OPENING NIGHT WIN: Rio Hondo Prep’s Nate Tayco looks for some of his 76 rushing yards in Friday’s season opener against Arcaida. Rio Hondo Prep won, 29-7
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How ’bout those Kares? Rio Hondo Prep, which has won more CIF-SS football titles than any other area school, showed it can not only compete against the bigger schools, but it can dominate them, routing Arcadia, 29-7. The Kares rushed for 248 yards and led 22-0 after three quarters. Opening night was also big for La Salle, which routed Temple City, 27-0 and San Gabriel, which showed little signs of big graduation losses with a 53-0 victory over Animo South L.A.
Here’s a brief look at Friday’s games:
Rio Hondo Prep 29, Arcadia 7 — Isaac Holguin and Nate Tayco combined for 180 yards rushing as the Kares rolled big brother Arcadia. Quarterback Colby Rivera threw for 107 yards and two touchdowns and Rio Hondo Prep allowed just 157 yards, 80 coming on the Apaches final drive.
La Salle 27, Temple City 0 — Austin Wallis threw 107 yards and a touchdown to lead the Lancers, who looked solid under new coach Russell Gordon.
Mountain View 10, Alhambra 6 — This one might be more shocking than Rio Hondo Prep’s dismantling of Arcadia. I expected more from the Moors, who begin the season as the favorite to win the Almont League. But obviously there’s some work to do.
Alemany 45, Pasadena 8 — Well at least it was closer this year. I thought the Bulldogs were in over their heads, and the Warriors showed it again. Quarterback Brandon Cox, an Arizona commit, scored the only touchdown for Pasadena.
Upland 34, Muir 6 — No shock here. Muir, getting 114 total yards, was no match for the Highlanders, who have been one of the CIF-SS’ top teams. It doesn’t get any easier for the Mustangs, who travel to Alemany next week.
Bassett 14, Keppel 0 — Another long year for the Aztecs?
Duarte 46, Marshall 0 — Marcus Lewis ran for 112 yards and three touchdowns and Davyn Washington rushed for 109 yards and two scores as the Falcons spoiled Jim Arellanes’ debut with the Eagles.
San Gabriel 53, Animo South L.A. 0 — Rebuild? The Matadors simply reload. San Gabriel rolled up 271 yards in the first half and never looked back.
Hoover 46, Blair 0 — Blair didn’t win, but this one was more about competing than winning. “Everyone was saying Blair does not have it,” Blair coach Johnny Lopez said. “‘Blair should shut the program down.’ It’s not like we’ve been there all summer. We had eight guys on day three.”
HH Wilson 21, Bosco Tech 6 — Youth is being served at Bosco Tech, and it was evident Friday. It doesn’t get any easier for the Tigers.
Gabrielino 14, Sherman Oaks CES 7 — Nice win for the Eagles, who received two TD passes from Elijah Peters.
Antelope Valley 29, Maranatha 15 — The Antelopes provided a good test for the Minutemen.