GAMES OF THE WEEK
ST. FRANCIS 60, LA SALLE 0
LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE >> In time, St. Francis vs. La Salle may become one of the top high school football rivalries in the West Valley.
But Friday night the schools’ first meeting was instead a coronation for host St. Francis.
Jeremiah Martin accounted for 250 yards and six touchdowns and the Golden Knights clinched A a share of their first league title since 1997 with a 60-0 victory over the Lancers in an Angelus League game at Friedman Field.
Jasher Foster had four receptions for 125 yards receiving and two scores and Dylan Crawford had two for 41 yards and two touchdowns for St. Francis, which improved to 9-0 overall and 4-0 in league play. St. Francis, by virtue of Harvard-Westlake’s 28-14 win over Salesian, clinched the league’s No. 1 playoff spot.
La Salle slipped to 3-5 and 0-4.
– Stephen Ramirez
MONROVIA 24, LA CANADA 7
MONROVIA — Monrovia wrapped up the Rio Hondo league title Friday, beating La Canada 24-7. Octavius Spencer had two punt returns for touchdowns yards in the first half to lead the way on his senior night.
The combination of off-and-on rain and the majority of the student body deciding to skip the game made for a strange Halloween night.
“It was different not having all the fans behind us,” Spencer said. “I liked the atmosphere of the rain though. I like playing in weather games.”
Monrovia came into the game winning its last two by a combined score of 88-12.
The Wildcats (8-1, 4-0) couldn’t make plays early on to take control. When they did manage to move the ball, they had problems taking care of it with two early turnovers.
– Robert Schmitt
ROSEMEAD 51, SOUTH EL MONTE 14
Rosemead High School clinched at least a share of its first Mission Valley League championship in six years with a 51-14 victory over South El Monte on Friday night.
The Panthers (5-4, 5-0) can take the title outright if they defeat Mountain View next week.
The Eagles (3-6, 3-2) did not make it easy early on.
HOW THE TOP TEN FARED
1. St. Francis (9-0) def. La Salle, 60-0
2. Monrovia (8-1) def. La Canada, 24-7
3. Muir (5-3) def. Hoover, 40-0 (Thursday)
4. Maranatha (9-0), idle
5. San Marino (7-2) def. Blair, 76-8 (Thursday)
6. Pasadena Poly (9-0) def. Gabrielino, 49-20 (Thursday)
7. La Canada (6-3) lost to Monrovia, 24-7
8. Pasadena (4-5) lost to Crescenta Valley, 49-24
9. South Pasadena (6-3) def. Temple City, 41-18
10. La Salle (3-6) lost to St. Francis, 60-0
Arroyo 56, Marshall 0
Rosemead 51, South El Monte 14
Schurr 34, Alhambra 0
Rio Hondo Prep 34, Firebaugh 14
Mary Star 69, Bosco Tech 20
Cathedral 36, St. Paul 13
San Gabriel 14, Keppel 6
AZUSA 49, DUARTE 30
DUARTE – With just three rushes this season entering Thursday night’s game, junior Dominic Ramirez totaled only 30 yards.
With his first three touches of the ball Thursday, the 5-foot-8 Azusa High School running back totaled three touchdowns on runs of 69, 46 and 4 yards.
And he wasn’t through as he ran for another two scores and finished with 179 yards on 11 carries as the Aztecs defeated host Duarte, 49-30, in a Montview League game.
“I just told the coach to put the ball in my hands and I’ll make something happen,” Ramirez said.
“I know I’m not the biggest, but that means that I have to be the fastest.”
– John Sherrard
MUIR 40, HOOVER 0
PASADENA – There was no chocolate, strawberry or even pistachio in Muir High School’s 40-0 Pacific League game against Hoover on Thursday night.
“We just wanted to play vanilla football,” Muir coach John Hardy Jr. said. “That’s all we wanted to do.”
The Mustangs ran right at the Tornadoes, scoring on their first five drives. Muir (5-4, 5-1) had a 27-0 lead and a running clock at the end of the first quarter.
“We wanted to come out here and do the basic part of football,” Hardy said. “That is run the football, execute your blocks, have a couple of pass plays and just stay healthy.”
– Keith Lair
Crescenta Valley 49, Pasadena 24
Burbank 56, Arcadia 14
San Marino’s Devon Jack and La Canada’s Ally and Cassie McKenzie won Rio Hondo League individual tennis championships at Live Oak Park in Temple City.
Jack scored a 6-0, 6-0 win over Molly Round of South Pasadena in the finals.
“I tried very hard to never lose focus,” Jack said. “My coach taught me to always respect your opponent and never underestimate their abilities regardless of what level you are playing.”
Emily Hsaio of San Marino beat Sawa Keymeulen of South Pasadena for third place.
The McKenzie sisters defeated San Marino’s Madeleine Gandawidjaja and Sophia Lee 6-2, 6-0 in the final. Serena Lin and Katherine Wu of Temple City defeated Sabrina Lieu and Maddi Schmidt of San Marino 4-6, 6-4, 21-19 for third place.
San Marino has won eight consecutive league team titles.
LA CANADA >> League champions find a way to dig deep and pull out victories.
Somehow, that is what South Pasadena High School did in its Rio Hondo League volleyball showdown against La Canada on Tuesday afternoon.
The senior-laden Spartans, playing their final regular-season home game, certainly found a way that made the league-champion Tigers figure that out in the fifth game. La Canada rallied from a 20-9 deficit in the fourth game to force a final fifth game.
“We were all very mad,” South Pasadena senior Sophia Hathaway said. “We shouldn’t have gone (five). We came out mad and said we were not going to lose that game. We were going to do anything it took to win.”
See whole story: http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/sports/20141028/south-pasadena-defeats-la-canada-in-five-to-take-league-title
The top San Gabriel Valley area cross country teams
3. Flintridge Prep
5. Bishop Amat
7. Baldwin Park
8. El Rancho
9. Pasadena Poly
3. Flintridge Prep
5. Bishop Amat
7. La Canada
8. St. Lucy’s
10. Los Altos
The San Gabriel Valley-area water polo Top 10 poll:
1. Montebello (20-3)
Had last week off
2. La Serna (10-8)
Will play Glendale on Thursday
3. Damien (13-6)
Still in hunt for league title
4. Los Altos (14-4)
Easily took out Walnut
5. La Canada (8-11)
Undefeated in Rio Hondo League
6. San Dimas (16-10)
Undefeated in Valle Vista
7. Rowland (11-5)
On track for San Dimas showdown
8. Flintridge Prep (15-6)
Lost to Chadwick by one goal
9. South Pasadena (8-13)
Lost to La Canada in OT for second time
10. Schurr (12-12)
Could not hang with Montebello in league showdown
Others: Pasadena (12-7), Temple City (18-7), San Marino (13-8), Charter Oak (10-5), Glendora (12-10)
Top 10 San Gabriel Valley-area volleyball teams
1. Flintridge Sacred Heart (22-5)
Likely to settle for second in tough Mission
2. St. Paul (25-6)
15 consecutive wins vs. CIF-SS teams
3. Gabrielino (24-3)
Lost only one game in league play
4. South Pasadena (12-5)
Beat La Canada in big match on Tuesday
5. Pasadena Poly (15-4)
Lost to Chadwick and Mayfield in four games
6. Arcadia (17-5)
Pacific League champions again
7. St. Lucy’s (16-7)
Tied for second in Baseline League
8. Mayfield (16-7)
Five consecutive 3-0 Prep League wins
9. La Habra (19-6)
League showdown vs. Troy on Thursday
10. Glendora (17-6)
Undefeated in Palomares League
Others: La Mirada (18-4), San Dimas (18-5), Whittier Christian (14-12), Westridge (20-6), La Canada (9-6), Duarte (21-8), La Serna 12-7, Diamond Ranch 15-5, San Gabriel (12-4), Los Altos 12-9.
GAMES OF THE WEEK
CRESCENTA VALLEY 38, MUIR 26
PASADENA — The Muir High School football team’s hopes of repeating as Pacific League champion took a big hit on Friday night as visiting Crescenta Valley proved its undefeated record is no fluke.
The Falcons used two second-half touchdown passes by quarterback Brian Gadsby to post a 38-26 win over the Mustangs. With just two league games remaining for both teams, it would take something unforeseen for Crescenta Valley not to win the league championship.
Crescenta Valley improved to 8-0 overall and 5-0 in league. Muir fell to 4-4 overall and 4-1 in league. The Mustangs also had their four-game win streak snapped.
– Aram Tolegian
ST. FRANCIS 49, ST. PAUL 10
SANTA FE SPRINGS — Some viewed the St. Francis High School football team’s Friday night encounter at St. Paul as the ultimate trap game.
But it was the host Swordsmen who got caught.
Jeremiah Martin threw for 200 yards and three scores and the Golden Knights showed no signs of last week’s big win over Cathedral with a 49-10 victory at St. Paul in an Angelus League game.
Dylan Crawford had seven receptions for 120 yards and two touchdowns and Mason Williams and Andrew MacKinnon had return scores for Golden Knights (8-0, 3-0).
Jacob Maier accounted for 96 yards and a touchdown for St. Paul (4-4, 1-2).
St. Francis put it away by halftime. The Golden Knights were nearly perfect during the first two quarters and took a 35-10 lead at the break.
St. Francis, which outgained St. Paul 217-134, in the first half, scored on three of its first four possessions, had an interception return for a touchdown and a punt return for a score.
– Stephen Ramirez
SAN MARINO 55, LA CANADA 14
LA CANADA — The Dynamic Duo of Glazier and Shohfi put on a show.
San Marino quarterback Carson Glazier and wide receiver JP Shohfi helped solidify the Titans’ hold on, at the very least, the No. 2 spot in the Rio Hondo League as they defeated host La Canada 55-14 Friday night.
Glazier had a fantastic game, going 14 for 21 for 361 yards and six touchdown passes and two interceptions. Glazier threw touchdown passes of 16, 39, 69, 43, 49 and 46 yards. Not to outdone, he also ran for a 14-yard touchdown.
Glazier’s favorite target was Shohfi as the duo connected on four touchdown passes.
When told about his stats, Glazier was all smiles but also humble.
“It was awesome! But it’s not my job to score touchdowns,” he said. “It’s my job to win games, and get closer to the playoffs.”
– Guillermo Tovar
ROUNDUP: Poly ends losing skein to Rio, routs Kares
Undefeated Pasadena Poly ended an eight-year losing streak to Rio Hondo Prep, smashing the host Kares, 51-12, in a Prep League game on Friday night.
The victory ended Rio Hondo Prep’s 28-game Prep League winning streak on the night the Kares celebrated their 50th anniversary and on their homecoming night. Poly last defeated Rio Hondo 20-0 in 2006. Poly won the league title that season.
Running back Griffin Carter led the Panthers (8-0, 2-0) with five touchdowns, four on the ground and a 58-yard TD pass from Parker Matthews. He finished with 177 yards as the Panthers led, 42-0, at the half.
Vincent Porter caught a 94-yard TD pass from Matthews and Dylan Hanel rushed for 87 yards.
HOW THE TOP TEN FARED
1. St. Francis (8-0) def. St. Paul, 49-10
2. Monrovia (7-1) def. South Pasadena, 32-6
3. Muir (4-4) lost to Crescenta Valley, 38-26
4. San Marino (6-2) def. La Canada, 55-14
5. Maranatha (9-0) def. Heritage Chr., 42-24
6. La Canada (6-2) lost to San Marino, 55-14
7. Pasadena Poly (8-0) def. Rio Hondo Prep, 51-12
8. South Pasadena (5-3) lost to Monrovia, 32-6
9. Pasadena (4-4) def. Glendale, 21-20
10. La Salle (3-5 lost to Salesian, 14-7
Arroyo 28, Gabrielino 6
Rosemead 48, Marshall 6
Duarte 49, Workman 9
Alhambra 49, Keppel 0
Montebello 20, San Gabriel 0
St. Anthony 59, Bosco Tech 0
Mary Star 38, Flintridge Prep 23
Temple City 53, Blair 28
By Keith Lair
BURBANK >> The Arcadia High School football coaching staff was yelling out what host Burroughs was going to run in Thursday night’s Pacific League matchup,
The problem was that the Apaches had difficulty stopping the Indians’ offense.
“We didn’t have many answers,” Arcadia coach Andrew Policky said. “They are just the better football team than we are right now.”
Burroughs scored the first 10 times it had the ball en route to a 70-23 victory. Arcadia has yet to defeat Burroughs in the current league configuration and it was the most points the Apaches have given up in more than a decade.
Burroughs quarterback Andy Amela, who had missed the last three games because of a concussion, threw for four first-half touchdowns and completed 13 of 16 passes for 244 yards. He played on the opening series of the second half, but did not throw a pass.
“It felt good to finally get back,” the junior said. “It sucked sitting and watching. I came in pumped and wanting to play.”
The Indians (5-3, 3-2) scored on every drive of the first half for a 49-9 halftime lead. Erick Hernandez caught three of those touchdown passes and had six catches for 152 yards in the first half.