Friday Night Aftermath: Monrovia, Pasadena Poly win; Muir, Maranatha, Rosemead and Rio Hondo Prep slip.

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Friday’s results

Bonita 49, Muir 25 — Giomani Johnson scored three touchdowns in the final period to lead the Bearcats. The score was 30-25 with 4:49 left in the game.

Village Christian 34, Rosemead 0 — The Panthers had plenty of chances. Three of their first four drives went inside the 26 and twice were stopped on fourth down and had a fumble at the Village Christian 8. Matt Fregoso finished with 123 yards on 34 carries.

San Dimas 56, Maranatha 20 — Losing Joshua Jones to a knee injury was big for the Minutemen, but not sure if his presence would have made the difference in this one. San Dimas led something like 42-0 at halftime. Big plays from Codee Watts and Theo Darlington helped the Saints, who will host Monrovia in next week’s Mid-Valley Division semifinals.

Monrovia 21, San Dimas 7 — Schurr turned the ball over four times and were penalized 11 times as the Wildcats capitalized to run away with the win. Nick Bueno for the most part was contained. He finished with 108 yards rushing on 22 carries. He scored from 24 yards out early in the third quarter. Three penalties in that drive moved the ball all the way to the Schurr 24. Christian Blanco scored from 25 yards early in the second quarter, but it was Andrew Plasencia who recovered a Schurr fumble that set up that score. He intercepted a pass later in the game and returned in 12 yards for a score to give the Wildcats a 21-0 lead. Schurr on its first five possessions resulted in a punt, turnover, turnover, punt, punt. Aaron Cantu finished with 215 yards on 25-of-38 passing and a touchdown. Monrovia will visit San Dimas in next week’s semifinals, likely to be played Saturday night.

Pasadena Poly 43, Desert Christian 27 — Blaked Edwards rushed for over 200 yards and quarterback Hunter Merryman threw for two touchdown passes. The Panthers will play at top-seed Bishop next week.

Boron 14, Rio Hondo Prep 6 — This was the Kares’ earliest playoff exit since 2007 when they were eliminated in the opening round. Rio Hondo Prep’s lone losses this season came to Boron, which defeated Rio Hondo Prep 36-28 in the fourth game of the season.

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  • el tigre

    Don’t hurt yourselves Schurr…

  • Barefoot Bearcat

    Go kick some butt, Bonita!

  • Philly B

    Its gonna be an all out Bueno affair tonight!!! GO CATS!

  • Anonymous

    Huck this is killin you aint it!! Hahahahahaha

  • Grim Reaper

    Looks like this is the night the Lions get part way even with the Christians. There may not be enough cheeks to turn on Friday.

    Onward Lions
    Covina looks like a winner against Christians from Whittier.

    Onward Christian Soldiers
    Valley Christian by 7 over Rosemead, see below..Game of the week.

    The Civil War post Gettysburg.. grind it out.
    Monrovia gets its first test but wins by 14 to 21 points against Schurr, on its General Sherman inspired scorched earth, inevitable, march to the sea.

    San Dimas rolls over Urgent-care
    short of a pain killer injection in the knee of running back Josh Jones, it looks like the jig is up for Manantha. Second choice for exciting game of the week.

    Exciting game of the week,
    Glad I went, Rosemead (the Mead, bad nickname) v Village Christian.
    Lots of scoring and like the NBA allstar game, no D.

    And finally good luck, I have been there, done that, Old School Style UGH!
    Cantwell Sacred Heart at (UGH) Lompoc.
    Reaper predicts a big gasoline and rubber bill for a long-long-long car drive-bus ride. Ugh. From the how can it be uphill both ways? The drive back is even worse, if Lompoc still plays ball like it used to.

  • bi coach

    i think you guys will be surprised with the out come of the SD MHS game. yea the loss of Josh Jones hurts and that only takes away the 1 punch out of a 1, 2 punch combination. So for you guys looking for MHS to make its play-off exit tonight IF it happens it wont be bacause Mr. JJ did not play/

  • Goldenarm

    Tough decision night on where to go.

    How bad ass are you when your head coach says “yeah, we got our relay team in the defensive backfield?” That is what coach Howard says about the Stangs. Who on earth can compete with that kind of defensive speed? Would love to go see Muir versus Bonita, a team which will be throwing right into the heart of that secondary. If gave Shane Blood and La Mirada had problems, will it do the same for Bonita’s 18 td QB?
    I am hoping so, really want to see the Stangs win!

    Rosemead has a shot if they can control the tempo. Their pass defense is suspect, so they will have to put pressure on the QB and do their best to prevent the big play. Coach K has a great sleeper team in his hands – but VC is no crappy at large team. close game.
    Like I said before, Cruz needs to throw some key passes and unleash the gun he has. If so, the Panthers can definitely win this game.

    But….
    I’m going to M-town cause I gotta support the RHL and my hated adversary of many seasons, the Wildcats…. A team who has been on a roll lately bringing defeat to the Rams. Only joy of victory I had in 4 years against the Cats was the incredible 7-6 JV victory at M-town, where Monrovia was 21-o and had the field set up for the post game ceremonies – which we ruined following a tremendous battle on the field. what a game.

    What I am hoping for is to see McCarthy and the D Line have their game of the year in dominating Schurr. EM was not as impressive as his hype against TC, though he showed flashes of what he is capable of. He was generally slow off the ball and looked winded at times, was standing straight up and not overly aggressive. However, when he got after the QB it was another story, great lateral speed and focus. If the issue was motivation, tonight that should be different, because the marbles are on the table. With EM getting the dbl team, lets see if the rest of the Cats can blow to the passer and make something happen.
    I am going to focus on the inside play on defense.
    The 3 wideout set should from M-town should rip Schurr if the passes are thrown accurately. That set really spreads the defense and opens Bueno to hit the highway on run plays.
    Good luck – probably seen many M-town alumni there tonight.

  • Observantcat

    Thats why I love the RHL, even after a tough competitive season real football fans come together and support the teams that represent them as a whole. I remember going over to watch TC play Inglewood back in the day. Tonights game should be a good one. As a football fan you couldn’t ask for a better matchup between 2 totally different offensive and defensive teams.

  • HTG

    Schurr and Monrovia used to play each other in the 70′s and those were always good games, tonite will no exception. Though Schurr is the under-dog, be on the look out for that Spartan Football to rise to occassion as so many coaches have attested to over the years. Go Spartans!

  • almont fan

    Schurr will bring it. You Wildcat fans should look at their past seasons, especially the playoff runs. They play the best football around in the playoffs. La habra, fullerton, diamond ranch, santa fe, those playoff games where testimonies on how seriously they should be taken. Monrovia will be shocked. Schurr 38 Monrovia 14.

  • SPfan

    Lets go Mtown!

  • New York

    Schurr has a proud and highly accomplished program. Their presence makes the MidValley much stronger than last year. Cantu at QB adds another dimension to Schurr’s physical toughness.

    Monrovia has a future all-american on the d-line who should be able to harrass Cantu and allow the tough backers to stop the run game. Offensively, Monrovia features an all-around winner at QB with a stable of RBs and WR’s.

    This will be a fun game for the fans.

  • Goldenarm

    just left the m-town game
    7-0 mtown at half.
    Blanco scored on a nice run following the first of two fumbles by Schurr. Only other turnover was a Bueno pass thrown diretly into the chest of a Schurr db.

    D Johnson is having a tremendous game, E McCarthy is drawing dbl teams has been quiet. Part of the reason is Cantu has a superquick release

  • SP Supporter

    Keep it up Mtown!

  • About Time

    I hope San Dimas shoves it in to Maranathas face. After losing to La Puente. The Warriors are indicated.

    La Puente gets no respect!!

  • About Time

    VINDICATED………….. Go LP

  • el tigre

    San Dimas 56 Nantha 21

  • Just sayin

    Was at the Schurr-Monrovia game tonight and I have never seen Schurr shoot themselves in the foot so many times. dropped passes, fumbles, ints. bueno is a great runner and no threat as a passer. Schurr D still couldnt contain him. Mccarthy was DOMINATED by schurr o-line. I dont think he had 2 tackles, and cantu made him miss even when he finally got close. #51 pancaked him at least 2 times. Next week rematch should be a good one. I got San Dimas again.

    just sayin

  • Bronco5

    Easy week for Miguel coming up all he has to do is pitch a tent at Monrovia and write his stories from there. Congrats to all the schools and there players in the valley that made this fall so exciting for everyone to watch. I can’t believe it went so quick.

  • Grim Reaper

    Revenge of the Christians

    Christians 2 Lions 1.

    Village Christian beat The Mead (still worst nickname ever) like a drum. Note only one punt in the entire game. Mead was like a 75 yr old man on a date, was willing but couldnt finish. Was in the red zone 4 times and got 0, nada, nothing, Zilch! If they had scored every time it would have been a great game. But hand it to the Christians #7 Custer, #28 Aboul-Hosn, and #2 Rolls and their line, offensively they got it done every time they touched the ball.

    Interesting strategy to deal with having no kicker, pooch up a rainbow every time between the 30 and 40 yd line, creating an opportunity for essentially an onside kick every time. Took the Mead kick off return out of the game completely.

    Whittier Christians continue their unexpected roll,

    and as predicted
    Ain’t Well Sacred Heart Attack, drove for hours to and from Lompoc, uphill both ways to get beat down by Lompoc, UGH! Been there done that, no fun. Bad enough to get beat, but to enrich some oil company in the process is insult to injury.

    And he scorched earth march to the sea continues for MoTown, Mee Mee Mee, the fat lady is starting to warm up her voice already.

  • Philly B

    Almont Fan- What was that???????? Monrovia gets shocked??????? Hahahahahaha. Monrovia took care of business as I knew they would. Saw the entire 2nd half. Cantu is a good qb but alot of his throws had too much air under them, and they seem easy to be picked off. Basically he is a bit overrated. Good qb but not as good as I thought he would be. Bueno had his way the defense had their way with schurr. Bring it on Saints! THE REMATCH BABY!!!! CATS WILL BE COMING FOR THE SAINTS!!! side note, the silly penalties must stop for the cats

  • Prepfan

    Poly 43 Desert Christian 27 final

  • SPfan

    Congrats to Mtown!

  • Anonymous

    Just sayin:
    You are an absolute joke. Mccarthy being dominated?? Being blocked by a triple teamed is no where near being dominated. What game were you watching?

  • anonymous

    last time i checked, this was a thread concerning the teams that made it past the first round. Therefore, why is someone still posting about La Puente? You guys lost to a team that out played you. La Puente is a good team, no doubt about it, but that game just wasn’t your guys’. So let it go, please. Congrats to Monrovia and all the other teams that won today. Also big props to maranatha for a great season.

  • Grim Reaper

    Next week in the Mid Valley

    San Dimas-MoTown pick ‘em, go either way, game of the week.

    Christian v Christian, who knows Village needs more defense, but they can score at will. Pick: Village Christian by 10 just because they beat the #1 seed Azusa and can execute (no penalties) and no turnovers.

  • Anonymous

    Why doesn’t Rio and Poly show up on the high school score board like during the regular season?

  • Big Dog

    Hey Miguel. Maranatha is a joke. Go back to division 12. Those guys sucked. Football is a little different over here east of 605.

  • mtownclown

    McCarthy was triple teamed the whole night!! And there were alott of holds that didn’t get called and yet the kid was in cantus face all night !!!! Dominated?? Schurr fans shouldn’t even say that because they clearly got dominated by a team that has much more talent …SD is up next for the wildcats and I smell sweet Revenge !!! 3rd time is the charm go wildcats!!!

  • Philly B

    Just saying- HAhaha, man were you at the same game?? Mccarthy had Cantu running around that pocket scared for his life throwing up ducks in the air, thats why he was int. He had no real time to throw the ball. Receivers did well coming back to the ball, but when you CANT RUN THE BALL its gonna be a long nite against the cats. Ive said it all season, I knew we were gonna see the saints in the playoffs. I just knew it! And Im glad too! San Dimas will be mouthing off as usual, saying “we already beat you once we can do it again” and blah blah blah. But it was the same thing last year with monrovia. This time around Monrovia will be ready. I cant wait for next week!!!! GO CATS Great Job Bueno, Craft, McCarthy, and the rest of the crew!

  • Observantcat

    Almont Fan: Put Monrovia down on your list as teams too take serious. This game should show you not to overlook your opponent, Just because you win Big against an uprepared Baldwin Park team doesn’t mean that your future is safe coming to the next rounds. This is where the Big Boys hand. Plenty of hard hitting defense tonight lots of smack talking from both sides but Monrovia took care of business tonight. What was more surprising is that Monrovia was the more disciplined team tonight. Cantu looked completly out of his game as far as trying to maintain any type of running game. He is a helluva passer but having just that 1 dimension is not enough at the top. Now for Next weeks Semi’s….Bring on SD…saints 4real this is the date we talked about earlier this season, should be game of the year in the San Gabriel Valley. No Rain in sight, at least for now.

  • billy gumbo

    how in the world can you say Bueno had his way with anything ? Cantu out played Bueno ! refs had as much to do with this outcome as any kid on the field !! every big play Schurr had got called back !! sour grapes hell yes !!

  • Bob Anon

    Didn’t Schurr have a tough time with my alma mater in the scrimmage?

    Get it done, Monrovia. You can do it.

    Sorry to hear of the Muir loss. Damm.

  • ; )

    just sayin: Why throw the ball when you don’t have to? Cantu is not bad throwing the ball, but got flustered when pressured. No threat with his legs. So we’ll take the qb who can lead his team to a W.
    Just sayin.

  • anonymous

    billy gumbo,
    Blame your coaches!!! Don’t they know that the TE becomes ineligible when he is covered by a receiver? Cantu outplayed Bueno? Yeah, if all you care about is passing stats. We’ll take the win. Thank you.

  • Around Towne

    Does anyone know what happend to Schurrs running back he was taken to the hospital by Monrovia paramedics, I very much hope he’ll be play and I extend a word of appreciation to Schurr Players who after there teammated was carted off didn’t go head hunting and took to injure Monrovia players.

  • elephant

    Before this snowballs into something ugly, I would like to put this out there. The officials had nothing to do with the result of the Monrovia/Schurr game. In fact it was probably one of the best officiated games I’ve seen all year. I can almost hear all the Schurr fans complaining about the back to back ‘illegal man downfield’ calls that negated two first downs for Schurr. But before you guys start pointing your fingers at the officials, you might want to reconsider and point the fingers at your Offensive Coordinator. On both of those plays, Schurr’s tight end was on the line of scrimmage with a receiver outside of him also on the line of scrimmage. Anyone that knows anything about football, would know that this would make the tight end ineligible and he would not be allowed to go downfield on a pass play. And that’s why the flag was thrown on both plays. Your OC should have known this after the first flag. He didn’t, so point the finger at him.

    Cantu is a good QB. If his Oline was better(just another second better), it might have been a different ball game.

  • natha senior

    big dog.. okay we really laid an egg tonight but if you think about it, no one expected us to get this far, let alone win a playoff game, or even make the playoffs, or rack up 8 wins. we outplayed everyone’s expectations for a team new to the mid-valley, and the pups under us seniors will only continue to get better. there’s a solid group of sophomores and juniors who will take leadership of the program next year, and under coach murphy’s care, they’re in good hands.

  • SGV Rat

    ey Grim Reaper….Whittier Christian already beat Village Christian four weeks ago in a league game. No brainer…more of the same.

  • john Wayne

    When the brackets came out and all that hoopla about Covina vs. Monrovia was being thrown out there. I said, it would be a Whittier vs. Village showdown! Those are Olympic teams that now are playing for a shot a who will line up in the final!
    Now, Maranatha did struggle tonight. The injuries to Joshua Jones (huge), Chris Cornell (HUGE), and another starting senior LB, Jake Scanlan (HUGE). Would they have been able to stop San Dimas’ running game? Maybe yes, maybe no! But what they would have presented is Senior leadership, heart and really tough matchups for the ENTIRE San Dimas crew! The bleeding could have been stopped and the score much closer! Way closer with those key key key components in the lineup.
    Take nothing away from San Dimas for coming out and knocking around a lot of sophmores and jr.s! They attacked in the right places.
    Don’t forget to mention once again ANOTHER night of #73 Trent Washington abusing, YES freaking abusing another big dog/D1 player on the line. All #78 could
    do is hold Trent and hold Trent and hold Trent. When he wasn’t his butt was getting pushed around and beat down. Let the coaches out there in the Olympic tell you who they schemed for and who would control BOTH the offensive and defensive lines! That would be #73! Talk about D1 material!!!
    Now to BIG DOG:
    Up yours to say Maranatha sucks and it’s all about east of the 605! What happened tonight with the two other Olympic league teams? They whooped up on a Covina squad picked to roll on through and the other ripped a Rosemead team. They way I see it in a couple of weeks, there will be a Mid Valley Champ from the OLYMPIC league.
    Now that you showed your pathetic sportsmanship with a comment about how Maranatha sucks, I wish you nothing but a huge loss to Monrovia!
    When that happens, BIG UGLY DOG… and the mid valley champ is from the Olympic League, please come back on here so we can discuss a few things!

  • Toucan Sam

    Where are all the Rio Hondo responses tonight? Man, after all that talk and being so convinced you were walking away with a title.
    Where is the mouth that was so worried about all the other schools and how they could beat them?
    Like I said in a previous post long ago, you couldn’t beat Boron the first time and again now a second time! It’s Boron, for goodness sake, moron!
    Maybe next year and previous years to come, you focus on the main task and that would be playing football and winning against opponents in you own league!
    Just think, you didn’t even have to play a Salesian team either!

  • Anonymous

    Why didn’t Rio score more than 6 with Quintero playing and when Rio play Boron earlier in the season without him they scored 28. Was Quintero hurt this game too?

  • Cocky COLTS??????

    The Colts came to Whittier posting their banner up and throwing paper all over the stadium….a little cocky you think???????? A little respect goes a long way.

  • Desert Rat

    Hate to say it….but I said San Dimas could handle Natha. Now stop making excuses. Good teams find a way around their obstacles when it counts the most!!!

  • SGV Rat

    I can’t wait until Dimas sends MoTown packin…Motown may want to hold off on those ring you were sizing a week ago.

  • Battle of the Giants

    LoL @ John Wayne`s post! I dont know what game u were watching but the San Dimas, Natha battle between 73 and 78 was EPIC. Both players were getting their licks in. I certainly would not say that 73 won the battle especially when San Dimas had nearly five hundred yards rushing! Oh, and just how many rushing yards did Natha have? Im pretty sure it was very close to zero.

  • Not the same team Whittier played

    Desert Rat -
    Yes..good teams find away to win around the obticles and that’s what Maranatha has done for most of the season. Unfortunatly the player injuries kept coming as the season went on. For a school like San Dimas who has 1,300+ students, their will be almost twice the depth on their roster so your comment rings more true for them.
    As for a school the size of Maranatha at less than 700 students, when you lose 3 very key players on both sides of the ball(Josh Jones & Chris Cornell on both sides of the ball, Jake Scanlan on Defense and Omar Younger on offense) including your most valuable defensive player (Cornell), the depth is just not there to cover the loss.
    Hats off to San Dimas, you have a great team but you played a very depleated Maranatha. I’m hoping that San Dimas will play Whittier Christian in the final as Maranatha played them at full strength and the game came down to the wire. That should provide a bit of a measuring stick as to how Maranatha might have done at full strength.
    Congrats to Monrovia, Village and Whittier as well. Should be a nice semi-final round!

  • Anonymous

    Monrovia 21, San Dimas 7 …..wrong team….

  • Anonymous

    Monrovia is in trouble. One player can not beat SD.

  • Baseball mom

    I want to take the time to say thanks to our Maranatha football team for a fun and exciting season. There were not a lot of expectations with this young team. But they came out and surprised everyone. Congrats to our coaching staff for believing in this team and getting them to play hard and find success as a team. You have built yourself quite a program that everyone has to stop and take notice. To the seniors, thank you. For the returning players, I am already looking forward to next year.

  • John Wayne

    Battle of the Giants:
    You are correct in the amount of yards, you guys racked those up big time.
    #73 did have his hands full with #78. However, one man playing both ways against a young man only going one and getting the best of him…. really? Can’t remember #73 getting several holding calls because he was getting beat on a constant basis! Maybe I was in the bathroom if that happened.
    Once again, hats off for your team bringing their A game! You will need it to advance and win another Mid-Valley championship.
    Like another poster said, it’s hard to have your “Best” out and no depth to cover those spots. But hey, it’s football in a very tough and larger division, and it is what it is!
    All teams have an occasional night when they don’t execute and their minds are somewhere else. It happens on all levels in all sports! Even to the best teams!
    Good luck with the rest of your season S.D.

  • Enough Already

    Typical responces from the Maranatha crowd excuses excuses excuses.you could see it coming a mile away.You read to much press your not as good as you think you are.You beat La Puente by a mere thirteen and then you get your backside handed to you by San Dimas.
    Quit whining suck it up and stop with your damn excuses.

  • Hoopla

    Monrovia needs to step it up big time if they want to beat San Dimas this time around. It seems like Schurr shut down Bueno’s passing game, so that leaves him and an unsung running back. By the way, Mtown’s O-line is going to have to step it up.
    Good luck Monrovia, pulling for you guys!

  • MHS PARENT

    Big Dod you are so funny. I can somewhat agree with you that MHS is a joke. I think thier coaching staff is. From the offensive cordinator to the defensive cordinator. In the 1st qtr. the QB option game was wide open, and they wanted to try to throw he ball against 6 defensive backs, that leaves only 7 in the box for MHS vs. 5 for SD. yes I understand you have the most prolific passer in the game, but if he really wanted to win he would have gone to his option game. Then imnot going to say anything about that garbage defense that only works on inferior schools. Coaches, if you want to be any thing other than play-off entertainment you have to move past your own personal agendas, and run what is going to be most effective. You put your kids, that are much better than they showed themselves to be latnight, in a bad situation lastnight. In the off-season dedicate yourselves to your craft, go to coaching clinics. Do whatever you need to do to put your kids in a better situation than you did lastnight.

  • MHS PARENT

    Big Dod you are so funny. I can somewhat agree with you that MHS is a joke. I think thier coaching staff is. From the offensive cordinator to the defensive cordinator. In the 1st qtr. the QB option game was wide open, and they wanted to try to throw he ball against 6 defensive backs, that leaves only 7 in the box for MHS vs. 5 for SD. yes I understand you have the most prolific passer in the game, but if he really wanted to win he would have gone to his option game. Then imnot going to say anything about that garbage defense that only works on inferior schools. Coaches, if you want to be any thing other than play-off entertainment you have to move past your own personal agendas, and run what is going to be most effective. You put your kids, that are much better than they showed themselves to be latnight, in a bad situation lastnight. In the off-season dedicate yourselves to your craft, go to coaching clinics. Do whatever you need to do to put your kids in a better situation than you did lastnight.

  • Goldenarm

    Congratulations to Schurr High School for playing a hard fought game. Cantu throws the post pattern as well as anybody around and he stood tough in the pocket when he had to. His receivers had a couple drops, but also a couple tough catches, with one kid taking a punishing blow from Cimarusti after a catch in traffic. Schurr returned the favor later with a big hit on M-town receiver Jay Henderson, who is a tough kid and sucked it up after he got his wind back.

    I was impressed by the Schurr spread offense and it’s ability to spread the defense, and the fact Cantu always found a short dump to someone when in trouble. Equally impressive was M-towns ability to disrupt the screen and “smell it out” and limit the gains on those short throws.
    The Schurr D line pressured Bueno many times and at times outplayed M-towns Oline, penetrating quickly through blocks. Monrovia has an undersized O line. M-towns most consistent blocking I saw came from their center, who maintained pressure on whoever he blocked and had good mobility.
    I really wish Blanco had at least 15 carries a game for M-town – this kid would be a guaranteed 1000 yard rusher if he had horns on his helmet. Good vision, fast, and races to daylight once he finds it. Protects the ball.
    Going into Friday, there is no doubt who had a tougher game bettween SD and Monrovia. Schurr fans your team fought hard and was well prepared, be proud in that.

    GA

  • Goldenarm

    Stangs

    - sounds like the game was much closer than the final indicates.

    congratulations on the tremendous upset win over CIF champ La Mirada – and on a Great end of season run!

    MEAD
    Does anybody know if Fregoso was hurt part of the game, all of the game or what? What was the injury?

  • Goldenarm

    Sincere best wishes to Abraham Gonzalez and family.
    I hope his injuries heal quickly.

  • Observantcat

    Given what I observed in the Shurr Game, the Spartans played Monrovia rougher than any team this year by far. Hats go off their Defense which game the Wildcats fits. Comparing them to other teams it was like night and day. I really believe that Shurr could challenge and/or beat any of the remaing teams just by their sure aggressivness. Cantu was just flusstered into making tough throws he would’nt have to ordinarily make against lesser opponents. This weeks game against San Dimas will be a good game but I think If Monrovia plays like it did this week we should and will prevail.
    To Annonymous:
    You’re right, Monrovia will bring 50 players to this game and all are good at what they do. It’s just that we will have the best offensive player on our side. A lot has changed since we last played and as you remember our back-up running back had 3 TD’s in that contest, well he along with Blanco as well as a group of well seasoned recievers wll be suited and ready to play..and our Defense, well you should know about them. We have certainly been battle tested in our secondary with much more prolific passing attacts so we are ready for the battle.
    Saints 4 real…. this is the moment that we as fans of the opposite foes have been waiting for since last year. I predict the winner bring home the Jewelry on the night of the finals….LET’S DO THIS!!!!!

  • Grim Reaper

    RE: SGV Rat said:

    ey Grim Reaper….Whittier Christian already beat Village Christian four weeks ago in a league game. No brainer…more of the same.

    If village plays like they did against The Mead (still worst nickname ever), I will be putting my money on Aboul-Hosn, good coaching and clean execution. Whittier won that last match up in a come from behind fashion after being thumped in the second half. Once Village adjusted to Whittier’s game plan, it was Village’s option run-pass game that brought them back to a lead. Whittier will need to come up with something to win, otherwise in a case of more of the same, Village will win.

    But like I said, it is a pick ‘em type affair and my pick for exciting game of the week. The San Dimas MoTown game will be “all in” also, but I am guessing that the margin of victory will be bigger than the Christian rivalry match. But on SD Motown, I hope MoTown will win so they can get that monkey off their back, but my head says San Dimas by 10.

    But for all doubters of the Reaper, I give you all the ammo you need as I picked Village-Rosemead as the exciting game of the week previously. (note had Rosemead been able to finish even a little, I would have been right, as there was only one punt during the entire game, so there!)

  • MtownClown

    ok WILDCAT fanns Let SD talk all there crap but when they step out on that field next saturday we will see who the better team is REVENGE is on the mind SD watch out for the 2 TE set i dont think theres anyone on your defense that can tackle BIG Ellis McCarthy in open field!! just a thought just saying your defense isnt that great anyway…

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  • Big Daddy

    Charles played with sprained ankle. Rio had to ask others to step up. They did not. Dropped passes and fumbles. Rio got beat by a bunch of good players who wanted it and Rio did not bring their A game.

    See you next season as we will only be losing a few players.
    Congrats to all teams making Playoffs.

  • Desert Rat

    Memo to “Not the same team Whittier played”:

    Again, you’re regular season schedule was pathetic minus two teams. So if you’re kids are getting hurt against those pushovers, I blame your coaches for not teaching better technique.

    I know what a small school faces in the Mid-Valley. The Olympic League has been doing quite well over the last few years, so you don’t need to go there.

    Anyways…what’s up with your recruiting? What, you guys can’t fetch anymore talent off the 210 without any freeway billboards?

  • el tigre

    McCarthy is gonna eat San Dimas for belated Thanksgiving Dinner

  • Mtown Mom

    Goldenarm said:

    Sincere best wishes to Abraham Gonzalez and family.
    I hope his injuries heal quickly.

    Is this the young man who was injured in the Schurr vs Monrovia game?

    Do you know how he is doing?

  • SpartanMOM

    @ M-townMom and Goldenarm thank you for asking about Abraham Gonzalez, thankfully he was not critically injured. He’s a fighter and he will be allright. I appreciate that blogs and reports are written up on these young men both teams work hard at what they do it is unfornuate that some feel they must comment and compare kids from opposite teams, comparing our QB to Monrovias is like comparing apples and oranges they are both GOOD at what they do, they both did what they could to win and as you know only one team can win. Before anyway posts something negative about any player PLEASE consider they are ALL young men and they try their BEST week after week and yes there are some not so great refs, and coaching calls but in the end WE are all in the same Division and we should be proud that the Athletes in our Division are Great and recognize that trash talking is not Reporting or appreciated by players and their families. I AM PROUD TO BE A SPARTAN they played hard and lost because of their own mistakes and Monrovia capitilized on those mistakes. On a night when we had to be Perfect we came up short. Good Luck to you Wildcats.

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  • SpartanAlum86

    @ Goldenarm…I agree with you 100% about the Schurr, Monrovia game. Kids played hard on both sides, but in the end that Bueno kid was the difference. Man, that kid has a lot of heart. He found a way to get things done. Schurr kids played, and hit hard til the end. Made an old alum proud. It always makes a loss a little easier to take (but not much…lol) when you lose to a class act. I was impressed with the Monrovia team, and will be wishing them good luck in the weeks to come.

  • xmetal

    @ toucan sam. did you not see the game??? Boron won, granted, they did there homework. if it wasnt for two fluke incidents, you would have lost to a very, VERY young team. Rio Hondos qb was on target all night. with the exception of one pass that missed by two inches.
    this 14 yr old managed to beat some tough teams, and would have beaten boron except for dropped passes.

  • xmetal

    @ Pasadena Star – give credit where its due!!! RHP quarterback has grown up playing against and beating most all the top players in the sgv. yet you only mention the interceptions, even though they win by 40 points.

    against Boron, he was on target, unfortunately the passes where dropped. not bad for a very young player that also played defense the whole game.

  • Boom

    San Dimas will most likely beat Monrovia in a close game. Hopefully weather does not play an issue this year. Get that…hit that

  • Not the same team Whittier played

    Enough Already -

    So..So..Predictable are you!! Even more typical is your oh so jealous response by yet another Maranatha hater like yourself. I’m going to say it one more time.
    If Whittier and San Dimas meet in the final and Whittier gets beat bad, I’ll see your point but if it’s a close game and certainly if Whittier wins, then you’re just another jealous hater of Maranatha spouting off out of frustration!!

    As for “MHS Parent”, Boy.. it sure sounds like….if you really are a parent…that your “little Johnny” is not getting his playing time or you’re yet another Maranatha hater just posing as an MHS parent. Nice try….Time to grow up!

  • Blame It on the Rain!

    Boom said:
    Weather? was weather an issue early in the season when SD beat Monrovia? SD gave Monrovia 14 points and came back down 28-7 in the 4th qtr with 8 min left in the game to beat Monrovia in OT. FYI weather was not the issue back in September!

  • SGV Rat

    Reaper…Village has the “Beast from the middle east” but he is only one RB. Wait until he’s stuffed by a 100% healthy D1 player….Friday will be here soon enough. You said Covina would win WCHS…wrong again.

  • Bob Smith

    Edwards from Poly had over 300 yards rushing and 5 td’s

  • Anonymous

    The RHP QB is 16 years old (almost 16.5) not 14 years old.

  • Witness

    Poly’s Blake Edwards is not only an accomplished football player….I understand he is a great student too. I would not be the least bit surprised to see him playing in the Ivy league next year.

  • Rio Fan

    What could have been. Rio had the score tied with five minutes to go. A first time error, the center hiked the ball over the holders head for the extra point. had it been made Rio could have held the ball, not passed resulting in interception for TD. As usual the team with less errors normally wins.
    Good game Boron , they were more prepared.

  • Big Daddy

    Have to agree with xmetal. Rio made errors very uncommon to the way they play. So now I suggest all of us small school fans support Pasadena Poly and hope they bring home the trophy.
    The QB was not the problem in the Boron game. It was a few seniors who let the team down. the youngsters will be back next year.

  • SaintsR4real

    Good Mornin Y’all
    Who Dat, Who Dat, the Dirty Dozen, that’s all, that’s all!

    “SAN DIMAS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL RULES”!

  • Mtownclown

    Fridayy hurry up!! Soo sickk of SD. Fanns. Talking mess!! I think that 2 TE set with #18 will work very well for monrovia

  • Goldenarm

    the monrovia defense was the difference. There is no better defense in the Mid-Valley.

    The monrovia offense really struggled in the 1st half and the frustration was evident.
    Too many people were left unblocked, and the expectation is Bueno will elude them all and somehow make yardage gains each and every time. If this scenario does not change, it does not bode well for the Cats. Bottom line, Schurrs D line outplayed and out physical’d the M town O line.
    I sat high in the Mtown stadium and had a good look at pass coverage. Bueno played smart because many times when he looked downfield, no one was open. I used to think NB ran at times prematurely – but Friday it was because his targets were covered.
    I have not seen a linebacker this season playing better than Johnson is playing. The dude is everywhere.
    THE monrovia offense needs to show the aggressiveness and physical play the defense is bringing. They have the patience and the smarts, but it is time to get 100% physical, especially with Saturday’s opponent.

  • BigCat

    Your header for the Monrovia game:

    Monrovia 21, San Dimas 7

    An error, or a glimpse into the future???

  • Anonymous

    I can’t believe the Maranatha fan “Not the same team that lost to Big Bear” is trying to leech onto Whittier Christian’s success. How embarrassing.

    PS – you keep scolding people for being jealous. Jealous of what? Another CIF blowout loss?

  • Coach David Alonso

    TO MHS PARENT;

    WHY DONT YOU SUPPORT YOUR STATEMENT BY PLACING YOUR REAL NAME? IM CALLING YOU OUT BY ALLOWING YOU TO SPEAK YOUR MIND ABOUT THE COACHING STAFF. BUT, IT APPEARS THAT BY SEATING IN THE STANDS IS EASIER TO TALK.

    HERE’S MY TRUE NAME

    COACH DAVID ALONSO

    SEE YOU AT THE BANQUET SIR!

  • Goldenarm

    To the Monrovia crowd Friday….

    Although the announcer had screaming drama in his voice…the crowd was way toooo laid back and quiet.

    It was one of the more quiet and mellow Monrovia crowds I have ever seen or heard in the grandstand.
    Why is that? Anyone else at the game agree or disagree?

    The Schurr crowd was 1/4 as large but almost as loud.
    Maybe because of the icesicles in the air? I know my butt froze solid to the aluminum seating in the top row. It was coooold.

  • oh man

    You can’t wait for Saturday so you don’t have to hear SD fans talk S–t anymore? Have you read these comments from your Mtown buddies? Please!

  • Aaron

    Where is The Stang Fan, I would like his take on the game that unfolded Friday Night.

  • Huh

    Hey Coach from MHS – settle down, it’s a parent, and guess what – they have the right to complain. It happens, get used to it. Try and be professional, you are making yourself look bad.

    On top of that figuring out your plans is not hard, you pass the ball, A LOT! So SD planned on that, the parent just pointed out that with SIX DB’s the coach might have wanted to try another plan.

    MHS is a nice school with nice people – but I doubt it will ever be a powerhouse football program and my 3 kids went there.

    And no coach, when the reality is that your kid will get picked on for what a parent says, then no one will speak up.

    I’ll be surprised if you don’t get in trouble for your ALL CAP “SEE YOU AT THE BANQUET” comment, its not professional.

  • High School Sports Lover

    A big CONGRATULATIONS to The Arcadia Apache Boys Cross Country Team, CIF and STATE Champions. Up next, the nationals in Oregon….Go Apaches

  • Too Quiet

    Goldenarm you are right. I think the crowd is always too quiet at Monrovia games. The only time they seem to get noisey is to boo at the refs. Not a good thing to do. They are going to need as much cheering as possible Saturday. Hope the crowd gets onboard.

  • el tigre

    @Huh,

    Totally agree.

  • FB Einstein

    Re: coach Alonso

    Wow coach. That was not good on your part. Im sure you will be speaking with coach Maddox on Monday. It is better to keep silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.

    Maybe MHS parent has a point…we’ll see this Friday.

  • Monrovia

    Here we go!

    Everyone is so confident that Monrovia will lose again to San Dimas. Are you so sure? Monrovia will come ready to play. In the first week San Dimas had a tougher game. In the Second week Monrovia had a tougher game. Arroyo was a good team. San Dimas beat them in a tough game. Monrovia was not tested by Gladstone. This week Monrovia played a a tough team in Schurr, who has drop a few divisions, who dismantle Baldwin Park the week before. Even though Schurr has a great senoir qb in Cantu and a physical team, Monrovia nearly shut them out. San Dimas played Maranatha who was good, but they lost some a guy, and were moving up a division. They had a great sophmore Qb in Elfers, but that’s just it…he’s a sophmore! Maranatha was not phyiscal enough to stop San Dimas. Their defense has given up alot of points this year! Now that the recap is done. Forget about last week, and week 3. That is in the past.

    This week the two best teams and most evenly matched teams play. Last year San Dimas had the edge in the final game. Let’s not ignorant and say the rain in last years championship did not favor San Dimas’s style of play. They both had to play in it, and San Dimas Won. Now that it is a new season, San Dimas out grinded Monrovia in a OT last time. This is a signature game For Monrovia, where we are the underdogs, on the road, and healty and playing the team the kick our @$$ twice. I am a glad we are in this position. There is nowhere to hide, no excuse, no Rain of biblical proportion. Monrovia our bcks are against the wall! We are going to do what nature calls us to do…and That’s “Claw” our way out. Thats what WildCats do. Our Defense is coming to hit. We are not coming to win, we are coming to Shut the Saints out! If you are a San Dimas Fan, you can’t help but be a little over cofident. You should be. However, in the back of your mind, you are thinking how hard it is going to be to beat a team twice. In the back of your mind you are think about week 3 and last year. You are aware that you are playing a team that want’s it more than you. You are also aware Monrovia is overdue to beat you. Before the playoffs started, were hoping we would see San Dimas, we preferred to play San Dimas, we would not have it any other way. It’s not just another game, its a blood fued, its a war… Break out the drums friday. Monrovia is coming. For those who commented on the Monrovia Crowd support, Monrovia will be there in Full Force Saturday night. We won’t be queit that night!

  • Anonymous

    @ FB

    They are talking about Marantha NOT Monrovia.

  • SaintsR4real

    Monrovia said “Thats what WildCats do. Our Defense is coming to hit. We are not coming to win, we are coming to Shut the Saints out! If you are a San Dimas Fan, you can’t help but be a little over cofident. You should be. However, in the back of your mind, you are thinking how hard it is going to be to beat a team twice. In the back of your mind you are think about week 3 and last year. You are aware that you are playing a team that want’s it more than you. You are also aware Monrovia is overdue to beat you. Before the playoffs started, were hoping we would see San Dimas, we preferred to play San Dimas, we would not have it any other way. It’s not just another game, its a blood fued, its a war… Break out the drums friday. Monrovia is coming. For those who commented on the Monrovia Crowd support, Monrovia will be there in Full Force Saturday night. We won’t be queit that night!”

    First of all, Miguel, we’re in the middle of playoffs, you’re still taking weekends off?? :-)

    Monrovia fan, sorry, but I’m assuming you’re NOT a player or Coach. You can’t be telling us all what the players or Coaches are feeling, hoping, doing, or planning to do. What are you a mind reader. You have no idea what or how the Saints are planning to do or feeling. Please let us know how your feeling, thinking, planning, cuz you could only control your actions.

    Yes, you’re right Monrovia is way overdue, and I as a fan of the Saints would think San Dimas would also like to meet up with the Cats to get to the top.

    Good Luck. I guess I will know who you are when I look over to your side, because you’ll be cheering the loudest!!

    Unfortunately some of our fans do talk trash, but most don’t. Just facts, predictions, and opinions.

    My prediction: Dirty Dozen 31, Mtown 21

    HERE WE GO!

  • Tom S

    Coach A
    I have to wonder if it was a good idea to post your reply to MHS Parent. Its easy for someone to sit in the stands and second guess the decisions being made on the field and he or she should keep their remarks to themselves. Hey, we got beat big time Friday night. Out played from the start until the end which brings up why did San Dimas keep some of the starters in the game until the end. I noticed #17 which is one of their star players on both offense and defense was in until the end. With a running clock the entire second half why risk injury to one of your key players.
    To the Maranatha coaches and players you had a very good season and certainly exceeded what I thought would happen this year with a young team and moving up a division. Im looking forward to next year.
    To San Dimas, good luck this week with your game against Monrovia but hate to say I think your season will end Friday night.

  • late night monrovia man.

    @ Saints4real

    “Yes, you’re right Monrovia is way overdue, and I as a fan of the Saints would think San Dimas would also like to meet up with the Cats to get to the top.

    Good Luck. I guess I will know who you are when I look over to your side, because you’ll be cheering the loudest!!

    Unfortunately some of our fans do talk trash, but most don’t. Just facts, predictions, and opinions.

    My prediction: Dirty Dozen 31, Mtown 21

    HERE WE GO!”

    Thanks for the Good luck. That is exactly what the doctor ordered. With a little bit of luck we should edge The Saints out. I’d say that The ol cats got a little more in them. You sure you want Monrovia again? You are very suttle, with your trash talking. The undertone is still loud and clear. You are right, no one on our side can know what San Dimas is thinking or preparing. The Mtown football community is close knit. Our bloggers know what’s going on. “Here we go” round and round. Don’t you just love it! This game is everything to Monrovia. Does this game mean everything for San Dimas? We are going to see, Saturday night. Can San Dimas become legendary, with a 2nd finals appearence, or can Monrovia move on to thier 2nd finals appearence and quest for a title, long overdue is a understatment? Monrovia’s Defense is playing at a championship level. San Dimas’s Offense is clickin on all cylinders. This game will be decided on the defensive side of the ball and on special teams. In the last meeting neither team had problems Scoring on eachother. However, Monrovia has vastly improved on defense. They have given up 10 pts(that’s 5pts per game) in the playoffs, where San dimas has given up 34 pts. A diffence of 24 pts(12 pts. per game) On the other hand, San Dimas’s offense has scored 76pts(38 pts per game) to Monrovia’s 63 (31.5 pts per game). Since Monrovia allows seven pts less than San Dimas, but San Dimas scores 7 pts more than Monrovia, the are at a deadlock. The game won’t end tied. I think San Dimas being confident, will go for two, and monrovia will get the stop and win in OT. Calpreps predicts Monrovia 24, San Dimas 21. I am going to predict Monrovia 21, San Dimas 20(OT). Formula’s don’t count for much, but nevertheless the I got to have a projection. The game will be decided on the field! GO GREEN AND WHITE, lets pull out the thriller!

  • Goldenarm

    It is not a question of Monrovia being overdue.

    This time, this year, it is a question of San Dimas carrying a chip, a chip that has them falsely believing they own Monrovia.

    Saturday’s M-town victory will come because this year they want it more and are hungrier than SD….and have more to prove. It will come as part of the progression and growth of the football program, which is still far from becoming what it will one day be.

    The struggle with Schurr will have shaken the M-town offense enough to know they need greater effort from all 11 players on the field, not merely as support for Nick’s show. They will need to win the one on one fights with the San Dimas defensive players. It is going to require that kind of mindset, intensity and combat.

    This is one week where there is absoluely no worry that either team is looking ahead to a CIF final opponent. Right now it is about this week, this Saturday and that is it. San Dimas’ two advantages are home field and having an excellent coaching staff, with coach Z being a factor no one should overlook.

    This will be Monrovia’s most physical game of the year, and again, Schurr was the ideal game to prepare for this Saturday as far as physical play. The question is, did the Wildcats get the message?

    I am thinking they did.

  • 605

    Hey Natha senior and all other Maranatha clowns. You can say what you want about being young. San Dimas is young too. There D starts 6 underclassmen and their O start 5. Not excusses. Your coach even called you guys soft in the paper. My advice, hit the weights, you got punished and even #73 got pushed around.

    No one expected anything from you guys???? Joke. You have a D1 QB and WR, expectations are high any you laid an egg. Start scheduling some Mid Valley teams instead of weak opponents. Valley Vista Wilson and Northview would give you guys trouble. One word…Physical.

  • Aaron

    For all the smack people talked between the Maranatha and San Dimas crowds. How about a congratulations to the Minute Men for making it as far as they did. There was a lot of talk about how they would be a year away when they entered the division, however they proved they belonged not only in the Olympic but in the Mid-Valley division. Behind a sophomore quarterback that was nails throughout the season.

    San Dimas…and Codee Watts, hats are off to you. I didn’t believe you could do it, but that’s what I get for basing my expectations off of your stats at Denair.

  • Philly B.

    Goldenarm- I completely agree with you, The crowd at monrovia last friday night was insanely too quiet. I didnt believe it!! Even when nick scored…It was timid, and when Andrew got that interception and scored I thought the monrovia crowd would wake up. I know it was cold, cuz I was freezing my butt OFF! But at the same time, its the PLAYOFFS! It was almost like the crowd expected the cats to win. Think about it, Monrovia hasnt been challenged or had some adversity since week 4 against South Hills! So with all these blowouts, and the cats not being challenged, the average fan I guess comes to expect wildcat dominance. Me on the other hand, I’ll cheer and yell for everything, I don’t care if it’s a blowout. THE FANS OF MONROVIA BETTER RISE TO THE CHALLENGE THIS SATURDAY NIGHT!!!!

    Late nite Monrovia man- Your right, these two teams of MHS (the real MHS) and san dimas are very evenly matched! Both offense can both run the ball and pass the ball when need be. I do think Monrovia has a slight advantage and I think Monrovia’s defense is Much more physical and stingy. Yeah Schurr was a good opponent, but know schurr shot themselves in the foot alot last friday night. Monrovia would of pulled it out anyway because schurr couldnt force monrovia to too many 3&out’s. But if schurr didnt shoot themselves, it could have been close. That being said, Schurr did challenge the wildcats to play four qtrs. of football. Marantha is an up and coming team, moving up into this division but they had injuries at the wrong time, and SD wasnt gonna get beat by reserves coming in during they playoffs! I knew that! Even with all the hollering the minutemen were doing.

    Some good questions though, I would like to have answered from the san dimas fans….Did you REALLY want to play Monrovia again in the playoffs???? Is this game as big to you as it is to all the monrovia fans that want to get over the saint hump???? Just curious.

  • Goldenarm

    605

    I am sure Maranatha would appreciate and listen to any advice you had to give, if it was not laced with insults about “clowns” and being a “joke”.

    When you beat a team, hurling insults on them afterward is a low class move and definitely not the move of a champion. You insult all of your fellow San Dimas supporters when doing so.

    Maybe it will take a Mission Viejo to come to your small town and steamroller the Saints for you to understand. There is always a bigger, badder monster somewhere.

    My best advice is to enjoy the victory – and set an example for what a winner is all about.

  • SaintsR4real

    Philly B. said..
    Some good questions though, I would like to have answered from the san dimas fans….Did you REALLY want to play Monrovia again in the playoffs???? Is this game as big to you as it is to all the monrovia fans that want to get over the saint hump???? Just curious.

    First of all.. good luck all Mtown fans.

    IMO only…. It’s like this; in order to get to the Championship and raise that RING again, our Dirty Dozen need to get through the “Mighty Billycats”.

    I believe beating Mtown the last 2 times has created a certain type of legacy in the works (as I said before)like the Smudgepot. And believe me, Bonita nor San Dimas EVER want ot lose the Smudgepot.

    Hope my opinion gave light to your question.

    One thing I, myself wanted to throw out. Knowing your defense is one of the best in SGV for sure. Consider this right before the game; our passing game is pretty set as far as “go to receivers” but if you look at stats or read the blogs, we have had at least 8 different running backs each game that have stepped up to get us where we’re at. Whether it be Corona, Taylor, Torres, Lawson, Darlington, Jollevet, Gonzalez, Ojeda (not to mention Payton & Kennedy).
    Talking about a Coach’s options, when you look in your tool box, before or during the game and know you have 8 running backs that have their specialties and decide if they have what it takes to get results, THAT’S SPECIAL!

    THE BIG QUESTION?? WHO WILL THE COACHES TURN TO THIS WEEK????

    “SAN DIMAS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBAL RULES”

  • Desert Rat

    Not the same team Whittier played-

    Jealous…of what?

    The point I’m trying to make is how I don’t understand why your program gets a lot of hype…especially from this paper. You haven’t proven yourselves yet playing against the teams you had lined up.

    With the exception of Whittier Christian, even the Olympic league is actually down this year. You spanked LAB, beat a marginal Village team, and lost to Valley….which should have been an easy ‘W’ for you guys.

    Playing in the Mid-Valley is a whole different cookie than the East Valley. Teams are bigger, stronger, proficient and more established. A lot of programs have the usual cycles, but the big boys are always there every year.

    Your school has to get out of the mode of playing East Valley Division teams and below if you want to compete year in and year out in the Mid-Valley. There is absolutely no benefit to beating those lil programs up because it doesn’t teach you how to play big.

    If your coaching staff, Athletic Director and administration doesn’t subscribe to that, then maybe they should all revisit going back down a notch.

  • SaintsR4real

    Goldenarm…..

    Who said 605 is a San Dimas fan??? San Dimas is nowhere near the 605. Monrovia is closer.

    You’re assumptions don’t help anybody!!

  • Goldenarm

    Whether named 210, 57 or if he works for Caltrans – the rap is the same. It seems a common train of thought lately. I could cut and paste a bunch of examples of the same if you don’t agree.

    You are right about one thing, when people want to take down others on the blog, they rarely respond or lash out without going anon or coming up with a one time name. They just hurl it and bail.

    Judging from your foolproof criteria of blogger name and location being relevant to one another, maybe 605 is from El Monte, Duarte, BP or a zillion other schools on down to the junction at the 405.

    I like SD football and particularly Coach Z, so you can forget that angle. My point relates to showing some respect for both parties in a game of football, winner and loser.

  • Tom S

    Hey Desert Rat:
    Glad youre so interested in the MHS program. Youre suggestion about playing up have already been scheduled for next year. AD DeHaan and Coach Murphy have added Azusa and S. Pasa and will again play La Canada and crosstown rival La Salle. Also scheduled games against Salesian HS and Big Bear, second year of a two year commitment. Doubt they will reschedule them again.
    And the Olympic Leagues games so yes, Maranatha is stepping it up

  • Desert Rat

    Tom S-

    I guess it’s a start, but I don’t think there’s much of an upgrade for 2011.

  • AZUSA

    Lets go SCHUSTER!!! your long over due! Get that ring!!! So you can show the AZUSA AZTECS.

    Good Luck to you on Saturday, and I know Monrovia won’t make that mistake again!

    EX-HEAD COACH from AZUSA, I for one is pulling for you!

    AZUSA FAN!

  • Anonymous

    TIRED of dirty dozen moniker!
    Didnt know there are only 12 on a TEAM!

    HOW ’bout GO SAINTS!!!

  • New York

    SaintsR4real,
    Doesn’t that success have more to do with the veteran offensive line rather than anything else? That’s a rhetorical question. Your boys get it done and run a system that they have been running for a collectively long time. That’s the difference in December. The Hawgs.

    I hope our O-Line takes this game very personally and brings their hard hats to practice this week and gets it done! We can have all the flash in the world but only go as far as our boys up front take us. Get it done boys!

  • Anonymous

    I agree with you Desert Rat – not much of an upgrade:

    A division 12 team – Big Bear

    A division 13 team – Salesian

    3 local division 11 teams that ended up with cal prep ratings below 0

    The only upgrade I see is Azusa – and that’s a division 11 team

    Where are division 8-10 teams or teams with cal prep ratings above 15/20?

  • DAWWGER

    Please accept my apology for my previous post that was directed to the Maranatha Parent.

    It was not the proper responce and I regret writing the post.My emotions got the best of me. I took the issue personal when my friends/staff get judged.

    I have coached with Coach Henry Rodriguez since the mid 90′s and my 2nd year at Maranatha. Both coach Murphy and coach Henry coached this young team to their best. Henry spent countless of hours reviewing film on HUDL non-stop since August.

    A coach shall not be judged by one game.

    Once again, I am sorry for any/all fans, parents, school staff, players that I have offended.

    Coach Alonso

  • Moniker 12

    Anonymous,

    What’s your beef with the Dirty Dozen? No there are (6) on Offense and (6) on Defense!! The Dirty Dozen!!
    and yes, (12) on a team!! Get over it!!

  • Goldenarm

    Coach

    that took some balls and was the right thing to do.
    Nice job.

  • Tom S

    DAWWGER – (Coach A)
    As far as Im concerned no sweat on you comments to MHS Parent as that dude was way out of line with his her remarks. Takes an armchair qb to know all.
    Hey, we were all in a bit of shock after the Saints scored their 5th touchdown in 7 offensive plays and I dont think we had a 1st down yet. I wasnt sure if wed pick up a win last Friday but really thought it would be a good game for all to see.

  • Coach AJ

    To the MHS parent, thank-you for your comments I really took them to heart. As I for one will be attending as many off-season coaching clinics as I possibly can this offseason. This one thing i can promise you. Like i told the kids the very same night we lost to San Demas. Take this time off now and let your bodies heal. Then when it’s time to go to work be prepaired. While I was extremely dissapointed that fridaynight after the loss, it didnt take me any time to begin to think about next season, and what we need to do to have not just success next season, but the ultimate success. Let’s face it the reason why we play this game is to win championships, is to go undefeated. We take great pride in the lessons that come along the way; facing adversity, building charictor/charecter(u no wat i mean). And all the other wonderful lessons this sport allows us to teach our kids. As a member of the MHS coaching staff, a former student athlete in highschool, Kathleen High School(lakeland, fl.) in college(Grambling State University), and profesionally, NfL, CFL, RFL, I promise you that next years team WILL BE ONE OF THE MOST CERIBRIALLY PREPARED TEAMS IN THIS AREA. Thank you San Dimas for the lesson you guys taught us collectively as a staff, me pesonally. Our Goal this past season was 14-0. And while we fell short of that, we achieved some other small goals that will allow us to reach that goal in the near future. So once again MHS PARENT, thank you for your words of incouragement.

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  • natha senior

    605.. how was i trying to make excuses for losing by saying that we were young? all i said was the young guys will continue to get better as a unit in the next couple of years… i really don’t know how you interpreted that as an excuse.
    and please, don’t try to tell me #73 trent washington got pushed around for the majority of the game. he has the most heart on this team and would easily start both ways for you guys. he is THE most underrated player in the area. all this talk about ellis mccarthy… well i would really like to see them go head up and go at it in a game too and see who really is the best dt in the area.

    and no, no one expected us to even make any kind of noise at all in the midvalley coming off a sloppy quartfinal exit last year in the east valley playoffs
    yeah, we have a d1 qb and wr, but can a qb/wr combo win games and championships by itself? no. and besides, before the 5 ot valley game, no one had even heard of andrew elffers, let alone before the season, when all the preseason predictions/expectations are formed. ask mr. melendez.. he wasnt even in the preseason top 5 area qbs. also, i think he picked us to lose to a la salle team that went 0-10 (no one knew at the time how bad they were going to be, but still a terrible pick), a santa maria team we smacked around, and also la canada. i got torn up on this blog by saying early in the season that we should be in the area top 10 over a #10 0-3 san gabriel team. people were ripping me and our program like nobody’s business. some expectations, huh?

    and you talk about physical… future boise state bronco jeff worthy of whittier Christian had 2 tackles against us the entire game, his lowest tackle total all year besides la baptist. we battered and bruised him and frustrated him all game. we knocked wc’s qb out of the game, we dislocated la canada’s qb’s shoulder and sacked him 9 times, played physical valley Christian and village Christian tough, and battered down everyone we were supposed to.

    of course the saints really hammered us, but you can’t say we’re not physical just because you saw us get handled in ONE game.

    i’m sorry? the olympic league is down? i’m pretty sure valley Christian made a strong case that we should have had FOUR teams in the playoffs and not three, and all three who did make it got to the quarters. whittier is whittier, and i can’t understand how you say village is average when they beat azusa in the first round, who was predicted by most (who are not familiar with the olympic league) to get to the finals, and shut out rosemead and their back who has inhuman rushing numbers.
    with a village/whittier semifinal on that side of the bracket, an olympic finalist is guaranteed (likely whittier), and if, in fact it is whittier, they will beat whomever comes out victorious in the saint/wildcat bloodbath (i’m thinking the saints)

    and yes, i’m pulling for sd in that one even though some of you tried to pour salt in our wounds on this blog
    and even if it is village who goes to the final, it would be a great game between two teams with great physical play.

    you don’t need to tell us that the mid-valley is a tougher cookie. out of our mid-valley opponents this year we went 4-3, two of the losses which we could have won. is that really that bad for a first year school with an enrollment of 700?
    the midvalley record will only get better as the years go on.
    and as tom s mentioned, we’re playing azusa, s. pas, and la canada in addition to our olympic league schedule next year. that’s seven regular season mid-valley games out of a possible ten, two more than this year, so there you have it.

  • Desert Rat

    Natha Senior-

    Seeing how I’ve been around the Olympic and Mid-Valley quite sometime…trust me, I have by far an exceptional handle on all things considered.

    First off, yes…the Olympic League is down. Valley Christian sucked and they gave you a hard time. LAB is hideous. To boot, the school doesn’t support athletics. Village is simply well coached. While I’m bored of Coach Cortez, he’s got those boys going because he knows how to get it done in the playoffs. Other than that, they’re pretty vanilla.

    If you know anything about any of the other leagues, you could have seen a lot of this coming.

    Azusa and the rest of the Montview is the laughing stock of the Mid-Valley. It’s been that way for quite sometime. Dude…they got out-scored 114-55 in the first round. And I ask, how many of those points were after the 1′s were gone?

    But let’s talk about the Aztecs for a second…have you seen their schedule for this year? Really Joe? Could you play any weaker teams. Talk about building false hope. Then they actually play a “serious” team, well it’s no surprise they got waxed.

    I brought this up in speaking about Natha too. As a smaller school, you have to play up, get thick skin and learn how to bang with the big boys so you can compete with the thoroughbreds in this division when the playoffs hit. Playing the Western Christian’s and Ontario Christian’s of the world won’t do much to help build a program. You have to play up a division from the Mid-Valley….not the East Valley and below. Well, with the exception of Paraclete and Sierra Canyon. Both are the only teams worth paying, who are seriously in the wrong league/division…..but that’s a whole different topic, different plant.

    It’s clear both Natha and Azusa fell victim to that. You will continue to fall if you can’t learn to play big and don’t schedule quality opponents to learn this during non-league play.

    Moving on to the Mead….Koffler is narrow-minded. He can’t see the big picture and lacks creativity. Can you say he put all his eggs in one basket with Fregoso…again? Cortez is by and far a better coach than Matt and it showed.

    So here we are. Dub C is legit…and taking that all into account, you really should have been 3-1 in league.

    But anyway you could have sliced it, the Minutemen were no better than a quarterfinal team this year. No way you would have made it if you got a different seed being the #2 team out of the Olympic.

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    Dont you think it stange that a tream like Natha, beat Village soundly and then show up the way they did against San Dimas. I think Natha is a vey good team its all about matchups. The defense that they run takes 11 athelets all doing thier jobs. And that was the problem, they dont have 11 athelets in thier perspective position. When you blitz 7 to 8 people every play, its bound to bite you in the but sooner or later. They have given up a big play in every game they played this year. EVERY!!!!!! If you guys can some how get it together to run a more traditional defense, they will cut down on all the big plays. I think that the coaches need to follow what the other coach said in here. Go to camps, hoan your craft. Learn how to stratagise. For instance, when you have a team that you cant stop from scoring, and they are scoring quickly, you have to take controle of the game, and go to ball controle, not continue to throw the ball and continue to get 3 and outs. Giving the other team the ball back for them to continue to run up the score. Thats all i meant to convey. I didnt mean to offend anyone. As a parent I think you guys did a remarkable job with the talent pool you have to pull from. Coach A, I apologize for being so offensive. My son is a Sr. and I wanted this year to be remarkable for him. And i was upset that it ended that way after watching you beat Salisian, and playing WC and VC the way you played them, to loose to a team like SD, and the way you did. No one is that much better than you guys. You just have to do a better job with you schematics, both on offense and defense.

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