Two-minute drill with Robledo, Aram and Miguel Monrovia at San Dimas, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
It seems only fitting that before the Monrovia and San Dimas high School football teams can entertain the thought of a CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division title, the two rivals would have to square off one more time. When the Wildcats visit the Saints on Saturday night in the semifinals, it will mark the fourth time in 14 months that the two teams have played. Monrovia won the first meeting in September 2009. Since then, San Dimas has beaten the Wildcats in last year’s Mid-Valley title game and again this season in a nonleague game. (To continue reading, click thread).

“They wouldn’t want it any other way,” Monrovia coach Ryan Maddox said of his players. “I think everybody was rooting for San Dimas (last week). Obviously, you want to face the team that beat you earlier in the season and have a chance to redeem yourself.”

Monrovia (10-2) actually had that chance earlier this season. Seething from their loss in last year’s championship game, the Wildcats spent the entire offseason anxiously awaiting their game with San Dimas on Sept. 24.

The Wildcats appeared on their way to sweet revenge, leading 28-7 entering the fourth quarter. Then, San Dimas rattled off 21 unanswered points to send the game into overtime.

San Dimas scored first in OT and led 35-28, but Monrovia answered with a touchdown and Maddox decided to go for two and the victory. Quarterback Nick Bueno was tackled at the 1-yard line to give San Dimas a 35-34 victory.

“If we beat them three more times in a row, we might own them mentally,” San Dimas coach Bill Zernickow said. “We would sure hope to try and foster that, but we don’t own them mentally one bit right now. We’ve been fortunate enough to have circumstances fall in our laps and have taken advantage.”

Since the loss, Monrovia has rattled off nine consecutive victories. The Wildcats beat Schurr on Friday while San Dimas erupted early to rout Maranatha.

“They wouldn’t be in the position they’re in now if they hadn’t gotten better this season,” Maddox said of San Dimas. “You can see on film that they’re hitting their stride. Both teams have improved greatly.”

San Dimas entered the postseason as an at-large team with an uninspiring 6-4 record. The Saints suffered league losses to Baldwin Park and Covina, but have outlasted both of those teams in the playoffs by beating No. 3-seeded Arroyo in the first round and Maranatha last week.

Having played Monrovia so many times in the past two seasons, Zernickow said the respect each program holds for the other couldn’t be higher.

“You know what, these guys are really good,” he said. “So if you get to play them twice in a season, it’s been a good year. If we don’t win this game, I want Ryan to win this thing because he’s such a good guy.”

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  • woo hoo saints

    All I can say is “Ha Ha Ha Ha” You guys are so wrong.

    “The Dirty Dozen” Go Saints!

  • SaintsR4real

    Freddy, Freddy, Freddy….. looks like I just saw a self hypnosis session. You we’re talking to yourself so much about what should happen, instead of what’s gonna probably happen, you we’re actually running on….It’s cool! Just your opinion right? 🙂

    This BATTLE is for San Dimas to win or lose. I f they come out as they did last week, they’re sure to come out victorious (yes,I know Maranatha is not Monrovia). If they lose focus and reserve to what they were a few weeks ago, they’re gonna need some luck. Dirty Dozen, prepare to come out SMOKING and execute your coaches plan to a T! Be relentless and don’t you dare look back!!


  • SaintsR4real

    Post from 9/25/10

    SaintsR4real said:

    hate to say it, but eat CROW baby!

    Good job Steve… u just saw San Dimas’ greatest game this decade!!

    Thank you Monrovia for bringing your game, and that was your game (NO EXCUSES).

    Congrats boys and Coaches, you guys stayed tough as always and wouldn’t give up. Your parents were stunned but knew you had and have it in you.
    Don’t know what the future holds, but the boys believe they have more control than ever!!

    Did I not say Fred, that when u and Miguel predicted against SD that the only thing you were doing was jinxing them…BELIEVE IT!!

    September 25, 2010 12:26 AM

  • Observantcat

    This Monrovia win will even up the score 2-2 and we will be able to move on to next years showdown or downs. This game wont be a jinx it will be a well thought out version of what will happen on Sat. @ 7:30 Pm at your house.

    We are coming as party crashers.

  • VVL Fan

    Good Luck to San Dimas on Friday, make us VVL fans proud. We know you can do it! I went to all the Covina games this year (alumni) and it was a blast watching them, sorry it’s over for them but San Dimas can do it for the VVL. Go stomp on Monrovia!!!!

  • Philly B

    There will be no stomping of monrovia VVL fan! This will be east vs. west, Pats vs. jets, Steelers vs. Ravens,(monrovia is ravens) Lakers vs. Celtics! And if I hear another person talk about “Oh its forcasted to rain this weekend” I will go rayden on somebody. WHO IN THE HELL CARES ABOUT THE RAIN!!!!! Understand the two loses that san dimas gave monrovia fair n square were a total of 6points!!! Monrovia didnt play four quarters in the last matchup and in end that came back to bite them in the a**! This time around the defense is ready to play. They were tested by schurr and their ready to get another crack at San Dimas for a trip to the title game!!!!! LETS GO CATS GET IT DONE THIS TIME!! No Pressure because the whole city is behind you win or lose, just go out and play hard
    Dirty Dozen….Meet the tenacious Hit Squad on defense!!!!

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