GAMES OF THE WEEK
Muir 31, Burbank 0
PASADENA — If there was any doubt about whether the Muir High School football team had really turned things around following an 0-3 start, the Mustangs put it to rest on Friday night.
Muir’s defense put the clamps on Burbank and eventually the Mustangs’ offense joined in the act and it all added up to a 31-0 Pacific League win.
“I kept saying to judge us later on in the season,” Muir head coach John Hardy said. “We’re young and I think we needed to lose in order to learn how to win.
“That’s what we expected as a staff, 0-3 never bothered us. We let the spectators spectate and we’re here coaching and we know what we have. We’ll get better each week and then we’ll take a nice run at the playoffs.”
– Aram Tolegian
St. Paul 28, La Salle 21, OT
PASADENA — St. Paul High School football coach Rick Zepeda believed this could be a season of resurgence for his football team.
The Swordsmen showed why Friday night.
Jacob Maier accounted for 185 yards and four touchdowns, including throwing the game-winning pass in overtime and St. Paul opened Angelus League play with a 28-21 victory over host La Salle.
St. Paul, which had been outscored, 96-0 the last two weeks, improved to 4-2. La Salle, getting 164 yards passing and two touchdowns from Will Pyburn, slipped to 3-3.
The Lancers, who joined the Angelus League after winning the Del Rey the past two seasons, tied with less than a minute to play when Pyburn lofted a pass in the left corner to Isiah Spencer to knot it at 21.
But Maier, who rushed for a touchdown, came through on third and 22 in overtime, tossing 26 yards to Damian Escobedo for a 28-21 lead.
La Salle, which got 87 yards rushing from A.J. Akobian, drove inside St. Paul’s 5 on its possession, but on fourth and goal from the 3, Pyburn dropped the shotgun snap from center and was sacked at the 5 to end the game.
– Stephen Ramirez
Monrovia 48, San Marino 42
MONROVIA — Last season’s Rio Hondo league football action came to a climax with a de facto championship contest on the final game of the schedule, with Monrovia comfortably defeating San Marino for another crown.
On Friday night, those same two teams came out of the gates for this season’s slate of games as Monrovia, ranked No. 3 in CIF-SS Central Division, hosted San Marino, with the Wildcats winning 48-42, giving them their 33rd straight league win and the inside track to a seventh straight league title.
“We knew it was going to be a dogfight,” Monrovia first-year coach Chris Stevens said.
– Nathan Cambridge
HOW THE TOP 10 FARED
1. St. Francis (6-0) def. Harvard-Westlake, 21-7
2. Monrovia (5-1) def. San Marino, 48-42
3. Maranatha (7-0) def. Cerritos Valley Chr., 38-13
4. San Marino (4-2) lost to Monrovia, 48-42
5. La Salle (3-3) lost to St. Paul, 28-21, OT
6. Muir (3-3) def. Burbank, 31-0
7. Pasadena Poly (5-0) vs. Firebaugh, today
8. La Canada (5-1) def. Temple City, 24-7
9. Rio Hondo Prep (3-3) def. Flintridge Prep, 49-26
10. South Pasadena (5-1) def. Blair, 55-0
Gabrielino 35, Mountain View 14
South El Monte 60, Marshall 0
Baldwin Park 42, Duarte 14
Alhambra 45, San Gabriel 0
Bell Gardens 56, Keppel 0
Pasadena 42, Arcadia 20
Bishop Montgomery 49, Bosco Tech 0
Gabrielino always is fighting a height issues.
The Eagles have not had a big player in five seasons, when 6-foot-2 Amanda Watkins played, The tallest player on this season’s team is 5-foot-7 junior Sofia Husein.
“Our size is not the greatest,” coach Cuong Chau said. “Up at Huntington Drive is the forest. Down here is the desert. We play below the net down here, but you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do. It can be my wish to get big girls, but I’m not praying too hard.”
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STAR-NEWS TOP 10 FOOTBALL RANKINGS
1. St. Francis (5-0) – Defense deserves credit, too.
2. Monrovia (4-1) – Will ‘Cats speed bury Titans?
3. Maranatha (6-0) – Big favorites to win Olympic League
4. San Marino (4-1) – Can Titans get over Monrovia hump?
5. La Salle (3-2) – Doable game vs. St. Paul
6. Muir (2-3) – Big test looms vs. Burbank
7. Pasadena Poly (5-0) – Thinking Prep League title, and why not?
8. La Canada (4-1) – Where does Sparty fit in RHL?
9. Rio Hondo Prep (2-3) – Still the Prep League favorite?
10. South Pasadena (4-1) – Defense was solid yet again
GAMES OF THE WEEK
ROSEMEAD 28, ARROYO 27
EL MONTE >> Having not beaten rival Arroyo High School since 2008, there was little chance that Rosemead football coach Marc Paramo wasn’t going to go for two and the win.
That’s exactly what Paramo did after his team scored on a touchdown pass with 11 seconds left to pull within one of the Knights. And when Robbie Franco bulled into the end zone moments later, a great weight was lifted off the Rosemead program with a 28-27 win on Friday night.
Rosemead, which didn’t win a game during the nonleague slate, improved to 2-4 overall and 2-0 in the Mission Valley League. Arroyo saw its four-game win streak snapped and fell to 4-2 overall and 1-1 in league.
Rosemead coach Marc Paramo: “When we were on the 15-yard line, I told my assistant coach upstairs ‘Get your play ready, because we’re going for two. We’re not going to kick it, I’m proud of our guys. It is a huge hump. If we would have lost, we would have stewed over it for all of our bye week.”
Arroyo coach Jim Singiser: “Those guys (Rosemead), they earned it. It was a good high school football game. I think in the last couple seconds, they wanted it more than we did. I’m happy for them.”
– Aram Tolegian
MUIR 42, BURROUGHS 14
PASADENA >> Quarterback Chase Keough put on a first-half aerial clinic to help host Muir get its second Pacific League victory as the Mustangs defeated Burroughs 42-14 Friday night.
Keough completed 13 of 16 passes for 340 yards and four touchdowns before being pulled at the start of the fourth quarter, well after the game was in hand.
– Guillermo Tovar
MARANATHA 41, MOUNTAIN VIEW 6
EL MONTE >> Two teams, Mountain View and Maranatha high schools, heading in opposite directions met Friday night in a nonleague game and the final outcome was predictable.
With four games remaining in the regular season for both teams, Maranatha remains on a path to an undefeated season, while Mt. View is still seeking its first win.
The visiting Minutemen (6-0), top-ranked in CIF-SS Northwest Division, defeated the Vikings 41-6.
Maranatha, off to its best start since the 2011 season, improved its record to 6-0, while the Vikings remained winless at 0-5.
Minutemen quarterback Eli Snyder passed for two touchdowns and threw for 156 yards.
The senior, who is now only 18 yards short of 5,000 yards passing in his three-year career, was 9 for 13 in just over one half of action.
– John Sherrard
HOW THE TOP 10 FARED
1. St. Francis (5-0) def. Calabasas, 45-7 (Thursday)
2. Monrovia (4-1), idle
3. Maranatha (6-0) def. Mountain View, 41-6
4. San Marino (4-1), idle
5. La Salle (3-2), idle
6. Muir (2-4) def. Burroughs, 42-14
7. Pasadena Poly (4-0) vs. St. Genvieve on Saturday
8. La Canada (4-1), idle
9. Rio Prep (2-3), idle
10. South Pasadena (4-1) def. Beverly Hills, 42-9 (Thursday)
El Monte 60, Marshall 13
South El Monte 40, Gabrielino 36
Azusa 34, Temple City 28
Glendale 28, Arcadia 14
Pasadena 47, Hoover 0
Cantwell 45, Bosco Tech 0
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