Jurupa Hills trying to keep it simple in inaugural season

Jurupa Hills coach Edward McMillon spent most of the summer trying to find some sort of stability with his brand-new Jurupa Hills program. Considering that he was dealing with a group of inexperienced freshmen and sophomores and practicing at a junior high, that wasn’t an easy thing to find.

“There’s a lot of stuff you just don’t anticipate that you have to take care of as a new program,” McMillon said. “We were practicing at Southridge Middle School on a field without hashmarks, which was a challenge. You are constantly unwrapping stuff in plastic. It’s different.”

McMillon is invigorated by the task, which is to get a Spartan team that barely has any personnel that can drive legally to compete in a Mountain Valley League schedule with the likes of Rim of the World and Riverside Notre Dame right away. The enormity of that task has the Spartans looking to accomplish simplistic goals.

“Right now we are looking to accomplish our game goals as far as yards and limiting turnovers and build that way,” Jurupa Hills coach Edward McMillon said. “We are looking to create stability.”

McMillon estimates having a total of about 70 kids in the program between the two classes, indicating that kids were signing up even as fall practices were getting under way. Due to that, its hard for him to anticipate who will be impact players, though three players have stood out to him early on.

Catching the eye of the coaching staff has been sophomore Johnny Luna (5-9, 160) and freshmen DeShire Singleton (5-11, 180) and Torry Moline (6-0, 140). Luna will play quarterback in the Spartan offense – which will feature the spread formation quite a bit – while Singleton and Moline will each play wide receiver.

Luna will also play defensive back for the Spartans, who will run out of a base 4-3 set.

Jurupa Hills 2010 schedule (Home games in CAPS, * indicates league game)

Sept. 11 – at Calabasas Viewpoint
Sept. 17 – SILVER VALLEY
Sept. 24 – DESERT HOT SPRINGS
Oct. 1 – Tba (against a JV team more than likely)
Oct. 8 – Tba (against a JV team more than likely)
Oct. 15 – at Rubidoux*
Oct. 22 – RIVERSIDE NOTRE DAME*
Oct. 29 – at Citrus Valley*
Nov. 5 – BANNING*
Nov. 12 – at Rim of the World*