Football: La Verne remains undefeated in SCIAC play

LA VERNE 49, CHAPMAN 42 >> Running back Travis Sparks Jackson rushed for 197 yards and three touchdowns in the Leopards’ victory over the Panthers. The Leopards (6-1, 5-0) had had two other player score two rushing touchdowns apiece in the win to remain undefeated in SCIAC play. La Verne will play at 1 p.m. Saturday against Pomona-Pitzer.
OCCIDENTAL 23, POMONA-PITZER 14 >> The Sagehens’ quarterback Taylor Mensik completed 12 of its 20 passes for 125 yards and a touchdown in the SCIAC loss to the Tigers. Mensik also rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown for the Sagehens (2-5, 1-4). Pomona-Pitzer will play at 1 p.m. Saturdayagainst La Verne.
REDLANDS 59, WHITTIER 7 >> Quarterback Kevin Russell completed 16 of his 27 passes for 220 yards and four touchdowns against the Poets defense. Russell also led the Bulldogs (3-4, 3-2) in rushing with 86 yards and a touchdown. Adam Goss led the Bulldogs’ defense with 12 total tackles. Redlands will play at 7 p.m. Saturday against Chapman.
SAN BERNARDINO VALLEY 54, COMPTON 6 >> The Wolverines’ Deion Walker rushed for 196 yards and four touchdowns against the Tartars. Daniel Epperson completed 13 of his 17 pass attempts for 256 yards and three touchdowns for the Wolverines (7-1,4-1). SBVC will play at 6 p.m. Saturdayagainst Southwestern.
VICTOR VALLEY 42, MT. SAN JACINTO 15 >> Quarterback Sam Allen threw for 383 yards and four touchdowns in the Rams victory over the Eagles. Allen also rushed for 39 yards while scoring two touchdowns. VVC will play at 7 p.m. Saturday against College of the Desert.

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Pomona-Pitzer’s Evan Lloyd earns national honor

Freshman linebacker Evan Lloyd was named to the National Team of the Week for his role in helping the Sagehens to a 24-0 shutout win over Whittier on Saturday.

Lloyd had 12 tackles (six solo) to lead a defense that held Whittier to only 176 total yards of offense and no points in picking up its first shutout since a 37-0 win over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the 2012 season finale (which was its first shutout since 2000).

In addition to his tackle numbers, Lloyd also stopped two Whittier drives in the second half in Pomona-Pitzer territory. After the Sagehens had gone ahead 14-0 on a blocked punt return, Lloyd stopped the ensuing drive with a sack, forced fumble and recovery to set up a field goal which pushed the lead to 17-0.

In the fourth quarter, with Whittier still hoping to engineer a comeback, Lloyd made a big tackle on 4th-and-1, bursting through the line to tackle the Poets’ ball carrier for a one-yard loss.

With his big performance, Lloyd has now taken over the team lead in tackles in a very close race with 41, one ahead of junior safety Nelson Cole (who missed the Whittier game with an injury) and senior safety Don Swan (who led the SCIAC in tackles as a sophomore).

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Local SCIAC players earn preseason All-American honors

 From left to right:  Aaron Hinkle, Michael Tootle, Griffin Lord, Kevin Russell.

Eleven players from four area schools have been singled out in USA College Football’s Preseason All-American team.

The University of Redlands had four selections, with offensive lineman Aaron Hinkle named to the first team and linebacker Michael Tootle named to the second team along with linebacker Griffin Lord (Damien HS). A fourth Bulldog, quarterback Kevin Russell, made the third team.

Pomona-Pitzer also had four selections. Wide receiver Brett Harper and offensive lineman Jack Horstmann made the first team, with offensive lineman Trey Connet and defensive lineman Brian Friel on the second team.

The University of La Verne was also represented by linebacker Christian Lozon on the first team and defensive lineman Nik Gutierrez on the third team.

The lone selection for Claremont-Mudd-Scripps was defensive lineman Alex Chang, on the third team.

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