Thursday Night Final: Monrovia routs La Canada, 77-0; San Marino rolls by Blair, 72-0

La Canada saw this a lot tonight. (File photo by Keith Birmingham)

La Canada saw this a lot tonight.
(File photo by Keith Birmingham)

Monrovia continued to make mince meat of the Rio Hondo League, rolling to a 77-0 victory at La Canada.
The Wildcats, seeking their fourth consecutive CIF-SS Mid-Valley Division title, has outscored its three league opponents, 177-0.
Kurt Scoby led the way Thursday with three rushing TDs. Deshawn Potts accounted for three scores and Darius McClain blocked and returned a punt for a touchdown.
Monrovia improved to 7-1 overall and 3-0 in the Rio Hondo League. They face Blair before a showdown in the final week at San Marino.
San Marino 72, Blair 0
The Titans improved to 7-1 and 3-0 with the easy win.
San Marino faces Temple City next week, with a victory setting a championship showdown vs. Monrovia on Nov. 8.

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Star-News Super 23 Football Rankings: No changes in top 10; St. Francis still sets the pace

Staff photo by Keith Birmingham

Staff photo by Keith Birmingham

1. St. Francis (7-0) –
The Knights continue to look Golden, enacting on some revenge against Cathedral with a 31-21 win. They host Harvard-Westlake this week, needing a win to set up a first-place showdown at highly-rated Serra.
2. Monrovia (6-1) – The Wildcats have opened Rio Hondo League play by outscoring the opposition, 100-0. Don’t expect any challenge until their regular season finale at San Marino.
3. Muir (6-1) – The Mustangs beat Burbank, 24-17, in a battle of what most believe are the top two teams in the Pacific League. But Muir won’t have the title locked up before beating 1-2 showdowns vs. Arcadia and Crescenta Valley the next two weeks. Go with Muir in both.
4. Rio Hondo Prep (6-1) – The Kares continue to roll, routing Flintridge Prep, 63-22.
5. San Marino (6-1) – The Titans have scored 39 points or more in six of their seven games, including a 55-7 victory over La Canada last week. San Marino looks like Monrovia’s only challenger in both the Rio Hondo League and Mid-Valley Division.
6. La Salle (5-2) – The Lancers followed up last week’s scare with an easy win over Mary Star. They play for the league title this week against Bishop Montgomery/
7. Pasadena Poly (6-0) – Poly off to its best start in recent memory. Not only are the Panthers winning, but winning big. Their season rests next week when they host Rio.
8. Rosemead (6-1) – Matt Koffler’s back with the Panthers, which have put together a six-game win streak.
9. Arcadia (5-2) – The Apaches have taken care of business to put themselves in position to earn a league title and a playoff spot. Now they need to step up against the Pacific League’s best, beginning Friday against favorite Muir.
10. Maranatha (6-2) – The Minutemen enjoyed another blow-out win the Olympic League. They are off until playing for the league title next week vs. Whittier Christian.
The Rest: 11. Gabrielino (5-2), 12. Duarte (3-4), 13. South Pasadena (3-4), 14. La Canada (3-4), 15. Temple City (2-5), 16. San Gabriel (1-6), 17. Pasadena (1-6), 18. Marshall (2-5), 19. Flintridge Prep (0-7), 20. Alhambra (1-6), 21. Keppel (1-6), 22. Bosco Tech (0-8), 23. Blair (0-7).

STAT LEADERS (As reported to
Passing (Comp-Atts-Yards-TDs)

1. Eli Snyder, Maranatha, 146-237-2,186-16
2. Tyler Gangi, St. Francis, 84-154-1,410-16
3. Elijah Peters, Gabrielino, 77-151-1,172-10
4. Joey Harmon, Arcadia, 88-144-1,150-6
5. Will Pyburn, La Salle, 46-87-849-11
6. Andrew Ferraco, San Marino, 37-66-712-11
7. Johnny Bolinger, Rio Hondo Prep, 40-70-709-10
8. Nick Giambalvo, Alhambra, 59-128-610-7
9. Dejon Williams, Muir, 34-51-577-6
10. Michael Bowman, Pasadena Poly, 36-61-540-10
Rushing (Atts-Yards-TDs)
1. Kurt Scoby, Monrovia, 106-1,268-16
2. Andrew Ferraco, San Marino, 111-883-15
3. Griffin Carter, Pasadena Poly, 62-823-13
4. Joe Mudie, St. Francis, 93-762-7
5. Baile McDavid, Maranatha, 88-738-8
6. Stefan Smith, Flintridge Prep, NA-715-10
7. Alec Zavala, Rosemead, 99-692-6
8. Tenny McFarlane, San Marino, 78-668-5
9. Nate Tayco, Rio Hondo Prep, 96-587-9
10. Milan Acquaah, La Salle, 59-499-7
Receiving (Rec.-Yards-TDs)
1. Darron McWhorter, Maranatha, 43-701-6
2. Xavius Boone, Maranatha, 45-684-5
3. Dylan Crawford, St. Francis, 27-558-7
4. Jared Akins, La Salle, 18-465-5
5. Mark Pachorek, Arcadia, 27-410-1
6. Joe Mudie, St. Francis, 23-402-4
7. JP Shohfi, San Marino, 15-375-5
8. Christopher Montoya, Gabrielino, 24-353-2
9. Tyler Spitzer, San Marino, 20-335-7
10. Aidan Yamada, Marantha, 19-318-1

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Volleyball Top 10

The second round of league play beginning for most schools
A look at the west valley’s best:
No. 1 La Salle (19-4)

Only losses are to nationally ranked teams in three games in tournaments
No. 2 Flintridge Sacred Heart (13-3)
Rematch with Harvard-Westlake on Thursday at FSHA. Mission League title at sake
No. 3 South Pasadena (11-1)
Will play host to La Canada Thursday afternoon
No. 4 Mayfield (14-1)
Plays Pasadena Poly on Thursday at home
No. 5 Pasadena Poly (10-2)
Need to close out when getting 2-0 lead
No. 6 San Gabriel (17-2-1)
One-game loss to Monrovia in Gabrielino tournament ended 16-match winning steak
No. 7 Gabrielino (20-5)
Swept first half of Mission Valley League
No. 8 Arcadia (12-5)
Will share Pacific title if Apaches win out
No. 9 La Canada (7-12)
Never count the Spartans out
No. 10 Duarte (14-8)
Still undefeated in Montview League

Others to watch:
Rio Hondo Prep (15-7)
Monrovia (15-7)
St. Monica (11-3-1)
Westridge (11-4)

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Star-News Pick’em: La Salle takes center stage, hosts Bishop Monty in Del Rey Showdown

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

LAIR: 117-18 (14-3 last week)
RAMIREZ: 114-21 (15-2 last week)


Last Week: I picked up one on Keith, besting him by correctly picking Muir over Burbank and Gabrielino over Mountain View. Keith got one back, picking Alhambra’s first win, with a victory over Keppel.
This week: The marquee matchup is at La Salle High School, where the Lancers can take a major step toward their second Del Rey League title. You have to go with La Salle, after being mainly a solid running team earlier has found it’s passing legs in league play, especially the past two weeks. Other intriguing matchups are St. Francis hosting Harvard-Westlake and Muir traveling to Arcadia, which is for first in the Pacific. I like the Golden Knights and Mustangs, who should win easy.

This week’s schedule and predictions:

Monrovia at La Canada — Ramirez (Monrovia); Lair (Monrovia)
Alhambra at Schurr — Ramirez (Schurr); Lair (Schurr)
San Gabriel at Keppel — Ramirez (San Gabriel); Lair (Keppel)
Marshall vs. Paraclete at Antelope Valley College — Ramirez (Paraclete); Lair (Paraclete)
Bishop Montgomery at La Salle — Ramirez (La Salle); Lair (La Salle)
Harvard-Westlake at St. Francis, 7:30 p.m. — Ramirez (St. Francis); Lair (St. Francis)
Rosemead at El Monte — Ramirez (Rosemead); Lair (Rosemead)
South El Monte at Gabrielino — Ramirez (Gabrielino); Lair (Gabrielino)
Duarte at Sierra Vista — Ramirez (Duarte); Lair (Duarte)
Muir at Arcadia — Ramirez (Muir); Lair (Muir)
Pasadena at Burroughs — Ramirez (Burroughs); Lair (Buroughs)
Blair vs. San Marino at Muir HS — Ramirez (San Marino); Lair (San Marino)
South Pasadena at Temple City — Ramirez (South Pasadena); Lair (South Pasadena)
Pasadena Poly at Chadwick, 3 p.m. — Ramirez (Poly); Lair (Poly)
Webb vs. Flintridge Prep at La Canada HS — Ramirez (Flintridge Prep): Lair (Flintridge)
Firebaugh vs. Rio Hondo Prep at Lynwood HS — Ramirez (Rio Hondo Prep); Lair (Rio Hondo)

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