SPEAKING THEIR MIND: Rio Hondo League football coaches,
led by Monrovia’s Ryan Maddox, above, will speak Friday
at the Pasadena Quarterbacks’s Club luncheon in Pasadena.
SGVN file photo
By Steve Ramirez, SGVN
Monrovia High School has been the dominant football program in the Rio Hondo League the past few years.
San Marino, after starting 4-0 with back-to-back shutouts, believes it might be able to challenge the Wildcats this season.
Area fans will get to hear what the six league coaches think Friday when they speak at this week’s Pasadena Quarterbacks luncheon, scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at Courtyard by Marriott, 180 North Fair Oaks Ave. in Pasadena.
Lunch is $23 for Pasadena Quarterbacks Club members and $30 for non-member quests. Valet parking is available for $5 at the hotel.
The coaches scheduled to speak are Monrovia’s Ryan Maddox, San Marino’s Mike Hobbie, Temple City’s Mike McFarland, South Pasadena’s Marty Konrad, La Canada’s James Sims and Blair’s Johnny Lopez.
Maddox has changed the culture at Monrovia. The South Hills High School graduate, who came West after being an assistant at West Covina, has guided Monrovia to four consecutive Rio Hondo League titles and the past two CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division championships.
Maddox, in his fifth season, with the Wildcats, is 49-11, including 11-3 last season. His teams have advanced to the finals each of the past three seasons after making the semifinals in his first year.
Monrovia is 2-2 this season and faces St. Francis Friday in matchup of the top two ranked teams in the area.
Hobbie is in his second year at San Marino, but already has the Titans thinking big.
San Marino, which was 7-4 last season, is 4-0 and has outscored the opposition, 165-21, including 108-0 during the past two games.
The Titans, who could be undefeated when they face Monrovia in late October, travel to South El Monte on Friday.
McFarland, in his third season at Temple City, ranks behind Maddox in seniority among Rio Hondo League coaches. He is 5-16 the previous two seasons and the Rams are 1-3 this season, but are coming off a 15-14 victory over Hoover, of Glendale, two weeks ago.
emple City hosts region rival Rosemead on Friday at 7 p.m.
Konrad is in his second season at South Pasadena, which was 6-4 last season. The Tigers, who are 3-1 this season, could be in the mix for the league title.
South Pasadena, which beat Glendale, 39-7, last week, travels to Beverly Hills on Friday.
La Canada’s Sims and Blair’s Lopez are the league’s new coaches this season.
Sims came to the Spartans after spending a few seasons coaching in Florida. La Canada, which is 1-3 this season, is at Arroyo on Friday.
Lopez came to Blair late in the summer, but has held the program together. The Vikings are 0-4. They travel to Eagle Rock on Friday.
The Rio Hondo League season begins next week.