SAN MARINO – The road to the Rio Hondo League football championship still runs through Monrovia, and Kurt Scoby made sure of it.
The senior running back accounted for 361 total yards and five touchdowns and the visiting Wildcats won the league title for the sixth consecutive season with a 62-21 victory over San Marino on Friday.
Scoby rushed for 241 and three touchdowns to lead Monrovia, which improved to 9-1 overall and 5-0 in league and stretched its league winning streak to 32 games. Monrovia, also getting 156 yards passing and three scores from Deshawn Potts and 113 yards rushing and two touchdowns from Kameron Johnson, is expected to receive the top seed for the Mid-Valley Division when the CIF-Southern Section releases playoff pairings on Sunday.
San Marino, getting 208 yards and two touchdowns from quarterback Andrew Ferraco, slipped to 8-2 and 4-1. The Titans still are in the running for a top four seed after being ranked No. 4 in the division this week.
Monrovia coach Ryan Maddox: “(Scoby) was incredible tonight. The offensive line did a great job opening holes for him. (San Marino) had to commit nine guys in the box. When we parted the sea, he was gone.”
Monrovia’s Kurt Scoby: “This feels great. Without God and without my teammates, this wouldn’t happen. I can’t do it without them.”
San Marino coach Mike Hobbie: “It was a combination of things. It was a great running back and an awfully good offensive line blocking well. They are not a team of just Scoby. They can get running backs free to run. I could have run through some of those holes.”
– Steve Ramirez, @steverramirez on Twitter
HOW THE TOP 10 FARED
1. St. Francis (8-2) lost to Chaminade, 56-35 – The Golden Knights were unable to match the Eagles big plays in the battle for the No. 2 seed in the Western Division. Now the question is whether St. Francis, ranked No. 3 in the division this week, will retain a top four seed. If they don’t, I still like their chances to get the final four.
2. Monrovia (9-1) def. No. 5 San Marino (8-2), 62-21 – Still doubt the Wildcats can cruise through the Mid-Valley Division like a hot knife through butter? One only had to watch Monrovia, behind nearly 500 all-purpose yards and 5 TDs from Kurt Scoby, take apart the division’s No. 4 team. Monrovia had 604 yards and scored on seven of its first eight possessions to win going away.
No. 3 Muir (9-1) def. Pasadena (1-9), 32-21 – This is why the Turkey Tussle is one of the better rivalries in the country. The Bulldogs played it like it was their CIF-SS title game, and nearly pulled off one of the bigger upsets in the series, playing its best game of the season before losing. Muir survived and will have to be more like itself in the playoffs, and I think they will.
No. 4 Rio Hondo Prep (9-1) def. Webb, 46-7 – The Kares got ready for the playoffs with another blow-out win. Anything but a trip to the finals will be a disappointment for the two-time defending Northeast champs.
No. 6 La Salle (8-2) def. Bosco Tech (0-10), 45-14 – The Lancers complete the sweep through the Del Rey League for their second consecutive league crown. Now they hope to redeem themselves in the playoffs after losing in the first round last season.
No. 7 Rosemead (8-2) lost to Arroyo, 17-13 – The Panthers slowed down the Knights, but came up short in their quest for the Mission Valley League title. But this is a team you don’t want to line up against, unless your name is Monrovia.
No. 8 Pasadena Poly (7-2) lost to St. Anthony, 31-7 – A surprising result for the Panthers in a battle of two teams ranked in the Northeast top 10.
No. 9 Maranatha (8-2) def. Valley Christian, 31-28 –Eli Snyder threw for a touchdown pass as the Minutemen completed a phenomenal run to the Olympic League title. Could we get a Maranatha-La Salle playoff battle? Stay tuned.
No. 10 Gabrielino 56, El Monte 28 – An impressive showing for the Eagles, who had already clinched a playoff spot.
La Canada 31, Temple City 7 – The Spartans take the final playoff spot from the Rio Hondo League, which likely gets them a date with Arroyo
Alhambra 36, San Gabriel 25 – The Moors have finished strong…2014 looks promising
Duarte 62, Ganesha 18 – The Falcons did the part…but still no word if they are in.
Chadwick 31, Flintridge Prep 8 – A tough loss for the Rebels, who finish a disappointing season
South Pasadena 35, Blair 0 – The Tigers end the season on a good note