PASADENA — It wasn't long ago that the Rio Hondo League was known for its parity.
League champions changed yearly and every team didn't go more than a few seasons without reaching the playoffs.
Over the last few years, however, those trends changed, starting at the top.
The Monrovia High football program has captured four straight league crowns and is in the midst of a 17-game league winning streak as league play begins Thursday.
The Wildcats' physically-tough nature and talented playmaking capabilities are embodied by their blue chip defensive end Ellis McCarthy, a 6-foot-4, 310-pound specimen who has offers from virtually every PAC-12 school.
However, while the Wildcats seem like an overwhelming favorite, there are vulnerabilities.
For starters, McCarthy's play has been limited, as he injured his knee in the second game this season.
Also, Monrovia's brutal schedule has them 1-4 heading into Thursday's league opener at La Cañada, which is also 1-4.