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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