Muir’s Pacific League Showdown with Burbank to Continue Saturday Morning; Maranatha and Village Christian will Finish Olympic League Battle this Morning

Published : Saturday, October 13, 2018 | 4:39 AM

Brian Love, Enrique Garza, Darius Perrantes

No opponent had a bigger impact on Pasadena area football programs quite like ‘Mother Nature’ on Friday evening.

Muir hosted Burbank in a huge Pacific League game that would give the winner a leg up in second place as the season continues to wind down.

The Mustangs held a 14-9 lead at the break, but just as it did for St. Francis and Maranatha, the thunder halted and then eventually ended what was a big night for all three programs.

Muir got first-half TD runs from Brian Love and Jahlique Stephens to earn that five-point lead.

The Mustangs and Bulldogs will continue where they left on when they meet Saturday morning at 8 a.m. at Muir.

If Muir is able to hold off Burbank, they’ll be in a very strong position as they enter the final two weeks of the regular season, and they’d even have a chance to control their own destiny.

Maranatha was locked in a 7-7 tie with Village Christian in a game being played at Burbank High School on Friday.

The Minutemen still have a chance to distance themselves from the Crusaders with a victory.

Their game, too, was ended, and it will be picked up this morning at 11 a.m.

The only difference, however, is the game will be played at Maranatha High School.

Maranatha quarterback Enrique Garza threw a second-quarter TD pass to Sabien Rivera, which tied the game at 7-7.

With a win this morning, Maranatha would almost certainly, and in a worst-case scenario, have second place in the Olympic League wrapped up.

The reason being, the Minutemen already have a blowout victory over Valley Christian.

And even if they fell to unbeaten Heritage Christian next week in the third of four scheduled league games. Maranatha finishes the season against a Whittier Christian team that has not only lost all seven games it’s played in 2018, the Heralds have been outscored 291-57.

St. Francis claimed a 41-0 victory in their Angelus League opener against visiting Salesian.

The players from both teams had just come back on the field after an extended halftime.

It was homecoming night and it always adds a little extra time to the break between the second and third quarters.

But before they could even get to their respective sidelines, the referees called for a 30-minute weather delay.

Since the thunder was getting worse and the rain was coming down harder, coaches and athletic directors from both sides agreed they would call it a game.

It made even more sense, considering St. Francis led 41-0 and Salesian had even requested a running clock from the first quarter on.

Darius Perrantes threw three TD passes and Kevin Armstead rushed for three more.

Tanner Tomko caught a pair of TD’s and Bryson Reeves hauled in a 35-yard TD pass, which is his seventh of the season, and fifth in the last three weeks alone.

Tomko’s two scores were his sixth and seventh receiving TD’s this season, which tie the junior for the team high in receiving TD’s with Reeves.