Season in review: Covina … Grade B+

Record: 10-2
Biggest win: 27-21 over West Covina
Worst loss: 49-42 OT to Walnut
The Good: The Colts arguably arrived a year early, which is a scary thought going into next season. QB Billy Livingston got even better, as most expected. RB Gevontray Ainsworth was as advertised. WR/DB Vinny Venegas emerged as one of the top WR/DBs around. The highlight of the season is probably a tie between beating West Covina and winning the Valle Vista League. You don’t get patches for a win in Week 0, but it’s pretty obvious that’s what most people will remember the ’10 Colts by.
The Bad: It’s hard to find much wrong with the season. The loss to Walnut, although close, was a setback that kept the Colts from having an undefeated regular season. But everybody is allowed a slip up.
The Ugly: Covina’s draw in the Mid-Valley Division playoffs stunk, and it ultimately cost the Colts. Yes, everybody has to play a good team at some point in the playoffs, but getting Whittier Christian in the second round when that was really a semifinal-quality matchup was what sent the Colts packing. I think it would’ve been easier to swallow had the game actually taken place in the semis. Maybe that’s just how the Mid-Valley playoffs will be every year, but when you’re 9-1 entering the playoffs, you don’t expect to be playing another league champ from the other toughest league in the division.
Sad to see you go: WRs Remontay McClain and Randy Robledo, DB Antonio Contreras, DB Charles Cooper, RB/DB/LB Matt Murray.
What to look forward to: This is easily a top-5 team in the Trib area. QB Livingston, RB Ainsworth, WRs De La Cruz and Venegas are back. Leading tackler Johnny Padilla is back as is top lineman Nick Hynes. Scary.

  • Colt74

    First off…Welcome Back!

    Whittier Christian, no matter where in playoffs was doable.Penalties and mistakes cost us. It is what it is. My main concern for the Colts is the DB’s. Not questioning talent or heart, but size differentials in hail mary end-zone coverage hurt us in 3 games.
    Sad to see all the kids listed go but my own personal favorite on defense was Murray. He was fun to watch and I am partial to defensive fronts.
    Next year should be exciting and REALLY looking forward to the Bulldogs in our house. Will coach Thomas have them ready? We’ll know come early September.

    Congrats COLTS to a GREAT season and THANK-YOU!!!!!

  • Dan

    2011 looks bright for the Colts, did not know Vinny Venegas was returning too. Livingston, Ainsworth, Venegas, Padilla, Hynes and several others make for a strong returning nucleous for the Colts, Bulldogs & Colts in week 0 what else could you ask for on openning day, should be a barn burner. Week 0 has been cruel to the Bulldogs these last couple of years, first there was El Rancho then Covina, see if we can turn it around this time.

  • MHS Alum

    Nice team that will be bested by the MHS Wildcats. Cats are dangerous for the next 4 years

  • Honest man 2011

    Colts are a great team….My Advice is to figure out how to get Ainsworth the Ball. Venegas is good, but he got too many carries! Ainsworth is a all Purpose back. He needs 20-30 carries per game no matter what. Covina should seriously think about running a more pro style offense. Running the Zone read with Livingston is pointless. He is not a threat to run! Covina shoule be tops next year, but hey MOnrovia is a beast, and will be there. I am thinking Back to Back for the WildCats!

  • VVL

    I don’t even think Covina is going to win league, I pick Covina at the 2 spot.

  • Patricia Flores

    It is going to be sad to see all the seniors go!! You guys left out a very important senior, CENTER Moses Torres! Had one of his best years and made ALL Valle Vista LEague!! GREAT YEAR COLTS!!!!!!! WAY TO GO #50 MOSES TORRES!!!!!!!!!