FRIDAY NIGHT FINAL: Muir routs CV; Pasadena does the same at Glendale and Arcadia shutouts Burroughs; Gabrielino, La Salle improve to 5-0

Photo by Larry Goren

Well, another Friday Night Lights is in the books and the area enjoyed a trifecta in the Pacific League, with routs by Muir and Pasadena and a shutout by Arcadia over Burroughs. Also, Gabrielino and La Salle continued their big turnarounds, improving to 5-0 with wins.

Here’s a brief look at Friday’s games:

No. 2 St. Francis 38, West Ranch 30 — The Knights rode the Golden arm of quarterback Jared Lebowitz, who threw for 308 yards and two touchdowns, St. Francis, which will move up to No. 1 in the area rankings, now preps for a No. 1 vs. No. 2 against Monrovia next week. Who do you like?
No. 3 San Marino 45, Beverly Hills 0 — The Titans continue to look like a boulder rolling down a hill, rushing for 318 yards in a rout. Ryan Wood had 179 and two TDs for San Marino, which improved to 4-0.
No. 5. La Salle 47, Westchester 30 — The Lancers just keep on winning, improving to 5-0 with an easy win. La Salle takes a respite before opening Del Rey League play, and you got to like their chances.
No. 6 Gabrielino 33, Roybal 0 — The Eagles, getting touchdown passes of 3 and 60 yards from Elijah Peters to Mark Winchell are 5-0 since going 8-3 nearly a decade ago. Next up, Mission Valley League play.
No. 7 South Pasadena 24, Alhambra 10 — David Madrid passed for 193 yards and two touchdowns for the Tigers, who look solid going into Rio Hondo League play.
No. 8 Muir 36, Crescenta Valley 0 — Muir was back in its comfort zone, getting 204 yards passing from Joshua Muema and 162 total yards from Andreece Brown, to show it’s ready to dominate the Pacific League. I liked Muir before Friday, and I love their chances to run the table in the league now.
Rosemead 16, No. 10 San Gabriel 6 — The Panthers, who started 0-2, are starting to pick up steam with a solid win over San Gabriel. You have to throw them into the ring of what should be a balanced Mission Valley League.
Pasadena 35, Glendale 0 — Who needs Brandon Cox? The Bulldogs, getting 125 yards rushing from Torus Stepney, they can get by without their start with an easy win on the road. Pasadena gets Crescenta Valley next week, likely without Cox, but after what Muir did to the Falcons, it might not matter. Are we headed to a possible Turkey Tussle showdown for the Pac crown?
Arcadia 18, Burroughs 8 — This might be the surprise of the night. The Apaches, who looked lost in losses to Rio Hondo Prep, St. Francis and Monrovia, are tied for first in the Pacific with an impressive win. I thought Burroughs might challenge Muir for the league title. Not anymore.
South El Monte 28, Maranatha 14 — A valiant effort by the Minutemen, who lost quarterback Andrew Elffers for the season last week.
Eagle Rock 25, La Canada 7 — Andy Paynter rushed for 109 yards for Sparta, which used several underclassmen against The Rock.
Malibu 40, Flintridge Prep 34, OT — The Rebels dropped another overtime setback. Stefan Smith scored four times for Flintridge Prep.
Paraclete 63, Marshall 7 — The Eagles were no match for Paraclete, which is a solid contender for the Mid-Valley title.

By Steve Ramirez, SGVN

PASADENA – Muir High School was in its comfort zone Friday night.
The Mustangs, after a brutal nonleague schedule that featured arguably three of the better football programs in the CIF-Southern Section, looked right at home in their Pacific League opener against visiting Crescenta Valley.
Joshua Muema threw for 204 yards and Andreece Brown had 154 yards in two scoring plays and Muir rolled to a 36-0 victory over the visiting Falcons.
The Mustangs, getting 105 yards rushing from Brown, improved to 1-3. Crescenta
Valley, which beat Muir last season, slipped to 2-2. Muir held the Falcons to 157 yards.
“Our team never lost confidence,” Muir coach John Hardy said. “We looked forward to this game. We had it circled all year – CV. They beat us last year, and we were looking forward to the rematch.”
It wasn’t much of a match. Muir, which traditionally is known for its big-play capabilities, used that trait for a 14-0 lead at the half before putting it away in the third quarter.
The Mustangs, who gained just 17 yards with an interception on their first three possessions, broke free on their fourth.
Brown made the most of his only reception of the half by turning a short swing pass from Muema into a 57-yard catch and run for a 7-0 lead with 11:27 left in the second quarter.
Tony Claxton then set up a second score with a 34-yard punt return to the Crescenta Valley 18. Taeon Mason ran it in from there to push the lead to 14-0 with 6:49 left in the half.
“We came into this game not really sure,” Muema said. “But now we got it. We’re going to keep moving on and we don’t plan on (losing a game in) league, going to the playoffs and keep working hard.”
Muema extended the lead to 22-0 in the third quarter on a 20-yard pass to Lamarr McDaniels before Brown followed a Crescenta Valley turnover with a 97-yard run up the middle for a 29-0 advantage early in the fourth quarter.
Tyshawn Goodman had a 19-yard run to make it 36-0 with just under three minutes to play.
Crescenta Valley, after an interception and a short punt, had two chances to take the lead during the first quarter. But Ben Rees was sacked at the Muir 37 to force a punt and Travis Palazzolo missed a 31-yard field goal.
“We’re going to live and die off our defense,” Hardy said. “That’s how it was last year, and that’s how we’ll roll this year.
“Our defense’s job is to keep us in every ballgame until our offense gets it together. We’re a little behind, offensively, still. But each week you will see the offense get better.”

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  • The Voice

    St.Francis shall whip Monrovia. won’t be pretty but I’ll take 48-21 Golden Knights

  • bigfatfan

    tigers roar, dismantle Moors. game was not as close as score might show. only Moor TD came after an 84 yard interception return. Tiger D is really growling these days. lots of hard hitting on both sides of the ball. Moor QB under constant pressure all night, several sacks. Tiger QB Madrid getting the job done, nice touch on his passes.

  • The Observer


    I congratulate South Pas on the win, but Alhambra doesn’t exactly have a potent offense. If anything, it was more of a growl than a roar. I’m interested to see how they do against Beverly Hills. They have some big guys on their line.

  • Titansportsfan

    Good win for SP certainly helps there playoff chances should they finish third in RHL play and either sg or Alhambra are hoping for an at large birth as well … Beverly hills will be a good barometer to where there at in comparison to SM cuz if they struggle against them it won’t bode well …. Beverly hills didn’t even reach the red zone against sm last night.

  • Way to go local teams. There was a good amount of fans at the Muir Game, maybe the students have finally figured out that what they are suppose to do on Friday nights. Great game Muema- defense and the tailback Brown

  • rhlfan

    SM: just unstoppable right now…but what happens when an unstoppable force meets in immovable object in week 8?

    SP and bigfatfan: I agree with the observer, I really don’t think a few good defensive showings against glendale and alhambra really prove much, but while a trip to the 90210 will be a pretty good barometer to how RHL play will turn out, SP won’t be tested till Monrovia either…

    LC: 4th place sounds about right

  • rhlfan

    week 9*

  • Huh?????

    Lmfao! Wow, that is too funny! Does anyone have any soap and bleach to give Muir’s offensive coaches? LOL! Because their insecure coach just threw them all up under the bus, and then dragged them out and threw them underneath the cheerleaders bus too! Yikes! Is Darrick Holmes still the OC? If so, hey Darrick, “how those fumes taste?”

  • Grim Reaper

    titan sports fan and Observer

    SM did dominate a much bigger Beverly Hills Team by exhibiting team speed and recording sacks by the bunch. I do not have the stats but my guess it that BH had negative total offense in the first half.

    That said I would not get too worked up over the comparison of SP vs BH as opposed to SM vs BH. Reason, is the the BH QB went out very early in the game with what appeared to be a knee injury, not major. BH coaches tried to get him out and give it a shot just before the second half but he could not bend his knee on his follow through.

    My guess is with a knee brace he is likely good to go after a week or two of mending.

    So if the BH 1st string QB is able to play against SP, the result could be different.

    Note 2. The best player on the BH team.. their a big time foot and hang time.

  • Grim Reaper

    SM Monrovia prediction (assuming no substantial injuries to key personnel)

    SM will need to establish run game and keep game close or break to an early lead. Monrovia will have a definite speed advantage in the backfield and secondary and will have a superior chance to break big plays to either come back and or take the game to the house.

    SM will have to play with discipline and a great game plan. Which they just may be able to do and bring back memories of the game from a couple of years ago when Monrovia barely hung on for a hotly contested victory by a razor’s margin.

    The same old Monrovia bugaboo, discipline and play calling may work against Monrovia’s physical advantage. If the flags start flying Monrovia is likely to be the team hurt by that.

    Monrovia has played a difficult pre season, so it is likely that Monrovia will roll thru the RHL like “normal” likely undefeated in league to enter the playoffs to defend their back to back CIF championships.

    Blake Heyworth is the real deal and just has too many talented receivers. Blitz packages, line stunts, and changing up the defense schemes will be necessary for SM to have a shot. But I would not be surprised if Coach Hobby isn’t designing and practicing for Monrovia already.

  • Titansportsffan

    Grim reaper I Agree completely with the assessment of BH quarterback situation once the starting qb went down…. At that point though they went pass heavy and there best drive was after there starting qb went down who knows how it plays out otherwise …. At half he was walking with slight limp but if it was a league game for them I’m sure he plays…… I make more of the fact that sm’s offense has been vanilla the whole second half llike last week …. I actually wish we were pushed a bit in one of them who knows how we will respond when we are hit in the mouth …. On that note if we execute we’re In a great position to take care of business ….considering how are league schedule works as well… By the way when sm lost a few years ago it was because sm missed an extra point at the beginning of the game which forced us to go for two which we failed…. The little things go along way …And we had a fumble at the goal line at half which we got no points on … That game was more us failing to come up with the big play than them beating us or being vastly superior. We to an extent beat ourselves. We’re hoping for a similar game by no means will we be favored but if we execute we can be in it late in the game which we will take and than its a toss up.

  • FootballGuy

    The LC coach said he played a lot of underclassmen because it is the last game before league starts. Someone should let him know that bext weeks opponent, Arroyo, is not a league game.

  • rhlfan


    read the article in the valley sun…it’s pretty embarrassing that the varsity squad couldn’t get a single point on the board up until the fourth quarter, and then the jv gets a touchdown on one of their drives.

    i’m guessing this is La Canada’s rebuilding year.

    Were not executing on varsity. Our JV came in and our JV was against their varsity defense and scored on their first drive, Spartans first-year Coach James Sims said. That JV team has only lost one game this year and our freshmen only lost one game this year. Our future is bright. Im looking forward to future.