San Dimas Solid in Mid-Valley

Saints gearing up for opening night

Saints gearing up for opening night

San Dimas is solid in the Mid-Valley Division. Thank you Captain Obvious. San Dimas is always solid in the Mid-Valley. But the feeling among some is that with Monrovia being shipped to the Central all the Saints have to do is show up and they can cruise to their second straight Mid-Valley title.

Running back Manny Elizalde

Running back Manny Elizalde

San Marino, another former Mid-Valley contender, also goes with the Rio Hondo and you have to search the division to find a team that can beat the Saints. Paraclete? San Dimas beat the Spirits last year. Arroyo? The Saints dropped sixty on the Knights in the playoffs. The Pomona Red Devils ? New league but San Dimas never had a problem with them before. Azusa in the Montview? Anybody in the Almont? I like Montebello but could the Oilers stay with San Dimas?

Predictions usually die in previews. That’s true. And the Saints look great on paper but as we know the game isn’t played on paper. But the truth is San Dimas won it last year, and in a somewhat weaker division Bill Zernickow’s crew are the favorites to win it again.

I'm Bobby Rios and you're not

I’m Bobby Rios and you’re not

Andrew Avila steps in at quarterback and will do what a San Dimas quarterback always does – manage the game, hand the ball off and make the occasional big throw. Manny Elizalde returns at running back and is lightning to the thunder of his backfield partner Bobby Rios. Rios put a hit on a Diamond Ranch defender in a scrimmage Friday night that could be heard down at the Pomona Fairgrounds. Rios will play defensive line as well.

Speaking of lightning keep an eye on receiver Chris Rufus. Don’t blink though or you’ll miss him. Rufus will also line up at cornerback.

Had to catch Chris Rufus (#2) while he was standing still

Had to catch Chris Rufus (#2) while he was standing still

Defensively Youssef Hannah (6-2, 260) anchors a front that is poised to do some damage. Matthew Sotelo, OL/DL is 6-5, 290. Josiah Erickson will patrol the middle of the field at linebacker and Chris Salcido and Erik Ware (safety) will join Rufus in the secondary.

Can the Saints be beat? Of course anybody can be but it will be no easy task.  And chasing the goal of a repeat makes San Dimas that much hungrier.

We’ll find out how good the Saints are right away. Monrovia is coming to town next week.

San Dimas 2014 Schedule: Monrovia, Los Altos, Diamond Bar, at Rosemead, at Bonita (Citrus College), Northview, at Nogales, Covina, Rowland, at Wilson.

Andrew Avila will lead the offense

Andrew Avila will lead the offense

6 Comments to "San Dimas Solid in Mid-Valley"

  1. Tubby Raymond's Gravatar Tubby Raymond
    August 24, 2014 - 9:12 pm | Permalink

    Rings & Banners nothing else matters # CIF CHAMPS

  2. Mean Joe Green's Gravatar Mean Joe Green
    August 23, 2014 - 7:01 pm | Permalink

    @Saints. As long as Monrovia and San Dimas keep each other in the preseason schedule, I don’t think any MTown fans would care what division you are in. Much respect for winning it all last year. If you do it twice in a row, then even better.

  3. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    August 23, 2014 - 8:49 am | Permalink

    That would be smart greenie, so CIf would never do it.

  4. Greenie's Gravatar Greenie
    August 23, 2014 - 8:19 am | Permalink

    Saints, it’s true..You all should be in the Central and member of the Rio hondo league w/ Blair in MVL

  5. saints's Gravatar saints
    August 23, 2014 - 7:19 am | Permalink

    once we win cif again mtown fans will be like weak division come play with us and the big dogs

  6. Mid Valley Maven's Gravatar Mid Valley Maven
    August 23, 2014 - 12:59 am | Permalink

    With milkshakes now off the menu, the Saints are heavenly.

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