Friday’s featured high school football games
Monrovia (2-6, 2-0) at San Marino (6-1, 2-0), 7 p.m. — The Wildcats, despite six losses, are playing for at least a piece of the Rio Hondo League title and a guaranteed playoff spot. What the Wildcats’ record shows is how weak the RHL is with the exception of the Titans, who haven’t lost since their season opener against Los Altos.
However, the Wildcats are the defending champions, have won eight straight RHL games dating back to 2015 and beat the Titans 14-7 last year. Could be another thriller.
Muir (5-3, 3-2) vs. Burbank (6-2, 5-0) at Burroughs HS, 7 p.m. — After starting 0-2 in the Pacific League with losses to Arcadia and Crescenta Valley, the Mustangs have reeled off three straight wins heading into their showdown with league undefeated Burbank. The Mustangs can take a big step toward a Division 9 playoff berth with a victory and four teams would be within a game of each other going into the final week. It’s a tall order, but the Mustangs are good enough to pull off the upset.
Alemany (2-6, 1-3) at Bishop Amat (4-4, 4-0), 7 p.m. — The Lancers play their regular-season home finale at Kiefer Stadium with one thought in mind — to come away healthy and with a win to set up next week’s showdown at Chaminade for the undisputed Mission League title. The Lancers took a major step toward playing for a league title by beating Serra 21-14 on the road last week and are getting a struggling Alemany group that has nothing to play for.
Bell Gardens (5-3, 3-0) at Schurr (7-1, 3-0), 7 p.m. — When Schurr beat Montebello 38-35 a couple weeks ago, the road to the Almont League title became much easier. However, Bell Gardens is also undefeated in league having defeated San Gabriel, Keppel and Alhambra and has won four straight overall. Bell Gardens, coached by Margarito Beltran, shouldn’t be underestimated, but Schurr still looks like the big favorite to win and close out the league title.
El Monte (5-3, 3-1) at South El Monte (7-1, 3-1), 7 p.m. — The annual rivalry game takes on added significance because the teams are tied for second in the Mission Valley League and both need to win to increase their chances of making the playoffs because finishing third in the MVL is no guaranteed playoff berth.
Even though South El Monte is ranked fourth in Division 12, it’s a crowded division where many third-place teams won’t get in and the Eagles realize that. South El Monte nearly stumbled last week by narrowly defeating Rosemead 28-27, so expect it to be more prepared for the Lions.
Rancho Cucamonga (7-1, 2-1) at Damien (5-3, 1-2), 7 p.m. — The Spartans lost a tough one last week to Los Osos, 26-6, and are probably no match for Rancho Cucamonga, ranked sixth in Division 1. Even if Damien loses and loses next week’s finale at home to Etiwanda, it will at worst finish 5-5 and that likely will still be good enough to get the Spartans in the Division 4 playoffs, where they could be a legitimate contender. But for those hoping for a miracle win on Friday, don’t bet on it.
California (4-4, 2-1) vs. Santa Fe (4-4, 3-0) at Pioneer, 7 p.m. – The Chiefs were not the league favorites after a 1-3 nonleague start, but came alive in the Del Rio League after opening with a huge win over La Serna, and have kept on rolling. The Chiefs can clinch the league title with a victory, but the Condors won’t make it easy. In fact, if the Condors win, there could be a three-way tie for first going into the final week.
Pasadena (2-6, 2-3) at Arcadia (5-3, 4-1), 7 p.m. — The Apaches are tied with Crescenta Valley for second place in the Pacific and finish the season with Crescenta Valley next week. To ensure the Apaches make the crowded Division 11 playoffs, they will have to finish second in the Pacific, and that means they have to defeat Pasadena and CV on the road next week. If the Apaches lose either one and finish third or worse, their playoffs hopes will be in jeopardy.
La Salle (3-5, 1-2) at St. Paul (2-6, 0-3), 7:30 p.m.— Both teams had high hopes of making the playoffs, but that has faded after disappointing showings in the Angelus League. The Swordsmen are still looking for their first league win and could get it against the Lancers, who were blown out the last two weeks by St. Francis and Cathedral.
Bell Gardens at Schurr
Keppel vs. Alhambra at Moor Field
Montebello at San Gabriel
La Salle at St. Paul, 7:30 p.m.
Salesian vs. Cathedral at Los Angeles Southwest College
Rancho Cucamonga at Damien
Del Rio League
California vs. Santa Fe at Pioneer
El Rancho vs. La Serna at California
Buena Park at La Habra
Chino at Charter Oak
Diamond Ranch at Walnut
West Covina at Los Altos
Bassett at Ganesha
Garey at La Puente
Alemany at Bishop Amat
Mission Valley League
Arroyo at Mountain View
El Monte at South El Monte
Marshall vs. Gabrielino
Gladstone at Duarte
Sierra Vista at Nogales
Workman vs. Azusa at Citrus College
Maranatha vs. Heritage Christian at Granada Hills
Whittier Christian vs. Cerritos Valley Christian at Whittier College
Crescenta Valley at Glendale
Muir vs. Burbank at Burroughs
Pasadena at Arcadia
Ayala at Claremont
Diamond Bar vs. South Hills at Covina District Field
Glendora at Bonita
Firebaugh vs. Pasadena Poly at South Pasadena HS
Trinity Classical Academy at Rio Hondo Prep
Rio Hondo League
Monrovia at San Marino
Temple City at La Canada
South Catholic League
Bosco Tech at Bishop Montgomery
Verbum Dei at Cantwell-Sacred Heart
Glenn vs. La Mirada at Excelsior Adult School
Valle Vista League
Covina at Wilson
Rowland at Baldwin Park