STAR-NEWS RANKINGS: Monrovia stays No. 1; La Salle drops out of top five; Arcadia slips into top 10 after opening win

THE TEAM TO BEAT: Monrovia, which opens its season on Friday, is No. 1 in this week's Star-News football rankings Staff photo by Sarah Reingewirtz

THE TEAM TO BEAT: Monrovia, which opens its season on Friday, is No. 1 in this week’s Star-News football rankings
Staff photo by Sarah Reingewirtz

1. Monrovia (0-0) —
The Wildcats have yet to play, but with an experienced line and standout running backs Kurt Scoby and Darione Jones, they could be extra special this season. But redpemption vs. Ayala comes first on Friday.
2. St. Francis (0-0) — All signs point towards a solid season for the Golden Knights. The only question appears to be at quarterback, but if summer means anything, they should be fine with Ty Gangi behind center. We get a look see when they travel to Chino on Friday.
3. Rio Hond Prep (1-0) — The Kares looked in mid-season form, rolling over Brentwood in their opener. Now comes a big barometer test when they travel to San Luis Obispo to face Mission Prep, who the Kares beat for the Northeast Division title last season.
4. Muir (1-0) — How good are the Mustangs? We find out Friday when Alemany, one of the better Pac-5 Division schools, comes to town. But they’ll likely need a better showing than Friday’s 18-12 victory over Salesian, which began the season ranked No. 2 in the Northeast.
5. San Marino (0-0) — The Titans are another mystery team, which lost its entire 2012 backfield to graduation. Coach Mike Hobbie says they’ll be competitive. We finally get an answer on Friday when they host Duarte, which is coming off a solid opening week win.
6. La Salle (0-1) — The Lancers saw the negatives of stepping up their schedule, losing to Cathedral, 34-9. But sans three rushing plays that totaled 203 yards, La Salle stood toe-to-toe with the Phantoms. Their defense, for the most part, looked solid. But they’ll need better production on the ground moving forward, which they should get when they host Pasadena this week.
7. Maranatha (1-0) — The beginning of the Jude Oliva era received favorable reviews in its opening, a 41-21 victory over Bassett. Next up is a trip to Firebaugh, which should be another productive outing, then the Minutemen welcome Azusa, which should be a solid test.
8. Duarte (1-0) — The Falcons had a solid opening win over Cerritos Christian. This week they get San Marino, which will give us a better look whether this team can compete for the Montview League title, which we think they can.
9. Arcadia (1-0) — Are the Apaches back? One game is hardly a big sample size, but you have to like what you see following a 38-6 win over Alhambra. They get Monrovia in two weeks, which now looks like it may be more competitive.
10. Flintridge Prep (1-0) — The Rebels opened with their second consecutive tough loss to Army-Navy. But senior Stefan Smith, one of the top backs in the area last season, had a monster opening. He’s the key to their success.
The rest: 11. Pasadena Poly (1-0), 12. South Pasadena (0-0), 13. Pasadena, 14. Gabrielino (1-0), 15. Rosemead (0-0), 16. Temple City (0-1), 17. Keppel (1-0), 18. La Canada (0-0), 19. San Gabriel (0-1), 20. Alhambra (0-1), 20. Bosco Tech (0-1), 21. Marshall (0-1), 22. Blair (0-1).


Eli Snyder, Maranatha 22-30-331-0-4
Johnny Bollinger, Rio Hondo Prep, 4-8, 80 yards, 1 TD
Stefan Smith, Flintridge Prep, 304 yards, 4 TDs
Nate Tayco, Rio Hondo Prep, 160 yards, 2 TDs
Michael Valenzuela, Alhambra 144 yards, 0 TDs
Baile McDavid, Maranatha, 91 yards, 2 TDs
Domenico Chico, Rio Hondo Prep, 65 yards, 0 TDs
Josh Yoon, Maranatha, 45 yards, 0 TDs
Aidan Yamada, Maranatha, 4 receptions, 84 yards, 0 TDs
Darron McWhorter, Maranatha, 6 receptions, 76 yards, 2 TDs
NOTE: Stat leaders are based on those reported on

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  • Eastern Ave.

    Pasadena Poly is better than people think.
    Their QB has an arm…

    La Salle hmm, just ain’t buying all the hype. My eyes have seen something different. Their best football player was moved to the o line???

    Arcadia will give Monrovia a game…

    Muir went toe to toe with a tenacious Salesian team with 3 or 4 D1 caliber players… and won.

    RHP looked good but the lines need to continue to improve.
    Their new QB was steady.

    We will see about Duarte…

    Maranatha, Oh Magoo…

    Have fun everyone!

    “Football’s not a matter of life and death … it’s more important than that,” – Bill Shankly

    • Phil Blackwell

      Arcadia will give monrovia a game….In the first quarter. Im sorry besides Muir no one is messing with monrovia besides Maybe san Marino but whens the last time the titans actually beat the wildcats….

      • Eastern Ave.

        Yes Phil, conventional wisdom is always safe.

        Have fun everyone!

        PHS will shock the world this week!

        • Phil Blackwell

          Its always safe and usually true haha. And PHS will shock the world…..Well….They Better. Its only La Salle

  • Titan Football Fan

    Duarte and San Marino will be fun. The mystery will be solved. The Titan O-Line will open big holes for the new starters in the backfield. The Titan D-Line (all returning starters from 2012) will stifle the Duarte offense. Look for San Marino to control early and play ball control in the 2nd half with a nice lead. 28 – 7 San Marino.

  • Eastern Ave.

    PHS will shock the world this week!

    Have fun everyone!

  • Football 1

    Steve with all due respect , Cathedral Had 6 Starters out for the La Salle game. La Salle stayed in the game only in the first half. That’s because of Cathedral Turnover’s. The Phantoms should have won this game 60-0.