Friday Night Final: La Salle, Muir, Rio Hondo Prep solidify quests for league titles; San Marino sets up showdown with Monrovia by routing Temple City; Gabrielino stays in the hunt with win



WORST TO FIRST: Marcus Tappan makes a takcle against
Bishop Montgomery. The senior had two sacks and an interception
to help the Lancers take over first in the Del Rey League with a
29-10 victory over the Knights. Staff photo by Sarah Reingewirtz

Another Friday Night Lights is in the books, and we got a lot of answers this week. The big story was La Salle stretching its winning streak to eight games, with a 29-10 victory over Bishop Montgomery. The win pushes the Lancers to within one game of the Del Rey League title. But championship week was also big for Muir and Rio Hondo Prep and not so good for Maranatha and Flintridge Prep. Muir continued its Pacific League streak, holding off Burbank, 24-17, to take over the Pacific. The Mustangs can wrap up a share of first by beating Arcadia next week. The Apaches have just one league loss after defeating Pasadena, 21-7. Rio Hondo Prep took control of the Prep League by beating Flintridge Prep, 48-12. The Kares could still be caught by Pasadena Poly, which beat Webb, 42-10. Poly faces Prep in Week 10. Maranatha, which needs to win the Olympic League title or finish second to get into the playoffs, fell short, losing 24-14 to Whittier Christian. San Marino routed Temple City, 58-0, which sets up a Rio Hondo League showdown at No. 1 Monrovia next week. Gabrielino stayed in the hunt with a 13-7 win over Rosemead. The Eagles trail El Monte by one game.

Here are Friday’s scores
No. 2 San Marino 58, Temple City 0 — The showdown is set — Monrovia vs. San Marino for the Rio Hondo League crown next week
No. 3 Rio Hondo Prep 48, Flintridge Prep 12 — Kares clinch share of Prep League title…as if there was any doubt.
No. 4 La Salle 29, Bishop Montgomery 10 — The worst to first scenario is just about complete. La Salle is within one game of clinching a share of the league crown after dominating the Knights.
No. 6 Muir 24, Burbank 17 — The Mustangs can smell the Pacific League title. After pushing aside Burbank, only Arcadia can stop them from their appointed rounds.
No. 7 Gabrielino 13, Rosemead 7 — The Eagles stay alive for the Mission Valley League title with the win. But can they stop El Monte’s Brandon Martinez? They find out next week.
No. 8 Arcadia 21, Pasadena 7 — The Apaches have taken care of business….now they look to get a share of the Pacific League, which is theirs if they can beat Muir next week. But can they?
La Puente 21, No. 9 Duarte 20 — A tough loss for the Falcons, who could have been in position to grab a share of the Montview League title. Now they must win out to earn a playoff spot.

Whittier Chr. 24, Maranatha 14
South Pasadena 35, La Canada 8
Alhambra 24, Schurr 21
Mary Star 21, Bosco Tech 14
Pasadena Poly 42, Webb 19
San Gabriel 49, Keppel 0

By Steve Ramirez, SGVN

TORRANCE – A year ago, the thought of La Salle High School winning a league football title seemed like an impossible dream.
It may soon be a reality.
Austin Wallis threw for 126 yards and a touchdown, the Lancers held host Bishop Montgomery to 86 yards and La Salle took a major step toward a Del Rey League championship Friday with a 29-10 victory over the Knights in a battle of the league’s top two teams.
The Lancers, getting two sacks and an interception from Marcus Tappan, improved to
La Salle’s Isreal Lacy (11) heads for the second touchdown of the game as they play Bishop Montgomery during the first half of Friday night’s game at Bishop Montgomery High School in Torrance, October 19, 2012. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz)
8-0 overall and 4-0 in the Del Rey League. La Salle, which was 1-19 the previous two seasons, can clinch a share of the league title with a victory over Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary next week.
Bishop Montgomery, which got a 12-yard touchdown run from Michael Turner in the first quarter, slipped to 6-2 and 3-1.
“I can’t describe it,” Wallis said. “You know what it’s been like the last couple of seasons. It’s been really hard on us. To rebound like this, not only where we have a winning record, but hopefully go on to win league. It’s special, really, really special.”
The difference Friday was La Salle’s defense, which gave up just seven first downs and 16 yards rushing. The biggest play by the Knights was a 72-yard kickoff return that set up Turner’s 12-yard touchdown run.
Tappan got the Lancers going in the first quarter, getting an interception inside Bishop Montgomery’s 25 to set up La Salle at the 18. It took the Lancers two plays to take the lead.
Bobby LaSalle, who had 52 yards rushing, followed the turnover with a 6-yard run before Amir Evans swept in from the 13 for a 7-0 lead with 6:12 left in the quarter.
Isreal Lacy, who rushed for 66 yards, then pushed it to 14-0 with a 46-yard punt return two minutes later.
La Salle, after Turner’s 12-yard run to cut it to 14-7, pushed it to 18-7 by the third quarter following two safeties. The first came after an intentional grounding call in the end zone on Knights quarterback Louie Soto late in the second quarter before a third-down snap out of the end zone forced another two-pointer in the third.
“Our defense was lights out tonight,” said La Salle coach Russell Gordon, whose Lancers began the week ranked No. 3 in the CIF-Southern Section Northwest Division and No. 4 in the area. “Our offense didn’t play as well as we wanted to. But they got it done.
“Our offensive line in the third and fourth quarters took the game over.”
Wallis sealed it in the fourth quarter with a 5-yard toss to Jared Atkins for a 26-7 lead with 11:55 remaining. Wallis passed to Tappan on the conversion out of kicking formation.
The teams traded field goals in the fourth to account for the 29-10 final.
La Salle closes the season with home games against Cantwell and Bosco Tech.
“This means a lot,” Gordon said. “We came in here against a team that is well-coached and is a great team and found a way to win. It was very, very impressive.”

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  • I hope all the locals teams kick A$$ and play some solid injury free football. The Mustangs need it most I believe, and maybe then, they will believe they are a team on a mission.

  • Titansportsfan

    SM rolls TC 58 – 0

    The three headed monster rushing attack did its thing racking up touchdowns and yards …. Swarming defense constantly 3 or 4 guys there to make the tackle if not more.

  • The Observer

    Eat crow, once again, Philly B. “They are who we thought they were.” What a joke.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, Philly B was dead wrong about the Titans. Next week will be a doozy!

    Oh yeah, St. Francis, Chaminade beat Harvard Westlake 78-34. Good luck next week! Haven’t heard from that Kentera guy in a long time!

  • GrimReaper

    Observer, Titansportsfan, and Anonymous

    yep conventional wisdom, or what passes for it, in regard to TC victory over the what car is in the parking lot (I think someone said BMW boys) was dead wrong, as SM shellacked TC in historic proportions.

    That may well have been the worst TC defeat on Hitchcock Field ever… or at least for decades.

    Worse yet, just to leave a bad taste in the mouth, it ended with a successful SM goal line stand to stop TC from scoring with 3rd and 4th near the SM goal line.

    I would guess there will be a significant dose of silence from Philly and Big Cat, who are likely in fear of Fred posting another “Was that Necessary” thread, where Titansportsfan can gain “satisfaction” for last week’s threads.

    That said… I worry for 6 Power AKA Golden Arm, it was a cruel night as the raised expectations of the past three weeks were mashed by the SM rush and defense. I wish him well, and hope he does not return into self imposed exile.

  • GrimReaper

    Whether the SM TC blow out was just a match up issue, or SM came up with a genius game plan? It will create a new sense of drama for Monrovia V SM…as the SN crew with Fred will be there. Everyone will get worked up, the Monrovia faithful will post some smack. But it really is Monrovia’s game to lose. Would the untimely penalty and bone head play calling issues crop up again?

    But really, SM would need to play a perfect game and get a lot of breaks, as just based on Cal Preps and Max Preps ratings, Monrovia, is talent-wise, just in a different area code. Can SM win? It is possible, as like tonight, I never expected to see TC blown out.

    But in the end it is just not likely. So it looks like a MoTown victory again… on the way to another back to back to back to …whatever… RHL title.

  • SMHS Parent

    My son is now a senior and I’m pretty sure that SM has been playing very well vs. TC the past few years. Coach Hobbie has the program achieving at a very high level. All levels are running similar offenses and defenses. They all tackle well, line up, and swarm to the ball. All levels of TC got blown out by SM this year. SM Freshman won 60-14. JV won 60-0. Varsity won 58-0. Those are some ugly scores. When my oldest son was playing, nobody could beat TC. They won all the time, including RHL titles. It’s very different over there now.

  • Just some guy

    It sure looked like TC scored on that last third down (I guess you could call that the ante-penultimate play of the game), but the talent disparity was shocking. I’m not saying the TC coaches couldn’t have done better, but I’m not sure even a single TC kid could start for SM.

    I think TC’s on their way up…but it’s still a really long way. If they’re not too demoralized, they still have a real shot at 3rd place, though not a playoff bid.

  • rhlfan

    philly b and bigcat

    i hope you guys have now descended from that pedestal of yours and come back to earth now that monrovia has beaten blair just as bad as san marino beat them…san marino is just as “classless” as monrovia is (they aren’t).

    philly b

    your thoughts on san marino now that they’ve WALLOPED TC 58-0 at TC? since you were pretty much the head of the spear that said San Marino is overrated and would be exposed against TC?

  • PurdueAlum05

    Solid win SM! Seems like you guys have a good thing going on. I fear what you guys may do to my Tigers. We need a win against you guys and I just don’t see it happening.

  • Titansportsfan

    to touch on SMHS parents point ….. the whole program as a whole is 23-1 the lone loss coming at the JV level …. and this isnt the case where its just this year fielding three good levels … its been the case the last few years …all three levels are going for league titles this next week assuming they dont get upset by SP …. SM isnt going away anytime soon …. and yes we were assumed to be exposed but this i can confidently say was said by someone who hasnt seen us play this year and just looked at the stats and scores … we get our chance to slay the beast thats Mtown next week and i cant say i’m any more excited than i have been in a long time for a game.

  • bigfatfan

    Temple City is a mirage. dispite the fact that they beat SP last week, they are not a very good team. TC is one dimensional, no QB to throw ball, just like LC, they are bad, mainly because they have no QB either. as for the tigers, potent offense, but i am afraid the defense will just sink the ship. we dont have enough good kids to play linebacker. we get chewed up on the line, and there is no backer support to stop the RBs once they penetrate the line. you have got to play with the kids you have, and sadly this year, we dont have much going at the linebacker position.

  • SMHS Parent

    There is some talent at SM (and especially this year) but I think Coach Hobbie gets the absolute most out of his kids. He’s an incredible coach. The freshman coach Arramovich went down from the varsity staff four years ago. He teaches a lot – a lot – of football at the freshman level, keeps kids in the program, and loves the kids (they also love him). Hobbie has been able to maximize those kids that have stayed in the program. Kids believe in him and he puts them in the best situations to succeed. I wonder what this team would look like if they hadn’t lost a few players from last year that decided to focus on other sports, the three starters that decided to transfer, and the playmaker at WR that had a season ending injury in the off-season…

  • New York

    58-0. Was that really necessary?

    Looks like San Marino should be favored to beat Monrovia next week. Two points better against Blair and now blowing out the most successful program in California history.

    All sarcasm aside, I am not surprised at all to see San Marino dominate Temple City. I am surprised to hear about San Marino starters from last year not returning to the team. Back when I played, San Marino was known for having a few key athletes play 2 or 3 varsity sports and help drive each of those teams toward competitive seasons.

    Alright, if Maddox were to follow the offensive gameplan that I have been bloggin about all season, I would not be surprised to see Monrovia beat San Marino by a similar score as San Marino’s victory over TC and Ainsworth would probably come close to doubling his rushing production for the season. Unfortunately, I have no influence and so we will probably see a Monrovia victory by a less convincing margin.

  • fyi

    new york,

    sm lost the bayle’s to st. francis, and manny vargas to a season ending injury in the offseason. only one other starter was lost to a sport and that was andrew doan to a sport that i’m not quite sure of.

  • Titansportsfan

    One of the starters not returning isnt because he didnt want to play football he had a very unfortunate head injury in the off season and he wouldnt have been cleared to play in time this season …. For the three transfers things werent going the way they like for themselves and they made a personal decision no hard feelings just wish them the best of luck…. Not surprised by the results last night either just thought it would take us a bit longer to figure out there offense but after there first drive they went no where …. New York I sure hope your wrong I think we will be able to move the ball and put some points up on the board but if we get in a shootout or attempt to be it wont go well for us …. we need to prevent big plays and keep it close going into the 4th quarter and than its anybodys ball game.

    Doan i believe is focusing on baseball.

  • New York

    I just watched Harvard give up a 20-0 half-time lead to Princeton and lose. So I suppose anything is possible. I’m not happy.

  • Steve Ramirez

    New York: Is reverse Karma for Harvard’s 29-29 win in 1968? 🙂

  • GrimReaper

    Or was SM’s 58-0 @ TC victory karma for TC’s 56-3 victory in 1971 @ SM?

    probably not. But just like the previous posts, it sounds good.

  • rhlfan

    anyone know when was the last time SM beat TC at Hitchcock Field?

  • Philly B

    Oberserver, titanssportfan, rhlfan, and Da Grimreaper

    I hereby state, San Marino is better than I thought they were. They dominated T.C. I didnt expect them to beat TC BY THAT MUCH This is as much Crow as I wil eat.

    Grim reaper
    Are you sure the SN crew and fred will be in attendance for next weeks showdown of the clash of the titans. OR should it be called David Vs. Goliath. Because if you any of you Titan lovers of a soften schedule believe San Marino is going to blowout monrovia 58-0?!?!?!?! You must be smoking that dope!!!!!!!

    Good win for the titans. Big confidence booster. But I never said San Marino wouldnt make the playoffs, I just thought either T.C. Or South Pas could expose them. But its ok, The cats will put the titans down a couple pedestals. San Marino will score points. Monrovia alot more points. In the SECOND HALF. And you can quote me on that Observer!!!!!!!!!!!

    Enjoy this win San MArino fans….The awakening of the Cats will soon come to pass. Or more so run over the titans. As Bart Scott so elequently put it a few years ago…..
    ‘CANT WAIT!!!!!’

    6time weak rio hondo league champs!!!!!!!!!!
    Monrovia Wildcats!!!!!!!

  • 6power

    yes,it was painful to watch and much worse than anticipated. I’ve been
    saying loud and clear that SM was to be respected but many TC’ers were so jazzed
    on the win streak they were pissed at me for even thinkin SM was different this year.
    This team blocks and this team penetrates on defense, which was key to stifling
    any progress TC made with the football,
    Gott is an absolute beast lead blocker and ball carrier, and he will run through Monrovia tacklers, just as he did the TC line and secondary. However, I was standing next to Maddox last night on the TC top tier grandstand…and he had no sweat on his brow or looked not the least bit nervous about the Titan’s upcoming showdown.

    Cleary this is SM’s best shot at M-town since the 12-10 squeaker at Titan field some time back. where SM had their shot but were denied on a goal line stand…much of the work through Josh Lowden.
    The recovery of TC football is painstakingly slow since the program was gutted and
    then poisoned by new direction, smothered in poor leadership and then swept into a pile of rubble – left for Mac to ressurrect. SM dominance on all levels says it better than I can. When I think of what was, and what is it leaves a long lasting crap taste in my mouth.
    I have one query for SM folk – up 49-0 late in the game, why is Wood (starting tailback) carrying the rock…SM has no back up tailback who deserves a little playing time?
    SM biggest mistake…not scheduling anyone even close to bad-ass preleague
    leaving them no experience or understanding or feeling of what it is like to war against the likes of an opponent like M-town, or the caliber of teams round 2 of CIF. They weakened their preleague schedule this year, rather than toughening it.
    Nonetheless this team will not be blown out by the Cats – it should be an excellent game to watch.

  • Eastern ave.

    Wow! Let’s hear it for the Titans! That running attack is a beast!

    Impressive win and more important it looks like we’ll get that compelling movie of the week story line with the Kids from San Marino attempting the upset over the Perennial Power.
    Must see TV!

    I hope that the kids from Huntington Drive are ready to take the punch from Monrovia.
    Let’s hope for a clean, well played match.

    Have fun everyone!

    Maranatha…Oh Magoo! 😀

  • Eastern ave.

    Wow! Let’s hear it for the Titans! That running attack is a beast!

    Impressive win and more important it looks like we’ll get that compelling movie of the week story line with the Kids from San Marino attempting the upset over the Perennial Power.
    Must see TV!

    I hope that the kids from Huntington Drive are ready to take the punch from Monrovia.
    Let’s hope for a clean, well played match.

    Have fun everyone!

    Maranatha…Oh Magoo! 😀

  • GrimReaper


    you obviously missed my post down the thread… for your benefit I repeat.

    Whether the SM TC blow out was just a match up issue, or SM came up with a genius game plan? It will create a new sense of drama for Monrovia V SM…as the SN crew with Fred will be there. Everyone will get worked up, the Monrovia faithful will post some smack. But it really is Monrovia’s game to lose. Would the untimely penalty and bone head play calling issues crop up again?

    But really, SM would need to play a perfect game and get a lot of breaks, as just based on Cal Preps and Max Preps ratings, Monrovia, is talent-wise, just in a different area code.

    So Philly, exactly what I said, another area code.
    There is definitely an edge to MoTown, I am a realist.
    But I guarantee you that most RHL members having been getting skewered by MoTown in Football and baseball for the better part of the last decade, I would assume many out there would be rooting for the underdog. And it is High School Football after all, anything can happen from a key injury to a turnover or just a plain bit of playing over ones head.

    Heyworth, Ainsworth, Frazier, et al are outstanding athletes, and can create a balanced attack that most of the other RHL teams cannot. This year the offenses seem very unbalanced.

    So like I said it is MoTowns game to lose, as well as the RHL and Div 11 championship based on your Cal Preps and Max Preps ratings. Good luck, but I will be rooting for the underdog.

  • GrimReaper

    Oh yes Philly, I went to the Whittier Christian MoTown CIF game last year and saw MoTown fully deconstruct the Crusaders in a one sided holy war. So MoTown has the ability to come up big and beat/thrash a good opponent. I was expecting much more from the Olympic league…

    So rooting for the underdog against MoTown is not for the faint of heart.

  • Titansportsfan


    Wood was going to be taken out the very next play before he broke off that last TD you can see from the stands that was not what hobbie wanted based off his reaction on the sideline which was flailing of the arms with a son of a b**** look feeling …. So SM’s back up tailback came in next series but the play call on woods last td wasnt called for him to score they just executed the play well …. Why we softened our schedule i’m not sure why we did that … i hope next year we lose the eagle rock match up and unfortunately we brought in a new trophy to be played for against Beverly Hills i’m assuming annually which based off only one year isnt a good game for us …. I like the South EL Monte game they have some tough kids over there … the CV game is another good one for us.

  • New York

    San Marino plays a more physical brand of football than Monrovia. SM runs first and often and downhill. That is all attitude and philosophy. They even sometimes utilize one of my favorite formations, the “I”. #35 is a horse and SM uses him very well: running, catching, blocking on inside traps, etc. Their lines on both sides play with great pad level. That is really the key to their run game, and that is what gives me some concern this week. Monrovia’s interior d-line needs to get their pad level down. SM’s offensive drives have been capped by a pretty long scoring run, HOWEVER most of their drives are typically very methodical and get good chunks of yards several plays in a row prior to that long run. It is very fun to watch, as a football purist.

    Offensively, Monrovia typically throws first and wants to be quick strike. That has worked so far in the RHL. It did not work as much in the pre-season against better coverage. Monrovia’s downhill run game with Ainsworth and Jones has worked against every team from the start of the season. I like our personel when Frazier goes to fullback in the offset-I or when we are double-tight with Frazier and Walsh at tightends. I’d still like Frazier and Walsh to be the wings on FG/PAT as well.

    What I’ve noticed is that Monrovia has such a talent luxury that we try to do many different looks with different personel. This sometimes creates a disadvantage in achieving an offensive cohesion with the go-to guys getting fewer reps throughout the season. San Marino’s key guys know exactly what they need to do, because they have had so many reps throughout the season.

    If Monrovia were not so much bigger and faster than San Marino, I would give this game to San Marino. However, Monrovia has some serious horses. If we let our offensive line roll up their sleaves and go downhill early and often with our bigger backs then we will dominate this game. It’s not easy. San Marino’s d-line plays low and quick. So that’s what we need to do as well and just roll these guys. Defensively, our interior guys need MUCH better pad level. Otherwise, SM will be able to churn out their yards and move the chains.

  • New York

    TEMPLE CITY: Oh wow. Here is a quick suggestion for $139.99 go purchase Volumes 1-3 at
    If you still have a VHS player, I will let you borrow Volumes #1 and #2, but you need #3 which is the passing attack as well.

    Your offense is suppose to create a double or triple team at the point of attack. Your line is suppose to have favorable angles to wash down and kick-out. Your fullback should be a little closer (“sniffer fullback”). Linemen need to be foot-to-foot. Also, your philosophy needs to be a four-down offense most of the time. That means four downs to grind out 10 yards instead of 2-runs and an incomplete pass and then punt. If you are going to run this offense then you need to COMMIT to the offensive philosophy, which includes beating up on your opponent physically in order to wear them down.

    Your opening drive on Friday looked pretty good until you tried your first pass. Maybe your play calling could have done a better job with inside runs against SM’s 4-4 defense as well.

  • GrimReaper

    6 Pow Golden Appendage

    Take heart, last Friday was painful, but the possibility of a three way tie for second still is sitting out there, and who knows strange things do happen, as we saw a couple of years ago at the SP field for a tie breaker at 10 PM or so.

    The permutations of possible outcomes are all over the place yet.

    Hell the 1% is still out there that Monrovia could end up losing to SM and TC could beat Monrovia and create I dont know what.. or else SM could lose to SP and TC could beat Monrovia and ? to create…. I dont know what. Conceivably MoTown could be out of the playoffs by a coin flip or just plain bad luck. (I put that in there just to piss off Philly and the various Cat posters)

    That said you need to tell the referees not to tackle your running back when he is going to score. That was about as ugly a thing as I ever saw.

  • Philly B

    Ahhhh grimreaper, a post like that can never get me pissed, but will always make me laugh. yeah alot of things can happen in high school football. But like NY said, our size and speed will be too much for a fundamentally sound SM titan squad. I hope south pas plays for something week 10 and possibly upset SM But I dont even think that will happen. But it will be interesting if it does. And TC beating monrovia this year….I question SM skill with them having to come from behind to beat South El monte, and I think we all know monrovia is wayyyyy more talented than a pass happy South Elmonte team. Just saying. It’ll be a great battle…In the first half. Then the Wildcats will indeed open it up and ainsworth will go off!

  • 6power


    No matter how it spins Wood was hitting the hole for glory with TC down 49-0 late in the game, had he torn an ACL going through the hole, there would be a whole different topic of conversation and getting his 5th TD would seem pretty useless ….with him sidelined against M-town.

    I watched a lot of the line play in the binocs and SM’s O line did a stand up job of beating us down….a full circle change from the norm of TC doing the beating down.

    NEW YORK… the offense you describe is close – when we had an opponent we matched with and could block effectively. 3 at the point of attack, tight blocking escort for the ballcarrier and foot to foot no gap splits on the front line. SM countered this by firing into the backfield and altering timing, then charging through and into the ballcarrier escort and not allowing the runner to cut back crossfield. If you saw us attempt to pass – you saw what a circus/horror show that is. If we pass any more this season we need to adopt a max 10 yard throw mentality and utilize the tight end…or better yet, just keep it on the ground, live or die that way.

    Bottom line, offensively TC rolls or croaks on what our front five can do. This has been the way for at least a decade at TC. You can build lineman, but the training pipe of frosh to varsity has been severed…hopefully Mac (who has coached line) can reassemble that kind of teaching and the pride that goes with it. If we had this today, Starling would have the space and holes enough to crank 150 yards and our fullback could add 80 of his own.

    SM has it together this year. They will not be embarrased by Monrovia. However, the Cat team speed is going to freeze up a few SM jockstraps into looking like blue/white statues.