1. KEEP HEYWORTH COMFORTABLE: Blake Heyworth is not a mobile quarterback. He has a quick release, which is what makes him a true passer. If he gets flushed out of the pocket that puts him out of his element. Any hurry, take down or sack will give San Gabriel momentum. Monrovia’s O-Line has done a superb job of giving Heyworth (2,276 yards, 24 touchdowns) plenty of time to go through his progressions. Keep it going.
2. ESTABLISH THE RUN: San Gabriel’s defensie front of Mackenzie Ferro, Carlos Purser, Hunter Garcia and Joshua Baca are a physical bunch. The fearsome foursome have 23 of San Gabriel’s 26 sacks. Marquise Bias can’t soley rely on his strength to get his yards. San Gabriel is a determined group, but if the Wildcats are to exploit the secodary holes they’ll first have to get the Matadors to commit stopping the run.
3. CONTAIN VILLALOBOS, GUERRERO: Alex Villalobos (1,818 yards, 19 touchdowns) is two inches short of being a legitimate Division I receiver. His numbrs say otherwise, but Villalobos has never let his size stop him. Even when he has been contained (like against Maranatha), Villalobos finds a way to make an impact, be it on special teams or defensively. Guerrero is another Nick Bueno. Guerrero has passed for 2,999 yards and rushed for 1,371 yards. He’s combined for 40 touchdowns through the air and on the ground. He may be the X-factor. If he gets out of the pocket, watch out.
4. MINIMIZE PENALTIES: Monrovia can’t get sloppy just because it’s the superior team. San Dimas lost last week despite rushing for 356 yards. How was that even possible? 17 penalties, that’s how.
5. STAY GROUNDED: OK, we all know Monrovia is heavily favored to win this game. But just because that’s the case the Wildcats can’t come into this game too confident. Respect your opponent and let your play show why you’re heavily favored. Monrovia coach Ryan Maddox said coming into this game over confident won’t be an issue. I believe Maddox when he says that, but you can never stress it.