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Steve Ramirez has covered prep sports for San Gabriel Valley Newspapers since 1989.

Thursday Gameday Countdown: Blair looking for another win…can they get it?

Blair quarterback Christian Sanchez (7) will be key tonight when the Vikings host Sherman Indian in a nonleague game tonight.   (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

Blair quarterback Christian Sanchez (7) will be key tonight when the Vikings host Sherman Indian in a nonleague game tonight.
(Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

Blair, which beat Marshall two weeks ago, gets another shot at victory tonight when it hosts Sherman Indian at 7 p.m. at Muir HS. The Vikings have looked better than expected, and should find the win column tonight.

STAR-NEWS SCOREBOARD

SHERMAN INDIAN VS. BLAIR AT MUIR HS, 7 p.m.
The visiting Braves look like another good opportunity for the Vikings to pick up a confidence-inspiring win. Sherman Indian has only six games scheduled this season and this is the second of those, so experience certainly favors Blair.
Blair proved fully capable of exploiting vulnerable opponents when it defeated Marshall, 19-9, two weeks ago.

TONIGHT’S SGVN SCHEDULE, PREDICTIONS
Gladstone vs. El Monte at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Monte); Aram (EM)
Pioneer vs. Cerritos at Gahr, 7 p.m. — Robledo — Robledo (Pioneer); Aram (Cerritos)
Sherman Indian vs. Blair at Muir, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Blair); Aram (Sherman Ind)

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Saturday Morning Quarterback: St. Francis, Monrovia win big…setting up area battle for No. 1;

This is supposed to be a look back to Friday, but after the results, I can’t wait for next week as all eyes will be on La Canada Flintridge. St. Francis and Monrovia both won big Friday, setting up a battle for No. 1 between the top-ranked Golden Knights and the No. 2 ‘Cats. Both looked very impressive, with St. Francis routing Moorpark, which was a good road win for the Golden Knights, and Monrovia overwhelming Arcadia.

STAR-NEWS HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD

Arcadia's Ryan Pugh (20) attempts to take down Monrovia's Jordan Nathan (16) during Friday night's football game at Monrovia High School, on September 12, 2014. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz/Pasadena Star-News)

Arcadia’s Ryan Pugh (20) attempts to take down Monrovia’s Jordan Nathan (16) during Friday night’s football game at Monrovia High School, on September 12, 2014. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz/Pasadena Star-News)

GAMES OF THE WEEK
MONROVIA 47, ARCADIA 14

MONROVIA — Led by its rushing attack and the passing of junior quarterback Asaph Zamora, Monrovia easily handled visiting Arcadia, 47-14, on Friday night in a nonleague game.
Asaph completed 9 of 14 passes for 205 yards and five touchdowns. The TD passes went to five different receivers.
“It’s great to have a group of receivers who finished third in state this year in the 4×100 relay,” Zamora said. “This was a more complete game for us and it’s good to get coach (Chris) Stevens his first home win.”
The Wildcats (3-0) totaled 455 yards of offense in the game, with 240 rushing.
Junior running back Kameron Johnson led all rushers with 104 yards on only five carries, highlighted by a 61-yard score.

– John Sherrard
ST. FRANCIS 50, MOORPARK 24
MOORPARK — There’s no doubt St. Francis is the favorite in the Angelus League.
Jeremiah Martin completed 17 of 19 passes for 299 yards and four touchdowns and added a 1-yard rushing score to lead the Golden Knights to an impressive 50-24 nonleague victory against Moorpark.
Martin did most of his damage in the first half when St. Francis scored three touchdowns in the first quarter and led 29-21 at halftime.
Martin connected with John Carroll for a 3-yard touchdown, Areg Nazarian for an 80-yard touchdown and Carroll again, on a 27-yard scoring strike.
“My whole team came through and made it easy for me to fine open guys,” Martin said. “We just kept pushing.”

– Jacob H. Pollon
BISHOP DIEGO 38, LA SALLE 11
PASADENA — The La Salle High football squad matched up Friday night against the same nonleague opponent as in game three of last season, when the Lancers went to Santa Barbara and fell to Bishop Diego. In this year’s game, even with the Lancers holding the home turf advantage at Kohorst Field, the result was similar, with the Cardinals winning 38-11.
“It was a hard and tough game,” La Salle coach Russell Gordon said. “(Bishop Diego) came up here and whooped our butt.”
The first half was very much a debacle for La Salle (2-1), which was scoreless until the final minute before the break. The Lancers were behind 17-0, facing a fourth down near midfield late in the second. La Salle ran a fake punt, with would-be kicker Brett Wheat connecting with Isiah Spencer-Lopez for a 42-yard completion to the 2-yard line. Three plays later, David La Salle punched the ball in from one yard out with 47 seconds to go. Lancer quarterback Will Pyburn threw successfully to Spencer-Lopez for the two-point conversion, cutting the deficit to 17-8.

– Nathan Cambridge
ROUNDUP: San Marino routs San Gabriel
San Marino High School scored 37 first-quarter points and continue to build confidence that this may be their year after cruising to a 65-0 win over host San Gabriel on Friday night. The Titans’ performance was so dominant that officials instituted the running clock at the start of the second quarter.

HOW THE TOP 10 FARED
1. St. Francis (2-0) def. Moorpark, 50-24
2. Monrovia def. Arcadia, 47-14
3. San Marino def. San Gabriel, 65-0
4. La Salle (2-1) lost Bishop Diego, 38-11
5. Muir (0-2), idle
6. Pasadena (1-2) lost to Artesia, 35-24
7. Maranatha (3-0) def. Azusa, 35-26 (Thursday)
8. Arcadia (1-1) lost to Monrovia, 47-14
9. Rio Hondo Prep (2-1) def. Gabrielino, 20-16 (Thursday)
10. La Canada (3-0) def. Glendale, 20-0

OTHER SCORES
Workman 36, Marshall 20
Burroughs/Burbank 45, Rosemead 17
Hawthorne 51, Blair 6
Sierra Vista 30, Keppel 22
La Quinta 41, Bosco Tech 22
Pasadena Poly 30, Linfield 27
South Pasadena 39, Hoover 0
Temple City 33, Alhambra 14

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Friday Gameday Countdown: Arcadia takes on Monrovia; St. Francis hits the road

 (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

(Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

STAR-NEWS SCOREBOARD
Arcadia opened with a solid showing in Week 0, but the Apaches get a major test tonight when they take on Monrovia, which since the second half of its opener has been on fire. Will it continue? We’ll find out. Other big games tonight feature No. 1 St. Francis at Moorpark, and La Salle hosting Bishop Diego.
SCRIBBLE LIVE: Our Mike the Cousin and Fred Robledo will be at the Rancho Cucamonga-Bishop Amat game, and they will track the scores and results from all the games there. It’s easy to join, sign in through twitter or your own screen name and enter the chat. We provide scores from games throughout the San Gabriel Valley and beyond. If you’re at a game and can post an update on twitter, use the #sgvfootball hashtag to send the update straight to the chat. Mike will launch tonight’s chat at 6 p.m.

BIG GAME ADVANCE: ARCADIA AT MONROVIA
Monrovia High School football coach Chris Stevens will have some extra motivation on Friday when his Wildcats host nearby Arcadia in a key nonleague showdown for both teams.
Stevens’ mother, aunt and uncle all graduated from Arcadia and will be coming in from out of town to be in attendance at Friday’s game. Where will they sit and who will they be rooting for? Simple, on the Monrovia side rooting for Stevens’ Wildcats … or so they say.
“That’s going to be exciting for me to have my whole family there,” Stevens said. “There’s a lot of people who have ties to both schools and families that have come from both schools. We certainly don’t want to take for granted that this is a big rivalry just because it’s two school sitting right on top of each other.”

TONIGHT’S FEATURED GAMES: A LOOK AT THE TOP GAMES

Friday’s games and predictions
Rosemead at Burroughs, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rose); Aram (Burroughs)
San Marino at San Gabriel, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SMarino); Aram (SM)
South Pasadena vs. Hoover at Glendale, 7 p.m. (Hoover); Aram (SouPas)
St. Francis at Moorpark, 7 p.m. — Robledo (St. Francis); Aram (SF)
Temple City vs. Alhambra at Moor Field, 7 p.m. — Robledo (TC); Aram (Rams)
Arcadia at Monrovia, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Monrovia); Aram (Cats)
Bishop Diego at La Salle, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Salle); Aram (LS)
Blair at Hawthorne, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Hawthorne); Aram (Hawth)
Glendale at La Canada, 7 p.m. — Robledo (LC); Aram (Glendale)
Keppel at Sierra Vista, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SV); Aram (SV)
La Quinta vs. Bosco Tech at Gabrielino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Quinta); Aram (LQ)
Linfield Christian at Pasadena Poly, 4:30 p.m. — Robledo (PP); Aram (PP)
Marshall vs. Workman at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Workman); Aram (Workman)
Montebello at Arroyo, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Aram (Arroyo)
Pasadena at Artesia, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Pasadena); Aram (Pas)

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Thursday Final: Maranatha beats Azusa, 35-26; Rio Hondo Prep beats Gabrielino, 20-16

Maranatha head coach Steve Bogan yells towards an official the first half of a prep football game against Azusa at Citrus College in Glendora, Calif., on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

Maranatha head coach Steve Bogan yells towards an official the first half of a prep football game against Azusa at Citrus College in Glendora, Calif., on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter


GLENDORA – Former South Hills High School football coach, who is now at Maranatha, made a triumphant return to the East Valley Thursday night.
Caleb Devine rushed for 212 yards and two touchdowns and Eli Snyder threw for 171 and two scores and the Minutemen stayed undefeated with a 35-26 victory over Azusa in a nonleague game at Citrus College.
Xavius Boone also had 126 yards receiving and a touchdown for Maranatha, who improved to 3-0. Joseph Ramirez accounted for 241 yards and two touchdowns and Angel Maldonado rushed for 107 and two scores for the Aztecs, which slipped to 0-2.

Maranatha coach Steve Bogan: “Football is football. I’m happy where I’m at. I’ve been at two great places. It’s just great to be coaching young men who has passion and it’s always great to be (on this side of town).”

Azusa coach Joe Scherf: “We found out a little bit about our self (in the second half). We just need to put it all together. We’re a young team, making a lot of mistakes, but by the time we hit league, we’ll have fixed a lot of things.”

Maranatha’s Caleb Devine (on 68-yard TD run): “That was all God. I’m thankful what the Lord has given me, every night, every Friday night. So that was all God right there.”

RIO HONDO PREP 20, GABRIELINO 16
SAN GABRIEL — Rio Hondo Prep had little intention of passing the football in its nonleague game against host Gabrielino High School on Thursday night. The Kares ran the ball again and again and rallied to a 20-16 victory.
“We knew if they had the ball, especially (quarterback Elijah Peters), they had a chance for the big play,” Kares senior running back Gio Perez said. “If we kept the ball out of their hands, we could have a great second half.”
Rio Hondo Prep (2-1), trailing 16-14 at the half, ran the ball on 39 of its 41 plays in the second half. They went for it on fourth down six times, succeeding five times.
“I think we started to play a little bit,” Rio Hondo Prep coach Ken Drain said. “I think it kind of wore them out on defense.”

OTHER SCORE
Brethren Christian 63, Flintridge Prep, 34

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Star-News Top 10 Football Rankings: St. Francis still the one

Monrovia High School, after beating rival San Dimas last week, moves up to No. 2 in this week's Star-News Top 10 football rankings. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

Monrovia High School, after beating rival San Dimas last week, moves up to No. 2 in this week’s Star-News Top 10 football rankings. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

STAR-NEWS TOP 10
FOOTBALL RANKINGS

1. St. Francis (1-0) — The opener finally arrives
2. Monrovia (1-0) — Showed heart in San Dimas win
3. San Marino (1-0) — QB Glazier shined in debut
4. La Salle (1-0) — Defense dominated Compton
5. Muir (0-1) — Mistake-filled opener
6. Pasadena (1-0) –Offense was electric in opener
7. Maranatha (1-0) — Bogan debut a success
8. Arcadia (1-0) — Easy time vs. Alhambra
9. Rio Hondo Prep (1-0) — Have to step up vs. Mission Prep
10. La Canada (1-0) — Outlasted Verbum Dei in Lambert debut

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Golden Knight: Dylan Crawford making a name for himself at St. Francis

St. Francis' WR Dylan Crawford has gone from unknown commodity to one of the top junior receivers in California. He leads the Golden Knights when they open the season Friday night at home vs. Chino. (Photo by Libby Cline / Pasadena Star-News)

St. Francis’ WR Dylan Crawford has gone from unknown commodity to one of the top junior receivers in California. He leads the Golden Knights when they open the season Friday night at home vs. Chino. (Photo by Libby Cline / Pasadena Star-News)

By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter

LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE >> There was a time when St. Francis High School’s Dylan Crawford lived in the shadow of his older brother, Evan.
But no more.
Now, the junior has made his own name for himself.
Crawford has risen from being an unknown commodity before last season to become arguably the top receiver in the area, and a key factor for the Golden Knights this season.
“He’s a pretty dynamic player,” said St. Francis coach Jim Bonds, whose team opens its season with a home game vs. Chino on Friday. “It’s nice to have someone with his ability and athleticism. He can not only get behind defenders, but when the ball is the air and near him, he’s going to go up and get it.
“He thinks every ball is his. It’s nice, when you couple that with his speed. It’s a nice combination to have.”

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SGVN Pick’em, your predictions and ours: Bishop Amat, San Dimas, Northview, South Hills locks in Week 0

The game: In this year’s Tribskin Pick’em, Aram will I will do it a little differently. We’ll pick all games from the SGVN coverage areas of the Tribune, Whittier Daily News and Pasadena Star-News for an all-encompassing, all-out bragging right for 2014, since nobody ever pays the dinner bet. I won last year, ending Aram’s two-year win streak.

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tribskinWEEK 0: Lot of great games to choose from Thursday through Saturday to start the season. Northview coach Marcel Perez was extremely confident in a conversation this summer, so I’m taking the Vikings on Thursday along with La Puente. On Friday, the tide has turned and it’s no longer an upset to take San Dimas over Monrovia, which I’m doing with confidence. Bishop Amat will turn some heads in Orange County with a victory over Santa Margarita and Charter Oak will get knocked off by some team from Nevada. Diamond Bar will get a win at Montebello for its new coach and Wilson will do the same for Greg Gano. I like Arroyo, but like San Marino better (drinking the Steve Ramirez Kool-aid). Same goes with Muir, good team but Salesian probably better. On Saturday night, South Hills is at least a three-touchdown favorite over Covina. So there you go, we’ll come back next week and find out who we did. But go ahead, make your own picks and lets play. Aram is on vacation today and will make his predictions on Tuesday.

Thursday’s games
Rosemead vs. Northview at San Dimas HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Northview); Aram (Rosemead)
Ralston Valley vs. La Serna, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Serna); Aram (LS)
Verbum Dei vs. La Canada at LA Southwest, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Verbum Dei); Aram (VD)
Sierra Vista at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Puente); Aram (LP)
Friday’s games
Monrovia at San Dimas, 7 p.m. — Robledo (San Dimas); Aram (SD)
Bishop Amat vs. Santa Margarita at Saddleback, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BAmat); Aram (Amat)
Green Valley, NV., at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Green Valley); Aram (CO)
Diamond Bar at Montebello, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DBar); Aram (DB)
Tesoro at La Mirada, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Tesoro); Aram (Tesoro)
Bonita at Schurr, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Schurr); Aram (Bonita)
El Toro at La Habra, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Habra); Aram (LH)
Claremont at El Rancho, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Claremont); Aram (ER)
Firebaugh at St. Paul, 7 p.m. — Robledo (St. Paul); Aram (St. Paul)
Santa Fe at Santa Maria St. Joseph, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Santa Maria); Aram (SM)
Whittier vs. Sonora at California HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Sonora); Aram (Sonora)
Arroyo at San Marino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SMarino); Aram (SM)
Muir at Salesian, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Salesian); Aram (Salesian)
Bassett at Maranatha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Maranatha); Aram (Maranatha)
Alhambra at Arcadia, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Alhambra); Aram (Arcadia)
Pasadena at South El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Pasadena); Aram (Pas)
Compton at La Salle, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Salle); Aram (LS)
Blair vs. Flintridge Prep, at Oxy, 7 p.m.– Robledo (FPrep); Aram (FP)
Duarte at Cerritos Valley Christian, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Cerritos); Aram (Duarte)
Keppel at Ganesha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Ganesha); Aram (Ganesha)
Ribet Academy at Rio Hondo Prep, 7 p.m. — Robledo (RH Prep); Aram (RHP)
San Gabriel at Montclair, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Montclair); Aram (Montclair)
Baldwin Park at El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BPark); Aram (BP)
Workman vs. Wilson at La Puente HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Wilson); Aram (Wilson)
Diamond Ranch at Nogales, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DRanch); Aram (DR)
Santa Monica at Los Altos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Los Altos); Aram (LA)
Gladstone at Jurupa Hills, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Jurupa Hills); Aram (JH)
Alta Loma at Rowland, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Alta Loma); Aram (AL)
Walnut at Don Lugo, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Walnut); Aram (Lugo)
West Covina at Colony, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Colony); Aram (WC)
Saturday’s games
Covina vs. South Hills at Walnut HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SHills); Aram (SH)
Bosco Tech at Pasadena Poly, 2 p.m. — Robledo (Bosco Tech); Aram (PasPoly)

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Jeremiah Martin is St. Francis’ X-Factor

St. Francis' QB Jerimiah Martin during football practice at St. francis High School in La Canada, Calif., on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2014. (Photo by Libby Cline / Pasadena Star-News)

St. Francis’ QB Jerimiah Martin during football practice at St. francis High School in La Canada, Calif., on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2014. (Photo by Libby Cline / Pasadena Star-News)

By Stephen Ramirez

LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE >> Senior Jeremiah Martin is the X-factor for the St. Francis High School football team.
The Golden Knights enjoyed one of the better seasons in the program’s history last year, and have enough impact returners to add to the glory this fall.
But the missing link is at quarterback, a void left by the graduation of Star-News Player of the Year Ty Gangi that Martin hopes to fill after sitting out last season.
”I definitely feel a little bit of responsibility,” Martin said earlier this week after practice. “This team is going to go where I take them. I feel that pressure, but I’m ready to live up to that.”

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St. Francis’ Jim Bonds takes the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS, calls out Maranatha’s Steve Bogan, Oaks Christian’s Bill Redell

The Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS made a stop at St. Francis High School today. Golden Knights’ coach Jim Bonds accepted by challenge from Wednesday and received his ice bucket shower. He then called out Maranatha coach Steve Bogan and Oaks Christian’s Bill Redell, his mentor.

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