St. Francis Wins Playoff Opener; Flintridge Prep Falls

First published in the Nov. 11 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

St. Francis High School’s varsity football team advanced to the CIF-SS Division 4 quarterfinals in dominating fashion with a 47-20 blowout victory — its highest scoring outing of the season — against visiting Irvine last Friday.
Senior Max Garrison carried 13 times for team-highs in rushing yards (227) and touchdowns (four). He also had two receptions for 23 yards.
“[Garrison] had an injury midseason and it never kept him out of the games, but he wasn’t himself,” head coach Dean Herrington said. “He’s back to 100% and he’s looking fantastic right now.”
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St. Francis Shares League Crown

First published in the Nov. 4 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

A stellar performance from Max Garrison propelled the St. Francis football team to a 44-32 victory over host Encino Crespi on Friday and a share of the Angelus League championship.
The senior running back rushed for 262 yards and four touchdowns on four carries to help St. Francis win its final regular season game and finish 2-1 in league play (7-2 overall). Loyola High of Los Angeles also finished 2-1.
The Golden Knights trailed Crespi 19-14 in the first quarter but settled down in the second and went into the half with a 21-19 lead.
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Spartans’ Memorable Rally Brings End to Season

First published in the Nov. 4 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

The words came forth from the mouth of La Cañada head football coach Dave Avramovich, as if he was reciting a mantra.
“I can’t believe we won that game,” Avramovich said.
He was walking away from San Marino High School’s Titan Stadium toward La Cañada’s boisterous bus following last Friday night’s thrilling, season-ending, topsy-turvy 46-43 Spartan victory.
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Burroughs Defeats Rival Burbank in ‘Big Game’

First published in the Nov. 6 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

When Burroughs and Burbank High play football, it is always a big game.
The contest is literally called “The Big Game” and has been played since 1949, but this season’s matchup was doubly intense with a CIF-playoff berth on the line.
Burroughs played a physical brand of football en route to a 30-20 Pacific League victory over the hosting Bulldogs last Friday night at Memorial Field in the regular season finale for both squads.
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Wolves Fall to Chadwick, 37-31

First published in the Nov. 4 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

After a hard-fought battle which ended with Flintridge Prep’s varsity 8-man football team losing to Palos Verdes Chadwick, 37-31, the seniors hugged and cried with their families and friends on the gridiron they have called home for the past four years.
The Wolves ended the regular season with a 4-3 overall record and 1-2 in the 8-man Prep League. Despite the loss, they earned a berth in the CIF-SS Division 1 8-man playoffs at unbeaten Thacher School (7-0) in Ojai.
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Nitros Reclaim Storied Bell With Football Win

First published in the Nov. 6 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

By Jonathan Williams, Glendale News-Press

One of California’s oldest high school sports rivalries was back in action Friday night as Glendale High School’s football team blew out Hoover 39-8 on their joint homecoming night, marking the return of the so-called “Battle of the Bell.”
The anticipated intracity contest between the Nitros and Tornados concluded both squads’ seasons and brought a wave of emotion to the stadium — not least of which was because this was the first Battle of the Bell since 2017. Hoover had defeated Glendale in that game.
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Golden Knights Lose Defensive Struggle to Loyola

First published in the Oct. 28 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun. By Jonathan Williams
Special to the Outlook Valley Sun.

In a low-scoring affair, points come at a price. It turns out St. Francis cashed in their senior discount on the wrong night.
Loyola spoiled Senior Night at St. Francis with a 6-3 nonleague victory at Jim Bonds Stadium.
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Tornados Defeat L.A. Contreras, 18-7

First published in the Oct. 30 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

Hoover High School’s varsity football team rebounded and snapped its three-game losing streak with a comeback victory against visiting Los Angeles Contreras, 18-7, last Friday.
Two fourth-quarter touchdowns helped the Tornados secure their sixth victory, the first time they have had that many wins since 1987, according to L.A. area sportswriter Jim Riggio. Since two of the 1987 games were won via forfeit, the last time Hoover won six games on the gridiron was in 1983.
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Spartans’ Memorable Game Ends in Defeat

First published in the Oct. 28 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

As part of a high school football pilot program, Pasadena Poly cultivated an opportunity for the Panthers to host La Cañada High in the hallowed grounds of the iconic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, which has been in operation since June 1923.
“It’s once in a lifetime,” Spartan Corey Cheung said of the game. “Most people dream of just playing in the Coliseum at USC, so it’s a real blessing to be able to do that because so many legends are made there and it’s such a unique experience.”
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