Chino Hills football team looking to rebuild after major departures

Chino Hills' Bradley Davis (27), right, gets by the diving tackle attempt of Norco's Michael Porter (6), left, during Friday night's game at Chino Hills High School in Chino Hills, CA Friday, September 30, 2016. (Photo by Mark Dustin for the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

Wide receiver Bradley Davis is one of just two returning starters on offense for the Huskies.

The Chino Hills football team is used to challenging for a Baseline League title. This year that goal might be a little difficult.

Not only are Rancho Cucamonga and Upland loaded as usual but the Huskies (6-5, 3-2) graduated the majority of their starters on both sides of the ball. So it will be up to a completely new cast of players.

“The good thing about that is we have a lot of seniors that are really hungry for a chance to play because they sat behind some very good players,.” Coach Chris Stevens says. “They’re going to have their chance now.”

Among those departing are the athletes that made up the offensive and defensive lines that have been the foundation for success the last three years.

Huskies mascot photo.

On offense the only returning starters are junior running back Water Carl III and senior wide receiver Bradley Davis. Carl rushed for  1,391 yards and nine touchdowns last year as a sophomore, earning Inland Valley Newcomer of the Year accolades.

Davis caught 25 passes for 337 yards and two touchdowns.

Stevens had hoped to have senior running back Sean O’Donnell back in the fold but a knee injury he sustained the first game of last season has yet to heal completely and his status is till up in the air.

There are two newcomers fighting for the quarterback spot -senior  James Linn, a transfer from Ayala, and junior Braydon Fawcett, a transfer from JW North.

Among those looking for time at wide receiver are seniors Anthony Cole and Curtis Smith and  junior Gio Isles.

Returning starters on defense are linebackers Frankie Flores, Mickey Rosales and Justin Barcenas – all seniors.

Other key contributors will be senior inside linebacker Jake Michael and senior nose guard Matt Fonomoiana.

“We’re definitely the underdog this year and that;’s OK,” Stevens said. “We have a lot of players that are unproven so far but we think we can surprise some people.”

Aug. 25 – Ayala
Sept 1 – Diamond Ranch
Sept. 8 – At Newport Harbor
Sept. 15 – At Elsinore
Sept. 29 – At Norco
Oct. 6 – At Damien
Oct. 13- Etiwanda
Oct. 20 – At Upland
Oct. 27 – Los Osos
Nov. 3- at Rancho Cucamona

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Baseline League honors: Football

Rancho Cucamonga’s Jaylon Redd gets brought down by Mission Viejo’s Christian Lavalle in the second round of the CIF-SS Division 1 playoffs at Mission Viejo high school in Mission Viejo on Friday, November 18, 2016. (Photo by Matt Masin, Orange County Register, SCNG)

Offensive MVP: Jaylon Redd, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Defensive MVP: Dylan Tucker, Sr., Chino Hills

First team offense
QB: Warren Bryan, Jr., Damien
QB: Nick Acosta, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga
RB: Kyle Jones, Jr., Upland
WR: Tylin Charles, Sr., Chino Hills
WR: Brandon Burchfield, Sr., Damien
WR: Mike McCauley, Jr., Damien
WR: Geordan Porter, Jr., Etiwanda
WR: Thomas Graham, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga’
WR: Javian Lofton, Sr., Ranchi Cucamonga
OL: Connor Garcelli, Sr., Chino Hills
OL: R.J. Stripling, Sr., Chino Hills
OL: Elliott Elliot, Sr., Damien
OL: Alec Anderson, Sr., Etiwanda
OL: Nick Parson-Santiago, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
OL Kris Montano, Sr., Upland
K: Daniel Mojarro, Sr., Upland

First team defense
DB: Max Masad, Sr., Chino Hills
DB: Josh Bryan, Sr., Damien
DB: Evan Gutierrez, Sr., Etiwanda
DB: David Farmer, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
DB: Darren Hall, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
DB: Gary Theard, Sr., Upland
LB: Nathan Alba, Jr., Damien
LB: Samuel Malupo, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
LB: Montez Evans, Sr., Upland
LB: Corey Thomas, Jr., Upland
DL: Oscar Burgueno, Sr., Chino Hills
DL: Grant Trueman, Sr., Chino Hills
DL: Joey Ledesma, Sr., Damien
DL: Jonah Latu, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
DL: Lavaka Latu, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga
P: Frankie Flores, Jr., Chino Hills

Second team offense
QB David Baldwin, Soph., Upland
RB: Walter Carl, Soph., Chino Hills
RB: Kasmir Dina, Sr., Etiwanda
RB: Artis Seymore, Sr., Upland
WR: Michael Martin, Sr., Los Osos
WR: Bradley Davis, Jr., Damien
WR: Tyree Baker, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
TE: David Portz, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
TE: Spencer Smith, Sr. Damien
OL: Wyatt Tucker, Sr., Chino Hills
OL: Austin Villegas, Sr., Chino Hills
OL: Chris Bradberry, Sr., Etiwanda
OL: Brandon Trejo, Jr., Los Osos
OL: Josh Gray, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga
OL: Brandon Watson, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
OL: Hugo Esqueda, Sr., Upland
K: Diego Garcia, Sr., Etiwanda

Second team defense
DB: Josh Orgel, Sr., Damien
DB: Donovan Sermons, Sr., Damien
DB: Andre Grayson, Sr., Etiwanda
DB: Aaron Lewis, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
DB: Tayari Venable, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
DB: Jaden Dedman, Jr., Upland
LB: Michael Rosales, Jr., Chino Hills
LB: Jacob Camargo, Sr., Damien
LB: Kyle Jorgenson, Jr., Los Osos
LB: Henry Karimu, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
LB: Leoanrd Leau, Jr., Upland
DL: Corey Werling, Sr., Chino Hills
DL; Fou Hoching, Jr., Upland

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Baseline League honors: Football

Offensive MVP’s – Curtis Price, Sr., Chino Hills; Dylan Thigpen, Sr., Damien; Aaron Manning, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga

Defensive MVP – William Hackenberg, Sr., Chino Hills

First team offense
QB Caleb Arreola, Sr., Chino Hills
QB Angel Matute, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
QB Andrew Kanatsky, Sr., Etiwanda
QB Warren Bryan, Soph., Damien
RB Nathan Tilford, Jr., Upland
RB Donovan Williams, Sr., Los Osos
RB Darreyon Jones, Sr., Upland
WR Noah Gutierrez, Sr., Etiwanda
TE Tavoi Hoching, Sr., Upland
OL R.J. Stripling, Jr., Chino Hills
OL Matt Kivler, Sr., Chino Hills
OL Liam Ryan, Sr., Damien
OL Ray Matelau, Sr., Upland
OL Cohl Cabral, Sr., Los Osos
OL Nathan Thomas, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
K Matthew Amrhein, Sr., Damien

First team defense
CB Jaylan Brown, Sr., Chino Hills
CB Cameron Record, Sr., Damien
CB Jaylon Redd, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga
S Kendall Greer, Sr., Etiwanda
LB Anthony Rosales, Sr., Chino Hills
LB Dylan Tucker, Jr., Chino Hills
LB Cole McCarty, Sr., Upland
LB Bryce Youngquist, Sr., Los Osos
LB Cameron Smith, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
DL Grant Trueman, Jr., Chino Hills
DL Kelon Ferdinand, Sr., Upland
DL Lane Haywood, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga

Second team offense
RB Grady O’Donnell, Sr., Chino Hills
RB Kamari Pleasant, Sr., Etiwanda
WR Vos Price, Jr., Chino Hills
WR Joshua Keith, Sr., Etiwanda
WR David Farmer, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
OL Miles Dutton, Sr., Los Osos
OL Jonah Latu, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga
OL Connor Garcelli, Jr., Chino Hills
OL Austin Evans, Sr., Damien
OL Evander Achan, Sr., Damien
OL Ratu Faupula, Sr., Upland
OL Siani Malere, Jr., Upland

Second team defense
DB Josh Zappala, Sr., Chino Hills
SS Craig Worthley, Sr., Chino Hills
SS Darrial Busby, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
CB Thomas Graham, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga
LB Sione Piutau, Jr., Upland
LB Semisi Pahulu, Jr., Upland
LB Mikael Fakhoury, Sr., Los Osos
LB Mikey Rosales, Soph., Chino Hills
LB Nicholas Provenzano, Sr., Damien
LB Aidan Anderson, Sr., Etiwanda
DL Oscar Burgueno, Jr., Chino Hills
DL Isikeli Otuafi, Sr., Upland
DL Sosaia Sekeni, Sr., Upland
DL Mason Vega, Sr., Los Oso
DL Johnny Latu, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga

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Etiwanda football team looking to challenge in tough Baseline

Coaches who talk about winning a league title a year after finishing fourth usually come off as a little TOO optimistic.

New Etiwanda coach Kevin Davis is in that position this year. But unlike most, the Eagles loom as a legitimate threat. Most agree the Eagles had more talent last year than any other team besides Upland. So yes they underachieved in finishing fourth with a 4-5-1 overall record.

Etiwanda, Summit set up football rivalry

“The biggest thing will be learning to close out games,” said Davis, who comes over after two years as offensive coordinator at Colony. “There were a lot of games here last year that could have gone either way.”

The Baseline League will be as tough as ever. Yes there is defending champion Upland, traditional challenger Rancho Cucamonga and Chino Hills which made quite the splash last year, its first in the league.

Damien and Los Osos, the bottom two finishers last year, also look much improved.

“We’re going in there with a goal of winning the league title,” Davis said. “We definitely have the talent. There are a lot of good teams in this league but we really believe in what we have.”

Leading a large group of returning players is senior defensive back Treyjohn Butler, who has more than a dozen offers from Division I schools. His presence is one reason Davis singles out his secondary as the Eagles most solid position.

Other key returners on defense are safeties Kamari Pleasant and Kendall Greer, middle linebacker Aidan Anderson, linebacker-end Kendell Jordan and defensive end Nate Neal, who will also play some tight end.

Quarterback Andrew Kanatsky heads the returners on offense and stand to be the big beneficiary in the arrival of Davis as head coach.

Joining Kanatsky as key returnees on offense are brothers Evan and Noah Gutierrez who will figure into the passing game, as well as senior center Kyle Bagnall and running back-wide receiver Kempson Pearce.

Among the significant newcomers are wide receiver Josh Keith, a speedster who has come over from Summit, as well as junior offensive lineman Chris Bradberry (6-6, 350 pounds), a transfer from Rancho Cucamonga.

Sophomore running back Lawrence Starks, who played on the freshman team, last year, is also expected to be a big contributor.

“The biggest factor for us will be how quickly the kids adapt to a new offense and new defense,” Davis said. “That’s one of those things you never know how long it is going to take.”

The curtain comes up on the new season Aug. 28 when Etiwanda challenges Norco.



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Los Osos football team looking to compete in tough Baseline

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Not much went right for the Los Osos High School football team last year. The Grizzlies and coach Kevin Price knew it was going to be tough competing in the Baseline League even if they were healthy. Well, they weren’t.

The Grizzlies went 2-8 overall and 0-5 in league play. Of the 53 players on the roster, 29 were injured, most of those missing multiple games.

“It was tough,” he said. “Everyone has injuries so you hate using it as an excuse but it was a major factor. We just couldn’t put the team on the field we thought we were going to have.”

Price is doing everything he can to see that history doesn’t repeat itself. He had called the offense the last two years but is going back on the other side of the ball and will be defensive coordinator.

Mike Randall, previously the offensive line coach, will call the offense.

“It’s just where I feel the most comfortable,” Price said. “And it’s where I think I can contribute the most.”

The Grizzlies will boast a couple of the area’s best players and that’s a good place to start. Senior Cohl Cabral, who has committed to Arizona State, will anchor both lines. Price also singled him out for his work ethic and leadership.

Then there’s senior linebacker Bryce Younquist, who has a half a dozen major college offers. He too missed a couple of games last season.

Senior running back Donovan Williams who has the potential have an impact in both the running and passing games. He has also been used at quarterback at times.

Among the others who saw significant playing time last year were cornerback Aiden Christensen, offensive lineman Miles Dutton, defensive tackle Chris Ekokobe, inside linebacker Mikael Fakhoura, slot receiver Michael Martin and wide receiver Koa Mattson.

Among the others coming back are senior quarterback Dominic Slouka, who played five games in place of the injured Jason Crain last year as a junior.

“He has come a long way,” Price said of Slouka. “Obviously it was tough on him because it was a lot to ask of him to begin with and a lot of his weapons weren’t on the field either.”

Among the newcomers Price is hoping make an immediate impact are senior defensive end Mason Vega, junior defensive end Daivon Allen and junior wide receiver Trevon Clark.

“I’m not coming out an saying we’re going to win the league but we can compete,” Price said. “These kids work hard and at the end of the day they’re going to leave it all out there.”

Los Osos starts the new season on Aug. 28 against Carter. It opens league play on Oct. 9 at home against Chino Hills.



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Etiwanda’s Treyjohn Butler invited to U.S. Army All American Bowl

Etiwanda junior defensive back Treyjohn Butler announced on Twitter that he has been invited to play in the 2016 U.S. Army All American Bowl.

(Will Lester/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

(Will Lester/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin Photographer)

Butler has 85 total tackles with eight interceptions during his first two years with the Eagles’ varsity team, according to MaxPreps.

Butler has seven offers according to 247Sports, including Stanford, Washington and California.

The All-American Game has served as a showcase for the top high school football players in the nation. Previous participants include Adrian Peterson, Reggie Bush and Andrew Luck.

The next game will take place on Jan. 9, 2016 at the Alamodome San Antonio, Tex.

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Baseline League honors: Football

Offensive MVP – Grady O’Donnell, Jr., Chino Hills
First team offense
QB Zac Sturdivent, Sr., Chino Hills
QB Tyler Hilinski, Sr., Upland
RB Kamari Pleasant, Jr., Etiwanda
RB Donovan Williams, Jr., Los Osos
RB Aaron Manning, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga
RB Dylan Thigpen, Jr., Damien
WR Malik Yoakum, Sr., Upland
WR Vos Price, Jr., Chino Hills
WR Keon Stephens, Sr., Etiwanda
WR Gabe Delgadillo, Sr., Upland
WR Michael Neal, Sr., Etiwanda
WR Blake Fisher, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
TE Tavoi Hoching, Jr., Upland
OL Clay Garcelli, Sr., Chino Hills
OL Donnie Green, Sr., Upland
OL Matt Kivler, Jr., Chino Hills
OL David Martinez, Sr., Upland
OL Kyle Bagnall, Jr., Etiwanda
OL Evan Gonzalez, Sr., Upland
OL Cohi Cabral, Jr., Los Osos
OL Josiah Gray, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
OL Jacob Contreras, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
TE Hunter Smith, Sr., Damien
K Carlos Benites, Sr., Chino Hills

Defensive Player of Year – Khaylan Thomas, Sr., Etiwanda

First team defense
FS Jared Patuano, Sr., Chino Hills
S Kameron Powell, Sr., Upland
DB-C Cameron Record, Jr., Damien
CB Treyjohn Butler, Jr., Etiwanda
CB Jaylon Redd, Soph., Rancho Cucamonga
LB Josh Woods, Sr., Upland
LB Anthony Rosales, Jr., Chino Hills
LB Nick Castro, Sr., Damien
LB Kamrin Wright, Sr., Upland
LB Aidan Anderson, Jr., Etiwanda
LB Bryce Youngquist, Jr., Los Osos
LB Donnie Finn, Sr., Los Osos
LB Israel Fonua, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
DE Vincent Elefante, Sr., Upland
DE Trent Goens, Sr., Chino Hills
DE JP Lanathoua, Sr., Chino Hills
DE Gary Baker, Sr., Upland
NT Patrick Sanchez, Sr., Damien
NT Kelon Ferdinand, Jr., Upland
DL Deshawn Fortune, Sr., Etiwanda
DL Uepi Kaufusi, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
DT Jabari Watson, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga

Second team offense
QB Angel Matute, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga
RB Curtis Price, Jr., Chino Hills
RB Kempson Pearce, Jr., Etiwanda
RB Nathan Tiflord, Soph., Upland
WR Jared Patuano, Sr., Chino Hills
WR Ray Surry, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
WR Malcolm Smith, Sr., Los Osos
OL Bijan Hosseini, Sr., Upland
OL Jaimey Wasson, Sr., Chino Hills
OL RJ Stripling, Soph., Chino Hills
OL Liam Ryan, Jr., Damien
OL Nicholas Duran, Sr., Etiwanda
OL Tyler Clausen, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
OL Nathan Thomas, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga
OL Kyle Masropian, Sr., Los Osos
PK Matt Amrhein, Jr., Damien
PK Joey Mendoza, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga
PK Luke Van Ginkle, Sr., Upland

Second team defense
CB Tyrus Lineberger, Sr., Chino Hills
CB Josh Zappala, Jr., Chino Hills
CB Zachary Wilson, Sr., Upland
S Kamari Pleasant, Jr., Etiwanda
CB Xavier Caldwell, Jr., Etiwanda
S Jerry Chaney, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
S Jalen Moore, Sr., Upland
S Darrial Busby, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga
CB Elijah Jones, Sr., Upland
CB Tayari Venable, Soph., Rancho Cucamonga
DB Jude Heyman, Sr., Los Osos
LB Konnor Zickefoose, Sr., Chino Hills
LB Luke McKay, Sr., Chino Hills
LB Cameron Adams, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
LB Cole McCarty, Jr., Upland
LB Gabriel Espinosa, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
LB Nicholas Provenzano, Sr., Damien
DL Anthony Adams, Sr., Chino Hills
DL Ryan Oak, Sr., Damien
DL Kendall Jordan, Jr., Etiwanda
DL Cody Fahamokia, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga

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