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)
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.”
Pasadena may have lost to La Salle Friday, but the Bulldogs showed a lot in defeat. They showed enough that the rest of the Pacific League, including Muir, should take notice. La Salle also showed some moxie, showing it can withstand a challenge and still come out on top. Speaking of Muir, the Mustangs dropped a close one, 12-7, to Cathedral. And look out for Monrovia, which throttled Bonita, 35-3. San Marino also won big.
La Salle plays Pasadena during Friday night’s football game at Pasadena High School, on September 5, 2014. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz/Pasadena Star-News)
HOW THEY FARED
1. St. Francis (1-0) def. Chino, 41-7
2. Monrovia (2-0) def. Bonita, 35-3
3. San Marino (2-0) def. Duarte, 49-7
4. La Salle (2-0) def. Pasadena, 28-21, OT
5. Muir (0-2) lost to Cathedral, 12-7
6. Pasadena (1-1) lost to La Salle, 28-21, OT
7. Maranatha (2-0) def. Firebaugh, 49-9
8. Arcadia (1-0), idle
9. Rio Hondo Prep (1-1) lost to Mission Prep, 28-27
10. La Canada (2-0) def. Alhambra, 23-7 (Thursday)
Eleven San Gabriel Valley area teams are ranked in the CIF-Southern Section preseason poll, led by Mayfield and Duarte.
Mayfield is ranked third in the Division 2AA poll, just behind Whittier Christian. Both teams played for a division title last year. South Torrance is No. 1. South Pasadena is seventh and Pasadena Poly 10th.
Duarte is ranked second in Division 4A, following top-ranked Cate. Fellow Montview League members Gladstone and Azusa are third and fourth, respectively.
There was no Division 3 poll.
In other divisions:
Division 1AA: Flintridge Saced Heart is in others (13th).
Division 2A: Arcadia seventh and Glendora eighth.
Division 4AA: St. Paul is fourth.
Division 5AA: San Gabriel Academy is seventh.
Flintridge Prep earned the top spot in the CIF-Southern Section preseason cross country polls, but the biggest shock is unranked Arcadia.
The Apaches, the reigning CIF State champions, were not listed in the Top 10 in Division 1.
The Rebels are ranked first in both Division 5 boys and girls polls.
Also earning rankings:
Division 2: Glendora is eighth
Division 3: Bonita is eighth, Baldwin Park 10th
Division 4: Bishop Amat is first and Covina 10th.
Division 3: Bonita is ninth.
Division 4: Bishop Amat is first and San Marino tied for 10th with Orange Lutheran.
Twelve San Gabriel Valley area teams earned spots in the preseason CIF-Southern Section water polo poll.
La Canada has the top spot in the west valley, ranked fourth in Division 3. The Spartans are followed by Montebello in fifth, South Pasadena in eighth and Temple City in others (12th).
Division 4: Flintridge Prep is ninth and in others is La Habra (11th), Pasadena (12th) and Pasadena Poly (14th).
Division 5: Los Altos is No. 2 with Claremont the top seed. La Serna is fifth and Walnut seventh.
Division 2: Damien is sixth.
FOR QUARTER UPDATES OF THURSDAY’S GAMES, VISIT THE SCOREBOARD Thursday’s Football games and Predictions
Northview vs. Montebello at San Dimas HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Northview); Aram (Montebello)
La Serna at Los Osos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Los Osos); Aram (LS)
Blair vs. Marshall at Muir, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Marshall); Aram (Marshall)
Brethren Christian vs. Whittier Christian at Ocean View HS, 7 p.m. Robledo (WC); Aram (WC)
Glenn vs. Pioneer at La Mirada, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Pioneer); Aram (Pioneer)
Azusa at Whittier, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa); Aram (Whittier)
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
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
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)