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Football Previews: St. Francis football looks for better ending at Monrovia

Football: Golden Knights look to erase bad memories of last year's 17-13 loss at the Wildcats' one-yard line Friday night.

October 02, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
  • St. Francis High quarterback Ty Gangi is hoping to lead the Golden Knights past Monrovia on Friday. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)
St. Francis High quarterback Ty Gangi is hoping to lead…

The following are previews of the area's upcoming high school football games this week.

It's probably safe to say, with the dramatics from 2012, the most anticipated nonleague football game in the area in 2012 is just around the corner, as St. Francis travels to Monrovia for a 7 p.m. kickoff Friday.

Last season, the Golden Knights were on the doorstep of victory against the Wildcats at Friedman Field. With a four-point deficit, St. Francis launched a last-minute drive that reached Monrovia's one-yard line with time to spare but a quarterback sneak was fumbled and recovered by Monrovia to effectively end the game in the favor of the visitors, 17-13. Monrovia would go on to win the CIF Southern Section Mid-Valley Division title and the state championship.

“We tried to erase last year when we got started on this year, but you can't help but think about that game. It was kind of a little bit of a turning point in our season,” St. Francis Coach Jim Bonds said. “Playing them again this year brings up a lot of those feelings.”

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The Golden Knights relied on their run game to improve to 4-0 and maintain their sixth ranking in the CIF Southern Section Western Division. Joe Mudie raised his season totals to 443 yards and five touchdowns on 57 carries with a 176-yard, one-score performance on 26 carries for St. Francis, which also received a big day from Areg Nazarian (85 yards, two touchdowns on three carries).

Monrovia, which is 4-0 and ranked atop its division, has relied on its run game all year, powered by senior journeyman and highly-touted running back Kurt Scoby, who's spent time at Charter Oak, St. Paul, Duarte, Cathedral and Alemany before transferring to Monrovia this summer.

Scoby is averaging 187.3 yards a game (749 yards on 73 carries) with nine touchdowns to his name. Monrovia is a run-dominant team with 138 runs to 52 pass attempts this season.

Crescenta Valley at Burroughs, 7 p.m.: Brian Gadsby has put on a quarterback clinic through four games for Crescenta Valley. The junior has completed 60 percent (66 for 110) of his passes for 1,017 yards, 18 touchdowns and no interceptions, but he and the Falcons will face the toughest defense they've seen this year at Memorial Field Friday night.

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