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Friday Night Final: Monrovia, Arroyo, Maranatha bring home league title hardward; Muir rings the Victory Bell again in Turkey Tussle


AREA SCOREBOARD

SAN MARINO – The road to the Rio Hondo League football championship still runs through Monrovia, and Kurt Scoby made sure of it.
The senior running back accounted for 361 total yards and five touchdowns and the visiting Wildcats won the league title for the sixth consecutive season with a 62-21 victory over San Marino on Friday.
Scoby rushed for 241 and three touchdowns to lead Monrovia, which improved to 9-1 overall and 5-0 in league and stretched its league winning streak to 32 games. Monrovia, also getting 156 yards passing and three scores from Deshawn Potts and 113 yards rushing and two touchdowns from Kameron Johnson, is expected to receive the top seed for the Mid-Valley Division when the CIF-Southern Section releases playoff pairings on Sunday.
San Marino, getting 208 yards and two touchdowns from quarterback Andrew Ferraco, slipped to 8-2 and 4-1. The Titans still are in the running for a top four seed after being ranked No. 4 in the division this week.
Monrovia coach Ryan Maddox: “(Scoby) was incredible tonight. The offensive line did a great job opening holes for him. (San Marino) had to commit nine guys in the box. When we parted the sea, he was gone.”
Monrovia’s Kurt Scoby: “This feels great. Without God and without my teammates, this wouldn’t happen. I can’t do it without them.”
San Marino coach Mike Hobbie: “It was a combination of things. It was a great running back and an awfully good offensive line blocking well. They are not a team of just Scoby. They can get running backs free to run. I could have run through some of those holes.”
– Steve Ramirez, @steverramirez on Twitter

Monrovia's Kurt Scoby catches a pass for a touchdown against San Marino in the first half of a prep football game at Monrovia High School in Monrovia, Calif., on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013.  (Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star-News)

Monrovia’s Kurt Scoby catches a pass for a touchdown against San Marino in the first half of a prep football game at Monrovia High School in Monrovia, Calif., on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013.
(Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star-News)

HOW THE TOP 10 FARED
1. St. Francis (8-2) lost to Chaminade, 56-35 – The Golden Knights were unable to match the Eagles big plays in the battle for the No. 2 seed in the Western Division. Now the question is whether St. Francis, ranked No. 3 in the division this week, will retain a top four seed. If they don’t, I still like their chances to get the final four.
2. Monrovia (9-1) def. No. 5 San Marino (8-2), 62-21 – Still doubt the Wildcats can cruise through the Mid-Valley Division like a hot knife through butter? One only had to watch Monrovia, behind nearly 500 all-purpose yards and 5 TDs from Kurt Scoby, take apart the division’s No. 4 team. Monrovia had 604 yards and scored on seven of its first eight possessions to win going away.
No. 3 Muir (9-1) def. Pasadena (1-9), 32-21 – This is why the Turkey Tussle is one of the better rivalries in the country. The Bulldogs played it like it was their CIF-SS title game, and nearly pulled off one of the bigger upsets in the series, playing its best game of the season before losing. Muir survived and will have to be more like itself in the playoffs, and I think they will.
No. 4 Rio Hondo Prep (9-1) def. Webb, 46-7 – The Kares got ready for the playoffs with another blow-out win. Anything but a trip to the finals will be a disappointment for the two-time defending Northeast champs.
No. 6 La Salle (8-2) def. Bosco Tech (0-10), 45-14 – The Lancers complete the sweep through the Del Rey League for their second consecutive league crown. Now they hope to redeem themselves in the playoffs after losing in the first round last season.
No. 7 Rosemead (8-2) lost to Arroyo, 17-13 – The Panthers slowed down the Knights, but came up short in their quest for the Mission Valley League title. But this is a team you don’t want to line up against, unless your name is Monrovia.
No. 8 Pasadena Poly (7-2) lost to St. Anthony, 31-7 – A surprising result for the Panthers in a battle of two teams ranked in the Northeast top 10.
No. 9 Maranatha (8-2) def. Valley Christian, 31-28 –Eli Snyder threw for a touchdown pass as the Minutemen completed a phenomenal run to the Olympic League title. Could we get a Maranatha-La Salle playoff battle? Stay tuned.
No. 10 Gabrielino 56, El Monte 28 – An impressive showing for the Eagles, who had already clinched a playoff spot.
OTHER SCORES
La Canada 31, Temple City 7 – The Spartans take the final playoff spot from the Rio Hondo League, which likely gets them a date with Arroyo
Alhambra 36, San Gabriel 25 – The Moors have finished strong…2014 looks promising
Duarte 62, Ganesha 18 – The Falcons did the part…but still no word if they are in.
Chadwick 31, Flintridge Prep 8 – A tough loss for the Rebels, who finish a disappointing season
South Pasadena 35, Blair 0 – The Tigers end the season on a good note

AREA ROUNDUP: Alhambra ends the season with win over San Gabriel

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Thursday Night Final: Crescenta Valley all but eliminates Arcadia; Marshall ends season with a win

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD

THURSDAY’S RESULTS
Crescenta Valley 49, Arcadia 14

Crescenta Valley put Arcadia into at-large mode quicky, leading 42-0 at half before settling for the 49-14 victory at Glendale High School. The loss eliminates the Apaches from receiving one the Pacific League’s three automatic playoff bids. Arcadia drops to 5-5 overall and finishes fifth in the Pacific League with a 3-4 record. The Apaches can apply for an at-large bid, but would be on the low end of the totem pole.
Marshall 34, Campbell Hall 16
The Eagles concluded its season on a high note, taking an early lead they would relinquish.
Marshall finished 3-7.

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Star-News Super 23 Football Rankings: Eight was enough for St. Francis, but the Knights are still Golden among area teams

GANGI

STAR-NEWS SUPER 23 RANKINGS
1. St. Francis (8-1) –
The Golden Knights saw their win streak end at eight. But they keep the top spot after turning some heads in a 35-21 setback to Serra, which is ranked No. 2 in the state. St. Francis, which led 21-7 last week, will need a similar effort vs. Chaminade, with the winner getting second in the Mission League and a top four seed in the Western Division. I say they do it.
2. Monrovia (8-1) – The ‘Cats have just overmatched their Rio Hondo League opponents, outscoring them, 231-0, including a 54-0 victory over Blair last week. They’ll get a challenge this week from San Marino, but this is a team that looks destined to repeat.
3. Muir (8-1) – The Mustangs, sans Friday’s Turkey Tussle, have rolled through the Pacific League. They should be a top four seed in the Southeast, which makes them scary.
4. Rio Hondo Prep (8-1) – The Kares made little work of Pasadena Poly, which strangely enough was ranked ahead of them in the Northeast most of the season. Not anymore.
5. San Marino (8-1) – How good are the Titans, who have averaged more than 50 points a game? We’re about to find out as MoTown comes calling.
6. La Salle (7-2) – The Lancers have taken care of business, winning their second consecutive Del Rey League title. But the acid test comes in the playoffs.
7. Rosemead (8-1) – The Panthers face Arroyo for the Mission Valley League title. But they’ll need a better effort after slipping by Gabrielino, 22-21.
8. Pasadena Poly (7-1) – The Panthers received a wake-up call, suffering a blow-out loss against Rio Hondo Prep. This is a team that should do some damage in a top-heavy Northeast Division.
9. Maranatha (7-2) – The Minutemen have been on a roll since losing to La Salle in October. They face Valley Christian for the Olympic League title on Friday, then take their crack at CIF-SS glory.
10. Gabrielino (6-3) – The Eagles gave Rosemead all it wanted before losing by a point. But the good news is that with El Monte’s loss, they are in the postseason
The Rest: 11. Duarte (5-4), 12. Arcadia (5-4),, 13. La Canada (4-5), 14. Temple City (3-6), 15. South Pasadena (3-6), 16. Flintridge Prep (2-7), 17. San Gabriel (2-7), 18. Pasadena (1-8), 19. Marshall (2-7), 20. Alhambra (1-8), 21. Keppel (1-8), 22. Bosco Tech (0-9), 23. Blair (0-9).
LEADERS
Passing (Comp-Att-Yards-TDs)

1. Eli Snyder, Maranatha, 167-268-2,500-20
2. Tyler Gangi, St. Francis, 112-215-1,855-19
3. Elijah Peters, Gabrielino, 118-220-1,838-19
4. Joey Harmon, Arcadia, 104-176-1,241-7
5. Will Pyburn, La Salle, 67-136-1,119-14
6. Johnny Bolinger, Rio Hondo Prep, 52-88-1059-16
7. Steven Nava, Rosemead, 66-118-1,008-12
8. Nick Giambalvo, Alhambra, 84-182-844-7
9. Michael Bowman, Pasadena Poly, 56-88-943-15
10. Andrew Ferraco, San Marino, 43-76-841-13
Rushing (Att-Yards-TDs)
1. Kurt Scoby, Monrovia, 114-1,353-21
2. Stefan Smith, Flintridge Prep, 127-1,134-13
3. Nate Tayco, Rio Hondo Prep, 147-1,126-23
4. Andrew Ferraco, San Marino, 131-1,098-21
5. Joe Mudi, St. Francis, 118-1037-9
6. Alec Zavala, Rosemead, 130-1,004-8
7. Griffin Carter, Pasadena Poly, 67-840-13
8. Tenny McFarlane, San Marino, 99-802-7
9. Baile McDavid, Maranatha, 88-738-8
10. Milan Acquaah, La Salle, 78-644-8
Receiving (Rec.-Yards-TDs)
1. Xavius Boone, Maranatha, 51-774-5
2. Darron McWhorter, Maranatha, 47-754-7
3. Dylan Crawford, St. Francis, 34-694-7
4. Jared Akins, La Salle, 22-535-6
5. Joe Mudie, St. Francis, 29-491-4
6. Mark Pachorek, Arcadia, 36-472-1
7. Jeremy Franco, Gabrielino, 25-466-9
8. Luis Luna, Rosemead, 22-457-6
9. John Carroll, St. Francis, 30-434-6
10. Tyler Spitzer, San Marino, 23-413-8

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Star-News Pick’em: Monrovia over San Marino; St. Francis over Chaminade; Arroyo over Rosemead and Maranatha over Valley Christian…Turkey Tussle? As usual, it’s Muir

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Keith and I are matching our knowledge of the area and high school football by offering our picks on the area’s games.

LAIR: 147-22 (16-2 last week)
RAMIREZ: 145-24 (16-2 last week)

San Marino will try to avoid this...Can they? (Staff photo by Keith Birmingham)

San Marino will try to avoid this…Can they?
(Staff photo by Keith Birmingham)

Last week: It was a break even week as Keith and I both went 16-2. We both missed on La Canada’s win over South Pasadena and Duarte over Bassett.
This week: It’s championship week in the West Valley, with three games that will put the league title on the line. The big one is Monrovia at San Marino in a battle of two of the area’s top five teams with 8-1 records. Both teams have showed the ability to score at will, but Monrovia, at this point in time, looks to have the better defense. I like the Cats in a game similar to last season, which when to the Green Machine. The Mission Valley League is also up for grabs, but go with Arroyo over Rosemead, which barely squeaked by Gabrielino last week. You can also take Maranatha over Valley Christian for the Olympic League title. The Minutemen have been on a roll since losing to La Salle, and that won’t change this week. There will be no title on the line when St. Francis visits Chaminade, but a top four seed in the Western Division playoffs could await the winner. After nearly shocking Serra, you have to like the Golden Knights on the blue field.

This week’s schedule and predictions
Thursday
Arcadia vs. Crescenta Valley at Glendale HS — Ramirez (CV); Lair (Crescenta Valley)
Campbell Hall vs. Marshall at Pasadena HS — Ramirez (Marshall); Lair (Marshall)
Friday
Monrovia at San Marino — Ramirez (Monrovia); Lair (Monrovia)
Pasadena vs. Muir at Rose Bowl — Ramirez (Muir); Lair (Muir)
Arroyo at Rosemead — Ramirez (Arroyo); Lair (Arroyo)
St. Francis at Chaminade — Ramirez (St. Francis); Lair (St. Francis)
Maranatha at Valley Christian — Ramirez (Maranatha); Lair (Maranatha)
Temple City at La Canada — Ramirez (Temple City); Lair (Temple City)
Gabrielino at El Monte — Ramirez (Gabrielino); Lair (Gabrielino)
Duarte at Ganesha — Ramirez (Duarte); Lair (Duarte)
Alhambra at San Gabriel — Ramirez (San Gabriel); Lair (Alhambra)
Keppel at Bell Gardens — Ramirez (Bell Gardens); Lair (Bell Gardens)
La Salle at Bosco Tech — Ramirez (La Salle); Lair (La Salle)
Flintridge Prep at Chadwick, 3 p.m. — Ramirez (Flintridge Prep): Lair (Chadwick)
Rio Hondo Prep at Webb, 2:30 p.m. — Ramirez (Rio Hondo Prep); Lair (Rio Hondo Prep)
South Pasadena vs. Blair at Muir HS — Ramirez (South Pasadena); Lair (South Pasadena)
Pasadena Poly vs. St. Anthony at Daniels Field — Ramirez (Poly); Lair (Poly)
ALL GAMES BEGIN AT 7 P.M., UNLESS NOTED

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St. Francis shows a lot in 35-21 loss to Serra; Muir, La Salle clinch league titles; Maranatha takes a big step

GARDENA – St. Francis didn’t shock the high school football world Friday. But they did put a scare in nationally-ranked Serra.
Jalen Greene contributed 324 yards and five touchdowns as the host Cavaliers clinched at least a share of the Mission League title after rallying for a 35-21 victory over the Golden Knights.
Serra, ranked No. 6 nationally and No. 2 in the state by MaxPreps.com, shutout St. Francis in the second half to improve to 9-0 overall and 4-0 in league play.
St. Francis, getting 306 yards passing from Tyler Gangi, slipped to 8-1 and 3-1.
Friday also saw Muir and La Salle clinch shares of their respective league titles, clinching No. 1 playoff spots in the process. The Mustangs clinched the Pacific League with a 39-26 victory over Crescenta Valley, while the Lancers overwhelmed Cantwell, 35-10, to wrap up the Del Rey League. Maranatha took a big step toward the Olympic League crown with a 34-24 victory over Whittier Christian. The Minutemen can play for the league title week at Valley Chrisitian, which is at Heritage Christian on Saturday. Rosemead set up a title showdown against Arroyo in the Mission Valley with a 22-21 victory over Gabrielino, who needs to win next week to clinch a playoff bid.

– Steve Ramirez
@steverramirez on Twitter

GANGI
HOW THE TOP TEN FARED
1. St. Francis (8-1) lost to Serra, 35-21 –
The Golden Knights put a scare in the the Cavs, ranked No. 2 in the state by MaxPreps. St. Francis, which led 21-7 at one point, should be a player in the upcoming Western Division playoffs.
2. Monrovia (8-1) def. Blair, 54-0 — The Wildcats have yet to give up a point in the Rio Hondo League, outscoring their four opponents, 131-0. They should get a challenge from San Marino when the two battle for the league title.
3. Muir (8-1) def. Crescenta Valley, 39-26 – Dejon Williams threw for 172 yards and Taeon Mason returned the opening kick for a TD as the Mustangs wrapped up the Pacific League. They can run the table in league for the second consecutive season with a win over Pasadena next week in the annual Turkey Tussle.
4. Rio Hondo (7-1) is at No. 7 Pasadena Poly (7-0) today – The winner wins the Prep League
5. San Marino (8-1) def. Temple City, 48-0 – The Titans set up next week’s showdown vs. Monrovia with an easy win.
6. La Salle (7-2) def. Cantwell, 35-10 – An impressive win for Lancers, who wrapped up their second consecutive Del Rey League crown.
8. Rosemead (8-1) def. No. 10 Gabrielino (6-3), 22-21 – The Panthers won their eighth consecutive game, but it was close. It sets up a showdown vs. Arroyo next week for the Mission Valley League title.
9. Maranatha de. Whittier Christian, 34-24 — The Jude Oliva conversion is almost complete. The win sets up a possible first-place showdwon at Cerritos Valley Christian next week.

OTHER SCORES
Bell Gardens 57, San Gabriel 10 –
The Matadors long season continues
Duarte 55, Bassett 27 – A big win for the Falcons, who kept their playoff hopes alive with the victory.
Mary Star 40, Bosco Tech 16 – The Tigers’ struggles continue
Burroughs 37, Arcadia 14 – A tough loss for the Apaches, who need to beat Crescenta Valley next week to earn a playoff spot
Glendale 23, Pasadena 20 – An impressive showing by the Bulldogs, whose face Muir in the Turkey Tussle next week
La Canada 21, South Pasadena 9 – A big victory over the Spartans, who now play Temple City for a playoff spot next week
Flintridge Prep 21, Hawkins 13 — The Rebels have won two consecutive games

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CIF-Southern Section to have open division for boys and girls basketball

The CIF-Southern Section just sent out a press releasing announcing its plan of open divisions for boys and girls basketball. It sounds good, putting the top teams in the second in one bracket. Hopefully, it allows teams who had no chance otherwise to compete for playoff glory. According to the release, the open division teams will not be announced until after the regular season.
HERE IS THE RELEASE

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Star-News Super 23 Football Rankings: St. Francis off to best start since 1966 to lead the way

St. Francis is off to its best start since 1966. It can get even better this week with a win at Serra this week. (Staff photo by Keith Birmingham)

St. Francis is off to its best start since 1966. It can get even better this week with a win at Serra this week.
(Staff photo by Keith Birmingham)

STAR-NEWS SUPER 23 RANKINGS
1. St. Francis (8-0) –
The Knights 8-0 start not only puts the atop of the area rankings, but it also sets them up for solid run in the Western Division playoffs. St. Francis, 8-0 for the first time since 1966, is now in position to receive a top four seed, regardless of how it does its next two games against stalwarts Serra and Chaminade. A semifinal finish now looks possible. The other question is how it stacks up against Serra. We find out on Friday.
2. Monrovia (7-1) – Does anyone still think the Wildcats won’t repeat in the Rio Hondo League or Mid-Valley Division? One only has to look at their past three games, which has seen Monrovia outscore its first three league opponents, 177-0
3. Muir (7-1) – In most years, the Mustangs would be challenging for the top spot. Muir’s only loss was a respectable showing to Alemany, which is again showing the way in the Serra League. The Mustangs have hardly been challenged in the Pacific League, but should be challenged against Crescenta Valley this week.
4. Rio Hondo Prep (7-1) – The Kares have won six consecutive games since a week 1 loss to Northeast No. 1 Mission Prep. They are on the road to a repeat, but first have some business with Pasadena Poly in a match that decides the Prep League on Saturday.
5. San Marino (7-1) – The Titans have kept pace with the rest, averaging 50 points a game, including hanging 72 on Blair last week. They should have an easy time agaisnt Temple City this week before a week 10 showdown vs. Monrovia.
6. La Salle (6-2) – The Del Rey League is the Lancers for the taking after holding on to beat Bishop Montgomery last week. But the real test for La Salle is the playoffs in the coming weeks.
7. Pasadena Poly (7-0) – The Panthers have handled all challengers until now. But Rio Hondo Prep is a different type of animal. Even with a loss, this is a team other Northeast foes won’t like facing.
8. Rosemead (7-1) – It’s one to go for the Panthers, who face Gabrielino this week. Win, and they play Arroyo for the Mission Valley League title, just like the old days.
9. Maranatha (6-2) – The Minutemen have a resurgence under first-year coach Jude Oliva. Now comes the big test, first hosting Whittier Christian this week before traveling to Cerritos Valley Christian in Week 10. Win both, and Maranatha wins the Olympic League.
10. Gabrielino (6-2) – The Eagles have all but played their way into a playoff spot, needing a win in either of their final two games — this week against Rosemead or next vs. last-place El Monte
The Rest: 11. Arcadia (5-3), 12. Duarte (4-4), 13. Temple City (3-5), 14. South Pasadena (3-4), 15. La Canada (3-5), 16. San Gabriel (2-6), 17. Pasadena (1-7), 18. Marshall (2-6), 19. Flintridge Prep (1-7), 20. Alhambra (1-7), 21. Keppel (1-7), 22. Bosco Tech (0-8), 23. Blair (0-8).

STAT LEADERS (As reported to MaxPreps.com)
Passing (Comp-Atts-Yards-TDs)

1. Eli Snyder, Maranatha, 146-237-2,186-16
2. Tyler Gangi, St. Francis, 93-175-1,543-18
3. Elijah Peters, Gabrielino, 94-177-1,408-13
4. Joey Harmon, Arcadia, 91-157-1,158-6
5. Johnny Bolinger, Rio Hondo Prep, 50-85-991-15
6. Will Pyburn, La Salle, 56-108-967-12
7. Michael Bowman, Pasadena Poly, 56-88-943-15
8. Steven Nava, Rosemead, 53-90-803-11
9. Andrew Ferraco, San Marino, 39-68-733-11
10. Nick Giambalvo, Alhambra, 64-149-641-7
Others: Dejon Williams, Muir, 34-51-577-6
Deshawn Potts, Monrovia, 31-61-511-5
Rushing (Atts-Yards-TDs)
1. Kurt Scoby, Monrovia, 112-1,317-19
2. Stefan Smith, Flintridge Prep, 127-1,134-13
3. Joe Mudie, St. Francis, 106-987-9
4. Andrew Ferraco, San Marino, 117-973-18
5. Nate Tayco, Rio Hondo Prep, 124-915-17
6. Alec Zavala, Rosemead, 112-874-8
7. Griffin Carter, Pasadena Poly, 67-840-13
8. Baile McDavid, Maranatha, 88-738-8
9. Tenny McFarlane, San Marino, 88-728-7
10. Milan Acquaah, La Salle, 73-610-8
Others: Patrick Lopez, Rosemead, 82-530-6
Areg Nazarian, St. Francis, 62-528-4
Receiving (Rec.-Yards-TDs)
1. Darron McWhorter, Maranatha, 43-701-6
2. Xavius Boone, Maranatha, 45-684-5
3. Dylan Crawford, St. Francis, 27-558-7
4. Jared Akins, La Salle, 20-509-6
5. Mark Pachorek, Arcadia, 29-437-1
6. John Carroll, St. Francis, 28-415-6
7. Joe Mudie, St. Francis, 25-414-4
8. JP Shohfi, San Marino, 15-375-5
9. Oscar Noriega, Rosemead, 21-369-3
10. Jeremy Franco, Gabrielino, 19-367-5
Others: Christopher Montoya, Gabrielino, 25-352-2
Luis Luna, Rosemead, 18-349-5
Tyler Spitzer, San Marino, 21-346-7

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Star-News Pick’em: Sorry St. Francis, Serra looks too much like the New York Giants, the good version of the G-men…But Muir and Maranatha should come through in first-place matchups

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Keith and I are matching our knowledge of the area and high school football by offering our picks on the area’s games.

LAIR: 131-20 (14-2 last week)
RAMIREZ: 129-22 (15-1 last week)

St. Francis and coach Jim Bonds has a tough task this week against Serra (Staff photo by Keith Birmingham)

St. Francis and coach Jim Bonds has a tough task this week against Serra
(Staff photo by Keith Birmingham)

Last week: I scored another solid week, picking 15 of 16 winners, but Keith Lair was a solid as well, going 14-2, allowing me to pick up just one game on him in this friendly battle. His mistake was going with Keppel, which lost a 13-12 to San Gabriel. We both missed on Temple City’s win over South Pasadena.
This week: St. Francis is having its best season in nearly 50 years, but the task this week looks too much to overcome when they travel to Gardena to face Serra, arguably one of the top teams in the state that destroyed South Region Division III No. 2 Chaminade two weeks ago. I’d like to go with the Knights, who have looked Golden. But the Cavaliers look more like the New York Giants than a high school football team. I’m sure Jim Bonds and company can keep it close — it was last season for a half — but they have too much firepower to overcome. Other key matchups this week feature Muir vs. Crescenta Valley in a battle for first in the Pacific League, and Maranatha hosting Whittier Christian, which might settle the Olympic League. CV’s offense is a difficult task for the Mustangs, but Muir’s should win a shootout to claim the crown. I also like Maranatha, which has been clicking lately under new coach Jude Oliva. On Saturday, Rio Hondo Prep visits Pasadena Poly for first in the Prep League. Poly has yet to lose, but that changes Saturday.

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This week’s schedule and predictions
Friday

St. Francis at Serra — Ramirez (Serra); Lair (Serra)
Whittier Christian at Maranatha — Ramirez (Maranatha); Lair (Maranatha)
Crescenta Valley vs. Muir at Glendale HS — Ramirez (Muir); Lair (Muir)
La Salle at Cantwell-Sacred Heart — Ramirez (La Salle); Lair (La Salle)
Rosemead at Gabrielino — Ramirez (Rosemead); Lair (Rosemead)
Duarte at Bassett — Ramirez (Bassett); Lair (Bassett)
Burroughs at Arcadia — Ramirez (Burroughs); Lair (Burroughs)
Blair at Monrovia — Ramirez (Monrovia); Lair (Monrovia)
La Canada at South Pasadena — Ramirez (South Pasadena); Lair (South Pasadena)
Temple City at San Marino — Ramirez (San Marino); Lair (San Marino)
Glendale at Pasadena — Ramirez (Glendale); Lair (Glendale)
Alhambra at Montebello — Ramirez (Montebello); Lair (Montebello)
San Gabriel at Bell Gardens — Ramirez (Bell Gardens); Lair (Bell Gardens)
Schurr at Keppel — Ramirez (Schurr); Lair (Schurr)
Bosco Tech vs. Mary Star of the Sea at Daniels Field (San Pedro) — Ramirez (Mary Star); Lair (Mary Star)
Flintridge Prep at Hawkins (Los Angeles) — Ramirez (Flintridge Prep); Lair (Flintridge Prep)
Saturday
Rio Hondo Prep at Pasadena Poly, 3 p.m. — Ramirez (Rio Hondo Prep); Lair (Rio Hondo Prep)
Brentwood vs. Marshall at Pasadena HS, 1 p.m. — Ramirez (Brentwood); Lair (Brentwood)
ALL GAMES ARE AT 7 P.M., UNLESS NOTED

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Friday Night Final: La Salle holds off B-Monty; St. Francis routs H-Westlake to be 8-0 for the first time since 1966; Muir moves a step closer to Pacific crown

Friday was all about taking care of business, and St. Francis, Muir and La Salle all did their part. For the Golden Knights and Mustangs, it sets up huge games next week for a chance at their respective league titles.
St. Francis will be at state-power Serra in arguably the game of the year, while Muir can all bu wrap up its second consecutive Pacific League title by beating second-place Crescenta Valley at Glenalde.
For the Lancers, it puts them one game away from clinching a share of their second consecutive Del Rey League crown, which they can get with a win at Cantwell.
But coach Russell Martin was a little displeased with his special teams, who made two crucial mistakes that allowed Bishop Montgomery to nearly rally back from two 17-point deficits before losing, 31-28.
La Salle coach Russell Gordon: ‘Our special teams played below average tonight. I’m not happy with that, or satisfied. We just have to get back to work, get ready for Cantwell, and we have (to win) two more games before we can repeat.”
La Salle quarterback Will Pyburn (who accounted for 124 yards and two TDs): “We started real strong. We had some turnovers that killed us. I’m glad we got the win. I’d rather win ugly than lose pretty.”

La Salle's Milan Acquaah rushed for some of his 99 yards during the Lancers' 31-28 win over Bishop Montgomery (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz/Pasadena Star-News)

La Salle’s Milan Acquaah rushed for some of his 99 yards during the Lancers’ 31-28 win over Bishop Montgomery
(Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz/Pasadena Star-News)

HOW THE TOP TEN FARED
1. St. Francis (8-0) def. Harvard-Westlake, 44-14 – The Golden Knights are to their best start since LBJ was president. They did it with the usual suspects as Joe Mudie rushed for 220 yards and two TDs, and QB Ty Gangi threw for 134 yards and two scores. St. Francis now preps for a titanic match at Serra, which is also 8-0 and ranked No. 1 Southern California D-II by Cal-Hi Sports.
2. Monrovia (7-1) def. La Canada, 77-0, on Thursday – The Wildcats have opened Rio Hondo League play by outscoring the opposition, 177-0, in three games.
3. Muir (7-1) def. No. 9 Arcadia, 48-7 – Dejon Williams threw for 172 yards and two TDs as the Mustangs set up a battle for first with Crescenta Valley, which beat Hoover, next week. The Mustangs clinch a share of the Pacific League crown with a victory.
4. Rio Hondo Prep (6-1), at Firebaugh today – The Kares are a solid favorite vs. Firebaugh, with a win setting up a title bout at Pasadena Poly next week.
5. San Marino (7-1) def. Blair, 72-0, on Thursday – The Titans scored in the 70s for the second this season and scored at least 60 points for the fourth time. When do they face Monrovia? In two weeks, my friends.
6. La Salle (6-2) def. Bishop Montgomery, 31-28 – Will Pyburn accounted for 124 yards and and two TDs and Bryce Harvey and Milan Acquaah rushed for 100 and 99 yards, respectively moved a step closer for a second consecutive league title, but it was a lot closer than it needed to be, thanks in part to a pair of special teams’ mistakes.
7. Pasadena Poly (6-0) at Chadwick on Saturday – The Panthers can set up a showdown with Rio Hondo Prep with a win.
8. Rosemead (7-1) def. El Monte, 45-0 – Matt Koffler shows he still has it as the Panthers win the their seventh consecutive game. The win puts them on course for that title showdown vs. Arroyo in two weeks. But first they’ll have to deal with Gabrielino, which routed South El Monte.
10. Maranatha, idle – The Minutemen took the week off, but will host Whittier Christian next week with title hopes on the line.
OTHER SCORES
Schurr 47, Alhambra 0 – The Moors comeback to earth after beating Keppel last week
Burroughs 38, Pasadena 0 – Another rough outing for the Bulldogs
Duarte 20, Sierra Vista 15 – A big victory for the Falcons, who keep their slim playoff hopes alive. They’ll need to beat Bassett next week.
Temple City 48, South Pasadena 13 – A big victory for the Rams, who have the inside track for a playoff spot
Paraclete 62, Marshall 7 – Paraclete looks the read deal again

ROUNDUP: Muir special teams defense comes up big

SATURDAY’S SCHEDULE AND PREDICTIONS
Pasadena Poly at Chadwick, 3 p.m. — Ramirez (Poly); Lair (Poly)
Webb vs. Flintridge Prep at La Canada HS — Ramirez (Flintridge Prep): Lair (Flintridge)
Firebaugh vs. Rio Hondo Prep at Lynwood HS — Ramirez (Rio Hondo Prep); Lair (Rio Hondo)
ALL GAMES BEGIN AT 7 P.M., UNLESS NOTED

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