San Bernardino County Prep football coaching changes: an updated list

The latest list of San Bernardino County prep football coaching changes from last year to this year, with last year’s record in parentheses:

  • Arroyo Valley: old coach Tony DiThomas (3-7); new coach Demetrius Stewart
  • Cajon: old coach Kim Battin (2-8), new coach Nick Rogers
  • Don Lugo: old coach Lou Randall (3-7), new coach Luis Garcia
  • Fontana: old coach Nick Matheny (3-7); new coach David Crump
  • Grand Terrace: old coach Harold Strauss (4-6), new coach TBA
  • Ontario: old coach Ron Stocking Jr/ interim coach Ryan Alvarez (1-9); new coach John Kusleika
  • Ontario Christian: old coach Chris Stevens (6-5), new coach: Rick Martin
  • Rialto: old coach Gavin Pachot (6-5), new coach Drew Young
  • Rim of the World: old coach Bob Gradillas (8-4), new coach Ernie Madrigal
  • Summit: old coach Cesar Villalobos (5-6), new coach Nick Matheny
  • Victor Valley: old coach Leland Eudy (7-4); new coach Mark Mora

Gavin Pachot steps down at Rialto, leaving 7 football vacancies

Gavin Pachot has stepped down as head football coach at Rialto, saying, “I really feel like. the direction I was moving with the football team was not the same as the administration.”

In four seasons as head coach at Rialto, Pachot, a 1989 Fontana grad, was 24-20 with three playoff appearances. Prior to Pachot becoming the head  coach, Rialto was 11-69 in the previous eight seasons. He said he plans on coaching next season and in fact was scheduled to be interviewed for the Summit head coaching job on Wednesday.

Unless I’m missing one, here’s the updated list of San Bernardino County head football coaching changes, with old coach, (2013 record in parentheses) and new coach

  • Arroyo Valley: old coach Tony DiThomas (3-7); new coach Demetrius Stewart
  • Cajon: old coach Kim Battin (2-8), new coach Nick Rogers
  • Don Lugo: old coach Lou Randall (3-7), new coach TBA
  • Ontario: old coach Ron Stocking Jr/ interim coach Ryan Alvarez (1-9); new coach TBA
  • Rialto: old coach Gavin Pachot (6-5), new coach TBA
  • Rim of the World: old coach Bob Gradillas (8-4), new coach TBA
  • Summit: old coach Cesar Villalobos (5-6), new coach TBA

Mt. Baldy League playoff breakdown

Because the MRL was so easy, I thought I’d write this before getting some sleep. Also helps that its not excessively complicated, as there’s only one game that really matters this week.

1) Colony (8-1, 4-0): Has clinched the No. 1 seed out of the Mt. Baldy League regardless of what it does tonight against Montclair by virtue of winning the head-to-head tiebreaker with Chaffey.

2) Chaffey (5-4, 3-1): Has clinched the No. 2 seed out of the Mt. Baldy League regardless of what it does tonight against Ontario because it loses the head-to-head tiebreaker to Colony and owns the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Don Lugo-Garey winner.

3) Don Lugo (5-4, 2-2): Would clinch the No. 3 seed out of the league with a win over Garey tonight because it loses the head-to-head tiebreaker with Chaffey if the Tigers lose. A loss would eliminate the Conquistadores, as there’s no chance of the Mt. Baldy League getting the at-large bid.

4) Garey (4-5, 2-2): The Vikings would clinch the No. 3 seed out of the league with a win over Don Lugo tonight because they lose the head-to-head tiebreaker to Chaffey if the Tigers lose. A loss would eliminate Garey from playoff consideration using the same logic that was used for Don Lugo above.

5) Montclair (3-6, 1-3): Eliminated from playoff consideration.

6) Ontario (1-8, 0-4): Eliminated from playoff consideration.

Central Division predictions

Well, the regular season ended with me going 23-3 overall, giving me a wicked awesome record of 206-48-4. I know, I’m the man, but the playoffs are the true measure of manhood. So we’ll break them up to give everyone extra-special attention, starting with the Central Division. And in friendly competition with Clay Fowler, I’ll add my complete division picks at the bottom.

Colton at No. 1 Rancho Cucamonga
If I’m Rancho, I’m furious at this matchup. Not necessarily because Colton is great – this isn’t a vintage Yellowjacket team – but because preparing for the double-wing is annoying. It’s not run very often and its almost impossible for the JV or scout team to simulate. Except some hiccups early from unfamiliarity, Rancho should control this game though.
Rancho Cucamonga 28, Colton 16

Wildomar Elsinore at No. 2 Los Osos
I know that Elsinore went to the title game two years ago and lost to Colony. I know they are south of here. Besides that, I don’t know much about them. I know Los Osos can score with Richard Brehaut and Arby Fields and they can defend better than usual. It’s the latter which will allow Osos to pull away.
Los Osos 27, Elsinore 10

Etiwanda at No. 4 Cajon
The San Andreas League champion against an at-large. Easy win right? Not so fast. I think this may be the most entertaining game involving local teams in any division, as the Angel Santiago experience will be matchup up with Walter Kazee, Marlon Pollard and his Cajon buddies. This game is pretty big for the SAL’s morale, as a loss to the No. 4 Baseline team would be a rough one to swallow. Cajon will gut past a tough-luck Etiwanda squad.
Cajon 34, Etiwanda 31

Colony at Ayala
Colony isn’t exactly rolling coming into the playoffs, losing to Chaffey and Ontario down the stretch. But they are the two-time Central champions, which should mean something, even though the Central Division is infinitely better than it was when Colony won. The Titans have talent and will fight, but Ayala will be too much. I’m boring with these picks I know.
Ayala 23, Colony 14

San Gorgonio at Chino Hills
It’s almost like I’ve seen this game before. Oh wait, I have. Actually, I didn’t see the 42-20 Huskies win in person, but I seriously enough has changed to drastically alter the result. San G has won five of six since then, but Chino Hills has too much talent and balance.
Chino Hills 31, San Gorgonio 16

Ontario at Paloma Valley
I want to pick an upset. I really do – I almost feel its my duty as a blogger to pick a ridiculous upset, then take the prerequisite ribbing once that pick goes completely to waste. You see where I’m going here. Ontario is scrappy under QB Herman Huezo and will pull the shocker. I guess.
Ontario 18, Paloma Valley 16

Upland at Chaffey
I guess I could have been extremely lame and called this my upset, saying that Upland’s No. 3 seed in the Baseline and being on the road is probable cause for calling this an upset. But I’m not going to insult your intelligence any more than I already have. Chaffey’s physical running game might do some things early, but Upland has way too much firepower.
Upland 30, Chaffey 12

Other game of note that I’m not writing about because the teams aren’t in the County:
Glendora 28, No. 3 Hemet West Valley 24

Quarterfinals
No. 1 Rancho Cucamonga over Ontario
Ayala over No. 4 Cajon
Upland over Glendora
Chino Hills over No. 2 Los Osos

Semifinals
No. 1 Rancho Cucamonga over Ayala
Upland over Chino Hills

Finals
No. 1 Rancho Cucamonga over Upland

Mt. Baldy League playoff breakdown

I’ll do the Mt. Baldy League breakdown now, since all of its games this week are being played tonight. This might be the simplest one yet, though I’m sure I’ll be able to make complete nonsense of it.

1. Chaffey (7-2, 4-0): The Tigers have clinched the No. 1 seed out of the Mt. Baldy League by virtue of victories over Colony and Ontario.

2 tie. Colony (5-4, 3-1): The Titans have clinched a playoff berth and are playing Ontario for the No. 2 seed. Winner gets the No. 2 seed, loser takes the No. 3. Pretty simple.

2 tie. Ontario (5-4, 3-1): Copy and paste the Colony writeup, substituting “Jaguars” for “Titans” and “Colony” for “Ontario”.

4. Don Lugo (3-6, 2-2): Eliminated from playoff consideration by virtue of head-to-head losses to Colony and Ontario.

5. Montclair (2-7, 0-4): Eliminated from playoff consideration.

6. Garey (1-8, 0-4): Eliminated from playoff consideration.