Montview League football honors

Here is the Montview football honors list. Most of these teams outside our area but Ganesha is an area team so . . . for those folks!

Offensive MVP – Cameron Blackburn, Sr., Azusa
Defensive MVP – Sam Edwards, Sr., Duarte
Lineman MVP – Ronald Cardenas, Sr., Bassett

First team offense
QB Jose Ledesma, Sr., Azusa
RB Donavon Davis, Sr., Ganesha
RB Jordan Johnson, Sr., Duarte
RB Justin Torres, Jr., Sierra Vista
RB Segio Villa, Sr., Bassett
OL Alex Barrios, Jr., Ganesha
OL Esteven Gonzalez, Sr., Workman
OL Gavin Hrey, Sr., La Puente
OL Alejandro Lomeli, Sr., Azusa
OL Angel Villanueva, Jr., Duarte
OL Mario Zamora, Jr., Bassett
WR Carlos Montiel, Sr., Azusa
WR Jose Ochoa, Sr., La Puente
WR Eric Ruff, Sr., Bassett
TE Anthony Fortunati, Sr., Duarte

First team defense
DL Parnell Barnes, Jr., Duarte
DL Angel Flores, Sr., Azusa
DL Brandon Garfias, Sr., Bassett
DL Robert Lainfiesta, Sr., Azusa
DL Refugio Lemus, Sr., La Puente
LB Marion Aguirre, Sr., Azusa
LB Jorge Blanco, Soph., Bassett
LB Enrique Gonzalez, Jr., La Puente
LB Nick Leon, Sr., Duarte
LB Ruben Salas, Sr., Azusa
DB Matthew Arguello, Sr., La Puente
DB Dominic Ramirez, Soph., Azusa
DB Aaron Speed, Jr., Ganesha
DB Sergio Villa, Sr., Bassett
DB Devin Washington, Sr., Duarte
All-purpose Alex Salgado, Sr., Workman

Second team offense
QB Nicolas Colmenero, Sr., Bassett
OL Isaac Aguilar, Sr., Sierra Vista
OL Daniel Cabrera, Jr., Bassett
OL Roger Carillo, Jr., Azusa
OL Cesar Gutierrez, Sr., Sierra Vista
OL Christian Olmos, Sr., Azusa
OL Martin Saucedo, Sr., Gladstone
TE Richard Cabrera, Jr., Gladstone
TE Ernesto Silva, Sr., Ganesha
RB Sam Edwards, Sr., Duarte
RB Lee Jones, Sr., Sierra Vista
RB Angel Maldonado, Jr., Azusa
RB Jesus Navarette, Jr., Bassett
WR Victor Nureldeen, Sr., Duarte
WR Dominic Ramirez, Soph., Azusa

Second team defense
DL Isaac Aguilar, Sr., Sierra Vista
DL Andres Esparza, Soph., Bassett
DL Eric Lopez, Sr., Gladstone
DL Esteven Gonzaelz, Sr., Workman
DL Erik Sanchez, Sr., Duarte
LB Daniel Clark, Sr., L:a Puente
LB Miguel Cruz, Sr., Sierra Vista
LB Steven Gutierrez, Soph., Gladstone
LB Alex Salgado, Sr., Workman
DB Alex Nunez, Sr., Azusa
DB Anthony Castillo, Jr., Bassett
DB Martine Aguirre, Jr., La Puente
DB Ramon Ruiz, Sr., Sierra Vista
DB Ben Reaves, Sr., Galdstone

Honorable mention (Ganesha only) – OL Samuel Davis, Soph.; OL Enrique Berumen, Jr., RB Christian Macias, Soph.; QB Isaiah Davis, Sr.; DL Alex Barrios, Jr.; LB David Gomez, Jr.; LB Donovan Davis, Sr.; LB Albert Henry, Jr.

Ganesha coach wants ‘to keep our talent home’

Speaking to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune recently, Ganesha football coach Darrick Rice talked about what is takes to turn around a struggling football program. With a full offseason to mold the team after a 2-8 season last year, Rice is expecting his foundation to be firmly in place this year.

“We have to remember this is not the 70′s, 80′s, or even the 90′s,” Rice told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. “The rules have changed and so has the area especially with other schools stealing our resources right out of our backyards. Our mission is to first establish something special to keep our talent home, win one game at a time in all areas and learn from our mistakes. We want to show that Ganesha High school can move into the 21st century and actually play four quarters of football and not be everyone’s homecoming game.”

Mt. Baldy, Montview lose playoff-grouping appeals

The Mt. Baldy League’s appeal of its placement in the Central Division football playoff grouping was denied on Wednesday. The league including Chaffey, Chino, Colony, Garey, Don Lugo, Montclair and Ontario lost its appeal by a vote of 7-0, with two abstaining.

A notable addition to the new Central Division football playoff grouping includes the Sunkist League, home to defending CIF-SS Eastern Division champion Summit, which has been to consecutive CIF championship games. Another member of the Sunkist League is Kaiser, which had it’s 11-year streak of league titles snapped by Summit last season. The Inland Valley League, already a member of the Central Division, is adding two schools from the vaunted Big VIII League, Riverside North and Riverside Poly.

Of the 32 appeals heard, 27 were denied, including the Montview League’s appeal of its placement in the CIF-SS Northwest Division football grouping.

Game on: Summit, Ganesha open season in style

Summit 42, Etiwanda 35
Despite Etiwanda junior Larry Cutbirth passing for 339 yards and three TDs, Summit escaped Etiwanda Thursday night when Summit super recruit Devon Blackmon nabbed Cutbirth’s third interception at the 2-yard line as time expired. A dramatic finish included a fourth-down touchdown catch by the Eagles’ Mike Sena (9 receptions, 121 yards, 2 TDs) with 41 seconds left before Etiwanda recovered an onsides kick. Summit piled up 353 rushing yards and ran for five touchdowns. Running back Montigo Alford led a balanced effort with 154 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 30 carries.

Ganesha 31, Montclair 12
As evidenced by the state-record 49-game losing streak it mercifully ended in 2008, Ganesha has been on the wrong side of its share of blowouts. Thursday night the Giants were on the right side of a lopsided score as quarterback Terry Francis rushed for 243 yards and two touchdowns on just 18 carries. The explosive senior broke 54- and 59-yard scoring runs in the second quarter to give Ganesha a 21-0 lead.
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