San Gabriel 52, Alhambra 14 — Valdez rushed for four touchdowns and passed for another as San Gabriel, 3-0 in league play, took off after a shaky start. Trailing 7-0, the Matadors took advantage of a 7-yard punt that gave them the ball at the Alhambra 38- yard line in the second quarter. Four plays later, Valdez scored on a 1-yard sneak to tie the game. Alhambra went backward in its next series, and a short punt and 22-yard return by Fabian Amaro put the ball on the 18. Four plays later, Valdez was in the end zone on a 4-yard bootleg run for a 13-7 lead. The game took more than three hours to play and featured 75 passes and 23 penalties, coupled with a 32-minute intermission for San Gabriel’s homecoming activities. This game proved to be way too for Alhambra.
La Caada 14, San Marino 10 — San Marino mistakes limited its offense and LC quarterback Rocky Moore led a touchdown drive deep in the fourth quarter to give La Caada’s first lead of the game. San Marino’s Benny Hung ran into a virtual wall, rushing for 93 yards on 29 carries. It didn’t help that Titans QB Joe Forgatch did not connect on his final 10 passes the fourth quarter, and one was intercepted. In fairness, three were dropped. La Caada’s win sets up a huge showdown at home next week against second-ranked Monrovia.
Azusa 47, Duarte 6 — Azusa’s John Chavez threw for 129 yards and three touchdowns to lead the visiting Aztecs.
Rosemead 31, South El Monte 28 — Rosemead withstood a furious rally by South El Monte and scored the winning touchdown on Matt Fergoso’s 5-yard run with eight seconds left to stay in the hunt for the Mission Valley League title Friday night.
Burbank 33, Arcadia 27 — The Apaches squandered a 6-point lead before Burbank’s Anthony Cervantes caught a 19-yard pass from Adam Colman to close out a six-play, 65-yard drive, and Colman’s run for the two-point conversation sealed the Bulldogs’ win in a Pacific League game that saw six lead changes.
Temple City 41, Blair 8 — Justin Smith passed for three touchdowns and ran for another three to lead the Rams (4-3-1, 2-1) over Blair in a bizarre Rio Hondo League contest Friday night at Muir High. With just under six minutes left in the game, the lights at Muir’s new field went out, forcing the game to end quicker than expected.
Monrovia 35, South Pasadena 7 — De’Shawn Ramirez put on a show. He had eight carries for 113 yards and four touchdowns. Monrovia led 14-0 at the half and scored 21 in the second half. The Wildcats sat out their starters for some of the third quarter and the entire fourth.
Mary Star 33, La Salle 14 — Mary Star of the Sea (5-3, 3-0) scored early and often, handing La Salle (3-5, 0-2) a Camino Real League defeat that puts the Lancers’ playoff hopes in shambles. The Lancers trailed 19-0 at halftime, but got within striking distance in the second half. La Salle scored early in the third quarter when Mike Alexander caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Mike Novell to make it 19-7. The Lancers got within 19-14, but that’s as close as they would get before Mary Star took over.
Crescenta Valley 38, Pasadena — The Bulldogs amassed 555 yards of total offense, 294 through the air and 261 on the ground, including Nick Escoe and Charles Hendricks whom each had 100 yards rushing apiece. PHS quarterback Aaron Simpson passed for 294 yards, but turnovers proved to be the difference and they couldn’t stop CV’s offensive prowess. CV scored on six of eight possessions, and the two they didn’t score ended the first half and the game.
Maranatha 19, Sierra Canyon 12 — Cody Keith ran for a touchdown and connected on another with Danny Beckwith to help the Minutemen improve to 5-0 in Alpha League play. Maranatha led 7-6 at the half.
St. Francis 34, St. Paul 7 — Converting Friedman Field into their own version of “The Pit” (St. Paul High School’s notorious Cranham Field), St. Francis opened Mission League football play with a 34-7 victory over visiting St. Paul on Friday night. The Golden Knights (7-1) were led by running back Austin Nieves, who rushed for 157 yards on just seven carries. Quarterback Justin Posthuma completed 11 of 21 passes for 165 yards and a pair of touchdowns. St. Francis scored on four of its five first-half possessions, highlighted by a 79-yard touchdown run by Nieves for a 14-0 lead on the final play of the first quarter.
Rio Hondo Prep 40, Viewpoint 0 — Cody Cowell returned an interception 78 yards for a score and added another with a 21-yard touchdown catch from quarterback Chris Llamas in the closing minutes of the first quarter to lead the Kares to a Prep League victory.
Rio Hondo Prep (8-0, 3-0) built a 37-0 lead at halftime, courtesy of J.T. Parker’s two TDs in the second quarter — a 1-yard scoring run and a 49-yard touchdown catch from Llamas in the closing seconds of the quarter.
Flintridge Prep 24, Webb 21 — Trailing 21-17 with 2:30 remaining in the game and facing a fourth-and-6 from their own 20, the Rebels’ Kory Hamane found a ball that was batted away by a Webb defender to keep their last-minute drive alive. Two plays later, Hamane took the ball around the left end from 14 yards for the winning score with 1:36 left left in the game. Flintridge Prep (2-5, 1-1) played tenacious defense and stopped the Gauls to make the score stand.