Top 10 Rankings: St. Francis back to familiar territory.

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Well, that didn’t take long. Because for the first time there’s a significant shuffle in the Star-News Top 10 rankings, I’ve decided to post them here and explain why, although I think at this point they’re pretty self explanatory. Here we go..

1. ST. FRANCIS (2-0) — This is a no-brainer. After blanking Crescenta Valley in Week 2, coupled by a Monrovia loss, the Golden Knights move to the No. 1 spot. A real road test comes Friday at Venice, and we will have a reporter there so expect a story in the paper. We all know about St. Francis’ weapons, but its defense shined last week, and as coaches like to say, defense wins games.

2. ARCADIA (1-1) — Huge statement win over Monrovia last week. From the outside looking in I wonder why the Apaches continue giving up leads. Arcadia led 20-6 before Taylor Lagace came to the rescue in the waning minutes. Arcadia proved it’s a true Southeast Division contender.

3. MONROVIA (1-1) — I’ll finally get to see what’s going on with the Wildcats, who got some bad news Monday that Ellis McCarthy won’t play Friday against Mid-Valley Division rival San Dimas. Also not playing is starting linebacker Justin Jones, who left early in the game against Arcadia with a separated shoulder. Overcoming adversity is part of the sport. Here’s a chance for the Wildcats to show what they’re made of.

4. MARANATHA (3-0) — Slow start against Azusa, but the Minutemen blitzed past the visiting Aztecs in the second half. I don’t think we’ve yet to see Maranatha play a complete game, and when that finally happens, watch out.

5. MUIR (2-1) — Penalties, penalties, penalties. Thirteen, to be exact against Rancho Cucamonga. The Mustangs actually gave Rancho Cucamonga a game, but turnovers and penalties stymied Muir and there was no way to claw back in the second half. Muir looked gassed heading into the fourth quarter. Nevertheless, this was against an Inland Division team. Imagine what the Mustangs can do if they play mistake-free football? They could go far, but that’s all assuming injuries doesn’t plague Muir. Teams that make deep runs always have substantial depth, and that’s something as we all know by now Muir has lacked over the last decade.

6. ALHAMBRA (3-0) — Quarterback Josh Mendoza is a super star, simply put. The junior continues to take considerable steps forward with each game. The only concern is a slow start, because against a more disciplined and senior-heavy team the Moors could be in some trouble. I don’t see this happening, and if Alhambra heads into the Almont League unbeaten look for the Moors to be the Mid-Valley Division’s darkhorse.

7. SAN GABRIEL (1-2) – Don’t be surprised if a search and rescue team is out scavaging the area looking for the Matadors offense. San Gabriel mustered just six points against San Dimas. It’s not the team I expected. After watching San Gabriel against Muir and reading about the Matadors against South Pasadena, I would have thought they’d be pumped and ready for a step-up game.

8. ROSEMEAD (0-2) — Two quality losses, if you wanna call them that because I know Matt Koffler doesn’t see any loss as quality. A loss is a loss, but for the sake of argument, the Panthers have faced tough competition and my guess is they’ll finally get in the win column Friday.

9. PASADENA POLY (3-0) – The Panthers need to perfect their schemes while it has the luxury of tweaking during nonleague play, because let’s face it, they won’t face real competition until they meet Rio Hondo Prep, and then the playoffs.

10. RIO HONDO PREP (2-1) — The Kares dropped 40+ points against Kilpatrick. But it’s Kilpatrick so there’s not much telling there. Rio Hondo Prep will get a true test on the road at Boron.

  • bosco tech dad

    Where is Bosco Tech in these rankings? Those young men are playing real hard. Beat Wilson with 1:45 to go on the clock and held them from scoring, beat Gabrileno pretty good and just beat Gladstone pretty bad also. I have seen two 1st and goal opportunities this hear against their d-fense and the Tech came to play and held them. Just keep an eye on the Tigers.

  • Oilers 99

    I hear that Junior QB from MOntebello, Saenz i believe his name is might be getting looks from Harvard. He has a visit planned there in February. The kid has a Total Jelly Cannon Arm! Not too mention a 5.28 GPA! He’s led to the resurgence of the Mighty Oilers. He owes it all to his brother who has trained him.

  • very accurate rankings

    These rankings are good. I’ll deal with the top 5

    St Francis has a big time offense, and Leader in their new QB. Upper Division. 2-0 Beat Arcadia who beat Monrovia. They deserve to be #1

    Arcadia has a super star in Lagace, Carr is playing well. Great Senior leadership in those two. The Apaches are the strong favorites to win the Pacific. Will be a force in the southeast.

    Monrovia beat upper Division Glendora, who just beat South hills. Lost to Arcadia. Cats are struggling to put things together and have some injuries, But still have the talent to beat anyone. The still have huge tests in front of them. They are still capable of bumping back up to #1 later in the season or Dropping drastically if they lose their next 3.

    Maranatha is 2-0 has arguably the best QB around. They have put a lot of points. Still need to have a win against a top team. They will get their shot in Olympic league play. If they are undefeated after leauge the could be # 1 or #2 in area

    Muir is talented, but lack of Discipline cost them every time. Muir will have their shot at the number 1 or 2 spot, if they beat Arcadia in league. If the Stangs can stay healthy and clean things up…they will be a force in the playoffs.

  • very accurate rankings

    very accurate rankings said:
    These rankings are good. I’ll deal with the top 5

    St Francis has a big time offense, and Leader in their new QB. Upper Division. 2-0 Beat Arcadia who beat Monrovia. They deserve to be #1

    Arcadia has a super star in Lagace, Carr is playing well. Great Senior leadership in those two. The Apaches are the strong favorites to win the Pacific. Will be a force in the southeast.

    Monrovia beat upper Division Glendora, who just beat Colony. Lost to Arcadia. Cats are struggling to put things together and have some injuries, But still have the talent to beat anyone. The still have huge tests in front of them. They are still capable of bumping back up to #1 later in the season or Dropping drastically if they lose their next 3.

    Maranatha is 2-0 has arguably the best QB around. They have put a lot of points. Still need to have a win against a top team. They will get their shot in Olympic league play. If they are undefeated after leauge the could be # 1 or #2 in area

    Muir is talented, but lack of Discipline cost them every time. Muir will have their shot at the number 1 or 2 spot, if they beat Arcadia in league. If the Stangs can stay healthy and clean things up…they will be a force in the playoffs.

  • ur kidding right

    bosco tech dad,

    look at the rankings, then look at bosco techs schedule. bosco tch is just not at the same level as any of these teams. wins over gabrelino and gladstone are not wins to be celebrating about if you want a place in these rankings.

  • Realist

    These rankings are dead on. Too bad we can’t have a 3 way tie for 1st place because the top 3 teams are all very good teams. Monrovia should win CIF again this year and Arcadia should make some noise in CIF. St Francis is a great all around team but they play in a very tough division. All three of these teams are very good. They are head and shoulders above the rest of top 10 in my opinion.

  • Anonymous

    Muir gave Rancho a game. How funny is that??? They did not even score until 3 minutes to go against there second defense. Remember Rancho also had 13 penalities for 125 yards with 10 of them coming in the first half. You are all lucky the refs kept you in the game, otherwise it would of been 55 to 6.. Give us a game too funny..hahahahhaaa!!!

  • techmen

    Bosco Dad-Yeah, it’s great to see the Tigers starting off w/3-0. Offense & defense pulled us through a close win against Wilson and the 48/51 scoring wasn’t bad either. We still have a ways to go & more battles to fight sooo Lets Keep the Faith & GO Tigers!
    Hey, ur kidding right,
    Sounds like you’ve got some sour grapes!