Citrus Belt League MVP Tristan Workman pitches against Carter. (Photo by Frank Perez for SCNG)
Cajon also suffered a key injury in the game against REV that didn’t turn out as bad as first feared.
Running back Nicolas Wilson injured his hand when he was tackled hard late in the fourth quarter before REV rallied. Wilson wasn’t in for Cajon’s final two offensive plays after REV took the lead.
Wednesday coach Nick Rogers said Wilson will play.’
“He’s going to play,” Rogers said. “It’s not broken. It’s just a sprained hand. For precautionary reasons, he might wear a glove and we’ll limit him in practice It was swelled up pretty good.”
It is Wilson’s left hand and he carries the ball with his right hand, but even so, Wilson isn’t facing contact in practice this week and Rogers will monitor him during Friday’s key game against Redlands to see if he can keep playing.
Cajon’s Tre Wellmaker, a transfer from Jurupa Hills, has found his way onto The Sun’s scoring Top 10 in an unusual route.
Wellmaker has scored only six touchdowns this season, but has 19 2-point conversions, as Cajon skips kicking extra points in favor of going for two and Wellmaker is the most likely recipient. All of his 2-point conversions are on runs.
Although on maxpreps.com, you can’t sort statistics by 2-point conversions, it does appear that Wellmaker leads the CIF Southern Section in successful 2-point conversions.
It’s hard to argue with coach Nick Rogers’ decision to go for two. The Cowboys are 24-of-32 on 2-point conversions this season, which is better than some teams have success on kicking extra points. And that conversion rate includes one miss in which Cajon took a knee on a conversion against Miller.
It meant nothing to the final outcome, but Cajon failed on a 2-point conversion on the final touchdown in last week’s 46-6 win over Miller and coach Nick Rogers says, “I can laugh about it now.”
Here’s the situation. Cajon goes for 2 after every touchdown because they don’t have a placekicker.
On this situation, the Cowboys tried a fade to the corner of the end zone, pass was completed, but offensive pass interference was called. Cajon went back to the same play and again, the pass was completed but offensive pass interference was called, butting the ball back to the 33 now. Rogers was visibly upset, and had to talk the officials out of getting an unsportsmanlike conduct call against him, which would have pushed the ball back to the 48. As it was, it was on the 33 and at that point, Rogers threw up his hands and ordered quarterback Jayden Daniels to take a knee.
I’ve never heard that happening before. I’ve seen a team taking a knee in the third quarter of a game. Teams take knees on kickoff returns or interception returns all the time. But on a two-point conversion? And that turned out to be the only conversion that Cajon failed on, in six touchdowns.
Four high profile football transfers from Upland to Corona Centennial were ruled ineligible by the CIF Southern Section, but Centennial wasn’t the only school to have transfers from Upland denied.
Darren Jones, a sophomore who led Upland in receiving as a freshman last year with 19 receptions for 437 yards and five touchdowns, had transferred to Cajon and hoped to be a big part of the Cowboy offense. That won’t happen anytime soon as CIF-SS also ruled him ineligible for football and basketball until next July. Rogers said Upland contested Jones’ transfer.
“I think he’s going to file an appeal with the state (CIF), as far as I know,” Cajon coach Nick Rodgers said. “But that would take several weeks.”
Rogers doesn’t agree with Upland contesting the transfer.
“I’m like Kim (Battin, former Cajon coach). If a guy doesn’t want to play here, let him go,” Rogers said.
Unlike other schools, Cajon has not been a destination for many transfers Rogers said. He notes that he lost three varsity players to transfers (two to Pacific and one to San Gorgonio) and got only one varsity player back, receiver Tre’veon Wellmaker from Jurupa Hills.
“If this is a recruiting competition, I’m not doing a very good job,” Rogers said.
Cajon football could be getting a big-time transfer that would help the Cowboys for the next three years.
Darren Jones had 19 catches for 437 yards and five touchdowns as a 6-foot-7 freshman last year. He lead the Highlanders, who went to the second round of the playoffs, in all three categories.
Cajon coach Nick Rogers confirmed that Jones is at Cajon, but said that his transfer status is still pending. The CIF Southern Section web site lists Jones’ transfer status as “under review.”
I have no idea whether or not Jones’ transfer will go through, and if so, if he’ll have to serve the sit-out period.
But I’m interested if the transfer goes through, how things will work out between Jones and Cajon’s standout sophomore quarterback, Jayden Daniels.
A year ago, Daniels, The Sun’s Newcomer of the Year, completed 169 of 301 passes for 2,694 yards and 35 touchdowns with only 10 interceptions. That was to a largely experienced receiver crew. And when one of his top returning targets, Phillip Ryan, transferred out to Pacific, the question was, “who will Daniels throw to?”
It could be Jones, which could make for a very intriguing QB-WR combo for the next three years.
Cajon isn’t putting all of its eggs in Darren Jones’ basket. Tre’veon Wellmaker, who was second at Jurupa Hills last year in receptions (45), yards (328) and receiving touchdowns (three), has transferred in. Wellmaker, who is a senior this year, has been approved by CIF-SS to play immediately.
Thursday, we learned the three-way tie for fourth place in the Citrus Belt League softball standings would be broken by runs allowed among the three teams, since Cajon, Redlands and Citrus Valley all went 1-1 against each other, and Redlands won that tiebreaker.
There will also be a tie in the Citrus Belt League baseball standings, but there are some big differences. It will only be two teams and it will either be a tie for first or second. And the tie will not be broken by runs allowed. Let me explain.
Going into today, Carter, Redlands East Valley and Yucaipa are in a three-way tie for first, Carter plays fourth-place Redlands and REV and Yucaipa play each other. If Carter wins, Carter ties with the REV-Yucaipa winner for first. If Carter loses, Carter ties with the REV-Yucaipa loser for second.
If Carter finishes tied with REV, then Carter wins the tiebreaker, because Carter swept the two games with REV in the opening week of league. If Carter ties with Yucaipa, the teams split head-to-head, so you would go to runs allowed. But each team won a one-run game, Yucaipa by an 8-7 score, Carter by a 2-1 score in 8 innings, So each team allowed 9 runs. The next tiebreaker for baseball or softball is a coin flip, which I’m guessing would be held Friday night.
Here are videos from Cajon’s state championship game, postgame interviews as well as final seconds:
Kayla Washington talks:
Turner twins talk:
Taylor Goldsberry talks
Unlike last week’s Regional Final against Santa Ana Mater Dei, Saturday’s CIF State Division II championship game against Elk Grove won’t be an issue of size disadvantage.
“They have a decent point guard and a couple of wings who are pretty good,” Cajon coach Mark Lehman said. “They only start one girl who is 6-foot (junior Sydnee Kilbride) and she’s not a big scorer (3.1 points per game).”
Early in the week, Lehman wasn’t sure what kind of defense he was going to run, but seemed to like the zone that was successful against Mater Dei.
“I don’t know what we’ll do. They only have one outside shooter and chasing around takes energy,” he said.
The zone against Mater Dei was very successful, not only in slowing down the Monarchs, but also keeping the Cowgirls out of foul trouble, which can be Cajon’s Achilles’ Heel. Cajon committed just five total fouls in the 51-30 win against Mater Dei:
Elk Grove’s top players:
Mira Coleman, 5-8, Jr., G, 18.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 4.1 apg
Madison Wong, 5-6, Sr., G, 14.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.2 apg
Paiton Demps, 5-7, Jr., F, 12.3 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.9 apg
Cajon’s top players, stats through 1st CIF-SS playoff game
Kayla Washington, 6-0, Sr., F, 22.7 ppg, 13.6 rpg, 3.0 apg
Tyla Turner, 5-5, Sr., G, 13.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 7.3 apg
Tyra Turner, 5-5, Sr., G, 11.9 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 8.3 apg
Cajon isn’t limited to those players as fellow seniors Dezarae Embry (4.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg) and Taylor Goldsberry (9.7 ppg, 9.0 rpg). Junior Deja McBath a 5-10 forward came off the bench had some big baskets down the stretch against Harvard-Westlake in the state playoffs.
But, if Cajon doesn’t need to substitute like it was in the Mater Dei game, the Cowgirls will win. That’s a big if. And remember, Cajon will be coming off a whole week of rest, so that shouldn’t be an issue.