A Titanic Accomplishment: SMHS Breaks Through vs. Monrovia

Head coach Mike Hobbie and the San Marino High School varsity football team are accustomed to shattering records with an unstoppable offense, but the squad broke the greatest one yet on Friday.
The Titans defeated eight-time defending Rio Hondo League champion Monrovia, 49-14, snapping the Wildcats’ 38-game winning streak against league opponents.
“It’s absolutely amazing,” said senior All-CIF quarterback Carson Glazier. “I want to come out here and just hug everybody here. This is the best feeling I’ve ever felt in my life.”
It’s a feeling no player on the roster has ever felt. The current players were still in elementary school the last time the Titans defeated Monrovia, which was in 2003. The Wildcats last suffered a loss at the hands of a Rio Hondo League team in 2007, falling to Blair, 38-26.
“It’s great, you know? It’s something I’ve been longing to do all throughout high school,” said standout receiver JP Shohfi, who scored three touchdowns. “Obviously, it’s the first time I’ve beaten them at any level in high school. The team worked so hard for this. We definitely prepared coming into this game. It’s an amazing feeling.”
It’s especially satisfying for Hobbie, who has brought San Marino football back to prominence since taking over the program in 2011. In his first four seasons, Hobbie compiled a 16-4 record in Rio Hondo League play, with the blemishes coming from only one team: Monrovia.
“It feels as good as any win I’ve ever had,” he said. “It feels very good. This is why we coach and why we play — for this feeling.”
It clearly was something Hobbie had never felt before. The hard-nosed coach usually walks to the end zone and enters the postgame huddle in a business-as-usual manner to talk to his players about what they did and didn’t do in the game. After defeating Monrovia for the first time, Hobbie’s postgame meeting was a little different.
“You can tell when he came into our huddle,” said Glazier. “I’ve never seen him that amped up after a game before. Usually, [he says], ‘Great job, everybody,’ after we win. This one was totally different. You can tell he prepared for this for so long and he wanted it so bad. We were able to give it to him, and he also gave it to us.”
The San Marino players did much more than win one for their coach. They demonstrated a capability of overcoming hurdles that haunted them for years. Monrovia, which captured three consecutive CIF-Southern Section titles from 2010-12, has long played with a bulls-eye on its back, but a loss against San Marino now has the Titans as the most hunted team. Ending Monrovia’s reign is a statement that goes far beyond the Rio Hondo League to the entire Central Division.
“We’ve been a team to beat [despite] losing to Monrovia [in the past],” Shohfi said. “It’s just a bigger target going into playoffs. For us, it’s just focus on every week, get better every day, obviously finish off league and just be prepared for playoffs. No matter [what team] it is.”

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