It used to be that every year (at least since I’ve been here, which is what, all of 14 months) people were lamenting there wasn’t a Muir-St. Francis showdown. Everybody wanted it and I called on it too in a column early last season. To think of Muir-St. Francis would have played this season. Holy cow! St. Francis probably would have run away with a win. Sure, the game itself would have appeased the masses, but what’s the point? All anyone talks about now is who can beat who if Monrovia and St. Francis squared off. My money would be on Monrovia, but that’s just me. St. Francis coach Jim Bonds said Monday after practice that quarterback Justin Posthuma is one of the best in the Valley. You can make the argument, sure. Posthuma had an off night last week against El Rancho, but otherwise has posted impressive numbers, on the ground and over the air. Is he better than Nick Bueno? No way. Bueno’s much too fast on the ground. I’m sure Dietrich Riley and Christopher Cabrera would like a piece of Bueno charging up the field. There’s no argument: a Monrovia-St. Francis matchup is coveted given both teams are the top-ranked team in the Mid-Valley and Western Division, respectively. When putting together the top 10 every week there’s no argument Monrovia and St. Francis belong in the top two spots. Where exactly is an argument both teams can make. Still, it’s becoming more clear every week that this season it’s all about Monrovia and St. Francis, and then the rest follow. Weak football season in the WSGV? Not so, but it’s not all that far off. Temple City is 2-2-1 but you can’t forget they advanced all the way to the semifinals of last year’s playoffs with pretty much the same team. Rosemead and Muir have fallen off the face of the Earth, their absence perhaps weakening the top 10 rankings. There’s yet to be a dominant week by the top 10 corp, and if there’s a week to get it done it has to be this week to proof this season is not a down year for high school football in the West. Otherwise, the sentiment resonates:
Then the rest.