FRIDAY NIGHT FINAL: Duarte loses Montview League battle royale; La Salle and San Marino stay perfect; Gabrielino goes down and Muir stays atop Pacific League after 21-14 squeaker over Burroughs


DUARTE VS. GLADSTONE VIDEO


CLIPPED: Duarte quarterback Denzel Talifero accounted for more than two
touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough in a 34-18 setback to Gladstone Friday in a battle
for first place in the Montview League. Staff photo by Sarah Reingewirtz

Well, another Friday Night Lights has come and gone. The highlight was in the Montview League where Duarte’s shot at a league crown were dealt a blow with a 34-18 setback to host Gladstone. The night also saw San Marino and La Salle stay unbeaten, while Gabrielino dropped its first game. Muir stayed in first in the Pacific League with a closer than expected win over Burroughs.

Here’s a brief recap of Friday night’s results and scores.

No. 1 Monrovia 49, La Canada 3 — Sparta was no challenge for the Wildcats, who mauled their second consecutive Rio Hondo League opponent.
No. 2 San Marino 86, Blair 0 —
The Titans kept pace with Monrovia, with an easy win, which saw San Marino take a 37-0 lead while running just 11 plays in the first half.
No. 3 Rio Hondo Prep 52, Chadwick 6 — The Kares might be as dominant in the Prep League as Monrovia is in the Rio Hondo and showed it for the second consecutive week.
Harvard-Westlake 41, No. 4 St. Francis 36 — The fall continues for the Knights, who are 0-2 in the Mission League and saw the their playoff hopes go from slim to nearly non-existent. And traditional power Serra comes to town Thursday.
No. 5 La Salle 47, Mary Star 6 — Another impressive win for the Lancers. Next up is a first-place showdown at Bishop Montgomery, and I live La Salle.
South El Monte 22, No. 6 Gabrielino 9 — Six was enough for Gabrielino, which should be hard-pressed with encounters against Rosemead, El Monte and Arroyo left on the docket.
No. 7 Muir 21, Burroughs 14 —
The Mustangs had to work, but they stayed on course for a Pacific League title. Next week is the battle for first when they host Burbank.
Temple City 42, No. 8 South Pasadena 35 – The rise of the Rams continues, who have going scoreless the first three weeks have yet to be stopped. The win puts Temple City on course for a playoff spot.
Gladstone 34, No. 9 Duarte 18 — The Falcons were clipped by the Gladiators. But they at worse look like the second-best team in the Montview League.
OTHER SCORES
El Monte 50, Rosemead 34
Hoover 37, Pasadena 8
Arcadia 49, Glendale 7
Cantwell 8, Bosco Tech 7
Montebello 48, San Gabriel 41, OT
Alhambra 53, Keppel 20

GLADSTONE TAKES MONTVIEW LEAGUE LEAD

By Steve Ramirez, SGVN
twitter.com/srammy8

GLENDORA – Gladstone High School didn’t win a league title Friday night.
But the Gladiators took a major step.
Senior quarterback Kevin Amezquita accounted for 196 yards and scored four touchdowns and Gladstone took over first place in the Montview League with a 34-18 victory over visiting Duarte at Citrus College.
The Gladiators, also receiving 72 yards rushing and a touchdown from senior Aaron Sanchez, improved to 7-0 for the first time in school history and 4-0 in league play.
Duarte, which got 213 total yards from quarterback Denzel Talifero, slipped to 4-3 and 3-1.
“This is no different than all the other weeks,” said Gladstone coach Albert Sanchez, who is not ready to crown his team just yet. “We just take it one week at a time, and honestly, I can’t say I’ve been involved with a team like this one that battles to that.
“It’s just week to week, that’s what we go with.”
It worked Friday, although after scoring on its first drive, Gladstone had to withstand a Duarte rally in the third quarter before Amezquita, who rushed for 99 yards and passed for 97, made some big plays in the fourth quarter to seal it.
The senior, after Talifero’s 4-yard run made it 21-12 with 1:46 left in the third quarter, sparked a 55-yard march to extend the lead. He had a completion of 17 yards to the Duarte 38 before Aaron Sanchez ran 23 yards to the 20.
Amezquita then scored from the 2 for a 27-12 lead with 5:36 left in the fourth quarter.
The senior then sealed it, forcing a Duarte fumble at the Gladstone 40 and returning it 60 yards to push it to 34-12 with 4:51 left.
Duarte cut it to 34-18 on a 14-yard pass from Dyran Adams to Tylik Mason with 1:59 left. But Gladstone’s Eduardo Cortez, who had a 89-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the second quarter, recovered the onside kick.
Gladstone then ran out the clock.
“Things didn’t go our way,” Duarte coach Jason Martin said. “It’s hard to swallow this one, because we didn’t take advantage of some of our opportunities.
“I could say that some calls didn’t go our way and that affected us. But it’s football. We just have to move on to next week. We have La Puente and they’re another one-loss team in our league and it’s going to be a competition.”
Gladstone, which had been starting slow in recent weeks, made sure that wasn’t the case Friday.
The Gladiators scored on their first drive before following an interception with a 37-yard march for a 21-6 lead at halftime.
Sanchez made it 7-0 in the first quarter with a 17-yard run. Cortez, after Duarte cut it to 7-6, returned a kickoff 89 yards for a 15-6 lead with 4:10 left.
Amezquita then scored from the 1 for the 21-6 half-time lead.
“We made some big plays,” Albert Sanchez said. “It was a hard-fought game. Our guys played four quarters and that’s what we needed.”
Duarte, which had just two first downs for much of the first half, found it’s rhythm during the third quarter, putting together 47-yard drive to cut it to 21-12 on Talifero’s 4-yard run.
The Falcons then had a chance to trim the deficit a bit more. But George Ramirez intercepted a Talifero pass on fourth-and-4 from the Gladstone 34 and returned to his 45, setting up Amezquita’s 2-yard touchdown run that pushed it to 27-12 with about five mintues to play.
Talifero was injured after a 32-yard run to the Gladstone’ 48 late in the fourth quarter and did not return.

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  • GrimReaper

    Games of the week
    TC at SP…loser’s CIF hopes goes on life support. TC victory over the mead has 6 power/Golden Arm back and TC faithful re-energized. SP backers would disagree. Looks to be the best RHL match-up as Monrovia rolls over an out-manned LC and Blair team in disarray meets SM.

    Duarte Gladstone. SN crew will be there..hyped game of the week

    Gabrielino v SEM Gabrielino travels to SEM where the SN crew will not comment on the types of cars in the lot. But seriously, an undefeated Gabrielino attempts to get the respect they deserve (or show they don’t) when they meet up with a SEM team with an imaginative wide open offense with a passing bent. Sort of a 2011 SG approach with no Villalobos. But Gabrielino is like Rodney Dangerfield they get no respect, yet?

    Potential spoiler alert: Alhambra Keppel…What?!! Alhambra losing to Keppel, cant happen wont happen… or ?. Will Alhambra cave with the sudden departure of their coach under mysterious circumstances? Stranger things have happened or not.

    Where not to go unless train wrecks, bridge collapses and hurricanes are your cup of tea…or your bedtime is 9PM.. running clock specials.
    SM Blair and Monrovia LC games

  • PurdueAlum05

    GrimReaper,

    “Gabrielino v SEM Gabrielino travels to SEM where the SN crew will not comment on the types of cars in the lot” and “running clock specials.” That is too funny but all true. Thanks for giving me a good laugh at work.

    I think the SP vs. TC should be a good game. I hope my Tigers can pull it out with our tough running game. The thing that worries me is our defense, but “6 power/Golden Arm” has said that TC has a small offesnsive and defensive lines and I see my Tigers being able to stop the Rams and move the ball with ease with our misdirection plays. I guess we’ll see tonight.

  • GrimReaper

    Yes it looks like the Reaper Featured Game of the Week was exactly that..
    Golden Arm/6 Power is now reveling in the glow of victory as his TC golden helmeted (dont ask, “where are the ram’s horns) pull out an overtime victory. Fourth and 5 or 6, with no kicking game, TC pulls a rabbit out of their hat and completes a pass (yes a pass of all things!) to score and then holds SP to 3 yds courtesy of a sack, a weak run, a weak flat pass, and an incomplete pass.
    The Reaper, having other duties, could only attend the fourth quarter and OT. At that point in the game both teams looked one dimensional. TC has gone back to old school TC running offense, virtually no line splits and lots of running backs going every direction. The line play/surge on offense was good.
    SP was at that point solely a passing team, and appeared to have exposed the TC left cornerback and safety..unless TC does something, MoTown Heyworth will rain down long passes to the right.

  • GrimReaper

    Contrary to prior comments on this page, TC appeared to be “bigger” than SP. One of the biggest guys is a running back. Certainly it was a tough night for SP fans as Big Mo took those expectations from SP and deposited them in the TC S&L.

    But it is now Saturday, the shouting is over, and the cheerleaders’ butcher-paper banners are now ripped and relegated to a trash can. What does it all mean?

    Well it means that TC has now elevated next week’s SM TC game in importance. And if the fact that SP had gone one dimensional in the passing game is an indication…TC might just match up well against the run oriented SM offense. (yes transfers of the Bayle Brothers to LaSalle significantly hurt the SM pass offense) It could just, well be, a compelling match up.

    Could the much maligned RHL actually produce two, back to back, games of the week in the SG Valley? How many 6Power posts will we see in the next week?

    Could there be a SN Crew sighting?

  • BigCat

    San Marino showed me a little class by beating up on a more or less defenseless Blair team, very little.
    Tell me, was there a running clock for the game?
    Did San Marino put in their second string with a full 10 minutes remaining in the game?

  • The Observer

    Wow BigCat. Really?

    http://www.pasadenasun.com/sports/pasadenasu-san-marino-football-blasts-past-blair-20121012,0,3505354.story

    Grim, the Bayle brothers transferred to St. Francis, not La Salle.

  • BigCat

    I read the ‘summary’ of the San Marino, Blair ‘game.’ The summary gave very little info.

  • rhlfan

    bigcat,

    san marino pulled all their starters with 6 minutes left in the first quarter after they had run 11 plays. wofford got pulled after running 6 plays. but in those 11 plays they scored 37 points…

  • rhlfan

    bigcat continued,

    so no, san marino did not pull their starters with ten minutes left in the game, they pulled their starters ten minutes INTO the game. their JV scored most of the points last night.

    so please don’t make generalizations and say that teams show no class before you even know the facts…

  • PUSD’s darkest day

    PUSD had its darkest day of football in its history, and Marshall didn’t even play.

    San Marino 86 Blair 0
    Hoover 37 PHS 8

    Are you freaking kidding me???? What??? Is this the future of PUSD football?? Cuzz it should be the end! What in the hell is going on over there????

    Blair: Ok, they get a small pass. They were on the verge of shutting the team down in the summer and were ill-prepared for an entire football season. But the truth is, some adult(s) should have stepped in and shut it down and had the team play JV games only. A couple of schools in CIF have chosen that path this year, Campbell Hall specifically. When Monrovia plays Blair, it should be looked at as a bye week and the Wildcats should play the JV’s the entire game.

    PHS: Where, oh where, do I begin? I would call this a tragic travesty, however it’s only high school football. But in high school football terms, it’s a tragic travesty. This account in another newspaper is a must read, please read it:

    http://www.glendalenewspress.com/sports/tn-gnp-hoover-football-stuns-pasadena-378-20121012,0,3346815.story

    Those numbers are unreal. Horton is definitely gone after this year, if not, next week. With all of the Pasadena kids that are leaving to play at other schools in SoCal, I think this is a glimpse into the football future at Pasadena High. Hoover??? Seriously??? And not a loss, but a blow-out??? Unreal. What was being said in the stands last night??? I can only imagine. Hoover??? Seriously???? A blow-out???? I still can’t believe it. This isn’t the shocker of the night, it’s the shocker of the year.

    Yeah, PUSD’s darkest day in football. And Marshall plays tonight….oh boy.

  • GrimReaper

    Observer
    Thanks for the correction on the Bayle Brothers, shows how much I know. St Francis will benefit as both are good players.

    Big Cat:
    It is sad to see the decline of once great Blair, that if memory serves correct, was the last team to win the RHL title that did not have Monrovia in the team name. Wait to criticize until after next week when your second and third string players “run up the score” on Blair. Second and third string kids, that don’t play much, and practice all week, when they get a chance will play hard. I doubt Coach Maddox will tell your third string to roll over and play dead, and if he did that would be worse. All I can say is I have admiration for the players at Blair, they have a pretty good attitude and play the game despite their situation. It is a long way from 1969.

    Another observation on SM TC
    If it is close, edge to SM based on a superior kicking game. TC has shown no ability to kick a Field Goal.

    It is going to be TC and a cloud of dust, vs SM 9 in the box..until TC pulls a rabbit out of their hat and throws for the tenth and eleventh and maybe even twelve time this year to make a big gain or score. That could work if they can shut down or hold down SM on defense and the game is close. A big if, as SP scored 35 points and other teams have found the end zone on TC this year.

    Ultimately, the TC defense may be its undoing, as if TC gives up 30 plus points to SM it is game over. So it will be up to the TC defense for TC to win. If this truly is the Coach Hitchcock Offense, Coach Hobbie might be advised to drag out some old game films to see how Cunz and Maloney dealt with it. As I remember D lines split out wider to force TC to run between the guards and match up with the middle linebackers and safeties crashing up the middle at the same time to take away the bread and butter off tackle/bounce wide running game. But that is old school..

  • Titansportsfan

    Any team that doesn’t have there second and third string play hard is missing out on developing there young players …. The younger bayle (Matt) to my knowledge has started at st Francis playing outside Backer and Chris bayle is in the mix on defense as well …. Haven’t mentioned them cuz you have to work with what you got but wish them both well …. Offense hasn’t missed a beat this season …. Look forward to next weeks game against TC but SM offense won’t be one dimensional but TC has momentum rolling and high confidence so won’t be a walk in the park

  • http://www.insidesocal.com/paspreps/2012/10/friday-night-gameday-countown.html#comments woanelly

    PUSD, I have been around Pasadena sports for a long time and you are correct this is one of the saddest days in football history, for athletics in Pasadena.I think the best shows in town are Muir football and PHS girls volleyball. Every player that scored for Alemany is from Ponies or Panther football. This community has basically disbanded and is nowhere near the community of the 70′s thru early 90′s. The clyde turner effect! Now the alumni have no pride and many just do not live in the area, enrollment at Muir is probably around 800 official, PHS 2,300 Blair and Marshall around 900 and very few are skilled in any sport and have to be trained there, a bit late but hey it’s high school. Not sure if there is a cycle here, kids are still leaving in droves and in all honesty its for athletics not academics.

  • Bob Anon

    I agree with the Reaper about the TC helmets. Bring back the ram’s horns.

    There goes the chance for three wins for LC. Looks like a slugfest with Blair if LC wants a second win. Congrats to the TC coaching staff — McFarland did a decent job at PHS; look where PHS is now. I wish LC could play PHS (I don’t think I’ve ever said that).

  • 6power

    Firstly, outstanding spectator game to watch. So Pas is truly a team that has evolved under a new coaching strategy and will only get better in seasons ahead and become part of stronger RHL as they do. In fact, the same can be said for Temple City, who is proving you CAN do something – when you start with almost nothing.

    The departure of Mikal Quintinilla, left TC armless and early season they tried throwing and results were horrendous game after game. Last night their were two passes – the first directly into the arms of a smiling South Pas defender, the second pass won the game in OT.

    TC did create some trouble for So Pas, primarily with the deception based offense, and up the gut runs of Chris Reed, who played another stellar game on both sides of the ball. The So Pas D linemen were tackling the man without the ball several times and TC misdirection worked well as SP pursued, only to see the runner behind them moving upfield.

    As far as SP, their wide out/slot back #8 is an excellent receiver who catches anything thrown his way. Their QB throws a very nice longball, he struggled with high throws on both short range hooks and outs. TC was giving away the bubble screen and short slant all night and in retrospect SP should have forced the issue on that until the Rams had to react defensively. The Tigers had consistent 6 – 8 yd gains off the flat line pass to the outside reciever. So Pas has a speedy small tailback who hits the hole with gusto and runs hard, not sure on his yardage last night, but he played well.

    The game opened with a 100yd kickoff return TD by So Pas which immediately began a stomach acid and hot dog
    heartburn combo for me. Going down a quick 7 had the kids looking moapy for a minute or two…but as they have done since week 4, they wobbled but did not fall.

    TC had a good turnout and fans were into the game, moreso than any game this year…One big tone setter that won’t be mentioned was the opening kickoff of the 2nd half…Nick Starling of TC took the kickoff up the sideline and dropped his shoulder into an oncoming So Pas defender for a hit heard all the way to old towne Dena which erupted the TC bench and stands. TC’s #51 on D line also had a whale of a game.

    There is a lot to say but So Pas is a good football team. The game could have shifted either way – on a perfect October Friday night for football.

  • Question

    Steve, considering the way you compile your rankings, is it possible that St. Francis could finish in the bottom half of the PSN Top Ten after the lopsided losses they’ll receive the next two weeks? (They’ll also be 4-6 at the end of the season after they beat a downtrodden St. Paul team in Week 10 and miss the playoffs)

  • The Observer

    In addition to the previous question, Steve, is it really necessary to rank all 23 teams within the area? Do teams really need to know that they’re at the very bottom when they’re probably struggling or having a tough season?

  • fan

    The score to the RHP game was actually 62-7…

  • prep fan

    Re the 86-0 score, I have seen coaches get creative to prevent this sad thing from happening. We let our boys down. Shame!

  • prep fan

    Re the 86-0 score, we all lose when this happens. I have seen coaches find creative ways to avoid punishing the other team – especially when the other team is helpless. I read the excuses. Shame!

  • PUSD’s darkest WEEKEND

    Ok, so Marshall finished off the weekend for PUSD’s worst weekend ever with their 48-0 loss. So a recap:

    San Marino 86 Blair 0
    Hoover 37 PHS 6
    Windward 48 Marshall 0

    So, a combined loss of:

    SM, Hoover, Windward 171
    PUSD schools: 0

    Yikes. Oh where, oh where have the good times gone.

  • PUSD’s darkest WEEKEND

    **Sorry PUSD schools: 6

  • titanfan

    all those that had a problem with 86-0,

    Coach Hobbie took the starters out after like 7 minutes. The entire JV team was playing. Two mentally-challenged players played most of the second half. This wasn’t running up the score, this was giving people a chance to play the game they love. You know what would be disrespectful? If we put up the JV team to put up a half-a** effort. That would be disrespectful.

  • Gas on a Fire

    I think you forgot Muir beating Burroughs 21-14 on the way to winning the Pacific League Championship.

    As I remember just one year ago PHS was 6-6, beat some good teams, and was ahead at half time in the Turkey Tussle

  • Gas on a Fire

    PUSD,

    Where were all the complaints when Eagle Rock Beat Blair 83-0

  • BigCat

    Some years ago I played on a Wildcat team that was destroying another team. Coach offer the other coach a runninbg clock for the second half (accepted.) Whent the second stingers kept beating on the other guys, Coach told the other coach, “No more passes.” Then, he put in the third sting. When the third string continued to pile up yards, Coach told the other coach, “No more sweeps.”
    I told the thirds, “Eleven guys in the box. Goal line offense practice.”
    At no point was any Wildcat told to do less than 100%. We still played the ‘mercy rule.’

  • Philly B

    BigCat
    That seems like the right way to do it when playing a team inferior to yours, and SM prob should of did that, and if they didnt, then there goes a reason why more I dont care for that team.

  • titanfan

    did none of you read the comment i wrote? we had second and third stringers in, the entire jv team, two mentally challenged players who never see the playing field. coach did nothing but run the ball. running clock started as the second half began. what more do you expect, quarterback kneel the entire time?

    we tell our players to go their hardest whenever they are on the field, and to tell our third stringers not to would not only be a detriment to our own team, it would also be disrespectful to blair.

  • BigCat

    Titanfan, you only now tell me about the running clock and the ground game only. That’s the way it should have been. Now, if you can cease disrespecting your own players,things should be resolved.
    Blair has a proud football tradition and they don’t deserve what the faculty is apparently putting the players through. If I were a parent, paying the Blair tuition, I would have a few words with the B;air Principal, probably starting with my usual greeting in such situations, “Look, you stupid b*st*rd…”

  • GrimReaper

    Wow!
    Big Cat, Philly and the MoTown faithful take the high ground once again, really distressing.

    The accusations of others being MoTown haters fly, Philly admits he is a SM hater.

    And now Big Cat says he would say the following:
    If I were a parent, paying the Blair tuition, I would have a few words with the B;air Principal, probably starting with my usual greeting in such situations, “Look, you stupid b*st*rd…”

    I am sure Dale Carnegie, the author of How to Win Friends and Influence People, would roll over in his grave with such an approach guaranteed to fail.

    I have spoken with the Blair Principal, I can assure you she is a delightful person, whom cares a lot about her school and program. The football program was ready to be disbanded, it was not until July that they hired a coach and committed to fielding a team. They knew the odds against them, especially as they have the lowest enrollment in the league SM is next to last in enrollment. Given the situation the attitude on their team is actually quite good and many of the players are 9th graders.

    In case you care Big Cat and Philly, MoTown has almost two times the number of students to draw teams from as Blair and is 150% the size of SM. MoTown should win with that advantage.

    Finally Big Cat, Blair is a public school, there is no tuition I know of. And a best kept secret, It is in the International Baccalaureate Program where student graduate with their first year college credits in the bank and get an extra grade point on their GPA as if they took nothing but AP courses.

    I might just send my daughter to Blair. as it would save me thousands of dollars for her education.

  • GrimReaper

    Titanfan

    you may as well give up, everyone looks at 86-0 and they stop listening. It is a losing battle, and it is likely better for all concerned to never speak of that game again.

    But least Philly, Big Cat and the MoTown rooters talk themselves into the same corner, we will see how things turn out next week when MoTown plays Blair. I would guess anything worse than 50-0 would deserve a comment on your part to Big Cat and or Philly for nothing more than the annoyance factor. I would guess on next week’s weekend thread, there will be a noticeable absence of MoTown boosters on the thread.

    Note to all, a lot of the Blair players were declared academically ineligible due to poor grades. It seemed that the coach and administration did not take care of business tracking grades of their team. So that might explain some of the problem, as kids were playing out of position, or jumped to starter, or were missing.

  • 6power

    Grim
    Send your daughter to Blair? There are good people at Blair…should be fine unless she intends to play outside linebacker, then La Salle would be a better choice.

    Purdue Alum
    Was looking for you at the So Pas game, thought about wearing a long sleeve shirt with one golden arm, for ID purposes – had no way to ID you, next time we will figure it out.

    Titansportsfan,
    Big game. Nothing like the 08 history maker but a big game nonetheless, especially for the Rams who should be minimum 14 pt underdogs. The 08 contest was huge because of Mooney’s departure from TC and the many, many former TC coaches who faithfully followed MM to San Marino. All the players knew these coaches and had played for them, and the build-up to the game was nothing like I had ever seen at TC. Wednesday, 2 days before kickoff Backus’ bald head began to glow and give off 30,000 watts of electricity…at TC he was a co-head coach with Mooney and this contest held special meaning to RB. SM came in 8-0 and were talkin smack (bad idea)well those that were there remember TC’s first play from scrimmage, pitch to Ruckle headed right, cuts back and goes to the house 77 yards away.

    Of course that was a different era, and no such TC link remains at SM. Although excellent line coach Camerano remains on the SM V staff, all else has changed and the current TC players know nothing of what came before them.
    No put down on So Pas, but the Titans have a stronger running attack and a more balanced team – and have a disruptive defense, that will be 100% targeted on getting into the TC offensive backfield and causing havoc there. SM also has a better talent spread than is customarily seen at SM – meaning they always have at least one stud, but this year there are several individuals of impact player status.
    Winning for TC will require a carefully crafted game plan and a defense that can keep it close and win the turnover battle. We can’t continue to swap TD’s because SM has more TD makers.
    Can Mac pull another one out of his bag of inspiration and belief? 3 weeks ago I would have said hell no. Now I say, Go Rams and do what you do.

  • 6power

    As far as PHS, not sure why they have crash dived so hard after Cox thrashed his ankle.
    I saw them play Cathedral to a 21-21 halftime score and Dena looked very respectable and were competing well.

  • New York

    Here’s a different perspective on San Marino’s victory:

    San Marino did Blair a favor and showed them respect by continuing to play hard.

    The favor: Scores like this expose how far Blair has fallen since the 2007 season and the 2008 departure of Coach Tip Sanders. Keeping the score close would allow the community to gloss over whatever serious issues are plaguing Blair’s athletic program. A score like 86-0 should force people to take a look and start solving those problems.

    Respect: By continuing to play hard, San Marino treated Blair like a varsity opponent. Beating Blair 50-7 with the seven coming against San Marino’s 8th graders would be insulting and condescending.

    Running clocks ultimately cheat the team on the wrong side of the score. They actually cheat the victor as well. Teams get better through repetition. The running clock short-changes teams from gaining that experience. If Blair faces 10 running clocks this year, all those players will have significantly fewer repetitions than players at other schools.

    The unintended consequences of coddling Blair will make it harder for Blair to rebuild its program.

  • prep league fan

    I agree 100 percent with New York. While there are many differences between the two situations, one can also find similarities between what happened with the flintridge prep football program last season and the blair program this season. Flintridge had a 18-19 man roster then after the first game had several injuries. Players were out of position and there were barely any reserves. They forfeited several games and got blown out in several others. However, teams did not take it easy on them. At the end of the day the kids wanted to play football, and wanted to play it hard. They were not ashamed. Teams played them hard and this season with a bolstered roster the same kids are 3-3 and playing Rio Hondo for the prep league championship this friday. No doubt that they took what they learned from the most difficult season in Flintridge Prep history and are using it to fuel a remarkable season.

  • GrimReaper

    6 Pow/Gold Appendage.

    At La Salle my daughter would not make the team………

    I will end my comment there for the best of everyone concerned.

  • Philly B

    The Blair massacre topic is over and done with. Lets discuss about this weeks big game between TC and SM. Anybody have thoughts on why either team is going to win???

  • PurdueAlum05

    6power,

    I made it easy to find me. I was wearing a Purdue hat and jacket. Man, #22 killed us with the end arounnd left and right. I don’t know how far you guys will get with running one play and having only 2 pass attempts all game, but you guys sure exposed my Tigers. I can’t get over the fact that we couldn’t figure out that you guys were only running one play. Like I said before and I will say it again, if a team is up by 14 points and lose that kind of lead then they don’t deserve to win. My Tigers had a chance to close you guys out when we were up 21-7, and had the ball but we went 3 and out; 3 plays later your fullback rumbled down the field for a 65 td run. It was awesome to overtime and let the players settle the game on the field. Nice overall effort by your Rams, you guys deserve all the credit. Your coaches made the necessary adjustments to stop our inside runs, which we usually get 4 to 5 yards at the very least. Good luck the rest of the way.

  • PacFan

    I can understand why Muir is ranked where they are. They definitely squeaked by, the game should have been over by the half but instead they let Burroughs hang around. Muir needs to work more on discipline on the field, rater than their pregame antics. It’s going to take more than taunting and intimidation to beat a much more physical team in Burbank to win.

  • Titansportsfan

    Oh man that 08 TC vs SM game was electric one of my favs that I have watched over the last five years or so …. Besides camarino at SM we don’t have TC ties anymore always thought they were good for us…. Riley Saxon is back at TC though should help the JV level a bit based off what he was able to do at SM … SM three headed running attack of wood/gott/wofford will be tough to stop … Hard to defend when you have to key 3 guys … If TC’s defense isn’t discipline it will be a long night … It’s going to be some smash mouth football for sure …. Inside track to the playoffs on the line big big game

  • 6power

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqxY6hyAOZg&feature=related

    TC/SAN MARINO

    For suggestions on a first play from scrimmage, see 5:30 (final play) on link above.

    Two tough strong fullbacks will be at work Friday with SM’s Gott and TC’s Reed.
    I’ve liked Wood’s running style since he was a soph and he could potentially kill TC with his ability to elude tacklers and run to daylight.

    Purdue Alum,
    Man, I really don’t have an explanation why those slow developing sweeps kept working other than the Rams just kept plowing and plowing and Starling kept running hard. Our kids are not being asked to do anything much except compete as hard as possible. They should be wearing T shirts that say, “Yeah, we are one dimensional – and we like it”

    Grim
    I agree – defense above all determines the winner in this one. If TC can run on the SM defense we got a shot. If we can’t slow up the SM ground pound, we are done.

  • Titansportsfan

    I don’t know how much he would have been in the mix with Kwame there last year but if Wood have been healthy he would have been a very nice complimentary piece to the run game very different styles of running the ball but he didn’t get healthy till late in the season …. Wofford on the option runs can hurt you just as bad as wood could …. Another game that will end quickly with the clock constantly running with the ground game…. Turnovers will be key neither team can deserve to cough up the ball …. And if I’m TC you have to get up early playing catch up will not bode well …. SM has much better quick strike ability to play catch up if we fall behind