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Claremont use trick play to beat Bonita football, 33-29

Duy Tran-Sampson of Claremont runs for yardage against Bonita in a battle of unbeatens.

Here is the rundown on all the football action tonight, starting with how the top 10 fared.

1. Rancho Cucamonga (5-1) Beat Damien 49-28
2. Upland (4-2) Beat Etiwanda 38-28
3. Chino Hills (4-2) Beat Los Osos 13-0
4. Summit (6-0) Beat Grand Terrace 44-18
5. Bonita (5-1) Lost to Claremont 33-29
6. Claremont (6-0) Beat Bonits 33-29
7. Chaffey (6-0) Beat Ontario 47-13
8. Pomona (4-2) Did not play
9. Colony (3-3) Beat Montclair 41-7 Thursday
10. Kaiser (4-2) Beat Colton 44-14

Ayala 28, Diamond Bar 21
Bassett 51, Ganesha 28
Cajon 31, Yucaipa 14
Carter 28, Citrus Valley 19
Charter Oak 42, Chino 14
Diamond Ranch 50, West Covina 43
Fontana 49, Bloomington 20
Jurupa Hills 21, Indian Springs 20
La Puente 62, Garey 27
Linfield Christian 32, Aquinas 8
Ontario Chr. 62, Western Chr. 0
Redlands 48, Eisenhower 6
Redlands East Valley 45, Miller 12
Rim of the World 42, Arroyo Valley 7
Rubidoux 42, San Bernardino 28
San Dimas 62, Wilson 7
Vista del Lago 50, Pacific 0

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Baseline League once again to be hotly contested

Non-league games are over. The race for league titles is on and again it is the Baseline League with numerous compelling match-ups looming.

Damien and Los Osos were the bottom two teams a year ago and both of those have shown much improvement over the course of the non-league season. Damien has RB Dylan Thigpen upon who they rely while the Grizzles have a couple of Division I signees in LB Bryce Youngquist (Oklahoma) and OL Cohl Cabral (Arizona State).

Los Osos has also come up on the winning end of some close games so they seem poised when it matters.

Have those teams improved enough to actually contend? They are probably going to be hard-pressed to do so but they’re god enough to pull an upset that could throw a monkey wrench into some team’s title hopes.

The top team a year ago was Upland but the Highlanders graduated a majority of their starters including nine who advanced to Division II schools. Is Upland as good as in years past? Only time will tell. But if the Highlanders are going to repeat, it will take big contributions from those who weren’t the headline performers a year ago.

Rancho Cucamonga is the team with the most returning starters with that group including quarterback Angel Matute, running back Aaron Manning and DB Jaylon Redd. The Cougars also added a top-notch DB in Thomas Graham, who has committed to USC.

Chino Hills the most formidable test for Upland a year ago and looks like it too poised to challenge. The Huskies had newcomer at QB in Caleb Arreola. He was banged up in the Huskies win two weeks ago. His backup is already out for the season, so much of the Huskies hopes hinge on his health and development.

Just where does Etiwanda fit in? The Eagles wee a disappointing fourth a year ago and they have a new and energetic coach in Kevin Davis. The got off to a tough start this season but stayed the course and have momentum going into league play. They face Upland tonight so we’ll see right away what Etiwanda is made of.

The battle for the top spot could take place the last week of the regular season when Upland and Rancho square off. But no doubt, every battle is going to be a big one.

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Picking this week’s football winners . . .

Got both games right from last night to improve to 110-31 on season.

Lots of games on tap tonight, so here goes . . .

Upland 36, Eitwanda 21 – The Highlanders used the off week to get their many injured players healthy. I will go with them.

Chino Hills 24, Los Osos 14 – The Grizzlies are really coming on and I like the momentum they have and the way they have delivered in close games. Chino Hills has a few more playmakers though. A big equalizer though would be if Huskies starter Caleb Arreola can’t go.

Rancho Cucamonga 27, Damien 14 – The Spartans have a great back in Dylan Thigpen but the Cougars just have more weapons so I have to pick them.

Charter Oak 28, Chino 14 – Chino is 5-0 but the Cowboys haven’t seen the caliber of opponents that Charter Oak has. For that reason I have to go with Charter.

Diamond Ranch 27, West Covina 21 – Best game of the night in the Hacienda League. Have to go Panthers for their fifth win in a row.

Claremont 28, Bonita 24 – The biggie in the Palomares League tonight. I’ll go with Claremont just because of the Duy Tran-Sampson factor. But a BNonita win wouldn’t surprise me either.

Diamond Bar 28, Ayala 14 – I honestly think the Bulldogs have talent so I have no idea why they aren’t putting them up in the win column. Have to go Brahmas.

Chaffey 36, Ontario 14 – Mikey Dean. Enough said.

San Dimas 38, Wilson 14 – Lesser teams than San Dimas have beaten Wilson already this year. So this one isn’t hard to pick.

Summit 27, Grand Terrace 14 – The SkyHawks are bracing for a game with Kaiser. If they don’t get too far ahead of themselves this one should be no problem.

Kaiser 34, Colton 10 – This one won’t be competitive. Colton had something very special in the Harold Strauss days. What has happened there?

Carter 32, Citrus Valley 10 – The Lions have lost the last two. They’ll get back on track here.

Redlands 56, Eisenhower 7 – Blow out city here.

Redlands East Valley 63, Miller 7 – Blow out city II

Bloomington 17, Fontana 10 – Two fledgling programs and someone has to win. It’s homecoming for Bloomington so I’ll go with them but this could go either way.

Ontario Christian 56, Western Christian – The Knights can name the score. enough said.


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Palomares League should be competitive to the end

Glendora uses big plays to beat South Hills football 28-7

Glendora opened Palomares League play with a win over South Hills on Thursday.

Last year the Palomares League was one of the more balanced and competitive leagues in all of Southern California. Three teams finished tied for second and it took a tiebreaker to decide who went to the playoffs and who stayed home.

Based on the showing of teams in the first half of the regular season, that could very likely be the case again.  The teams went into league play with a combined record of 31-11.

Three teams are ranked in the top seven in the CIF’s Central Division – Glendora at No. 3, Bonita at No. 5 and Claremont at No. 7.

Two of those teams – Bonita and Claremont – are undefeated and will square off in their league opener tonight. Glendora, led by USC commit Matt Fink, bested South Hills last night.

Those teams all seem to be the most significant players this year. But don’t l;eave out Diamond Bar. The Brahmas, who finished in last place in 2014, are much improved under second-year coach Marcus Hughes. That first year is always a tough transition one and the Brahmas ended up 3-7. But they’re already 4-1.

Defending champion South Hills has struggled, as has Ayala. South Hills graduated some key players so they’re a bit in rebuilding mode

The Bulldogs are a bit of mystery. All seem to agree they have enough talent to compete but it hasn’t looked that way, at least to this point.  We”ll see right away as Ayala faces Diamond Bar tonight.

.Let the battles begin.

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Roundup: Ontario Christian volleyball shuts out ACA

ONTARIO CHRISTIAN 3, ARROWHEAD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 0 >> Annaka Jorgenson had nine kills for the Knights (10-4, 4-3) in the Ambassador League victory over the Eagles. Jessica Jones had six kills and two aces for the Knights. Ontario Christian will play at 6 p.m. Tuesday against Aquinas.

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CLAREMONT 12, AYALA 8 >> Bruno Snow had six goals for the Wolfpack (10-6, 2-0) in the Palomares League victory over the Bulldogs. Jonathan Wong contributed with four goals while goalkeeper Kellan Grant had 10 saves for the Wolfpack. Claremont will play at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday against Diamond Bar.

RIVERSIDE NOTRE DAME 15, ONTARIO CHRISTIAN 3 >> Hannah Bradvica won three matches in singles play for the Titans in the Ambassador League victory over the Knights (0-11, 0-7). Both Joanne Kim and Lauren Henry won a singles match for the Knights.

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Mt. Baldy football teams brace for league battles

This could be the best year the Mt. Baldy League has had in football in quite some time.

Why? Well for starters there looks to be a very formidable threat to the Colony throne in the Chaffey Tigers. Last year coach Chris Brown’s team went toe-to-toe with the Titans for a half. Then lack of depth hurt and the Tigers wore down.

Colony graduated 25 or so players from the CIF Central Division winning team of a year ago. So yes the Titans are still good and they have been primed by a tough non-league schedule on which I have harped before. But they aren’t quite as good as they were last year. And the Tigers, led by diminutive dynamo Mikey Dean, are better.

The showdown between those teams is Oct. 30, the next to last week of the regular season. Mark it down!

Second, the teams that have traditionally been at the bottom of the pecking order, namely Ontario and Montclair – appear much improved with both taking 4-1 marks into play. No they haven’t played a challenging schedule but both have still beaten teams to whom they have lost in the past and that bodes well.

Then there are Don Lugo and Alta Loma. Don Lugo has played the toughest non-league schedule outside of Colony so I don’t think they’re as bad as their 1-4 record. I was impressed with how they played in the 22-21 triple overtime loss to Chino and i like what I see in that coaching staff.

Alta Loma? Well the jury is still out and I don’t quite know what to think. I have seen them once, a game they struggled to beat Fontana which was playing with its third-string quarterback.

I have heard great things about first-year coach Mark Pasquarella. But a first year is always a transition year and I try not to read too much into what happens in that first year. So call the Braves a wild card.

I’d say the playoff teams are Colony, Chaffey and Don Lugo – the same three that came out of here last year. But I’m not counting out the other three. If nothing else I think there will be more competitive games this year than ever before.



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Picking the Thursday night prep football winners

There was an abbreviated schedule last week with most teams getting a bye before starting league play. I went 7-3 bringing my season total to 108-31.

It gets interesting now with everyone diving into league competition. Some of our teams with great records haven’t played quite the competition of others with lesser records.


On to tonight’s games . . .

Colony 28, Montclair 10 – The Titans got a much-needed win last week, beating Riverside Poly 39-0 in game that was much easier than expected. Reports of their demise were greatly exaggerated. Now that Colony is playing a more routine schedule the Titans should be able to flex their muscle. Montclair’s opponents are a combined 8-19. Take away the team to whom it lost, Pomona, and the four wins are over teams a combined 4-17.

Don Lugo 17, Alta Loma 10 – This one is a tougher call and this should be a closely contested game. I really like what I saw out of Don Lugo in the triple overtime loss to Chino so I’m going with the Conquistadores.


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It’s good news on the injury front for Upland football team

The worst part of playing a physically tough non-league game is the risk of injury to a key player that can derail postseason plans.

Colony was fortunate that it had none in its long line of juggernaut opponents.

But Upland had several major players hurt in a 43-14 loss to Mater Dei on Sept. 18. The good news is that the Highlanders had a patsy opponent the next week in Los Angeles George Washington Prep. Then came the bye week. So players have had the better part of three weeks to get healthy.

That’s not to stay they they will be 100%. But they will play in Friday’s Baseline League opener against Etiwanda at Colony High School.

The worst injury was an ankle sprain sustained by senior Cole McCarty, who starts at linebacker and fullback and plays on all special teams. Coach Tim Salter feared his player had a broken ankle the night it happened but that wasn’t the case.

“We were really aggressive with treatment and physical therapy,” Salter said. “He’s still limping a little but he has been practicing and will be able to play.”

The other injuries were to senior wide receiver Gary Theard (hip/back), senior defensive lineman Kelon Ferdinand (ankle), senior running back Darreyon Jones (headaches) and senior defensive back Andrew Davis (ankle). All will be available this week.

Senior wide receiver Grant Porter (broken foot) remains out but the Highlanders haven’t had him all season as the injury occurred in practice before the first game. Salter is hoping to have him back for the playoffs and says having him back before that would be “a luxury.”

The good thing for the Highlanders is that they have depth at that position.

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Jovanni Sanchez to return to Chaffey lineup

The Chaffey football team takes on Ontario (4-1) Friday night at Montclair High School in a Mt. Baldy League opener and the Tigers (5-0) will get a key player back as senior defensive back-wide receiver  Jovanni Sanchez has been cleared to return.

Sanchez broke a bone in his hand the first game of the season against Lakeside and hasn’t played since.

He’ll play with a cast but at least he is available according to head coach Chris Brown.

“We don’t know how much he’ll play but at least he can get out there and see what he can do,” Brown said.

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Bonita, Claremont football coaches go way back

VIDEO: Claremont football coach Coco Jarin talks about game against Bonita and ties with Bearcats coach Adrian Medrano.

What better way to start Palomares League play?

Claremont (5-0) will be facing Bonita (5-0) in the most intriguing match-up in any league in the Inland Valley. The Bearcats are ranked fifth in the CIF Central Division, the Wolfpack are seventh.

Forget that both are off to undefeated starts and the fact that the schools are geographic rivals, separated by just 3,83 miles.

There is another subplot to the showdown. Bonita coach Adrian Medrano was a linebacker at the University of La Verne and first-year Claremont coach Coco Jarin was then a defensive coach for the Leopards.

Well what do the respective coaches have to say about the other?

“Adrian was always well prepared so I know he is going to have his team ready,” Jarin said. “He never came into a situation unprepared so I’m sure his team takes after him.”

As for Medrano, well he knew his team was going to have its hands full when his former coach took over at Claremont.

“He brings a great energy and passion,” Medrano said. “That rubs off on his players and guys love playing for him.”

Game time at Glenn Davis Stadium on Friday is 7 p.m.



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