Friday Gameday Countdown: Area’s top four make final four… San Marino, Duarte see their seasons end

It was fitting that St. Francis, Monrovia, Muir and Rio Hondo Prep, all ranked in the area top four all season are the lone survivors going into next week’s CIF-SS divisional semifinals. St. Francis used a dominating second half for the second consecutive week, this time scoring a 42-21 victory Camarillo in the Western Division. Muir, without QB Dejon Williams, routed Los Altos, 27-2, to advance in the Southeast, while Monrovia and Rio Hondo Prep took care of business, respectively, in the Mid-Valley and Northeast. San Marino and Duarte weren’t so lucky. Their seasons came to an end with blow-out losses.

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St. Francis 42, Camarillo 21 — Bring on Serra! Tyler Gangi accounted for 337 yards and three TDs and the Golden Knights outscored the Scorpions by three TDs in the second half to advance to the semifinals. The win sets up a rematch against top seed Serra, who rallied for a 35-21 victory over St. Francis on Nov. 1. All the Golden Knights wanted was a second shot. They’ve got it!
Muir 27, Los Altos 2 — The Mustangs showed they are more than a 1-man team, routing the Conquerors without QB Dejon Williams, who was suspended for this game after being ejected last week. Muir hardly missed a beat, controlling Los Altos from the start. Taeon Mason was the offense star, enjoying a huge game. Next up is top seed Norwalk. I’ve got Muir.
Monrovia 41, Montebello 7 — The Wildcats just march on. Kurt Scoby rushed for 233 yards and four TDs as the defensive-minded Oilers prove to be no match. I don’t see any team in the division stopping the Green Machine, which makes the trip to Paraclete next week.
San Dimas 56, San Marino 28 — Defense has been the Titans’ Achilles’ heal all season and it proved to be their downfall Friday as the Saints’ scoring machine continued its recent stretch. All in all, another good season for San Marino, which advanced to the quarterfinals for the second consecutive season.
Rio Hondo Prep 46, Excelsior 7 — The Kares take care of business to reach the semifinals for the second consecutive year. The two constants in the area the past few seasons have been Rio Hondo Prep, which got more than 200 yards rushing and four TDs from Nate Tayco.
Bishop Diego 41, Duarte 7 — The Falcons were no match for the Cardinals, who rolled in the final four. A good season for Duarte, which made it further than any Montview League team.


Serra at St. Francis
Norwalk at Muir
Monrovia at Paraclete
Rio Hondo Prep at Salesian

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  • GP AKA Green Machine

    The St Francis- Chaminade game would be the Western Finals Steve. I would love for that to be the case in two weeks.

    • Steve Ramirez

      Yes…sorry for the mistake. I did this real fast after getting up early for a church commitment, then had to get to today’s Pasadena Quarterbacks Club luncheon…But it would be neat if that’s the matchup in two weeks.

  • observantcat

    I’m sure you meant St. Francis vs. Camarillo?

  • Two Pacifics for the final?

    Not that it should have happened this way, but things really worked out for Muir. You’ve now got a team on a mission, a QB coming back with a vengeance, and another kid who made some wonderful memories that will last him a long time.

  • New York

    Clearly Muir outcoached and out played Los Altos. Muir’s coach had the backup QB prepared to throw touchdowns. I am sure the element of surprise played well also. I do enjoy patting myself on the back with that one.

  • football guy

    I know Monrovia has been the class of the Midvalley for years. On the road to Paraclete can’t be a fun trip. Should be cold as ice. If they are going to lose, I don’t think they will, this could be the game.

  • Hardball

    IT is TOO bad that Holmes JR decided to ditch his Muir teammates and attend Alemeny after his Freshman year. HE could have been part of something special.

    • Coach MBR01

      He went to Oaks Christian on a 30k a year scholarship. I would have went too. The Holmes at Alemany is Desean the cousin of Darick JR. And he has been there since his freshman year. Coaches and players at Muir wish lil Darick all the best. Its still love. We know he is a Stang at heart.