Friday Night Aftermath: Maranatha runs away in the second half, 35-14, but South Pasadena is impressive; Monrovia rallies to beat Paramount, 40-36; Pasadena wins while Muir and Arcadia lose; Temple City falls to 0-5 for the first time in nearly 50 years.

Updates from South Pasadena-Maranatha …


My record today: 8-2

Maranatha 35, South Pasadena 14 – There was an impressive showing from both teams. South Pasadena pounded the ball in the first half that resulted in 33 plays, 13 first downs and 232 total yards. The game was tied 14-14 at the half, but Maranatha scored 21 consecutive points in the second half to run away. Darien McGee opened the second half with a 94 yard kickoff return and in less than two minutes scored again on an Elffers 2-yard run fueled by a 40-yard pass to McGee on the first play that put the ball to the South Pasadena 2. South Pasadena’s first drive chewed up a lot of clock and its 13-play, 77-yard drive was capped by a Nathan Lee 5-yard touchdown run. Maranatha answered back in all of 1 minute, 12 seconds as Andrew Elffers connected on a 51-yard touchdown pass to Robert Flewelling.

Crescenta Valley 27, Muir 20 — Kevon Seymour had four catches for 111 yards and a touchdown, an 85-yard strike from Josh Washington. Seymour also recorded an interception and Tairen Owens had 4 catches for 88 yards that included a 66-yard touchdown catch. Muir, however, couldn’t contain Marro Lee, who ran for 126 yards on 23 carries and ran the clock down on CV’s final possession. Muir had a chance to tie or win the game with 10 seconds left on CV’s 20-yard line, but Washington was intercepted by Jack Lutynski to seal the fate.

Monrovia 40, Paramount 36 – The Wildcats trailed 23-7 and stormed back on the road and pulled within three at 36-33 with 2:44 left in the game. Monrovia then from its 13 yard line and with 25 seconds, Blake Heyworth connected on a 37-yard touchdown pass to Mason Bryant to seal the comeback.

Burroughs 41, Arcadia 29 — It was the Zander Anding show at Arcadia. The senior running back rushed for 303 yards and five touchdowns on 33 carries. He scored three touchdowns in a 2 minute, 35 second period in the second half. Burroughs led 14-7 at the half. Arcadia scored 19 straight points in the fourth quarter, but Anding’s fifth touchdown ended the Apaches’ comeback with less than a minute to go. Taylor Lagace finished with 16 catches for 170 yards. So in the end it looks like the Apaches just couldn’t stop the run and had trouble fielding short kickoffs. So much for Arcadia in the Pacific League driver’s seat.

Rosemead 35, Temple City 9 — Rosemead did three things right tonight: executed its balanced attack, eliminated penalties substantially and the Panthers didn’t play down to their level of competition. Matt Eddy rushed for 112 yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns. Quarterback Adan Guillen went 9 of 14 for 220 yards and two touchdowns. Temple City’s Jamie Dea had 121 yards on 25 carries and a touchdown in the losing effort. It’s Rosemead’s third straight win while the Rams fall to 0-5 for the first time in some 50 years.

Pasadena 47, Glendale 46 — There were 93 points scored tonight. Wow. Pasadena’s Brandon Cox once again was the man. He had the go-ahead score on a 15-yard run with 17 seconds left and had the game-sealing interception in the end zone. He passed for 334 yards and three touchdowns. He was Michael Vick-like with 91 yards and three touchdowns. Ryan Simpson had 211 yards receiving on nine catches and grabbed all three touchdowns from Cox. Glendale’s Evan Norton was 24 of 39 for 440 yards and three touchdowns. Alex Yoon had 101 yards rushing and three touchdowns and 119 yards receiving in the losing effort. Pasadena, though, couldn’t stop Michael Davis, who had 12 catches and 248 yards and two touchdowns.

Arroyo 23, La Canada 21 — The Spartans were up 21-7 in the second quarter, but went away with what was working. Grant Owens started at quarterback instead Matt Jones. Owens rushed for 116 yards on 12 carries and scored on a 64 and 12-yard run. Andy Painter also added an 18-yard run. Arroyo’s Steven Rivera went 17 of 30 for 237 yards and two touchdowns, and he must have had at least 12 passes dropped. He intercepted a pass at the end of the first half and also recovered a fumble that sealed the win for the Knights. Arroyo’s Peter Alholoka finished with 155 yards rushing.

St. Bernard 49, La Salle 17
Pasadena Poly 28, Sage Hill 0
Duarte 21, Ganesha 0

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Thursday Night Aftermath: St. Francis, San Marino make defensive stands in impressive wins.

San Marino 38, Golden Valley 20: For the record, it’s 11:14 p.m. as I’m writing this, finally back here at the Star-News office from Canyon Country where I saw one of the most impressive performances. San Marino beat Golden Valley 38-20, but it was the way the Titans went about beating them, the epitome of teamwork leading the way. Matt Wofford is a warrior. Dude got up from getting sacked five times, including four times from one player alone. Wofford also recorded two interceptions and finished with about 190 yards passing and a 26-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Cordova. Here are some other guys who were just impressive: Matt Vargas, Kwame Do, Nick Gott, Garrett Glazier, Paul Myint, Ryan Blasher and Ryan Hill. Wofford scored 26 of the Titans’ 38 points. He kicked a 39-yard field goal, passed for a touchdown, ran for two and kicked all of the PATs. Yup, a warrior. Golden Valley’s Earl Johnson 371 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries, but the Titans came up big when it mattered and roared back to take a 24-20 lead, preserved it and sealed it with an impressive drive that saw four first downs capped by a Gott touchdown run.

St. Francis 9, Paso Robles 3: St. Francis made a strong stand, keeping Paso Robles to midfield almost the entire game. The closest Paso Robles got to the end zone was to the 20-yard line. St. Francis improves to 5-0.

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Football: Internal memo details Muir scuffle

By Brian Charles, Staff Writer

PASADENA – A confidential school district memorandum calls into question the behavior of a football coach and a “belligerent” student who were involved in a scuffle that lead to the coach being placed on administrative leave.

The memo, written by Pasadena Unified School District Superintendent John Gundry, was obtained Wednesday by this newspaper. It not only purports to detail the actions of football coach Ken Howard, but outlines an apparent lack of oversight by Muir High School administrators.

Gundry’s memo also describes injuries suffered by a student in the Sept. 28 scuffle. The student’s name was not released, however Gundry notes the teen was taken to Huntington Memorial Hospital.

According to the confidential memo, Howard “grabbed (the student) by the neck and then took him into the hallway where he pushed him up against the lockers. The pictures (taken by PUSD employees) show a significant scratch on the student’s neck along with what appears to be a thumb print.”

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Football: Flintridge Prep cancels another game, coach Antonio Harrison has heavy heart for the boys.

This from Flintridge Prep football coach Antonio Harrison, who announced the Rebels will cancel their game Saturday night against Webb at Occidental College:

“You are all probably aware by now after reading last week’s summaries that varsity will not play against Webb this Friday. With two players still not cleared to come back and two more getting hurt at Malibu, plus an ejection, we simply don’t have enough once again to field a team.

“I haven’t slept for three days and have been feeling horrible for these boys. All they want to do is play, win or lose, they just want to play and I feel tremendous weight that I cannot provide that for them and that I have to announce to other teams (that) their boys don’t get to play that week either. It sucks having to the guy to look them in the face and tell them that all the hard work during the off season will not be put to use for them to reap the benefits because we simply do not have enough players.

“I am extremely proud of these young men for continuing to fight, believing in this program, in me, in themselves and their teammates, and for being willing to fill in where needed and attempting to recruit guys on campus. Since we have no game this week and a bye week next week that gives us 3 weeks to prepare for homecoming against Viewpoint and get all our guys healthy. We are optimistic that by that time we should be able to field a team and give our typically largest crowd a great game to watch and great team to cheer for. JV will be playing Friday at 4pm as scheduled at Oxy.”

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Football: Muir adjusts to football without a head coach.

By Miguel A. Melendez, Staff Writer

PASADENA — Football players Monday returned to practice at John Muir High School without their head coach Ken Howard.

Highly-touted recruit Kevon Seymour and teammates prepared for weight-lifting before hitting the field for practice in preparation for Friday’s road game against Pacific League foe Burroughs of Burbank.

“We want him back,” said Seymour, a standout defensive back and wide receiver. “It was shocking when we found out that he would be gone (on leave). I would love to have him back. The whole team would love to have him back.”

On Friday the popular Howard was placed on administrative leave last week after an altercation Wednesday with a student who was reportedly armed with a knife. A scuffle between Howard and the student ensued after Howard attempted to search the student’s backpack.

Howard said he was told to search the backpack by an administrator at the school. His attorney Joe Hopkins identified the administrator as Dr. Charles Park.

“(Howard) was trying to protect other people from being harmed by some missing deadly weapons, i.e. knives,” Hopkins said. “He was trying to find where they were and the result is he ends up being suspended … (it) makes me think Howard is the scapegoat.”

Park did not return three phone calls seeking comment.

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