Friday Night Final: Muir comes up short in Pac League showdown; St. Francis rolls; Poly routs Rio

Muir plays Crescenta Valley at Muir High School in Pasadena during Friday night's game, on October 24, 2014. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz/Pasadena Star-News)

Muir plays Crescenta Valley at Muir High School in Pasadena during Friday night’s game, on October 24, 2014. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz/Pasadena Star-News)

GAMES OF THE WEEK
CRESCENTA VALLEY 38, MUIR 26

PASADENA — The Muir High School football team’s hopes of repeating as Pacific League champion took a big hit on Friday night as visiting Crescenta Valley proved its undefeated record is no fluke.
The Falcons used two second-half touchdown passes by quarterback Brian Gadsby to post a 38-26 win over the Mustangs. With just two league games remaining for both teams, it would take something unforeseen for Crescenta Valley not to win the league championship.
Crescenta Valley improved to 8-0 overall and 5-0 in league. Muir fell to 4-4 overall and 4-1 in league. The Mustangs also had their four-game win streak snapped.

— Aram Tolegian

ST. FRANCIS 49, ST. PAUL 10
SANTA FE SPRINGS — Some viewed the St. Francis High School football team’s Friday night encounter at St. Paul as the ultimate trap game.
But it was the host Swordsmen who got caught.
Jeremiah Martin threw for 200 yards and three scores and the Golden Knights showed no signs of last week’s big win over Cathedral with a 49-10 victory at St. Paul in an Angelus League game.
Dylan Crawford had seven receptions for 120 yards and two touchdowns and Mason Williams and Andrew MacKinnon had return scores for Golden Knights (8-0, 3-0).
Jacob Maier accounted for 96 yards and a touchdown for St. Paul (4-4, 1-2).
St. Francis put it away by halftime. The Golden Knights were nearly perfect during the first two quarters and took a 35-10 lead at the break.
St. Francis, which outgained St. Paul 217-134, in the first half, scored on three of its first four possessions, had an interception return for a touchdown and a punt return for a score.

— Stephen Ramirez
SAN MARINO 55, LA CANADA 14
LA CANADA — The Dynamic Duo of Glazier and Shohfi put on a show.
San Marino quarterback Carson Glazier and wide receiver JP Shohfi helped solidify the Titans’ hold on, at the very least, the No. 2 spot in the Rio Hondo League as they defeated host La Canada 55-14 Friday night.
Glazier had a fantastic game, going 14 for 21 for 361 yards and six touchdown passes and two interceptions. Glazier threw touchdown passes of 16, 39, 69, 43, 49 and 46 yards. Not to outdone, he also ran for a 14-yard touchdown.
Glazier’s favorite target was Shohfi as the duo connected on four touchdown passes.
When told about his stats, Glazier was all smiles but also humble.
“It was awesome! But it’s not my job to score touchdowns,” he said. “It’s my job to win games, and get closer to the playoffs.”

— Guillermo Tovar
ROUNDUP: Poly ends losing skein to Rio, routs Kares
Undefeated Pasadena Poly ended an eight-year losing streak to Rio Hondo Prep, smashing the host Kares, 51-12, in a Prep League game on Friday night.
The victory ended Rio Hondo Prep’s 28-game Prep League winning streak on the night the Kares celebrated their 50th anniversary and on their homecoming night. Poly last defeated Rio Hondo 20-0 in 2006. Poly won the league title that season.
Running back Griffin Carter led the Panthers (8-0, 2-0) with five touchdowns, four on the ground and a 58-yard TD pass from Parker Matthews. He finished with 177 yards as the Panthers led, 42-0, at the half.
Vincent Porter caught a 94-yard TD pass from Matthews and Dylan Hanel rushed for 87 yards.

HOW THE TOP TEN FARED
1. St. Francis (8-0) def. St. Paul, 49-10
2. Monrovia (7-1) def. South Pasadena, 32-6
3. Muir (4-4) lost to Crescenta Valley, 38-26
4. San Marino (6-2) def. La Canada, 55-14
5. Maranatha (9-0) def. Heritage Chr., 42-24
6. La Canada (6-2) lost to San Marino, 55-14
7. Pasadena Poly (8-0) def. Rio Hondo Prep, 51-12
8. South Pasadena (5-3) lost to Monrovia, 32-6
9. Pasadena (4-4) def. Glendale, 21-20
10. La Salle (3-5 lost to Salesian, 14-7
OTHER SCORES
Arroyo 28, Gabrielino 6
Rosemead 48, Marshall 6
Duarte 49, Workman 9
Alhambra 49, Keppel 0
Montebello 20, San Gabriel 0
St. Anthony 59, Bosco Tech 0
Mary Star 38, Flintridge Prep 23
Temple City 53, Blair 28

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  • vegemighty

    You know, I think it’s time to talk about Blair. Last night against Temple City (whose record suggests that they are about as good as they’ve been for the past few years), they got more points than they’ve scored in any RHL season since 2009. And three wins in the year is a massive improvement.

    Now those wins didn’t exactly come against the best opposition, but at this point it’s probably a lot more important to make football fun instead of something awful and hopeless that no one wants to be a part of. They may be a smallish school, but they’re bigger than their participation numbers would suggest.

    So what’s the deal? Do we write this off as a few meaningless wins and a bit of luck against TC? Or is Rickey Pickens genuinely turning things around at Blair?