Star-News Super 23 Rankings: Monrovia sets the pace

QB Dejon Williams has Muir up to No. 3 (Staff photo by Sarah Reingewirtz)

QB Dejon Williams has Muir up to No. 3 (Staff photo by Sarah Reingewirtz)

1. Monrovia (1-0) —
The Wildcats were good as advertised last week, getting solid games from Deshawn Potts and super transfer Kurt Scoby in a 21-13 win over Ayala. The Wildcats, who are at Arcadia this week, likely won’t be touched in the Mid-Valle Division, which makes upcoming games against South Hills and St. Francis their barometer in the court of public opinion. Go 13-1, I think they are bowl bound.
2. St. Francis (1-0) — The question mark for the Golden Knights appears to be solved. Quarterback Ty Gangi, who has replaced the graduated Jared Lebowitz, looked solid in the opener. If he continues this production, they will make some dents in the Mission League and Western Division. All the other pieces are there.
3. Muir (1-1) — The Mustangs didn’t pull the upset against Pac-5 Alemany, but they did push the Warriors enough to earn some respect, at least from this view. Dejon Williams could be one of the better players in the Southeast Division. They will begin the Pacific League as the favorite.
4. Rio Hondo Prep (1-1) — The Kares drop a spot, and get leapfrogged by Muir, but mainly due to how Muir played, rather than the RHP’s loss to Mission Prep. The Kares might now lose again. But the run game was halted, which is problem they must fix.
5. San Marino (1-0) — All the preseason talk was that Titans will take a step back after losing their entire backfield to graduation. But they reached the point of plug-in-and-play status, which is what transpired last week, getting nearly 400 yards rushing from two backs. Another 10-win season could be in their future.
6. La Salle (1-1) — The Lancers rebounded from an opening week loss to rout Pasadena. The passing game was again sub-par, but the run game will be good enough on most Fridays. La Salle gets a big test against Northwest No. 1 Bishop Diego this week.
7. Maranatha (2-0) — The Minutemen, now under passing guru Jude Oliva, have looked good during the first two weeks, albeit against lesser competition. They get their first real test, hosting Azusa this week.
8. Arcadia (1-0) — How good are the Apaches? We get to find out when they host No. 1 Monrovia. It will be the second consecutive week where two top 10 teams square off, and it likely might be worse than last week when No. 5 San Marino took down No. 8 Duarte, 39-20.
9. Pasadena Poly (2-0) — The Panthers are up to No. 2 in the Northeast. I’m just not buying it — yet. I like Poly, but don’t yet see them in the same class as two-time division champ Rio Hondo. But they are off to a solid start, which could continue this week against Campbell Hall.
10. Duarte (1-1) — The Falcons took a step back, but this is a group that still has the talent to make waves in the Montview League. Time will tell.
The rest: 11. Flintridge Prep (0-2), 12. Gabrielino (2-0), 13. La Canada (1-0), 14. South Pasadena (0-1), 15. Rosemead (0-1), 16. Pasadena (0-1), 17. Keppel (1-1), 18. Temple City (0-2), 19. San Gabriel (0-2), 20. Alhambra (0-2), 21. Marshall (1-1), 22. Bosco Tech (0-2), 23. Blair (0-2).


1-Eli Snyder, Maranatha, 38 of 56 for 599, 7 TDs
2-Dejon Williams, Muir, 16 of 24 for 375 yards, 3 TDs
3-Johnny Bolinger, Rio Hondo Prep, 13 of 17 for 286 yards, 4 TDs
4-Ty Gangi, St. Francis, 14 of 20, 220 yards, 3 TDs
5-Deshawn Potts, Monrovia, 11 of 19 for 197 yards, 2 TDs
6-Robbie Fueling, La Canada, 6 of 14 for 174 yards, 1 TD
7-James Giambalvo, Alhambra, 13 of 28, 86 yards, 1 TD
8-Nasser Banihani, Temple City, 8 of 23 for 66 yards
1-Stefan Smith, Flintridge Prep, 304 yards, 4 TDs
2-Michael Valenzuea, Alhambra, 187 yards
3-Nate Tayco, Rio Hondo Prep, 180 yards, 3 TDs
4-Baile McDavid, Maranatha, 147 yards, 3 TDs
5-Kurt Scoby, Monrovia, 142 yards, TD
6-James Giambalvo, Alhambra, 134 yards 2 TDs
7-Joe Mudie, St. Francis, 120 yards, 2 TDs
8-Alec Zavala, Rosemead, 114 yards, 0 TDs
9-Xavius Boone, Maranatha, 103 yards, TD
1-Xavius Boone, Maranatha, 11 receptions for 163 yards, 2 TDs
2-Darron McWhorter, Maranatha, 12 receptions for 144 yards, 3 TDs
3-Stefan Smith, Flintridge Prep, 3 receptions for 90 yards, TD
3-Dylan Crawford, St. Francis, 5 receptions for 76 yards, TD
4-John Carroll, St. Francis, 4 receptions for 44 yards, TD
5-Todd Murray, La Canada, 4 receptions for 66 yards
6-Crayton Gillespie, Monrovia, 2 receptions for 59, TD
Stat leaders as reported to

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  • Titan Football Fan

    San Marino’s squad is experienced and motivated. Many of the seniors have something to prove after playing backup to a strong group of prior year graduates. Some juniors and sophomores are playing key roles too. Coach Hobbie is outstanding — knows how to get the most from his players and is a great sideline and in-game coach. Big test this week against Crescenta Valley. Titan fans are having fun this year!