San Bernardino’s Alex Mattison picks Boise State

Above, Alex Mattison talks in September about getting recruited despite people telling him he should transfer away from San Bernardino HS

I’m glad things are working out for Alex Mattison. He’s a great kid, who works hard and stayed at San Bernardino even thought many people thought he wouldn’t get scholarship offers unless he transferred to another school.
Last weekend, he gave a verbal commitment to go to Boise State to play football. He intends to sign on National Signing Day Feb. 3.
“I really had a good relationship with coach (Lee) Marks,” Mattison said of Boise State’s running back coach who recruited him. “He was there from the beginning talking to me.”
Mattison said he was the only recruit there last weekend and said he got to see a lot of things he might not normally have seen because he got individual attention.
“It’s a big campus, but not too big,” Mattison said. “And the blue turf is cool.”
Mattison, a two-time first-team all-Sun running back, is 6-feet, 200 pounds. As a senior, he rushed 151 times for 2,057 yards and 22 touchdowns in 10 games. He also led the team with 14 receptions, totalling 296 yards and three touchdowns. As a junior, he had 2,436 yards of total offense and 28 touchdowns in 10 games as a junior.
“I think their style suits me,” Mattison said of Boise State. “And I like that a lot of their coaches went to Boise. They’re really committed to the program.”
According to rivals.com, Mattison had scholarship offers from several schools including Arizona State, Washington and Washington State from the Pac-12.

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Citos Marinez makes sense as Jurupa Hills football coach

I had an interesting conversation with Citos Marinez, the soon-to-be-approved football coach at Jurupa Hills on Thursday.
Truthfully, there’s a good chance he wouldn’t have gotten the job without a previous coach-parent relationship with Jurupa Hills athletic director Kristen Braun.
And I don’t have a problem with that at all.
Braun’s son, Blake, played for Marinez when Marinez was an assistant coach at Redlands East Valley from 2004-12. Braun’s brother Kurt Bruich is also the head coach at REV.
Kristen Braun of course already knew him but could get truthful answers about him from her brother and her son, as well as her son’s friends.
In this era of coaches and administration not seeing eye-to-eye, it makes sense for an A.D. and coach to know each other previously. Obviously the A.D.-coach relationship is different than that of parent-coach, but you still have an idea of what he’s like working with kids and whether he knows football.
That weighed in his favor likely much more than the 7-23 record he compiled in three seasons as head coach at Covina Gladstone.
Both Marinez and Braun feel more comfortable I think about his hiring because of their history. She knows what she’s getting in a coach, and although he hasn’t worked for Braun, he knows her. It makes sense.

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Indian Springs seeks new football coach

Indian Springs is seeking a new head football coach after the school and head coach David DeWoody parted ways.
Indian SpringsDeWoody, the only coach in the three-year varsity history of the school, compiled a 5-25 record including a 3-7 record in 2015. Among those losses was a one-point loss to Jurupa Hills. Had Indian Springs won, the Coyotes would’ve finished in a three-way tie for second.
Indian Springs Athletic Director John Chamberain said it was a “mutual decision.” The decision was just finalized on Thursday and it has not yet been posted on job sites.
Chamberlain said he does have two potential candidates on campus who were not on DeWoody’s staff, but who have football coaching experience.
Chamberlain wants to get a coach hired quickly, but not as quickly as other athletic directors who want to have a candidate selected in the next couple of weeks. He said he’d like to get a coach named, by the beginning of February “so he can get going on the off-season workouts.”
DeWoody was retired from teaching and was off-campus. Chamberlain hopes the next coach will be on-campus, but does not know what teaching positions might be available, should the next coach come from another school.
“It changes everything with a team to have a coach on campus,” Chamberlain said.
Chamberlain said he would like to have a coach with previous head coaching experience.

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CIF-SS semifinal predictions

I had a horrible week last week. Maybe I think too much (probably not) or maybe I think I know more than I actually do (probably).
Anyway, I went 8-6 in picking games last week and I am now 287-87 picking winners this week, with 6 margins exactly right and one score exactly right.

Here’s what I have this week, for better or for worse.
Central
Charter Oak 28, Glendora 19
San Marino 30, Summit 24
Eastern
Oak Hills 42, La Quinta 31
Serrano 45, Palm Springs 21
Inland
Heritage 28, Cajon 24
Rancho Verde 35, Citrus Hill 28
Northwest
Notre Dame 21, Aquinas 14
Linfield Christian 35, Nipomo 20
West Valley
Mission Viejo 28, Chino Hills 17
Rancho Cucamonga 27, Vista Murrieta 21

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Ed McMillon steps down as Jurupa Hills football coach

Jurupa Hills is looking for its second head football coach in school history after Ed McMillon stepped down this week, a little more than a week after the Spartans were eliminated from the CIF-SS Inland Division playoffs in the first round.
“I think it was mutual. Maybe I overstayed a little bit,” McMillon said.
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McMillon started the Jurupa Hills program, playing almost entirely a varsity schedule with just freshmen and sophomores in the Mountain Valley League in 2010, and compiled a 32-35 record in six seasons.
The high point was in 2013, when the Spartans won the Mountain Valley League and CIF-SS East Valley Division title. Jurupa Hills also made the playoffs each of the last four years McMillon was at the helm including the last two after moving to the San Andreas League.
“Of course winning CIF was big,” McMillon said. “But I’m proud of the fact that even though we didn’t have a lot of D1 kids, we’ve had kids go on and lead productive lives.”
McMillon said he didn’t necessarily see eye-to-eye with Jurupa Hills administration.
“I think we had a difference in philosophy, we weren’t on the same page,” he said.
McMillon, who had also served as an assistant at Miller and Carter and has already inquired about possible assistant coaching positions that might open up so he is not expecting to sit out the 2016 season.
“I definitely want to coach again,” he said. “I’m looking forward to the next opportunity.”

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