MONTEBELLO 49, BELL GARDENS 32
BELL GARDENS — The Almont League football title will stay at Montebello High School.
Ryan Rivera accounted for 435 yards and three touchdowns and the Oilers clinched a share of the league crown with a 49-32 victory at Bell Gardens.
Andy Brown had 127 yards receiving for Montebello, which is league champions for the third consecutive season. The Oilers, ranked No. 3 in CIF Southern Section Mid-Valley Division, improved to 8-1 overall and 4-0 in league play.
Jordan Cardenas threw for 216 yards and three scores for Bell Gardens, which dropped into third place at 5-4 and 2-2.
Montebello scored on four of its last five first-half possessions to lead, 27-26, at halftime.
Rivera threw for 275 yards in the first half to help the Oilers rally back from deficits of 14-3, 20-10 and 26-17.
Montebello’s Ryan Rivera: “It means a lot. There was some trash talking before the game, but we got the win. That’s what we’ve been shooting for since the beginning of the year.”
Montebello coach Pete Gonzalez: “We knew it was going to be a fight for four quarters. We had opportunities, they had opportunities. We just played good enough to pull it out.”
— Stephen Ramirez
ST. FRANCIS 24, ST. PAUL 7
LA CAÑADA — After losing its first two Angelus League games of the season, the St. Francis High School football team wants nothing more than to see chaos ensue in the league standings.
The Knights did their part to make sure exactly that happens by posting a 24-7 win over visiting St. Paul on Friday night.
The league standings are now a jumbled mess. St. Francis’ win is partly why, but also Harvard-Westlake’s loss to Cathedral on Friday. The Knights improved to 6-3 overall and 2-2 in league. With a win next week over La Salle in the season finale, St. Francis can feel pretty confident it will make the CIF-SS Southeast Division playoffs. But exactly where remains a mystery thanks to results like Friday.
St. Paul fell to 5-4 overall and 2-2 in league. The Swordsmen entered Friday tied with Cathedral for second place. St. Paul will likely need a win over Cathedral next week to guarantee itself a playoff spot. If not, the Swordsmen will be angling for the division’s lone at-large berth.
St. Francis coach Jim Bonds: It’s so wacky. We had that little bump in the road earlier this season, but I feel like we’ve found ourselves again. Hopefully, we can ride some momentum into the playoffs and make some noise. I feel like we can play with anybody in our division.”
— Aram Tolegian
LA SERNA 42, SANTA FE 13
WHITTIER — After a one-year absence from a league championship, La Serna High School secured at least a tie for the Del Rio
League title with a 42-13 victory over host Santa Fe on Friday night at Pioneer High School.
Top-ranked La Serna, which last won the CIF-SS Southeast Division title in 2013, trailed early 7-0, but ran
off 28 unanswered points in the first half and never looked back to run its record to 7-2 overall and 4-0 in league.
The Chiefs fell to 4-5 overall and 3-1 in league.
La Serna coach Andy George: “After a (fumble) early that cost us, we regrouped and executed and finished it off. This (league title) is … very important to us and we have talked about it since last season ended.”
— John Sherrard
ROUNDUPLA MIRADA 52, MAYFAIR 7
Right now, La Mirada High School owns the Suburban League.
In what was expected to be a close league championship showdown, the Matadors took it to Mayfair to clinch at least a share of the league crown with a 52-7 victory on Friday night.
It was close for one quarter. Sai-j Lauago rushed for 106 yards and three scores. Quarterback Tristan Meyer completed 14 of 19 passes for 154 yards and a TD.
— Teren Guerra
Pioneer 39, El Rancho 33
The Titans rallied from a 20-point deficit, scoring with 4:01 left in the Del Rio League game to break a 33-33 tie and keep their playoff hopes alive.
Phillip Hernandez threw a 9-yard TD pass to Leonard Santangelo to break the tie. The Dons then marched the ball down to the Pioneer 10, but after a holding penalty, an interception ended the game.
Hernandez threw three TD passes in the 20-point second-half rally for Pioneer (7-2, 2-2). El Rancho (0-9, 0-4) led 33-13 with with 4:30 to go in the third quarter.
— Angel Gutierrez
HOW THE TOP TEN FARED
1. La Habra (8-1) def. Sunny Hills, 42-0
2. La Mirada (6-3) def. Mayfair, 52-7
3. La Serna (7-2) def. Santa Fe, 42-1e
4. Montebello (8-1) def. Bell Gardens, 49-32
5. Sonora (8-1) def. Fullerton, 35-20
6. St. Paul (5-4) lost to St. Francis, 24-7
7. Santa Fe (4-5) lost to La Serna, 42-13
8. California (2-6) lost Whittier, 32-28 (Thursday)
9. Pioneer (7-2) def. El Rancho, 39-33
10. Whittier (5-4) def. California, 32-28
Schurr 41, Alhambra 0
Bishop Montgomery 35, Cantwell-Sacred Heart 8
MONTEBELLO 49, BELL GARDENS 32