Star-News Top 10 Football Rankings: St. Francis still riding high at No. 1 after perfect nonleague

St. Francis still No. 1 (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz/Pasadena Star-News)

St. Francis still No. 1 (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz/Pasadena Star-News)

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

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Friday Final: Rosemead edges Arroyo; Muir wins in a rout

Rosemead defeats Arroyo 28-27 at Arroyo High School in El Monte during Friday night's game on October 3, 2014. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz/Pasadena Star-News)

Rosemead defeats Arroyo 28-27 at Arroyo High School in El Monte during Friday night’s game on October 3, 2014. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz/Pasadena Star-News)


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)
OTHER SCORES
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

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Ready, Set, Action! Eli Snyder enjoying latest starring role as Maranatha’s QB

By Stephen Ramirez
Pasadena Star-News

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.”

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Thursday Gameday Countdown: St. Francis preps for Angelus League with easy win over Calabasas


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
OTHER SCORE
South Pasadena 42, Beverly Hills 9

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Star-News Top 10 Football Rankings: South Pasadena makes an entrance; St. Francis leads the way

Former South Hills coach Steve Bogan, now at Maranatha, is working his magic with the Minutemen. (Keith Durflinger/Pasadena Star News)

Former South Hills coach Steve Bogan, now at Maranatha, is working his magic with the Minutemen.
(Keith Durflinger/Pasadena Star News)

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

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Saturday Morning Rewind: PHS falls short; Monrovia rallies to beat Los Altos; St. Francis wins again

Burbank's Tony Toledo (28) runs for a first down against Pasadena in the first half of a prep football at Pasadena High School in Pasadena, Calif., on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

Burbank’s Tony Toledo (28) runs for a first down against Pasadena in the first half of a prep football at Pasadena High School in Pasadena, Calif., on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)


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
OTHER SCORES
Rosemead 35, El Monte 0
Gabrielino 54, Marshall 0
Arcadia 24, Hoover 7
Temple City 43, San Gabriel 0
South Pasadena 20, Alhambra 0

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