MONROVIA: Greatness in flight …

– Fourth straight Mid-Valley Division championship game appearance.
– Bidding for THREEPEAT in Mid-Valley Division.
– Bidding for berth into State championship bowl series with a win.

Aram’s take: Nobody’s doing it any better than M-Town right now. Last season, the Wildcats won it all and had one of the top recruits in the country in Ellis McCarthy. This season, they’re bidding for a threepeat with several next-level players on the roster. Only West Covina and Rio Hondo Prep can hold a candle to Monrovia. Does division have a lot to do with it? Sure. Am I saying Monrovia would beat everyone in the area? No. But this is just downright awesome and historic what head coach Ryan Maddox has going on over there.

  • Kennedy Bryant

    Congrats to my beloved cats. This season has had its up and downs I respect what my cats have done this season. They are probably the 3rd best team in the entire SGV, but for now I can live with that. We probable should have beaten Ayala and SH but we didn’t however Alabama should be undefeated too so go figure. Good teams lose games and thats the game of football. At any rate this isnt about who the best team in the entire SGV, its about Monrovia having a chance to do what no one has done in nearly 45 years and that win 3 straight championship and win a STATE title. If your gonna hate be ready to CONGRATULATE….. Good luck Monrovia Wildcats.

    You have to recognize the accomplishments its rare air these cat seniors Bryant, Craft, Frazier, Maravet,and Walsh are in. 14-1 in CIF PLAYOFF games playing in their 16th that a season and a half of playoff games. Thats Nice

    • http://twitter.com/ChemicalAT Aram Tolegian

      Yeah and everybody better enjoy because it may be a couple of lean years until the next Bryant is ready. Eh, actually Potts, Jones, Bueno should be a decent nucleus for next year.

      • Kennedy Bryant

        Monrovia is going to be loaded again next year. They will lose a few great players but they said the same thing when Nick Bueno left….. Didn’t they lol
        Kennedy Bryantsfrf

        • BenDoverIE

          These are the same “loaded” Monrovia Frosh and JV teams that got handled by Ayala’s Frosh and JV Teams right? Just want to get my facts straight. :cough: 21-6 :cough: 27-13 :cough: I think I need to get that cough looked at.

          • Kennedy Bryant

            No these are the same 15 returning soph and juniors already on varsity that didn’t play freshman or jv
            Kennedy Bryant

          • BenDoverIE

            Ahhhhh. I guess I’ll pencil in a few minutes to look at the box scores next year to see if Monrovia’s “D1 talent” shows up next year for the games against the Sierra League’s bottom feeders.

          • Kennedy Bryant

            That’s what its about Scholarships and Championships and it appears thats something you know nothing about.

          • TheRealAyalaBulldogFan

            I believe BenDoverIE said he is a Vista Murietta guy not an Ayala guy.

          • jkowyd

            hahhaahhah so because you knew you were absolutely wrong about the whole Monrovia varsity outlook on the game, you decide to go to frosh and jv scores? wow seems to me like somebody just doesn’t want to be wrong??? lol and yeah those coughs need to really get looked at because this upcoming year, your definetly gonna be sick!

          • BenDoverIE

            Wrong about the loss to perennial bottom dweller Ayala? I believe that was a loss for Monrovia right?

      • GP AKA Green Machine

        Oh there is plenty of Talent at Monrovia. There may be a few Unhappy Monrovia kids in SGV land, who may want to come back home too. They may get tired of seeing their Friends get rings.

      • Kennedy Bryant

        Oh yes Miles Justice Bryant…….Excuse me while I get ready for 4 more years of agitation on the blog. You know what Barrack Obama and I have in common” we are gonna piss you off a whole lotta folks for 4 more years LOL

  • Scout

    These kids deserve a great amount of respect for withstanding the physical and mental toll that this run has taken. You cannot question the amount of hard work these young men have had to invest in order to thrive through such a grind of a career. Congratulations to this senior class!

  • http://twitter.com/SGVNSports Fred J. Robledo

    They would be the first San Gabriel Valley team to win three straight titles since Temple City won three straight from 1976-78. That’s impressive. However, Rio Hondo Prep also won three straight from 1996-98, but those were eight-man titles.

  • http://twitter.com/SGVNSports Fred J. Robledo

    Should also mention that Rio Hondo Prep has it rolling as much as anyone too, this is their sixth finals appearance since 2004, and they’re going for their fourth title since ’04 and second straight title. They won in ’05, ’08, and ’11. Lost in finals in ’04 and ’09.

  • in my eyes

    Don’t they play pop warner football or is it junior all american?

  • GP AKA Green Machine

    It has really been a tough road for Monrovia Coaches, Players, Alumni and Fans. For years Monrovia kept coming up short, having to leave pack stadiums year after year with our heads up but, no hardware. Now for the last 5 years, our Decembers have been filled with the joy of being one of the few teams left in So cal playing for it all. For the past few years now, Monrovia has been in the argument of “who’s the best in the SGV”. With so many teams over matched in their current divisions, and winning local preseason games by small margins, Monrovia will continue to be in the conversation. Monrovia is a program which is finally mastering it’s lower level placement and looking for bigger and better things. One day Monrovia will be able to compete with the top Competition in Socal, but it will be with consistency, and that can only be done by continuing win at whatever level we are on, and to build and keep our talent In Monrovia. Friday night will be historic. It’s great to be a Wildcat!!!

  • jcaz

    Aram, I have to say that at the end of the day, it turns out that you have in fact, gotten the last laugh.
    If you recall, at the beginning of the season, you made Monrovia the number one team.

    Well, it seems to me that they are in fact the number one team in the valley, and in past years, the number one team (according to Fred’s previous polls over the years) has always been a team who was still in the playoffs, regardless of who they beat or lost to.
    Anyhow, if they are the last ones standing, and by default, they are number one cant ignore the facts here buddy.

    • GP AKA Green Machine

      Jcaz some schools know they should not be in the Division they are in. If they were in the correct place then you people wouldn’t be so quick to judge lower level football. When place schools in upper division, their fans and parents may think they belong their, But their players and coaches who are out their on Friday nights know they don’t. Especially in the playoffs. Once again the programs that stay true to the reality of who and what they are, then have a starting point to improve and become who they want to. If Charter oak goes to the from the southeast to Winning the Central a few times, they could then think inland. It’s that simple. Mtown win D11 a few times, then move to the Southeast, and work in the Division for a few years. Ya know.

      • http://twitter.com/ChemicalAT Aram Tolegian

        GP AKA Green Machine,

        Excellent post! I suggest everybody reads it.

        • SGV_FOOTBALL

          Aram, your just an instigator! Lets make you happy and put the Amat and CO with all of the SGV teams in the same division and they can play each other every year in the finals.

      • jcaz

        I'm a little confused as to the point you are trying to make. For example, if you are saying that charter oak should not be placed in the inland because you feel they don't have the horses to compete, well, maybe, but at the same time one could always make an argument that they are where they should be. Let's nit forget that charter oak dominated the division they were in. The fact is that no one could realistically defeat them. They were that good. Your argument is that even though they were good where they were, you nevertheless do not believe that they should be where they are but then my question to you is, where should they be ? Personally, I veluve that they are in the right place, and here's why. Every program has it's ups and it's downs. Case in point. When Amat played RC a few years ago, they were not a very good team. Today, they would be considered a team capable of going deep in their divisible. so, who's to say that at some future point in te that CO, couldn't possibly become a valid contender in that division if they were good and if those other teams had a less than stellar pool of talent. To make my point even more valid, would anyone here suggest that Servite was the same team this year that they were last ? Of course not. So why would it be so hard for anyone to believe that CO, couldn't one day win that division ?

        • GP AKA Green Machine

          Jcaz, don’t take this as hating because it not…but if you look at how Charter Oak Dominated their Division, you will notice that the majority of their impact players were not from Covina. They pulled together a group of kids from all over. Kids from Pasadena, Monrovia, West Covina, ETC…Now I am cool with transfers, because players should have freedom. I also understand it has it’s cost too. Does CO win consecutive titles without those kids? They didn’t win it when Will Harris was there. They were your typical SGV Southeast Div 7 program. All of a sudden, They put together a super class and were completely loaded at every position. The transfers were cleared, no harm, no foul. CO moved because of it’s dominance. But if you noticed, even with those teams they couldn’t beat Rancho. CO continued this trend of attracting outside talent, but that talent was not as good across the board as those south east championship teams. Now they are in the Inland were the playoffs were loadind with 5 to 6 Rancho type teams. The Problem is Inland teams have that kind of talent every single season. Charter Oaks talent is getting worse, compared to when they were winning titles. You have to base placement on the kind of talent the City of Covina produces every year. Without transfers CO does not win the South East Every year. So to answer you question, NO CO has not chance of winning the inland or getting past the 2nd round. Rancho was just shut out by VM last week. That’s Inland Truth for you. More over, do you think CO beats Diamond Ranch Twice without Muema, Golden, Rufus, Brooks, Powell and Youngblood? Probably not man.

          • jcaz

            I think when anyone looks at things, that there will always be variables that you simply cannot control nor can you in anyway predict.  But even with that, there is also a sense of reality and sometimes, just because a team may have success one year, it doesn’t always mean that they will continue to have that success indefinitely. So it begs the question here….
            What makes you belie that Charter Oak cannot someday be competitive enough to win ? I mean, when you say that Charter Oak has no chance of ever winning that division beause they are not drawing any IE players, what exactly are you saying ? For example, are you suggesting that the kids “over the hill” somehow eat a better brand of Wheaties, or that there’s some magic formula in the milk, that makes them so much better then the kids over on this side of that hill ? Probably not.
            But maybe the truth lies in those same variables that I alluded to earlier ? perhaps it is because there are fewer schools and thus have a larger talent pool to pick from ?  Could it also be that some of these same schools also recruit ?  Just like you said CO dose ? That may very well be a more logical answer here, wouldn’t you agree ? Possibly
            Anyway, the fact is that there are reasons as to why SOME of the IE schools have begun to have success, and I want to point out the obvious here, and that is that this success has only recently become apparent and has for the most part, been limited to only a handful of programs.  It isnt as if every school in the IE is a juggernaut right ? So the real question is why do you believe that Charter Oak can never win “?

          • GP AKA Green Machine

            You missed it, when will CO have a team as good as those 08, 09 teams? Where is CO going to get the players from? People are moving East to the IE and South to Temecula/Murrieta. Covina is not growing at that rate. When teams in your division have a mixture of top notch Nationally recruited players along with impact sophomores, how can CO compete? You know Rancho’s RB was a sophomore. He is going to be back for two More years. Those schools probably have another back coming in next year. Fine, name the returners coming back to CO next year along with impact Frosh and soph players ready to hit the inland running….Take that list , and compare to what Rancho, Upland, Cor Cent and VM have coming back. Not to mention REV, Redlands..with 4500 kids, you are going to have a ton of talent to pick from.

          • New York

            The real difference is the big lineman not having to play both ways. That is a huge luxury for the real Inland teams.

          • jcaz

            You know what makes this thing so funny ?
            Al I was trying to do was to give Aram Props for calling it at the beginning of the season. Now, were starting to get into a silly argument as to why a team can or cannot win a division. Look, the simple fact is that anyone can win a championship, and basically it all depends on a number of factors and really it has noting to do with geography. Case in point.
            Rancho Santa Margarita had never won the PAC5 title before.  heck, I dont even know when the last time was that they got into the playoffs. Now, why was it that the defeated schools such as Servite, OLU, and  Mater Dei ?  Was it because of geography ?  Was it because of the fact that they never got the right players ? Well, what about the fact that they decided to get out there and win? They started off by getting a great coach.  Then they probably went out there and got a few good players. They didnt move. They didn’t complain about the fact that they didnt have a good pool of talent to draw from even though they had to compete for that same talent with the a fore mentioned schools……did they ? And what about Alemany ?  Did the kids suddenly become better n Mission hills ? Of course not.  but yet, here we are, talking about programs which were by and large, losers, prior to getting their proverbial schitz together. So when you sit here and make a statement that Charter Oak can never win, then I honestly can not accept such a statement. BTW, Aram, sometimes you go to great lengths to try and somehow try to validate your point. Your argument about seeking relief is seriously a silly suggestion.  it’s never going to happen, but, there is one important point here that many people do make, and that is that there is no commitment to do what it takes to win over at Amat. Thats why they will most likely never be anything other than a one and done program and if Hagerdy is ok with that, and if no body is calling for his head, then what can you do ?

          • New York

            Did you just read my post on the BA thread? lol.

          • jcaz

            Sorry, must have missed it

  • New York

    I just want a game where we don’t have a kick or punt blocked, make all of our PATs, and don’t commit unforced turnovers. Don’t let the sportswriters set our standards of success. We need to set our own benchmarks for success that include controlling what we have the ability to control and striving to achieve excellence. We probably would have beaten Sierra Canyon 60-14 had this been the case. Seriously.

    Stay hungry and stay focused.

    • GP AKA Green Machine

      You are right, the cats had turnovers inside the their own 30 which set up the TDs SC scored. That’s the reason the Cats might lose to a BA or CO, in a preseason game. If they clean that kind of stuff up. They would be a tough team to play

      • New York

        Bro, it IS the reason we lost to Ayala and South Hills. These things have not improved from Week #1.

        • GP AKA Green Machine

          They haven’t :(

        • BenDoverIE

          Sounds like someone is assuming Ayala dd not play poorly. Monrovia playing it’s best and Ayala playing it’s best in the same game still results in a loss for Monrovia. No doubt about it.

          • New York

            Ayala celebrated that victory as if they had just won the Superbowl. I really don’t think Ayala’s players and coaches believe your nonsense. This was Monrovia’s first game of the season and we traveled to Ayala who was playing their second game. Ayala scored less than half of their two-year average and Monrovia had nothing to do with it? Ayala scored 30 points less in Week #2 than in Week #1 and then scored 40 more points in Week #3. Robinson’s fumble inside the 10 had nothing to do with George Frazier stripping him? We do know that Monrovia missing the two PATs in the fourth quarter was totally in Monrovia’s control. I don’t need to get into how easily we moved the ball when we decided to let Ainsworth run through you guys, but not allowing that was more first week mistakes.

            We will never know what Monrovia’s best game looks like. We just don’t face the competition to bring it out. Hopefully we will be focused this week, though.

          • jkowyd

            considering the fact that we lost by some PAT attempts even with the block kick we still would have came away whit the victory! so um don’t even try to play the Cats as if Ayala was JUST the bar none better team! cause your lying to yourself

          • TheRealAyalaBulldogFan

            Sure we squeaked one out. You’re almost state champs, we are Sierra League bottom dwellers. We won, you lost. That’s all there is to it.

            Luckily you get to play us again next year. I have no doubt you’ll be playing with revenge on your minds. NOBODY wants to loose top to bottom to a bottom feeder two years in a row. Must be nice loose to bottom dwellers yet be playing for a Championship. Must be nice.

  • Eastern Ave.

    Late November football is awesome! Only the few!

    RHP needs a near 1 more to get them to December!

    Go Rio beat Mission Prep!

    M-Town should ride George the V, all the way to December!

    The 2 best football TEAMS on our side of the tracks!

    “Some people think football is a matter of life and death,

    I can assure them it is much more important than that.” – B. Shankly