Los Altos looks to conquer Western

first_imgLos Altos High School’s football team has responded well to adversity, thus far. The Conquerors bounced back from their defeat to Damien High two weeks ago with a rout over Warren High last week. Arroyo (4-0) at Nogales (2-2), 7 p.m. Arroyo High just continues to win. The Knights got by El Rancho High, 26-21, in a difficult road game last week. Arroyo QB Dominic Salmon ranks among the area’s top passers, but he’s also contributed with some key plays on defense. Nogales won its first two games before suffering losses to Mt. Baldy League teams in the past two weeks. Bottom line: It’s obvious this year’s team isn’t quite to the level of last year’s 12-1 juggernaut. But the Knights appear to be improving each week and remain very savvy. Arroyo will extend its regular season win streak to 21 tonight while prepping for two major Mission Valley League tests coming in the following weeks. Montebello (1-3) at Rowland (3-1), 7 p.m. Rowland High saw its undefeated season get spoiled last week in a loss to Don Lugo High. The Raiders are hoping to get back on track tonight before San Antonio League play begins next week. Montebello made a stirring rally last week at Wilson High, but lost to the Wildcats. Bottom line: This is a good spot for Rowland to get some swagger back. The Raiders simply need to stop Oilers QB Rene Cerda, and they’ll do it. Expect the Raiders running game to eat clock all night. The pick: Rowland. Mountain View (0-4) at Baldwin Park (3-1), 7 p.m. The Braves have a chance to exceed their season win total from last year tonight and Valle Vista League play hasn’t even started yet. Baldwin Park High’s community can thank new coach James Heggins for that, and Heggins can thank star tailback Aaron Harris. Harris currently leads the area in rushing and has scored five touchdowns in each of the Braves’ last two games. Mountain View (38.7 ppg. allowed) hasn’t stopped anybody in its first four games. Bottom line: Harris will run wild for as long as Heggins allows. The junior can add to his already impressive season tonight and the Braves will enter league play next Friday full of confidence at 4-1. The pick: Baldwin Park. Duarte (3-1, 1-0) vs. Workman (0-4-1, 0-1), at La Puente HS, 7 p.m. Workman High gave defending Montview League champion Gladstone High a scare last week in a 14-12 loss. The Lobos are hoping to do the same this week to No. 1-contender Duarte High. The Falcons haven’t disappointed this season as their star-studded roster of skill players and defensive backs have put up the points on offense while keeping them off on defense. Duarte took a major step toward the league title with a rout of Azusa last week. Bottom line: Lost in the shuffle of highly recruited Falcon seniors Corey Fluker and Le’one Fortunati is the quietly productive season of sophomore tailback Chris Harris. Harris ranks among the area’s top rushers and he should have a good shot at doing some more damage tonight. The picks: Duarte. Also playing Silverado (2-2) at Chino (3-1), 7 p.m. — Aram Tolegian can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2233, or by e-mail at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Tonight’s game at Western High is another chance to gain momentum heading into the Miramonte League play next week. Kickoff is 7 p.m. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The Conquerors have been doing it with offense. Los Altos is averaging 35 points per game, thanks to junior quarterback Matt Castaneda and the receiver duo of Chappelle Brown and Rex Foss. The defense hasn’t played bad in its three wins, but a 42-point outburst Damien had against the Conquerors won’t easily be forgotten. Bottom line: Los Altos’ offense is one of the best, if not the best, in the area. But the Conquerors will experience similar results to last season if the defense doesn’t improve. Western doesn’t have enough to stay with the Conquerors. The pick: Los Altos. last_img read more

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