Friday Night Aftermath: Rosemead outruns San Marino; San Dimas shocks Monrovia; Arcadia earns first win.

Monrovia vs. San Dimas Highlights



Friday’s Scores
Rosemead 21, San Marino 7 – Matt Fregoso rushed for 233 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Panthers. Rosemead was marred by penalties, 11 to be exact. The flags negated long plays or delayed long scoring drives for Rosemead. Frustration set in for San Marino late in the second half when a scuffle broke out, resulting in the ejection of San Marino’s Manny Vargas and Rosemead’s Mike Chavez.

San Dimas 35, Monrovia 34, OT — Cody Watts accounted for four touchdowns to lead the Saints. Nick Bueno’s 1-yard run attempt for a two-point conversion in overtime was the end for the Wildcats. San Dimas trailed 28-7 heading in the fourth, scored 21 unanswered points and won in overtime. I’m shocked. Absolutely shocked.

Arcadia 42, Temple City 14 – Arcadia quarterback Myles Carr accounted for four touchdowns and the Apaches scored on six consecutive possessions starting in the second quarter all the way to the fourth. Temple City did not have a passing yard until the fourth quarter, and two shotgun snaps late in the first half that went over quarterback Mikel Quintanilla set up two Arcadia scores.

South Pasadena 27, Glendale 21 — The game went back and forth with South Pasadena narrowly staying ahead. It started with the Tigers off to a 14-0 lead after the first quarter. It was 14-7 at the half, and Glendale only had four yards of offense in the first half. It went 14-13, 21-13, Glendale tied it 21-21 in the fourth before Matt Nelson caught a 20-yard pass from quarterback Conor Bednarski. South Pasadena running back Patrick Martin had 23 carries for 136 yards, 103 yards of which came in the second half.

Pasadena 33, La Salle 16 — Andreece Brown had 25 carries for 124 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs to their first win. Cleo Bates rushed for 107 yards and one touchdown. Classy moment of the night: With 1:04 left in the game and a 10-point lead, Pasadena decides to go for it on first-and-10 at the Lancers’ 13-yard line.

San Gabriel 27, Contreras 6 – Matadors QB Andy Guerrero rushed for 156 yards and passed for 135 yards to give Jude Oliva his first win as head coach. Guerrero started in place of sophmore Eric Alvarez.

St. Francis 31, Venice 13 — The St. Francis defense came up huge in its win, forcing five turnovers which came in the form of four fumbles and one interception. Michael Singlyn added two sacks for the defense. Quarterback Brett Nelson finished 12-of-17 for 224 yards and three touchdowns. Travis Talianko was Nelson’s big target with eight catches for 178 yards and two touchdowns.

Crescenta Valley 38, La Canada 34 — Marro Lee rushed for 235 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Falcons at Glendale High. He took the third play from the scrimmage 63 yards, setting up the score. He scored the game-winning touchdown with 48 seconds left, a 19-yard run. Spartans quarterback Scott Gray passed for 176 yards, but was intercepted with 46 seconds left in the game. He scored four touchdowns, all on runs.

Sierra Vista 42, Keppel 12 — The Aztecs could not stop the Dons run game, who piled up 308 yards on 28 carries and four touchdowns. Keppel’s scoring came on an 80-yard pass on a fake field punt from Walter Ortiz to Adrian Portillo. Sierra Vista scored on its first play and the Aztecs answered with an 80-yard drive, but that’s as close as Keppel would get.

Alhambra 20, L.A. Wilson 20 — The Moors were missing a slew of players for disciplinary reasons. At one point, Alhambra coach Lou Torres was playing six sophomores on defense. Still, the Moors marched into Wilson territory and came away with the victory.


St. Genevieve 21, Marshall 20
Bosco Tech 37, Santiago 10
Boron 30, Rio Hondo Prep 21
Campbell Hall 33, Flintirdge Prep 14

Saturday’s Games
Sierra Canyon at Pasadena Poly, 1 p.m. — Melendez (Poly); Stang Fan (Sierra)
Maranatha at Salesian, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Salesian); Stang Fan (Salesian)
Blair vs. Verbum Dei at Muir, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Blair); Stang Fan (Verbum Dei)

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Former Temple City coach Anthony White dealing with real adversity as first-year coach at Buena Park. This is an absolute must-read. Guaranteed to blow you away.

Above: Anthony White during football practice at Buena Park High. (Courtesy photo)

When I worked at the Orange County Register I made sure to religiously read certain writers at our paper. Among them was Jeff Miller, a general sports columnist. It’s not often Miller — one of the best columnists in the country — writes about high school sports, but Buena Park’s football team certainly caught his attention. All you have to do is read the first few paragraphs, and the story captivates you. Regardless of your opinion on White’s short stint at Temple City, you’ll want to read this. If this story doesn’t move you, nothing else will.

The words come out of a dark silhouette, detailing a story of abuse, of seeing Dad, drunk and raging, beat Mom, until he could force himself between the two, turning the incensed old man back into the night.

The room is still and faintly black, the shadows meant to blur the speaker’s features and sharpen the listeners’ attention. The kid stands alone and talks, his voice wavering, his story a cold, straight line.

OK, next. Now a second boy is up, sharing his details. One by one they rise and offer something about themselves, their home life, their situation. The stories almost always begin with unsettling confessions – a scab ripped raw – and end with building tears. A group of high schoolers sitting in a classroom, a place where growth is supposed to happen.

So, this, this is part of coaching football? Hearing kids tell tales of domestic violence and drug-addicted parents and nights spent homeless? It is here, at Buena Park, where they have all sorts of situations.

Click here to read Miller’s column with a photo gallery

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Boys Basketball: Kenyatta Smith commits to Harvard

Flintridge Prep’s Kenyatta Smith, a 6-foot-8, 255-pound center, has committed to Harvard. The senior who averaged 16.6 points, 9.3 rebounds and 4.1 blocks per game as a junior said he planned on visiting other schools, but put that to rest after visiting Harvard. Smith added that he wasn’t concerned with Harvard’s lack of success on the court, saying “We haven’t had a lot of history of winning, but that’s what I want to be a part of.”

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Football: Little movement in latest PSN top 10 rankings

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Is it a down year in football? I don’t know. But there are some teams whose records are not indicative of how strong they can and will be this 2010 season. The team that most comes to mind is Arcadia. I’ve said it since summer and through fall camp: the Apaches are the darkhorse of the Pacific League and will definitely surprise some folks. Arcadia will earn its first win of the season Friday at Temple City. Same goes for San Gabriel, which should see its confidence rocket after it beats Contreras.


1. ST. FRANCIS (2-0) — The Golden Knights have always had a strong Mission League schedule, but we now know it’s possible that it can be even tougher. When St. Francis heads to the playoffs they’ll definitely have earned it after playing the likes of Serra, Cathedral and Harvard-Westlake. The big test comes Friday when the Golden Knights host Venice, and a St. Francis win certainly solidifies its standing as the top-ranked team in the West San Gabriel Valley.

2. MONROVIA (1-1) — The Monrovia team we all saw Friday night against Arcadia is the team we all expected would show up. I said it before, the Wildcats’ five turnovers is uncharacteristic on their part. Monrovia has some penalties to clean up, but overall proved powerful on both sides of the ball. You can bet the team has circled Sept. 24 since losing to San Dimas in the Mid-Valley Division championship game. I would be absolutely shocked if Monrovia lets this one get away.

3. MUIR (1-2) — Thank goodness for a bye week. Muir is reeling from injuries. Its roster is depleted and bodies are scarce. This bye couldn’t have come at a better time. Again, the Mustangs are another team that, should they stay healthy, could make a run back atop the Pacific League.

4. SAN MARINO (2-0) — What else can you say? Losing junior RB Kwame Do is going to be a big loss for the Titans. But as San Marino coach Mike Mooney likes to say, this is an opportunity for others to step up and shine when the moment presents itself. Now’s that moment.

5. LA CANADA (2-0) — Definitely not surprised by the Spartans’ 2-0 start and you shouldn’t be surprised when they beat Crescenta Valley on Friday. La Canada has the discipline needed to execute the little things. It’s a trickle effect that resonates throughout.

6. ROSEMEAD (1-1) — Matt Fregoso is a beast. He was tough to handle last year in the first round of the Mid-Valley Division playoffs and he’ll be tough to handle Friday when the Panthers visit San Marino.

7. ARCADIA (0-2) — Turnovers and lack of execution in the red zone did the Apaches two weeks ago against St. Francis, and against Monrovia turnovers again proved to be too much to overcome. Arcadia QB Myles Carr was rattled last week by Monrovia’s powerful defensive line. The pressure proved to be too much for Carr to stay in the pocket. He was sacked half a dozen times, but when rolling out Carr put his speed on display. He’ll need more of that when the pocket collapses, though I don’t anticipate that happening Friday.

8. SOUTH PASADENA (2-0) — The Tigers probably won’t be tested until two weeks from now when it it hosts Cathedral. Talk about improving the nonleague schedule. Nevertheless, it’s refreshing to see the Tigers enjoy success. I wouldn’t be surprised if South Pasadena heads into Rio Hondo League play with a 3-1 record.

9. ALHAMBRA (1-2) — The Moors recorded a nice win last week over Temple City, but their problems are far from over. There’s a big need for consistency from the run production. Until that happens, Alhambra will struggle stringing wins together. The Moors’ schedule will allow for one easy win this season (Keppel) but the rest are not a given.

10. SAN GABRIEL (0-3) — I’ll say it now, if the Matadors lose to Contreras then it’s time to hit the panic button. Having said that, I don’t see how San Gabriel will lose to a team that lost handily to Bosco Tech. Eric Alvarez started at quarterback for the Matadors, then we saw Andy Guerrero make a cameo and made the most of his opportunity, passing for 148 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for another. San Gabriel still lost to Burbank, 44-26, but it was nice to see the Matadors swinging as the Bulldogs nearly lost their 37-point lead.

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Mascots gone wild! Ohio U apologizes to Ohio St. fans

This has me thinking, how many of our schools actually have mascots? Alhambra, Maranatha, Monrovia, Pasadena Poly. Anyone else?

The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio University has apologized to Ohio State and its fans after the school’s Bobcat mascot tackled the Brutus Buckeye mascot, touching off an impromptu wrestling match before Saturday’s game at Ohio Stadium.

In addition, the student who was dressed in the Bobcat costume has been banned from any further affiliation with Ohio athletics.

The Bobcat first went after Brutus as the OSU mascot led the Buckeyes onto the field for the game.

Moments later, the Bobcat mascot climbed on the back of Ohio State’s mascot and rode him to the ground. The two then tussled in the end zone while fans booed.

An e-mail sent by Ohio’s assistant athletic director for media relations, Jason Corriher, said the department does not condone such behavior and regretted the negative effect of the mascot’s actions on the relationship between the two schools.

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Mike Mooney: Sideline evaluation is torn ACL … planning on (Kwame Do) being shut down for the season.

You hate to report on this kind of news, especially after the marvelous game San Marino’s Kwame Do had against La Salle.

The junior running back is all but done for the season as we reported here Friday night. San Marino coach Mike Mooney said the sideline evaluation pointed to a torn ACL. Do was admitted to the emergency room Friday night and underwent X-Rays, which indicated there were no fractures. Do will undergo an MRI on Tuesday.

“We’ll have more of a definitive answer then,” Mooney said. “But we are planning on him being shut down for the season.”

Do rushed for 223 yards on 12 carries and scored a touchdown before suffering the right knee injury five minutes into the third quarter. Do did not carry the ball in the third quarter.

Do was intercepted a pass in the third quarter. He tried to break free from a tackle, but when he planted his right leg it buckled, landing in an awkward position.

“I had a bad feeling as the play unfolded,” said Mooney on Friday night. “I saw his knee buckle.”

San Marino plays host to Rosemead in Week 3. Do’s loss is a blow to the Titans, particularly on offense, which Do accounted for the majority of production with 414 yards rushing and four touchdowns.

Mooney and the Titans now have to figure out how to replace that kind of output for an offense that heavily relied on Do’s prowess.

“The first thing is nobody likes to see injuries in football,” Mooney said. “We know it’s the nature of the game. When it happens it’s devastating. The first thought is we’re all bummed for our teammate and a great kid who wanted to have fun and play football. So there’s some emotional stuff we have to deal with as a team.

“Beyond that, we can’t sit around and lick our wounds that long because we have to play some football. Some other guys are going to have to step up and play more significant roles than they have.”

Morgan Myers and Ryan Wood will rotate time in the backfield. Both have seen plenty of time in two games this season. Their run style is different.

“He’s a hard runner,” Mooney said. “He’s a different kind of runner in that he’s not the elusive grinder. He’s more the attitude, hammer runner.”

Myers, also a starting linebacker with a significant role on special teams, has 21 carries for 69 yards and two touchdowns. Wood has nine carries for 189 yards and two touchdowns.

“Those guys will have to assume the role and leadership running the ball,” Mooney said.

Do’s absence also means junior quarterback Garret Glazier will have to develop quicker than planned.

“The game plan is to always ease the new quarterback along,” Mooney said, “but we may just have to up the timetable on asking him to do more things for us.”

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Star Picks: Iron out wrinkles, league fast approaching; Lots of good candidates for Player of the Week honors.

Melendez: 14-3 last week; total 33-11
Stang Fan: 17-0 last week; total 33-11

Well well well. Look at Stang Fan clawing his way back to forge a tie as we head into Week 3. It’s all good. I put my money on San Gabriel, Santa Maria and Flintridge Prep. In all honesty, I probably should have been 16-1 because for the life of me I can’t recall why I picked Santa Maria and Flintridge Prep. But I really did think San Gabriel would come away with the win. Strong preseason, for sure.

There’s a lot of good candidates for player of the week honors, and where to begin?

Gabrielino’s Eddie Moreno rushed for 154 yards on five carries, returned two punts for touchdowns on 74- and 76 yards, recorded two receptions for 27 yards, threw for an 18-yard touchdown pass for a total of 4 touchdowns and 339 all-purpose yards.

Maranatha’s Jeremy Major had 230 yards of total offense. He recorded five receptions for 101 yards, two touchdowns on punt returns for 123 total yards for a total of four touchdowns.

St. Francis quarterback Brett Nelson completed 13 of 22 passes for 187 yards and three touchdowns.

Monrovia’s Nick Bueno completed 11 of 17 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 204 yards on 12 carries with two touchdowns, scoring on runs of 53 and 78 yards. Bueno also connected twice with Jay Henderson with 20- and 13-yard scores.

San Marino’s Kwame Do rushed for 101 yards in the first quarter alone for 223 yards on 12 carries on the night.

I could really use your help here.

Thursday’s Game
Gabrielino vs. Azusa at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Azusa); Stang Fan (Azusa)

Friday’s Games
Rosemead at San Marino, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Rosemead); Stang Fan (San Marino)
Monrovia at San Dimas, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Monrovia); Stang Fan (Monrovia)
Arcadia at Temple City, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Arcadia); Stang Fan (Arcadia)
Glendale at South Pasadena, 7 p.m. — Melendez (South Pasadena); Stang Fan (South Pas)
Pasadena at La Salle, 7 p.m. — Melendez (La Salle); Stang Fan (Pasadena)
L.A. Contreras at San Gabriel, 7 p.m. — Melendez (San Gabriel); Stang Fan (Contreras)
Venice at St. Francis, 7:30 p.m. — Melendez (St. Francis); Stang Fan (St. Francis)
La Canada vs. Crescenta Valley at Glendale, 7 p.m. — Melendez (LC); Stang Fan (CV)
Sierra Vista at Keppel, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Sierra Vista); Stang Fan (Sierra Vista)
Marshall vs. St. Genevieve at Pasadena, 7 p.m. — Melendez (St. Genevieve); Stang Fan (St.G)
Santiago at Bosco Tech, 4 p.m. — Melendez (Santiago/GG); Stang Fan (Santiago/GG)
Boron at Rio Hondo Prep, 7:30 p.m. — Melendez (RHP); Stang Fan (Boron)
Flintridge Prep at Campbell Hall — Melendez (Campbell Hall); Stang Fan (Campbel Hall)
Duarte at Littlerock, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Littlerock); Stang Fan (Littlerock)
Alhambra at L.A. Wilson, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Alhambra); Stang Fan (Alhambra)

Saturday’s Games
Sierra Canyon at Pasadena Poly, 1 p.m. — Melendez (Poly); Stang Fan (Sierra)
Maranatha at Salesian, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Salesian); Stang Fan (Salesian)
Blair vs. Verbum Dei at Muir, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Blair); Stang Fan (Verbum Dei)

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Friday Night Aftermath: Nick Bueno Show is underway, leads Monrovia over Arcadia; San Marino, Maranatha win big; Alhambra edges Temple City; Pasadena blown out.

Rowland vs. Rosemead highlights



Friday’s Scores

Bishop Amat 34, Muir 14 — Zach Shay scores three touchdowns and finishes with 107 yards. Jalen Moore rushes for 128 yards and a TD and Rio Ruiz throws for 145 yards and two touchdowns. Nice numbers for sure, but you get the feeling the offense has opened it up and can do so much more. Still, nice to be 3-0.

Monrovia 34, Arcadia 7 – Nick Bueno put on a show. He completed 11 of 17 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 204 yards on 12 carries with two touchdowns. He scored on runs of 53 and 78 yards and connected twice with Jay Henderson with 20- and 13-yard scores. Monrovia’s new stadium looks gorgeous, and the Wildcats made sure the unveiling of their new stadium wasn’t spoiled by a determined Arcadia team. Taylor Lagace was nearly shut down offensively. He made only three catches for 9 yards. Derrin Jenkins played flawlessly at corner and pestered Lagace all night. Mason Bryant also assisted late in the game. Ellis McCarthy is better than advertised. The 6-foot-5, 290-pound beast hounded Myles Carr all night, forcing the junior quarterback to alter his throws. Carr completed only 12-of-24 passes for 89 yards. He connected on a 28-yard touchdown pass to David Maldonado. But the Apaches wouldn’t be a threat the rest of the game. Lagace made an interception in the end zone, but the Apaches turned it over, giving way for a Christian Blanco score on the ensuing possession. Lagace returned a punt to the Monrovia 42, but the Apaches had to punt on fourth-and-20.

Ahambra 20, Temple City 14 – Alhambra scored 14 points on its first two drives after scoring just 13 points in its first two games combined. Temple City’s power running game appears to be back. Senior Joshua Simangunsong rushed for 135 yards on 20 carries, “a 180 degree difference” from their opening game, Temple City coach Mike McFarland said.

St. Francis 42, Crescenta Valley 14 — Brett Nelson completed 13 of 22 passes for 187 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for another from 7 yards. Travis Talianko connected, but Ian Hamilton was just as impressive even without a TD. He caught six passes for 110 yards.

Rowland 48, Rosemead 14 – For the second straight week, the Raiders jump to a 28-0 lead and actually scored the first two times they touched the ball. Rough night for the Panthers.

San Marino 48, La Salle 6 — The San Marino offense rode with Kwame Do. He rushed for 101 yards in the first quarter alone. It’s pretty obvious the La Salle offense continues to struggle. Do finished with 223 yards on 12 carries, but not all ended well. Do suffered what appears to be a season-ending injury when early prognosis indicated an ACL tear. We’ll know more Monday.

Burbank 44, San Gabriel 36 — Burbank opened with a 37-point lead but almost gave it away in the second half. Ulisies Ochoa ran for four TD’s and caught another one. San Gabriel’s Eric Alvarez was replaced by Andy Guerrero late in the first quarter. Guerrero made the most of his opportunity, passing for 148 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for another.

La Canada 40, Glendale 14 — Daleep Sandhu had 22 carries for 119 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Spartans. Sandhu said the La Canada offensive line is undersized, but that they played big, resulting in five rushing touchdowns.

Cathedral 36, Pasadena 0 — Can we fast forward to the Turkey Tussle?

Gabrielino 43, Keppel 0 — Running back Eddie Moreno ran back two punt returns and had a 62-yard rushing score to lead the Eagles.

Pasadena Poly 51, Marshall 21 — Way to bounce back after losing a close one to Malibu last week.

Bosco Tech 35, Gladstone 28 — Nothing like going on the road and coming home with a victory. The Tigers do it for the second straight week.

Maranatha 66, Santa Maria 21 – Maranatha’s defense shut down Santa Maria in the second half, the lone touchdown coming on a 42-yard interception return. Jeremy Majors had 234 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns total. He had two receiving (60- and 12-yards) and returned two punts for 60- and 72-yards. Sophomore quarterback Andrew Elfers completed 17 of 24 for 287 yards and four touchdowns. This kid is going to be good.

Rio Hondo Prep 44, Kilpatrick 12 — Charles Quintero had 167 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns to lead the Kares.

Grace Brethren 46, Flintridge Prep 20 — Rebels had a tough one on the road.


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