VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: Inland Empire routs Orange County 69-16 in all-star football

Although IE defense was not was just as good as the offense in a 69-16 win over Orange County on Saturday. OC managed barely over 100 yards of total offense. Of OC’s 16 points, only 3 of them were from the OC offense: as field goal on their opening drive. Since then, essentially nothing. 13 of the points came from OC’s defense and special teams.

Of the 9 IE TDs, San Bernardino County represented well. 1 was on a pass from San Gorgonio’s Nate Meadors, another was scored by Cajon’s Armani Green. Chino Hills’ Trent Goens also wreaked havoc, getting pressure on the OC quarterbacks.

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VIDEO: San Gorgonio’s Nate Meadors talks after IE’s big 69-16 win over OC

San Gorgonio’s Nate Meadors (who is undecided on a college) threw 3 passes for 63 yards and a touchdown, caught six passes for 43 yards, ran twice for 7 yards and returned kicks in Inland Empire’s 69-16 win over Orange County on Saturday

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Chris Ybarra steps down as Aquinas football coach, successor named

Aquinas football coach Chris Ybarra has stepped down, and assistant coach Jordan Brusig has been named his successor.

“The future is bright. There’s a lot of returning players as well as good athletes who will work hard. It’s going to be just like every other year, where our players will work hard in the offseason to prepare for the upcoming season. It’s going to be positive,” said Ybarra in the press release.
Ybarra said Brusig, who graduated from Aquinas in 2005 after playing for former head coach Josh Henderson, has been his assistant head coach/defensive coordinator the three years that Ybarra was the head coach. Ybarra was 14-16-1 as Aquinas’ head coach, making one playoff appearance in 2012. He will continue as the school’s athletic director and softball coach.photo (3) (1)

“I’m glad that I was the one that they picked to take over this job,” said Brusig in the press release. “…One of my biggest hopes for next season is to restore our winning ways, as well as the tradition and pride in Aquinas as a school and in the football program.”
When Ybarra took over as football coach, he did keeping in mind that he would find a successor.
“I wanted to keep continuity in the program,” Ybarra said. “Then find someone who could take over. I feel he (Brusig) is ready.”

My take: While I don’t know Jordan Brusig, I know Chris Ybarra and he had a lot on his plate. Not only was he head football coach, head softball coach, and athletic director, but he also ran a Saturday league for the Archdiocese. And he’s got 2 daughters at the school. So having someone who can devote more of his time to the football program will be good for the Aquinas football program, and for Chris Ybarra.

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3 football coach openings in Colton district, how many will change?

All three head football coaching jobs in the Colton Unified School District were posted as being open on Thursday, but its entirely possible only one of the schools will change head coaches.
The one that will change is at Bloomington, where Marcos Fino stepped down after three straight 1-9 seasons.
“He felt that the players weren’t responding to him,” Bloomington athletic director Chris Brickley said of the reason why Fino stepped down.
Brickley said he feels like if the Bruins get the right person in place, it can be turned around next year.
“We want someone who is experienced in turning programs around,” Brickley said. “I think our preseason schedule is favorable. And we return quite a few starters. A turnaround is possible if we get the right guy.”
Brickley also said that a massive stadium renovation at Bloomington should make the job even more attractive to applicants.
The other two head coaching positions in the district, at Colton and Grand Terrace were also posted as being open on a job web site. But both of those coaches, Chris Mailo from Colton and Ryan Smalls from Grand Terrace are planning on returning.
However, because Mailo and Smalls are not on-campus teachers at the school, the positions are opened up each year. Should a teacher on campus meet the qualifications, they would get priority for the job.

Comments:
Does this seem a little odd? And is there more to this story?
I would say yes, and no.
It is odd, because of the multitude of off-campus coaches each year, they aren’t all opened up every year at least in other districts they aren’t. This could be an exception because either it’s Colton district (and maybe they do things differently), or it’s football, because it’s the highest-profile sport.
It has been suggested that there may be more to this. But if Smalls and Mailo are being pushed out for any reason, I think they would know about it. And by all appearances, they don’t know about it and intend on being back.

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REV well represented on MaxPreps state football team


Malik Lovette, above, holds up REV’s CIF-SS championship plaque

MaxPreps released its all-state football teams, and not surprisingly, state champion Redlands East Valley is well-represented on the Division II team.
Malik Lovette, The Sun’s Player of the Year, was named Division II Player of the Year (and was also the all-purpose player on the first team), and coach Kurt Bruich was named Coach of the Year.
First-team Division II players from REV included offensive lineman Joseph Price, linebacker Matteo Biscotti, defensive back Isaiah Armstrong and punter John Hilfer. On the second team, REV quarterback Armando Herrera.
Other players also made the Division II squad San Gorgonio quarterback Nate Meadors, The Sun’s Offensive Player of the Year, was named for the all-purpose spot on the second team, while Serrano linebacker John Mackesy also made the second team.
On the Division IV squad, Arrowhead Christian wide receiver Matthew Thompson made the first team, and ACA quarterback/linebacker Bradley Mowbray was selected as a linebacker.
Upland senior linebacker Josh Woods, The Sun’s Defensive Player of the Year, made the Division I first team, while Etiwanda linebacker Khaylan Thomas made the second team in Division I. Woods was also a first-team All-American by MaxPreps

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Apple Valley football coach Frank Pulice resigns

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After 25 years coaching football at the school including the last 15 years as a head coach at Apple Valley High School, Frank Pulice has decided to call it quits. He told his team Tuesday.
“With all the stuff I’ve gone through (physically) in the last 10 years, I think it’s starting to effect me mentally,” Pulice said. “I”m getting physically and mentally wore out. I’m burned out. It’s time for me to go.”
Pulice, 48, a Covina High graduate, first came to Apple Valley as an assistant coach in 1990, he has been there the last 25 seasons as a coach.
He also spent a decade from 1992-2002 as head wrestling coach and is currently the boys golf coach, a position he will retain.
In 15 years as head coach, he compiled a 71-88 overall record, but was 59-49 in the last 10 years. He did not win any league titles, but made the playoffs eight times, including five of the last six years.
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Bus issue didn’t derail Serrano football

A note from Louis Brewster:

Last Friday, on the way to its Eastern Division semifinal in La Quinta, a bus carrying part of the Serrano footballl team experienced a flat tire. Rather than wait until the district dispatched a repair team from Phelan, coach Ray Maholchic piled all his players onto one bus.
The cheerleaders stayed with the bus.
“We couldn’t wait,” said Maholchic. “We had three to a seat, we had to get there. In fact, the cheerleaders didn’t arrive until after the kickoff.”
Such potential issues was a major reason Fontana utilized an extra bus during its title runs in 1987 and 1989.
“We weren’t going to take chances,” said then-coach Dick Bruich. “It erased a major worry from the coaching staff and athletic director.”

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Highlights of Malik Lovette Semper Fidelis All American Bowl jersey ceremony


Malik Lovette, above, talks after getting his Semper Fidelis All American Bowl jersey on Thursday.


REV coach Kurt Bruich, talks about Malik Lovette


Malik Lovette talks after the school assembly in which he was awarded his jersey


Kurt Bruich talks about REV being in the finals.

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