Friday Knight Final: St. Francis rules the West Valley, routs Monrovia, 48-14…Muir, San Marino, Rosemead also win big

Who’s the best football team in the area? St. Francis left no doubt, routing No. 1 Monrovia, 48-14. Tyler Gangi continued to look like the best quarterback in the area, accounting for five touchdowns as the Knights looked Golden, jumping out to a 35-14 lead by halftime. The question is are the Wildcats No. 2? Muir laid claim after routing Glendale, 40-0, but it would be hard to put the Mustangs ahead of the Wildcats at this point. Also Friday, San Marino and Rosemead also scored big wins in their final tune-ups before league play.

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No. 2 St. Francis 48, No. 1 Monrovia 14 – Tyler Gangi accounts for five touchdowns as the Golden Knights leave no doubt who has the best football this season, routing the previously unbeaten Wildcats. Next up is the Mission League, where St. Francis should be competitive.
No. 3 Muir 40, Glendale 0 – The Mustangs have their own version of the triplets with Dejon Williams, Taeon Mason and Marceles Clash, who helped Muir rout the Nitros.
No. 4 Rio Hondo Prep – Idle
No. 5 San Marino, 63, South El Monte 14 – The Titans scoring train just keeps on rolling, scoring at least 50 points for the fourth consecutive week.
No. 6 La Salle — Idle
No. 7 Pasadena Poly – Idle
No, 8 Rosemead 35, Temple City 14 – The Panthers score their fourth consecutive win and now look like contenders in the Mission Valley League, which begins next week.
No. 9 Gabrielino – Idle
No. 10 Arcadia 53, Hoover 21 – The Apaches took care of business, scoring a season-high in points. It’s a big win for Arcadia, which still has league games vs. Muir, Crescenta Valley and Burroughs.

Arroyo 34, La Canada 10 – Sparta, after winning its first two games, is falling, losing their third consecutive game.
Duarte 52, Workman 0 – The Falcons rebound from last week’s last-second loss, pounding the Lobos.
Maranatha 23, Mountain View 20 – The Minutemen complete a solid league season, going 4-2. But can they compete in the Olympic?
South Pasadena 41, Beverly Hills 7 – The Tigers win their second consecutive game.

AREA ROUNDUP: Rosemead routs Temple City

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Thursday Final: Burbank adds to Pasadena’s woes, 42-7



By Keith Lair

BURBANK – Burbank High School has already established that it can run the ball.
But what makes the undefeated Bulldogs dangerous is that they have become very adept at passing the ball, too.
On Thursday night, Burbank’s James Williams and Joseph Pendleton each ran for more than 100 yards and Burbank rushed for 307 yards as a team. But it was the passing by quarterback Ryan Meredith that seemed to make a difference in a 42-7 Pacific League victory over winless Pasadena in a game played at Burroughs High.
Just when Pasadena seemed to get a handle on stopping the running game, Meredith went to Oharjee Brown. The summer transfer from Burroughs caught six passes, two for touchdowns. Meredith completed 8 of 11 passes for 89 yards and three touchdowns.
Burbank improved to 5-0 and 2-0.
Pasadena, which scored its only TD in the fourth quarter on a Ryan Vaughn’ 53-yard run, slipped 0-5 and 0-2.
Pasadena coach Doug Bledsoe: “It’s a learning process. We have a lot of young kids. No matter that, we have to get the young guys to play harder. They have to step up and grow up quickly.”

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West San Gabriel Valley volleyball Top 10

They’re early into league play (or they’re starting this week); a look at the west valley’s best:
No. 1 La Salle (11-2)

Back-to-back over division’s No. 2 (St. Lucy’s) and No. 8 (FSHA) teams
No. 2 Flintridge Sacred Heart (8-2)
Went down in 4 vs. La Salle, but looked better than St. Lucy’s vs. La Salle
No. 3 South Pasadena (5-1)
Only loss to FSHA; beat Poly in three
No. 4 Pasadena Poly (7-1)
Swept Westridge and beat San Gabriel in own tournament final
No. 5 Mayfield (6-0)
Needed five game to beat Westridge; Poly in a couple of weeks
No. 6 San Gabriel (11-1-1)
Lost to Poly; beat Arcadia in three
No. 7 Gabrielino (11-3)
Appears to be back atop Mission Valley League
No. 8 Arcadia (8-3)
Proved they’re team to reckon with in Pacific with five-game win over Burroughs
No. 9 Westridge (11-3)
Two of the losses to Poly and Mayfield; Tigers better beat at least everyone else in league to get CIF-SS playoff bid because they could do damage there
No. 10 Monrovia (6-5)
Can Wildcats beat La Canada again?

Others to watch:
Alverno (5-7)

Winning some, losing some vs. much bigger schools
St. Monica (6-3-1)
Another CIF-SS State appearance on horizon?
La Canada (3-10)
Spartans are sill dangerous
San Marino (7-6)
Should be in mix for Rio Hondo

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St. Francis’ Joe Mudie leads Knights to Golden start

By Steve Ramirez

LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE – St. Francis High School is off to one of its better starts in recent memory, winning its first four games while averaging more than 40 points.
One of the keys for the Golden Knights has been senior running back Joe Mudie, who combined with senior quarterback Ty Gangi, gives St. Francis a nearly unstoppable combination that no one up to this point has been able to stop.
Mudie, who missed parts of five games during the Golden Knights’ 4-7 season last year, is valuable on and off the field. The latter commodity is not lost on head coach Jim Bonds.

St. Francis coach Jim Bonds: “As a leader, he’s someone you exactly look for as a coach. He works so hard that everyone else on the team, including the coaches, has to take notice. You can’t help but notice what a hard worker Joe is. He never says a word. He just goes about his business. But you can certainly see it, from January up to this Saturday morning. That rubs off on the rest of the players. He’s a returner and a guy that everyone looks up to. He’s not telling anyone how good he is, he’s just working hard and setting the example of how do it right everyday.”
Joe Mudie: “It’s easy (being a leader) with this team. I’ve learned from past leaders (in the program). We call them the Golden Knights, seeing what they did, I just tried to carry on. From the offseason, it’s been much easier than I thought. We have so many leaders on this team. We all have that one goal to win games, which is why its easier for me, because everyone has that same goal.”
And for the rest of the story

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Star-News Super 23 Football Rankings: Monrovia, St. Francis are Nos. 1 and 2 heading into battle for area supremacy


1. Monrovia (4-0) – The Wildcats opened some eyes with their 31-10 victory over South Hills. If they beat St. Francis this week, you can pencil Monrovia in for another CIF-SS title and a regional bowl appearance.
2. St. Francis (4-0) -– The Knights have looked Golden up to now, including big wins over La Mirada and Damien the past two weeks. Now they take on Monrovia, and with their versatility on offense, you have to like their chances.
3. Muir (3-1) – The Mustangs rolled Hoover in their Pacific League opener. I expect more of the same the rest of the way, but they should get a battle from Burbank. But all signs point to another league title.
4. Rio Hondo Prep (4-1) –- The Kares look destined for another Northeast title game apperance. First up is the Prep League, which they should run the table in.
5. San Marino (3-1) – There just seems no stopping the Titans offense, which has looked like a runaway train all season. I don’t expect a loss until the final week of the season, when they host Monrovia.
6. La Salle (3-2) – The Lancers took their first step toward a league title with a rout of St. Bernard. You can expect more of the same the rest of the way. Then we’ll see what they have for the playoffs.
7. Pasadena Poly (4-0) –- The Panthers have looked solid up to now. They are legit at No. 2 in the Northeast, and could challenge Rio Hondo for Prep League supremacy.
8. Rosemead (3-1) – The Panthers walking wounded are starting to return. They looked impressive in routing San Gabriel last week. They should challenge Arroyo in the Mission Valley League.
9. Gabrielino (4-1) – The Eagles have looked good in nonleague for the second consecutive season. But can they avoid a fall in league play? I think they can and look at least as the third-best in the Mission Valley.
10. Arcadia (2-2) – The Apaches were ambushed by Burbank in their Pacific League opener. But this still looks like a playoff team.
The Rest: 11. La Canada (2-2), 12. Maranatha (3-2), 13. South Pasadena (2-2), 14. Duarte (1-3), 15. San Gabriel (1-4), 16. Temple City (1-4), 17. Flintridge Prep (0-4), 18. Pasadena (0-4), 19. Keppel (1-4), 20. Alhambra (0-5), 21. Marshall (1-4), 22. Bosco Tech (0-5), 23. Blair (0-5).


1. Eli Snyder, Maranatha, 87 of 153, 1,404 yards, 10 TDs
2. Tyler Gangi, St. Francis, 55 of 93, 807 yards, 9 TDs
3. Elijah Peters, Gabrielino, 46 of 91, 718 yards, 5 TDs
4. Johnny Bollinger, Rio Hondo Prep, 35 of 62, 600 yards, 8 TDs
5. Joey Harmon, Arcadia, 40 of 73, 555 yards, 2 TDs
6. Deshawn Potts, Monrovia, 24 of 44, 392 yards, 3 TDs
7. Dejon Williams, Muir, 16 of 24 for 375 yards, 3 TDs
8. Robbie Fueling, La Canada, 17 of 53, 362 yards, TD
9. Michael Bowman, Pasadena Poly, 23 of 41, 302 yards, 5 TDs
10. Isaia Ah-hing, Rosemead, 16 of 30, 245 yards, 3 TDs
1. Kurt Scoby, Monrovia, 749 yards, 9 TDs
2. Griffin Carter, Pasadena Poly, 600, 10 TDs
3. Baile McDavid, Maranatha, 538 yards, 6 TDs
4. Stefan Smith, Flintridge Prep, 515 yards, 7 TDs
5. Nate Tayco, Rio Hondo Prep, 513 yards, 8 TDs
6. Joe Mudi, St. Francis, 443 yards, 5 TDs
7. Alec Zavala, Rosemead, 344 yards, 4 TDs
8. Michael Valenzuela, Alhambra, 314 yards, TD
9. Areg Nazarian, St. Francis, 266 yards, 3 TDs
10. Isaac Holguin, Rio Hondo Prep, 258 yards, 2 TDs
1. Darron McWhorter, Maranatha, 25 rec., 450 yards, 5 TDs
2. Xavius Boone, Maranatha, 26 rec., 413 yards, 2 TDs
3. Joe Mudie, St. Francis, 15 rec., 271 yards, 3 TDs
4. Aidan Yamada, Maranatha, 14 rec., 256 yards, TD
5. Christopher Montoya, Gabrielino, 16 rec., 271 yards, 2 TDs
6. Dylan Crawford, St. Francis, 18 rec., 264 yards, 4 TDs
7. Isaac Holguin, Rio Hondo Prep, 5 rec., 192 yards, 3 TDs
8. Jeremy Franco, Gabrielino, 10 rec., 174 yards, TD
9. John Carroll, St. Francis, 14 rec., 171 yards, TD
10. Nico Cantos, Arcadia, 10 rec., 157 yards, TD

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