Season in review: San Dimas … Season grade: B-

Record: 8-5
Biggest win: 35-34, OT over Monrovia
Worst loss: 19-14 vs. Baldwin Park
The Good: This one is obvious: it’s how the Saints finished the season. San Dimas entered the postseason as an at-large team, but beat No. 3-seeded Arroyo in the first round and Maranatha in the second round. Making the semis as an at-large is a pretty nice accomplishment, but …
The Bad: … why were the Saints an at-large team in the first place? That’s because they couldn’t seal the deal against Baldwin Park and Covina in Valle Vista League home games that ultimately cost San Dimas a chance at a high seed in the playoffs.
The Ugly: San Dimas’ inability to put two big halves together proved costly. The bottom line is that 8-5 for a defending CIF champ that had a lot of talent back is a bit disappointing. Yes, the Saints made up for it by beating Arroyo and rocking a pretty hot Maranatha team in the playoffs. In the end, there were no tangible results, i.e. a Smudge Pot win, a league title or a CIF title. San Dimas’ season, quite simply, was handful of big moments and a handful of disappointing ones.
Sad to see you go: QB Codee Watts, RB Theo Darlington, RB Damarquis Lawson, RB Jordan Taylor, RB/LB Angel Gonzalez, WR Kevin Kolbeck, OL Allen Brown.
What to look forward to: CIF champion QB Shawn Kennedy is back and hopefully healthy. Dillon Corono and Davonte Christopher are two solid playmakers and should be featured even more in next year’s offense.

  • curious

    Aram, could you give us a schedule of what teams you’ll be reviewing and what dates they would be posted?

  • AZTEC PRIDE

    Aram, I heard AZUSA will be playing San Dimas this next coming season and can you verify that please.

    AZTEC PRIDE!

  • http://www.insidesocal.com/sgvfootball Aram

    Aztec Pride,

    I’ll look into it.

    Curious,

    I get paid $100 per page view, so I need you checking back daily.

    Just kidding, but I’m not going to say who’s next. You gotta let that suspense build.

  • Blue

    Hey Aztec Pride….. It is true. We got you. No excuses now. Let the rumble begin. It’s at Citrus College. We are going to mop the floor with you guys. You guys are actually playing division teams and not a bunch of D 12 opponents. Maybe that will help you in the future. It works for us, CIF Champs, and Semis. See you in September.

  • Aaron

    When Zernickow figured out that he needed to use big bruising backs they started to play well and win games. That Wing T the way he has used it always had big guys if you go back to Joseph and Barbone and then last year with Kohler and Evans: Fact is Jordan Taylor and Dillon Corona were the shifty guys that were set up by Kohler and Evans two seasons ago.

    Replacing Lawson and Darlington is a must. Watts surprised me a lot with his play as I checked his stats…they threw way more this year than ever before making Kolbeck into a 1000 yd+ receiver…which I didn’t see happening based on Zernickow’s history. That offensive line takes a big hit. I was also surprised when I found out Kennedy was under center for at least a little bit in the semi-final game.

    However overall they did pretty well. Congratulations to the Saints on a great season.

  • Colt74

    Aaron,
    Kennedy was about 70/30 with Watts in the Monrovia game. I was sitting with Kennedys parents for that game.

  • Bobby

    Well they do have to replace a lot up front. The skill positions were very average this year. Aaron is correct. They didn’t have the same type of talent that they had in the past. They had a bunch of scat backs trying to run between the tackles. The backs can’t go anywhere but up from this season. Kolbeck will be a big loss but they have Brown to fill his shoes. Having a QB like Kennedy will make it easier for the new OL and RBs. Corona returns but he is a set up guy. Typical Zernickow is that they will try and out-coach their league with inferior talent. It seems to work most often. They are a back away from another CIF title.

    Transfer request……Any unhappy parents of RBs….Send your kids to San Dimas, Z will give your kids the ball 20 times/game. NOTE: Must be 185 lbs or heavier.

  • hey hey hey

    Aaron

    sure big guys help to run the wing t but they arent necessary. Look at wc, bj lee is 5’6 and 175 soaking wet.
    Salgado is 5’6 and about 185 and a bruiser at fullback sure to be one of the best as he matures. and then you have soloman which is just another story.

    with a good line im sure aram could run through the holes

  • ????

    Hey Hey Hey:

    I don’t know who you are talking about but SD has plenty of BJ Lee type backs. Taylor was a BJ Lee but had to play everywhere. They need a Solomon or Tucker type back. Don’t know who this Salgado is but he doesn’t play for SD. We are talking about SD not West Covina. The line is not going to be a problem, they always find a line to get the job done. They had no RBs and don’t have any in The Well. But what they do have won’t be worse than they had this year. Again the O will run through Kennedy. Preseason League POY over Livingston.

    Trivia…..What’s the difference between Kennedy and Livingston? Two CIF Championship Rings

  • sd

    SD JV 9-1 TONS OF TALENT ON THE JUNIORS TO BE ONLY LOSS WAS A 7-0 LOSS TO RC GO SAINTS!!

  • Bonita

    How come San Dimas gets a season review before Bonita hahahaha

  • FBFan

    This is off-topic, but is there going to be any news this off-season regarding the coaching merry-go-round that is known as the SGV? Any coaches leaving to other schools, any others retiring, or any new coaches moving up in the ranks?

  • Aaron

    Aram is doing a review of all the SGVN top 25…oh and that SD JV team was 8-2. Bonita JVs beat them.

  • SD

    actually sd jv best bonita 13-0 I was at the game!

  • Big Cat

    Aaron you are incorrect. SD J.V. team was 9-1, beat Bonita, only loss was to Rancho.

  • SD guess what….

    title goes through Mtown SGV fans. San Dimas, will have to get through Covina first. Pre season rankings

    1. Monrovia
    2. Covina
    3.Maranatha
    4.San Dimas
    5. Arroyo

  • Valley

    Hey guess what…. I agree title goes through MTown, as it always should. But through Covina? Come on man. VV still goes through SD. You guys get 1 win and you think it goes through you? SD got bigheaded in the 2nd half and blew the game verse you guys but I don’t think Zernickow will let that or the BP screw up happen again.

  • Aaron

    Quite correct you are…I could have sworn the JV’s other loss was Claremont but it was to SD.

  • SD Guess what …

    Valley guy. I am a Mtown Faithful. I said San Dimas will have to go Through Covina before they can think about The CIF Champs.San Dimas is losing several key guys. Covina, has everyone coming back. I was at the Covina vs SD game. They were able to Throw the ball against San Dimas. However San Dimas Missed a pitch pass, that would have won the game. Covina’s secondary is suspect. They are very small. San Dimas should be able to throw against them. However, Monrovia is another beast. Mtown Big Fast athletic team. They are going get bigger and Faster. San Dimas should have a great running game again. However the wing Z should not be next years offense. They should still run option, but from a pro set. Covina is going to be the game in your league. I can’t wait to see how Azusa is going to do against San Dimas next season. That game is not going to be close. San Dimas will blow the Aztecs out. They are losing alot of players, and they will not be that good. Last year they were overated. The newspaper jumped on the band wagon. It did not do Them any Favors, they may have believed they were really the best team in the Midvalley. Most teams knew that they were not. Well Monrovia is going to be in the finals again. I wonder who is going to challenge them?

  • SD Guess what …

    Valley guy. I am a Mtown Faithful. I said San Dimas will have to go Through Covina before they can think about The CIF Champs.San Dimas is losing several key guys. Covina, has everyone coming back. I was at the Covina vs SD game. They were able to Throw the ball against San Dimas. However San Dimas Missed a pitch pass, that would have won the game. Covina’s secondary is suspect. They are very small. San Dimas should be able to throw against them. However, Monrovia is another beast. Mtown Big Fast athletic team. They are going get bigger and Faster. San Dimas should have a great running game again. However the wing Z should not be next years offense. They should still run option, but from a pro set. Covina is going to be the game in your league. I can’t wait to see how Azusa is going to do against San Dimas next season. That game is not going to be close. San Dimas will blow the Aztecs out. They are losing alot of players, and they will not be that good. Last year they were overated. The newspaper jumped on the band wagon. It did not do Them any Favors, they may have believed they were really the best team in the Midvalley. Most teams knew that they were not. Well Monrovia is going to be in the finals again. I wonder who is going to challenge them?

  • Colt74

    Valley said:
    “You guys get 1 win and you think it goes through you?”

    In the last decade Covina leads the series 6-4

    Not here to debate what goes thru what, just to correct your math.

  • Goldenarm

    Aztec Pride,

    I read somewhere that Azusa was looking for week 2 and 3 games. It may have been on the CIF web site – can’t remember for sure.

  • athletes?

    not to change the subject too much – but why are San Dimas football and baseball programs pretty good and their basketball team is not?

  • Colt74

    http://www.cifss.org/games_wanted.php

    Azusa listed they were looking for games in 2010….doooooohhhhhhh! They may want to correct that.

  • AZTEC PRIDE

    SD GUESS WHAT… not that good?? I mean AZUSA went all the way to the SEMI’S AND PLAYED YOUR TEAM LAST SEASON! BANDWAGON?? YOUR CRAZY! AZUSA , yes lost the game 50-24, and what at the half we went in tied up. Come on don’t try to HYPE IT UP! I mean didn’t a certain team put 47 points in your house in the SEMI’S!47-14 this season!

    AZUSA will play hard and with heart, and will see what the outcome will be! COACH SCHERF will have them ready, kinda of like he had them prepared for BEll Gardens! 48-0!!!

    AZUSA has played tough schools in the past and yes have won some and lost! AZUSA played Aquinas, a school that would give a tough game to anybody in the VVL. I know they have one of their QB’s back who would rotate in and he’s back.

    You need to understand this, if AZUSA plays the likes of San Dimas,etc… And lose, well everbody will just end up saying, I TOLD YOU AZUSA IS LOUSY. So here’s my view, why play these teams and keep playing who your playing like the last past two seasons and JUST BEAT COVINA IN THE PLAYOFFS! HAHAHHAAHHAAHA, LOL….

    JUST KIDDING!!! and yes AZUSA needs to schedule UP, but I believe will ALAWAYS BE IN THAT NO WIN SITUATION ON HERE. “AZUSA and look who they play in their LEAGUE”!

    COME ON PEOPLE, CAN WE GIVE THE LITTLE GUY(AZUSA) his fifth teen minutes of FAME on FREDDY’S PAPER! LOL…

    AZUSA FOOTBALL and AZUSA RAIDERS great program by the WAY, and Coach SCHERF WILL BE READY SD!

    AZTEC PRIDE WILL BE THEIR!

  • AZTEC PRIDE

    ARAM!!! by the way, how about giving AZUSA an A+ when you review AZUSA! LOL…

    10-0 in LEAGUE!

    IT DON’T HURT TO ASK!

    REMEMBER FOLKS, IT’S ALWAYS EASY TO HATE, BUT REMEMBER THIS, IT’S THE GAME OF FOOTBALL THAT WE ALL STRIVE TO WIN!

    AZTEC PRIDE!

  • SD guess what…

    Aztec pride…

    once a again I am not a SD fan. I am a Monrovia Fan. Azusa is done. Sorry, they won’t make it past the first round. I think you now know your team is no longer a top seed. Sorry, it was fun while it lasted. Don’t pretend to be a mid valley power. You are right you are the little guy. I would be worried about La Puente or Sierra Vista if I was you. Mark My words you will not be the Montview Champs next season. Then you will go back to playing Monrovia in the first round, or not making it at all. Now will see if the coaching is real at Azusa. I must admit the past two years Azusa has had some decent talent and I mean decent. Will you have players like Nunez, Ochoa, Nieto,…thats alot to replace…Well you wanted San Dimas again. You are going to get your wish. If you all get blown out…will you then forever heard your peace? Please do. Geesh!

  • Fat Chance

    Hey, Hey, Hey

    The wing-t is set up by the fullback and oline for this style off offense. SD has been a run team first. But last year, the talent in that backfield was down, so they relied on the pass a little more.

    Just look at there stats over the past four/five years. The middle is the rock that makes the wing go, and Kennedy arm isn’t going to win games for SD.

    Aaron is right on this call. Just look what SD did in the Smudge last four years with the middle bruisers. This year, they couldn’t control the ground game.

  • LA RAMS 99

    ARAM!!! BY THE WAY, HOW ABOUT GIVING AZUSA AN A+ WE WON THE PASSING LEAGUE TROPHY!!

    10-0 in LEAGUE! 0-1 IN THE PLAYOFFS!

    IT DON’T HURT TO ASK!

    MAYBE I SHOULD TALK ABOUT FUTBOL NOT FOOTBALL I MIGHT KNOW MORE. VIVA CHIVAS!!!!

    **I STILL HAVE MORE AZTEC PRIDE T-SHIRTS FOR SALE!!
    IF YOU WOULD LIKE ONE THEY ARE $5.00 ea.

    AZTEC PRIDE!

  • AZTEC PRIDE

    LA RAMS99??? Whaaaaat are you a RAMS fan? That’s my team also! Big game Sunday against Seattle SEACHICKENS on Sunday! FOR THE DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP!!!

    TIME MAN OF THE YEAR IS ~BRADFORD~!!!!!!! LETS GET THAT AZZ ON SUNDAY RAMS!

    By the way LA RAMS99, I won’t reply to your FUTBOL comment, being you’re a RAMS fan! Come on Soccer, WOW! never watch the game. You can do better than that and do go there.

    By the way let me get a DOZEN of those AZTEC PRIDE T-SHIRTS, BECAUSE THAT’S DEAL OF THE YEAR! LOL…

    ALWAYS A RAMS FAN!

    AZTEC PRIDE!

  • 91ha

    why are we talking about weak azusa in a blog about SD

  • test

    what’s going on?

  • Colt74

    Azusa we will see next year how much your talking you guys got SD in the pre season!

  • Colt74

    Whomever is posting under other peoples log-ons needs to grow a pair and knock it off. The last post was not from me.