Above: Alhambra’s Chris Salgado making way for the running backs.
Monrovia 28, South Hills 25
San Gabriel 48, Rosemead 20 — Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers. San Gabriel returned three Rosemead fumbles by two different quarterbacks for touchdowns. The Matadors defense also recorded three interceptions, which proved to be the difference. Andy Guerrero passed for three touchdown passes, two to to Andres Fernandez. Rosemead’s Matt Macias was pulled in the third quarter, but that move didn’t fare any better for the Matadors.
Alhambra 27, South Pasadena 14 — Alhambra’s punishing pass-rush defense was enough to set the tone early as the Moors put pressure on South Pasadena QB Conor Bednarski. The first two Tigers series resulted in a punt and Patrick Bruno interception, the latter setting up a touchdown on a Joshua Mendoza QB sneak. Mendoza completed 7 of 14 passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns through the air and another on the ground. Bednarski clearly was rattled. He finished 8 of 24 for 166 yards and two interceptions.
Maranatha 43, La Canada 21 — The Maranatha defense definitely had its Wheaties for breakfast this morning, recording nine sacks on the night. Minutemen QB Andrew Elfers passed for 200 yards on 9 of 19 passing with three touchdowns, including a 40-yard hookup to Josh Jones. Omar Younger broke off for a 66-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, call it the nail on the coffin. I’m a believer.
Arcadia 44, Pasadena 7 — Taylor Lagace returned a 92-yard kickoff for a touchdown. Lagace had three catches for 54 yards and a touchdown. Just when Pasadena thought momentum swung its way, Lagace returned the kickoff to say otherwise.
Burbank 22, Muir 19 — Burbank scored the winning touchdown with 11.8 seconds left in the game, a quarterback sneak. Jeffrey Davis completed 19 of 29 passes for 254 yards and rushed for another 46 yards in the losing effort. Muir dominated the third quarter, but missed on a third and four in the fourth quarter that allowed the Bulldogs to get the ball back with some time on the clock.
Temple City 27, South El Monte 6 — The Rams’ rushing attack again came to life, only this time it resulted in a win. Running back Joshua Simagunsong carried the ball 20 times and rushed for 126 yards and a touchdown. Carlos Mota added 69 yards on 12 carries and a touchdown.
West Ranch 35, St. Francis 34 — West Ranch scored the winning touchdown with 1:14 left in the game to stun the Golden Knights.
Bosco Tech 28, La Salle 21 – Bosco Tech’s Devin Welsh rushed for 176 yards and two touchdowns and made a 59-yard touchdown reception to lead the Tigers. Dillon Welsh completed 12 of 18 for 188 yards and two touchdowns, adding 56 yards on the ground. The game was tied at 21 in the fourth quarter. Bosco Tech was at the La Salle 11 with 6 minutes left in the game. Instead of opting for a field goal to take the lead, the Tigers went for it on fourth down, as Welsh connected on an 11-yard touchdown pass to Christopher Alvarez. La Salle’s Israel Lacy had 346 all-purpose yards as a receiver (79 yards), running back (61 yards) and on kickoff returns (206 yards). He also recorded an interception and a forced fumble. He’s definitely someone to look out for since dude’s only a sophomore.
Bell Gardens 35, San Marino 12
Gabrielino 43, L.A. Roybal 14
Malibu 14, Flintridge Prep 14, tie
Mountain View 40, Keppel 0
Paraclete vs. Marshall at Pasadena HS, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Paraclete)
St. Monica vs. Blair at Muir, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Blair)