Saturday Morning Quarterback: St. Francis, Monrovia win big…setting up area battle for No. 1;

This is supposed to be a look back to Friday, but after the results, I can’t wait for next week as all eyes will be on La Canada Flintridge. St. Francis and Monrovia both won big Friday, setting up a battle for No. 1 between the top-ranked Golden Knights and the No. 2 ‘Cats. Both looked very impressive, with St. Francis routing Moorpark, which was a good road win for the Golden Knights, and Monrovia overwhelming Arcadia.


Arcadia's Ryan Pugh (20) attempts to take down Monrovia's Jordan Nathan (16) during Friday night's football game at Monrovia High School, on September 12, 2014. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz/Pasadena Star-News)

Arcadia’s Ryan Pugh (20) attempts to take down Monrovia’s Jordan Nathan (16) during Friday night’s football game at Monrovia High School, on September 12, 2014. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz/Pasadena Star-News)


MONROVIA — Led by its rushing attack and the passing of junior quarterback Asaph Zamora, Monrovia easily handled visiting Arcadia, 47-14, on Friday night in a nonleague game.
Asaph completed 9 of 14 passes for 205 yards and five touchdowns. The TD passes went to five different receivers.
“It’s great to have a group of receivers who finished third in state this year in the 4×100 relay,” Zamora said. “This was a more complete game for us and it’s good to get coach (Chris) Stevens his first home win.”
The Wildcats (3-0) totaled 455 yards of offense in the game, with 240 rushing.
Junior running back Kameron Johnson led all rushers with 104 yards on only five carries, highlighted by a 61-yard score.

– John Sherrard
MOORPARK — There’s no doubt St. Francis is the favorite in the Angelus League.
Jeremiah Martin completed 17 of 19 passes for 299 yards and four touchdowns and added a 1-yard rushing score to lead the Golden Knights to an impressive 50-24 nonleague victory against Moorpark.
Martin did most of his damage in the first half when St. Francis scored three touchdowns in the first quarter and led 29-21 at halftime.
Martin connected with John Carroll for a 3-yard touchdown, Areg Nazarian for an 80-yard touchdown and Carroll again, on a 27-yard scoring strike.
“My whole team came through and made it easy for me to fine open guys,” Martin said. “We just kept pushing.”

– Jacob H. Pollon
PASADENA — The La Salle High football squad matched up Friday night against the same nonleague opponent as in game three of last season, when the Lancers went to Santa Barbara and fell to Bishop Diego. In this year’s game, even with the Lancers holding the home turf advantage at Kohorst Field, the result was similar, with the Cardinals winning 38-11.
“It was a hard and tough game,” La Salle coach Russell Gordon said. “(Bishop Diego) came up here and whooped our butt.”
The first half was very much a debacle for La Salle (2-1), which was scoreless until the final minute before the break. The Lancers were behind 17-0, facing a fourth down near midfield late in the second. La Salle ran a fake punt, with would-be kicker Brett Wheat connecting with Isiah Spencer-Lopez for a 42-yard completion to the 2-yard line. Three plays later, David La Salle punched the ball in from one yard out with 47 seconds to go. Lancer quarterback Will Pyburn threw successfully to Spencer-Lopez for the two-point conversion, cutting the deficit to 17-8.

– Nathan Cambridge
ROUNDUP: San Marino routs San Gabriel
San Marino High School scored 37 first-quarter points and continue to build confidence that this may be their year after cruising to a 65-0 win over host San Gabriel on Friday night. The Titans’ performance was so dominant that officials instituted the running clock at the start of the second quarter.

1. St. Francis (2-0) def. Moorpark, 50-24
2. Monrovia def. Arcadia, 47-14
3. San Marino def. San Gabriel, 65-0
4. La Salle (2-1) lost Bishop Diego, 38-11
5. Muir (0-2), idle
6. Pasadena (1-2) lost to Artesia, 35-24
7. Maranatha (3-0) def. Azusa, 35-26 (Thursday)
8. Arcadia (1-1) lost to Monrovia, 47-14
9. Rio Hondo Prep (2-1) def. Gabrielino, 20-16 (Thursday)
10. La Canada (3-0) def. Glendale, 20-0

Workman 36, Marshall 20
Burroughs/Burbank 45, Rosemead 17
Hawthorne 51, Blair 6
Sierra Vista 30, Keppel 22
La Quinta 41, Bosco Tech 22
Pasadena Poly 30, Linfield 27
South Pasadena 39, Hoover 0
Temple City 33, Alhambra 14

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Join Mikey El Primo for LIVE updates on ALL of the action tonight … then be back later for PrepXtra Live Postgame Show …

Friday’s scoring updates of high school football in the San Gabriel Valley, Pasadena and Whittier

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Friday Gameday Countdown: Arcadia takes on Monrovia; St. Francis hits the road

 (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

(Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

Arcadia opened with a solid showing in Week 0, but the Apaches get a major test tonight when they take on Monrovia, which since the second half of its opener has been on fire. Will it continue? We’ll find out. Other big games tonight feature No. 1 St. Francis at Moorpark, and La Salle hosting Bishop Diego.
SCRIBBLE LIVE: Our Mike the Cousin and Fred Robledo will be at the Rancho Cucamonga-Bishop Amat game, and they will track the scores and results from all the games there. It’s easy to join, sign in through twitter or your own screen name and enter the chat. We provide scores from games throughout the San Gabriel Valley and beyond. If you’re at a game and can post an update on twitter, use the #sgvfootball hashtag to send the update straight to the chat. Mike will launch tonight’s chat at 6 p.m.

Monrovia High School football coach Chris Stevens will have some extra motivation on Friday when his Wildcats host nearby Arcadia in a key nonleague showdown for both teams.
Stevens’ mother, aunt and uncle all graduated from Arcadia and will be coming in from out of town to be in attendance at Friday’s game. Where will they sit and who will they be rooting for? Simple, on the Monrovia side rooting for Stevens’ Wildcats … or so they say.
“That’s going to be exciting for me to have my whole family there,” Stevens said. “There’s a lot of people who have ties to both schools and families that have come from both schools. We certainly don’t want to take for granted that this is a big rivalry just because it’s two school sitting right on top of each other.”


Friday’s games and predictions
Rosemead at Burroughs, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rose); Aram (Burroughs)
San Marino at San Gabriel, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SMarino); Aram (SM)
South Pasadena vs. Hoover at Glendale, 7 p.m. (Hoover); Aram (SouPas)
St. Francis at Moorpark, 7 p.m. — Robledo (St. Francis); Aram (SF)
Temple City vs. Alhambra at Moor Field, 7 p.m. — Robledo (TC); Aram (Rams)
Arcadia at Monrovia, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Monrovia); Aram (Cats)
Bishop Diego at La Salle, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Salle); Aram (LS)
Blair at Hawthorne, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Hawthorne); Aram (Hawth)
Glendale at La Canada, 7 p.m. — Robledo (LC); Aram (Glendale)
Keppel at Sierra Vista, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SV); Aram (SV)
La Quinta vs. Bosco Tech at Gabrielino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Quinta); Aram (LQ)
Linfield Christian at Pasadena Poly, 4:30 p.m. — Robledo (PP); Aram (PP)
Marshall vs. Workman at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Workman); Aram (Workman)
Montebello at Arroyo, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Aram (Arroyo)
Pasadena at Artesia, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Pasadena); Aram (Pas)

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Thursday Final: Maranatha beats Azusa, 35-26; Rio Hondo Prep beats Gabrielino, 20-16

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)

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)

By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter

GLENDORA – Former South Hills High School football coach, who is now at Maranatha, made a triumphant return to the East Valley Thursday night.
Caleb Devine rushed for 212 yards and two touchdowns and Eli Snyder threw for 171 and two scores and the Minutemen stayed undefeated with a 35-26 victory over Azusa in a nonleague game at Citrus College.
Xavius Boone also had 126 yards receiving and a touchdown for Maranatha, who improved to 3-0. Joseph Ramirez accounted for 241 yards and two touchdowns and Angel Maldonado rushed for 107 and two scores for the Aztecs, which slipped to 0-2.

Maranatha coach Steve Bogan: “Football is football. I’m happy where I’m at. I’ve been at two great places. It’s just great to be coaching young men who has passion and it’s always great to be (on this side of town).”

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.”

SAN GABRIEL — Rio Hondo Prep had little intention of passing the football in its nonleague game against host Gabrielino High School on Thursday night. The Kares ran the ball again and again and rallied to a 20-16 victory.
“We knew if they had the ball, especially (quarterback Elijah Peters), they had a chance for the big play,” Kares senior running back Gio Perez said. “If we kept the ball out of their hands, we could have a great second half.”
Rio Hondo Prep (2-1), trailing 16-14 at the half, ran the ball on 39 of its 41 plays in the second half. They went for it on fourth down six times, succeeding five times.
“I think we started to play a little bit,” Rio Hondo Prep coach Ken Drain said. “I think it kind of wore them out on defense.”

Brethren Christian 63, Flintridge Prep, 34

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PrepXtra Postgame Rewind: La Salle edges PHS in OT, Muir 0-2 but shows well, Arcadia, San Marino and Monrovia all 2-0 …

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 28, Pasadena 21, OT

PASADENA — Pasadena High School came up short in another step-up game Friday.
But the host Bulldogs managed to put a scare into La Salle, pushing the Lancers to overtime before losing 28-21 in a nonleague game.
Nico Cantos rushed for 145 yards and scored the game-winner with a 12-yard run in overtime for La Salle, which improved to 2-0 and beat Pasadena for the second consecutive season. The Lancers won 28-0 last season.
Jorge Reyna threw for 263 yards and a touchdown for Pasadena, which slipped to 1-1. But his last three attempts were incomplete as La Salle stopped the Lancers on their possession in overtime at the 9.

Monrovia 35, Bonita 3
Asaph Zamora connected with wide receiver Octavius Spencer for four touchdowns and the Wildcats are starting to look like the team that was so dominant during the summer passing league tour.
St. Francis opens with a bang, 41-7 over Chino
Areg Nazarian rushed for 134 yards and three scores as the area’s top team looked in mid-season form, routing the Cowboys for the second consecutive season.

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)

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)

TOP 10

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)

Arroyo 42, Temple City 32
Diamond Ranch 27, Rosemead 17
Brentwood 42, Flintridge Prep 14
Gabrielino 49, Bosco Tech 6
Pasadena Poly 56, Keppel 18
Eagle Rock 22, South Pasadena 7

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Mayfield, Duarte among highly ranked teams in CIF-SS volleyball polls

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.

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Flintridge gets top preseason spot in both cross country polls

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.

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La Canada ranked No. 2 in water polo poll

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.

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