Well, what can I say? I should have gone with ‘Rovia but I didn’t. The Wildcats are just unstoppable, and they proved as much in an emphatic 33-7 win over Rosemead in nonleague action Friday night. Nick Bueno did his thing, rushing for 107 yards on 13 carries. He scored one touchdown. Derrick Johnson joined in on the fun with three TD’s, and the Wildcats defense played stellar in the near shutout. Rosemead virtually self destructed after turning the ball over and committing costly penalties. Monrovia also was stymied by penalties, which negated two scores, including a 61-yard touchdown run by De’Shawn Ramirez. Monrovia coach Ryan Maddox, however, wasn’t so much concerned about that as he was about Charlie Cimmarusti, who was carried off the field after breaking his right knee cap in the second quarter.
Rosemead coach Matt Koffler talked about how the Panthers (0-2) were going to have to stop Nick Bueno if they were to come away with a win, but that certainly didn’t happen. Monrovia went on to avenge its 16-6 defeat to Rosemead in last year’s semifinals of the Mid-Valley Division playoffs. Monrovia will get another chance to make a statement when it hosts San Dimas next week.
In other news, Marshall snapped its 31-game losing streak. Marshall coach Rickey Pickens said there were plenty of seats still available at the beginning of the game against Pasadena Poly. But word soon spread of the Eagles’ lead and by the fourth quarter the entire school was in the home stands to watch Marshall beat Pas Poly, 36-24. Alhambra needed a late rally and a Vailele Peko interception with under 1:30 left in the fourth quarter to seal the win for the Moors. Pasadena and La Caada had impressive victories. Everyone had the Bulldogs pegged in a blowout loss but it was anything but. What an emotional win for the Spartans. First, the fires cancel their fall practices, then their gym is designated an evacuation center, their scrimmage is canceled as is their season opener vs. Alhambra, only to go on and rout a revamped Glendale team. Impressive, Mr. Yoder.
Monrovia 33, Rosemead 7
Alhambra 17, Temple City 14
San Marino 35, La Salle 13
Marshall 36, Pasadena Poly 24
St. Francis 28, Crescenta Valley 21
Hoover 16, South Pasadena 13
La Caada 35, Glendale 0
Bosco Tech 23, Gladstone 19
Pasadena 19, Long Beach Jordan 16
Gabrielino 20, Keppel 17
Friday night’s record: 3-6