday’s games and predictions
Mission Valley League
Gabrielino at Arroyo — ARROYO
Marshall at Rosemead — ROSEMEAD
Mountain View at South El Monte — SOUTH EL MONTE
Arcadia at Muir — MUIR
Pasadena at Burroughs — BURROUGHS
Mayfair at La Mirada – LA MIRADA
Azusa at Rowland — ROWLAND
Bassett at Sierra Vista
Bell Gardens at San Marino — SAN MARINO
Bonita at Diamond Ranch — DIAMOND RANCH
Covina at Walnut — COVINA
Cypress at El Rancho — EL RANCHO
Damien at Monrovia — DAMIEN
Duarte at Vasquez — VASQUEZ
Granite Hills at Keppel — GRANITE HILLS
La Habra at Colony — LA HABRA
La Serna vs. Tesoro at California — LA SERNA
Montebello at Cantwell-Sacred Heart — CANTWELL
Newport Harbor at Los Altos — NEWPORT HARBOR
Pioneer at Wilson — PIONEER
Pomona vs. Northview at Covina District Field — NORTHVIEW
San Dimas at Diamond Bar — SAN DIMAS
San Gabriel at Temple City — TEMPLE CITY
Santa Fe at Downey — SANTA FE
Saugus vs. St. Francis at College of Canyons — ST. FRANCIS
South Hills at Charter Oak — CHARTER OAK
South Pasadena vs. Alhambra at Moor Field — SOUTH PASADENA
St. Paul at Warren — ST. PAUL
West Covina vs. Glendora at Citrus College — GLENDORA
Whittier at Schurr — WHITTIER
Workman vs. Bosco Tech — BOSCO TECH
Baldwin Park at South East — BALDWIN PARK
Notre Dame Prep, Scottsdale, AZ at La Salle — LA SALLE
Pasadena Poly at Rosamond, 8 p.m. — ROSAMOND