STAR-NEWS FOOTBALL RANKINGS: Monrovia, St. Francis flip-flop top two spots; San Marino, Rio Hondo Prep and La Salle hold onto to next three spots

WATCHING OVER THE WILDCATS: Monrovia moves back to No. 1 in the Star-News rankings.
Staff file photo by Sarah Reingewirtz
1. Monrovia (2-1) —
The next two weeks are huge for the Wildcats. If they can beat South Hills and St. Francis, the rest of the schedule sets up nicely for a chance at a regional state bowl. But first they must take care of the Huskies in s step-up game, which I think they can win.
2. St. Francis (2-1) — The Golden Knights still might be the area’s best, but drop after losing close to La Mirada. They take to the road for the third consecutive week, then get Monrovia at home.
3. San Marino (3-0 — The Titans haven’t been toughed in their three games. I don’t see that happening this week, or until they face Monrovia in Week 9.
4. Rio Hondo Prep (3-1) — The Kares are taking care of business, and look capable of another CIF-SS playoff run.
5. La Salle (4-0) — Do you believe in the Lancers now? I do, especially after beating rival Maranatha, 63-7. This team looks like the real deal, but the schedule gets tougher when league play begins in a few weeks.
6. Gabrielino (4-0) — The Eagles are also off to a surprising start, but like La Salle, will be challenged in league.
7. South Pasadena (2-1) — The Tigers rebounded nicely, and might be able to make some noise in the Rio Hondo.
8. Muir (0-3) — The Mustangs, who played three games they had no chance at winning, now begin their real season – Pacific League play. Despite the three-blowout losses, this team might be the favorite, although Burroughs will be the top challenger.
9. Pasadena Poly (3-0) — The Panthers are also taking care of business and could challenge Rio Hondo Prep in the Prep league.
10. San Gabriel (1-3) — The Matadors looked impressive in routing Baldwin Park. If they can get that consistent play on defense, they could run the table in the Almont League.
Others: 11. Pasadena (0-3), 12. Alhambra (2-2), 13. Duarte (1-2), 14. La Canada, (1-2), 15. Arcadia (0-3), 16. Rosemead (1-2), 17. Maranatha (0-4), 18. Temple City (1-3), 19. Flintridge Prep (1-2), 20. Marshall (2-2), 21. Bosco Tech (0-4), 22. Keppel (0-4), 23. Blair (0-4).

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  • Eastern ave.

    St. Francis and Monrovia are tops! (The one on colorado is the best!)

    Rio Hondo Prep has played quality competition each week.
    Go figure that Arcadia was the weakest link in the non-league schedule.

    San Marino would lose to RHP straight up!

    Good for the team from Hastings Ranch! 63 points on friday! Brilliant!

    Poly looks good early, then poof… they are back to claiming superior academics.

    Muir is the best 0-3 team anywhere. They will be there at the end of league.
    South Pas should make the playoffs.

    Why is Maranatha anywhere on this list???

  • Steve Ramirez

    Eastern, every team in the area is ranked.

  • realTALK

    Dont count apaches out just yet!! Big game vs Burroughs! Pacific league is wide open

  • TitaNsportsfan

    If South pas is to make playoffs they would have to hope to upset SM at this point or hope San Gabriel runs the table in the almont league if that doesn’t happen there win against SG is mute and there lose to Hoover stings more … A win against Alhambra will go along way depending on what they do in league….. Don’t write off sm against rhp in that hypothetical match up … SM’s senior class came out on top against Arcadia’s when they were freshmen …. Each freshmen class after has improved there record on top of that… Strong teams coming through …And they handled a CV team two weeks ago who might be Arcadia … More or less I think it would be a game and not a trouncing one way or another

  • Philly b

    South pas must step up and win the games they’re suppose to win here on out. I felt they got robbed not getting an at-large bid Last season. San Gabriel and Alhambra are usually at theI top of the almont league but we’ll see how it plays out. I love my wildcats but I want the other rhl teams to step it up. I do not trust SM and they’re friendly soft record. They will be exposed possibly before they even face Monrovia mark my words. Happens every year with the titans.
    As far as RHP goes, their win against Arcadia is no longer that big of meaning because the Apaches aren’t that good this year. But RHP is a solid team none the less, id love to see them come to the Rio Hondo league AND send Monrovia to the Pacific.

    Muir should be ok for, league play but they always let me down whether it be when they play the Burbank schools or traveling to Arcadia. I was hoping for a heavy weight bout in the turkey tussle but if PHS qb isn’t 100% then it’ll be another victory for the mustangs.

    Monrovia and South hills have split between two meetings, how is it a “step-up game for the wildcats??? St. Francis and Ayala is the cats resume to the CIF and the rest of the mid-valley. They’ll take Care of the huskies, they’re record is suspect when the teams they’ve beat have losing records.

  • GoingTribal

    RHP needs to jump to the Alpha, they could give clete and canyon a run for their money. . .

  • observantcat

    I give RHP their just due, but not against teams like Monrovia, Paraclete, San Dimas, Or even San Marino this season, You guys had your day with Arcadia who looks like a pop warner team this season but not against the Big Boys you would be on a running clock after the first quarter.

  • Eastern ave.

    **Eastern, every team in the area is ranked.** Steve.
    DUH… you have heard of Irony???

    As for RHP moving up. Not realistic. Not enough kids enrolled to sustain against the larger schools; once or twice in non league now that would be interesting…
    Truth is, RHP attempts to get games with local schools, they most always refuse.
    That’s why they play teams from SLO, San Diego and hundreds of miles away in the high dessert.

    RHP is good enough to beat San Marino this year. Next year? The year after??

    Tough break for the kid from that school on Orange Grove, may he heal properly.

    Hope springs for Arcadia. They still can turn things around for league.
    That would do their boys good. Muir should be strong in league.

  • Grim Reaper

    Why the hell is Aram’s wife floating over the Monrovia team in a tutu?