Star-News Pick ’em: Battle royale as area heavyweights Monrovia, St. Francis meet…who wins? I got St. Francis, but it’s close


Keith and I are matching our knowledge of the area and high school football by offering our picks on the area’s games.

LAIR: 74-13 (18-1 last week)
RAMIREZ: 70-17 (18-1 last week)

Last week: We both have near-perfect weeks, winning 18 of 19 games. I missed on Frazier Mountain over Flintridge Prep, with Keith wrong on Sotomayor over Keppel.
This week: It doesn’t get any bigger for a regular-season game this week as the area’s top two teams, Monrovia and St. Francis, meet in M-Town. From our perspective, it has the feeling of championship week. It’s hard to pick a winner on this one, but someone has to win, right? I can see both winning, but we have to pick one and my choice is St. Francis, which I like mainly for the Golden Knights versatility on offense. St. Francis can hit with the run and senior Joe Mudie, or come at you via the air, with senior Ty Gangi, who has looked solid during the first four weeks. I wouldn’t want to be the defense coordinator this week, because Monrovia’s chance lies with its running game, which with star Kurt Scoby and quarterback Deshawn Potts, is at a higher level. But I see some inconsistency in the Wildcats pass game, and that should be the difference. But this one will be one for the ages.

This week’s schedule and predictions
Burbank vs. Pasadena at Burroughs HS – Ramirez (Burbank); Lair (Burbank)
St. Francis at Monrovia — Ramirez (St. Francis); Lair (Monrovia)
Temple City at Rosemead — Ramirez (Rosemead); Lair (Rosemead)
Glendale at Muir — Ramirez (Muir); Lair (Muir)
South El Monte at San Marino — Ramirez (San Marino); Lair (San Marino)
St. Bernard at Bosco Tech — Ramirez (St. Bernard); Lair (St. Bernard)
Mountain View at Maranatha — Ramirez (Maranatha); Lair (Maranatha)
Workman at Duarte — Ramirez (Duarte); Lair (Duarte)
Arroyo at La Canada — Ramirez (Arroyo); Lair (Arroyo)
Beverly Hills at South Pasadena — Ramirez (SPas); Lair (South Pasadena)
Marshall at L.A. University — Ramirez (LAU); Lair (University)
Flintridge Prep vs. Heritage Chr. at Granada Hills HS — Ramirez (Heritage); Lair (Flintridge)

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