Star-News Football Rankings: Another flip-flop with Monrovia back on top, St. Francis No. 2; no other changes in the top 8


TOP CAT: Monrovia, fresh off a 17-13 win over previous No. 1 St. Francis, is No. 1 in the area. Staff photo by Sarah Reingewirtz

STAR-NEWS FOOTBALL RANKINGS
1. Monrovia (3-2) — The Wildcats, fresh off their 17-13 victory at St. Francis, should be here awhile. I don’t expect to see a loss before the CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley semifinals, if at all.
2. St. Francis (3-2) – Only losses have to been to La Mirada, which is No. 1 in the Southeast and Monrovia, which is No. 3 in the Mid-Valley. Next up is 5-0 Cathedral in the Mission League opener.
3. San Marino (5-0) — The Titans are a surprising No. 3 after rolling through nonleague play with ease. Now comes Rio Hondo League play, where they look like Monrovia’s chief challenger.
4. Rio Hondo Prep (4-1) – The Kares scored another impressive win, beating previously undefeated Big Bear. Yes, another CIF-SS title could be in their future.
5. La Salle (5-0) — The Lancers are the surprise of the season. They’ve gone from hoping to improve off last season’s 1-9 finish to Del Rey League contender. The latter quest begins Friday vs. Verubm Dei.
6. Gabrielino (5-0) – Are the Eagles pretenders or contenders in the Mission Valley League? They get to prove it a little against Mountain View on Friday before the real test comes in a few weeks at Rosemead.
7. South Pasadena (4-1) – The Tigers have showed they can score. But if South Pasadena is to contend in the Rio Hondo League, the defense has to improve.
8. Muir (2-3) — The Mustangs look like the one to beat in the Pacific League. This is a team that should scare a lot of opponents in the Southeast. That means you La Serna and La Mirada!
9. Duarte (3-2) – The Falcons took a step toward a possible Montview League title by ending Azusa’s 27-game league win streak with ease. Next up is Workman before a showdown against Gladstone.
10. Pasadena Poly – The Panthers, despite a 50-49 loss to Bell-Jeff, could challenge Rio Hondo Prep for Prep League supremacy.
The Rest: 11. Pasadena (1-4), 12. Arcadia (1-4), 13. *San Gabriel (1-4), 14. Rosemead (2-3), 15. Alhambra (2-3), 16. Temple City (2-3), 17. La Canada (1-4), 18. Flintridge Prep (2-3), 19. Maranatha (0-5), 20. Bosco Tech (1-4), 21. Marshall (3-3), 22. Keppel (0-5), 23. Blair (0-5).

Facebook Twitter Plusone Reddit Tumblr Email
  • Eastern ave.

    Monrovia will be in cruise mode the rest of the way. Need to fight Complacency.
    St Francis has seen the enemy… Themselves.
    Muir will be the best in their league by week 10.

    Rio Hondo Prep is a disciplined, hard hitting little school. They took a much bigger and stronger Big Bear to the wood shed in the 2nd half on Saturday.
    Aram has Rio ranked AHEAD of San Marino in the all encompassing. Brilliant!

    San Marino plays good ball but would lose to RHP. South Pas may surprise the Titans.
    La Salle gets even better this week when their transfers finally get in the game.

    Pasadena Poly will go “poof” very soon.
    Gabrielino having a great year they should enjoy the ride!
    Bosco, Marshall, and Keppel would beat Maranatha!
    Maranatha :D Oh please!

  • Steve Ramirez

    Eastern: Aram and I have different criteria on how we rank teams. I’m on record as stating when a team is ranked at a particular position, it’s theirs until they play their way out of it, either by losing or not meeting expectations in a win. An example would be like the Mt. SAC football team’s 28-26 win over unranked College of the Desert at home. I don’t feel San Marino has played their way out of the No. 3 spot.
    Pasadena Poly may indeed play their way out of the top 10, but they haven’t yet.
    I can’t agree with you on Maranatha, since they played South El Monte pretty close. And since they started No. 3 by Aram’s preseason rankings, I think to drop to 19 is pretty significant.

  • New York

    It’s very difficult to gauge Muir on paper. Their losses don’t tell us much and their victories tell us just a little. Calpreps sure the heck believes in them to run away with the Pacific League title. They should probably be ranked in this Top 5. Maybe put San Marino at #6 and Muir at #5.

  • RHP

    Man a little rusty in the beginning but that was because of not practicing the whole week due too science camp, but other than that good job boys!

  • Philly B

    I agree with ya NY with Muir’s schedule of death as Aram calls it, they should mos definitely be ranked a lil higher, because of the level of competition they played prior to league play. But eventually Muir will be back in the top, its only a matter of time before Muir shows its true dominance in the pacific league.

    Eastern,
    I honestly believe San Marino will show their true colors either by the time they play T.C. or week 10 against South Pas.

    Ramierez
    Titans wont challenge monrovia..Our defense is big and fast, and mtown too much talent

  • GrimReaper

    I love all the prognostications that assume all things being equal except contingencies for injuries… It is a long season, and even Philly B could become dismayed at the potential fickle finger of fate to put a monkey wrench in the well oiled MoTown machine.. A little black and blue might make the Green and White..Blue.

    As I said before, Monrovia has more depth to survive a key injury or maybe two, while most of the other RHL teams have no such luxury.

    A Heyworth broken collarbone, and a Frazier knee, might just be enough to erase plans for a slap and giggle trip, hippity hopping down the bunny trail to the predestined RHL undefeated title. The best laid plans of Philly B and NY often go awry. It is all eggs and chickens right now.

    Meanwhile maybe Bob, Football guy and me can get a beer at the boat just to contemplate the meaning of life in the RHL.

  • Philly B

    Yes Grimreaper
    Injuries could happen but like you said, Monrovia has depth. As ur name goes you would want to think of mtown having possible injuries to derail them from another RHL title.However the well oil machine, is a very big machine bigger than most boys in the RHL. I mean have you seen G5??? He’s a big boy. As long as that defense stays in tact we’ll always have a shot

  • Steve Ramirez

    I believe Muir will run the table in the Pacific League, but at the same time, they have to be penalized for the three blow-out losses, which they didn’t play well. Yes, the competition has something to do with it, but they also made a ton of unforced errors in those games. I don’t give teams a pass just because they played great competition. If Muir does run the table in the Pacific League, they will have a shot to move up. My criteria has always been in the preseason, I rank teams by who would beat who. But once the season starts its a balance of who would be who, but also by the season they are having, which is why San Marino, La Salle and Gabrielino are ranked ahead of them. If those teams falter as you say, and Muir prospers, as you say, they will move up and it will take care of itself. The rankings game is still in the first half, so there’s time to climb the ladder.

  • http://www.insidesocal.com/paspreps/2012/10/star-news-football-rankings-an.html woanelly

    The rankings are objective views, they don’t win leagues or championships. Mustangs must do it on the field, Hardy and staff are doing a great job and are actually teaching x’s and o’s.

  • GrimReaper

    Philly
    You took it the wrong way, I am not wishing injury upon MoTown, but that said, it is High School Football and there will be injuries…there will be mistakes by the kids and coaches…under-performance and over-performance is legend in High School Football. There will be any number of factors that cannot be accounted for from the comfort of our recliners as we prognostic future events.

    That is why the Reaper has a hard and fast rule,

    Never bet on anything that eats.

    There are just too many things that cannot be accounted for. The permutations are endless from the remote to the foreseeable.

    But yes, I agree with you and your MoTown brethren, all things being equal, Monrovia will be RHL and CIF Champions. So it is predestined and the Reaper has anointed them league and CIF champs.. so it is written, so it will be. So relax, and enjoy the Championship Parade, I will send you the trophies tomorrow. All I need is your address.

    Note: The above communication is for entertainment purposes only, while the author assumes an air of infallibility, his wife has made it clear that anything the author says is completely fallible.

  • Eastern ave.

    Steve,
    No worries on the Maranatha thing, These blogs are bubble gum for the eyes.

    The jabs at Maranatha are in good natured fun. Maranatha gets way too much love from this paper.

    Monrovia, Muir and Pasadena, These boys Need the coverage that so readily is given to the private school on Orange Grove.

    RHP plays Tough, sound fundamental disciplined football, Its a joy to watch. Those boys deserve more pub than the get from the locals.

    As for Poly. Great School, Great kids i.e. (miller), they just are not a football school. The other sports, yep they are pretty good.

    San Marino – when they get hit, really hit, they will fold. I am just not sold.
    I could be wrong… lol.

    Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it’s much more serious than that. Bill Shankly
    :D Have fun everyone!

  • Eastern ave.

    Steve,
    No worries on the Maranatha thing, These blogs are bubble gum for the eyes.

    The jabs at Maranatha are in good natured fun. Maranatha gets way too much love from this paper.

    Monrovia, Muir and Pasadena, These boys Need the coverage that so readily is given to the private school on Orange Grove.

    RHP plays Tough, sound fundamental disciplined football, Its a joy to watch. Those boys deserve more pub than the get from the locals.

    As for Poly. Great School, Great kids i.e. (miller), they just are not a football school. The other sports, yep they are pretty good.

    San Marino – when they get hit, really hit, they will fold. I am just not sold.
    I could be wrong… lol.

    Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it’s much more serious than that. Bill Shankly
    :D Have fun everyone!

  • Philly B

    Rameirez
    I completely understand your reasoning for your rankings and like you said its the first half and Muir will prove themselves up the rankings in the next few weeks if they play to their potential and there are no major injuries.

    Gabrielino might hold its own but then again they might not. La Salle…they’ll probably drop a couple games in league. And San Marino…well you know where I stand and I’ll stand by my words that THEY WILL BE EXPOSED! SOON ENOUGH

    REAPER
    Im not ready to crown CIF Champs to my cats just yet. It is WAYYYYY TO EARLY Paraclete, Sierra Canyon, and possibly San Dimas will have something to say in the playoffs about that. And I have to see how monrovia plays in the first two rounds before Im ready to crown them 3-peat kings of the mid valley. But you are completely right, injuries can happen on any givens friday night. But I will Crown them RHL champs right now!!!! I fear no titans no tigers no Rams in threatening that predicition. Everything will proceed as I have forseen. Monrovia, San Marino(maybe) And South Pas will get in the playoffs

  • Eastern ave.

    South Pas will get in this year.

  • Philly B.

    Eastern
    In the words of Stephen A. Smith: “They Better” Im rooting for that program

  • PurdueAlum05

    Pasadena Star News should changed their name to Monrovia Star news…just saying. Steve and Aram, how many articles a week will be about Monrovia for the rest of the season? 2-3 per week? Could you please show some love for other schools? Sorry Philly B and New York, I want to read about other programs on here too but I feel like all they write about is M-town. Not hating, I just fair coverage to all schools.

  • Philly B

    Purdue,
    I totally agree with you. monrovia is my alum, my town, where I grew up. But I have respect for many other programs. One of them being muir, and I would like to see some stories about south pas, maybe montebello, or El rancho if thats in passtarnews coverage. So i know your not hating man. Im right there with ya.

    But in defense to steve, there has been stories of San Marino running back tandem, and Temple City a lil I think and also Muir’s QB. So if you just scroll and look beyond the obvious green and white you will see

  • PurdueAlum05

    Philly B,

    I agree with you, however, if you look at the total number of articles done for the entire West San Gabriel Valley compared to M-town, which is 6 to 8 vs. 16 total stories for M-town, that is insane. I would like to see more stories on Muir, SP, La Salle, Gabrielino and some other schools too. I went to SP and don’t get me wrong I root for my Tigers, but I also root for other schools to do well too, such as M-town and Muir. I would just like to read about other schools, that’s all.

  • New York

    Steve,
    Please go get us scouting reports for all of our upcoming opponents. I’m tired of all the lockeroom material you are printing for Monrovia’s opponents.

  • bigfatfan

    Purdue, your pleas fall on deaf ears. with Miguel gone, I too had hoped that the MTown lovefest with the Star News would abate, just a bit, but it has actually kicked into overdrive. More more more stories on MTown.

  • PurdueAlum05

    New York,
    Scouting reports??? Steve’s heartfelt reply, “What in the world is that???” LOL I bet he could get great scouting reports from all of us if he listened, however, he is probably too busy writing about his next M-town article. LOL Steve, please give the people what they want. If I call you Mr. Ramirez will you listen? On another note, is Bosco Tech in Pasadena Star News area??? Why are they getting the little coverage that you do to non-monrovia schools? I would like to hear about Muir and South Pas. Aka – other schools in the West San Gabriel Valley.

  • PurdueAlum05

    “bigfatfan said:
    Purdue, your pleas fall on deaf ears…” Hahahaha, that is a good one!!!! Thanks for the laugh.