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.

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“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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Kevin Davis finishes off football coaching staff at Etiwanda


One of the biggest chores any football coach has is assembling a coaching staff. That isn’t always easy, given what teaching positions may or may not be available.

New Etiwanda coach Kevin Davis is done with that mission and he is pleased with the final product.

Davis, a graduate of Etiwanda who most recently served as offensive coordinator at reigning CIF Central Division champion Colony, brought three coaches with him.

Among those coming over from Colony is Jay Miller who will serve as defensive coordinator. He had coached linebackers at Colony. Miller was also on staff with Davis previously when he was at Etiwanda, then followed him over to Colony when he went there.

Also coming over from Colony is Alvin Burkley, who will coach wide receivers and is on campus at Etiwanda.

Doug Huston, who is in the district as a teacher at Ontario, will coach offensive line.

Lenny Ware will handle the secondary. He is a graduate of Montclair and a former collegiate standout at UNLV. Last year he transferred to Etiwanda with a teaching position but had not been coaching. Davis was quick in adding him.

Also added to the staff is Eddie Rummel who had been offensive coordinator at Alta Loma for three years under Joe Szczepanski. Davis says Rummel worked under him previously at Etiwanda but left and went to Alta Loma when Davis moved on to Colony.

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Kevin Davis named new football coach at Etiwanda

Kevin Davis helped the Colony Titans to a CIF Central Division title this season as offensive coordinator. Now he is making a move to head a program.

Davis, 36, had been at Colony the last two years. Before that he was on staff at Montclair for one season.

He also served a two-year stint at the University of Redlands under veteran coach Mike Maynard.

But the move to Eitwanda is a homecoming several times over. He graduated from there in 1997. He also served two stints as an assistant coach there, once from 2002-2003 and again from 2004-2005.

He thought this was a good time to make a move.

“I learned a lot in the last few years and being at Colony coach (Steve) Randall gave me a lot of responsibilities that helped prepare me for this.”

Davis teaches business and will finish out the school year in that teaching capacity at Colony.

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