Mid-Valley Division Bracketology: Get ready for 2009 all over again, San Dimas will end Monrovia’s four-peat quest

saintsMid-Valley Division Predictions, first round is on Friday …
MID-VALLEY DIVISION
Top Bracket

Sierra Canyon at No. 1 Monrovia, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Monrovia); Aram (M-Town)
Northview at Montebello, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Montebello); Aram (Montebello)
Rosemead at Pomona, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rosemead); Aram (Paramomead)
La Canada at No. 4 Paraclete, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Paraclete); Aram (Clete)
Bottom Bracket
Gabrielino at No. 3 San Dimas, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SDimas); Aram (SD)
Bell Gardens at San Marino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (San Marino); Aram (SM)
Schurr at View point, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Viewpoint); Aram (Schurr)
Baldwin Park at Arroyo, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Aram (Arroyo)
Quarterfinals
Monrovia vs. Montebello
Rosemead vs. Paraclete
San Dimas vs. San Marino
Viewpoint vs. Arroyo
Semifinals
Monrovia vs. Paraclete
San Dimas vs. Arroyo
Finals
Monrovia vs. San Dimas
Champion: San Dimas
Explanation: Saints coach Bill Zernickow is not going to like this, but after going against the Saints in every big game this season, I’m taking them in the huge upset over Monrovia. Love how they’re playing and how they smacked Pomona in the VVL title game. And they’ve shocked the Mid-Valley before. Before Monrovia was the three-time defending champion, they were the BillyCats team that couldn’t win the big one, losing to San Dimas in the 2009 championship game, 12-7. That loss made Monrovia 0-9 in championship games before running off three straight titles, which is incredible too. If Monrovia wins a fourth straight, they will be the first Valley team to win four straight championships since Temple City’s magical run in the 70s, when it reeled off four straight from 1970-73, and seven titles during a 10-year stretch. San Dimas, since 2009, has played Monrovia well, going 3-4. Monrovia beat San Dimas 26-13 earlier in the year. But remember 2009, Monrovia did the same thing and San Dimas came back and beat Monrovia in the title game. Nobody in the Mid-Valley knows the blueprint better than Zernickow for pulling the upset, and yes, it will be a mammoth upset.

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  • New York

    Freddy,
    I’m honestly surprised you are not calling for Monrovia to lose much earlier than the final game. I am curious to see what lessons San Marino has learned if they have a potential second round rematch with San Dimas.

    • Steve Ramirez

      I hope Fred is OK, because this pick is not logical. I like Coach Z and think he is one of the best in the Valley. What Fred fails to realize that Monrovia, since 2010, has had two players in the division, which were unstoppable — Ellis McCarthy in 2010-11 on defense, and now Kurt Scoby on offense. No teams have an answer for. San Dimas probably has the best scoring option, along with San Marino, to match Monrovia and Scoby, but in the end, they’ll tap out. Monrovia, in the Mid-Valley, is as sure thing as any team in any division in the playoffs

      • FredJ

        You all are nuts, it’s Monrovia, not St. John Bosco

        • GP AKA Green Machine

          The are the St John Bosco of the Midvalley..

          • WCDan

            Thats probably right Greenie, from a Midvalley perspective anyway. If someone has a chance to pull the upset in this division, I would bet on SD, but it’s a longshot.

          • GP AKA Green Machine

            With Jake Payton…yes…with out Payton Jake…Nooooioo

          • observantcat

            Even with Jake, whom I think is the second best running back in the Valley on both sides, he would be forced to play defense against the Cats and like usual he would get the flat tire in the fourth quarter chasing after Kurt and Gillespie. So for what it’s worth, I think that Fred has really underestimated the potential of a San Marino Monrovia rematch.

          • GP AKA Green Machine

            eh’…This is a different Jake Payton…Scoby plays defense here and there, but if Jake was out there, Scoby would be playing some defense too! They have Mayorga, We have Johnson/Jones…We do have more speed than SD, but with Payton…that Wing Z could make the game go by real quick and before you look up it’s 4th quarter all tied up…Man I wish Payton would have stayed at SD….

          • observantcat

            I myself would have loved the rematch, he has grown in his confidence and does play on another level than the current SD backs and him and Scoby did play together on the Same 7 on 7 squad this summer which would have made the rivalry that much more fun to watch. That could have been this years game of the year…. THE REMATCH….. PART ll

          • Nomoredrama

            Thought Dranch pretty much shut him down after the 1st quarter????

          • Valley Athletics

            Walnut shut down Payton for first half and took him out for second half . I was expecting him to run for big yards .

          • Nomoredrama

            Yep, if I remember correctly, Walnut kept him under 100yds and no touchdowns. Dranch allowed him to score on a kickoff return and a touchdown in the 1st quarter before they shut him down (score wise) for the rest of the game.

          • GP AKA Green Machine

            Good Job for them…what does that mean? He had 174 on the #1 team in the Hacienda. That shows you how inconsistent his blocking and their offense is…

          • GP AKA Green Machine

            Bonita couldn’t complete a pass. They dropped a lot of balls, and Deibold was throwing balls 10 yrds out of bounds. In the 1st Dranch had to play straight up and he killed them. After that…they did shut him down, Bonita had nothing else..8 in the box. Now imagine Jake behinds Dranch’s line…Upland wanted him for a reason. He is fast. Who else in the hacienda ? He has more yrd than Marcos, Bryan, Garcia, and Brown. Upland wanted him for a reason. He is a 1300 yard rusher with no playoffs…Bonita is not Very good. By the Way Jake had 174 and two TD’s…and he would be the starter if he was at the ranch

          • Nomoredrama

            Ok, in your 4th sentence you agree, Dranch shut him down, then later you say they really didn’t shut him down. Well, anyways, I was referring to shutting him down from scoring after the 1st quarter. A RB can rush for 1,000 yds in a game, but, if it doesn’t result in a score, i think that’s a “shut down”. He has more yards because he gets the majority of the hand offs and kick off returns, which is why once he is shut down, Bonita has a hard time scoring. Dranch did not have a single player making the “most…” anything lists because they spread the wealth between Garcia, Briscoe, Bryan, Salguero, etc. Like you said he is a 1300 yd rusher, but no playoffs. That is because one RB can’t carry you to the playoffs. And, believe me, I aint knocking his skills, and if he was at Dranch, he most definitely would be “a” starter.

          • GP AKA Green Machine

            Lol….He had 231 all purpose. How Many touch downs should 1 person Score? Payton had 2 Tds I think he did his part. Besides…he was bucking your backers and DB’s. I like Dranch tho…Beltran was little shaky…If your gonna beat Downey or La Serna, he is going to have to be more consistent…One minute he’s lights out the next, the lights are in his eyes. Any how….you know Jake was the whole show for Bonita. That’s the only person you needed to stop.

          • Nomoredrama

            Your last sentence sums up my point exactly, and thats what Dranch did after the 1st quarter, they stopped him from scoring. Unfortunately, even if he had 231,000 all purpose yards, if he doesn’t make it into the end zone more than the opposition, and he is the only weapon, the battle is lost.

            I watched the Pomona San Dimas game and Mayorga on San Dimas can pick’m up and put’m down pretty good too!

          • True Identity

            The number that killed Bonita in the Dranch game was 5 second half carries for Payton. Put the ball in your playmakers hand and Bonita wins that game.

          • GP AKA Green Machine

            In the 2nd half, Bonita had nothing else but Jake. Dranch zoned in on him. However, under regular circumstances, with a good team around him Jake could have rushed for 250-300 verses the Ranch.

          • Think again

            Jake’s not even the 2nd best back in the Hacienda let alone the Valley.

          • Valley Athletics

            Bad comparison . St. John bosco hasn’t won anything . Monrovia has .

        • Steve Ramirez

          Monrovia has better odds in its division than Bosco has in its, where four or five can win. Monrovia, in the talent level of the Mid-Valley, has the hammer that others can’t stop.

  • Saint Parent

    That just about sealed the deal for SD, thanks to Fred and his kiss of death SD just might lose to Gabi Friday. Cant wait for Greenie to respond.

    • Steve Ramirez

      I can’t see that, SP. I have San Dimas going to the finals, although the match with San Marino will be epic. Winner will go to the finals, and I have San Dimas in that one.

      • GrimReaper

        yes let the mad cap race for second place begin!

    • mam242

      Fred is like Eddie Mush from a Bronx Tale!

      • FredJ

        I loved Mush

      • AMAT 73

        Come on Kryptonite !!!!!!!!!!

  • GP AKA Green Machine

    Fred, you are the master of propaganda…

    First you Pick Rancho to Win the Inland-Wrong

    “Nobody is beating La Serna”- Wrong, they lost the past two years and won’t make it this year… and if they do, they will Lose- So you are wrong there.

    Monrovia is going to be upset by SD- Big Wrong…Despite the fact that they can’t stop Scoby…they haven’t played Monrovia with Potts running Either. Soph Kam Johnson, has Matured…they couldn’t Cover Gilespie, and Monrovia has made some changes on the Oline/Dline. .. You should have use more of this post to discuss the bottom Bracket.Monrovia shouldn’t be spoken of unitl the Semis and it’s only a story if the Cats have that one on the road . I want SD in the Finals, but that’s if they make it(San Gabriel ruined it last time ).If SD plays Monrovia again, it’s going be
    Monrovia 42 SM 21.

  • AZTEC PRIDE

    I started to wonder, why didn’t AMAT offer the world to Scoby, and without a doubt, AMAT would probably be in the Finals! I guess Scooby has silence all the ctitics and then some. What he did against San Marino, isn’t something you see to often! This player is already at the College level but stuck playing high school football!

    • Steve Ramirez

      I thinking that would be against CIF-SS rules.

    • SGV FB Dad

      I asked that same questions when Scooby was shopping for schools. What I heard from one of the coaches was that as much as the coaches wanted him on the team, the administration had no desire to deal with the baggage he carried. They knew there could be a CIF investigation, and to the admin it wasn’t worth it. To them, no one player, no matter how good, is above the school’s academic standards, nor is the disruption he could bring worth it.

      • AZTEC PRIDE

        Well they’ll be watching the playoffs in the bleachers, with all the arm chair quarterbacks like myself! LOL…

        • fb102

          AP, as an Amat alum and supporter I am more than satisfied with the stance the admin took on the Scoby situation. Scoby or no playoffs, I’ll take the NO playoffs. Stings a little, BUT Amat did not whore itself out for the sake of football victories.

          • AMAT 73

            fb102,
            Well said .

          • observantcat

            Those coaches were certainly wearing their lips tip and high heels at the Duarte Hawks playoff games for the past few seasons, they did manage to catch the eye of Trey Sidney, they were turned down trying to get to personal with our Starting LB Marquez and they stumbled over each other trying desperately to get to Scoby, but a even bigger trick got to him first and he landed over at what you guy call the slim….. so yes well said FB 102, try and enjoy the rest of your season as it has panned out for you. A kid playing where he should have started is the best thing for him and I see that Fox Sports west has followed him throughout every game and thinks the same thing.

          • AMAT 73

            Ocat,
            That may be all true but who knows . Either way he tried 2 times to get into AMAT , Once after leaving CO and it didn’t work out . You know what happened next , the slime came a calling or should I say Asante . That didn’t pan out, comes back to AMAT , again didn’t workout . You say he came back where belongs at MTown but maybe to him is wasn’t the place he wanted to be as he did go to CO first and then a string of others , finally winding up at MTown which is turning out fine for him . But before that he went to Cathedral , who he gave up his junior season to get his academics in line , left them for Alemany which you can say is an elite team of the PAC-5 according to the blog . He could have really shown what he has against equal or better talent and his value both academically and athletically would have shot up and had a chance to carry them far into the playoffs and maybe the title as he does have the ability to carry a team . Don’t get me wrong as he is putting up great numbers but even you have to admit the playing field is not very level as all your backs are rumbling pretty good , so to me it kind of dimishes his accomplishments by the level of talent he is performing against , even you guys know that he is a sure thing to mow down whoever you face , as many have said no one can stop him of the teams you will face in the playoffs .But do the same playing for Alemany in the playoffs , now that’s saying something . Honestly why do think he came knocking 2 times at AMAT . I would have liked to see him in the Blue and Gold because we most likely would have gone undeafeted in league with him and made a run the playoffs , but it just didn’t work out and for the right reasons in my opinion . Glad he is doing well at MTown and I hope all the help he is getting academically continues after the season is over as i wish nothing but the best for him in the future . Good luck in the playoffs and also with gaining a state bid .

          • New York

            There are certainly no guarantees that he will mow down the teams we face in the playoffs. Anything and everything happens in football.

          • AMAT 73

            New York,
            Maybe I should have put it like Steve did , he’s the hammer no one in the MV can stop . On this point who do you feel can slow him down , because no one can stop him, I just don’t see it happening.

          • New York

            My dad always told me that there is always someone bigger and badder. So that is always my working assumption.
            Furthermore, Scoby can stop Scoby. Monrovia can stop Monrovia…know what I mean? Sh happens…so I don’t take anything for granted. I tend to over prepare for this type of stuff.

          • AMAT 73

            NY,
            Good point !! Stranger things have happened .

          • GP AKA Green Machine

            LOl,,a kid could be breaking for a TD and the ball just slips out his hands… Or falls down. LOL

          • observantcat

            I myself would have loved to see him playing at Amat rather than taking a stroll through OZ with Assante, but I know of other reasons as to why he didn’t start out at Monrovia which may be to private to discuss on a blog, but all in all I feel that things worked out for the better for him and those around him that know what his need are and have been. Take away all of the guessing and wondering about this kid and you have a great kid who has had to climb more mountains that probably anyone in CIF this year. There are guys on the Monrovia staff that have always had his back even if other chose to try and sway him into other options.

          • AMAT 73

            Ocat,
            Yes they do seem to be working out for the best for him and really that is all that matters .

      • New York

        What about the missionary outreach values? Afraid of people with “baggage???” Why? That is inconsistent with other principles.

    • GrimReaper

      Don’t forget Scoby is a 5th year Senior, so he is a college age kid playing with high schoolers.

      That said, he is about as good a running back as any player seen in the division since Napolean Kaufman of Lompoc…

      The M O line is also outstanding.. the only potential weakness M has, is on the Defensive side of the ball. Last week SM lost at least two touchdowns so they should have scored in the 30′s. Not that this matters, as M Town rolls to state even at half speed. The question is if in the state pool, will some team somewhere have the Defense to hold MTown scoring down enough to allow their offense the ability to score more than M Town. Defense wins championships, and if there is a potential weakness at M Town it is on the D side of the ball.

      But I wouldn’t bet against M Town in any game unless I got a lot of points.

      • Nomoredrama

        Wow, did you just go there? Calling this kid a “5th year senior” and that he is “college age” playing with “high schoolers”…..Well, what age do you consider “college age”? I entered college at the age of 16 and all of my children entered college at the age of 17, so, anyone on the team could possibly be “college age”. Let’s stick to posting about his playing ability and leave the negative jabs about anything else off the blog.

        • GrimReaper

          good for you but a kid that is a year older than anyone on the field,is a physical specimen, and can run like the wind ;has a demonstrable advantage over the rest of the players on the field. At 18 or 19 Scoby is a man, playing against boys that are under 18. Many others have observed Scoby is in his 5th year of high school. If that is an incorrect fact, I apologize as I have not fact checked it.

          So dont get bunched up.. Did you not read the rest of the post, which includes a comparison of Scoby to Napolean Kaufman and predicts (as much as I disdain to do) a easy win of a another CIF championship. (much courtesy ot Scoby and the M Town O line) And note on another post I predict a professional football career for Scoby.

          So grow up and grow a thicker skin.

          And Positively….Have a great day!

          • Nomoredrama

            Yes, I read the rest of your post, but, I am only addressing the comments I referenced.

            So, you are referring to his size and speed…that has nothing to do with age, as proven by the many talented players, whose size and athleticism are beyond their age.

            You are the one that needs to grow up and stop posting about a kids academic status.

          • GrimReaper

            I suggest you read Aram Tolegian’s column on these very pages dated March 17, 2013

            His comments are more direct and critical than my 5th year Senior statement.

            You should direct that statement to him.

            Have a great day, tilting at windmills.

          • Nomoredrama

            So, you’re the kind of person who will throw someone else under the bus if it takes the heat off of you…..well, nope, I’m addressing you, for your comments, not Aram.

            Here’s to all of the kids who will suit up tonight….good luck to you all!

          • GrimReaper

            yes another stern talking to…yikes!

          • GP AKA Green Machine

            The problem is that 99% of the people who comment on Scoby’s build, size and speed, didn’t know scoby prior to high school. We at Monrovia observed this kid’s stature well before his freshman year. He was a specimen from about 10 yrs old on. That’s why everyone wanted him…every so often you see a kid that is develop thus the term “Manchild” applies…you think that this hasn’t happened before?

          • GrimReaper

            well whether he is 18 going on 19 or whatever…point is the way he plays he could be 25 years old as far as putting cleats on turf (grass in some cases)

            He is a man playing against boys, if not in chronological age, but in both skill and physical ability.

            Thus my equation to Napoleon Kaufman.

            Or the player Blair had the year they won the RHL title, I thing he also plays in the NFL today. I have nothing but praise for his ability on the field, he is special.

            Scoby could easily go on to play pro.. a long way from here to there, but you can project it.

            So despite “Nomoredrama’s” drama and this tempest in a teapot, I stand by my comment: It is over, cue the balloon drop, order the rings, let the mad dash for second place commence.

            Hopefully next year there will be at least one MoTown league game without a running clock. But I doubt it.

            But I do appreciate how easily one can get the Green and White all worked up. When in reality you should be making the party plans. You guys are just so easy! I love you guys!

        • GrimReaper

          good for you but a kid that is a year older than anyone on the field,is a physical specimen, and can run like the wind ;has a demonstrable advantage over the rest of the players on the field. At 18 or 19 Scoby is a man, playing against boys that are under 18. Many others have observed Scoby is in his 5th year of high school. If that is an incorrect fact, I apologize as I have not fact checked it.

          So dont get bunched up.. Did you not read the rest of the post, which includes a comparison of Scoby to Napolean Kaufman and predicts (as much as I disdain to do) a easy win of a another CIF championship. (much courtesy ot Scoby and the M Town O line) And note on another post I predict a professional football career for Scoby.

          So grow up and grow a thicker skin.

          And Positively….Have a great day!

      • New York

        Reaper,
        I went back through those March, 2013 articles that you mentioned. There is nothing that states or even suggests that this is Scoby’s 5th year of high school. Where do you see any suggestion that he is 19 years old? Please don’t tell me someone other than a journalist posted those rumors somewhere, and now you are just recycling previous gossip. Even at 18, if that’s the case, Scoby would not be the only 18 year old on the field at this point of the school year.

        • GrimReaper

          Hey NY, do they have running clocks in the fourth quarter in CIF games?

          I hope Sierra Canyon has a grief counselor on the site.

          A small note.

          It would not be surprising to see SM have a terrible game this week against BG, solely based on a hangover effect of having been beat down so completely. If favored SM exits in the first week, it will for one reason only, that mentally they were so destroyed they will exhibit the (for lack of a better term) First Alert Syndrome. I have fallen and cannot get up.

          If that is the case, in reality, MoTown should get an extra win tacked on to their record.

          • New York

            I feel that the running clock covers up poor league and divisional alignments. If schools were getting beat by 75-100+ points then maybe the CIF and leagues would be forced to move schools around into league and divisions that make sense (especially when they try to claim “competitive equity.)”
            It is a complete farce to suggest that the CIF creates divisions based on competitive equity, yet we still have the rule for a running clock…if we truly had competitive equity, then we would not need running clocks.

        • GrimReaper

          Quote Aram: 3-17-13

          “Then there’s the matter of academic eligibility. If we added up ALL the
          time Scoby has missed just in between transfers, it’s hard to imagine
          he’s on-schedule classes-wise or even eligible grades-wise. ”

          This plus some other comments on these pages led me to believe that Scoby for lack of a better term is in his fifth year of high school and would be by projection at least a year older. So if that has caused emotional distress at the coffee shop on Foothill Blvd, I offer a public apology (again).

          That does not amount to much, other than there are kids on the field attempting to tackle him (attempting is often the key term) that are 15 or 16.. That is a big difference and I commend the 15 year old that is willing and able to tackle Scoby. Given Scoby’s speed and strength that is no small undertaking.

          So, good luck to Scoby, I have the distinct impression we may be watching him play big time D one football in a couple of years or sooner. He could easily make people ask Ellis who? when discussions of the best player ever come up at MoTown.

          Disclaimer: The Reaper’s comments are for amusement purposes only, No one should rely upon any statements and no warranty of accuracy can be given upon the hearsay upon which these rash opinions are based. You should consult with a professional advisor such as NY or Observant Cat or one of the Greens prior to taking any action.

          • New York

            Reaper, I read the same thing and felt that the writer was suggesting that he could have been entering his fourth year of high school but with junior, rather than senior, standing/academic credits.

  • Saints Parent

    NOOOOOOOO Fred Don’t do that, quick rewrite, we do much better when you pick AGAINST US….. I said I would pay your tab at Slaters for Aram…. come on now !!!

  • AZTEC PRIDE

    Must say this also and i’m glad AZUSA is playing in the Northwest division, reason being they probably be paired up against San Dimas again and we all know what’s happened in the past when AZUSA plays against SD! Sniff, sniff,sniff exit stage left… LOL…. Will take our new chances in the new division.

  • Saint Fan

    This is getting silly. I will be at every game rooting on my Saints, but after what Monrovia did to us earlier in the season, I don’t think we can beat them if we make the finals. I think we will give them a better game, but we don’t have the size to keep up, nor to stop them. Thanks for the article Fred, but I doubt anyone who saw that game will believe we have a chance if we make the finals against Monrovia. By the way, Monrovia should have been moved up years ago. Just a fact.

    • FredJ

      That’s what everyone said in 2009

      • observantcat

        Then came the Monsoon….. not predicted to happen again this year.

      • GP AKA Green Machine

        No they didn’t after losing 8 straight, no one had Monrovia in that game. No one had Monrovia in the 2010 game verses Whittier Christian either…

        • GrimReaper

          was that the whittier christian beat down game where Monrovia won by about a gazillion points? or was that game 2011?

          The string of Monrovia victories just seems to blur together…

          Meanwhile life is good in MoTown…The stands are full, there are about as many coaches as players, the money is flowing at the turnstile, MoTown gear sales and booster contributions. You can see it from the sidelines as they set up their TV station to cover the game. Everybody loves a winner. And everybody loves “Your Monrovia WildCAttttsssss”. (as can be heard from Colorado to Foothill Blvd on a fall Friday night).

          Lets just hope for the fair citizens and boosters of MoTown football, that when it ends, and it will end, that high expectations will not lead to great disappointment or depression.

          But so much for the buzz kill, Lets party and worry about later–much much later, as there are no signs of decline any time soon. It is now all about the race for second place to see who will be the sacrificial lamb in the final game. The Mo Town championship is in the bag, order the rings! SD Arroyo or ? haven’t got a chance. It probably is in the Bible or Nostradamus must have written about MoTown.

          • GP AKA Green Machine

            No GP aka GreenEdamus…

    • Think again

      I’m a little confused by what you are saying. I watched the game on TV this year and the game was all tied up in the 4th quarter before a couple missed assignments allowed 2 long runs for Monrovia. In fact, SD could have easily have been up by 2 scores going into that 4th quarter.

      • GP AKA Green Machine

        Did you also notice, that there was a freshman QB in the whole game?

        • Think again

          Turnovers, injured players, etc, all part of the game. Just like bad clock management by SD just prior to half time. As far as the receivers dropping passes, that was pretty much the norm for Monrovia when I saw your team in passing league this year, and again, part of the game. My point is that SD played Monrovia evenly threw 3+ quarters right up to the point where Monrovia was finally able to break the SD defense.

          • New York

            Really, it was right up to the point that Maddox remembered he had a great running back and did not need to even attempt any passes in the second half.

          • Think again

            You Monrovia people get so butt hurt anytime someone has the audacity to point out that your team is not the world beater that you think it is. I watched the Monrovia vs SD game with my own two eyes and can tell you that it wasn’t a blow out victory for Monrovia. It was indeed a close game into the 4th quarter at which time Scobe broke off a couple of long runs to close out the game.

          • SaintsR4real

            good point Think Again, everyone has their own perspective.

          • New York

            Absolutely! Good luck in the tournament.

          • SaintsR4real

            You the same New York!!

          • New York

            Haha. Yep.

          • New York

            “Butt hurt”???
            I don’t even know what that means. It seems like you made this personal once you did not like my countering and factual assessment: Monrovia did not attempt one pass the entire second half against San Dimas. Scoby had two long runs on how many carries? Two or three? That’s all it took. Our line made a couple adjustments. How many times did SD score in the second half? I guess our defense made some adjustments as well.
            San Dimas always does a great job against. SD runs a great system with tremendous execution. None of my statements EVER indicated that our 26-13 victory earlier this season was a blow out. You introduced that false argument.
            Go up and read one of my earlier posts where I pointed out that SD could have led at half time had they not squandered a field goal opportunity down near the goal line.
            Playing SD in the finals would be awesome. Remembering the 2009 game would provide great motivation to stay focused.

          • Think again

            What was the false argument that I introduced? Close game into the 4th quarter? SD had their opportunities to take the lead? The difference in the game was 2 long runs by Scoby? Injuries, turnovers, dropped passes, bad clock management are all part of the game? which one of my FACTUAL statements are you calling a false argument? I will admit that it wasn’t you that called the game a blow out, however, the other blowhard Monrovia posters make the rest of the semi rational Monrovia poster look like complete idiots.

          • New York

            You answered your own question about the false argument. No Monrovia poster, expecially not I, suggested that the game earlier this year was a blow out. Those are your words and your false argument.
            Go up the thread of comments. The only person who possibly suggested that the game was a blowout, was “Saint Fan,” likely in an effort to sandbag. Observantcat, a Monrovia related poster, seems to suggest that it should have been a blowout.

          • GP AKA Green Machine

            How does anyone from Monrovia look like a complete Idiot, when discussing the Monrovia vs SD from earlier this season? New York is very polite for not going for your throat…This game is a rivalry game. Actually San Dimas played a much better game than Monrovia..so what does that tell you. No matter how close the game looks, Monrovia won by 2 TD’s with injuries, Frosh QB and 3 ints…Next time around, I think Monrovia will win comfortable by 2-3 tds..Rain, Sleet or Snow at Citrus…I am sure it will be a hard fought game, but 2009 was a long time ago…If you think that game is still in Monrovia head….you are right. It is and that’s why they won’t play like that in a Midvalley finals game.

          • New York

            The Cats did not play poorly in that 2009 championship. In fact, our Defense had a great goal line stand. San Dimas played great and had much better play calling and better used formations to create big advantages. Even in the heavy rain, San Dimas took just enough long shots ( even though incomplete) toward the endzone in order to keep our DBs back. On the other hand, our offensive play calling was far more conservative by having Bueno basically just run direct snaps inside with no attempts of a deep pass, not even as a decoy. It is all understandable, but I think it is safe to say that San Dimas coached and played an overall better game that night.

      • observantcat

        Try thinking again, Monrovia’s receiver missed 3 perfectly thrown balls that were sure TD’s to a wide open Cravon Gillespie who has 4.5 speed in the 40 as well as we threw 3 Int.s in that meeting, put Potts back at the helm the score would have been out of reach in the 1st quarter. But this time around we both should be fully staffed and we will see the outcome thats if we both survive to the finals.

    • New York

      San Dimas should have been winning at half time if your coach would have smartly chosen to kick a field goal toward the end of the half. I just assumed you all did not have a kicker when I saw that, but then in the third quarter you all had a nice field goal. The exact details have escaped me, but I remember wondering why in the world they messed around and did not kick a field goal at the end of the first half.

  • 12th man

    Fred has all of you honestly tricked..these bogus predictions are a part of the tribune tradition right before the playoffs start..It’s a way to shake things up & get that big wooden spoon rotating (stir the pot)

    • AZTEC PRIDE

      12th man, remember the saying,” ON ANY GIVEN SUNDAY”, but will change it to Friday! Look what the Jaguars did on Sunday, and my RAMS at Indy? Come on. ” who knew”! Yes I know that’s the NFL but back in 2009, on a RAINY NIGHT at Citrus College, SAN DIMAS PULLED it OFF! They got a great shot and look what they did to Pomona, you haven’t heard a word from Pomona fans?

  • Reality

    Fred,
    Which top seed has the toughest matchup? Any chance they get knocked off?

  • New York

    Freddy,
    You sure know how to get things stirred up as well as get a rise out of us Monrovia fans.

    1) if Paraclete ends up in the finals, do you still have San Dimas winning? Or is this just San Dimas with their “mental ownership” over Monrovia…that was a Trib classic.

    2) we know Monrovia is not Bosco, otherwise big boy journalists who know football would be covering us.

    3)you picking against Monrovia is nothing new. You picked San Marino to win the RHL title game last week…you also picked Pomona over San Dimas!!! You personally were off the mark by over a combined 100 points on those two games!

    • New York

      #2 reads a bit harsher than I intended. Just meant to be a jab. Obviously, I spend quite a bit of time on these boards…I think highly of the quality.