Azusa coach Joe Scherf’s thoughts on step-up games against San Dimas and Maranatha in 2011

Armed with an undefeated record and top seed in the Mid-Valley Division playoffs last year, Azusa was knocked off its pedestal in the first round by Village Christian, 31-24. The shocking result from a team that had beaten its opponents by an average of more than 30 points a game told coach Joe Scherf the Aztecs needed to improve their easy non-league schedule with step-up games against playoff-caliber teams.
That’s exactly what Azusa has done in 2011, scheduling 2009 Mid-Valley Division champ San Dimas in the season opener followed by up-and-coming Maranatha.

“The major thing for us is that we weren’t challenged during the season and when it came time to being challenged, we didn’t know how to react,” Scherf said. “It was obviously time to change our preseason schedule and present ourselves with bigger challenges.
“In previous years there wasn’t that ‘chance you could lose,’ feeling. By scheduling San Dimas and Maranatha, two of the better teams in our division, we should have a better idea of what the playoffs are going to be like and how to handle it when we get there.”

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  • AZTEC PRIDE

    Great job Scherf! One game at a time COACH! Playing these two teams should tune you up for the regular season. The SD game would be a great win for AZUSA. Coach you had that first round playoff game last year and would have been great to see how far AZUSA would have went,but… will never know.

    Lets not forget what AZUSA acommplished last season, and we should keep are heads up. Coach you keep knocking on the door and maybe one year you’ll kick it DOWN.

    Coaches three years running with the LEAGUE BANNER and anybody that knows anything about the MONTVIEW LEAGUE, knows that’s something to be real proud of!

    Great job Scherf, in the shootout this last Saturday, and you keep proving people wrong that AZUSA plays hard FOOTBALL also.

    AZTEC PRIDE (SUPPORTER)!

  • Desert Rat

    Billy and the boys are gonna work Azsua. But the Aztecs vs. Natha…talk about a pillow fight.