Above: There was just no stopping the Arroyo Knights.
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Arroyo 31, La Caada 27 — The Spartans just couldn’t find a way to stop Arroyo’s Mikey Vasquez who rushed for 187 yards and scored three touchdowns. Anything La Caada did the Knights had an answer for. Rocky Moore completed 16 of 31 passes for 255 yards and three touchdowns. In four games this season, Moore’s yet to throw an interception. I hope I just didn’t jinx him.
Temple City 42, La Salle 20 – Max Ruckle led the Rams attack by rushing for 203 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries as Temple City scored 21 unanswered points in the second half to record its second win of the season. I’ll be at La Caada next Thursday to check out the Max Ruckle Show.
South Hills 30, Rosemead 9 — The Huskies (2-2) jumped out a 14-0 lead by the end of the first quarter and then struggled to hold on for the win. The Panthers pulled within five points, 14-9, when Matt Macias hit Greg Parham on a 79-yard touchdown play. “It’s hard to score points on them,” Rosemead coach Matt Koffler said. “We were trying to run the ball and get their safety down low and he did and we got our play.”
Pasadena 19, Arcadia 14 — The Pasadena High School defense came up big. Again. The Bulldogs pushed host Arcadia back when the Apaches were primed to re-take the lead in the waning minutes of Friday night’s Pacific League contest.
The Bulldogs prevailed, 19-14, to remain undefeated in league play at 2-0, 3-2 overall. The Apaches fell to 1-1, 1-3-1. “They were huge,” first-year Pasadena head coach Mike McFarland said. The Apaches drove to the Bulldogs 10 in their final drive. On first down, a pile of Pasadena players threw the Apaches for a 10-yard loss on a pitchout. Arcadia was called for holding, and on third down, Chris Conell sacked Arcadia quarterback Myles Carr. The drive was stopped on the 17. “The kids are fired up,” McFarland said. “It’s been a long time since the school has beaten Arcadia. The kids were excited to end the streak.”
Burbank 29, Muir 28, 2OT — Muir had a 14-7 lead but relinquished that lead and headed into overtime tied at 21. Muir had a chance to win it in overtime after recovering a Burbank fumble. But quarterback Jarron Williams was sacked and three incomplete passes later the Mustangs found themselves heading into second OT. Williams scored to put Muir on top in the second OT, but Burbank answered with Sam Bethany 2-yard score and a two-point conversion from Adam Colman to Ulises Ochoa. Tough break for the Mustangs, who are now 0-5 overall and 0-2 in Pacific League.
San Marino 14, San Gabriel 13 — The Matadors counted on a short field and a recovered fumble in the closing minutes of its last nonleague game of the season to stay undefeated. Morgan Myers helped the Titans erase a six-point deficit with 1:10 to play in the game on a 2-yard touchdown run, followed by a Stevie Yortsos extra kick to help them get by San Gabriel, 14-13. Myers’ decisive score concluded a seven-play, 54-yard march for San Marino (5-0) that lasted 1:55. On the next drive, the Matadors (2-3) used all three timeouts, but they didn’t amount to much after an Isaac Valdez fumble that Ben Harwich recovered at the Titans 42.
Maranatha 22, Kilpatrick 6 – The Minutemen (3-2, 2-0) were led by quarterback Cody Keith, who completed 11 of 24 passes for 118 yards and one interception. Keith rushed for three touchdowns, all on quarterback sneaks from the 1. It was a sloppy game of sorts for Maranatha, which had numerous miscues and sloppy plays at times.
Sierra Vista 33, Duarte 7 — Duarte’s defense held the Dons’ high-powered running attack to 14 points in the first half despite allowing 138 rushing yards and over 12 minutes in time of possession. But it didn’t matter. Jose Maldonado and Erick Garcia led Sierra Vista with two touchdowns each.
Pioneer 31, Bosco Tech 19 — Pioneer had a strong second half in the win. Turnovers stymied the Tigers who have now lost two straight games.
South Pasadena 26, Keppel 14 — The Tigers won their first game of the season, taking advantage of Aztecs miscues. A week after Keppel ended a 40-game losing streak, the Tigers picked off five Evan Blackman passes and recovered a pair of fumbles. “We did not play very well,” Keppel first-year coach Bobby Mildred said. “Those five interceptions put us in a hole.” The Tigers led, 7-0, at the half. Keppel got down to the 10, but fumbled the ball away. “As bad as we played, we were still in the game,” Madrid said. We just shot ourselves in the foot. After last week, I’m really disappointed.” The Tigers took a 14-0 lead. Bachman scored the first of his two TDs on a quarterback sneak.
Rio Hondo Prep 40, Desert 6 — Juniors Nick Preciado and Charles Quintero each rushed for more than 100 yards and the Kares remained undefeated with a relatively easy victory. Rio Hondo Prep led, 20-6, at the half. Andrew Quintero, up from the junior varsity team, scored a TD and Preciado and Charles Quintero had the other TDs. Preciado had a TD reception from Chris Llamas. Jimmy Davis and Jason Wiley both had interceptions, Wiley returning his 50 yards.
Blair XX, Brawley XX — Did not report
Marshall XX, Montclair Prep XX — Did not report