Two seasons have past since Wildcats coach Robert Oviedo led his program to the semifinals of the Division VI playoffs with a team that would’ve likely walked away with a CIF title in most other seasons (Los Altos def. Orange Lutheran in championship).
Unfortunately for Wilson fans, and you guys remain a good fan base, the team has fallen back on hard times. Granted, 2003’s team had some great talent. But going 11-12 the past two seasons just isn’t going to cut it, especially after fans got a taste of what it’s like to win again.
Fortunately for the Wilson contingent, there not only is talent for a big season, but the coaching staff remains one of the of best in the area.
Wilson had its problems finishing games last season. Many halftime leads were squandered under some often bizarre circumstances. The defense also betrayed the team, allowing over 30 points per game. The offense was one of the best in the area, averaging over 30 points per game.
Wilson entered last season with some unproven skill players and a very good offensive line. The opposite is true this season, minus an established QB. The Wildcats have arguably the area’s top overall player in running back/defensive back Daniel Bernal. Receiver Iran Blandon is an explosive target. All-purpose threat Tim Gilmore showed signs of greatness last year as FRESHMAN! Gilmore suffered thru some injuries, but is a player ready to be burst upon the local scene.
If Wilson finds a QB and some form of decent protection and push from its offensive line, the Wildcats could have another year like 2003.
Here’s the sked:
Sept 9 – La Puente (win)
Sept. 15 – at Glenn (win)
Sept. 22 – Schurr (win)
Sept. 29 – at Montebello (win)
Oct. 6 – at South El Monte (win)
Oct. 13 – Bonita (win)
Oct. 20 – Diamond Ranch (win)
Oct. 27 – at Los Altos (toss-up)
Nov. 3 – Rowland (toss-up)
Nov. 9 – at Charter Oak (loss)
Projected record: 8-2 or 7-3
Miramonte League: 2nd or 3rd
Playoffs: Likely; darkhorse semifinals contnender.
Wilson’s schedule goes from favorable early to insurmountable late. The Miramonte League is going to be ridiculously tough this year with Diamond Ranch joining the fray. A nonleague game against Rowland in the second to last date of the season is no great shake. Playing Charter Oak in the finale with either a league title or playoff positioning on the line is also a big task.
I think Wilson is good enough to beat Los Altos and Rowland. But most likely a split is the safest bet.
It’s no secret what Oviedo and Co. will do this year – Bernal is going to get the ball in a myriad of ways with Gilmore and Blandon popped in for big plays when teams key on Bernal. I have no clue who the new QB is, but Oviedo and OC Willig (not sure of his first name or if he’s still there) have done a good job developing signal callers.
Wilson is again going to put up major points. The question is whether the defense will give them back just as fast? Put simply, with only improved health and luck, Wilson’s defense will be better and that is Oviedo’s strength.
This literally is a team where the phrase “anything is possible” aptly applies.
MONROVIA WILDCATS schedule + analysis coming next.