San Gorgonio coach Ron Gueringer openly admits that his Spartan team caught people by surprise last year. After going 2-8 in his first year in 2009 and opening last year 0-4, San G won seven games in a row before falling to Moreno Valley Rancho Verde in the CIF-SS Central quarterfinals.
The Spartans ended up defeating and finishing ahead of eventual CIF champion Colton in the San Andreas League, finishing second behind Cajon. So the element of surprise for San G has completely disappeared.
“There’s going to be no sneaking up on people this year,” Gueringer said. “Last year people overlooked us and didn’t expect much so we were able to work out way in there. But there’s going to be a target on our back this year.”
San G returns five players that Gueringer says could receive Division I scholarships, led by senior linebacker Ryan Hunter-Sims (6-0, 225). Hunter-Sims, a captain last year as a junior, is moving from defensive tackle to linebacker, a position that San Diego State is interested in him playing.
San G also returns its leading rusher and receiver from a year ago in Jamie Snowten (5-9, 195) and Brandon Charles (5-10, 175), though Charles is nursing a knee injury that he suffered last season. Senior lineman Tevita Kalabi (6-3, 275) has a Colorado State offer while Monroe Offield (6-1, 180) moves to quarterback from wide receiver.
“How Monroe adjusts will dictate how good we’ll be as an offense,” Gueringer said. “We had a good quarterback last year in Dayln Contreras that made all the throws and really excuted the offense. Monroe has that potential and played QB as a sophomore, so it’s a matter of how well he’ll adjust.”
Other seniors returning for the Spartans include linebacker/running back DaShean Wages (6-0, 180), linemen Danny Macias (6-2, 275) and Aseta Tauave (5-10, 260) and defensive backs Mark Flores (5-8, 160) and Aaron Henderson (6-0, 175). Juniors Patrick Evbuomwan (6-0, 185) and Josh Mendoza (5-7, 170) will help at linebacker.
San Gorgonio schedule (Home games in CAPS, * indicates league game)
Sept. 9: at Moreno Valley Rancho Verde
Sept. 16: REDLANDS EAST VALLEY
Sept. 23: YUCAIPA
Sept. 30: at Pacific*
Oct. 7: at Cajon*
Oct. 14: CARTER*
Oct. 21: ARROYO VALLEY*
Oct. 28: at San Bernardino*
Nov. 4: RIALTO*
Nov. 10: at Colton*