Thursday’s high school football previews
St. Paul (2-0) at Los Altos (2-0), 7 p.m.
The Swordsmen picked up a big win last week, defeating Division 3 Lompoc 31-13 without star running back Que Allen, who missed with an injury and is likely a game-time division. St. Paul moved to No. 4 in the Division 5 rankings while Los Altos, also in Division 5, is not ranked despite impressive victories over Covina and Wilson. This is a step-up game for the Conquerors and with a young squad, are they ready for the this?
The Pick: St. Paul
Glendora (1-1) vs. Charter Oak (0-2) at Citrus College, 7 p.m.
Charter Oak is trying to avoid its first 0-3 start since 2013 when it started 0-4. Of course, that year the Chargers rallied to win the Sierra League. But this is a different group and the rebuild after advancing to last year’s Division 3 semifinals hasn’t gone well in big losses to Muir and Alemany. Glendora looked impressive in a season opening win over Damien, but fell apart last week losing to Eastvale Roosevelt, 48-21.
The Pick: Glendora
South El Monte (0-2) at Nogales (1-1), 7 p.m.
The Eagles were one of the best lower-division teams the past few seasons but they’re in a rebuild and losses to Alhambra and Covina to open the season were not a surprise. The Eagles should have a better shot against the Nobles, who were smacked by Arroyo 48-7 last week. It’s a measuring stick for both teams, but edge probably goes to the home team.
The Pick: Nogales
El Rancho (1-1) at Pomona (1-1), 7 p.m.
El Rancho bounced back from its season-opening loss to Northview with a 45-28 win over Bell Gardens. Pomona also challenged itself in Week 0, losing a competitive game to Diamond Ranch 44-21, then showed itself in a 56-31 win over Arlington last week. On paper this is as even as it gets, but El Rancho is use to this kind of competition and has a slight edge.
The Pick: El Rancho
San Juan Hills (1-1) vs. South Hills (2-0) at Covina District Field, 7 p.m.
South Hills moved to No. 4 in Division 6 with consecutive blowouts over Crenshaw and Don Lugo behind a stingy defense that only has allowed 13 points. But this is arguably the Huskies toughest game on their schedule. The Stallions are a Division 2 team from the tough Seaview League and their lone loss came against Orange Lutheran (27-7), a team in Division 1 from the Trinity League with Mater Dei and St. John Bosco. The Stallions beat Canyon 34-0 last week and figure to have too much horsepower for the Huskies.
The Pick: San Juan Hills
Gabrielino (2-0) at Sierra Vista (0-1), 7 p.m.
The Eagles are one of three Mission Valley League teams off to a perfect start and they did it with wins over Costa Mesa and Los Angeles Contreras. The Dons opened with a 41-15 loss to Ganesha, and figure to be the Eagles’ toughest game to date.
The Pick: Gabrielino
Keppel (0-2) at Los Angeles Jordan (0-1-1), 7 p.m.
The Aztecs have been outscored 79-6 in losses to Malibu and Temple City, but should be in a more competitive game with the L.A. City Section school. Jordan played Lynwood to a 28-28 tie last week and has shown an ability to score points.
The Pick: Jordan