Star-News Lucky 21 Rankings: Idle Monrovia, St. Francis hold on to top spots, but guess who’s No. 3?


STILL THE ONE: Monrovia is still the team to beat after the first week of high school football.
Staff file photo by Keith Birmingham

PASADENA STAR-NEWS LUCKY 21 RANKINGS
1. Monrovia (0-0) – The only knock of the Wildcats, who have won back-to-back Mid-Valley Division titles, is that don’t have a signature win during the last two years. They get a chance Friday, traveling to face Ayala, which routed Diamond Bar, 46-17.
2. St. Francis (0-0) – All signs point to a solid season for the Golden Knights, who hope to ride a solid defense with the quarterback skills of Jared Lebowitz. It starts Friday when Arcadia comes calling.
3. Rio Hondo Prep (1-0) – I look as the Kares as the area version of TCU and Boise State, who are small schools who have shown they can play with the big boys. Rio showed it as well, whacking Arcadia, 29-7 last week.
4. San Gabriel (1-0) – Rebuild? The Matadors showed last week in a 53-0 victory over Animo South Los Angeles that they simply reload.
5. Maranatha (0-1) – The Minutemen, with quarterback Andrew Elffers held its own against a Division 3 level team, eventually losing 29-15 to Antelope Valley. They have another tough one this week, traveling to Don Lugo.
6. San Marino (0-0) – The Titans didn’t do a thing and moved up three slots from the preseason rankings. But they get to test their will Thursday when they open the season at Eagle Rock.
7. Muir (0-1) — The Mustangs looked riderless in a 35-6 loss to Upland. But that may have been more of the skills of the Highlanders. But it doesn’t get any easier this week with a trip to Alemany scheduled on Friday.
8. Arcadia (0-1) — Are the Apaches really this bad? Or was a 29-7 loss to Rio Hondo Prep more about facing a Kares’ squad that’s a lot better than most thought while also trying to adjust to a new coaching staff? I will lean on the latter for now. But it doesn’t get any easier with a trip to St. Francis on Friday.
9. Pasadena (0-1) – The Bulldogs were in over their ahead against Alemany, which could be one of the better teams in the Serra League and Pac-5 Division. They get the week off with a chance to regroup before host Cathedral in two weeks.
10. Duarte (1-0) – The Falcons appear to back at the level when they annually competed for Montview League glory. They got the ball rolling with a 46-0 victory over Marshall last week.
Best of the Rest: 11. Rosemead (0-0), 12. Pasadena Poly (0-0)’ 13. La Salle (1-0); 14. La Canada (0-0); 15. South Pasadena (0-0); 16. Temple City (0-1); 17. Bosco Tech (0-1); 18. Flintridge Prep (0-0); 19. Keppel (0-1); 20. Marshall (0-1); 21. Blair (0-1).

  • Eastern ave.

    Yep, that’s about right. 1-3 are absolutely correct.
    Except, MARANATHA IS WAY OVER-RATED.
    MUIR WOULD POUND THEM INTO THE GROUND. Muir should be 4th.
    I get get you are selling newspapers.
    Over the last ten years RHP has earned all the love and pub they are getting now.
    AND THIS YEAR RHP IS ONE SOLID FOOTBALL TEAM.

  • Eastern ave.

    Yep, that’s about right. 1-3 are absolutely correct.
    Except, MARANATHA IS WAY OVER-RATED.
    MUIR WOULD POUND THEM INTO THE GROUND. Muir should be 4th.
    I get get you are selling newspapers.
    Over the last ten years RHP has earned all the love and pub they are getting now.
    AND THIS YEAR RHP IS ONE SOLID FOOTBALL TEAM.

  • The voice

    Guys–

    Difficult to refrain from comment after reviewing the Prep preview that came out about a week ago. The publication is great and nicely put together.

    The depth of your HS football knowledge seems based on little more than historical performance. A good example were the WSGV rankings. It is NO surprise whatsoever that RHP took down Arcadia. Arcadia lost major talent last year and by many measures is in a rebuilding mode with a new coach–that is significant and not worthy of #3 initial ranking. You guys ALWAYS talk about RHP losing a lot of players to graduation–NEWS FLASH–they are a tiny school, it happens every year.

    It should come as no surprise that Muir and Pasadena will struggle early–look at their schedules. Muir coach is also new. Chances are they will be in the thick of things at beginning of league play. Overall the level of talent in WSGV may be down over previous years with the exception of RHP.

    Temple City, Blair, La Canada, Flintridge and many others will show poorly this season and there just may not be much blog-worthy. And difficult to understand why you think Maranatha is a top ten team and keep them there even after a loss.

  • BigCat

    Go ‘Cats!