M-Town silences its critics for good …

Here’s my column from Sunday, in case you missed it.

We can all shut up now.

You. Me. Everybody.

That’s what the Monrovia High School football team essentially said with its 38-8 win over Whittier Christian in Saturday’s championship game of the Mid-Valley Division at Arcadia High.

This wasn’t just a win, it was a statement. It was a “take that” to all the people who used terms such as “bridesmaids,” “seconditis” and “chokers” to describe Monrovia.

For the last nine times Monrovia was in a CIF championship game, all those descriptions applied. The Wildcats were 0-9 with rings on the line.

The 2010 team wore the shroud of doubt from years of championship failure all season. It was theirs because after last year’s failure against San Dimas in the Mid-Valley championship, skepticism over the Wildcats in high- stakes games was at an all-time high.

When the Wildcats lost a local passing league tournament championship game in July to Azusa the naysayers, myself included, remained doubters.

Not haters, mind you, but doubters. There’s a difference.

Monrovia’s nonleague schedule this season was its most difficult in years.

The Wildcats lost to Glendora to start the year. More doubt. When the Wildcats blew a 21-point lead in the fourth quarter and lost to San Dimas in overtime, the bandwagon was empty.

But coach Ryan Maddox and his staff slowly molded a team that was not messing around when the truly big games arrived.

More pressure was on this Monrovia team than on any of the great runner- up teams before them. And as is often the case when the pressure builds and the top blows, the explosion was massive.

First it was Gladstone, then Schurr, then San Dimas. No Monrovia championship would be complete without beating San Dimas first.

All that was left in their way was eliminating several years’ worth of disappointment, silencing numerous skeptics and, of course, a 12-1 Whittier Christian team. The Wildcats left nothing to chance Saturday. They knew what they wanted and their defense took it. Literally.

Maddox and his staff had something dialed up for a Whittier Christian offense that was averaging 35 points per game.

Quarterback Nick Bueno was his usual all-around great self. Receiver and kick returner Jay Henderson was a human highlight reel.

The 2010 Wildcats now are legends. They got an entire school and every player who ever wore the green off the hook. That’s the amazing power of a championship.

Soon, they’ll hang the sweetest banner in the sweetest sport any school can hang. Monrovia, in its 10th try, finally is a CIF football champion, and there’s no doubt about it.

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  • Kennedy Bryant

    Proud parent, proud alum and proud to be associated with MHS football. Let me be the first to point out that Coach Ryan Maddox and his entire coaching staff deserve great praise and support for doing something that none before have ever been able to accomplish. Most of us Alumni may not agree on how things are done today versus how things were done back in the day when we wore the green and white. Sometimes we disagree on the road or direction we take to success, I may want to go this way, you may want to go that way. However in the end if we all get to the same distination you must acknowledge the leader who got you there. Kudos to you and your entire staff.

    Coach Maddox, your team won with our first CIF Championship by shadowing it’s leader. Our kids won with class, effort, fairness and dedication thank you for modeling these characteristics. Remember you can never learn enough, we learn as we go and the road to success is always work in progress. MHS Wildcats CIF Champs. DAMN that has a nice RING to it.


    Congrats My boy schuster u finally got Ur ring that you’ve deserved…I just wish u would have stayed at azusa for the 08 season cause we worked so hard nd it would have been great to share our success with you after all those struggling years

  • Anonymous

    Congratulations Monrovia great season you deserve it
    Perfect reason never to give up You guys are the champions

  • BigCat

    Congrats to the Wildcat players who got it done!

    Congrats to coach Maddox,who showed them the way!

    The only thing lacking was that the victory wasn’t won on Wildcat field, in Monrovia.

    As to the opponents fans, who forced a neutral field, I hope that they found something to cheer about.

  • Colt81

    Congratulations Monrovia! WELL DONE to all the players and coaches!

  • Bulldog


    Good weekend for the Maddox household. His wife is the Vice-Principal at West Covina. C.I.F championships on back to back nights. There will be some happy times in that household! Congrats to the both of them!

  • Martin Gomez ’94


  • Darnell Croft

    From the land of the Sacramento, Grant High Pacers, I want to say, to the community of Monrovia, CA, Congratulations on an outstanding accomplishment for bringing home the first CIF football championship! Wow, you guys earned and deserve it! Success and disappointment can be far reaching and although some of us wildcats are many miles away, know this wildcats, you always have and always will be loved and appreciated for life!! Class of ’87

  • Coaches Corner

    That was a very nice column Aram. I take back all those bad things I said about you:)

  • Dan

    Nice Aram,
    Congratulations to Coach Maddox and the Monrovia Wildcats on a season well played, the dark cloud of the championship drought has been lifted and blown away, now with the ice broken, and players staying home, I get the feeling this is just the beginning for the Wildcats.

  • Congrats on your 2010 CIF Championship Wildcats, The whole town is proud of you and Wildcat fans you deserve a pat on the back for being there for everygame whether it was at MHS or on the road you were there to root the team onto victory!.

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