REGULAR SEASON FINAL
1. Monrovia (8-2) – The Wildcats look like a solid pick to make history, becoming the first team in the area to win three consecutive CIF-SS titles since Temple City in the 1970s. If they do that, they also will get the reward of a state regional bowl game.
2. San Marino (9-1) – The Titans enjoyed one of the better regular seasons ever. They should be a player in the Mid-Valley playoffs, and with a win over Schurr, and they are the favorite, set’s up the game of the quarterfinals next week against San Dimas.
3. Rio Hondo Prep (8-1) — The Kares might be the area’s best bet to win a CIF-SS title.
4. La Salle (10-0) – The Lancers are the area’s only undefeated team. Now comes the rigors of the Northwest. I see at least a final-four run, maybe more.
5. Muir (7-3) – The Mustangs showed what they can do as the underdog in the Southeast, running their way to the semifinals. Now, as a No. 3 seed, are one of the favorites. Very few teams can handle their speed, so I like them in the Final Four again.
6. St. Francis (4-6) – The good news is the Golden Knights are in the playoffs. The bad is they must travel to Western No. 1 Lompoc.
7. Arcadia (4-6) – The Apaches, behind quarterback Zach Yee, made a nice comeback from a poor start to make the playoffs. Now comes another uphill task when they face Southeast No. 1 La Mirada.
8. Temple City (5-5) – The Rams also had a nice turnaround, making the Mid-Valley playoffs.
9. Flintridge Prep (5-4) – The Rebels could possibly do some damage, but have a tough challenge against Ribet Academy in the Northeast playoffs.
10. Pasadena Poly (6-3) – The Panthers found themselves on the outside looking in when the playoff pairings were announced on Sunday. I thought they had a good chance to get it, but were hurt by their 50-49 loss to Bell-Jeff, which received and at-large bid and faces Rio Hondo Prep.
The Rest: 11. Gabrielino (7-3), 12. South Pasadena (6-4), 13. Duarte (5-5), 14. Rosemead (4-6), 15. San Gabriel (3-7), 16. Alhambra (4-6), 17. Maranatha (3-7), 18. Pasadena (1-9), 19. La Canada (2-8), 20. Marshall (3-7), 21. Bosco Tech (1-9), 22. Keppel (0-10), 23. Blair (0-10).