BURBANK 38, MONROVIA 20
MONROVIA >> Any thought of this being a down season for the Burbank High School football team was put to rest Friday.
Darnell Williams rushed for 109 yards and Jake Kelley ran for two touchdowns as the Bulldogs shocked host Monrovia 38-20 in the teams’ season opener.
Guy Gibbs threw for 70 yards and two touchdown and Nicolas Warren had 61 yards rushing and a score for Burbank, which opened the season with a win for the eighth consecutive year.
Asaph Zamora threw for 176 yards and a touchdown for Monrovia, which began the season ranked No. 7 in the CIF-SS Central Division. Burbank is unranked in the Southeast Division.
Burbank’s Darnell Williams: “I love winning. This team is a blessing. Everyone said we were going to lose this game by 14. We said, ‘No, we’re better than that.’”
Monrovia coach Chris Stevens: We had a fast start and then we just couldn’t get anything going offensively. It was hard to move the sticks tonight and when you play an opponent like Burbank, you have to be able to move the ball, and we just didn’t tonight.”
— Stephen Ramirez
NORTHVIEW 37, ROSEMEAD 24
ROSEMEAD >> Northview High came out firing on all cylinders offensively in its football season opener Friday night. The Vikings needed every score to withstand a valiant comeback by Rosemead.
In the end, Northview’s vaunted rushing attack was too much for the host Panthers as the Vikings came away with a 37-24 victory in the non-league game.
Elijah Grijalva rushed for 119 yards and two touchdowns on 11 times carries. Andres Hooper ran 14 times for 115 yards and quarterback Steven Comstock completed the rushing attack by rushing eight times for 29 yards and two scores.
Not to be outdone, Rosemead quarterback Steven Nava was the definition of a gunslinger. Nava was 30 for 49 for 297 yards and three touchdowns. Darien Camacho caught 14 passes for 160 yards and three touchdowns. Jordan Parham caught nine passes for 116 yards.
— Guillermo Tovar
PASADENA 20, SOUTH EL MONTE 0
Jeremiah Jones rushed for 167 yards on 22 carries and a touchdown and the Pasadena High School defense buckled down for a season-opening 20-0 nonleague victory over South El Monte on Friday night.
The Eagles were held to 89 yards total offense, 64 rushing, and did not penetrate inside the Pasadena 38-yard line.
Bulldogs quarterback Haden Zepeda rushed for a 1-yard TD run and completed 3 of 5 passes for 74 yards, including a 27-yard TD pass to Blake Jenkins.
HOW THE TOP TEN FARED
1. St. Francis, idle
2. San Marino def. Arroyo, 49-10
3. Monrovia lost to Burbank, 38-20
4. Muir lost to Salesian, 34-14
5. Maranatha def. St. Monica, 44-0
6. La Salle def. El Camino Real, 37-14
7. Arcadia lost to Bell Gardens, 42-37
8. Rosemead lost to Northview, 37-24
9. South Pasadena, idle
10. La Canada def Verbum Dei, 33-6
Western 26, Alhambra 0
Diamond Bar 44, Duarte 13
Ganesha 41, Keppel 7
Southlands Chr. 44, Marshall 26
Montclair 36, San Gabriel 0
Pasadena Poly 42, Bosco Tech 6
Pasadena 20, South El Monte 0
Clairemont 41, Gabrielino 17
BURBANK 38, MONROVIA 20