Monrovia football too much for South Pasadena

Rio Hondo heavyweight hands a long night to South Pasadena Tigers in 53-14 loss.

October 05, 2012|By Robert Fulton, Special to the Pasadena Sun

SOUTH PASADENA — Sometimes the game of football can be full of surprises.

But usually, the expected happens.

For example, host South Pasadena High fell to Monrovia, 53-14, to open Rio Hondo League play at home on Friday night

Though the Tigers had been playing solid football the first month of the season, it was the visiting Wildcats that came into the game the team to beat. Monrovia has now won 23 consecutive Rio Hondo League games dating back to October of 2007. The Wildcats have also won five consecutive league titles.

“We played a great team,” said South Pasadena (4-2) Coach Marty Konrad. “They're a very good team. We thought we were prepared and they're hard to stop. They've got a different type of athlete over there. It's apples and oranges. We're proud of the way our kids played. We hung in there. They kept pounding on us but our kids didn't give up.”

Monrovia (4-2) scored touchdowns on seven of nine drives, including all four times they got the ball in the second half. The Wildcats took a 20-0 lead into halftime, expanded that to 39-7 after three quarters, and with the help of an interception returned for a touchdown, finished the contest 53-14

Field position played a major role in Monrovia's success. Excluding drives that started after turnovers or onside kicks, the Wildcats’ average starting line of scrimmage was their 38-yard line. For the Tigers, it was their 18.

“You're not going to consistently go 80 yards against a good team like this,” Konrad said.

It's not as if the Tigers couldn't move the ball, as evident by their 18 first downs. South Pasadena did manage a couple of impressive drives in the first half, including one that went 11 plays and lasted nearly seven minutes, and another that went nine plays and more than five minutes. Neither resulted in points.

“We had some drives, but we didn't execute on some plays,” Konrad said. “Credit to them. They took us out of it.”

The Tigers put together a couple of scores in the second half. On the first, quarterback David Madrid found Hector Fernandez for an 11-yard touchdown pass. In the fourth, Rudy Murillo ran the ball in from three yards out.

Madrid finished 11 for 28 for 159 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. Murillo had 88 yards on 17 carries, and Nathan Lee added 63 yards on 14 carries and 57 yards off five receptions.

Ge Vontray Ainsworth had 135 yards and three touchdowns on nine carries for Monrovia.

“We haven't seen competition like them in a while,” Madrid said. “We didn't start scoring until the second half. We can't do that. We've got to score in the first quarter.”

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