The Rings fit! Monrovia, Rio win CIF-SS titles…is a regional berth next?

Monrovia and Rio Hondo Prep believed they were the best teams in their respective divisions and showed it Friday, each beating top seeds to win CIF-Southern Section titles. For the Wildcats, it’s their third consecutive Mid-Valley crown to become the first area team since Temple City in 1978 to three-peat, beating Paraclete, 23-7. Rio Hondo Prep added to its already crowded CIF-SS title trophy case, winning title No. 14 with a 28-21 win over Mission Prep, which handed the Kares a 47-14 defeat in August. Now comes the question have the two earned spots in the regional bowls, slated for next week. I believe they have, CIF decides Sunday.

3PEAT!: Monrovia celebrates their CIF-SS Mid-Valley football championship as they beat Paraclete at Monrovia High School Friday night.
Staff Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz


Move over area coaching legend Bob Hitchcock and Temple City, you have company.
Ge Vontray Ainsworth rushed for 132 yards and a touchdown and host Monrovia held Paraclete to 124 yards to become the first area team to win three consecutive CIF-Southern Section titles since Temple City in 1978 with a 23-7 win Friday over the Spirits for its third straight Mid-Valley Division championship.
The Wildcats, which held usually productive Paraclete to nine yards rushing and three first downs in the second half, improved to 12-2 and could be selected for a CIF State regional bowl when pairings are announced on Sunday.
Paraclete, seeking its third division title since 2008, finished 12-2.
Monrovia coach Ryan Maddox: “This is the result of the dedication of this coaching staff and players. We don’t talk a lot about three-peats, just getting better each week and being the best you can be. It’s an incredible feeling, but we have to stay humble and continue to work.”
Monrovia’s George Frazier V: “We just made adjustments to what they were doing. They came out and did things they hadn’t done all year. But we’re a second-half team.
Monrovia’s Anthony Craft, who caught an 85-yard TD pass in the third quarter: “It was actually supposed to be a run play. The corner came up, so we called fade. Blake (Heyworth) threw it in the right spot, and I caught it.”

BACK TO BACK CHAMPS: Rio Hondo Prep reacts after beating Mission Prep 28-21 to win the CIF-SS Northeast Division championship football game at Rio Hondo Preparatory School on Friday.
Staff photo Keith Birmingham

The CIF-Southern Section Northeast Division championship still belongs to Rio Hondo Prep High School.
Considered by many to be sizable underdogs on Friday night against Mission Prep of San Luis Obispo – the team that blew out the Kares back in August – host Rio Hondo Prep got sweet revenge with a 28-21 win to repeat as division champion.
Running back Nate Tayco ran for 178 yards to lead the Kares, who improved to 12-1. Mission Prep, which beat Rio Hondo, 47-14, in August, finished 11-2.
The Kares won the division for the second consecutive season to win the program’s 14th CIF-SS title, tops in the area. They will find out Sunday if it gets them a CIF State Regional Bowl berth.
Rio Hondo coach Ken Drain: “They just killed us the first time we played them, and tonight we were determined to do our thing. It’s all about improving every week, and that’s what we did. We came back tonight and played a great game against a very, very, very good Mission Prep team.”

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  • New York

    This is pretty awesome. Congratulation Monrovia. You boys and Coach Maddox and his staff have demonstrated remarkable character week in and week out for the last 5 years. Keep it going!

  • New York

    Congratulations also to Rio Hondo Prep. You guys really turned the table from your earlier matchup.

  • Eastern Ave.

    It may be cloudy outside but the sun is shining at Rio Hondo Prep and Monrovia high today! Congratulations to both schools!

    The little engine that could Rio Hondo Prep has done it again.

    RHP beat an excellent football team from San Louis Obispo.

    Coach Drain and his staff came in with a modified offensive scheme as well as defensive adjustments that allowed the KARES to free up their running game and contain the Royals strong air attack!

    Conditioning and discipline were huge factor for Rio. Most of the players on RHP play both sides of the ball and in the 4th quarter when it matters the team from SLO was running on empty.

    RHP played with a passion, conviction, a charge to keep not seen since the victory against St. Margret’s a few years back.

    Rio Hondo Prep, the little engine that could, did.

    And RHP has rolled their engine into December football!

    ” Some people say Football is not a matter of life and death, I can assure you, its much more important than that.” Bill Shankly

    Maranatha Oh Maggo…

  • Titansportsfan

    Congrats to both teams!!! Shuts up critics which I love …. SHows SM is not far off the pace I hope they take note and that it makes them hungrier !

  • Observantcat

    To Titansportsfan, I Give SM much credit for being more prepared and I truly believe that you guys could have beaten the Clete if you hung around long enough for them to dispose of all that testosterone. Football is a game of strategy and luck and of course preparedness which I believe the Saints do have. Next season the league should get a lot more competitive and teams will be aiming their goals a bit higher to try and compete with the likes of Monrovia. Lets stay tuned.

  • GP AKA Green Machine

    WE ARE IN!!! We are asking all sgv fans to come out and support the wildcats at Monrovia High school Saturday 730 pm

  • power 31

    rhp has 99 kids in the hs……..those kids all come from kare youth league…..all those come from sgv