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.
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BIG GAME ADVANCE: ARCADIA AT MONROVIA
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.”
TONIGHT’S FEATURED GAMES: A LOOK AT THE TOP GAMES
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)
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.”
RIO HONDO PREP 20, GABRIELINO 16
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
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.
GAME OF THE WEEK
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.
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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)
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
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.
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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)
Thursday’s Football Preview: The good news is that one of these struggling programs will get a win tonight … we think. And for whomever gets it, that might be all they get in the win column for the season when Blair (0-1) meets Marshall (0-1) at Muir High School Thursday at 7 p.m.
Marshall was somehow routed by a hapless West Adams team last week. Meanwhile, Blair was blanked Flintridge Prep.
Players from both schools should be commended for their efforts under trying circumstances and the opportunity to taste success tonight for whichever teams wins could provide a season’s worth of memories.
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