Star Picks: It’s not a jinx, just a pick. You play. Go win.

The Stang Fan and I will go head-to-head this season, though I don’t see the point anymore…

Melendez: 7-2 last week; total 144-47-1
Stang Fan: 8-1 last week; total 154-37-1

The Stang Fan’s lone loss pick last week came against Muir. Yes, Muir. Of course you know by now the Mustangs thrashed La Mirada to move on. Arcadia and St. Francis were my wrong picks. I initially had Dominguez winning, but at the last second changed my mind. Call it a jinx if you want, but to say as much is insane, that whichever team we pick to win is jinxed. It’s a lose-lose situation, if you ask me. Pick a team to win, it’s a jinx, pick a team to lose, no faith or, worse, “disrespect.” Do I think Monrovia is going to win the Mid-Valley Division? Yeah. Of course. Will the Wildcats have it easy? Probably not. Monrovia has the talent to win the whole thing, but they have to continue to work hard to get it done. Any team’s own undoing in the playoffs will not be because this newspaper picked them to win. Their undoing will stem from miscues, penalties, turnovers, etc. Just like any team’s success will stem from execution and mistake-free football, not because this newspaper picked your team to win. When these picks come out, remember: It’s a pick, not a jinx. You go play, and win.

Friday’s schedule with predictions
Bonita at Muir — Melendez (Muir)
Rosemead vs. Village Christian at Glendale — Melendez (Rosemead)
Maranatha at San Dimas –Melendez (Maranatha)
Schurr at Monrovia — Melendez (Monrovia)
Pasadena Poly at Desert Christian — Melendez (Poly)
Rio Hondo Prep at Boron — Melendez (Rio Hondo Prep)

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  • Goldenarm

    somebody up above said “challenge” and somebody else said “mustangs” and then somebody at CIF overheard it all and decided to score some brownie points or be blessed with a peaceful afterlife….and the challenge was born.

    bonita is one tough opponent, with a lone loss and some early season wins over 3 straight solid football teams.

    would really like to see Muir fight hard, play smart and get a win. If they do, anything is possible afterward!

  • SaintsR4real

    MIGGY, ALL YOUR DOING IS PICKING YOUR AREA OR CLOSE TO YOUR AREA…..

    THANKS FOR PICKING NARANATHA, WHATEVER YOUR DOING IT’S WORKING!!

  • Philly B

    I hope muir comes out on all cylinders and beats bonita. If they best bhs, is that an upset??? And if Maranantha beats San Dimas….How big of an upset is that really??? San Dimas didnt even win their league. They came in third place!!! Not hating on San Dimas, Im just saying. The only league that is representing as of right now in the mid-valley division is the Olympic leage

  • el tigre

    Mtown wins big…bold prediction

  • Bohi

    Of course it would be an upset if Muir beat us! We are 10-1 and lost only to the best team in teh division and Muir is 7-4 and barely made the playoffs! How would it not be an upset if Muir won. We were one of the highest rated teams in CIF this year and we even made the La Times top 25 too! We should beat Muir in a good game and play against La Serna or Norwalk in the next round.

  • Anonymous

    @bohi ya and yall should be playing LM huh but that why we play the games because as far as i see it its a new season and were both 1-0 see you fri

    @Philly B were the underdogs just like last week but its all GOOD WE BALLIN RIGHT NOW

  • $Big Aaron$

    @bohi ya and yall should be playing LM huh but that why we play the games because as far as i see it its a new season and were both 1-0 see you fri

    @Philly B were the underdogs just like last week but its all GOOD WE BALLIN RIGHT NOW

  • Goldenarm

    Monrovia,

    Watching some of the Schurr/ BP highlights note that Cantu’s 304 yds passing came from plenty of screens and short stuff. Likely M-town will see plenty of this – since the M-town pass rush is killer on deeper drops. Cantu dropping deeper and delaying release could mean a screen is coming – and the Schurr screens looked really well executed.

    This will be closer game for the Cats and I would not look at past opponents and rely on any earlier scores as an indicator how tough this game might be. My belief is M-town will smother some of those screens, maybe even pick one. But first they must apply pressure to the QB and disrupt timing.
    Good luck Monrovia!

  • Grim Reaper

    When playing MoTown draws and screens are an offensive coordinator’s best friend. But as far as beating MoTown with the pass I think they just have too much speed in the defensive backfield. The real problem is on defense, just how do you keep them at 17 points or less and somehow score 21 yourself.

    It will require at least two pass interceptions that result or lead to touchdowns and a clean defensive effort. Last season SM devised a defensive line play, with a contact and roll system that plugged up the line forcing most running plays to the outside. LC showed how to play a contain on Bueno to force passes, two of which were intercepted. But still, MoTown in a walk this Friday.

    Sorry, Mead, I think the Christians will beat the lions again this Friday. 34 to 28. I believe this will be my pick for entertaining game of the week, Glad I went. Like the NBA all star game, NO D but lots of O.

  • valley guy

    Not knocking
    bonita but their top athlete is Muir’s 3rd string guy but Bonita plays some good football and well disciplined i think this is going to be a tuff game but Bonita plays into Muir’s strength which is throwing the ball Muir is one team you dont want to throw against those corners and safety are ball hogs with the littlest guy at safety leading in interceptions at 6 Dai Dai Mcfadden and probably the best corner in the sgv in Kevon Seymour. I predict a good game with Muir hopefully pulling it out by at least 2 scores. would it be an upset not really Muir is possibly the better team record shows different just like La Mirada was suppose to be better because they went 13-1 and won it all the year before but Muir destroyed them and with Bonita 10-1 record means absolutely nothing.

  • Philly B

    Valley guy- You said it best. I dont think it would be that much of an upset if you ask me. I think both teams are evenly match when it comes to talent. Throw the records out the window already! So what if Bonita only has one lost and your on the LA times top 25, that doesnt help you when playoff games Bohi- I hope you wont have to cook up that comment and eat after friday hahaha

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  • Friday will tell….

    Philly B, well said:

    And if Maranantha beats San Dimas….How big of an upset is that really??? San Dimas didnt even win their league. They came in third place!!! Not hating on San Dimas, Im just saying. The only league that is representing as of right now in the mid-valley division is the Olympic leage

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