GARDENA – St. Francis didn’t shock the high school football world Friday. But they did put a scare in nationally-ranked Serra.
Jalen Greene contributed 324 yards and five touchdowns as the host Cavaliers clinched at least a share of the Mission League title after rallying for a 35-21 victory over the Golden Knights.
Serra, ranked No. 6 nationally and No. 2 in the state by MaxPreps.com, shutout St. Francis in the second half to improve to 9-0 overall and 4-0 in league play.
St. Francis, getting 306 yards passing from Tyler Gangi, slipped to 8-1 and 3-1.
Friday also saw Muir and La Salle clinch shares of their respective league titles, clinching No. 1 playoff spots in the process. The Mustangs clinched the Pacific League with a 39-26 victory over Crescenta Valley, while the Lancers overwhelmed Cantwell, 35-10, to wrap up the Del Rey League. Maranatha took a big step toward the Olympic League crown with a 34-24 victory over Whittier Christian. The Minutemen can play for the league title week at Valley Chrisitian, which is at Heritage Christian on Saturday. Rosemead set up a title showdown against Arroyo in the Mission Valley with a 22-21 victory over Gabrielino, who needs to win next week to clinch a playoff bid.
– Steve Ramirez
@steverramirez on Twitter
HOW THE TOP TEN FARED
1. St. Francis (8-1) lost to Serra, 35-21 – The Golden Knights put a scare in the the Cavs, ranked No. 2 in the state by MaxPreps. St. Francis, which led 21-7 at one point, should be a player in the upcoming Western Division playoffs.
2. Monrovia (8-1) def. Blair, 54-0 — The Wildcats have yet to give up a point in the Rio Hondo League, outscoring their four opponents, 131-0. They should get a challenge from San Marino when the two battle for the league title.
3. Muir (8-1) def. Crescenta Valley, 39-26 – Dejon Williams threw for 172 yards and Taeon Mason returned the opening kick for a TD as the Mustangs wrapped up the Pacific League. They can run the table in league for the second consecutive season with a win over Pasadena next week in the annual Turkey Tussle.
4. Rio Hondo (7-1) is at No. 7 Pasadena Poly (7-0) today – The winner wins the Prep League
5. San Marino (8-1) def. Temple City, 48-0 – The Titans set up next week’s showdown vs. Monrovia with an easy win.
6. La Salle (7-2) def. Cantwell, 35-10 – An impressive win for Lancers, who wrapped up their second consecutive Del Rey League crown.
8. Rosemead (8-1) def. No. 10 Gabrielino (6-3), 22-21 – The Panthers won their eighth consecutive game, but it was close. It sets up a showdown vs. Arroyo next week for the Mission Valley League title.
9. Maranatha de. Whittier Christian, 34-24 — The Jude Oliva conversion is almost complete. The win sets up a possible first-place showdwon at Cerritos Valley Christian next week.
Bell Gardens 57, San Gabriel 10 – The Matadors long season continues
Duarte 55, Bassett 27 – A big win for the Falcons, who kept their playoff hopes alive with the victory.
Mary Star 40, Bosco Tech 16 – The Tigers’ struggles continue
Burroughs 37, Arcadia 14 – A tough loss for the Apaches, who need to beat Crescenta Valley next week to earn a playoff spot
Glendale 23, Pasadena 20 – An impressive showing by the Bulldogs, whose face Muir in the Turkey Tussle next week
La Canada 21, South Pasadena 9 – A big victory over the Spartans, who now play Temple City for a playoff spot next week
Flintridge Prep 21, Hawkins 13 — The Rebels have won two consecutive games