West Covina 84!!!!!!, La Serna 21 …

WHITTIER — Dominant isn’t a strong enough word to describe it.

In fact, rather than use words, how about I suggest you think of the image of a lion hunting down a three-legged gazelle to eat for dinner?

That’s probably the best way to describe what the West Covina High School football team did to La Serna in the CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division championship.

Like a lion deciding it’s hungry when a gazelle happens to stroll by, West Covina versus La Serna was over before it started. The Bulldogs got off the bus at a stadium not big enough to house their fans, to play on a field that was supposed to give their opponent a better chance and ran roughshod over La Serna to the tune of a 84-21 final score. The 84 points were a record for a CIF championship game.

“Is this real?” West Covina defensive end Justen Meaders asked out loud on the sidelines during the early stages of the rout.

You can’t blame Meaders for wondering that. The entire first half was a “pinch me” moment for West Covina’s fans, players and coaches. On its way to a 49-7 lead early in the second quarter, the Bulldogs were scoring, on average, every two minutes.

In that time span, they passed the ball only twice. Both went for touchdowns with one of them coming from running back Chris Solomon on a 68-yard halfback pass to Lonzel Barnett … two plays after Jimmy Frazier’s 62-yard touchdown run was negated by a holding penalty.

Don’t feel bad for Frazier, though. He got his. When La Serna scored its first touchdown to briefly make it 28-7, Frazier took the ensuing kickoff back for a touchdown. As for a playing on natural grass instead of the Bulldogs’ home surface of FieldTurf?

“Not a problem,” Frazier said.

Championship games aren’t supposed to be so easy. Nor are the playoffs. West Covina scored more points in each successive round than the previous. The Bulldogs’ margin of victory in the postseason was 30, 43, 29 and 63 points. You can’t even accuse West Covina of running up the score because it only passed the ball THREE TIMES in the game and the fourth quarter was played with a running clock!

The best part about West Covina’s back-to-back Southeast Division championships is the way the Bulldogs have done it. Head coach Mike Maggiore and his staff have taken a boring style of football and made it exciting. How else can you explain 84 points in a championship game while only throwing the ball three times?

There was nothing complex about West Covina did to its opponents this season (and last). It was simple smashmouth running football that put up points so quickly that a spread offense would blush. On defense, it was pressure football at the line of scrimmage in front of a secondary that either laid lumber if a ball carrier got to them or simply intercepted whatever came their way.

Maggiore and his staff have no doubt put in place a system that plays to the talent on hand. It fits perfectly with the type of hard-nosed kids who wear the Bulldogs uniform. And who needs the pass anyway when you’ve got three running backs with over 1,000 yards rushing?

Friday’s score and how it happened was so outrageous that it will no doubt get CIF’s attention. Time for a division change perhaps? Well, it’s only natural for media types to start speculating about how a team would fare against better competition in a higher division. But on Friday night, this sportswriter found himself wondering how West Covina would fare against the Packers, let alone the Inland Division.

For years, West Covina was considered by many to be the Valley’s sleeping giant. After three CIF titles in eight years, the giant is clearly awake. And now it might be on to bigger and better things.

Last year, Maggiore and his staff said goodbye to players like quarterback George Johnson, all-purpose star Beejay Lee and All-Area linebacker Maurice Dupleasis. This year, they’ll lose reigning Tribune Player of the Year Solomon, defensive stalwart Meaders and speedster Frazier.

It matters not. There’s plenty of talent waiting in the wings to step in. That’s just how it goes when you become an elite program. And in case anybody was wondering before Friday’s game, West Covina is an elite program and there’s 84 reasons why you’d better believe it.

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  • Mike the Clone


    I Am Mike The Clone

    And you ARE NOT!!!

    AT……..great picture. WC didn’t even leave a carcus!!!!

    Great picture!!!!


    Mike the Clone

  • Hoss Cartwright

    La Serna is small. I didn’t know they were that small. The South East needs to be beefed up. I wouldn’t move West covina out of the Southeast, I would move the sierra back into that division along with Monrovia, Covina, and San dimas. La Serna could not beat those teams. Really. Shame on your Muir…How in the world…Well anyhow. That game was a highlight Film. They could not beat WCHS’s Jv’s

  • MTC!!!

    Great to hear from you. Sorry about your family’s recent loss. Glad to see you back on here.

  • Colt74

    West Covina wins by the same amount of points as La Verne Lutheran….

  • The Ranking Expert

    The San Gabriel Valley Top 5 Teams

    #1. West Covina – CIF Champions
    #2 Charter Oak – Sierra League Champions and 10 – 2 record
    #3 Monrovia
    #4 San Dimas
    #5. Covina

    And then the rest….
    Way down here!

    Nada, Nothing! Zilch, No Nothing!

  • Changed Your Address…?

    Wow…Just got back from Vegas!

    All of a sudden nobody is interested in the Aram blog…?

    No posts, no comments, no nothing!

    It’s dead on this blog….!

    What happend?

    AMAT 73 dead…?

  • The Chef


    Only a fat douche bag with zero class like you would put up a picture like that and think himself cute. Have some sense and some respect for the efforts of a bunch of high school kids. What an ass. Grow up.

  • Nemo

    Alert to all Fish Bowl Fans – Big D1AA/FCS playoff game on ESPN Saturday AM.

    hey, these guys are undefeated so they must be GREAT! Bet they can beat team like Michaigan State, Georgia, and Oklahoma – because after all – those teams have 3 losses and we ALL know the team who has the fewest losses MUST be better – no matter WHO they played!

  • duh

    nemo, Div1AA schools have already beat D1A remember Appalachian State, Virginia Tech lost to one and and Oregon State last To Sacramento State…duh

  • Dory

    Sure teams can catch lightning in a bottle and beat someone in a single game – but probably wouldn’t sustain that over an ebtire season. A 10-2 record agaisnt wekaer competition doesn’t make soemone better than a 6-5 team at the highest level.

  • the new guy

    Do you know how ridiculous you sound or do you not watch ncaa football. D1aa teams can compete with D1 teams its been proving just check out the last couple of years. And if your refering to HS football then you really dont know your stuff. If im not mistaking D3 Westlake is ranked #1 in the state of california. or how about D1 Alemany loses to D2 jw north i can go on about the victories between D1 and D2 ill go lower for you what about Dana hills D1 loses to D6 El toro man i can do this all day, ok Danan hills is terrible but El toro is “5” divisions lower than Dana hills so shouldnt Dana hills run through them according to your method. You see your not as bright as you think you are i can go on for days about how lower division teams beat D1 teams.

  • the new guy

    LOL at “DORY” she’s just an Amat fan hahahaha they have been looking for comfort for their terrible season all year.

  • Bulldog 4 Life

    @ Dory..
    what “D 1” school did you or your kids go to???

  • Marlin

    I also remember when Amat was a terrible 3-7 in their most awful season ever – yet beat the D3 Champion. single games mean nothing. Can you do it over 10 games vs the same schedule is the question

  • GetReady

    Congrats to the WC Bulldogs, talk about getting the mo early and capitalizing on every facet of the game. Aram, if it were the other way around you wouldn’t have posted that picture, you don’t want to bite the hand the feeds you, right? What’s that make you? But we get, it’s all about the “hits” on the blog and NOT “it’s all about the kids.” You should be ashamed of yourself for posting that, look at yourself in the mirror tonite…and tell us what you see, if you dare!

  • Colt74

    December 10, 2011
    How many kicks can one do in a kickline before becoming utterly exhausted?

    The West Covina Song squad managed to do 546 of them and walked away.


    Each West Covina touchdown meant more kicks for the Song squad. Arm in arm they locked, while alternating legs.

    Right kick, left kick.

    One kick for every point on the scoreboard.

    It was a record-breaking night for both the Song and football teams as West Covina defeated La Serna 84-21 to capture their second straight CIF Southern Section Southeast Division Championship.

    “The last two years, we’ve had an incredible run and it’s nothing we’re doing different. The kids have bought in. They work and that’s what it’s all about,” said head coach Mike Maggiore, who now has three CIF titles as head coach. “I thought going into the game it was going to be tough, and our kids just played hard and capitalized on every mistake they made it seemed like.”

    The Bulldogs played like they were on a true championship quest, jumping on the Lancers early and never relenting.

    La Serna’s first three possessions resulted in a fumble, a blocked punt and an interception – all in their own zone.

    The Bulldogs (13-1) needed just one play to capitalize on the Lancers’ (10-4) first mistake. Reigning Southeast Division Player of the Year Chris Solomon rushed it in from 27 yards out for his first touchdown of the night.

    It total, he had three rushing touchdowns – two coming in the first quarter.

    Solomon’s backfield mate, Jimmy Frazier, rushed for two touchdowns of his own and had a kickoff return for a score as well.

    West Covina led 49-7 at halftime.

    West Covina wins back-to-back CIF titles for the first time in school history, and their fourth overall.

    The West Covina players had their sights set on 80 points in Friday’s final.

    “Our goal was to get 80 and that’s what we did. That’s a pretty amazing score right there,” said Solomon.

    The 84 points is a CIF record for the most scored in a title game, surpassing J.W. North’s 67 scored in the 2007 Eastern Division championship

  • WHY

    Wjy would any coach let their team score like that????why would they do that to the other BOYS??? Sure u could of ran the clock!!

  • GoAmat

    This has nothing to do with Amat!!! Lol. We love all our haters and our boys. GO AMAT. We never would of ran the score like WC did. Ok ok u won the championship. What a disrespect for the other BOYS. Good job La Serna.

  • jesse alvarez

    Wc congrats. Now settle down u know the division was week this year.this game should of been played last year. Remember la serna gradueted 18 starters so next year when u lose your key players and get smack around maybe youll get it. Maybe not? So bulldogs get some class cause pay back a bitch

  • Dan

    Feeling a little left out lately? Need some attention?
    Go ahead, talk about your upper division team that hasn’t played in a while.
    Jesse alvarez
    There has only been one West Covina poster on this thread, and he wasn’t boasting, maybe a lesson in losing with class could be in store for you, take your lumps in stride, tommorow is another day. As for your payback, West Covina will lose some good players but they have some good ones returning and more coming up the ranks, so as far as your payback goes, I think WC will be fine, besides, they probably won’t even be in the division next year. Oh and I’m pretty sure last year would have been the same results… a win for West Covina.

  • Thank you to all the La Serna supporters.. As a player it did not feel good to lose the championship game no matter what the score was. But all these articles and blogs are really just for boost in the writers moral.. they feel better about themselves when they recieve positive comments.. Be on the losing side and reading this bl;og really puts a player down.. Jesse Alverez thank you for backing up La Serna.. I seriously believe that the senior class would have defeated West Covina in the championship game that year… We lost 18 starters the next year and to be a young team and return to the playoffs and make the championship was a huge honor.. SO Dan, grow a pair and have a little respect for others but then again that is your job right? be heartless and not care what other players feel?

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