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High School Football's ten burning questions: What happened to Monrovia, West Covina?

Here are the 10 burning questions for high school football:

1. What happened to Monrovia, West Covina? — It wasn’t long ago that both were seemingly contending for championships almost every season. West Covina won back-to-back titles in 2010 and ‘11 under coach Mike Maggiore, who resigned following last season, and Monrovia won three straight from 2010-12 under coach Ryan Maddox, now an administrator at South Hills.

Both teams are currently 0-3 and what it shows is the value of a high school head coach and all that goes into running a program.

2. Who’s leading the area in passing? – That would be Bonita’s J.P. Andrade, the first to crack the 1,000-yard mark with 1,013 passing yards through three games, averaging 337 yards per game with seven touchdowns. Andrade lit up Riverside Poly last week, throwing for 485 yards and four touchdowns in a 24-12 win.

3. What’s going on with San Dimas? – When it opened the season with a 19-8 win over Bonita to claim the Smudge pot trophy, it looked like business as usual for a team that annually competes for the Valle Vista league title and makes deep playoff runs. But back-to-back losses to Long Beach Wilson (42-35) and Ontario (36-22) has some wondering if the opponents are that good, or if there is legitimate slippage, particularly on defense. Will need more games to know for sure.

4. Does Temple City have a legitimate one-two punch?: It appears so. The Rams went 1-8 last year and scored eight points or less in six of those losses. Even though they’re 1-2, the offense looks much better behind quarterback Justin Bowman, averaging 196 yards with eight touchdowns and his favorite target, Daniel Centeno, who already has 357 receiving yards with a pair of touchdowns.

5. Better game, La Serna at St. Francis or La Salle at Muir? – The more intriguing game is La Salle-Muir because Muir hasn’t allowed a point in two games, and were embarrassed in a road loss at La Salle last year, losing 44-6. But the better game is the Division 3 showdown, a rematch from St. Francis’ close 24-21 win at La Serna last year.

6. Does Bishop Amat get it first win against Rancho Cucamonga? Bank it. Bishop Amat probably doesn’t fall behind 31-0 to JSerra if it doesn’t bench quarterback Blake Archuleta, who eventually returned last week and nearly led the Lancers all the way back, finishing with 305 yards and four TDs in a 59-35 loss that Amat cut to 10 points in the second half. Bishop Amat’s schedule hasn’t been kind and undefeated Rancho Cucamonga (2-0) is probably the better choice. But hard to imagine Amat losing at home and starting 0-4.


7. Why are Greg Gano and Steven Bogan’s teams still undefeated? – Because Gano won four titles with Los Altos and Bogan four with South Hills more than a decade ago, showing they know what it takes. It’s been so long since their last titles it’s easy to forget, but give both coaches talent, and this is what they do. Gano’s Don Lugo (2-0) takes on Northview Friday at Covina District in a rematch from last year’s wild Vikings victory while Maranatha (3-0) and Bogan try to keep it rolling at home against Campbell Hall.

8. Why is it important for Damien to hang with Charter Oak? Because Charter Oak has torched San Gabriel Valley challengers the past few years and is doing it again this season, routing Northview and Glendora to go to 3-0. Damien (3-0) is also unbeaten, but was manhandled by the Chargers last year, who smothered Damien quarterback Warren Bryan. Damien needs to show it has taken a legitimate step forward and at home and this is the stage to show it.

9. Is La Mirada waving the white flag? No, and it shouldn’t. As bad as it is, being 0-3 and outscored 100-7, things will change when it gets to the Suburban league. But it will be happy when its non-league schedule is over. La Mirada faces undefeated Upland (3-0) Friday before opening the Suburban against undefeated Mayfair (3-0) next week. That means as of now, La Mirada’s first six opponents have a combined record of 18-0.

10. Is undefeated Los Altos the real deal? – Impressive wins over San Marino (42-28) and St. Paul (35-22) hasn’t convinced readers on blogs, who need to see more. Well, Los Altos gets another test against Glendora at Citrus College, Friday. Even though Glendora is 1-2, its losses were to undefeated Charter Oak and Damien. This will be Los Altos’ toughest test and if it passes, the naysayers won’t have much to say.


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