Monrovia running back Darione Jones OUT for six weeks with broken collarbone … Rowland’s Avery Duffus OUT for season with knee injury …


Monrovia running back Darione Jones, who was expected to split time this season with Kurt Scoby, will miss six weeks with a broken collarbone suffered in the Wildcats’ win last week over Ayala.

Jones, a senior, ran for 977 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. He will be replaced on the depth chart by sophomore Kameron Johnson. Sophomore Anthony Marquez may also factor into the mix. Jones was nursing a knee injury this summer and will continue to do so while he heals his collarbone.

“That’s the silver lining,” Monrovia coach Ryan Maddox about Jones being able to return during league play “He’s able to run and rehab knee a little more and get that 100 percent while he’s waiting for his collarbone.

“He just landed wrong. It was nothing you don’t see everyday in a football game. He came down on his shoulder and it broke his collarbone. It looked normal.”

Elsewhere, Rowland running back Avery Duffus will miss the rest of the season due to a knee injury he suffered in Week 0 against Nogales. Duffus ran for 1,474 and eight touchdowns. He was a Tribune preseason All-Area team selection this fall.

All-Encompassing SGV(N) Top 25 heading into Week 2

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1. Bishop Amat (2-0) — Building quite a resume.
2. La Habra (2-0) — Whittier area’s top team, bar none.
3. Monrovia (1-0) — Had good/bad moments vs. Ayala.
4. Chino Hills (1-1) — Scary offense when it’s clicking.
5. St. Francis (1-0) — No prob in opener against Chino.
6. Bonita (2-0) — Two nice wins to start, but here comes G-High.
7. Los Altos (2-0) — Conqs pulled away from SD in 2nd half.
8. Charter Oak (0-1) — Revenge-minded Los Al coming to town.
9. West Covina (2-0) — Can ‘Dogs keep streak going vs. SH?
10. La Serna (1-1) — Solid showing in loss to Los Osos.
11. Diamond Ranch (2-0) — Two games, two blowouts.
12. Glendora (1-0) — Beat Claremont, now visits Bo-High.
13. South Hills (1-1) — Can bounce back vs. West Covina.
14. Santa Fe (2-0) — Wins over Ont. Chr. and Esperanza. Solid.
15. Rowland (2-0) — Hoping to give Northview a reality check.
16. La Mirada (0-2) — Things could get worse vs. Servite.
17. Whittier Chr. (2-0) — Solid outfit has another good product.
18. Muir (1-1) — Banged with Alemany for a while. Not bad.
19. Claremont (0-1) — Mistakes hurt bad against Glendora.
20. Diamond Bar (0-2) (1-1) — Getting worked by Norwalk is bad sign.
21. Arroyo (1-1) — Knights will be tested at La Puente.
22. Rio Hondo Prep (1-1) — Season following similar script to ’12.
23. San Marino (1-0) — Pulled away from Duarte in nice opening win.
24. La Salle (1-1) — Got important win over PHS.
25. San Dimas (0-2) — Desperation time Fri. at D-Bar.

La Mirada: What happened?

La Mirada woke up in a roadside ditch.

“When you get a top ranking, people think you’re tough. When people think you’re tough, people want to see how tough.” — DirecTV eye patch commercial.

So there it was, the most shocking score of Friday night: Tesoro 43, La Mirada 14. For the entire offseason, media types like myself got flooded with the dope on La Mirada’s standout players and big-time recruits. We, in turn, flooded you, the readers/bloggers, with the dope on La Mirada’s standout players and big-time recruits. This publicity obviously brought a lot of attention to the Matadores … and where there’s publicity there’s resentment and, yes, haters. La Mirada opened the season on Friday with a nice test. A road game against a Pac-5 team. And deep in the heart of Orange County, LM got smashed. Although Tesoro plays in a premier division and a tough league, if you saw which team had the super recruits, you’d think La Mirada was the Pac-5 team. A receiver going to Oklahoma. A TE/LB with his pick of any school. An o-lineman going to Cal. A junior QB with suitors lining up. So how could this happen? I don’t want to hear about how La Mirada was the lower division team and we shouldn’t be surprised. If you have that many D-1 guys, I don’t care what your division is, you should be able to play. Heck, LM made Amat break a sweat last year before falling. So what the heck happened? The floor is open for answers.

All-Encompassing SGV(N) Top 25 heading into Week 1 …

1. Bishop Amat (1-0) — Ambushed yet another Pac-5/OC power.
2. La Habra (1-0) — A very La Habra-esque rout in Week 0.
3. Chino Hills (1-0) — Can they hang with Amat yet again?
4. Charter Oak (0-0) — Big Lou’s boys debut on Friday.
5. La Serna (1-0) — Decent win over Vista of San Diego.
6. South Hills (1-0) — Countdown is now on for Covina series to end.
7. Monrovia (0-0) — Revenge-minded ‘Cats take on Ayala.
8. Los Altos (1-0) — Lived up to billing in win over Arroyo.
9. St. Francis (0-0) — Heavy favorites to handle Chino.
10. Bonita (1-0) — Adding Payton and routing SD cause for big leap.
11. La Mirada (0-1) — Yes it was Tesoro, but was expecting better.
12. West Covina (1-0) — Workmanlike win over Colony.
13. Diamond Ranch (1-0) — So much for looking bad in scrimmage.
14. Diamond Bar (1-0) — Simply too fast for Montebello.
15. Claremont (0-0) — Very intriguing opener with Glendora.
16. Santa Fe (1-0) — Good win over solid Ont. Chr. team.
17. Muir (1-0) — Got by Salesian, here comes Alemany.
18. Rio Hondo Prep (1-0) — Kares started season in style.
19. Rowland (1-0) — Had to work hard to edge Nogales.
20. Glendora (0-0) — Intriguing opener against Claremont.
21. San Dimas (0-1) — Hoping to bounce-back at Los Altos.
22. Whittier Chr. (1-0) — Survived trip to Bishop w/ease.
23. Arroyo (0-1) — Proved lots in hanging tough with LA.
24. Duarte (1-0) — Excellent win over Valley Chr.
25. La Salle (0-1) — Stepped up and got waxed by Cathedral.