Football Roundup for Sept. 25

ONTARIO CHRISTIAN 14, CERRITOS VALLEY CHRISTIAN 12>> Quarterback Ian Ulloa threw an 18-yard game-winning touchdown pass to Grayson Kline in the Knights’ victory over the Crusaders with 55 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. The Knights sealed the game with an interception in the final seconds of the game.

CAJON 65, EISENHOWER 6 >> The Cowboys’ Tyrone Gasaway caught three touchdown passes, Elijah Lilly returned two kickoffs for touchdowns to lead  the way. Wilbur Murray added over 130 yards rushing and a touchdown in the Citrus Belt League win over the Eagles. Cajon will play at 7 p.m. Friday against Miller.

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A quick rundown on all the football scores from Friday night

Bonita quarterback Tanner East scrambles as San Dimas' Dominic Cortez (35) makes the tackle in the first half of a prep football game at Citrus College in Glendora, Calif., on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

There were a lot of great games Friday night. Here’s a quick look at all the scores starting with the Daily Bulletin’s Top 10

1. Rancho Cucamonga (4-1) Beat La Serna 59-21
2. Upland (3-2) Beat George Washington Prep 57-0
3. Carter (3-1) Lost to Redlands East Valley 50-0
4. Chino Hills (3-2) Beat Downey 49-25
5. Summit (4-0) Beat Elsinore 38-21
6. Colony (1-3) Lost to La Habra 49-6 (Thursday)
7. Claremont (5-0) Beat Bell Gardens 22-0
8. Chaffey (5-0) Beat Colton (Thursday)
9. Pomona (3-3) Beat Montclair 55-29
10. Bonita (5-0) Beat San Dimas 28-7

Chino 33, Don Lugo 21 (3 OT)
Grand Terrace 27, Alta Loma 21
Heritage 56, Etiwanda 14
Diamond Ranch 47, El Rancho 14
Diamond Bar 27, Cypress 13
Damien 41, South Hills 7
Kaiser 48, Apple Valley 42
Cajon 65, Eisenhower 6
Murrieta Mesa 44, Jurupa Hills 10
Ganehsa 37, Workman 13
Redlands 49, Yucaipa 21
San Gorgonio 34, Oak Hills 13
Citrus Valley 35, Miller 7
Valley View 52, Rialto 0
Norte Vista 49, Fontana 16
Patriot 22, Bloomington 15
Big Bear 41, Yucca Valley 19
Arlington 37, Rim of the World 7
Ramona 49, Arroyo Valley 0
Indian Springs 14, Granite Hills 12
Nogales 34, Garey 7
San Jacinto 56, Pacific 0
Ontario Christian 14, Valley Christian 12
Webb 44, Fairmont Prep 34
St. Margaret’s 42, Arrowhead Christian 6
Aquinas 56, Calipatria 0

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Claremont boys water polo team chalks up two tournament wins

The Claremont High School boys water polo team had a good day at an invitational in Santa Barbara.

The defending CIF champion Wolfpack pulled out a 17-16 overtime win against La Serna. Jonathan Wong led the way with nine goals, three assists and a steal while Bruno Snow added six goals, three assists and three steals. Lenny Davis and Ian Waasdorp rounded out the scoring with one each.

Kellan Grant had seven saves in goal.

Claremont also registered a 9-4 win over Oaks Christian. Snow and Wong again led the way with four and three goals respectively. Mat Turk pitched in with two goals, one assist and two steals.

The Wolfpack are now 4-4 but the losses have come to quality teams in higher divisions.
The team played in the Santa Barbara event which was held in conjunction with the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness. It is selling the Pink shirts and donating proceeds to Cancer research. Snow and Grant started a club called CARE (Cancer Awareness Reaching Everyone).
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Picking the Week 4 winners . . .

I picked both Thursday night games right to bring my season total to 74-26.

Here goes on this week’s games . . .

Cajon 32, Eisenhower 10 – Citrus Belt League play gets underway this week. The Cowboys will cruise, a warm-up for the tougher games that lie ahead. This freshman quarterback is looking pretty good too.

Redlands East Valley 36, Carter 14 – The Lions have played a ridiculously easy non-league schedule. They’ll pay for that.

Citrus Valley 24, Miller 7 – The Rebels got in the win column last week against local foe Fontana. But they won’t get one here.

Bonita 24, San Dimas 23 – This is one of the best rivalries you’ll find anywhere. It could go either way. Bonita has won it the last two years so I’ll go with the Bearcats. But a win by the Saints wouldn’t surprise me either.

Chino 27, Don Lugo 17 – The ole Milk Can game. The Conquistadores got it back last year but the Don Lugo offense is struggling a bit so the Cowboys are going to get it back.

Kaiser 24, Apple Valley 14 – The Cats had an easy one last week. It won’t be as east this week but I think they’ll come out on top.

Claremont 24, Bell Gardens 17 – The Wolfpack haven’t played the toughest schedule and they’ll be facing a ranked foe. This could be close but I’ll go Wolfpack at home.

Diamond Bar 28, Cypress 7 – The Brahmas were dealt their first loss last week. They’ll bounce back against a team whose only win is over a winless team.

Chino Hills 36, Downey 10 – This will probably seem easy after playing Bishop Amat and JSerra. Huskies get back on the winning track tonight.

Diamond Ranch 24, El Rancho 10 – The Panthers have won three in a row. After tonight it will be four.

Ganesha 31, Workman 14 – The Giants beat this team big last year and they appear improved this year. I’ll go with them.

Alta Loma 21, Grand Terrace 14 – This is probably a toss-up game. Flipping a coin here.

Heritage 27, Etiwanda 14 – Someone tell the Eagles you’re supposed to play a patsy on homecoming, not a No. 1 team. The team has gotten a little swagger back after back-to-back nice wins. Probably won’t be a third.

Pomona 28, Montclair 21 – Montclair is another team that has yet to play a quality foe. The Red Devils have been up and down. But at least they have played someone so I’ll go with them.

Upland 56, Washington Prep – So what if the Highlanders have injuries. Their junior varsity could probably beat this team. Feast or famine for Upland in the preseason. Two very good foes and three horrific ones. Seems to be no middle ground.

Damien 21, South Hills 14 – I think this will be another close game. I’ll go Damien at home.

Nogales 21, Garey 7 – The poor Vikings are struggling so I’ll leave it at that.

Murrieta Mesa 27, Jurupa Hills 20 – I will go with Mesa because it has played  and at least battled against tougher teams.

Cerritos Valley Chr. 27, Ontario Christian 24 – Looks like Matt Hoekstra  is doing a great job in his first year but this will be a tough one.

Rancho Cucamonga 27, La Serna 24 – The Cougars pulled victory out of the jaws of defeat last week. Who knows which Rancho team will show up tonight. I think it will be the good one.

Summit 26, Elsinore 7 – The SkyHawks don’t have anything to worry about this week.

Riverside North 17, Fontana 14 – It’s struggling team vs. struggling team. Somebody has to win.

Valley View 26, Rialto 7 – It’s been a tough few years for the Knights. This is at least a team they should be able to play with.








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Montclair football team looks to improve to 4-0

The Montclair High school football team looks to improve to 4-0 tonight when it squares off against defending CIF Mid-Valley champion Pomona. But how good are the Cavaliers? No one really knows. Montclair’s three wins have come over teams that are a combined 1-10 so far.

That isn’t lost on head coach T.J. Fiorenza who has is guardedly optimistic.

“This will be the best team we have faced,” Fiorenza said about the Red Devils. “They graduated some players but they still are very athletic and have some good players. We’re going to have our hands full.”

The Cavaliers are coming off a 3-7 showing last year so they have already equaled their win total of a year ago – officially. They would have been 5-5 had it not been for a pair of forfeits.

Fiorenza is hoping his team contend for a playoff spot in the Mt. Baldy League.

The coach singles out the steady play of senior quarterback Jose Campos, who played some last year but fought injuries. He has thrown for 542 yards and rushed for 204.

Junior Matthew Mendibles (234 yards), a quarterback on the junior varsity team last year, is the leading rusher. Other offensive weapons include slot receivers Robin Wiley and Devin McLee.

On defense the standouts have included senior safety Dan Carlin, and senior middle linebacker Cris Arismendez.

“I think we’re better but we’re going to find out,” Fiorenza said.

The Cavaliers close out non league play next week against Hacienda Heights Wilson which is 1-2. They start league play on Oct. 8 against Colony which has struggled against a difficult schedule.

“They’re still the team to beat,” he said of Colony. “They have just played the toughest schedule known to man.”


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Colony football team trying to keep the faith despite losses

VIDEO: Colony coach Steve Randall talks about his team’s tough schedule.

The Colony football team is at a crossroad. The Titans head into their last non-league game 1-3. After an opening-week win they have been manhandled three straight weeks.

Tonight it was La Habra 49, Colony 6

The other scores:
Bishop Amat 59, Colony 20
Alemany 42, Colony 0

Next week it is Riverside Poly. The Bears were CIF runner-up a year ago, but like Colony graduated a lot of players.

Colony coach Steve Randall isn’t taking any team lightly but says Riverside Poly is a team his matches up against better physically.

Randall has preached that the schedule will get his team ready for Mt. Baldy League play. Yes it should. But you don’t want kids to completely lose confidence in the process.

The Titans could use a win. Randall should be able to get some help if he wants it. His former offensive coordinator Kevin Davis is the first-year head coach at Etiwanda and the Eagles just played and beat Riverside Poly.

The good news Randall points to is that his team has survived physically. There have been no major injuries, or even minor injuries to speak of.

The other teams in the Mt. Baldy have have looked good, most notably Montclair and Chaffey. But both have played weak schedules. Real weak. Ontario looks improved but the jury is still out on the Jags too.

Alta Loma is a question mark under a new coach.

We’ll see what kind of senior leadership this team has this week. The coaches can keep preaching about the bigger picture but the seniors can help rally the troop. Sometimes it helps to hear the right words from you peers rather than your coaches.

Colony's Jaire Wade (3) finds room to run near the goal line during the second quarter against La Habra Thursday night. Colony hosts La Habra Thursday night September 24, 2015 in a prep football match up at Colony High School in Ontario.  (Will Lester/Staff Photographer)

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Taking a stab at picking the Thursday night winners

We have two games on the prep football schedule tonight and it will be Colony and Chaffey playing at home.

Here is a link to info boxes from those games.

Now to pick the winners . . .

La Habra 32, Colony 21 – Mad props to the Titans for playing a brutal schedule. We won;t know till later in the season if that is paying off. So far the going has been tough for the defending CIF champions.

Chaffey 28, Colton 7 – No one has been able to stop Mikey Dean and Colton won’t either. He’ll get his 200 yards rushing and all four touchdowns.


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“Champions for Character” Awards include several locals

The CIF Southern Section will hold its 12th annual “Champions for Character” Awards dinner at The Grand in Long Beach on Monday. Several locals will be among those honored.

The honors go to student-athletes, coaches and administrators who best exemplify the “Six Pillars of Character” – trustworthiness, responsibility, respect, fairness, caring and citizenship.

Here are the individuals and schools that will be honored:

Marie Abe, North Torrance
Cristian Ayala, Oxnard Pacifica
Emily Bacon, Newport Harbor
Tayler Bennett, St. Anthony
Madeline Coppersmith, Mayfield
Logan Dreese Heritage
Tyler Gerrard, Lakeside
Emma Hovanec, Westridge
Lucky Jordan, Barstow
Jack Koulos, Long Beach Wilson
Elisa Pierre, Golden Valley
Emma Reed, Aliso Niguel
Seve Rodriguez, La Canada
Allison Samp, Academt of Academic Excellence
Destiny Tellez, Azusa

Kelle Bond, Volleyball, Capistrano Valley Christian
Aaron Flowers, Football, San Juan Hills
Andrew Gates, Swimming/Water polo, Damien
Colin Gilliland, Soccer, Lakeside
Jack Hastert, Golf, St. John Bosco
Gary Jackson, Basketball, San Dimas
Scott Larsen, Soccer, Santa Ana Calvary Chapel
Jon McFarland, Swimming, Oxnard Pacifica
Ed Prange, Basketball, Loara
Adam Schullhofer, Baseball, Canyon Country Canyon
Erik Starkey, Cross Country, Covina

Kristen Braun, Athletic Director, Jurupa Hills

Michael Gerakos, Activites Director, University High
Kitt Holk, Athletic Director, Bonita
Kirk Kennedy, Principal, Fountain Valley
Matt Maeda, Athletic Director, San Gorgonio
David Martinez, Assistant Principal, Estancia
Craig Miller, Athletic Director, Hamilton
Ramiro Rubalcaba, Principal, Azusa

Commissioner’s Awards
Kimberly Fricker, Principal, Anaheim Canyon
John Hansen, Athletic Trainer, Los Alamitos
Holli Jackson, Athletic Trainer, Edison

Elsinore, Hemet, Lakeside, Sherman Indian

Cary Osborne, Assistant Managing Editor/Sports Editor, Santa Clarita Signal

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