The Chris Stevens Era Begins at Monrovia

First Year Monrovia HC Chris Stevens

First Year Monrovia HC Chris Stevens

(Monrovia) – Monrovia lost running back Kurt Scoby to graduation, the projected starter at quarterback transferred to St. Francis and the Wildcats were moved to the Central Divsion where they will have to contend with the likes of teams in the Mt. Baldy, Palomares and Hacienda Leagues. But for new Monrovia head coach Chris Stevens it’s a great opportunity.

The Cats will rely heavily on Kameron Johnson

The Cats will rely heavily on Kameron Johnson

“I heard that Ryan (Maddox) stepped down and I couldn’t believe it.  I was like no this can’t be true,” Stevens said. “I had to call Ryan and ask him is this true? So of course I threw my hat in the ring and here we are. I’m inheriting a very good program. It’s going great so far. I’m excited to be here.”

Stevens is coming off a sucessful run at Ontario Christian but is now jumping into a team that has had unbelievable run over the last five years. Monrovia won three Mid-Valley Divsion championships and appeared in four straight title games under Maddox before being knocked out in the semis last year by Paraclete. Although they did lose Scoby and some other key starters the cupboard is hardly bare.

Christian Walton leads the Bubbas

Christian Walton leads the Bubbas

Kameron Johnson returns at running back and brings 609 yards and 9 touchdowns from 2013 with him. Octavius Spencer and Jordan Nathan who both had over 100 yards last year are expected to make big plays at receiver and junior Asaph Zamora is ready to step in at quarterback.

Defensively keep an eye on corner James Jackson, DL Christian Walton and Eric Brooks. Big plays? Khalil Bradley! Monrovia is the class of the Rio Hondo but the question on the minds of the Monrovia faithful can they compete in the Central. With the talent the Wildcats have, they’ll compete. The Cats always do.

Sprinting in Spring

Sprinting in Spring

This guy is ready!

This guy is ready!

The Jordan Rules...Jordan Nathan

The Jordan Rules…Jordan Nathan

Bring it!

Bring it!

Who can I hit next?

Who can I hit next?

27 Comments to "The Chris Stevens Era Begins at Monrovia"

  1. king moe's Gravatar king moe
    June 20, 2014 - 2:14 am | Permalink

    I don’t care what anyone says good or bad about the Cats watchout for my nephew #4 Spencer he will have a great year so will Jordan Nathan and James Jackson go Cats

  2. wild card's Gravatar wild card
    June 1, 2014 - 7:23 pm | Permalink

    well dnt go to max prep..go to hudl then let me the kn. Monrovia.. is the one school that has kn need to fake numbers..lol

  3. Bonita Alum's Gravatar Bonita Alum
    June 1, 2014 - 9:55 am | Permalink

    Here’s the difference, De La Salle (Concord, CA), also notice the spaces between the words, when they beat Crenshaw for the 2009 state title (they had an offensive line that averaged 6’1″ 225). The DL they faced was bigger, but they were not stronger.

    To make that comparison…woah, bad idea.

  4. anonymous's Gravatar anonymous
    June 1, 2014 - 9:40 am | Permalink

    How dumb, max preps? They are stats given to them by people who inflate them, go to hudl and watch every clip and count how many times that kid carried the ball and count the yards it’s easy, a lot of schools inflate their numbers, to hype their players

  5. My Two Cents's Gravatar My Two Cents
    June 1, 2014 - 1:08 am | Permalink

    T. Peterson: Yes, that’s the story of what happened in Norman, OK. You are also correct about the spelling of Holieway (I was only going off of over 25+ years of memory). Holieway led the offense and Brian Bosworth led the defense. Thanks for a ride down memory lane.

  6. wild card's Gravatar wild card
    May 31, 2014 - 10:42 pm | Permalink

    then go to max preps..and you tell me.

  7. My Two Cents's Gravatar My Two Cents
    May 31, 2014 - 10:41 pm | Permalink

    T. Peterson: It’s a tough crowd. Competition breeds champions.

  8. anonymous's Gravatar anonymous
    May 31, 2014 - 7:47 pm | Permalink

    Sounds like Monrovia inflates numbers like arroyo

  9. My Two Cents's Gravatar My Two Cents
    May 31, 2014 - 5:58 pm | Permalink

    Cat: What? You thought I was going to stop just because Peterson liked your post? Comparing Monrovia to De LaSalle is like comparing V. Stiviano to Kate Upton. You comparing me to Archie Bunker is like comparing you to Fred Sanford. What do you think T. Peterson ;)?
    From T. Peterson: Nah Didn’t work. His was original. Yours is just rehashed.
    Regarding other post on Downey: It’s Jamelle Holieway actually (not Jamel Halloway) but yeah he took over for an injured Aikman in his freshman year and led the Sooners to a National Championship and a 1986 Orange Bowl win over Penn State. So as I stated, Switzer wasn’t comfortable going to the pro style thus Aikman transferred to UCLA. It didn’t work out so well however for Holieway who ruptured his ACL in ’87, saw limited action in ’88 and eventually lost his job to Charles Thompson. He did have one last start in the 1989 Citrus Bowl after Thompson broke his leg. But the Sooners lost.

  10. realTALK's Gravatar realTALK
    May 31, 2014 - 1:46 pm | Permalink

    Cv fan- yeah I’ve heard they compete a lot better this year in 7v7 ill have to check them out soon!

  11. Observantcat's Gravatar Observantcat
    May 31, 2014 - 1:11 pm | Permalink

    No I’m actually comparing you to Archie Bunker….lol
    From T. Peterson: Ha ha ha ha ha ha! Best line on the boards!

  12. My Two Cents's Gravatar My Two Cents
    May 31, 2014 - 9:54 am | Permalink

    Observantcat: Are you comparing Monrovia to De LaSalle?

  13. wild card's Gravatar wild card
    May 30, 2014 - 8:17 pm | Permalink

    @ turn up kameron johnson also had 56 tackles and 2 int..@ safety..oh yea! hes a problem on D too..scoby groom this kid hands on So Let go!!!! Cental Div M town.

  14. Observantcat's Gravatar Observantcat
    May 30, 2014 - 7:44 pm | Permalink

    Monrovia Has a solid Defensive front, and it doesn’t take a bunch of Un Athletic overweight DL to get the job done, Ask De Lasalle. Monrovia Dl will average around 6’2 230 and have more quickness than most with a very talented group of DB’s to circumvent the passing game. I always see the word humbled as someone who brags about their accomplishments and can’t show anything for it. These guys on Monrovia’s squad are coming off some of the SGV’s best seasons ever and most of the guys that I have spoken with are fighters and are not willing to give up that fight for mediocracy. So to sit here and try and predict Monrovia’s outcome is a big mistake and soon you and I will be sitting somewhere in the stands asking Who’s number is that wondering where he came from. Good luck with your teams and hope one day we can have these kind of conversations about other schools in the area.

  15. wild card's Gravatar wild card
    May 30, 2014 - 3:46 pm | Permalink

    every year..you guys always running your mouth about monrovia!! this time of the year but your schools are not around come dec..fact.

  16. Walton's Gravatar Walton
    May 30, 2014 - 2:34 pm | Permalink

    Ill prove you wrong “Football Fan”

  17. Football Fan's Gravatar Football Fan
    May 30, 2014 - 11:47 am | Permalink

    If 5’10 Walton is their best defensive lineman then they are in big trouble. The difference from the Mid Valley Division and the new Central is the size of some lineman. West Covina, South Hills, Charter Oak, Los Altos have big lineman on both sides of the ball. They will be able to compete skill wise but dealing with bigger stronger lines will pose a problem. What will happen when teams like Los Altos and West Covina keep pounding the ball up the middle.

  18. turn up's Gravatar turn up
    May 30, 2014 - 10:13 am | Permalink

    how..did that rb have time to put up those kind of numbers with scoby been the starter? with over 2000 yards

  19. turn up's Gravatar turn up
    May 30, 2014 - 9:59 am | Permalink

    how..did that rb have time to put up those kind of numbers with scoby been the starter?

  20. Football Fan's Gravatar Football Fan
    May 30, 2014 - 9:20 am | Permalink

    Half of the schedule that Monrovia plays is against low level competition so players increasing their stats from the year before isn’t all that impressive at all! But a given. Who will Monrovia be playing in their preseason schedule?

  21. CV fan's Gravatar CV fan
    May 30, 2014 - 8:34 am | Permalink

    @ real TALK
    Arcadia was more competitive in 7 on 7 than they were last year.

  22. My Two Cents's Gravatar My Two Cents
    May 30, 2014 - 6:58 am | Permalink

    realTALK: I agree with everything you said about Monrovia but also disagree with your outlook on Arcadia.

  23. realTALK's Gravatar realTALK
    May 30, 2014 - 5:35 am | Permalink

    That’s where you and I are different… I respect your loyalty to mtown but c’mon! You’re not being realistic. I’m able to admit when teams I follow fall short or don’t play well.(Burbank and Muir are the best teams in the pacific) Are you saying Monrovia will go deep in the playoffs? Monrovia is still gonna go 5-0 in league ( cuz they play in the rio hondo) and be a 1 seed playing a 3 seed from the hacienda, palomares or even worse the sunkist! Hey good luck to you, all I’m saying is their gonna be some humbling years to come. You aren’t gonna run through league and cif!! Doesn’t make it easier with kids leaving as well.

    By the way… Arcadia doesn’t look too bad! Don’t sleep on them… I think it’ll be a better week 2 game

  24. Observantcat's Gravatar Observantcat
    May 29, 2014 - 11:27 pm | Permalink

    Just a couple of side notes.: in 2011 when everyone thought that the cupboard was bare in steps a Kid named Marquise Bias who the year before had extremely modest stats

    GP Car Yrds Avg Y/G Lng TD
    22 M. Bias (Jr) 10 36 208 5.78 20.8 35 1

    Following season

    2. M. Bias (Sr) 14 187 1594 8.47 113.1 58 21

    What a difference a season makes, Kameron Johnson will have the ability to triple his yards per game this season and he will only be a Jr. so Monrovia faithful will have fun watching this team develop and grow into the Central Div. Not to Mention Jermaine Bias the younger brother of Marquise will probably join him in the backfield. It should be quite interesting.

  25. Observantcat's Gravatar Observantcat
    May 29, 2014 - 10:58 pm | Permalink

    By the Way realTALK, HOW’S ARCADIA LOOKING?

  26. Observantcat's Gravatar Observantcat
    May 29, 2014 - 10:53 pm | Permalink

    The only way to be humble is to play the game and that the Cats will do and do well. Chris Stevens knows where his strengths are in his team and is about to find out why Monrovia does what it does, Every year guys that are least expected to step up do and in a big way, this year will be no different. Our preseason will showcase some of the talent early on and the league will soften up our schedule and allow for others to get a chance to get in some reps and then it’s off to the playoffs where sure we’ll be tested but the teams that will be surprised are going to realize that the Wildcats can play with anyone at anytime.

  27. realTALK's Gravatar realTALK
    May 29, 2014 - 8:11 pm | Permalink

    Doubtful! Central will humble them really fast!

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