By Keith Lair
GLENDALE >> All the Muir High School football team needed was to get to Pacific League play.
The Mustangs opened league action with a resounding 30-0 victory over Glendale on Thursday night at Glendale’s Moyse Field. It was their first victory of the season.
Chase Keough threw for 209 yards and three TDs to lead Muir.
Muir coach John Hardy: “We got a victory. We have to get better from here. No disrespect to Glendale, but we expected to win this game. Getting the doughnut was good, but we have to get better and be more physical.”
Chase Keough: “It felt good. It’s the first taste that I’ve got here. It’s well deserved. We worked hard this summer.”
LA CANADA 26, RIO HONDO PREP 19
For three quarters, La Canada looked out of sync on offense. Then came a wild fourth quarter.
Trailing by 10 with eight minutes left, the Spartans scored 17 points in a wild sequence to escape with a 26-19 nonleague home win against Rio Hondo Prep.
Anthony Connell scored on a 7-yard run with 6:16 left to make 19-16. After forcing Rio Hondo to punt, the Spartans quickly moved down the field and Mikey Selsor kicked a 30-yard field goal to tie the game at 19 with 1:30 left.
Ryan Breneman forced a fumble on the ensuing kickoff recovered by Josh Moulin and on the next play, Breneman scored on a 26-yard run to complete the comeback.
– Evan Barnes
STAR-NEWS TOP 10
1. St. Francis (3-0) – Proved area supremacy once again
2. Monrovia (3-1) – Showed quality in St. Francis loss
3. Maranatha (4-0) – The Bogan Effect
4. San Marino (3-1) – Slip up vs. Cal is troubling
5. La Salle (2-2) – Does Maranatha loss hurt business?
6. Muir (0-3) – Have to get right in a hurry
7. Pasadena Poly (3-0) – Can’t argue with the record
8. Rio Hondo Prep (2-2) – Stunned by Calvary Murrieta loss
9. La Canada (3-1) – Caught a dose of reality vs. CV
10. Pasadena (1-2) – Huge test looms in league opener
St. Francis has been the school of the Pasadena area over the past decade and that didn’t change Friday as the Golden Knights beat Monrovia, 35-13, in a battle of the area’s top two teams. It’s St. Francis’ second consecutive week over the ‘Cats after Monrovia held on for a win two years ago. Maranatha got the advantage in the other rival game Fridya, beating La Salle, 33-30. In other big games, Muir was no match for Hart, losing 40-7, while San Marino’s defensive woes from last season returned Friday and bit the Titans in a 38-35 loss to California.
GAMES OF THE WEEK
ST. FRANCIS 35, MONROVIA 13
LA CANADA — When things got hairy on Friday, the St. Francis High School football team got defensive.
The Golden Knights got a clutch interception in the end zone by cornerback Mason Williams to halt a late Monrovia scoring threat and later defensive lineman Nick Horner returned a deflected pass 40 yards for a touchdown as St. Francis pulled away for a 35-13 win.
“Our defense is playing good football,” Knights coach Jim Bonds said. “You’ve got to give credit to Monrovia, they came to play. I don’t know if the score is really indicative of how well they played.
“The environment here tonight was awesome. We’ll tell our guys to savor this victory and remember it through the weekend.”
St. Francis, the top-ranked team in the Southeast Division improved to 3-0. Monrovia, which was ranked No. 1 in the Central Division, fell to 3-1.
– Aram Tolegian
CALIFORNIA 38, SAN MARINO 35
SAN MARINO — It was an all-out air assault Friday night at San Marino High School, as the host Titans and California High combined for 617 passing yards.
But Caifornia came out victorious when senior running back Nathan Lowden scored on a 14-yard run with 7:50 left in the fourth quarter as the Condors held on for the 38-35 nonleague victory to send the Titans to their first defeat of the season.
It was the first-ever meeting between the schools.
Lowden ran for 133 yards on 29 carries and also threw a 71-yard halfback option pass to senior wide receiver Jake Mata (three receptions for 114 yards) for a score.
Senior quarterback Adam Satti threw for 240 yards and a touchdown for the Condors (2-2), completing 26 of 31 passes.
– John Sherrard
ROUNDUP: MARANATHA 33, LA SALLE 30
Placekicker Grant Schober booted his fourth field goal of the game, a 35-yarder with 2:01 to play, for the winning points as host Maranatha defeated crosstown rival La Salle 33-30 in a nonleague game on Friday night.
Schober’s kick gave the undefeated Minutemen (4-0) a 33-22 lead, but the Lancers (2-2) came back to score with 41 seconds to play, as quarterback Will Pyburn connected with Robbie Hillier for an 8-yard TD pass. The Lancers converted the two-point PAT, but could not get the ball back.
St. Francis 35, Monrovia 13
Maranatha 33, La Salle 30
California 38, San Marino 30
Azusa 20, Arcadia 12
Bassett 49, Bosco Tech 16
Duarte 38, Mountain View 21
Flintridge Prep 29, Sierra Vista 14
San Dimas 42, Rosemead 6
Beverly Hills 35, San Gabriel 0
South Pasadena 23, Glendale 7
Hart 40, Muir 7
Crescenta Valey 35, La Canada 0
Calvary Chapel/Murrieta 19, Rio Hondo Prep 13
Alhambra 15, L.A. Wilson 13
Eagle Rock 59, Temple City 30
Mar Vista 28, Gabrielino 18
Webb 49, Marshall 0
By Keith Lair
PASADENA >> The Blair High School football team cam be on Cloud Nine for the time being.
The Vikings defeated Sherman Indian of Riverside, 54-6, on Thursday night at Muir High. The second half was played with running clock.
Why not be on Cloud Nine? The Vikings just happen to have the best record of all Pasadena Unified schools. They ended a 30-game losing streak by beating Marshall earlier this season and they are 2-2, the first time they have won two games in a season since 2010.
Blair’s point total was the most it has scored since 2007 when the Vikings defeated Malibu, 56-0.
“It feels really good,” junior quarterback Terence Douglas said. “Having our team together; like a family and not giving up. The camaraderie around here is great.”
Everything went nearly perfectly for the Vikings on Thursday. They scored on every series. They blocked a punt. They rushed for 414 yards. But this was Sherman Indian (0-2). It was not San Marino or Monrovia, the likely favorites to win the Rio Hondo League.
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.
GAMES OF THE WEEK
MONROVIA 47, ARCADIA 14
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
ST. FRANCIS 50, MOORPARK 24
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
BISHOP DIEGO 38, LA SALLE 11
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.
HOW THE TOP 10 FARED
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