CIF Polls: Arcadia moves to No. 3 in Southeast Division; Maranatha drops from top spot to No. 6 in Mid-Valley Division, Monrovia is No. 4; St. Francis at No. 6.

1. Covina (Valle Vista) 7-1 Won San Dimas 39-21
2. Arroyo (Mission Valley) 6-1 Won South El Monte 28-7
3. La Puente (Montview) 7-0 Won Sierra Vista 36-16
4. Monrovia (Rio Hondo) 4-3 Won Blair 48-0
5. Whittier Christian (Olympic) 5-3 Won Maranatha 24-21
6. Maranatha (Olympic) 6-1 Lost Whittier Christian 21-24
7. San Dimas (Valle Vista) 5-2 Lost Covina 21-39
8. Pomona (Valle Vista) 5-3 Won Nogales 43-15
9. Alhambra (Almont) 6-1 Won Schurr 18-8
10. El Monte (Mission Valley) 5-2 Won Mountain View 50-14

1. West Covina (Hacienda) 6-1 Bye Bye Bye
2. La Serna (Del Rio) 6-1 Won El Rancho 31-28
3. Arcadia (Pacific) 5-2 Won Hoover 49-7
4. Mayfair (Suburban) 5-2 Won Glenn 60-23
5. Bellflower (Suburban) 6-2 Won Artesia 54-20
6. Santa Fe (Del Rio) 3-4 Won California 31-10
7. California (Del Rio) 5-2 Lost Santa Fe 10-31
8. Los Altos (Hacienda) 6-2 Lost Bonita 28-35
9. Burroughs/Burbank (Pacific) 4-3 Won Crescenta Valley 35-22
10. Diamond Ranch (Hacienda) 4-4 Won Rowland 20-0

1. Chaminade (Mission) 6-1 Won Harvard-Westlake 55-0
2. Arroyo Grande (PAC-7) 7-1 Won Righetti 28-7
3 Serra (Mission) 5-2 Won St. Francis 44-30
4 St. Paul (Mission) 6-1 Won Cathedral 38-0
5 Ventura (Channel) 8-0 Won Buena 20-6
6 St. Francis (Mission) 6-1 Lost Serra 30-44
7 Dominguez (San Gabriel Valley) 5-2 Won Warren 54-7
8 Santa Monica (Ocean) 6-1 Won Beverly Hills 36-14
9. Culver City (Ocean) 5-2 Lost Inglewood 10-30
10. Atascadero (PAC-7) 5-2 Won St. Joseph/S.M. 48-43

1. Bishop Union (High Desert) 6-1 Won Frazier Mountain 42-0
2. Rio Hondo Prep (Prep) 6-1 Won Poly/Pasadena 32-0
3. Boron (Desert Mountain) 6-2 Won Lucerne Valley 2-0 (Forfeit)
4. Mojave (Desert Mountain) 7-0* Won Mammoth 46-6
5. Salesian (Santa Fe) 6-2 Won St. Genevieve 28-27
6. Desert Christian/L. (Desert Mountain) 6-1 Bye Bye Bye
7. Chadwick (Prep) 4-3 Won Webb 34-14
8. Kern Valley (High Desert) 6-1 Lost California City 31-38
9. St. Genevieve (Santa Fe) 5-2 Lost Salesian 27-28
10. Desert (High Desert) 5-2 Won Rosamond 53-14

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Star Picks: San Marino playing role of David when it hosts Goliath, err, Monrovia on Friday night?

Thursday’s game
Blair vs. South Pasadena at Muir, 7 p.m.

Friday’s games
Monrovia at San Marino, 7 p.m.
Hoover at Pasadena, 7 p.m.
Burroughs at Muir, 7 p.m.
Arcadia at Glendale, 7 p.m.
Temple City at La Canada, 7 p.m.
St. Francis at Chaminade, 7:30 p.m.
Alhambra at Montebello, 7 p.m.
Arroyo at Rosemead, 7 p.m.
Flintridge Prep at Rio Hondo Prep, 7:30 p.m.
Mary Star at La Salle, 7 p.m.
Schurr at Keppel, 7 p.m.
Pasadena Poly vs. Webb at South Pasadena, 7 p.m.
Gabrielino at El Monte, 7 p.m.
Gladstone at Duarte, 7 p.m.
Maranatha at Valley Christian, 7:30 p.m.
San Gabriel at Bell Gardens, 7 p.m.

Saturday’s games
Cantwell Sacred Heart at Bosco Tech, 1:30 p.m.
Campbell Hall at Marshall, 2 p.m.

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Friday Night Aftermath: Maranatha loses its cool, loses to Whittier Christian, 24-21; Pasadena shocks Burbank, 27-21; Arcadia, Muir win big; South Pasadena and San Marino remain unbeaten in Rio Hondo League; St. Francis loses to Serra; Duarte wins in OT.



Whittier Christian 24, Maranatha 21 — Maranatha lost its composure in the final minute of play that saw two penalties against the Minutemen followed by two Maranatha players slamming their helmets on the ground as they came off the field. Maranatha trailed 24-14 late in the fourth quarter before their comeback fell short. Whittier Christian’s Grant Escobar and Cody Bronkar led the way for the Heralds. Escobar scored on runs of 70 and 9 yards to finish with eight carries and 91 yards. Bronkar had 111 yards on seven catches and scored on a recovered fumble in the end zone. Maranatha’s Andrew Elffers completed 11 of 19 passes for 199 yards but was sacked five times. Omar Younger scored on runs of 72 and 3 yards and Clifton Martin connected for a 53-yard touchdown pass from Elffers.

Muir 49, Glendale 10 — Tairen Owens had a four-yard touchdown run but he had a 62 and 55-yard punt returns called back for clipping. Quarterback Mark Samuels threw for a touchdown and ran for another. Darick Holmes broke a 52 yard touchdown run for the Mustangs. Charles Clayton recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for a touchdown. We knew Muir would win big, right?

Pasadena 27, Burbank 21 – Brandon Cox had four total touchdowns (two air, two ground) despite playing with an injured back. Pasadena took a commanding lead 27-7 in the third quarter. Marcus Green had seven catches for 148 yards and a touchdown. Looks like Pasadena is making waves.

Arcadia 49, Hoover 7 — Arcadia scored on the first play with a 73-yard touchdown pass from Myles Carr to Alex McElwee. Carr finished with 159 yards and three touchdowns on 8 of 15 passing. The starters were pulled in the first half. Running back Jake Madel had eight carries for 90 yards and a touchdown. Rodney Arnett finished with 100 yards on six carries and a touchdown. Arcadia finished with 427 total yards and held Hoover to 136 total yards.

Monrovia 48, Blair 0 — Don’t really have to get into this one after Blair suited only 18 kids. Ouch.

South Pasadena 21, La Canada 6 — Sean Magill rushed for 86 yards on 11 carries and scored two touchdowns. Also, Telanto Harvey had two interceptions and recorded a 40-yard touchdown reception from Conor Bednarski. La Canada’s Matt Jones went 16 of 26 with 176 yards and ran for the Spartans’ lone score from 4 yards out.

San Marino 24, Temple City 13 — San Mario’s Kwame Do had 14 carries for 101 yards and two receptions for 56 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown catch from QB Matt Wofford, who completed 6 of 12 passes for 156 yards. He also rushed for a touchdown. Nick Gott had two sacks, a forced fumble and a blocked field goal and Garrett Glazier returned a blocked kick for a 75-yard touchdown score. Temple City’s Anthony Valencia completed 8 of 14 for 162 yards but with two interceptions. Jaime Dea ran for 51 yards and a touchdown. Dareece Spratt had three receptions for 90 yards, including a 56-yard reception from Valencia.

Rosemead 24, Gabrielino 6
Duarte 31, Workman 28, OT
San Gabriel 34, Keppel 16
Bishop Montgomery 24, Bosco Tech 0
Serra 44, St. Francis 30

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Thursday Night Aftermath: Alhambra gets defensive in 18-8 win over Schurr, improves to 6-1 and 2-0 in league.

By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer

MONTEBELLO – It wasn’t pretty, but Alhambra coach Lou Torres isn’t about to give it back.
Not when his Moors are in first place and undefeated in the Almont League.

Sebastian Espinosa returned a blocked field goal 65 yards for a touchdown and visiting Alhambra held Schurr to 82 yards to lead the Moors to an 18-8 victory Thursday over the Spartans in an Almont League game.

Alhambra, also getting a 1-yard touchdown run from quarterback Joshua Mendoza, improved to 6-1 and 2-0 in league. Schurr, which got a 1-yard touchdown run from Bradley Powell, slipped to 1-6 and 1-1.

“We knew it would be a defensive game,” Torres said. “We were like heavyweights. We just kept punching.”

The first half was a survival of the fittest, and the visiting Moors took advantage of the lone break – a blocked field goal that Espinosa turned into a 65-yard return.

It was a strange turn of events after Schurr looked like it might gain the early advantage when David Pena intercepted a Mendoza pass and returned it 22 yards to the Alhambra 13-yard line.

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Football: Monrovia is hurting … No, really. Hurting bad.

If you watched our 2-minute drill previewing Whittier Christian-Maranatha you noticed Aram asking me who would I take right now if Maranatha and Monrovia played. I adamantly picked Maranatha, and here’s why.

Monrovia is hurting, plain and simple.

For starters, Ellis McCarthy has been held out since the South Hills game, and in that game he wasn’t nowhere near 100 percent since taking a helmet to the knee against Arcadia, the second game of the season.

McCarthy, a 6-foot-5, 311-pound defensive tackle who was just named a U.S. Army All-American, suited up against La Canada last week but he didn’t play. The simple answer? Monrovia didn’t really need him. Either way, he had missed practice all last week, which contributed to him not playing, too. McCarthy said he would try to get back out to practice, and assuming he did practice this week, who’s to say McCarthy will be needed against Blair on Friday night? Monrovia won’t need McCarthy, but the problem is he needs to get back to game speed, according to Monrovia coach Ryan Maddox.

“This week I’m not going to speak about our needs for him, but he needs to start getting into game shape,” Maddox said. “If he’s not practicing then he won’t play. If he’s practicing this week and it feels good we might get him some limited reps on Friday and get him going. But he needs to get himself back into game shape. He played against South Hills but I don’t know that he was at full strength. It’s been since game 2 (vs. Arcadia) since he was at full speed and full strength.”

Monrovia’s woes don’t end there.

George Frazier, who also suited up last week but did not play, likely will sit out Friday’s game, too. The same goes for Brandon Wingenbach. DeShawn Ramirez took a shot to the hip and is bruised. He’s also questionable for Friday’s game.

Then there’s quarterback Blake Heyworth. The junior took a shot to the shoulder last week against La Canada. He finished the game, but in actually what other choice did the Wildcats have?

“Blake finished the game after the shoulder injury because we didn’t really have anybody,” Maddox explained. “We suited George just in case something happened to Blake, and if it was a close game we would at least have someone to go to.”

Heyworth is questionable for Friday’s game. The new backup QB? De’Shawn Potts, a 5-foot-9 sophomore. As if things couldn’t get any worse for the Wildcats, how’s this for the cherry on top: Potts, the younger brother of former Monrovia QB David Potts, has sat out the last four weeks after suffering a broken toe from a 45 pound plate dropped on his toe in the weight room.

“So we’ll see how he’s running and how he’s reacting,” Maddox said. “It’ll be a contingency plan this week at quarterback.”

Which is why, right now, I have no qualms picking Maranatha over Monrovia.

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Football: Muir’s Kevon Seymour overwhelmed with emotion as he’s officially invited to January’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas.



By Miguel A. Melendez, Staff Writer

PASADENA — Kevon Seymour was in the middle of his speech thanking family, friends, coaches and teammates after he was officially invited Tuesday afternoon to play in January’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas.

The room grew silent as Seymour — standing at the podium with half a dozen cameras pointing his way — did his best to gather himself when it came time to thank his mother, Veronica Starling Donald.

The long pause was followed by an impromptu applause that only seemed to fuel Seymour’s overwhelming emotions.

“I didn’t expect to go up there and cry in front of my teammates and reporters,” Seymour said. “I got up there and it hit me. I couldn’t say a word. I had to pause or else I wasn’t going to be able to finish.”

He looked back at his mother and offered a smile.

“I got teary-eyed myself,” Veronica said. “Even though he’s an adult he’s still my baby. I was really happy for him. He had happy tears, so it was good.”

There’s plenty for Seymour to be thankful for. The four-star recruit is the No. 9-rated cornerback in the nation according to Rivals and he’s the No. 85 overall rated player in the nation. Seymour has over a dozen offers from some of the finest college football programs in the nation, including Florida, Nebraska and a handful of Pac-12 schools.

Seymour’s rise to elite status started in the rough and humble upbringing in the housing project Community Arms, better known as Snake Pits to those who live there inspite of a strong presence of drugs and gang violence. It’s one of, if not the most, dangerous housing projects in Northwest Pasadena that also includes Kings Village. For 17 years, Seymour has called this place home.

“It’s called the Snake Pits because of the fighting and gang violence that goes on in there,” said Seymour, who carries a cummulitive 3.2 GPA. “I grew up there, my mother lived there and my mother’s mother grew up there. So we have history. It’s been hard because of the influence around me.

“I could have easily been sucked into that kind of life, but I wasn’t because I’m a leader not a follower.”


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2-Minute Drill: Whittier Christian at Maranatha, Friday at 7.

Whittier Daily News prep editor Steve Ramirez takes an early look into Friday’s showdown between Whittier Christian and Maranatha. It’s no secret by now, that Marantha coach Pete Karavedas started at Whittier Christian, and both coaching staffs know each other well.

Ramirez wrote:

Both teams are ranked among the top 10 in the CIF- Southern Section Mid-Valley Division, and the winner will take a step forward toward the league title. Pride, though, will also be on the line for coaches Sergio Gradilla of the Heralds and the Minutemen’s Peter Karavedas, who was an assistant at Whittier Christian last season. “We’ve talked about this since he got the job,” Gradilla said. “Now, it’s here. I don’t think it makes it more difficult (knowing one another). It’s going to come down to which team can step up and execute.”


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