Star-Jibber: … And then there were six … Muir the most dangerous team to face right now? Maranatha, Monrovia highlight the week ahead; Rosemead, Rio Hondo Prep, Poly hit the road in second round of CIF-SS Playoffs.

Still not sure which team will grace the Star-News cover, but Bonita-Muir make a strong case. The question everybody is asking right now: Is Muir the most dangerous team in the Southeast Division? The Mustangs didn’t just beat La Mirada, they sent a strong message. Are the ‘Stangs back? It’s looking that way. I knew this team was too good, and the way Muir played early in the season was not indicative of how strong they really were. It wasn’t until the Turkey Tussle when I finally saw the Mustangs put it together in just about every way possible, minus the silly penalties. Muir against La Mirada showed up on offense, thanks to Kevon Seymour, and took advantage of miscues and turnovers. Muir’s finally put it together, and teams better watch out.

Call me crazy, but I can see Maranatha beating San Dimas. I still want to gather info on Josh Jones’ injury. I told you La Puente’s credentials were suspect, and the Minutemen exposed ’em. Don’t want to say I told you so, but I told you about Andrew Elffers. The sophomore QB is like having a wizard offensive coordinator on the field.

Rosemead looked really good against Temple City. Paul Cruz filled in nicely for Matt Macias, who was not expected to play because of soreness in his right throwing shoulder. Matt Fregoso racked nearly 400 yards on the ground and he scored a whopping seven touchdowns. Seven! I’m starting to wonder if Village Christian can stop Fregoso. The kid dances around defenses. On one particular play in the third quarter, Fregoso jumped out of a small pile at the line of scrimmage and was within arm’s length of two Temple City players. But Fregoso put it in third gear and took off, making his way for yet another long TD run. By the way, way too many people on the Rosemead sidelines and not nearly as many fans sitting in the stands. Really, you can’t sell out a playoff game? Baffling.

Rio Hondo Prep and Pasadena Poly hit the long, dusty road. The Panthers should come back the victors. The Kares will face a tough Boron team, but vengeance will be on their mind.

Monrovia-Schurr will be interesting. Both teams boast outstanding quarterbacks. I still point to Ellis McCarthy as a huge momentum changer. No need to milk a dead cow by telling you about Nick Bueno. The kid’s pretty damn, well, Bueno.

Friday’s schedule
Bonita (10-1) at Muir (7-4)
Rosemead (8-3) vs. Village Christian (7-4) at TBA
Maranatha (8-3) at San Dimas (7-4)
Schurr (7-4) at Monrovia (9-2)
Pasadena Poly (8-3) at Desert Christian (9-2)
Rio Hondo Prep (9-1) at Boron (10-1)

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