Mid-Valley Division: Covina faces sizeable task vs. ‘Cats.

Above: Monrovia super recruit Ellis McCarthy anxious to put the hurt on.

When top-seeded Covina (11-1) plays host to defending Mid-Valley champ Monrovia (9-3) on Friday at 7 p.m. at Covina District Field, the Colts will face a top recruit in defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy, a 6-foot-4, 305-pounder who is being courted by USC, Oklahoma, Florida and Oregon, among others.

“His size is unbelievable,” Colts coach Darryl Thomas said. “His strength, his size, he’s the biggest kid we’ve ever gone against.

“He can be a game-changer. You have to adjust your blocking schemes, get more side-to-side because he takes up a lot of space.”

Many consider the Colts the most athletic and physical team in the division, but the Wildcats stack up well, too.

“They have great skilled players as well as a sizeable line,” Thomas said. “Year in and year out, they have division one prospects. You don’t see that too often in our division.”

— Fred J. Robledo

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