The Mayfair Monsoon football team is set to face off against the La Salle Lancers of Pasadena in a first round CIF-SS division 9 matchup. With both teams heavily dependent on the run, the key to the game figures to come down to who will win the battle of the trenches.
The Monsoons (6-4, 5-1) are coming off a 63-13 loss to La Mirada. Before playing La Mirada, Mayfair had rolled through Suburban League play, winning five straight behind senior running backs Treveon Anderson and Abrie Sumlin. The two have combined to run for over 1400 yards and 22 touchdowns while averaging over 8 yards per carry. Senior Kai Emmsley has handled the quarterback position for much for the season with over 400 yards and 5 passing touchdowns, while seniors Mark Gitonga and Diego Campos lead the Soons in receiving.
The Lancers (6-4, 2-3) hail from the competitive Angelus League where they tied for third and earned an at-large bid.They went 4-1 in non-league action before dropping the first two league games to teams ranked in Maxprep’s top 50 in the state of California. Back-to-back wins against St. Paul and Harvard-Westlake gave them their first two wins in the Angelus league since joining in 2014, according to the Pasadena Star, before they finished their regular season with a 28-0 loss to Salesian last week.
Like the Monsoons, the Lancers are heavily dependent on the run game. They come in with a 2000 yard running back in senior Amon Milliner. Milliner has cracked 100 yards in every game this season for La Salle, including five games over 200 yards and season-high 342 yards against Harvard Westlake. His numbers equate to a staggering 202 yards on 25 carries per game to go along with his 20 touchdowns.
Senior Jake Caan lines up at quarterback for the Lancers, throwing for 9 touchdowns while averaging 117 yards per game and completing 64% of his passes. Senior Harrison MacDonald is his favorite target at receiver with 28 receptions, 535 yards, and 6 touchdowns on the season. Defensively, defensive end Myles Cecil has 12.5 sacks on the season, while seniors Wyatt Cimino and Miles Bailey each have two interceptions.
The game will kickoff at 7 pm at Ron Yary Stadium in Bellflower, CA with the winner advancing to square off with the winner of the Silverado-Perris matchup.