PrepXtra Rewind: West Covina coach Mike Maggiore, Monrovia’s Ryan Maddox, San Gabriel’s Jude Oliva and RHP’s Ken Drain talk about their championship games

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  • Hoss Cartwright

    This was a great show. All of the coaches were smart, humble, well spoken, and focused. It was funny how they all said the same things. It’s all about progression and getting better. As we blogged all year about wins, losses, and Comparative scoring, we never looked whether teams improved. The question has to be did my team identify any of its weaknesses. Did they address these did we change or tweak anything. If you look at the teams who are playing in the midvalley finals, they can say “yes” to all of these things. If you look at the teams, who are no longer playing, the answer has to be “no”. San Dimas for example change nothing after losing to Covina, and ran the exact same plays all year. They went for 2 against bonita and loss and went for two against SG and lost. Fly sweep to brown, dive to Jollevet, an occasional roll out with Kennedy and a half back pass. Nothing new, no new about the Wildcat with Brown…anything to mix it up. Each playoff game came closer and closer to getting beat. It finally happened in the Semi’s. They were stopped running the Same play two times in row. However, was any of the SD bloggers on her talking about that? Nope, they were talking about beating Monrovia in Week 3. Covina,did the same thing, they ran the same plays, their players all touch the ball the same amount as in Every game. Not enough Ainsworth and Mason, and too much Vennegas and Carrillo. No power I, no Billy under the Center…Even thought about putting Mason at DB? Or Ainsworth at Saftey? I am not speculating either, I did see these teams play 3 times in Regular Season, and once in the playoffs. Best Believe Monrovia is always watching, always keeping an eye on teams and in person. Thanks to Coaches like Schuster and others, who are at games when Mtown is not playing, they are watching the progression of the top teams all year long. When Monrovia and San Gabriel were struggling, I am not sure covina was watching them closely all year. Some may say “if ain’t broke don’t try to fix it”. Well if you never turn the dam thing on, how do you know if it’s broke? When you don’t play enough tough games, you have not turn it on to see if you are that good. The papers said they were, the teams thought they were, and when it was time to turn it on, they did not know where the ignition is. They never addressed their problems in the Secondary. I saw that when San Dimas went deep, When SEM went Deep, and others, some just did not have the QB to get it out there far enough or quick enough. They could not “Cover” a baby with a king size comforter. The Covina bloggers didn’t really talk about that, they were talking how tough they played a injured West Covina Team, in week 0, with a rookie QB. Or how they beat a San dimas team who beat Monrovia early in the season. Now a Monrovia team, which was 1-3 at one point, and a San Gabriel team which was 1-4 at one point, are going to play in the big dance. This should be a Final lesson, on what to watch for throughout the year, regarding your team. You can Run, but you can not hide. Eventually all of the things you over looked, swept under the rug, or didn’t address will come back to haunt you in the playoffs. You must make some changes, whether it’s a change in play calling, formations, personnel , you have to do something. If you run the same thing over and over eventually someone is going to “Sack up” and stop you. The teams are too good in the playoffs to do that, Especially with the Familiarity Midvalley teams have with each other. Mtown Got Ramirez the ball in playoffs a lot more than in week 2. I don’t know specifically what SG did, but you don’t from 1-4 to a 9 game win streak without making changes. I thought the Coaches really spoke on that today. Maybe next year, Coaches, players, and bloggers will understand what’s really going on out there.

  • BigCat

    Aram’s comment on the athletic ability of the Monriovia wide receivers reminded me of a statement made by the Whittier Christian coach, after the ‘Cats destroyed them. The WC coach said something to the effect that you can watch them on film and figure out a way to stop them. However, once you get on the field, there’s no way to stop them.
    GO ‘CATS!

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