COVERAGE OF FRIDAY’S SEMIFINALS
LA SERNA 28, MUIR 3: A dream run for the Muir High School football team ended with a rude awakening. Everything the Mustangs had done up to this point fell apart in one fell swoop. Penalties, dropped passes and an an inability to stop the run added up to a 28-3 loss to La Serna in Friday night’s semifinals of the CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division playoffs.
MONROVIA 41, COVINA 27: Monrovia High School won its first CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division title last year behind quarterback and division player of the year Nick Bueno. Blake Heyworth looks like that guy this time. The junior quarterback threw for 253 yards and three touchdowns to lead the defending champion Wildcats over top-seed Covina 41-27 in Friday’s semifinals at Covina District Field.
ARAM TOLEGIAN COLUMN: There often are plays early in a game in which one team establishes who’s boss and how it’s going to be for the rest of the night. In Monrovia High School’s 41-27 rout of Covina on Friday, that play came from Wildcats defensive back Anthony Craft just about eight minutes into what was supposed to be a semifinals showdown but gradually turned into a laugher.
RIO HONDO PREP 28, BORON 7: Jake Holguin did not need any of the space heaters blazing along the Rio Hondo Prep sideline. The junior created all the heat he needed in a 27-8 victory over host Boron in a CIF-Southern Section Northeast Division semifinal game on Friday night. He stripped scrambling Bobcats quarterback Austyn Fink of the ball and recovered the fumble to stop the Bobcats from mounting a rally in the third quarter. “That was really big,” Rio Hondo Prep quarterback Colby Rivera said. “It took all their momentum away. It made a big difference. We could take time off the clock and everything.”