Star-News Super 23 Football Rankings: St. Francis leads the way; Maranatha makes an entrance at No. 10

Maranatha, led by QB Eli Snyder, has won back-to-back games to jump into area top 10.  (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz/Pasadena Star-News)

Maranatha, led by QB Eli Snyder, has won back-to-back games to jump into area top 10.
(Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz/Pasadena Star-News)

1. St. Francis (6-0) –
Now comes the real fun for the Golden Knights, who after dominanting en route to a 6-0 start, close the regular season against four teams ranked in the CIF-SS Western Division, including stalwarts Serra and Chaminade. How good is St. Francis? We’re about to find out.
2. Monrovia (5-1) – The Wildcats rebounded from last week’s loss to St. Francis by routing Temple City in their Rio Hondo League opener. I expect this to the first nine wins en route to the Mid-Valley title.
3. Muir (5-1) — The Mustangs, after another blow-out win are pushing for a top spot, but we’ll keep them hear for now. I picked Muir to run the table in the Pacific League, and it gets the opportunity to take a major step when it faces Burbank on Friday, likely for the Pacific League title.
4. Rio Hondo Prep (5-1) – The Kares continue to roll, looking more like a team capable of three-peating with each blowout victory. They’ll decide the Prep League against Poly in a few weeks. Until then, expect more easy wins.
5. San Marino (5-1) — The Titans, who were averaging more than 50 points a game during a four-game stretch, showed it can win a defensive game, beating South Pasadena, 21-6. They should roll in their next three before host Monrovia on Nov. 8.
6. La Salle (4-2) — The Lancers were pushed to the limit before holding off Verbum Dei in a shootout. They still look like a team capable of repeating as Del Rey League champs, but will need to step it up defensively to beat Bishop Montgomery in two wees.
7. Pasadena Poly (5-0) — The Panthers keep living up to their No. 2 ranking in the Northeast Division, routing rival Flintridge Prep. The Panthers barometer test comes in two weeks against Rio Hondo Prep.
8. Rosemead (5-1) — The Panthers are the feel good story of 2013, following up a season-opening loss with five consecutive victories. They look like the only contender to Arroyo in the Mission Valley League.
9. Arcadia (4-2) – The Apaches were just good enough to beat Glendale in a Pacific League encounter they had to have. But the question remains if they can keep up with Burroughs and Crescenta Valley. They’ll need to beat one to get in the postseason.
10. Maranatha (5-2) — Suddenly, the Minutemen look like the favorite in the Olympic League, opening with a rout of Village Christian. They are the only team in the league above .500, and you have to like their chances the rest of the way, especially with their passing game, which by the numbers, ranks better than any team in the area.
The Rest: 11. Gabrielino (4-2), 12. Duarte (3-3), 13. South Pasadena (3-3), 14. La Canada (3-3), 15. San Gabriel (1-5), 16. Temple City (1-5), 17. Pasadena (1-5), 18. Flintridge Prep (0-6), 19. Marshall (2-4), 20. Keppel (1-5), 21. Alhambra (0-6), 22. Bosco Tech (0-6), 23. Blair (0-6).
PASSING (Comp-Att-Yds-TDs)

1. Eli Snyder, Maranatha, 123-205-1,897-14
2. Tyler Gangi, St. Francis, 72-131-1,262-15
3. Elijah Peters, Gabrielino, 77-151-1,172-10
4. Joey Harmon, Arcadia, 78-130-948-4
5. Johnny Bolinger, Rio Hondo Prep, 40-70-709-10
6. Robbie Fueling, La Canada, 22-68-492-3
7. Will Pyburn, La Salle, 26-51-459-3
8. Deshawn Potts, Monrovia, 29-58-458-4
9. Michael Bowman, Pasadena, 29-49-406-7
10. Dejon Williams, Muir, 16-24-375-3
1. Kurt Scoby, Monrovia, 98-1098-14
2. Baile McDavid, Maranatha, 88-738-8
3. Griffin Carter, Pasadena Poly, 51-715-12
4. Nate Tayco, Rio Hondo Prep, 96-587-9
5. Joe Mudie, St. Francis, 79-575-5
6. Stefan Smith, Flintridge Prep, 39-515-7
7. Alec Zavala, Rosemead, 72-479-6
8. Areg Nazarian, St. Francis, 45-417-4
9. Milan Acquaah, La Salle, 45-389-6
10. Michael Valenzuela, Alhambra, 102-377-1
1. Darron McWhorter, Maranatha, 38-655-6
2. Xavius Boone, Maranatha, 39-573-4
3. Dylan Crawford, St. Francis, 24-529-7
4. Christopher Montoya, Gabrielino, 24-353-2
5. Joe Mudie, St. Francis, 18-329-4
6. John Franco, Gabrielino, 15-308-3
7. Mark Pachorek, Arcadia, 23-300-0
8. Aidan Yamada, Maranatha, 17-292-1
9. John Carroll, St. Francis, 20-282-3
10. Jared Atkins, La Salle, 10-250-1

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  • Titan Football Fan

    Defense will continue to rule for Titans. Team can score thanks to bruising QB rushing and solid play mixing. Team has scored numerous passing TDs too. Defense will make the difference in RHL and playoffs. D-Line is four two-year varsity starters. Linebackers and defensive secondary are fast, strong and know how to tackle. Go Titans! Homecoming Week!

  • GrimReaper

    Any team herein is one or two key injuries away from mediocrity. Stuff happens..

    Except Monrovia where the boosters will “find” a free agent off the CIF waiver wire!

    But if the unthinkable does happen, and they come in second in CIF, will there be another Eddie McKiernan moment?

    If you don’t know what that means, well you just don’t know RHL sporting history.

    • Titan Football Fan

      don’t know; fill me in

      • GrimReaper

        Eddie was as was described by Fred and Aram as a “stud” pitcher. He was debate-ably the best pitcher in the RHL and best player on the Monrovia baseball team. He got a pro contract and rose to AAA quickly, but now labors in an independent league.

        Monrovia came in second in CIF baseball to Bishop Amat in 2007-after winning it all in 2006 behind McKiernan… That led to the much rumored Eddie McKiernan 2007 moment as it has become Monrovia lore in RHL history.

        “The Moment” affected his college scholarship.

        I will leave it up to you to nose about for what that moment was. Hint. It is legend in the RHL baseball community that has over 6 years of experience.

        • observantcat

          Didn’t Monrovia come back 2 years later to Defeat BA in the first round of the CIF playoffs? then go on to make it to the semi’s. That BA team featured Rio Ruiz, Alcantara and several other gifted baseball athletes.

          • GrimReaper

            I know they won it all in 2006 and have been at the top of the RHL for many years in the 2000’s making repeated CIF appearances. Monrovia has expectations.

            And that may have a lot to say about why the McKiernan moment happened as it has become RHL lore.

  • Eastern Ave.

    Maranatha…Oh Magoo! 😀

  • blah

    Steve was wondering why San Marino players r not on this is for total yards. Their QB had 800 yards rushing and 523 passing going into this week.

    • blah

      The Stats r on maxpreps if you r wondering what they are.

  • Blah

    Now after this week San Marino QB has 883 rushing yards and 712 passing yards. Their RB has 668 yards rushing also. Why are they not on ur top area players list.