Star-Jibber: No question about it, St. Francis No. 1 in the West, but who gets your vote for athlete of the week?

Discuss anything and everything you want to talk about … As always, we welcome your nominations for boys and girls athletes of the week.

First San Dimas goes down and now Monrovia. So much for that No. 1 ranking in the CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division. The Wildcats undoubtedly will move down at least one spot after their turnover-marred performance in a 21-7 loss to Glendora in the season opener. I really thought Monrovia would win, and by all accounts the Wildcats were in the thick of it until turnovers stymied Monrovia. As I thought he would, Ellis McCarthy, to put it lightly, made it uneasy for Glendora’s Chad Jeffries. McCarthy had four sacks, and it mattered little that he saw double coverage. I wasn’t sure losing De’Shawn Ramirez would have made this big an impact, but it did, meaning Derrick Johnson doubled his load offensively as our blogger Observantcat noted in a post Friday.

Monrovia definitely gets a good task Friday night when it hosts Arcadia. The Apaches played tough against a solid St. Francis team. Taylor Lagace will be a tough assignment for the Monrovia secondary. He was a nightmare for St. Francis. Arcadia struggled holding on to the ball and in the red zone. Two of Lagace’s touchdowns came on plays longer than 25 yards and he returned another on an interception return. Rodney Arnett looks faster than before. The two-back rotation along with David Maldonado can work for the Apaches, and that’s a dangerous weapon Arcadia didn’t utilize as much last year, what with injuries and all.

St. Francis recorded a couple sacks and interceptions. The defense looks good, but it was clear they were bothered by the big plays given up to Lagace. “We can’t let one guy beat us” was the overall sentiment after a big Lagace play. Lagace is just that good. St. Francis saw it coming, but that mattered little, especially when Arcadia QB Myles Carr connected with Lagace for a 25-yard score. Senior running back Michael Melnick was impressive, but he must start the game with as much intensity as he played with in the second half. Still, Melnick managed to break my new clipboard on a run play that spilled to the St. Francis sidelines. I didn’t like that clipboard anyway.

There was a bizzare play in the second half that resulted in a St. Francis 15-yard penalty. After a long play that would have marked the ball deep into Apaches territory, St. Francis was hit with a sidelines warning when a game official apparently ran into a photographer. The photographer didn’t appear to be with any news outlet, and you can bet he was scolded for costing the Golden Knights 15 yards. This was bound to happen. There always are way too many people on the sidelines who don’t belong, and don’t even get me started with no space in the press box. The penalty, however, only delayed a sure touchdown.

Muir’s would-be showdown against Bishop Amat may have lost a little bit of its luster after news of Jeffrey Davis going down with an injury in the Mustangs’ 28-14 loss to Saugus. We’ll bring you the latest on Davis’ injury.

Too many teams in search for their first win in Week 2. Monrovia, Arcadia, Temple City, Alhambra, San Gabriel, etc. Not sure how I feel about that, and how that speaks about the state of the West San Gabriel Valley in 2010. I think San Gabriel at 0-2 has got to be the biggest surprise. South Pasadena sent shock waves with its 22-9 win, and it was Patrick Martin who garnered the headlines this time around. Finally the Tigers showed they can produce on the run.

Should be an interesting week as the season shapes out.

Thursday’s games
South Pasadena vs. Hoover at Glendale, 7 p.m.
Duarte vs. Garey at Ganesha, 7 p.m.

Friday’s Games
Muir at Bishop Amat, 7:30 p.m.
Arcadia at Monrovia, 7 p.m.
Temple City vs. Ahambra at Moor Field, 7 p.m.
St. Francis vs. Crescenta Valley at Glendale, 7 p.m.
Rosemead at Rowland, 7 p.m.
San Marino at La Salle, 7 p.m.
Burbank at San Gabriel, 7 p.m.
Glendale at La Canada, 7 p.m.
Cathedral at Pasadena, 7 p.m.
Keppel at Gabrielino, 7 p.m.
Marshall at Pasadena Poly, 3:45 p.m.
Bosco Tech vs. Gladstone at Citrus College, 7 p.m.
Santa Maria at Maranatha, 7 p.m.
Kilpatrick at Rio Hondo Prep, 7:30 p.m.
Flintridge Prep vs. Grace Brethren at Moorpark College, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday’s Games
No games scheduled

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  • Thrill

    Athlete of the week? I might be bias but is this really a question to ask? Lagace had 13 receptions for about 150 yards plus 2 TDs.On top of that he had 2 interceptions, one for a TD and the other one should of been a house call too. But I wouldn’t be surprised if that Bueno kid got it.

  • Anonymous

    Does a kid need more than 4 sacks a game to get athlete of the week? Without a doubt, Ellis McCarthy.

  • The Stang Fan

    Last year in Week 1 Miguel had a terrible opening with his picks and I dominated. This year it’s reversed. I went 8-8 and Miguel was 11-5. Atrocious. Week 1’s can be difficult, but that record is shameful. Got to do better this week.

    I wasn’t able to make the Muir game last Friday, but I did hear back from some folks who went, including a Saugus parent. What it boils down to with Muir is this…Muir is a one-deep team. With so many guys out with injuries the Stang’s depth is being exposed. I said it earlier on Aram’s blog, if we’re healthy we have GREAT potential…if not, we’re barely decent. Our “1’s” are that good. When we’re missing half a dozen of them, we’re screwed.

    It’s going to be a LOOOOOOOONG night in Lancer Land against Amat this Friday if we have all these injuries. Hopefully we can get some of our guys back to keep it respectable.

    LET’S GO STANGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • New York

    Having a strong Arcadia team is great for WSGV football. It only hurts the quality of play and reputation of respective leagues and the entire WSGV when Arcadia, Pasadena, Temple City and Alhambra are not playing to their historical potential. I mean, there is NO reason that Arcadia, Pasadena and Muir should not be in the conversation for divisional titles, especially now that Charter Oak is out of the division. The Pacific League was Division TWO when I was in school. Let’s go!

  • stang grad

    Ok I’m having a terrible sports weekend!
    I was looking forward to driving 2 hours to see my Stangs play at Amat this Friday but after the lose and the injury to Davis I’m trying to justify. I keep hearing about injuries to Muir players.
    Can someone with real inside knowledge give an update to the status of the injured Muir players. Depth has always been an issue at Muir but rarely are they ever effected by injuries.

  • New York

    Stang Grad,
    Make the two hour trip! Your team needs you more than ever at Amat. Get there.

  • football fan

    watched monrovia vs. glendora game turnovers hurt but bueno was throwing in front and behind receivers. I’m a fan of his but he did not look good. he had alot of open receivers throughout the game but never threw to them. almost like he had his mind set before he threw the ball where it was going.If his first choice wasn’t open he tried to run.

  • Goldenarm

    I realize Arcadia has good reason to throw the ball – but 42 attempts seems a bit much. Do the Apaches have a ground game they can rely on?

    Just how good are La Canada and San Marino?
    Two schools who made smart coaching changes and know where they are going.

    This might be the overall strongest RHL in 4 to 5 years, with Blair and So Pas no longer being a “bye” week.

  • Goldenarm


    Haggard is starting at MLB for PCC.

  • the critc

    muir injuries is killing them offensively and defensively there go to guy and play maker which muir has more than one but dai dai mcfadden is out for another week and wont be back until league….and also big danny huerta is out whois a force on the o-line and d-line and also the vocal leader and captain…..muir has only played 1 game so far with the rest of there starters like karl holmes and howard vaughn being able to start the game and play…which lost to a saugus team that wasnt that talented but very well coached which doesnt say much for muir offensive coordinator who decides to run more than pass when he have probably the fastes and best play makers at the reciever position…

  • the critc

    let me not forget that kevon seymoor who is also one of muirs play makers was also out with an ankle injury…expect big things from muir this year when there healthy and the o-coordinator decides to get the ball to his play makers ion the field and not running a basic iso hand off left and right out of the i-formation….

  • Philly B.

    How about the Kid from South Pas. You rush for 103yards in a qtr, AND play on defense to as a Linebacker….What more do you need. Plus, he helped his team WIN the game. Mccarthy’s sacks werent enough to lookover the turnovers on the offense… I think the south pas running back should get it for the week. See Im a wildcat fan…but I am unbias…note this comment!!!

    Goldenarm-Lets Not jump the gun to fast on our weak RHL quite yet…Let me see La Canada Blow out or have a nice sound victory against Glendale! Blair get a nice win against Maranatha…and play hard against Verbum Dei, which always has a good team…San Marino always looks good pre-league…However with the exception of last year, they never make that much noise against the T.C.’s and monrovia’s…again with the exception of last year, and Now with Mooney as head coach…It’ll be Monrovia-San Marino for league title now…with T.C. and L.C. and possibly S.P fighting for thier playoff lives!
    After Looking at San Marino’s schedule…I can see them beating Rosemead whose in a Rebuilding year…La Salle May be tough with all this hype bout their Quarterback…Bell Gardens…They better beat them! I see them going 4-1 into league only because I know nothing about Golden Valley out in Bakersfield.
    basically let their be a couple weaks before you say the league will be highly competitive this season

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