Monrovia-San Dimas IV … Zernickow denies SD’s mental ownership of M-Town …


You have to wonder … last year’s title game … blowing a 21-point lead this year ….

“If we beat them three more times in a row, we might own them mentally. We would sure hope to try and foster that, but we don’t own them mentally one bit right now. We’ve been fortunate enough to have circumstances fall in our laps and have taken advantage.”

Aram’s take: Here we go again. You can’t tell me that San Dimas isn’t in Monrovia’s head. But, this couldn’t set up any more perfectly for the ‘Cats. Winning a CIF title without beating San Dimas along the way would be bittersweet. And for QB Nick Bueno’s personal sanity, here’s to hoping they do it. Bueno has had an outstanding career and has laid it all out there each time the team’s have met. But this type of win has been what’s missing. There’s so much on the line for Monrovia these next two weeks. If the ‘Cats can beat San Dimas then win the division, they will be legends for breaking the San Dimas and CIF title game jinx in a two-week period. Amazing the stakes!

  • Yeh yeh yeh

    Can’t wait for Saturday night. Sorry Monrovia, your season ENDs 6 days…

  • foolish

    Yeah keep running your mouth their AIN’T. This makes good locker room material, if you know what I mean…

    LETS DO THIS MONROVIA!

  • Azusa

    Coach Schuster is the defensive coordinator at Monrovia. Get that ring! Use your San Dimas secrets!

  • chargerspy

    Former San Dimas Head Coach Ted Clarke is the defensive coordinator for Monrovia not Schuster! Good luck to San Dimas you’ll need it. Strickland you better apply for the Charter Oak job when Big Lou leaves. Dominic cannot handle being a head coach. Just watch him call a play as offensive coordinator. He’s horrible. Charter Oak pop warner defenses confuse him! Best of luck to both teams!

  • New York

    Last year Monrovia went on the road to Palmdale and beat the defending champs and division favorite, Paraclete. Nick was the QB. That was a signature win. I think he has proven his mettle. Certainly the competitor that Nick is will not be satisfied with anything other than a ring, but let’s not minimalize games past.

    Last year Coach Zernikow made a statement after losing to Monrovia along the lines of “we learned a lot” after the loss. This rematch will show what our coaches have learned from the San Dimas and Glendora losses pre-season. Maddox is very competitive and knows that Saturday is BIG. One of the obvious differences is utilizing McCarthy as more than an OT on offense this time around.

    Defensively, Monrovia will be challenged to shift from preparing for Cantu’s pass attack to now preparing for SD’s Wing-Z. Having the D-line pin their ears back and get up field (as with a pass rush) will work to our detriment against the Wing.

  • Aaron

    Ted Clarke resigned as Monrovia’s DC.

  • SaintsR4real

    Both teams have met 3 times in the past 2 years, I don’t believe there will be too many surprises for either team come Saturday. Expect a BATTLE!

    I’m sure Bueno is not the only one that feels the burden, the whole team must feel it. Will they rise to the occassion?? Will they have to play a perfect game to beat the Saints??

    I gotta give it up to Coach Z and his awesome staff. It seems just when you’re ready to question their play, they throw you a curve ball and bring something special. Best of Luck Coaches, we’re 100% behind you as always and KNOW if it doesn’t pan out, it’s not because of your efforts!

    Okay, here we go…. Seniors, your turn to SHINE and bring home a victory…Juniors, your the glue that holds this team, last year, this year and next…. Sophmores, we’re gonna need your speed throughout this battle. Parents/Fans…NON-STOP cheering, be relentless!!

    “DIRTY DOZEN…..LET’S DO THIS”!!

    ‘SAN DIMAS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL RULES’!!

  • Zeus

    FYI….It could rain Saturday. Cats don’t like the rain….CIF Championship. Saints will do what it takes and keep their heads up. Monrovia is bigger, faster, and stronger. Saints will overachieve again. Coaching wins out.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVzvRsl4rEM WHOELSE?

    I think if San Dimas takes care of business like I know they can this should be the new theme song for Monrovia vs San Dimas football games from this point on….
    Three Times A Maybe

    Thanks for the rings
    That you’ve given me
    The memories are all in my mind
    And now that we’ve come
    To the end of our rainbow
    There’s something
    I must say out loud
    You’re once, twice
    Three times a maybe…

    Hey..if Weird Al can do it…….
    My apologies to the Commodores….

    “O For Ten In Twenty Ten”

  • Even when it rains, both teams have to play in it…

    If it rains Saturday, it won’t matter. The forcast for Saturday is partly cloudy anyway. Does San Dimas have a slight mental edge? Yes, Monrovia is under alot of pressure, to produce. They have to let go and play loose. If they can forget about all the junk surrounding this game, they will win. Forget about the Rain, the previous losses, getting to the title game and”tenth time is a Charm” Garbage they can. Just worry about the game at hand. Win because your better team, the higher seed, because you want it more! That’s it. I am sure San Dimas is nervous, and has butterflies, just like us. I don’t buy for one second, that they are thinking they “got this in the bag”. Just because they are playing Monrovia they can, just walk out there in their new black uni’s and win. But the are counting on Monrovia to psych themselves out. Hoping that Monrovia makes them out to be bigger better than they. Who wants it more fella’s. I hope Maddox has ask that all week.

    The Focal point of this game is How are teams playing right now, and how they will play Saturday night. If you analyze the last meeting, San Dimas Did not contain or stop Bueno, or the cats offense. The Cats Scored blow for blow with the potent San Dimas Wing Z. Monrovia will be able to get what they want on the Ground and in the air. They just need to be aware of Kolbeck, he can make some plays. Monrovia will Score points. After the Glendora Game no one has held the Cats under 3 scores! The turnovers made all the difference in the outcome of the last two games. The area where San Dimas beat Monrovia was in the air, against the cats Defense. With McCarthy and Johnson in the middle, they will stop the run. Devonte Brown and Kolbeck have to be kept in Check. The cats must also put some hits on Coddeeeeeeee Watttts! If Monrovia plays well late, Monrovia wins.

  • I don’t believe in Santa Clause, Bloody Mary, Chupacabra or the Boogey Man! The “Jinx” is not real!

    Aram, I new you were going to take it there. “The Jinx” is like a haunted house, or ghost, it only exist because people from the 91016 have Fueled it! When you are 5 yrs old, it’s cute to believe in “Santa”, “Bloody Mary”, “Chupacabra” or the “Boogey man”, but when you grow up, you learn they don’t exist. Then you are no longer afraid and you can sleep at night. My question to my fellow Wildcat Coaches, Players, and fans…when are we going to grow up? The “Jinx” is not real, it doesn’t exist. What’s real is your Focus, heart and determination. Every year going into the big game our focus is inferior to the other team, and we lose! That’s it, that’s all folks! This sickness can even happen at the pro level…look at the Buffalo Bills. They believed it, and they made it real! Every time Monrovia goes deep into the playoffs, every player, parent, and coach in Monrovia, starts bringing it up…Those of us who have played in those legendary Monrovia Final games, know this all too well. It took me a decade to realize that the most focused team wins the “Big Game”. If Monrovia has any inkling of doubt, or thinks about last year or several weeks ago, The self fulfilling prophecy becomes your reality. Before we do anything, we have to think about. It takes a millasecond to think about moving your finger, then the figure moves. No matter how small the thought is, something happens afterwards. There are plenty of teams who break losing streaks, or get over the hump. It’s because, they understand that last year was last year, and last week was last week. Every week you have a chance to play better than you played last week. Every night you have a chance at playing your best game “up to date”. The only thing that matters is this week, this night, this play. A great player always has a “short memeroy”. You can’t beat the play before, and make the game winning play on the next. If you are worried about the last play, you will get beat again. If San Dimas makes a play, you can’t go back in time, and change it. Move on. A playoff team is going to make plays. Get back in there and make sure you make the next one. It’s this attitude that will allow us cats to get over the hump. San Dimas has mastered that last year and this year Zernickow said this “We would sure hope to try and foster that, but we don’t own them mentally one bit right now. We’ve been fortunate enough to have circumstances fall in our laps and have taken advantage.” Monrovians Can you read between the lines? He is using your the “Jinx” as strategy. How long are you going to let people have this extra ammunition? Everyone knows that’s your weak spot . It’s like Marty McFly in back to the future… you don’t have to lose it everytime someone calls you “Chicken”. You don’t have to buy into any “jinx” talk. Actually, he spoke a little too much! He shouldn’t be telling anyone anything. He is basically telling you what thy believe…Let me decode this for you…He is saying that… First he Thinks they do have a mental advantage. Second He does think they will beat Monrovia for a third time! Now, he also gave up the fact that He knows that his wins against Monrovia have nothing to do with Saturdays game, but if Mtown wants to psych themselves out again…ill take it! San Dimas is going to play with the idea, that at some point Monrovia will crack mentally, If Monrovia can stay mentally tough, the whole way, San Dimas will lose. Monrovia has to beat San Dimas physically and mentally. They have to force them to doubt. Make them believe the So calld “Jinx” is a figment of everyone’s imagination. We will see…Monrovia Zernickow is playing a mental chess. Just listen, don’t say a word, don’t put nothing in the papers, and last… Don’t discuss the “Jinx “. That’ shooting yourself in the foot!

  • I don’t believe in Santa Clause, Bloody Mary, Chupacabra or the Boogey Man! The “Jinx” is not real!

    Aram, I new you were going to take it there. “The Jinx” is like a haunted house, or ghost, it only exist because people from the 91016 have Fueled it! When you are 5 yrs old, it’s cute to believe in “Santa”, “Bloody Mary”, “Chupacabra” or the “Boogey man”, but when you grow up, you learn they don’t exist. Then you are no longer afraid and you can sleep at night. My question to my fellow Wildcat Coaches, Players, and fans…when are we going to grow up? The “Jinx” is not real, it doesn’t exist. What’s real is your Focus, heart and determination. Every year going into the big game our focus is inferior to the other team, and we lose! That’s it, that’s all folks! This sickness can even happen at the pro level…look at the Buffalo Bills. They believed it, and they made it real! Every time Monrovia goes deep into the playoffs, every player, parent, and coach in Monrovia, starts bringing it up…Those of us who have played in those legendary Monrovia Final games, know this all too well. It took me a decade to realize that the most focused team wins the “Big Game”. If Monrovia has any inkling of doubt, or thinks about last year or several weeks ago, The self fulfilling prophecy becomes your reality. Before we do anything, we have to think about. It takes a millasecond to think about moving your finger, then the figure moves. No matter how small the thought is, something happens afterwards. There are plenty of teams who break losing streaks, or get over the hump. It’s because, they understand that last year was last year, and last week was last week. Every week you have a chance to play better than you played last week. Every night you have a chance at playing your best game “up to date”. The only thing that matters is this week, this night, this play. A great player always has a “short memeroy”. You can’t beat the play before, and make the game winning play on the next. If you are worried about the last play, you will get beat again. If San Dimas makes a play, you can’t go back in time, and change it. Move on. A playoff team is going to make plays. Get back in there and make sure you make the next one. It’s this attitude that will allow us cats to get over the hump. San Dimas has mastered that last year and this year Zernickow said this “We would sure hope to try and foster that, but we don’t own them mentally one bit right now. We’ve been fortunate enough to have circumstances fall in our laps and have taken advantage.” Monrovians Can you read between the lines? He is using your the “Jinx” as strategy. How long are you going to let people have this extra ammunition? Everyone knows that’s your weak spot . It’s like Marty McFly in back to the future… you don’t have to lose it everytime someone calls you “Chicken”. You don’t have to buy into any “jinx” talk. Actually, he spoke a little too much! He shouldn’t be telling anyone anything. He is basically telling you what thy believe…Let me decode this for you…He is saying that… First he Thinks they do have a mental advantage. Second He does think they will beat Monrovia for a third time! Now, he also gave up the fact that He knows that his wins against Monrovia have nothing to do with Saturdays game, but if Mtown wants to psych themselves out again…ill take it! San Dimas is going to play with the idea, that at some point Monrovia will crack mentally, If Monrovia can stay mentally tough, the whole way, San Dimas will lose. Monrovia has to beat San Dimas physically and mentally. They have to force them to doubt. Make them believe the So calld “Jinx” is a figment of everyone’s imagination. We will see…Monrovia Zernickow is playing a mental chess. Just listen, don’t say a word, don’t put nothing in the papers, and last… Don’t discuss the “Jinx “. That’ shooting yourself in the foot!

  • COACH A

    JINX…JINX…JINX!!!

  • Yeh yeh yeh

    I can’t wait to hear all of the crying from the Monrovia fans after they lose…finger pointing, blaming the refs, blaming the coaches, blaming someone elses kid…at least my son did his job…same old stuff every year…

  • no, no, no

    I can’t wait to hear all the cheering Monrovia Fans, high fiving and hugging Saluting the refs, the coaches, and everyone’s kid, …..we are glad our team got the win. You know, some brand new stuff.

  • Philly B.

    Yeh Yeh Yeh- Man I love your beloved hatred towards monrovia…I mean at least your consistent across the blogs. Not that I have to but for the record the games, monrovia lost this season, no one blamed the refs, the coaches or any of that. All the true fans knew that Monrovia lost because they shot themselves…mentally like Aram preaches Monrovia does every time the “big game” comes around. Not because the wildcats are a bad team. They’re not a bad team. This is the year Monrovia HAS to take it to the next level! They gotta take this game as JUST ONE GAME beat this opponent in San Dimas and head on to the title game! No Jinx, billycats, buffalo bills of h.s. f-ball, over the hump!! All that nonsense! The Cats Just have to TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS THIS SATURDAY NIGHT!!!

  • MonroVian (You dont want No Green And White)

    yeah, yeah, yeah or like I like to call you Fairy, twinkle toes, feather foot! You always come on here or other blogs talking all kinds of Stuff but you never say where you are from or what team you rep! Instead you use the name “yeah, yeah, yeah” What a looser window licker you are! I bet you live in your moms converted garage, or that’s just the impression that you give do to the quality of your comments and how lame they are. I could be wrong, you might be a happily married man and have a great life… But we will Never know I guess because you are a coward no name, no team repping, spineless D-Bag that for some reason hates the Almighty Monrovia Wildcats! Let’s go out and Play HARD, smart and MEAN on Saturday Boys, the whole town is behind you fellas! Go Wildcats!

  • New York

    This is nonsense. If you want to philosophise about jinxs, we could simply say that everything is actually in Monrovia’s favor: 1)It is tough to beat the same team twice in a season 2) Monrovia does very well in *semi-final* games 3) Coach Z allowed the press into his camp (not unlike Maddox and Monrovia last year).

    If you want to discuss actual football reasons why Monrovia will win, come talk to me.

  • New York, Get some sleep

    Your #1 quote, does that go for any teams? You might want to check teams are, or might be playing again next couple weeks (ie W.Covina vs Bonita).

    Your #2 quote, ???, the past is the past… Saints won their last Semi (2009)by 26 points, Monrovia 3!!

    Your #3 quote, talk about nonsense, you kidding, is that a reason the Cats will win????

    You mean, why Monrovia “should” win…..

    Sorry, but why would anybody want to talk to you if the above sounds so desperate?

    Nonsense is; you guys placing so much stress on your team, Coaches and fans, when it actually shows more nervousness than confidence.

    Goodnight :)

  • New York

    Very good points…which further show the sillyness of this article…that was my point. Thanks for the support!

  • sgm

    Cats Talk To Much , Sanits have a Ring , , So kats are 0-9 , keep Your heads down, Because When you look at the score At the End of the game You will Have the same Gut Filling as you did in the first game . Just remeber this, Are banner is just below are score board , In Joy What we have , Don t try to Reap it off the fence like your head Coach Tolled You to Do at half time At The Last game , Have some class after the loss On Saturday.Clarke Was Fired because He Could not bring The Hardware home , Like Coach Z And His Staff Is doing a great Job for are City .

  • You can’t stop our Pride. Win Or lose…We are proud!

    e cats are doing what any school would do, we are going to keep trying until we get it done. We are not going to bow down. We are not going to be queit. We are going to come to San Dimas to win. We are always going to say we are going to win, we are always in the hunt. It’s not how many times you fall, its how many times you get up and dust yourself off. That is a testimony to Monrovia Pride! You can’t take our pride. No matter how many times we lose, we are still going to come back again and again! Saturday will we be there for a fight. The cats will be victorious! Don’t get mad because we don’t think we are going lose. Go mtown !

  • MonroVian

    SGM Shut your mouth you idiot, learn how to spell you dumb, SD short bus riding A hole, Dbag! Fu+@ your banner! Monrovia is coming to win! You don’t want no green and white!

  • Gollum

    This is how Monrovia feels about San Dimas winning the CIF ring last year, and losing again to them already this year….

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gk4Ntcq5uNg&NR=1

  • Philly B.

    Ohhhh I love the trash talking! I cant wait for saturday night!!!! “Cats talk too much”????? Really????? And Saints don’t, Honestly since you guys are the defending champs, I should hear a pin drop on the blogs, because for this very reason, You are the defending Mid-Valley Champs!!!!! Why is there any need to comment or talk about anything. You should allow us to talk and talk and talk some more, because we’re not the champs we have to go THRU San Dimas just to get to the Title Game!!!
    sgm- If you think for a second Monrovia is just going to bow down because its “Big Bad San Dimas…Dirty Harry I mean Dozen” you got another thing coming! This is Now A Rivarly and the cats are trying to even up the overall Series!
    Saints4Real- I got respect for you now, after this sgm panzy had the nerve to say monrovia talks to much…he is a joke! And Maddox would never tell his players to rip off your little sign because soon enough Monrovia will have one of their own. MARK MY WORDS…GO CATS!

  • Gollum

    Philly B said on Nov 30th in the Melendez blog:

    “There is a aueit arrogance with the people of San Dimas…I mean if the tables were flipped I couldnt say that I wouldnt be the same way”

    Now over here you pull a 180….
    Meds wore off?

    Hey it’s good for the blog count though….

  • Yeh yeh yeh

    Hey Philly B, I have no hate for the city of Monrovia or the Wildcats football team. The truth to the matter is, I’ll be the first to give the team props if or when they win a championship. I just can’t stand it when lowlifes like MonroVian come on these blogs (every season) and talk trash…When they put down anyone like myself and sgm because we express our opinion…just 3 days left!

    BTW, MonroVian…that twinkle toes, fairy, feather foot you talk about is just the reflection in your monitor…

  • MonroVian

    Hey Wea, weaa,WeaH! You cry baby… “BTW, MonroVian…that twinkle toes, fairy, feather foot you talk about is just the reflection in your monitor…”
    You are lame, is that the best you can come up with! Dude its ok Now I actually feel bad for you! Ah Weah, weah, weah, its ok you’ll be able to trash talk one day… Keep your head up, I know, I know its hard with that Helmet but one more hit to the head would be no “BUENO” no point intended! You don’t want no Green and White! Let’s go cats…

  • Goldenarm

    It would be nice to read somebodys post who actually wants to talk about how San Dimas should attack the Monrovia defense – or what the Wildcats need to do on offense specifically to be successful.

    Even a receiver versus db breakdown, head up matches on the line, who presents the better kicking game etc.

    I see this being a lower scoring game, with both teams struggling to find the end zone. Field position and turnovers will dictate scoring opportunities more so than “big” plays. If that is wrong, somebody explain otherwise

    Bueno’s personal stats make him a defensive priority obviously. What is Monrovia’s defensive priority? Stop the run first?

    WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE TO PARK AND ENTER AT SAN DIMAS HIGH?

  • MonroVian

    Goldenarm,

    Hey Man you are absolutely correct on that point. What a game its going to be Saturday.

  • Philly B.

    Gollum- I really dont see how Im pulling a 180, but Im sure you can explain that for me…Im just sharing my opinion…and when sgm had the nerve to say Monrovia fans talk too much, I had to give him the final burn! Plain&Simple!

    yeh yeh yeh- From all your comments, its been nothing about the actual game of football, but more the likes of “yeah yeah yeah, monrovia sucks, their gonna choke etc. etc.” So this is why I think that you have some sort of hatred towards Monrovia…..And no really knows what team your a fan of…SO therefore your gonna have others coming at you like myself, trying to figure out what your problem is.

    Goldenarm- You are right, their needs to be some talk about the game and opinions on strategies and all of that. I just think that between these two cities have started up a nice little rivalry…I mean I think its better than the muir-phs trash talking that goes on all up until the tussle…only because Muir Owns PHS…San Dimas doesn’t own Monrovia…they’ve just beat them twice in a row…once for all the marbles last year…and again in the regular season…But the trash talking will continue all the way until saturday.
    As Far as Im concerned the only true fan of San Dimas is Saints4Real…and I still think he has is subtle trash talking towards monrovia fans…but at least he’s pretty consistent.

    Lets Go Cats, Bueno and Company…You get a lead on these Saints…YOU KEEP IT!!!!! But I dont know about it being low scoring…but I dont think neither team will win by more than 7pts…Both teams are evenly matched with alot of depth in the skilled positions. We have receivers that can make plays…our DB’s are now ready for the task at hand (I thought the corners were the wildcats weakness, and SD took advantage) and we have the QB and running backs. And “Impact Player” McCarthy will be an impact in the game
    LETS GO CATS

  • SaintsR4real

    Philly B. and all other gamers… let’s all try to predict how the game will be played and see who can come up with the closest situation(s)? What do you say?

    I’ll go first:

    The Cats win the flip and decide to kick (excuse the typing, I’m doing this quick, Huth style). saints run left , run right, throw a few , kick a field goal from the 30, good..saints 3 -0. Cats kick return to the 40, bueno handoff, bueno pass, bueno runs cuz run and pass are shut down, to the saints 35, bueno fakes punt touch down. cats 7 to 3. saints kickoff return to 50, run left, run right, runs working… pass to kolbeck, touchdown kolbeck saints 10to 7 end of first.

    kickoff to cats but get shutdown, punt to saints, saints get to cats 20, field goal corona, saints 13 cats 7, cats take their kickoff to saints 40 bueno pass, bueno runs , cats run off is shut down, but pass and bueno run is still effective, bueno pass to 10, bueno runs, runs, runs touchdown…. cats 14, saints 13. cats feeling crazy, kick an onside kick, saints cover, not only cover but rn to the cats 20 yd line. saints step up the run game all the way to the end zone. saints 20, cats 14…. halftime.

    I’m tired, need some zzzzzzzz’s.

    2nd half to be continued tomorrow.

    Who’s with me?? How well do you know your team and opponent??

    “SAN DIMAS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL RULES”

  • Anonymous

    Saints4real: Even though I am a Monrovia fan, your prediction of the 1st half was quite funny

  • Silly

    I am really amazed at the idiots that posted things. When u post comments about things coaches said, or players say without any real knowledge of it, that’s plain stupidity. When you talk stats and numbers that’s a good post.
    Myself, I give the edge to the more athletically talented Monrovia squad. If the Coaches doesn’t melt down. On that note, as for Clarke being fired, that falls understupid comments. He resigned because his wife is battling pancreatic cancer. Sgm you r an ass.

  • New York

    Goldenarm,
    San Dimas’ veteran offensive line is my biggest concern. They have many reps running that system to near perfection…think the Lombardi Green Bay Packers. Disrupting their play is the key!

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