After checking this team out during last week’s 27-9 victory over Monrovia, I’m convinced they will make a run at Arroyo for the Mission Valley League title. Look at the telling numbers. Running back Deon Sumler has rushed for 649 yards and seven touchdowns in three games. The Panthers’ defense has produced two shutouts, and yielded just one touchdown. Quarterback Jose Camarena hasn’t thrown a lot, but he’s more than capable, and have you seen that guy kick a football? He already has a 56-yard field goal on his resume, and sends nearly every kickoff into the end zone. So, you ask, what about their opponents? Gladstone (3-1), which they beat 14-0, and Baldwin Park (2-1), which they beat 20-0, would both be undefeated had it not been for the Panthers. – Who’s not hot?: South Pasadena. This is a school that started 6-0-1 last season and has had back-to-back winning records the past two seasons, partly because of a generous nonleague schedule. But the Tigers haven’t been able to win any of the close games, losing 22-16 to San Gabriel, and 14-9 to Hoover. Last week, they dropped to 0-3 following a 21-7 loss to Glendale. – Who’s on the hot seat?: The Rio Hondo League. The RHL is 6-12-1, with its most notable victory a 31-28 Temple City win over La Salle; La Canada had a 21-9 victory over winless Gabrielino. That’s nothing to holler about. South Pasadena, San Marino (0-2-1) and Blair (0-3) are winless, and Monrovia’s victories have come against stragglers Bassett and Duarte. This was once a very proud league, but it has done nothing in the playoffs in recent years, but because of reputation, three of these teams are unjustly ranked in the Division X top 10 poll. Well, let’s be fair. Not all of them are undeserving. We should give unbeaten La Canada (3-0) its props, and we’re not backing off a prediction that the Spartans will go 10-0. — Fred J. Robledo can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4485, 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! After years of being laughed at, picked on, and being the team that every school circled on their calendars, the Aztecs ended the Southern Section’s longest losing streak, which stood at 38 games, with a season-opening 28-7 victory over Workman. And buying the theory that winning breeds winning, the Aztecs haven’t let up, following with a 48-19 victory over Blair, then mounting a fourth-quarter rally to defeat Mountain View, 36-32, last week. WITH just a couple weeks before league play begins, who’s hot, who’s not, who’s on the hot seat, and what is your favorite story of the year so far? If your answer to the last question wasn’t the Keppel High School football team, then you’re not watching this area closely enough. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 So you say, what’s the big deal? The Aztecs’ three opponents have a combined 0-9-1 record? Well, it is a big deal, because the Aztecs helped put that 0-9-1 record together, and their 3-0 start joins La Canada, Alhambra, Maranatha, Rosemead, Bosco Tech and St. Francis as the area’s only undefeated teams heading into the weekend. The Aztecs’ good fortunes will probably end on Saturday, when they play at La Salle (2-2) and away from home for the first time, but if this were just a three-week season, these guys would be our heroes. “We don’t think we’re going to lose,” Aztecs coach Jimmy Riggio said of Saturday’s 1:30 p.m. contest. “We believe in each other. That’s what has gotten us here so far.” – Is there anyone hotter than Rosemead?