Monrovia offense a defensive coordinator’s nightmare?

No truth to rumors that Paraclete coaches are sleeping on memory foam pillows this week, given the tall task at hand when the prowess that is Monrovia marches into the desert Friday night to face defending Mid Valley Division champion Paraclete. (By the way, the game may be pushed to 7:30 p.m. if Paraclete can’t get someone from Knight High to open the stadium locker rooms by 4:30 p.m. I’ll keep you posted)

Back to the Wildcats’ offense …. They have so many weapons that it’s virtually a “pick your poison” type of deal. It always has been and it’ll remain that way throughout the playoffs. Paraclete coach Norm Dahlia agrees, to an extent. “Not so much about the offense, but it’s more about the few players they have and what they can do on offense,” Dahlia said. “Their offense is something we’ve faced six times this year.”

Monrovia’s Ryan Maddox begs to differ. “You can’t stop everything. You have to pick what you’re going to take away or try to confuse Nick, but he’s a heady football player and gotten better and better at what he does. We’ll just try to put him and the other players in the best positions to make plays.”

Everywhere I go people always tell me the same thing: Stop writing about Bueno! Seriously. When I’m at Vons, the barber shop, even my mom who’s never been to a football game in her life tells me she’s had enough of Nick Bueno. But you can’t neglect the fact that the Monrovia offense starts with Bueno. As he goes, so do the Wildcats, and Dahlia understands that much too well. “Obviously you have to contain Nick Bueno,” he said. “I think that’s the whole key to stopping everything. That’s going to be a job in itself.” So, the offense starts with Bueno, right? “Oh absolutely,” Dahlia said. “He makes things happen. We’ve watched him from the Arcadia game on and he’s definitely key on offense.”

Yes, those guys wearing the black/red bomber jackets roaming the visitor sidelines and concession stands are just a fraction of the Spirits traveling army. Paraclete has attended four games this season: Arcadia, La Canada, San Marino and Blair. “Coach (Maddox) hasn’t changed his offense,” Dahlia says. “Saw a little wrinkles, a couple things out of trips, but nothing we haven’t seen. Nick Bueno, yeah, he’s got other weapons and we cannot turn away our eyes from anybody, but our biggest thing is containing Nick Bueno. Our whole slogan is we don’t care who we play, as long as we don’t beat ourselves we’ll be OK.”

Paraclete will go into Friday’s game facing an early uphill battle. They’ll have to play without stud tailback Rosevelt Davis who is out the rest of the season after two small hairline fractures in his right fibula. He suffered the injury in the waning seconds of the second quarter against La Puente. Davis rushed for 630 yards and five touchdowns and caught 14 passes for 242 yards and three touchdowns.

But no doubt the biggest lost for the Spirits has to be senior Todd Daivs, a 6-foot-2, 230 pound middle linebacker who was tossed out of last week’s game after accumulating two personal foul penalty calls. “Absolutely he’s a big loss but I’m not worried about it,” Dahlia said. “He’s a great player and obviously we’d love to play with him, but I have three linebackers who could have played the whole year, and one of them (John Tovar) was one vote away from All-CIF last year. He played four varsity games last year and he’s extremely effective.”

  • illest

    funny how much THICKER Monrovia’s section is than all the others……

  • New York

    Nice work, Miguel. Making the long distance phone call to Coach Dahlia was a nice touch. He seems like a decent guy. He posted a nice message on Fred’s board earlier in the year.

  • Anonymous

    illest must be a Maranatha supporter

  • GrimReaperxxx

    I agree—quit writing about Nick Bueno ….

    Note: With the Clete missing two key players, Monrovia might just have a trip to the finals in sight. I dont care how good you are, if you are missing your middle linebacker and leading rusher, you are in deep.

  • Anne Onimus

    I believe the first part of Grim’s last comment should be removed. I don’t think a specific individual’s(specially a player’s) parent should ever be brought up in this blog. I don’t care if it’s just a joke. Let’s keep this about sports. Miguel please take care of this. Please.

  • MVF

    GrimReaperxxx,
    I agree with you that Paraclete is in deep you know what without those players in key position.All CIF players from last year DE #51 and MLB #59 and now starting tailback.Monrovia will beatup the replacements in the log run.Paraclete is not deep enough to hang with Monrovia.The only edge Paraclete has now is that they are that wounded animal back into a corner that will do “ANYTHING” to stay alive.As long as Monrovia play’s smart and expects the unexpected from this wounded animal(Paraclete)they will move on to the next round and to the finals.

  • Reno Hightower

    On this great day in our nation of freedom, lets give thanks to the sons and daughters of Pasadena, Arcadia, Temple City, Rosemead, Alhambra, La Canada, South Pasadena, San Gabriel, El Monte, Duarte, and Monrovia who are in harm’s way protecting our nation. God, please look over our sons and daughters and bring them home safe.

    Lets also give thanks to all that make high school football the great game that it is; coaches, players, trainers, the kids in the band, the supporting moms nad dads and you guys (Goldenarm, Philly B, Dawgger, Stang Fan, Burbank Sports, JOHN F-ING B, FB Einstein, etc. all)

  • spirit Xpress

    happy thanksgiving everyone

    this is the best day to practice if you are a football player just making it to this day is the best feeling. especially after when you get that nice piece of humble i mean pumpkin pie

    congrats to all the teams practicing today and god bless you all

  • Philly B.

    Miguel
    You make me laugh man, vons, your moms, and the Barber shop?? hahahaha. I understand your point, but you gotta understand theres, same reason why I got tired of hearing about Tim Tebow. But you know what, who cares, like you said you cant make everyone happy.

    New York,
    What did Coach D say on fred’s Board earlier in the year???

    MVF
    That was a good post about paraclete “wounded animal back into a corner that will do “ANYTHING” to stay alive” I think Paraclete will have players to step up into position, but I agree with you, when I really dont believe that they have the depth to hang with monrovia. Their starting running back is out, Our DB’s will be ready for whatever. Our front seven is too tough. But If we’re by 14 at half, I still say dont let up!!! Keep pouring it on, to let Valley or whoever know that its Monrovia’s year this time!!!!

    Reno Hightower
    Thank you for the warm wishes and thanks. Hope ur having a great food loaded thanksgiving!

    Spirit Xpress
    Happy thanksgiving to you as well. Best of luck to your team this friday! It will be a slug fest, one to be remembered in the tundra of palmdale haha.
    LETS GO CATS!!!! GET IT DONE

    ALSO GOOD LUCK TO SAN MARINO AND GOOD LUCK TO SAN DIMAS!!!!

    PROVE OL FRED WRONG ABOUT OUR LOCAL TEAMS!!!!

  • New York

    Paraclete still has many weapons. You can not replace a Tod Davis, the 6’3 230lb defensive beast and OL anchor on the QBs blind side. (Did Davis get ejected late in the game? What was he still doing on the field???) But Clete does have depth with guys chomping at the bit to get their shot. They also have a horse who can catch and run as well as play D. He is 6’4 and 220 and just a junior. Their QB throws a good ball. Their D plays fast. Their OLine is tough, etc.

    Philly,
    Coach Dahlia expressed condolensces related to the San Dimas baseball player tragedy.

  • Philly B.

    New York,
    No one is saying paraclete doesnt have weapons. I saw some film on them on youtube against rosemead. Much faster than what I saw when I was at the game against monrovia two years ago. But then again monrovia is a whole different team as well, and I think we’re a much deeper team then we have been in a little while

  • Anonymous

    Miguel you write like a ten year old talking to his friends. Get off monrovias bandwagon and actually report about all the schools in the area.

  • Miguel Melendez

    Anonymous: You saying I write like a 10-year-old kid just made my day. It’s a step up from when someone said last year that I wrote like a 6-year-old. On this Thanksgiving Day I sincerely thank you, Anonymous. Psss … Word of advice: you might want to stroll down the blog for a “report about all the schools in the area.”

  • Big Football Fanatic

    Good News for everyone tired of hearing about Bueno.

    We give him December off then he starts Baseball and he’s right back on the front page!

    Sooooo! Sorry!

  • Reno Hightower

    Least I forget as I sit down to my 2nd, er, 3rd serving of turkey and football, a special thanks to Miguel and Fred who do a very thanklesew job of covering our local sports. Thank you.

  • Jon F***ing B

    THERE AINT NO H IN JON UNCLE RICO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HERES TO MTOWN LOSING TO PARACLETE TO SHUT UP ALL THOSE MTOWN FANS WHO CONSTANTLY OVER HYPING MTOWN ON THIS BLOG!!!!!!!!!! YES JACKA**ES,THE IRISHMANS HERE TO TAKE ALL YOU GUINNIES MONEY!!!!!!!!! GOOD LUCK TO MOONEY, WHO WOULD HAVE THUNK SM WOULD BE PLAYING TC FOOTBALL?!?! THX COACH WHITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • New York

    Looks like John B is endulging in the brandy and egg nog a month early and is taking it out on his keyboard. Bash Monrovia, cheer on SM in an attempt to bash Coach White….who do you support?

    If you are a RHL fan, why not hope that Monrovia and San Marino go all the way? It will bring more credibility to our league.

  • Philly B

    New York
    You have a point, but maybe the egg nog was too strong for him, and possibly he’s not a RHL fan, and he’s just a monrovia hater, which is fine, put him wit the rest of the SF fans

  • New York

    Philly B,
    I appreciate your unwavering allegiance to Monrovia, but I think you should be more judicious in taking shots at other fans. There are plenty of classy SF bloggers. You may have been jaded by one or two bad apples.

    Good luck to every team playing tonight. Bring it home!

  • Philly B.

    New York
    Hate to burst your bubble, but it was more of a bag of bad apples. Those fans have been dogging Monrovia all year, they’ve been quiet for a week now, but it should been halfway throughout the season. but it is what it is. And Ive also been pretty supportive to the other teams in the RHL as well as MUIR and PHS. So I call it like I see it.

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