Bechtel on Damien’s head football coaching vacancy: ‘I’m neutral.’

Matt Bechtel is a natural candidate for the Damien High School head football coaching position that came available Sunday with Greg Gano’s resignation after four seasons. He has had success as a head coach, is a young respected offensive mind and, perhaps most importantly, is a graduate of Damien.

After spending one season as the Chino Hills offensive coordinator following two seasons as Colony’s head coach, the former Damien quarterback says he is happy where he is and hasn’t seriously considered the possibility of becoming the head coach at Damien.

“I’m neutral,” Bechtel said. “I’m happy at Chino Hills. But obviously I want Damien to do well and I’ve always thought about being the guy there. I just don’t have a feeling of what they’re looking for. I don’t know if they’re looking for a quick fix or a guy to be there for a long time.”

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Marquee prep football matchup: Redlands at Chino Hills, Inland Division

In the CIF-SS Inland Division playoff bracket, the tier of teams behind No. 1 seed Vista Murrieta and No. 2 seed Corona Centennial isn’t separated by much. This game is proof seeing as both Chino Hills (7-2-1) and Redlands (7-3) were one league victory from earning the top playoff seeds in the Sierra and Citrus Belt Leagues, respectively.

Nearly No. 1: After a league-opening 41-13 loss to Inland Division No. 4 seed Covina Charter Oak, Chino Hills finished second in the Sierra League. Had Redlands not lost the regular season finale, 14-7, to Eisenhower, the Terriers would have been the league’s top seed instead of its No. 3 seed.

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Final Daily Bulletin prep football top 10

1. Upland (10-0)
Previous rank: 1 Last: def. Etiwanda, 57-39. Next: vs. Temecula Great Oak (5-5)
2. Rancho Cucamonga (8-2)
Previous rank: 2 Last: def. Alta Loma, 31-6. Next: vs. Corona Santiago (5-4)
3. Summit (9-1)
Previous rank: 3 Last: def. Colton, 28-0. Next: vs. Menifee Palmoa Valley (7-3)
4. Carter (10-0)
Previous rank: 4 Last: def. Arroyo Valley, 48-6. Next: vs. Riverside La Sierra (3-7)
5. Chino Hills (7-2-1)
Previous rank: 5 Last: def. South Hills, 56-7. Next: vs. Redlands (7-3)
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