THURSDAY COUNTDOWN: St. Francis’ slide continues; Monrovia wins; Marshall no match for Sierra Canyon


DOWN AND OUT: Serra ran over St. Francis Thursday night, scoring a 42-6 victory.
Staff photo by Sarah Reingewirtz

By Steve Ramirez, SGVN
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LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE – St. Francis High School began the week with slim hopes of qualifying for the CIF-Southern Section playoffs.
That chance might now be nonexistent.
Malik Roberson rushed for 101 yards and two touchdowns and quarterback Jalen Greene threw for 206 yards and a score and visiting Serra posted a 42-6 victory over the Golden Knights on Thursday in a Mission League game at Friedman Field.
St. Francis, getting two 48-yard field goals from Mark Verso, dropped to 3-5 overall and 0-3 in league. The Golden Knights’ shot at a third-place finish and the last playoff spot from the league is gone, and most likely any at-large hopes.
St. Francis quarterback Jared Lebowitz, who had thrown for nearly 2,000 yards during the first seven weeks, was limited to just 146. He was sacked five times and re-injured a shoulder in the third quarter and did not return.
Serra, whose only league loss was a 28-20 setback to Chaminade on Oct. 5, improved to 6-2 and 2-1.
The Cavaliers, leading just 14-6 at halftime, put it away early in the third quarter. Roberson, who had 22-yard touchdown run in first quarter, made it 21-6 with a 12-yard run at 8:39. Defensive lineman Inoke Raikadroka then intercepted a Lebowitz pass a few seconds later and returned it 53 yards for a 28-6 lead.
Greene, who also had a 1-yard touchdown run, made it 35-6 with a 29-yard pass to Roberson with 2:29 left in the quarter.
“We were playing with them,” St. Francis coach Jim Bonds said. “It was 14-6, we’re making some stops in the first half and then they come out and score (to open the third quarter). We give them points on offense (with the interception) and that just deflated us.”
Early on , Serra looked like it might run away, scoring on its first two possessions.
The Cavaliers, after Verso gave St. Francis a 3-0 lead with the first of his field goals, needed just nine plays to take a 7-3 advantage on a 22-yard run by Roberson at 5:27 of the first quarter.
Serra put together a second 80-yard drive on its next possession. Roberson had runs of 14 and 13 yards before Greene completed three passes for 51 yards before scoring from the 1 with 11:23 left in the half.
St. Francis, which had 159 yards in the first half, could only manage the two field goals by Verso, leaving the score 14-6 at intermission.
“They’re tough to block,” Bonds said. “They’re an athletic crew over there. We knew had our hands full coming into this.”
MONROVIA 84, BLAIR 0
By Keith Lair, SGVN
PASADENA -
Monrovia High School’s offense touched the ball one time during a 23-minute, 53-second stretch in Thursday’s Rio Hondo League football game at Blair at Muir High.
The Wildcats scored six touchdowns during that time in an 84-0 victory.
“One thing we can control is effort and we did that,” said junior free safety Deshawn Potts, who started at quarterback. “It was a matter of getting on the field and having fun.”
Potts threw a short sideline pass to Jacob Bueno, who went 45 yards to give the Wildcats a 35-0 lead with 9:18 left in the first half.
Monrovia then scored five consecutive times without its offense touching the ball. Anthony Marquez intercepted a Terance Douglas pass and returned it 33 yards for a score, sophomore Darian Huff returned a punt 49 yards for a touchdown, Andrew Gallegos picked up a fumble and went 22 yards, Anthony Craft returned the second-half kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown and Crayvon Gillespie returned a punt 45 yards for a score.
Monrovia finally ran an offensive play with one minute to go in the third quarter and Fernando Rosas scored on a 45-yard run.
That was fun seeing our teammates having fun out there,” Potts said. “It was exciting to come back to the sidelines and everyone is really happy for those guys.”
Potts, whose last start at quarterback was last year against Blair, and Rosas each scored twice.
“We weren’t trying to run the score up at all,” Monrovia coach Ryan Maddox said. “Our starters were out in the first quarter.
“(Blair) coach (Johnny) Lopez is trying to rebuild and get things going.”
Monrovia (6-2, 3-0) won its 25th consecutive league game. Blair (0-8, 0-4) lost its 17th consecutive game overall and 18th consecutive league game.
Monrovia ran 13 offensive plays in the game and scored on seven of them.
The Vikings’ biggest play was when Juan Sanchez recovered a muffed Monrovia punt return in the first quarter.
“They scored less than San Marino,” Lopez said. “We held them to two points less. Nobody sat down and they’re all here. Still. Nobody’s hurt. I’m cool. We made it through the night.”
SIERRA CANYON 51, MARSHALL 0
By Guillermo Tovar
PASADENA - The Marshall Eagles were hoping their annual homecoming would be a game to remember.
Unfortunately, the game was one Marshall (3-6, 0-4) would just as soon forget as it was routed by Sierra Canyon 51-0 in an Alpha League game Thursday.
Sierra Canyon (8-0, 4-0) scored 41 seconds into the game when Xavier Menifield took a handoff and ran 32 yards for a 7-0 lead.
The Trailblazers made it 14-0 with 8:19 left in the first quarter when Menifield scored his second touchdown of the game on a 9-yard run.
With 4:41 left on the first quarter, quarterback Andre Nunez connected with Preston White on a 7-yard touchdown pass to make it 21-0.
Nunez threw his second touchdown pass early in the second quarter. With a second and goal at the Eagles’ 7, Nunez threw a shovel pass to Blake Brady that made it 28-0.
Still in the second quarter, Brady took the handoff and ran 5 yards for a score. With 2:06 left before halftime, Menifield score his third touchdown, this one a 52-yard run that made it 42-0 at halftime.
Menifield did not play in the second half. He ended the night with 103 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
Marshall plays its last game of the season Oct. 26 against Viewpoint at Calabasas High.

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  • uh

    cause 86-0 is just SO much worse then 84-0…shame on you san marino.

    that’s at you philly b and bigcat.

  • Frustrated Knight

    Our boys fight hard on each and every play and try their best every game. As a parent or fan we can never be frustrated by the effort of our boys and the coaching staff. However, if we want to stay in the Mission League something must change. We can not compete with Serra, and a rejuvenated Chaminade. It appears that Cathedral and Harvard Westlake have improved enough to get some momentum although I doubt Hrvard Westlake will continue this years success consistently. St. Paul is a mess. Where does that leave SF? 3rd-5th place every season, which may or may not get us in the playoffs as a possible 3rd place team/at-large team. If we are ok with that, lets not change a thing. If we are not ok with that, we have to attract and admit (big problem) some good athletes.

    This is the most un-athletic SF team I’ve seen in awhile. I knew that when we played Arcadia. There is no way in the world Arcadia should have even scored that game. They’re playing better ball now, but at that time Arcadia was a bad team. Against Monrovia it showed even more. Yes we lost that game more than they won it (fumble that they scored on, and fumble at goal line), but if we have just 1 or 2 athletes that game isn’t even close. Those Dietrich teams, or Milton teams would’ve swept Monrovia off the field. When we barely lost to an average team like Monrovia, I knew we’d get blown out by a good team like Serra, and we did, and now we have to play a Chaminade team that beat Serra.

    It may just be a tough year, but I don’t see it that way. I see this as the future if we don’t start getting some more athletic players to play with the likes of Serra, Chaminade, and a resurgent Cathedral. And that’s not on Coach Bonds and company, that’s on the admissions dept and administration. Good luck boys and keep fighting hard we are proud of your efforts!

  • BigCat

    From the story, it appears that Coach Maddox handled things about as well as they can be handled, given the situation. It also appeared that the Blair coach was resonably satisfied with things. Blair may be bn the way back to a proud footbal program.

  • bigfatfan

    First 84-0 by SM, now 86-0 by MTown. And the point of continuing to keep Blair in the RHL for football is what??? the boys from the rest of the RHL are doing what the school administrators could not do: force Blair fooball out of the RHL by showing how noncompetitive that program is. As one Blair administrator said last week “we very nearly did not have a football team this season”. maybe they should not have… but seriously, get Blair to move their football program into a lower division, no shame in that. heck, maybe they can compete with Marshall. then bring over a couple of the Glendale schools, hoover and Glendale to better balance both the Pacific and RHL. but bottom line, Blair has to go, this is just pathetic.

  • Question

    BigCat, would that be sarcasm or those National Merit scholar reading comprehension skills you previously mentioned?

  • Green Pastures…

    Frustrated knight,

    Monrovia also dropped a clear Game winning TD prior to the fumble on the Goaline. Prior to the fumble Mtown felt like they had lost the game, more than you beat us. So My question would be where would you get these Athletes from? Are you going to do what Alemany has done, recruit the Pasadena kids? I think your last big time athlete was a Pasadena Kid. The City of La Canada has no speed. You could try the La Crescenta Area, but there is not much speed there either. The Monrovia Program has the Athletes and is improving the “program” every year. As we progress the development of our interior line play, Monrovia should be much better in future. In my opinion, monrovia will always have more athletes than ST Francis. For you to say if you had 1 or 2 athletes it would be close is delusional. The cats got to your QB early, that’s blocking. Also you scored more points against every opponent except Serra, which has a better line core than Monrovia. Also QB’s don’t come like Lebowitz every year either. You have a great QB, and not much to go with it. Every Program has to deal with having the QB and no athletes or athletes and no QB. So your statement could be made for just about every school…What would happen if Muir had Lebowitz? What would happen if St Francis had Derrick Holmes, and all the Alemany Pasadena kids? Even If you had a few More athletes, you would not win the Mission League. Your program is probably Maxed out and in bad area. They may need to find a new Division, but where could they go? Monrovia is clearly the best team on the Westside, and has been for the last 3 years.

  • hypocrite

    and san marino’s coach didn’t handle things as well? what, that safety just completely makes san marino classless?

  • Funniest line of the year!!!

    It just never ends…

    “Also you scored more points against every opponent except Serra, which has a better line core than Monrovia.”

    Don’t you mean which has a better EVERYTHING than Monrovia? Lol!! These guys are too much.

    Coach Bonds, care to comment?

    No question, said Bonds of Serra being the best team his Golden Knights have faced. Combine their size and speed and its the best group of players weve seen. (Glendale News-Press)

  • Philly b

    Uh…
    How about you hush up. Read beyond the scoreboard son. Maddox said his starters were out in the first qtr. Cant wait for next week!!!!!
    Frustrated knight,
    Dont bring up the supposed glory days of SF, you got beat and the beatings have continued since Monrovia beat you. Whats your excuse, St Francis has the ability to recruit!!!! If your not getting the talent and athletes complain to your recruiter

    bigfatfan
    Couldnt agree with you more

    Ahh the hatred of Monrovia continues. SF fans, I suggest you dont worry about monrovia, bring up monrovia and worry about the rest of your league games. You see us bringing up SF intitially??? No we had our week to gloat and its back to focus on the playoffs. Cuz there are some serious contenders in the “weak” midvalley division

  • Philly b

    Uh…
    How about you hush up. Read beyond the scoreboard son. Maddox said his starters were out in the first qtr. Cant wait for next week!!!!!
    Frustrated knight,
    Dont bring up the supposed glory days of SF, you got beat and the beatings have continued since Monrovia beat you. Whats your excuse, St Francis has the ability to recruit!!!! If your not getting the talent and athletes complain to your recruiter

    bigfatfan
    Couldnt agree with you more

    Ahh the hatred of Monrovia continues. SF fans, I suggest you dont worry about monrovia, bring up monrovia and worry about the rest of your league games. You see us bringing up SF intitially??? No we had our week to gloat and its back to focus on the playoffs. Cuz there are some serious contenders in the “weak” midvalley division