The Saints better toughen up in ’06, or else …
San Dimas was soft in 2005. There, I said it. This was a team that looked good in its uniforms, but wanted no piece of being aggressive – especially on defense. The Saints didn’t like to tackle and there was just no nastiness to the stop unit.
San Dimas allowed almost 35 points per game. The defense was flat out embarrassed against Covina (55 points) and San Dimas (49 points). OK, those were both great offensive teams. But if San Dimas wants to be at a certain level, it can’t get pushed around by comparably talented programs.
This year’s schedule is deceptively tough. The Saints play two league champs (Gladstone and South El Monte) in nonleague action and also have the Smudge Pot game against Bonita.
Week 0 Gladstone (win)
Week 1 South El Monte (loss)
Week 2 Montclair (win)
Week 3 Carter (loss)
week 4 Bye
Week 5 Bonita (loss)
Week 6 Baldwin Park (loss)
Week 7 Northview (toss-up)
Week 8 Ganesha (win)
Week 9 Covina (loss)
Week 10 Pomona (toss-up)
Projected record: 4-6 or 3-7
Valle Vista League: Outside chance at third
Running back Roy Curry was San Dimas’ best player in ’05. He’s gone as is QB Eric Samples and other running back Ryan Richard. QB Ricky Ochoa got some time last year, so he’s not exactly a rookie. RB/DB Jacob Borzilieri was a good do-it-all player last year and probably the only Saint who appeared to like contact.
San Dimas has one of the better weapons around in receiver Jon Joe. He’s 6-foot-4 and athletic. But lets be honest, he caught two TDs last year and how can he be properly utilized in coach Bill Zernickow’s Wing-T?
I see more struggles for this program. I do, however, think Zernickow will turn this program into a contender. But when your league-mates have stars like BP’s Aaron Harris and Covina’s Mike McDonough, how much can you expect?