Thursday Countdown: St. Paul-Los Altos and Charter Oak-Glendora headline

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

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Author: accuhunt

Physical Educator and sports coach from 6 years , with degree in sports science and physical education from RLT University in US. Coach of football, skating, hockey and rugby teams. Now working as Sports development officer in Perth city. Contributor of sports training articles to improve sports performance in athletes. Well college football is an place where many inspiring stories surface and touch the heart. It is also a place where the passions of players, desires of coaches and expectations of community meld to form a different atmosphere.

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