2011 Schedules: Maranatha Minutemen …

Week 0 — Big Bear
Week 1 — at La Salle
Week 2 — Azusa
Week 3 — Salesian
Week 4 — La Canada
Week 5 — at South Pasadena
Week 6 — BYE
Week 7 — Whittier Christian
Week 8 — at Valley Christian
Week 9 — Village Christian
Week 10 — at L.A. Baptist

Aram’s take: Blessed (get it?) with the best QB prospect in the Valley in junior Andrew Elffers, don’t expect anybody to be taking the Minutemen likely. The nonleague schedule looks solid with the Azusa game especially interesting for local fans. The other games against Mid-Valley Division foes La Canada and South Pas may have some impact come playoff selection time, although it’s unlikely Maranatha will need at-large help getting into the dance. Not sure what to make of the Olympic League this year. I can confidently say that Whittier Christian will be down a notch due to graduation losses, but big things are expected from Village Christian and Valley Christian is always tough. With new coach Pete Karavedas being a defensive-minded guy, I think it’s reasonable to expect Maranatha to take a much-needed step forward on that side of the ball. If that happens, you’re looking at the Olympic favorite and a legit CIF title contender. I’m thinking 8-2ish sounds right as for a predicted record, although 9-1 or even 10-0 wouldn’t shock me if the Minutemen catch some bounces. You are warned …

  • Desert Rat

    Natha’s preseason schedule is a joke.

  • Aaron

    Considering they were in the East Valley Division not too long ago…their schedule is fine.

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

    I really don’t understand what most people want to see in a nonleague schedule. One or two toughies is totally fine. Then local games. A good mix. Not overly tough (like Diamond Ranch in years past). Not overly soft (like Amat last year).

    Maranatha’s schedule is solid. They don’t need to apologize for not playing Servite.

  • Desert Rat

    I’m not trying to insult your knowledge AT, but you need to wake up my friend. Natha talks so much smack and think they should be a premier team in their league and the East Valley. Fact is, this schedule is joke beyond belief for a program that claims its going places.

    You have to play up to get ahead. Playing incestual…..errrrr, interdivisional games in your preseason — especially against the likes of Asuza, South Pas and La Canada — is a bonehead move. Then you add in doozies like Big Bear, La Salle and Salesian..seriously???

    Lets move into league. LAB is horrid. Village and WC are rebuilding. If Erick Streeleman doesn’t coach Valley Christian to a league title, he should be fired.

    Go ahead, let them build false hope just like they did last year when Dimas and Billy Z rolled into town and took the glimmer out of their eyes.

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

    Big Bear beat Maranatha last year, I think. Again, if you don’t like the schedule, then tell me who they should be playing. Muir? Monrovia? South Hills?

  • oh really

    What was Dimas and Billy Z excuse against Monrovia? Should have saved a few of those points they watsed on a make shift Varsity team the week before….

  • Desert Rat

    Aram….Maranatha did lose that game. They had it in the bag too, but couldn’t make adjustments…I was there.

    And yes, Muir, Monrovia and South Hills would be a good place to start if they want to grow and be able to compete in the Mid-Valley year in and year out.

    Until then…I wouldn’t expect a thing from them.

    @ Oh Really – It was Rovia’s year and we all know that.

  • makes no sense

    hey Rat,

    If it was Rovia’s time, then why come out here and rag on last years team? According to your post, regardless of the schedule Maranatha was not going to win the big game anyhow. Are you one of those so called disgruntled parents, or just a big fan of football that you decided the game to be at that weekend was in Big Bear thats why you have so much knowledge of their lack of adjustments that cost them the game?

  • Aaron

    Desert Rat is just made Paraclete got sent to the Alpha League…when if anything they should have gone up.

  • Desert Rat

    @ Aaron – I think the Mid-Valley is a perfect fit for Paraclete actually.

  • Jefe

    Aram,

    Don’t count on Whittier Christian to fall off too much from last season.

    They still have a ton of talent over there.

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