ARROYO 41, GABRIELINO 7
EL MONTE — Arroyo and Gabrielino high schools opened Mission Valley League play Friday each with 4-1 records.
That’s where the similarities ended for the Knights and Eagles’ football teams.
Nathan Coto threw for 234 yards and two touchdowns and Randy Amezcua rushed for 117 yards and two scores as host Arroyo rolled to a 41-7 victory.
Nico Lozano had 106 yards receiving and two touchdowns for the Knights, who are ranked No. 2 in the CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division
Elijah Peters had 140 yards passing and a touchdown for Gabrielino, which was held under 200 yards.
Arroyo coach Jim Singiser: “We knew we had to have better starts than we’ve been having. We were able to jump on them early. We were up 21-0 in the first quarter. The kids did a real good job.”
Gabrielino coach Harold Sanin: “Arroyo’s defense did a good job. I give them all the credit. We weren’t tackling and they were running hard.”
– Steve Ramirez
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HOW THE TOP 10 FARED
No. 1 St. Francis 63, St. Paul 18 — Jim Bonds picks up win No. 100 as the Golden Knights (6-0) continued their amazing season. The schedule gets tougher from here on out, with a home game vs. a very good Cathedral team next.
No. 2 Monrovia 54, Temple City 0 — The Kurt Scoby just keeps on rolling, getting 212 yards and four TDs in an easy win. The Wildcats (5-1), back in their comfort zone, might run the table the rest of way en route to the Mid-Valley Division title.
No. 3 Muir 42, Burroughs 7 — The Mustangs (5-1) set up next week’s showdown vs. Burbank with an easy win. If the rest of the Southeast Division wasn’t already scared of the Mustangs, they are now. Dejon Williams threw for 202 yards and two touchdowns.
No. 4 Rio Hondo Prep 35, Chadwick 0 — The Kares (5-1) opened the Prep League with an easy win. It should be the first of four.
No. 5 San Marino 21, South Pasadena 6 — The Titans (5-1) take the Crowley Cup, with defense, shutting down the Tigers. Tenny McFarlane rushed for 155 yards to lead San Marino.
No. 6 La Salle 48, Verbum Dei 42 — The Lancers stretch their Del Rey League win streak to seven games in an encounter that was closer than expected. But a win’s a win.
No. 7. Pasadena Poly 41, Flintridge Prep 8 — Griffin Carter scored three touchdowns and the Panthers continued to look like one of the best in the Northeast Division, stretching their record to 5-0.
No. 8 Rosemead 34, Mountain View 27, OT — This one was also closer than expected. But the Panthers improved to 5-1 and at this point, look to be Arroyo’s chief challenger in the Mission Valley League.
Arroyo 41, No. 9 Gabrielino 7 — The Knights led 21-0 after one quarter and 27-0 at halftime before coasting. Are the Eagles, who dropped to 4-2, in for another Mission Valley League slide? It’s beginning to look that way.
No. 10 Arcadia 14, Glendale 6 — The Apaches improved to 4-2 with their win on Thursday. But they’ll need to improve to win the necessary games to make the playoffs.
Bell Gardens 48, Alhambra 0
Montebello 55, Keppel 6
Bishop Montgomery 43, Bosco Tech 8
Pasadena 33, Hoover 13
La Canada 56, Blair 12
Schurr 47, San Gabriel 0
Maranatha 48, Village Chr. 12