Playing without two of their stars, the Monrovia Wildcats held their annual Green vs. White game Friday night at Monrovia High School.
A few of their star players sat out the scrimmage due to injury. Ellis McCarthy is still favoring an ankle injury sustained during a summer combine, and De’Sean Ramirez was out with a hip flexor. Both stated during the scrimmage they sat out as a precautionary measure and should be guaranteed ready for their season opener against Glendora.
This though gave way for some players to shine, as Marquise Bias lit up the show with a handful of 20-plus yard runs.
“Bias had an outstanding evening,” Wildcats head coach Ryan Maddox said. “Our first string offense and defense all around had a great performance as well, but we need to continue to work our second group to get back to where we need to be. Overall, I like what I see.”
Both George Frazier V and Blake Heyward took an equal amount of snaps as well at quarterback, and both did not disappoint.
The Wildcats will be one of the few teams that will sit out in week 1, which leaves them an extra week to practice before they face Glendora on Sept. 8. They will hold another scrimmage next week under the lights to fix out any kinks they have before they go out and defend their CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division title.
“It is still early to tell where we are at this point,” Maddox said. “We are where we shouldn’t be right now, but things will change. We have got more than enough time to fix the things we need to. Everything we did tonight is on film, so we will go back on Monday and from there improve each day.”
A previous version of this article said Monrovia opened its season Sept. 9. Patch apologizes for the error.