LA SALLE-CANTWELL BRAWL UPDTAE NO. 2 (1:44 a.m.) We have learned through a source the La Salle football player who was punched was Stjepan Vinski. He is usually No. 56 but switched to 25 for this game.
LA SALLE-CANTWELL BRAWL UPDATE NO. 1 (11:28 p.m.) — Montebello police Sgt. Julio Calleros confirmed there was one arrest for battery on a man affiliated with Cantwell-Sacred Heart. He was led off the field in handcuffs and Calleros confirmed the arrest. From our reporter there who witnessed the whole thing, the brawl erupted after the teams exchanged handshakes. Players then began spatting back and forth, prompting coaching staffs from both teams to meet at the center of the field. Chaos erupted shortly after as people began wrestling, people were knocked to the ground. A La Salle player wearing jersey No. 25 (not listed in any roster on MaxPreps or on La Salle’s athletic website) was knocked down from behind by a person in the melee (this incident occurred five feet from our reporter). Our reporter cannot confirm whether the man arrested for battery is the same man he witnessed making the assault. There were multiple waves of chaos, our reporter said. Police responded with multiple units and an air unit as well. The La Salle player (No. 25) was talked to the most by police, which took statements from a myriad of people, including our reporter Nathan Cambridge. Photos were taken of of the La Salle player’s side of his head. We want to make this clear: the man affiliated with Cantwell was NOT coach, but rather a person from the sidelines or from the stands, according to Cambridge. Our reporter added that the No. 25 kid from La Salle confirmed to him that he was OK. When asked, “Are you OK” the player said, “Yes.” He followed up with, “You’re fine?” and the player responded, “Yes.” We will get more details when they become available.
Arcadia 31, Crescenta Valley 7 — The Apaches finish as Pacific League co-champions with Burroughs, but the Indians go to the Southeast Division as the No. 1 representative out of the Pacific League, with the Apaches at second, PHS at third and CV at fourth. PHS is third because the Bulldogs won the coin flip between CV and Muir. CV is fourth because the next tiebreaker is head-to-head competition, leaving Muir out in fifth place. The Mustangs, however, could still make the playoffs as the at-large team, and in that scenario would likely face West Covina, the No. 1 team in the Southeast Division. Here’s another wrinkle: Arcadia for the last few weeks has been the No. 2 seed in the Southeast Division. CIF rules, however, state that a second-place team cannot be seeded higher than its league champion. Meaning Arcadia could drop from No. 2 to make room for Burroughs. Pacific League coordinator and CV coach Paul Schilling said there’s a possibility Burroughs could get a No. 4 seed as a league champion (four league champions in the division) with Arcadia at No. 5, perhaps even lower. Crazy, right?
St. Francis 54, Cathedral 8 — St. Francis scored 35 points in the first five minutes of the third quarter. Christian Hess returned the second-half kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown. Cathedral turned the ball over on four consecutive drives and the Golden Knights scored on all four takeaways. Two fumbles were recovered and returned by Matt Casciani and the other was returned by Raul Castillo. Cathedral had just one pass attempt (incomplete) the whole game.
Cantwell-Sacred Heart 29, La Salle 12 — According to our reporter there, the teams were involved in a brawl after the game. I just got a Twitter update that read, “Players and coaches in full scale brawl!” Our reporter just updated me that there’s a strong police presence at Cantwell. Read the Star-News on Saturday for details. According to sources, a police helicopter hovered over the scene as well.
Rio Hondo Prep 49, Webb 7 – Ken Drain records his 100th career win with the Kares as Rio Hondo Prep wins its fifth consecutive Prep League championship. The Kares in that span have lost only one game, to Chadwick in 2008. Quarterback Colby Rivera was 5 of 10 for 101 yards and two touchdowns that included a 57-yard strike to Ty Loomis for a touchdown. The Kares headed into the half with a 35-0 lead and closed the game with two touchdowns.
Chadwick 46, Flintridge Prep 14 — Tough season for the Rebels.
Viewpoint 35, Pasadena Poly 14 — The Panthers are eliminated from the playoffs with the loss.
Bosco Tech 37, Mary Star 12 — The Tigers head to the playoffs as the fourth place team in the Del Rey League, according to Bosco Tech coach Chris Shockley.