Staff photo by Keith Durflinger
Another Friday Night Lights is in the books, and it was almost business as usual. Monrovia, Muir, San Marino and Rio Hondo Prep all had huge victories and St. Francis had another close loss to the second consecutive week. Rosemead also got a little revenge and San Gabriel got shocked late. San Marino, La Salle and Gabrielino all improved to 6-0.
Here’s a brief look at Friday’s area games:
No. 1 Monrovia 53, No. 7 South Pasadena 14 — The Wildcats, getting four touchdowns and 142 yards rushing from Ge Vontray Ainsworth, got its first blowout win the Rio Hondo League. There will be others.
Cathedral 42, No. 2 St. Francis 40 — The Golden Knights got 372 yards passing and five touchdowns from Jared Lebowitz, but they couldn’t slow down the Phantoms, who showed they are for real, rallying for a 14-point deficit. Cathedral got 272 yards passing and five scores from Hayden Rettig.
No. 3 San Marino 42, La Canada 10 — The Titans continued their hot streak, rushing for more than 300 yards to stretch their record to 6-0. When do they
No. 4 Rio Hondo Prep 42, Webb 0 — The Kares, getting two TD passes from Colby Rivera, steamrolled Webb.
No. 5 La Salle 65, Verbum Dei 7 — The Lancers just keep on rolling, improving on their best season in recent memory with a rout. Quarterback Austin Wallis passed for 170 yards and four touchdowns,
No. 6 Gabrielino 28, Mountain View 11 — Still now buying the Eagles? You might have to after Gabrielino improved to 6-0 with an impressive win. QB Elijah Peters threw for 118 yards and two scores.
No. 8 Muir 37, Glendale 0 — The Mustangs, getting two TDs from Joshua Muema and a 60-yard fumble return from Tony Claxton, continue look like the class of the Pacific League. All signs are pointing to a first-place showdown against Burbank in a few weeks.
No. 10 Duarte 49, Workman 0 — Tylik Mason scored a pair of TDs as the Falcons set up a Montview League showdown against Gladstone next week with an easy victory over the Lobos.
Burbank 34, Pasadena 8 — James Williams rushed for 147 yards and three touchdowns as Burbank dealt the Bulldogs quest for the Pacific League title a near-fatal blow. Pasadena, hoping to get back Brandon Cox in two weeks, now trails Muir and Burbank by two games in league play.
Rosemead 21, South El Monte 6 — The Panthers (3-3) got four field goals from sophomore Stephen Cansino and outstanding special teams play en route to victory.
Arcadia 49, Hoover 6 — Zachary Yee threw for 249 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for a touchdown as the Apaches stayed in the Pacific League race with an easy win.
Schurr 16, San Gabriel 15 — The Matadors’ quest for an Almont League repeat were dealt a blow as Estevan Tonche kicked a 46-yard field goal with five seconds to lead the Spartans over San Gabriel.
Temple City 48, Blair 0 — Look who is riding a three-game win streak? It’s the Rams, who got two touchdowns from junior Nick Starling.
Maranatha 40, Heritage Christian 7 — Omar Younger rushed for 147 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries and Reid Pike caught four Eli Snyder passes for 100 yards and two touchdown as the Minutemen scored their first win of the season.
Bell Gardens 30, Alhambra 13 — The Moors, the preseason favorite in the Almont League, is starting to free fall after losing their second consecutive game.
Montebello 34, Keppel 6 — Oilers senior quarterback Matt Saenz completed 11 of 17 attempts for 165 yards and touchdown passes of 19 and 20 yards.