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TAKING THE REINS: Muir High School quarterback Joshua Muema threw for 1,357 yards and nearly 30 touchdowns last season, but he s often been overlooked. Staff photo by Sarah Reingewirtz
This might be the year of the quarterback in the West San Gabriel Valley, with such signal-callers as St. Francis’ Jared Lebowitz, Monrovia’s Blake Heyworth and Pasadena’s Brandon Cox all ready for great seasons.
Muir has it’s own star behind center in Joshua Muema, who will be a key for the Mustangs’ quest for a Pacific League title and another deep CIF-Southern Section playoff run.
By Keith Lair, SGVN
PASADENA - Keyvon Seymour has gone on to USC. Darick Holmes Jr. has transferred to another school.
Now is the time for the other players to step up for Muir High School, quarterback Joshua Muema said.
“This year we’re going to have to win as a team,” Muema said. “Especially this year. We do not have a kid like (Seymour) that I can throw the ball for five yards and he’s going to run 80. It’s more of a mental game right now.”
Muema, who has decided to shorten his name from Muema-Washington, which he used last season, is one of those players who will need to produce if the Mustangs can return to dominance in the Pacific League.
“If we don’t have the superstar guy who can beat 11 guys, then we have to have 11 guys do their job to be successful,” first-year coach John Hardy Jr. said.
Muir is well-known for its running backs and defensive players. But for one of the few times in recent history the Mustangs may have their best player at quarterback. Hardy said Muema has been constantly overlooked.
“If you go to our passing league games and tournaments, all the coaches ask who the heck is our quarterback?” Hardy said. “He doesn’t get the publicity. He’s played against (Pasadena’s) Brandon Cox all the way through Pop Warner and when he gets up against Brandon, he out-does him. He’s as good as the kid at Maranatha (Andrew Elffers) and St. Francis (Jared Lebowitz).
“Our guy can stand up with any of these guys.”
READY FOR MORE: Quarterback Andrew Elffers will be a key for Maranatha this season.
Staff photo by Sarah Reingewirtz
By Steve Ramirez, SGVN
By all accounts, Maranatha High School football coach Pete Karavedas’ first season with the Minutemen was a success.
Maranatha won its first six games en route to an 8-3 season that ended with a 9-0 loss to San Gabriel in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division playoffs.
But Karavedas, who came to the Pasadena school after an assistant coaching stint at Whittier Christian, doesn’t want his Minutemen to rest on their laurels when his team opens the season Friday at home against Antelope Valley.
“Our boys are not looking to start 6-0 (again),” Karavedas said. “We don’t care about that. We want to win (the Olympic) League. We’re looking forward, not just to be good but great. You can be satisfied with 8-3 or are you going to push yourself to achieve more?
“We can stay where we’re at, but if we want to be great we have to do more. We want more, so we need to give more and work more.”