Don Lugo’s Trevor Goulet signs with NAIA Trinity International

Don Lugo offensive line standout Trevor Goulet has signed with NAIA-Division I Trinity International (Ill.)

Goulet was a three-year starter at guard, the last two of those at Don Lugo. He also started his sophomore year at Chino.

Goulet  was a first-team All-CIF selection in Division 8 and also a first-team All-Inland Valley selection by the Daily Bulletin.

The 6-foot-3, 285-pounder was a big factor in the Conquistadores averaging 399 yards a game total offense.

He visited the school two weeks ago and also toured NAIA-Division 2 University of Jamestown (N.D.).

“I really liked the coach-player relationship there,” he said. “They treat you like men. It’s also a Christian school and that was important to me.”

Goulet plans to major in business.

Although he played center and guard at Don Lugo he said the school has plans to move him to tackle.

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Don Lugo linebacker Anthony Miller signs with Ottawa University

Don Lugo football standout Anthony Miller has signed with NAIA University (Kan.).

Miller, a 6-foot, 195-pounder who also excels in wrestling, was one of the breakout stars in Inland Valley football this season, helping the Conquistadores (10-3) to a Mt. Baldy League championship as well as a CIF semifinal playoff berth in Division 8.

He tallied 174 tackles, 25 of those for a loss, with 10 sacks. He was a first-team All-Inland Valley selection by the Daily Bulletin and was named CIF Defensive Player of the Year in Division 8. He shared league Defensive Player of the year honors with teammate Tzion Dixon.

Miller hasn’t visited the school yet. but he has done a lot of research about the school on-line.  The school knew about him early because its defensive coordinator is a former player of Don Lugo coach Greg Gano.

Miller did not play football as a sophomore and is slightly undersized for a linebacker so he hasn’t been on the radar of many schools. He is thankful for the opportunity.

“I am excited about the chance to play college football,” he said. “This is an opportunity for me to better myself and prepare for the future.”

He plans to major in either civil engineering or something in the law enforcement field.

Here is link to a story on him in the Daily Bulletin during Don Lugo’s playoff run.

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Don Lugo football team hopes to build on strong summer showing

The Don Lugo football team made great strides in the last two years under coach Luis Garcia. Well a veteran has taken over the reigns and should keep the ship headed in the right direction.

Greg Gano, who has had stints at Hacienda Heights Wilson, Damien and Los Altos, has retained most of the previous coaching staff and there are a lot of returning players so the transition has been a smooth one.

The Conquistadores were impressive over the summer winning two passing league tournaments. If nothing else, Don Lugo will start the new season with momentum and confidence.

Football coach Greg Gano, who coached at Northview, Los Altos and Wilson locally, is now at Don Lugo and has seen some positive signs this summer. (Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star-News)

“Those things don’t always mean a lot but we did beat some good teams,” Gano said. “I think we opened some eyes. We’re very excited about starting the new season.”

Of course it all starts and ends with a quarterback Don Lugo has one back in junior Rudy Garcia. He spent most of the season as a backup but had to step in when starter Dane Ford got injured late in the season and did an admirable job.

There are plenty of other starters returning too though, particularly along the offensive line, an area that Gano singles out as the strength of the team this season..

That unit is led by center Trevor Goulet, who will also play on the other side of the ball. Others pitching in there will include seniors Chris Torres, Tito Torento and Aaron Ngyuen and junior Chris Randazzo.

The Conquistadores graduated their top two rushers, one of those Ford, but there are plenty of contributors ready to shoulder the load – most notably junior Khoury Bethley, senior Zak Murray and sophomore Chris Perez.

The stable of receivers features senior Kendale Taylor, juniors Daniel Munguia, Thomas Delgado and Nico Lara, a transfer from Chino who won’t be eligible until the sixth week.

The biggest question mark appears to be the defensive line but Gano isn’t overly concerned. That group is headed by seniors Jason Gardner and Connor Wilt, junior Andy Esparza and sophomore Jack McNaughton.

“We have players at every position,” he said. “We don’t have as much experience there. We just have to find the right combination.”

Bethley and Taylor will also be important to the defensive effort in the secondary.

Among the others expected to be big contributors defensively are linebackers Tzion Dixon, Anthony Miller, Steve Quijada and Albert Luevano.

“The job really has energized me,” Gano said. “I can’t wait for the first game.”

Don Lugo plays a difficult non-league schedule, starting with Warren on Aug. 26. That’s a foe that went 8-3 last year. Other teams on the schedule are reigning league champions Pomona (Miramonte) and Northview (Valle Vista) as well as Chino and Rancho Cucamonga who look to be among the best teams in the Inland Valley this season.

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Greg Gano gets head football position at Don Lugo

Another of the local high school football openings has been filled as Greg Gano has been selected to take over the Don Lugo program. The move is pending school board approval later this month.

Gano, 59, follows Luis Garcia who helped the program back to respectability in his two years as the Conquistadores made the playoffs both seasons. .

Gano was most recently head coach at Hacienda Heights Wilson, directing that program for two years. Before that he served at Damien for four years. He was also at Los Altos for more than a decade.

“I am excited about getting a fresh start,” he said. “I know coaches that have been on staff here before and it has always seemed like a great place to be.”

Gano has yet to meet with his players but plans to do so in the near future.

The other task is putting together a coaching staff. A massive overhaul is not expected. Gano said he hopes to keep several of the coaches from Garcia’s staff, which should ease the transition for the players.

“I might bring in a few guys but I want to keep things as normal and stable as possible,” he said.

Gano’s selection leaves Bonita and Bloomington as schools with a vacancies, although Bonita is expected to announce a coach later this week.

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Mt. Baldy League honors: Football

 

 

 

 

Overall MVP – Khlalil Dorsey, Sr., DB-WR, Colony
Offensive MVP – Josh Thompson, Sr., QB, Colony
Defensive MVP – Devon Harper, Sr., Colony
Outstanding Lineman – Tre Bland, Sr., Colony

First team
Stacy Aneke, Sr., Colony
Jonathan Arcos, Sr., Colony
Elijah Arellano, Sr., Colony
Khoury Bethley, Sr., Don Lugo
David Bustamante, Soph., Alta Loma
Jose Campos, Sr., Montclair
Gabriel Casas, Soph., Don Lugo
Devin Collins, Jr., Don Lugo
Alec Cota, Sr., Alta Loma
Mikey Dean, Sr., Chaffey
Omar Delarosa, Jr., Ontario
Tyrique Faatiliga, Sr., Colony
Dane Ford, Sr., Don Lugo
Nicolas Gannuscio, Jr., Alta Loma
Jason Gardner, Jr., Don Lugo
Christopher Gonzalez, Sr., Don Lugo
Trevor Goulet, Jr., Don Lugo
Tyrone Hatchett, Sr., Colony
Matt Lawson, Soph., Colony
Reuben Leyva, Sr., Alta Loma
Ray Maldanado, Sr., Chaffey
Ryan Moya-Chapron, Jr., Colony
Jesse Munguia, Sr., Don Lugo
Nathan Orozco, Sr., Don Lugo
Antoine Paul, Jr., Ontario
Cameron Poe, Sr., Ontario
Jose Rivera, Sr., Montclair
Jovanni Sanchez, Sr., Chaffey
Nathan Solorio, Sr., Chaffey
Sebastian Soto, Sr., Ontario
Ryan Suliafu, Fr., Chaffey
Dallas Teren, Sr., Colony
Ryan Twist, Jr., Alta Loma
Marcos Valencia, Sr., Colony
Isac Velasquez, Soph., Alta Loma
Jiaire Wade, Jr., Colony
Roy Wiley, Soph., Montclair

  • Positions not provided

 

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Quarterback issue a great subplot for Don Lugo-Colony showdown

Don Lugo (5-4, 4-0) and Colony (6-3, 4-0) will be squaring off for the Mt. Baldy League football title on Friday at Colony.

There is a whole lot of irony in the quarterback situation that will be playing out. Senior Dane Ford of Don Lugo sustained a broken collarbone (non-throwing shoulder) in the third quarter of Friday’s win over Montclair, the next to last game of the season.

Rudy Garcia

Last season it was Colony quarterback Josh Thompson suffering the same exact injury in the next to last game, ironically enough, against Don Lugo.

Most thought when Thompson went down, so went the title hopes of the Titans. But no that wasn’t the case. Another senior, Jordan Johnson, who had played very little, stepped in manned the position until Thompson returned for the first time in a month in the CIF semifinal.

Thompson then went out and played in the title game like he had never gone down.

So let’s not sell Don Lugo short. Do the Conquistadores have the same supporting cast around Ford’s replacement, sophomore Rudy Garcia as the Titans did around Thompson? No. But games aren’t won on paper.

Don Lugo graduated a ton of players from a team that finished a respectable third last year in  a year most (including myself) had them pegged for finishing last. So for them to be in this position the last week of the season tells you the job this coaching staff has done.

Coach Luis Garcia will have his team ready to go. Yes, they’ll probably trim down the playbook just a little. But anyone who counts this team out is making a big mistake.

Also, let’s not forget that Thompson was just a sophomore when he took over the quarterback spot when then starter Jonathan Trucks was injured. Thompson kept the job even when Trucks came back. So this will be Garcia’s moment and likely have more in the next two years to come.

 

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Don Lugo loses quarterback Dane Ford for rest of season

The Don Lugo football team registered a 49-7 win over Montclair tonight which gives it a shot at a Mt. Baldy League title against defending champion Colony next week.

But the Conquistadores will have to take on Colony without their most veteran player as senior quarterback Dane Ford sustained a broken collarbone of his non-throwing shoulder in the third quarter.

“I’ve never felt so happy about our success but so much anguish at the same time,” Don Lugo coach Luis Garcia said. “Like someone punched  me in the gut.”

Ford had thrown for 1,429 yards and 17 touchdowns in the previous eight games. He has been the team’s starter since the first game of his sophomore season.

The reigns will now be handed to sophomore Rudy Garcia, the quarterback of the junior varsity. He did get some playing time tonight that should help him. On his first pass attempt he threw a touchdown pass to Devin Collins.

Don Lugo (5-4, 4-0) was third in the league last year behind Colony and Chaffey. It benefited from a tough-non league schedule this year and has been stellar since starting league play.

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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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Don Lugo football team gets boost from unlikely source

Last year the Don Lugo team was one of the most improved teams in the area going from last to third in the Mt. Baldy League to make the playoffs.

Many of those players graduated so second-year coach Luis Garcia is counting on newcomers to keep the progress coming.

But one player has come through who wasn’t on the radar three months ago.

Junior Anthony Miller didn’t even play football last year, although he did compete on the wrestling team. Garcia had him penciled in on the junior varsity. But Miller, a 5-foot-10, 170-pounder, has looked so good not only has he earned spot on the varsity, he is challenging for a starting position at running back and/or linebacker.

“He has been a real beast,” Garcia says. “He plays hard, practices hard and he’s tough.”

Don Lugo, 6-4 a year ago, opens the new season on Friday at Walnut. It defeated the same opponent 41-14 to start last season with Walnut ending the season with a 2-8 record.

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Don Lugo football team looks to feed off solid 2014 campaign

Luis Garcia took over the football program at Don Lugo last year. And while he had high expectations for himself and for his team, few outside the program had that kind of confidence.

“I know people we’re thinking, ‘Here we go again. Another new coach,’ ” he said. “I was totally all in though and I was just focused and I believed in the players we had. You have to buy in because if the players sense that you’re not, they’re not going to buy in either.”

The Conquistadors exceeded expectations though. They were coming off a 3-7 campaign. While a 6-4 regular season may not seem like significant improvement, it really was.

Don Lugo’s Jorge Montelongo, who rushed for 101 yards, carries the ball against Chino during Friday night’s...

The only thing that prevented them from finishing second in the Mt. Baldy behind perennial power Colony was a 9-7 loss to Chaffey.

Don Lugo also advanced to the playoffs and battled another perennial power, Monrovia, to overtime before falling 26-20.

The season also included the first win over local rival Chino since 2009. That rivalry had been overwhelmingly one-sided lately.

This year there is optimism in the school and the community for the first time in awhile. Garcia, himself a graduate of the school, recognizes that means his team has to be equal to the challenge.

“I hate to say we had nothing to lose last year but there were were no expectations,” he said. “Now there are, so yes there is some pressure to build on what we did last year.”

The Conquistadors do have quite a few holes to fill. Among the key departed players are linebacker Preston Carr, a first-team All-CIF selection, as well as wide receiver David Delgado and running back Jorge Montelongo.

Among the key returning players are quarterback Dane Ford, who will be a three-year starter. Among the others are cornerbacks C.J. Scrimmager and Kendale Taylor, offensive lineman Chris Torres, tight end-defensive lineman Christopher Gonzalez and defensive tackle Jeffrey Bitetti.

Leading the group of newcomers on whom Garcia will be relying is sophomore lineman Chris Randazzo, a 6-foot-5, 325-pounder who is already attracting interest from Division I schools.

Others are sophomore wide receiver Thomas Delgado, David’s younger brother, as well as junior linebackers Tzion Dixon, whom Garcia says is the hardest hitter on the team.

Don Lugo opens with a scrimmage against Claremont on Aug. 21. The regular season starts the following week with the Conquistadors traveling to Walnut.

 

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