Es oficial: Medrano takes over at El Rancho

With school board approval Tuesday night, former Bonita football coach Adrian Medrano officially became the new head coach at El Rancho.

Medrano, a 2002 graduate of El Rancho, was at Bonita since 2012. He won a league championship (’12) and guided the team to the semifnals as an at-large team in ’14.

So why would Medrano want to leave a successful job like Bo-Hi for El Rancho, which hit the skids last season by going 1-9?

“I just personally needed something new and a new challenge,” Medrano said. “Community members from Pico Rivera and El Rancho expressed to me they wanted me to be the next head coach at El Rancho. At first I was hesitant, but when you’re dealing with your alma mater and community where you grew up, it’s extremely difficult to say no.

“I’ve been able to be around some great people at Bonita. The kids are grea and the community is great.”

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East dominates West in Hall of Fame All-Star Game

Leading up to Saturday’s 37th Hall of Fame All-Star Game for high school football seniors, East head coach Chris Brown of Chaffey constantly reminded his team about the drubbing the East took in last year’s game.

They clearly got the message.

The East was simply too big, too fast and too strong and it all added up to a 34-6 win over the West at West Covina High.

“It was good,” said East quarterback Cole McDonald of Sonora, who was named team MVP. “We didn’t have any expectations. We just went and played, and came out on top. We just all wanted to have fun, win and showcase our talents as a team.”

Erick Hernandez of Burroughs was named West team MVP after scoring his team’s lone touchdown on a 40-yard touchdown pass from Flintridge Prep’s Andrew Tsangeos. Rancho Cucamonga’s Nathan Thomas was named MVP lineman.

The East leads the all-time series 24-11-2. The East had a seven-game win streak in the series entering last year’s game, but a tweak in the boundaries of which both teams draw their talent from helped get the West back in the column.

But Saturday, the East was right back to its dominant way. Sonora running back Jacob Fimbres started the scoring with a 12-yard touchdown run midway through the first quarter.

The East was right back in the end zone moments later on a 26-yard touchdown pass from Charter Oak’s Kam Brown to Chaffey’s Mike Dean. The West, badly in need of some points, was met with disaster instead.

Early in the second quarter, Ayala Isiah Flowers stepped in front of a short pass by the West and returned the interception 25 yards for the touchdown and a 20-0 lead that felt insurmountable.

“They kept running that same bubble play/read option, and I just decided to jump it and it fell in my hands,” Flowers said. “I was getting frustrated because they kept throwing that bubble and I wasn’t there making a play. I caught it and was headed straight for the end zone.

“It’s great because it’s my last high school game. I will remember this for probably the rest of my life … tell my kids about it.”

McDonald’s 18-yard touchdown pass to La Serna’s Anthony Garcia made it 27-6. McDonald later showed what he could do with his feet by scoring on a nifty 12-yard keeper.

Other than Hernandez’s touchdown, there was only a few nice runs by Monrovia’s James Spicer to talk about as far as highlights. But still, Hernandez was happy for the experience.

“It feels good to score a touchdown in my last game,” Hernandez said. “It feels good to be out here with the guys and be out here having fun. We gave a good effort, but some things didn’t go our way. We had a good time.”

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EAST roster for Saturday’s Hall of Fame Game at West Covina HS, 6 pm

1 Price Curtis RB Chino Hills
2 Cisneros Eddie RB/DB Santa Fe
3 Schoenick Tyler WR/DB Glendora
3 Nash Dareon WR/DB Charter Oak
5 Davis Markelle DE Claremont
5 Dean Mike RB/DB Chaffey
6 Greer Kendall DB Etiwanda
7 Flowers Isiah TE/LB Ayala
9 Dorsey Kahlil DB Colony
10 Brown Kamden QB Charter Oak
11 Rodriguez Ricky WR/DB California
12 Thompson Josh QB Colony
13 McDonald Cole QB Sonora
15 Williams Eric WR/DB Covina
16 Williams Donovan RB/DB Los Osos
17 Gutierrez Noah WR Etiwanda
20 West Da’creh RB Chino
21 Charles Jordan RB/DB Ayala
22 Record Cameron DB Damien
23 Lamb Brian RB/DB Pomona
24 Garcia Anthony RB/DB La Serna
27 Ainsworth Amir DB Bonita
30 Lockett Darreon WR/DB Pomona
32 Thigpen Dylan RB Damien
33 Cota Alec FB/LB Alta Loma
36 Fimbres Jacob RB Sonora
39 Darrow Cody LB Ayala
40 Campos Daniel TE/LB La Serna
41 Taylor Corey LB Glendora
42 Gallardo Jasper DL St. Paul
43 Rosales Anthony TE/LB Chino Hills
44 Erickson Josiah LB San Dimas
46 Harper Devon OLB Colony
47 Ellis Deshawn LB Diamond Ranch
50 Omana David OL Diamond Bar
51 Zumaya Hector OL/DL Whittier
53 Davis Samuel OL/DL Ganesha
55 Gallardo Joe DL St. Paul
57 Bland Tra’ OL Colony
70 Label David OL/DL Glendora
71 Matelau Raymond OL Upland
72 Hanna Youssef OL/DL San Dimas
75 Bell Rogers Tyler OL/DL Webb
76 Thomas Nathan OL/DL Rancho Cucamonga
78 Avina Manuel OL Chino
92 Gonzales Christopher DL Don Lugo
98 Ferdinand Kelon DL Upland

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