first_imgIt’s anybody’s guess as to what will be going through the minds of Charter Oak High School quarterback Andrew Carreon and Los Altos’ Matt Castaneda around 7 p.m. on Friday night. The two underclassmen will be making their respective first starts in one of the area’s biggest rivalries when the Chargers visit the Conquerors on Friday. Neither coach expects to see anything different from the other on Friday night. Given each staff’s long history against each other, it would probably be futile to try anything new. “Nobody is going to fool anybody here,” Gano said. “We’re going to do the same thing against Charter Oak that we have for the last 11 times we’ve played them. We’re going to go out and try and do what we do best.” Farrar echoed Gano’s sentiments. “We like this game very much because they’re always looking for a wrinkle and so are we,” he said. “They’re a great coaching staff and some of the best compliments I have had in my career have come in this game and it came from their fans.” – Bishop Amat is the top team in the state according to the power rankings at The Lancers (4-1) are in the top spot with a rating of 49.2 points. Strength of schedule plays a key role in the ratings, and Amat’s strength of schedule grades out to be the highest in the state. The combined record of Amat’s opponents this season is 18-7. The Lancers’ key wins have come against Damien (ranked No. 19) and Glendora. Mission Viejo is No. 7, despite being 5-0 and owning a win over Concord De La Salle, which isn’t ranked. — 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! Carreon, a sophomore, is in his first varsity season. He’s had five tune-ups so far and has shown steady improvement. “We’re always concerned about him, it’s not just this game,” Charter Oak coach Lou Farrar said. “It’s the first time he’s going to see their kind of defense and their alignments. Every week for him is another practicum, except that he goes from quarter to quarter.” center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Castaneda, a junior, transferred to Los Altos from Bishop Amat last year. Like Carreon, he’s in his first varsity season, but hasn’t looked green at all. “He knows it’s a big game, but so far they’ve all been big for him,” Los Altos coach Greg Gano said. “He’s just kind of a quiet kid, who comes out and plays. I couldn’t tell you if he’s going to be any different because it’s Charter Oak.” Carreon looked like a seasoned veteran last week, leading the Chargers back from a 7-0 halftime deficit against Claremont in a 21-7 win. He threw for all three of Charter Oak’s touchdowns in the second half. “He did come of age in that game,” Farrar said. “In the first half, they came at him with everything and beat him up physically. We talked to him at halftime with a bunch of ice bags on him and said ‘You took there best shot, what do you think?’ “I think that talk really helped him. Last week was good for him, and he’s had a great couple of days.” last_img

Carreon, Castaneda set to take charge

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