Flintridge Prep coach Antonio Harrison said a small roster riddled with injuries has led to the cancellation of Saturday’s game against Campbell Hall at Occidental College.
“Our boys want to play and are willing to go out there for me, for their teammates, and for themselves,” Harrison said. “No one ever wants to have to cancel a game when the boys have worked so hard. However, with multiple injuries as a result of a small roster from last week, we are currently down to a 12 to 13 man roster with one of the boys being our kicker.
“My first duty as a head coach is to have a concern for these boys safety and well-being. As competitive as I am, I am not an idiot. It was an extremely tough decision to make but I want these boys to be healthy and at least have a fighting chance as we head towards league play. As of now, we plan on playing the Malibu game on Oct. 1 and plan on playing out the rest of the season. But in our current state, we just don’t have the manpower to play another team. Not just Campbell Hall, but any team.”
I went 9-3 last week with wrong picks coming from Monrovia, San Gabriel and La Salle. It’s not that I didn’t think Arcadia, San Dimas and San Marino couldn’t win, I just figured — based on what I have seen and/or read — that the teams I picked would come through. I think what blew me away is the fashion in which the teams I picked lost. Monrovia again fell behind 20-6 at the half and needed a comeback before taking a modest 22-20 lead before Arcadia’s Taylor Lagace dashed Monrovia’s hopes of remaining unbeaten. Then there’s San Gabriel, a team with good upside and definite talent gets blitzed past San Dimas, 59-6. I don’t think the Saints are 53 points better than the Matadors, but I did think San Gabriel would have a better showing and display the kind of effort that it’s a real contender in the Mid-Valley Division. At this point, probably not. La Salle’s had three tough games. Not sure what’s going on with the Lancers. They have able players, but the offense has gone M.I.A. In my column I had written that the Lancers would win no more than four games this season based on this season’s beefed up schedule. Pasadena’s on deck, and the Bulldogs are coming off a better showing against Cathedral. Pasadena came close to sending the game into overtime and possibly giving Cathedral its first blemish of the season. That the Bulldogs were that close is an improvement to the thrashing two weeks ago against Alemany. I’ll finally see for myself what’s going on at Monrovia when I cover them Friday. Temple City’s got its hands full with a resurgent Arcadia team, and the feeling here is Maranatha will face a tough and physical Salesian team before pulling away in the second half. Let’s see how this week goes.
WEEK 3 SCHEDULE WITH PREDICTIONS
San Dimas at Monrovia, 7 p.m. — San Dimas
Temple City at Arcadia, 7 p.m. — Arcadia
La Salle at Pasadena, 7 p.m. — Pasadena
San Gabriel at Baldwin Park, 7 p.m. — San Gabriel
San Marino at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Rosemead
Alhambra vs. L.A. Wilson at Moor Field, 7 p.m. — Alhambra
Salesian at Maranatha, 7 p.m. — Maranatha
Crescenta Valley at La Canada, 7 p.m. — Crescenta Valley
South Pasadena at Glendale, 7 p.m. — South Pasadena
Gabrielino at Contreras, 7 p.m. — Gabrielino
St. Francis at Venice, 7 p.m. — St. Francis
Keppel at Sierra Vista, 7 p.m. — Sierra Vista
Bosco Tech vs. Santiago at Bolsa Grande, 7 p.m. — Bosco Tech
Rio Hondo Prep at Boron, 7 p.m. — Rio Hondo Prep
Flintridge Prep vs. Campbell Hall at Occidental College, 1 p.m. — Campbell Hall
Marshall vs. Sun Valley Ply at St. Genevieve, 7 p.m. — Sun Valley Poly
Blair vs. Verbum Dei at L.A. Southwest College, 7 p.m. — Verbum Dei
FRIDAY’S RESULTS Arcadia 30, Monrovia 22 — This isn’t an upset by any means, but it’s a huge win for the Apaches. This ought to get them fired up for the Pacific League opener next week at Muir. Arcadia trailed 22-20 with 2:25 left in the game. That’s when Taylor Lagace came to the rescue. He took a slant rout on fourth-and-6 from the Arcadia 45 and turned it into a 55-yard touchdown reception that proved to be the game winner. Arcadia led 20-6 at the half, so giving up leads seems to be an issue for the Apaches. Nevertheless, the In-N-Out Classic belongs to Arcadia. Double-double. Animal style.
Rancho Cucamonga 35, Muir 6 — Rancho Cucamonga was too strong up front and too big, too. Muir was held to 81 yards rushing in the first half and finished with a whopping 85 yards the entire game. Penalties again were an issue for the Mustangs, accumulating 13. Kevon Seymour and Tairen Owens were kept in check, except for two big plays for Seymour. He ran for 77 yards to the Rancho 9 but the Mustangs were stopped after a big loss on fourth and goal. Seymour also connected for a 53-yard touchdown pass from Josh Washington with 3:07 left in the game. Rancho Cucamonga’s Camryn White scored on runs of 11 and 5 and Tyan Washington added another from 2 yards. Quarterback Dimitri Morales connected on 8 of 14 passing for 133 yards including a 63-yard touchdown pass to Jermel Walker. Alani Latu also returned an interception 34 yards for a score for the Cougars.
Maranatha 47, Azusa 28 — Azusa jumped out early 14-7 after the first quarter. Andrew Elffers & Co. used a big strike to come back and overpowered the Aztecs’ secondary. Elffers connected with Darien McGee for three touchdowns for 60, 31 and 41 yards. Elffers then hit Clifton Martin twice for scores of 58 and 75 yards. Azusa’s Desmond Reed had 162 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries and an 84-yard kickoff return in the losing effort.
St. Francis 35, Crescenta Valley 0 — Jared Lebowitz opened the game hitting his first six completions. He finished the night 11 for 19 passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns. The Golden Knights led 21-0 at the half. Lebowitz connected with Christian Hess on a 55-yard touchdown strike with six seconds left in the first quarter. Travis Talianko had four receptions for 51 yards and returned an interception 97 yards. The ball was tipped by linebacker Ryan MacALeenan.
San Marino 24, La Salle 0 – Kwame Do scored three touchdowns on runs of 4, 3 and 12. Matt Wofford connected on a 22-yard field goal as the Titans handed the Lancers their third consecutive defeat.
La Canada 16, Glendale 14 — Andy Painter had 87 yards on eight carries, including a 42-yard run that got the offense going for the Spartans. La Canada enjoyed success on the ground, rushing for 204 yards. The score was 6-6 at the half. La Canada’s Franklin Cervenca kicked a 22-yard field goal in the third quarter to go up 9-6. The Spartans came back with a 15-play, 86-yard drive, 14 of which were consecutive and on the ground, capped by a Painter 2-yard run to make it 16-6. Glendale came back with its own 80-yard run and converted the two-point conversion to pull within 16-14 with 1:52 left in the game. La Canada ran it down to 28 seconds and Grant Owens intercepted a Glendale pass to close the game for the Spartans.
San Dimas 59, San Gabriel 6
Pasadena Poly 34, Marshall 6
Bosco Tech 51, Gladstone 27
Cathedral 21, Pasadena 13
UPDATE: Got a phone call from a school board member from one of the participating schools. This person called In-N-Out and wondered if they’d be interested in partnering with this rivalry. Word from their GM is company policy is not to sponsor something that corporate hasn’t approved. Hey, at least someone got on this, and if nothing else let’s make this an unofficial title. And stick with this: The winner has bragging rights for In-N-Out that Friday night.
Observantcat came up with the Santa Anita Bowl because the schools are pretty much divided by the Santa Anita Race Track. Makes sense. I came up with the In-N-Out Classic, and if anyone can find a way to have the local In-N-Out make this happen then you’ve really got something going here. How’s this for now: Whichever team wins Friday night, it has bragging rights for In-N-Out for post-game celebration while the losing team is relegated to their nearest burger joint. My boy Todd Golper chimed in and thought that “as odd as the In-N-Out Classic sounds, it actually has meaning. I know that after games, typically you will find most kids meeting up at the In-N-Out on Santa Anita Ave. after games. Many times, Arcadia/Monrovia athletes would clash because it is a midpoint between both the HS’s and many of the kids from the schools know one another. It was a perception of who’s “turf” it was at In-N-out just three or four years ago after games and especially after my Junior and Senior seasons after beating Monrovia, we felt that the In-N-Out was ours. I’m sure Monrovia has felt the same for the last couple of years.”
The task was daunting even before Pasadena hit the field for practice this spring.
Bulldogs football coach Randy Horton scheduled two powerhouse programs for their first two games of the season. The season opener was against Alemany of Mission Hills, a team that was undefeated last year heading into the CIF-SS Pac-5 Division semifinals before losing to eventual two-time defending champion Servite, 28-21. On Friday, Pasadena (0-1) visits Cathedral of Los Angeles.
“We schedule them to get those guys ready for (Pacific) league,” Horton said. “I’ve always been taught that you have to play the best to be the best.”
Pasadena headed into the season opener battling uncertainty. But one thing Horton and the Bulldogs didn’t lack was confidence.
Alemany showed Pasadena who’s boss with a 55-0 drubbing, and despite what the score indicated Horton has his view of how things turned out.
“When we looked back on film a lot of it is just mistakes we made,” Horton said. “We gave away three touchdowns. We dropped a pass when it was only 7-0 and dropped an interception for a touchdown. We had chances out there, but we had blown coverages and missed assignments. We didn’t do a great job of coaching that night, so it’s not all the kids’ fault. I don’t think they’re 55 points better than us, but it is what it is. Alemany’s a good, disciplined team.”
Therein lies the Bulldogs’ problem.
“With my kids it’s all mental,” Horton said. “It’s not so much the physical part.”
Horton said Pasadena needed a bye last week after losing to Alemany and now prepares for another tough road game against the Phantoms (1-0). That the Bulldogs open the season in two tough environments could serve them well in the long run.
“It’s good because it builds character for our kids,” Horton said. “I want to see what our kids are made of. One thing the kids did was work hard (against Alemany) and they didn’t quit.”
There was no other way for Panthers girls volleyball coach Steve Beerman to explain their come-from-behind 23-25, 18-25, 25-19, 25-20, 15-13 win over rival Mayfield in front of an electric crowd in the Prep League opener Tuesday night at Poly.
“They were the better team today,” Beerman conceded. “They were more skilled, played faster than anyone we’ve faced. We were lucky to win, and you can quote me on that.”
In a rematch of last year’s semifinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division 3A playoffs, senior outside hitter Alexis Genske recorded 23 kills and Mimi Morrish fueled a key run in the fourth game to put the Panthers (6-0, 1-0) ahead. Morrish finished with 11 kills.
Granted, it was just one comment, so not quite the invasion. But they’re reading, and at least one fan has some strong words for the boys on Lincoln Avenue.
RANCHO FAN said:
This pic is ludacris. Muir doesn’t have a chance in hell against Rancho Cucamonga high school.This game will be a blow out just like the other two schools the cougs have played. Muir has so called division 1 talent so when the defense from rancho shuts them down what does that mean for their defensive players. Guess they will be recruited by pac 12 as well. Muir will need to go get trumphet from pcc and bring bac the mcculloughs hell even teh great Coach Crutchfield couldn’t dig them out of this butt whoppin. BULLETIN BOARD MATERIAL… September 12, 2011 9:51 PM