Friday Night Final: St. Francis wins big; Monrovia rally falls short, loses to Ayala, 16-15

ON THE LOOSE: Arcadia’s Matthew Morales (40) tries to stop St. Francis’ Daniel Kawamura (11) during the first half of Friday night’s game at St. Francis High School. The Golden Knights won, 49-10.
SGVN Photo By Sarah Reingewirtz

No. 2 St. Francis 49, No. 8 Arcadia 10 – The Golden Knights answer all questions about their youth, rolling up 489 yards after leading 20-0 at halftime and 43-0 after three quarters. Running backs Daniel Kawamura and Joe Mudie combine for 209 yards and three TDs in the rout.
Ayala 16, No. 1 Monrovia 15 – The Wildcats chance to step up comes up short. There will be a new No. 1 in the area this week.
Mission Prep 47, No. 3 Rio Hondo Prep 14 – The Kares drop down a beg after being blown-out at home.
South Pasadena 49, No. 4 San Gabriel 40 – A big win for the Tigers, who got 221 yards and two scores from Rudy Murrillo. Joseph Mayorga had 175 yards and two TDS for the Matadors.
Don Lugo 36, No. 5 Maranatha 14 — Suddenly the Minutemen are 0-2. But they could get healthy next week, traveling to Glendora to face Azusa, which was whacked, 50-7, by San Dimas.
Alemany 49, No. 7 Muir 12 – The host Warriors have outscored the Pasadena Unified School District, 94-20, the past two weeks. They beat PHS, 45-8 last week. Muir now drops to 0-2 and travels to power Rancho Cucamonga next week.
Cerritos Valley Christian 42, Duarte 36 — A tough road loss for the Falcons, who led 36-34 before giving up the winning TD with 1:06 to play.
Arroyo 21, Temple City 0 – The Rams are still scoreless after two weeks.
Marshall 31, Blair 14 – A big win for former Northview head coaches Jim Arrellanes, who is the Eagles head coach, and Todd Quinsey, who is Marshall’s OC.
Gabrielino 27, Bosco Tech 21 – Look who is 2-0! Elijah Peters passed for 171 yards to lead Gabrielino, who gets Keppel next week.
La Salle 45, Glendale 16 – The Lancers are also 2-0 after getting another solid efforts from quarterback Austin Wallis and Israel Lacy.
Workman 28, Keppel 8 — The Lobos hand the Aztecs another tough loss.
Poly 28, Saddleback Valley Chr. 12 – A good win on the road for the Panthers, who gets Blair next week. Jake Zelek had two touchdowns for Poly.
Flintridge Prep at Army-Navy, Carlsbad, 1:15 p.m.


By Steve Ramriez, SGVN
St. Francis High School, which graduated the bulk of its stars from last season’s CIF-Southern Section quarterfinalist, entered the football season with a lot of questions.
The Golden Knights found some answers Friday.
Daniel Kawamura and Joe Mudie combined for 209 yards rushing and three touchdowns and St. Francis rolled up nearly 500 yards en route to a 49-10 victory over Arcadia in a nonleague game at Friedman Field.
Quarterback Jared Lebowitz threw for 129 yards and accounted for two touchdowns for the Golden Knights, who are 1-0.
Arcadia, which opened the season with a 29-7 loss to Rio Hondo Prep, slipped to 0-2. The Apaches only scores were a 90-yard pass from Zach Yeet to Darius Elliot and a 29-yard field goal by Nick Pulciano during the fourth quarter.
“It’s one game. But we know we have some guys who can play,” St. Francis coach Jim Bonds said. “We just have to come together and figure out how to win together as a group, because there’s so many new pieces to the puzzle. Tonight’s one step in the right direction.
“Arcadia is in the same boat. Their roster is a little smaller. We’re just going to take it one week at a time. This is a good start for a young group. But our schedule doesn’t get any easier.”
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Thursday Night Recap: La Canada, San Marino get wins; Rosemead gets shutout at Irvine

OPENING NIGHT WINNERS: La Canada’s Anders Iverson (13) takes down Alhambra’s Brandon Barbera (6) with the help of Jadon Henry (2) and Brad Woolf during Thursday’s game. The host Spartans scored a 17-7 victory.
(Sarah Reingewirtz / Staff Photographer)

La Canada 17, Alhambra 7 – Andy Paynter rushed for 157 yards and the Spartans defense held the Moors to one score for a victory in their season opener. Ezra Broadus had a key 57-yard run to set up quarterback Armando Amaya’s TD run.
San Marino 30, Eagle Rock 14 – Ryan Wood rushed for 202 yards and three touchdowns as the Titans opened 2012 with a victory.
Irvine 20, Rosemead 0 – The Panthers committed six turnovers and had 12 plays go for negative yardage in a lost on the road.


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College Football: UCLA football team already well on road to recovery

READY FOR 2012: Senior running back Jonathan Franklin
will be a key for UCLA this season.
(Staff file photo by Keith Birmingham)

UCLA-Rice preview

Here’s my college football column on the opening of the season for UCLA. I’ll try to post as many stories about UCLA, since they are the home team of Pasadena.

By Steve Ramirez, SGVN

For the third time in a decade, UCLA begins the college football season with a new coach.
Will Jim L. Mora, who begins his Bruins legacy today at 4:30 p.m. when UCLA opens the season at Rice, succeed where Karl Dorrell and Rick Neuheisel failed?
I, for one, believe he will. Maybe not to the extent some UCLA fans envision, as in recapturing Los Angeles from USC’s stranglehold, but he certainly has the qualities to get the Bruins out of their stagnation over the last decade and at least compete for the Pac-12 title annually.
For me Dorrell, who replaced Bob Toledo in 2002, was too passive and looked to run from a fight rather than engage. Instead of go head-on in recruiting with the monster Pete Carroll created at USC, he took the second-tier route and failed miserably.
Enter Neuheisel who, after leading Washington to a win in the 2001 Rose Bowl and a few years as a NFL assistant with the Baltimore Ravens, appeared to have the personality to get UCLA moving again.
Slick Rick or Skippy, as some of his detractors labeled the 1984 Rose Bowl MVP, had the sales pitch of a used car dealer and brought in three top recruiting classes.
The problem was it never materialized on the field. Neuheisel’s weakness seems to be Mora’s strength, at least from what we saw during spring practice and in summer camp.
Neuheisel brought in top recruits but deferred to experience rather than talent and it proved to be his downfall.
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Blair, Marshall have rivalry in mind

Here’s a notebook from Keith Lair about the coaches at Blair and Marshall talking about creating their own Turkey Tussle. Both make some valid points. I like the doubleheader idea. It would be fun.

By Keith Lair, SGVN

PASADENA - Muir and Pasadena high schools have the Turkey Tussle.
So it should only be fitting the other two Pasadena Unified School District football teams, Blair and Marshall, create their own regular rivalry. The schools, with populations of 1,400 fewer students than their brethren, have not met since the 2007 season.
First-year Marshall coach Jim Arellanes and assistant coach Todd Quinsey have even come up with a name for the matchup, which was an annual game until the ’08 season.
“We thought the Chicken Breast Bowl,” said Quinsey, who was head coach at Glendora last season.
It makes perfect sense, especially for a game matching seemingly equal teams. Both teams lost their season openers by the same 46-0 score last week. Both games finished with running clocks. Both teams have struggled recently and underwent several coaching changes.
Arellanes and Quinsey even suggested the game be moved to the Rose Bowl. The Marshall coach’s thoughts were that it could precede the Turkey Tussle, forming an all-PUSD twinbill.
“We could be like the JV game before the big game,” first-year Blair coach Johnny Lopez said. “People have been throwing this idea around for a long time.”
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PCC Preview: Freshman-heavy Lancers will have to make quick adjustments

BACK FOR MORE: Pasadena City College quarterback Justin
Posthuma is healthy again after suffering a knee injury in the second
game last season.
(Leo Jarzomb / Staff Photographer)

Here’s the Pasadena City College football season preview. I will post PCC news this season.

By Keith Lair, SGVN

In some ways, the 2012 Pasadena City College football season already is unusual.
For the first time in several years, the roster is made up primarily of Valley and Los Angeles area players. There are only 17 non-Southern Californians on the team. Two of them are from foreign countries (Australia and Russia).
“It’s called community college,” second-year coach Fred Fimbres said. “We absolutely want to be playing games where we represent our immediate communities.
“We were not actively recruiting out-of-state guys. They recruited us.”

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Pasadena Quarterbacks Club set to kick off 68th season

By Steve Ramirez, SGVN

It wouldn’t be the start of the college football season without the Pasadena Quarterbacks Club, which will begin its 68th season next week.
The group, which supports area high school and college football teams with donations and dues, holds weekly luncheons every Friday from September to November.
Next week’s meeting will pay homage to Santa Anita Park, which is scheduled to host the Breeders’ Cup in November. Mike Willman, the racetrack’s director of publicity, will be the keynote speaker along with Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Delahoussaye.
Other speakers scheduled for this season include Rose Bowl general manager Darryl Dunn, Occidental football coach Bill Redell and Pasadena City College coach Fred Fimbres. The group will honor the Pacific League and Rio Hondo League football coaches on back-to-back weeks Sept. 21 and Sept. 28. An area high school coach also will speak each week.
Coaches scheduled to speak this season are Maranatha’s Pete Karavedas (Sept. 7), Pasadena Poly’s Brendan McGrail (Sept. 14), Rosemead’s Marc Paramo (Oct. 5), Alhambra’s Joe Kanach (Oct. 12), St. Francis’ Jim Bonds (Oct. 19), Rio Hondo Prep’s Ken Drain (Oct.26), La Salle’s Russell Gordon (Nov. 3) and Flintridge Prep’s Antonio Harrison (Nov.9).
A UCLA official will speak on Oct. 19, with Todd Hewitt, USC’s director of equipment operations, speaking on Nov.2.
The Pasadena Quarterbacks Club also is in the middle of its 2012 membership drive. Memberships range from basic, which gives individuals a $7 discount off the $30 luncheon price; season pass and Gold Club. Corporate memberships are also available.
More information can be found at the organization’s website at
Membership in the organization is not required to attend the luncheons, which charge $30 for non-member guests.

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Girls Volleyball: La Salle, La Canada top list of many area teams primed for big CIF-SS runs in 2012

STAR-NEWS QUEENS: Senior Katrina Palffy, junior Caroline Knop and sophomore Haley DeSales are key players for La Salle High School s volleyball team.
(Sarah Reingewirtz / Staff Photographer)

1. La Salle
2. La Canada
3. Arcadia
4. Flintridge Sacred Heart
5. Alverno
6. South Pasadena
7. Gabrielino
8. Mayfield
9. Maranatha
10. Poly

By Keith Lair, SGVN

It is not a matter of restocking.
With the high school girls volleyball season getting under way this week, it is a matter of reloading.
Two San Gabriel Valley teams went to CIF-Southern Section championship matches last season. Another went to the semifinals and another to the quarterfinals. La Salle and Pasadena Poly qualified for CIF State tournament berths.
The playoff runs could be just as impressive this season, with most teams returning top players.
1. La Salle
The Lancers certainly reloaded. The CIF-SS finalists lost only two seniors. But extremely talented returnees and three transfers have the Lancers apparently ready to make the next big step.
“We just have to keep going,” coach Tiare Tuitama said. “We have a lot of goals and there is a lot of pressure on our shoulders.”
The Lancers return one of the nation’s best hitters in sophomore Haley DeSales. Junior libero Caroline Knop, who recently committed to Michigan State, is also back. Senior outside hitters Katrina Palffy and Reilly Spriestersbach also return, the latter expected to play the middle.
“CK is just a natural leader,” Tuitama said of Knop. “Everybody looks up to her. And getting a volleyball scholarship to the school she always wanted to go to shows how hard she has worked.”
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Mr. Robinson’s Neighborhood: Ayala running back ready to take on Monrovia

TOP BULLDOG: Ayala High School running back/defensive back Jordan Robinson is looking forward to having a big senior season. The Bulldogs host two-time defending CIF-SS Mid-Valley Division champion Monrovia on Friday night.
(Leo Jarzomb / Staff Photographer)

Here’s a story on Ayala running back Jordan Robinson, who takes on Monrovia on Friday.

By Aram Tolegian, SGVN

Jordan Robinson is flying under the radar … for now.
The Ayala High School running back/defensive back is well known to coaches in the Sierra League as one of the most dangerous players their teams will face this season.
But outside of that coaching circle, not many other coaches or fans have heard his name as often as they should. That could start changing in a big way on Friday when Robinson and the Bulldogs host two-time defending CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division champion Monrovia. Kickoff is 7 p.m.
“We’ve been watching film all week,” Robinson said of Monrovia. “They have athletes, but they’re not unbeatable. I want to just go out there and show our team can compete with these guys.
“They’re ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in your poll and if we go out there and beat them then we’re definitely making a statement that we can compete.”
Even with Monrovia coming to town, the spotlight will also be shining on the Bulldogs, who have gotten plenty of hype this offseason and are ranked No. 8 in the Tribune’s latest area rankings. Monrovia is the No. 1 team in the Pasadena Star-News rankings.
For Monrovia, the expectations are nothing new. But for Ayala, so many expecting such big things is a change from the norm.
“I think it’s right,” Robinson said of the rankings. “We have a nice team. We have athletes. We just didn’t put it together as well as we should have last year. This year, we’re a year older and we’ve been through it. I’m pretty sure we can turn it around.”
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