St. Francis and Monrovia will finally meet, but if I’m ranking the Star-News in 2012, I’m starting with the Golden Knights and Jimmy “UCLA” Bonds

Until there is a new editor in charge, I’m sneaking in and giving my preseason top ten for 2012. Feels like I never left this place. St. Francis has been a dominant force for years and despite Monrovia’s title, I would have ranked St. Francis ahead of Monrovia last season based on quality wins, schedule and the division it played in. Monrovia’s a monster that gets better and better, but not sure if the Cats are on par with St. Francis, just yet. Monrovia and St. Francis will finally meet in Week 5, so the answer will come soon enough, and it’s about time. I always thought Monrovia, St. Francis and Muir — the top three in most years, should play each other every season. This is a start, and to start the year, I’m going with St. Francis No. 1 because year in and year out, they own the best wins on the resume and play the toughest schedule. Look at St. Francis’ record and opponents in 2011 and tell me I’m wrong. In any case, here is how I would rank football starting in 2012.

Rank, Team, Last year’s record
1. St. Francis (9-3)
2. Monrovia (11-3)
3. Muir (8-5)
4. Arcadia (9-3)
5. Rio Hondo Prep (13-1)
6. Maranatha (8-3)
7. San Gabriel (9-5)
8. Pasadena (6-6)
9. Alhambra (9-3)
10. San Marino (7-4)

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  • Observantcat

    Thats why we love you Fred. You have private school fever which is ok if they had some athletes that can compete with the Cats. St. Francis is a solid program not a great football program but solid. Monrovia will take them serious and pull out all of the stops and pull out a significant win. No early score predictions but Monrovia will prevail in the end.

  • Fred Robledo

    Not a great football team compared to its league and division, but in terms of the West San Gabriel Valley, yes, St. Francis is a great football program. It’s an absolute great game for Monrovia to be part of. This is what I’m talking about Observant, Monrovia needs these games. We can talk about who could beat who all we want, but the only way it gets settled is when they play. This is a start, would love for Monrovia to schedule Amat and West Covina next year. You know as well as I do, the Valley would go nuts.

  • prepfan2

    Another interesting public vs. private matchup on August 24th: Rio Hondo Prep (about 80 students) at Arcadia (about 4000 students) at 7:00 pm. Has there ever been a bigger difference in student body enrollment of two high school football teams?

  • Fred Robledo

    I mentioned that game to Aram yesterday, can’t believe it’s finally happening. Kudos to Arcadia for giving Rio Hondo Prep a shot at the City Title. If RH Prep wins it would be one of the biggest in school history — even though they’ve won more CIF football titles than anyone in the Valley, beating Arcadia would be a monumental step-up win for the reasons previously stated — a school with 80 going against school of 4,000 .. Unbelievable David vs. Goliath story.

  • chad co

    Rio Hondo Prep will unleash a full season of RB Nate Tayco. Called up to varsity in the last half of this past season to fill in for his brother Alex, it didn’t take long for Nate to score on long td runs. Provided he stays healthy, he could have a monster season.

  • Kennedy Bryant

    Well well welcome Home Fred, nothing like an old family member coming back home and stirring up trouble. All I can say is the PSN football blogs is going to be on fire this year with you at the helm. Im going to enjoy this, good God from everywhere, Lord God almighty Uncle Fred is asking if he can live with us for a while. Father God please forgive Fred, for he know not what he speak.

    BTW I wanna see how long it going to take for you to been seen as a MHS homer.

  • Lancer87

    Titans will be much better than last year even with the loss of Do. 2nd year under Hobbie, year round lifting will see a much tougher team in the trenches on both sides of the ball. A lot of junior and soph will be a year older, bigger and better. I understand the #10 ranking but we”re probably 3-5 slots higher.

  • Lancer87

    Titans will be much better than last year even with the loss of Do. 2nd year under Hobbie, year round lifting will see a much tougher team in the trenches on both sides of the ball. A lot of junior and soph will be a year older, bigger and better. I understand the #10 ranking but we”re probably 3-5 slots higher.

  • Fred Robledo

    I miss Mike Mooney, wish he was coaching agains. The Mooney-Garrison games were epic … When Muir regrettably let go of Ken Howard, I thought, imagine if you hired Keith Jones and Mike Mooney at Muir, Jones to run the offense, Mooney to run the defense. The Stangs would be unstoppable.

  • Fred Robledo

    Kennedy, I give Monrovian’s a hard time because I want more for them. I’m a Bradoaks Elementary Grad, those are my people. Monrovia is a different football town than others in the Star-News. It’s more hometown than any school in the SGV. When they beat San Gabriel for the title I went downtown and hung out with some of the Monrovia fans after that game. I couldn’t believe how packed the restaurant was where I was at — all a sea of green. Some gave me a hard time, but it was all in good fun. They have a good thing going, and when you look at the reconstruction to the school, the athletic improvement, and the City — it’s just a great, great place ..

  • CoachesCorner

    Just like ole’ times.
    Welcome Back my friend.
    GO BRUINS !!!!!

  • http://www.insidesocal.com/sgvfootball Aram

    Mooney has never called a defense. He was the offensive play-caller at TC. Backus was the DC.

    It’s a cute thought, but to suggest that Mooney, an offensive guy his entire life, would the defensive coordinator under ANY circumstances is insane.

  • Fred Robledo

    He’s a football coach, Aram. The two together would be great, just something to throw out there…

  • realTALK

    Except for the past 3 years u can honestly say Monrovia has been a top 3 team? What is in your cool aid buddy!? Plus their division has to be the weekest division in football! Muir has athletes but never does anything post season! St Francis is in the toughest division and deserves the top spot they are a great program year after year!
    Apache fans should be outraged that muir is above them after the shalacking they put on them back to back years! Muir didn’t even score an offensive touchdown last season!! Wow!!

  • realTALK

    Except for the past 3 years u can honestly say Monrovia has been a top 3 team? What is in your cool aid buddy!? Plus their division has to be the weekest division in football! Muir has athletes but never does anything post season! St Francis is in the toughest division and deserves the top spot they are a great program year after year!
    Apache fans should be outraged that muir is above them after the shalacking they put on them back to back years! Muir didn’t even score an offensive touchdown last season!! Wow!!

  • Lancer87

    What’s with the Mooney lovefest. He stole $20,000 and was fired. He’s lucky he’s not in jail.

  • 6power

    Actually I believe Backus’ title was not DC, but co-Head Coach in Mooney’s final year at TC. When Mooney left, Tim Loya assumed offensive play calling and yes, RB was all over the defense. If you recall TC was linebacker strong thru those years, with Joe Reasoner, followed by Nick Conora at MLB. Williams Do was not to shabby at OLB either.
    Nowadays one wonders if the heart of Temple City football still beats. There are shreds of optimism to be found if you search with relentlessness and exaggerate what you see. Hope is the companion of most of the old school TC’ers, hope and faith that Coach McFarland can slowly inject life and football passion a season at a time.

  • 6power

    Actually I believe Backus’ title was not DC, but co-Head Coach in Mooney’s final year at TC. When Mooney left, Tim Loya assumed offensive play calling and yes, RB was all over the defense. If you recall TC was linebacker strong thru those years, with Joe Reasoner, followed by Nick Conora at MLB. Williams Do was not to shabby at OLB either.
    Nowadays one wonders if the heart of Temple City football still beats. There are shreds of optimism to be found if you search with relentlessness and exaggerate what you see. Hope is the companion of most of the old school TC’ers, hope and faith that Coach McFarland can slowly inject life and football passion a season at a time.

  • Pasadenian

    realTALK
    Get over yourself Arcadia won the last two years good job but before those two years when was the last time Arcadia beat Muir? or better yet in head to head matchups who won more Muir or arcadia? Get serious dude Arcadia is done no more Lagace or Miles they are done Arcadia get athletes in every so often Pasadena breeds them and some end up at Muir most end up other places (Alemany) thats another topic, but Arcadia will finish either 3rd or 4th these next two years but after that if Monrovia enter and another team and Hoover and Glendale is booted you might find yourselves at the bottom of the pack. But good luck to all WSGV teams and in my opinion St. Francis would had been getting their bottoms handed to them if they had scheduled Muir or Monrovia the last few years. We know Arcadia couldnt get it done….yeah so what you beat Muir and Monrovia every team have a good friday night from time to time but with the athletes from those two schools would had been able to easily shut down the slow play of St. francis.

  • anonymous

    So what do u think the turnout will be for the Arcadia and RH Prep game will be?

  • 81

    Pasadenian, put down whatever it is that your are smoking. I want to max Preps and looked up soem common opponents between Muir, PHS, St. Francis and Monrovia.

    St Francis vs. Arcadia 31-28
    St Francis vs. CV 35-0
    St. Francis vs. Cathedral 54-8

    Muir vs CV 20-27

    PHS vs. Cathedral 13-21
    PHS vs. CV 53-41

    Monrovia vs. Arcadia 22-30

    You honestly still believe that Muir, Monrovia and PHS would have handed it to St. Francis?

  • ???

    Another genius!!! Last season, USC lost to ASU, who lost to Illinois………….Therefore, Illinois would have beaten USC???

  • http://www.insidesocal.com/sgvfootball Aram

    Don’t scoff, Illinois AT FULL STRENGTH, would have banged with USC. They had injuries and personnel problems that really cost them, but remember they had two first round picks in Mercilus and Jenkins.

    Even not at full strength I told Jason David to drive to Vegas and bet his NFL pension on Illinois vs. UCLA in the bowl game.

  • Kentera

    Good call Fred on the rankings. St. Francis is young and some say that this will be a rebuilding year. I think the Monrovia game will be a good one, with all of Monrovia’a talent, but I think the Golden Knight’s will find a way to get it done. St. Francis is no stranger to playing teams with great athletes.

  • Pasadenian

    81
    Comparisons means nothing and if you look at exactly what i said then you will see i said the last few years indicating 2 or more years, maybe i should had used a different word but get serious dude comparisons means absolutely NOTHING as you see in sports all the time a weak team would beat a good team but then that same weak team get beat by another weak team that the good team demolished. But anyways its the matchup problems Muir and Monrovia would have given a Slow St. francis team but in due time like this year you will see what i mean when Monrovia go in there and run all over that defense and shut them down. Only time will tell. And by the way throw the comparison junk out the window you went way left field i can do the same thing with teams St francis lost to and a team Muir or Monrovia beat that beat a team that beat the team that beat the team St Francis lost to LOL….

  • green pastures aka “El Gato Monte”

    Here is the deal. I am not going to get into comparative scoring, and who played who. Last year is over. This is a new year. Monrovia has a lot of impact seniors with D1 talent. These seniors have been to 3 title games as FR, Soph, and Jr’s. This is Maddox’s first senior class. These are his guys. With so much experience, Monrovia will be ready and focused for this game. Everyone trusts eachother At Mtown; We have never seen such confidence, and calmness, as we are seeing right now. I really can’t see St Francis, Running the Ball with G Frazier, B Walsh, and Givontray Ainsworth playing LB. I can’t see St Francis,Passing the Ball with ease With Craft and Bryant defending. I can see the St Francis line having some success against a young Dline, but the backers are so good that should compensate for the youth there. I can see St Francis having problems with Monrovia’s Plethora of WR’s and RB’s…all of them are good, even the back ups. I can see ST Francis Dline having issues with Monrovia’s Oline.

    This game is going to come down to QB play. Both teams have top notch QB’s. We all know Heyworth wants to show St Francis he is the 2nd best QB in the Valley behind Cox. If this is a shootout, whomever turns the ball over the least amount of times will win…O yeah Monrovia does have the best kicker between the two. So…This is a losable game for either team. However, Monrovia is looking for it’s biggest Preseason win since Win over Div 2 Champion Daimond Dar in 99

  • yougottabekidding

    Monrovia’s Qber is good but what are you talking about, I watched this kid from PHS throw a few interceptions and get beat by Ribet Academy in three O/T’s at Watt’s summer games.

    Monrovia’s Qber is the best in the valley, and from what I saw Ribet’s Qber is pretty close. Cox passes the look test but thats about it.

    When the dust settle’s in late November, we shall see who’s who.

  • SGV FB

    Coach Bonds is the best coach in the San Gabriel Valley. He is successful every year without the illegal recruiting that private schools are doing these day. I lines up with who he gets and does a fantastic job. My hats off to him for not doing what everyone else does.

  • Fan

    Who is going to win the Arcadia vs RHP game?

  • Philly B

    Hey Fred, Good to see you back on the west side again man. Look lets be straight forward. There was alot of hype on monrovia last year, and they probably hyped themselves up and lost two games they should of won(south hills and arcadia). There was uncertainty at the qb position but there is no excuse monrovia did not play to its potential. Thats last year. This upcoming season. Yeah yeah we all know monrovia is in a weak division with the exception of San Dimas they are a good team. And monrovia’s rio weak league….is just that…WEAK!!!! No one from the rio hondo should even score an offensive touchdown. Not T.C. Not SM and not L.C. We have so many returners coming back. Maddox has that program running on all cylinders. I got respect for St. Francis, but if they dont have the speed in the skilled positions I dont see how they will beat Monrovia, do you fred??? Can someone from st. francis tell me how many returners they have coming back from the offense and defense? Monrovia is going to run through arcadia. Ayala will give monrovia they’re wake up call and fine tune they’re offense, because Ayala is a GREAT football program. If monrovia upsets them I’ll be surprised. Ayala will be there only test of the year until playoffs! Anyone can quote me on that!

    Aram Whats San Dimas squad looking like this year???