CO’s “Electric” Aaren Vaughns went nutty on Thursday night, scoring five times as CO routed Glendora 38-3.
In the other big one on Thursday, Monrovia turned it over FOUR times INSIDE South Hills territory in the first half and fell behind 30-0. The Wildcats rallied to make the final score 30-27. Great win for South Hills and new head coach Fuzz Rodriguez, who has done an excellent job in his first season.
Aram’s take: This is directed at the Monrovia High School football team. Back-to-back champions don’t play like that. I don’t understand how this team could come out so poorly. But let me just say this, these kids need to realize that’s unacceptable. The scene at Covina District Field was great, but the only people who didn’t seem to realize that was the Monrovia players. Ellis McCarthy was there. Ayala coaches were there. Damien coach Greg Gano was there. I was there. Fred was there. But forget about all that, the blogger “New York” was there, in from the East Coast to see the game. And that’s what he got. I’m at a loss. I stand by this team talent-wise. They’re good enough to do special thing, but to lose fumbles on two snaps. To throw a pick that doinked off a lineman’s head. To get stripped in the open field. UNACCEPTABLE. The M-Town coaching staff and the parents don’t deserve that, let alone everyone else who came out to see what this team was about.
Hey Amat fans, where was Darren Andrews last year? If you answer “playing defense”, then please leave this blog and never return.
I’m standing there Friday night watching this guy literally be the best player on the field and I’m wondering where were they hiding this guy last year?
I’m not kidding, he’s the best player in the Valley as things stand right now.
The guy is probably the smoothest kick returner I’ve ever covered. He’s a fantastic DB. He’s electric at receiver.
And all I get is one season?
I get why we didn’t see Koa Haynes. Rio Ruiz was the QB. I get why we didn’t see Dionza Blue (at running back). Jalen Moore was the feature back. But I don’t get why Darren Andrews didn’t have more of an offensive impact than nine receptions for 68 yards and a TD.
Andrews is one of those rare players that any time he has the ball, everyone in the stadium holds their breath. So where the hell was he last year?
Was he hurt? Was it an oversight? Did he make a quantum leap in terms of ability between his junior and senior year? I’m lost.
Andrews is already committed to Duke, but uh, yeah, I gotta think some recruiters are gonna try and talk him out of that.
“When you get a break, you accept a break. That kid is so good. I don’t know if we had an answer for him. That’s how good he is. When he was in the brawl and it came out that they ejected him, I wasn’t going to go down there and protest and say ‘No, no, we play them next week.'”
On comparing Amat to Mater Dei …
“They are both very top notch and sound programs. You can see the fundamentals. You can the discipline. You can see the coaching. I would say Amat is probably the most athletic team I’ve seen this year …”
More athletic than Mater Dei? …
“I think so.”
On Amat’s hot start …
“They play a fast style. People talk about Andrews and Blue, but that kid Koa is what makes that engine run. He probably doesn’t get the credit he deserves, but he’s a heckuva player. That kid Andrews is as good as anybody I’ve seen. They have other athletes who are as good as he is athletically, but he’s the one, though. Dionza Blue is nice. I don’t know what’s going to happen with him, but he can play, too. Their defense is the headliners. They play with a air of confidence. They play like they know they’re going to win because they’re Amat.”