Arcadia 42, Muir 7 — Myles Carr completed 14 of 20 passes for 185 yards and touchdown passes to Robby Haines (2), Taylor Lagace and Brian Ponce. Sheldon McKinely left in the second quarter with an ankle injury. There was a scary moment prior to McKinley’s injury when Tairen Owens was knocked out after a tackle on Lagace. Owens appeared to lead with his head and suffered a stinger. He lay motionless for several minutes before her rolled over and eventually slowly walked off the field. Haines also recorded 2.5 sacks, applied relentless pressure on Muir’s Kevon Seymour and Josh Washington. Lagace returned a punt 72 yards and Seymour returned a kickoff 97 yards for the Mustangs’ lone score. Alex McElwee recorded an interception and recovered a Muir fumble, setting up two scoring drives. Muir finished with a meager 35 yards on the ground and no success through the air. Seymour started at quarterback but later gave way to Washington, who also found little to no rhythm.
South Hills 34, Monrovia 30– With Vincent Hernandez not able to go with an injured shoulder, Jamel Hart rushed for 155 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Huskies to a come-from-behind victory. Wildcats RB De’Shawn Ramirez had just four carries for -2 yards.
South Pasadena 6, Alhambra 5 — Bizarre, I know. At least the score makes it seem that way. The defense was superb for each team, as South Pasadena was limited to two field goals from Dominic Frescura. He kicked a 25-yard field goal with seven seconds left in the second quarter to tie the game 3-3. He squibbed the kickoff, hitting Alhambra before the Tigers recovered. With one second left on the clock, Frescura converted a 30-yard field goal to take a 6-3 lead heading into the half. South Pasadena mishandled a snap that went into the end zone to give the Moors a safety. Alhambra QB Josh Mendoza went 12 of 25 for 139 yards, but his final pass attempt went through the hands of Demeitrias Russell and into the hands of Bryan Bednarski to seal the win for the Tigers.
Maranatha 41, La Canada 10 — Maranatha’s Defense hdl La Canada to 22 first-half yards, giving up only 63 on the night. Andrew Elffers completed 16 of 21 passes for 217 yards and three touchdowns and Darien McGee caught two touchdowns, ran for another and returned a kickoff for 100 yards. Beast. Troy French also had three catches for 63 yards. La Canada’s Franklin Cervenka nailed a 36-yard field goal with 5:13 left in the third quarter for the Spartans first points. Kyle Herron’s 3-yard touchdown run with 8:30 left in the game capped the Spartans’ scoring.
Burroughs 49, Pasadena 34 — Zander Anding had a killer game with 27 carries for 312 yards and two touchdowns to lead Burroughs. He also returned a kickoff 99 yards for a score. The Indians were leading 28-13 at the half. Pasadena played well, but was playing catch-up the entire game. Brandon Cox carried the Bulldogs the entire game, completing 16 of 23 passes for 300 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries. Defense, however, didn’t play to par for the Bulldogs. Too many missed tackles and penalties.
South El Monte 41, Temple City 27 — South El Monte scored 27 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to overcome a 13-point deficit after the Rams scored 20 unanswered points in the third quarter. Temple City led 27-14 in the third quarter. Temple City’s Mikal Quintanilla passed for 300 yards and three touchdowns. Anthony Valencia was Quintanilla’s favorite targert with 13 catches for 241 yards and two touchdowns.
Rosemead 31, San Gabriel 21 — After a lackluster first-half for Matt Eddy, who had only 34 yards on 15 carries, he woke up and ended up with 35 carries for 183 yards and four touchdowns. San Gabriel’s Andy Guerrero and Alex Villalobos connected for two touchdowns and Guerrero threw for 192 yards. Villalobos recorded 145 yards catching. There were almost 40, COUNT THEM, 40 penalties in the game. Our Guillermo Tovar said he stopped counting after 35 penalties.
Bosco Tech 27, La Salle 24 — Bosco Tech mounted a comeback to beat the Lancers in the Del Rey League opener. La Salle squandered an early 14-0 lead in the first quarter.
St. Francis 35, West Ranch 0 — St. Francis was lights out. The defense limited West Ranch to just 44 yards on the ground and 64 total yards. West Ranch never passed midfield. Ouch.
Keppel 40, Fulton Prep 0 — Fulton Prep forfeited in the fourth quarter because of injuries and lack of players. Esequiel Jimenez had 22 carries for 186 yards and two touchdowns. Tyler Takashita completed 7 of 13 passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns and one on the ground. Nathan May and Julio Tinajero caught both touchdown passes. May also recorded an interception and the Keppel defense held Fulton to 28 total yards.
Gabrielino 20, Pasadena Poly 13
Bell Gardens 35, San Marino 23
Duarte 52, Basset 6
Paraclete 86, Marshall 0
St. Monica 33, Blair 7
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By Brian Charles and Frank Girardot, Staff Writer
PASADENA – John Muir High School head football coach Ken Howard Friday was placed on administrative leave after a scuffle with a student.
The scuffle, which occurred Wednesday, happened after Howard and other school personnel searched the Northwest Pasadena high school campus for a student reportedly in possession of a weapon, Howard said.
“The kid was resisting,” Howard said. “I told him to sit in his seat and it got physical. I wrapped the kid up and escorted him from the classroom.”
During the struggle, the unidentified student was injured, according to Randy Ertll, a community activist. Ertll said the student was choked and slammed onto a desk.
The student received medical care, and was bruised on his back and there was blood on his neck, Ertll said.
Howard, a former school security guard, said in 17 years on the Muir campus he’s never had a similar altercation.
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Muir and Pasadena high schools will take part in a basketball charity tournament Sunday at Calabasas High that will benefit former Muir star Joe Frazier, the victim of a recent hit-and-run motorcycle accident who has slipped into a coma.
Muir boys basketball coach Gamal Smalley said what started out as a small basketball game between the Mustangs and Calabasas, where Frazier is an assistant boys basketball coach, evolved into an outpouring of support from surrounding communities.
The event was spearheaded by former Muir teammate and Cleveland Cavaliers center Ryan Hollins, Calabasas basketball coach Jon Palarz and Muir’s Smalley. Proceeds will go to help Frazier’s medical expenses. Event organizers are asking for $10 donations.
The event, initially a one-game showcase, now is an eight-game tournament beginning with Calabasas’ junior varsity team taking on Campbell Hall at 10:45. Pasadena will take on Oaks Christian at 6:15 p.m. followed by the final game of Muir-Calabasas at 7:30.
Frazier was a standout at Muir before earning Big West Conference All-Freshman team honors at Cal State Northridge, where he still holds the school record for most steals (10) in a game.
“Joseph is such a special young man and has touched the lives of so many people that we definitely wanted to help him and his family in any way we could,” Smalley said. “In doing this event we also hope to bring awareness to such dangers as texting while driving, helmets for cyclists, as well as a sense of overall community that Joseph has made happen, even through this tragedy.”
The game initially was scheduled to be held at Cal State Northridge where Frazier played for Bobby Braswell, but Smalley said the NCAA did not approve the venue. He also said Braswell stated his players will be at Calabasas on Sunday to support the cause because they were touched and inspired.
Photos courtesy of Maranatha AD Brian DeHaan
Two-time NFL MVP and Super Bowl XXXIV MVP Kurt Warner paid a visit to Maranatha High on Tuesday evening. Warner gave the Minutemen a 10-minute pep talk after practice concluded, and he brushed on several subjects. To be clear, I totally would have gone and shot video of this, but, like Maranatha, I found out last minute and I was in West Covina working on PrepXtra Live when all this came about.
Warner was next door shooting a Christian-based movie. Maranatha athletic director Brian DeHaan said Warner met the kids in between takes and mainly talked about “pursuing excellence in everything you do, leadership and respect.”
“It was really an inspirational talk,” DeHaan said. “It was great for our kids to meet him.”
Warner, whose 12-year career is considered one of the greatest stories in NFL history, was selected MVP in 1999 and 2001 with the St. Louis Rams. He also led the Arizona Cardinals to Super Bowl XLII. His story is well documented. Undrafted in 1994, Warner bagged groceries in Cedar Falls, Iowa before a stint in Arena Football League. He finally signed with the St. Louis Rams in 1998 before a history-making season in 1999 when he threw for 4,353 yards and 41 touchdowns.
During the Q&A session, Maranatha’s Matt Hall asked to shake Warner’s hand and a fellow teammate asked if Warner ever thought about giving up while bagging groceries.
“He said no,” DeHaan recalled. “That that was never a thought that crossed his mind. He just believes in whatever you’re doing, whether you’re bagging groceries or playing in the NFL, you have to pursue it with excellence.”
Warner talked about maintaining relationships with college teammates while bagging groceries and working out his schedule so that he can continue working out in the mornings and preparing for a football career while also making a living in the meantime.
“There are a lot of books that have been written by him, for him and with him,” DeHaan said. “It was great for the kids to hear about him persevering.”
Here are the games scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 6. Please let me know if this is what your school has scheduled as well and if any other teams are making changes.
Paso Robles at St. Francis, 7:30 p.m.
Sage Hill at Pasadena Poly, 3:30 p.m.
Blair vs. View Park at Rancho Cienega, 7 p.m.
San Marino vs. Golden Valley at Canyon Country, 7 p.m
Above: Darin Smith (14) after a big play against La Salle.
We know about Andrew Elffers, Omar Younger and Darien McGee, all standout players who have led the charge offensively for Maranatha this season. But one guy who seems to fly under the radar and hasn’t gotten the attention he deserves is senior Darin Smith. The 6-fooot, 185-pound outside linebacker in four games this season has 36 tackles and four sacks. Against Salesian last week, Smith recorded 13 tackles and had a momentum-swinging sack in Salesian’s final drive of the game. And if you remember, Justin Coats recorded an interception in the waning seconds to seal Maranatha’s 38-35 win over Salesian, but it was Smith whose pressure on blitzes and eye for the ball in the secondary that also had a big impact.