By Stephen Ramirez
PASADENA >> Eli Snyder is no stranger to being in the spotlight.
The Maranatha High School senior, who is in his third season as the Minutemen’s starting quarterback, has also acted in three movies, including the popular cult film, “300.”
The talent he honed in the latter has helped him succeed in the former, where he’s become one of the top quarterbacks in the Valley.
“My dad (Zack Snyder) is a director, so I was able to be in a few of his films,” said Eli Snyder , who looks to add to his success when the Minutemen play at Mountain View on Friday. “It kind of made me mature quicker. I was in front of 100 people on a set, so the pressure was on a little bit. I was only 8-years-old.
“It helped me mature a little bit. It makes you realize what you have to do when the spotlight’s on.”
ST. FRANCIS 45, CALABASAS 7
LA CANADA >> A blocked punt certainly does not change the makeup of a football game.
But John Carroll’s block certainly had a lasting effect Thursday night. The St. Francis High School senior blocked a punt, picked it up at the 2-yard line and scored early in the first half. It gave the undefeated Golden Knights a 14-0 lead en route to a 45-7 nonleague victory over visiting Calabasas.
“The ball got snapped and I ran right through and blocked it,” Carroll said. “It felt better than scoring that way than catching and running for a touchdown. The team got a little hyped. We got excited about that.”
– Keith Lair
FLINTRIDGE PREP 44, CAMPBELL HALL 14
The Rebels (3-2) won their third consecutive nonleague game Thursday afternoon in a game played in North Hollywood.
Riley Jones caught two touchdown passes from Andew Tsangeos. The Rebels built a 35-0 lead in the third quarter. It was the Vikings’ first loss of the season.
– Keith Lair
South Pasadena 42, Beverly Hills 9
STAR-NEWS TOP 10 FOOTBALL RANKINGS
1. St. Francis (4-0) – No hangover effect vs. Canyon
2. Monrovia (4-1) – Getting a well-deserved break
3. Maranatha (5-0) – Might be 10-0 after regular season
4. San Marino (4-1) – Two weeks to prep for Monrovia
5. La Salle (3-2) – Took out frustration on Duarte
6. Muir (1-3) – Routing Glendale had to feel good
7. Pasadena Poly (4-0) – Got gift-wrapped win over Brentwood
8. La Canada (4-1) – One heckuva nonleague campaign
9. Rio Hondo Prep (2-3) – Some tough losses on resume
10. South Pasadena (3-1) – Allowing just seven points per game
GAMES OF THE WEEK
BURBANK 34, PASADENA 14
PASADENA >> The Pasadena High football team can take it as a good sign that it was up to the challenge of playing Pacific League championship contender Burbank.
But the Bulldogs probably shouldn’t have waited until they were down by 20 points to prove that point.
In the end, Pasadena’s rally stalled (repeatedly) and Burbank pulled away late for a 34-14 win on Friday night in the league opener for both teams.
The loss dropped Pasadena to 1-3 overall, and the Bulldogs face an uphill battle as far as a league championship is concerned. Burbank, which was a Southeast Division semifinalist last season, improved to 3-1.
– Aram Tolegian
MONROVIA 27, LOS ALTOS 25
MONROVIA >> Asaph Zamora drove Monrovia 91 yards in the final minute to stun Los Altos 27-25 in a nonleague game Friday night.
On third-and-goal from the 20-yard line with 0:12 left on the clock, Zamora bought time in the pocket and found Lawrence Spencer in the corner of the end zone for the game-winning touchdown.
“I knew we had to punch it in,” Zamora said. “We had to win the game right there.”
On the final play of the game, Spencer made an interception at midfield as time expired.
– Robert Schmitt
TEMPLE CITY 43, SAN GABRIEL 0
SAN GABRIEL >> The Temple City Rams used a 22-point first quarter to take control of the game and beat the host San Gabriel Matadors 43-0 in a nonleague game Friday night.
Temple City (2-2) handed San Gabriel (0-5) not only its fifth straight loss, but also its fifth consecutive scoreless game.
– Guillermo Tovar
ROUNDUP: La Salle 42, Duarte 7 — Five different players scored touchdowns to help host La Salle High School to a 42-7 victory over Duarte in the final nonleague game for both teams on Friday night.
The Lancers (3-2) took advantage of six turnovers, including Chris Robinson’s fumble recovery in the end zone. La Salle picked off six Isaiah Scott passes and recovered three Falcons fumbles.
HOW THE TOP 10 FARED
1. St. Francis (4-0) def. Canyon Country Canyon, 49-32
2. Monrovia (4-1) def. Los Altos, 27-25
3. Maranatha (5-0) def. Keppel, 43-6
4. San Marino (4-1) def. Beverly Hills, 49-14
5. La Salle (3-2) def. Duarte, 42-7
6. Muir (1-3) def. Glendale, 31-0 (Thursday)
7. Pasadena Poly (3-0) at Brentwood, today
8. Rio Hondo Prep (2-3) Lost to No. 9 La Canada, 26-19 (Thursday)
9. La Canada (4-1) def. No. 8 Rio Hondo prep, 26-19 (Thursday)
10. Pasadena (1-2) lost to Burbank, 34-14
Rosemead 35, El Monte 0
Gabrielino 54, Marshall 0
Arcadia 24, Hoover 7
Temple City 43, San Gabriel 0
South Pasadena 20, Alhambra 0
By Keith Lair
GLENDALE >> All the Muir High School football team needed was to get to Pacific League play.
The Mustangs opened league action with a resounding 30-0 victory over Glendale on Thursday night at Glendale’s Moyse Field. It was their first victory of the season.
Chase Keough threw for 209 yards and three TDs to lead Muir.
Muir coach John Hardy: “We got a victory. We have to get better from here. No disrespect to Glendale, but we expected to win this game. Getting the doughnut was good, but we have to get better and be more physical.”
Chase Keough: “It felt good. It’s the first taste that I’ve got here. It’s well deserved. We worked hard this summer.”
LA CANADA 26, RIO HONDO PREP 19
For three quarters, La Canada looked out of sync on offense. Then came a wild fourth quarter.
Trailing by 10 with eight minutes left, the Spartans scored 17 points in a wild sequence to escape with a 26-19 nonleague home win against Rio Hondo Prep.
Anthony Connell scored on a 7-yard run with 6:16 left to make 19-16. After forcing Rio Hondo to punt, the Spartans quickly moved down the field and Mikey Selsor kicked a 30-yard field goal to tie the game at 19 with 1:30 left.
Ryan Breneman forced a fumble on the ensuing kickoff recovered by Josh Moulin and on the next play, Breneman scored on a 26-yard run to complete the comeback.
– Evan Barnes
STAR-NEWS TOP 10
1. St. Francis (3-0) – Proved area supremacy once again
2. Monrovia (3-1) – Showed quality in St. Francis loss
3. Maranatha (4-0) – The Bogan Effect
4. San Marino (3-1) – Slip up vs. Cal is troubling
5. La Salle (2-2) – Does Maranatha loss hurt business?
6. Muir (0-3) – Have to get right in a hurry
7. Pasadena Poly (3-0) – Can’t argue with the record
8. Rio Hondo Prep (2-2) – Stunned by Calvary Murrieta loss
9. La Canada (3-1) – Caught a dose of reality vs. CV
10. Pasadena (1-2) – Huge test looms in league opener
St. Francis has been the school of the Pasadena area over the past decade and that didn’t change Friday as the Golden Knights beat Monrovia, 35-13, in a battle of the area’s top two teams. It’s St. Francis’ second consecutive week over the ‘Cats after Monrovia held on for a win two years ago. Maranatha got the advantage in the other rival game Fridya, beating La Salle, 33-30. In other big games, Muir was no match for Hart, losing 40-7, while San Marino’s defensive woes from last season returned Friday and bit the Titans in a 38-35 loss to California.
GAMES OF THE WEEK
ST. FRANCIS 35, MONROVIA 13
LA CANADA — When things got hairy on Friday, the St. Francis High School football team got defensive.
The Golden Knights got a clutch interception in the end zone by cornerback Mason Williams to halt a late Monrovia scoring threat and later defensive lineman Nick Horner returned a deflected pass 40 yards for a touchdown as St. Francis pulled away for a 35-13 win.
“Our defense is playing good football,” Knights coach Jim Bonds said. “You’ve got to give credit to Monrovia, they came to play. I don’t know if the score is really indicative of how well they played.
“The environment here tonight was awesome. We’ll tell our guys to savor this victory and remember it through the weekend.”
St. Francis, the top-ranked team in the Southeast Division improved to 3-0. Monrovia, which was ranked No. 1 in the Central Division, fell to 3-1.
– Aram Tolegian
CALIFORNIA 38, SAN MARINO 35
SAN MARINO — It was an all-out air assault Friday night at San Marino High School, as the host Titans and California High combined for 617 passing yards.
But Caifornia came out victorious when senior running back Nathan Lowden scored on a 14-yard run with 7:50 left in the fourth quarter as the Condors held on for the 38-35 nonleague victory to send the Titans to their first defeat of the season.
It was the first-ever meeting between the schools.
Lowden ran for 133 yards on 29 carries and also threw a 71-yard halfback option pass to senior wide receiver Jake Mata (three receptions for 114 yards) for a score.
Senior quarterback Adam Satti threw for 240 yards and a touchdown for the Condors (2-2), completing 26 of 31 passes.
– John Sherrard
ROUNDUP: MARANATHA 33, LA SALLE 30
Placekicker Grant Schober booted his fourth field goal of the game, a 35-yarder with 2:01 to play, for the winning points as host Maranatha defeated crosstown rival La Salle 33-30 in a nonleague game on Friday night.
Schober’s kick gave the undefeated Minutemen (4-0) a 33-22 lead, but the Lancers (2-2) came back to score with 41 seconds to play, as quarterback Will Pyburn connected with Robbie Hillier for an 8-yard TD pass. The Lancers converted the two-point PAT, but could not get the ball back.
St. Francis 35, Monrovia 13
Maranatha 33, La Salle 30
California 38, San Marino 30
Azusa 20, Arcadia 12
Bassett 49, Bosco Tech 16
Duarte 38, Mountain View 21
Flintridge Prep 29, Sierra Vista 14
San Dimas 42, Rosemead 6
Beverly Hills 35, San Gabriel 0
South Pasadena 23, Glendale 7
Hart 40, Muir 7
Crescenta Valey 35, La Canada 0
Calvary Chapel/Murrieta 19, Rio Hondo Prep 13
Alhambra 15, L.A. Wilson 13
Eagle Rock 59, Temple City 30
Mar Vista 28, Gabrielino 18
Webb 49, Marshall 0