By Fred J. Robledo, staff writer
There was something strange about Charter Oak High School’s No. 5 ranking in this week’s CIF-Southern Section Inland Division poll. Not that the back-to-back CIF-Southeast Division champs weren’t deserving, even though the Chargers are moving up to a considerably tougher division. (To continue click thread and listen to coach Mark Pasquarella and Chad Jeffries on video).
Glendora 28, Charter Oak 21 — The Chargers’ four turnovers didn’t help their cause, but this was the Tartans’ night. Chad Jeffries pass for 94 yards and rushed for 70 while Corey Victoria rushed for 83 yards and two TDs.
Bonita 41, San Dimas 20 — Not shocking that the Bearcats ended the Saints’ three-game Smudge streak, shocking how easily it happened without their starting QB.
Rowland 35, Baldwin Park 29 – Who would have thought the Raiders would win in a shootout. Though the Braves’ defense was stronger.
Bishop Amat 23, Garfield 0 – Once again, when all else fails the Lancers played solid defense. It’s been their M.O. in the Steve Hagerty era. We hear Ruiz had the jitters in the first half, then settled down and did fine in the second.
Covina 27, West Covina 21 – Shocker of the night. The Colts trailed 21-2 at one point, scoring three touchdowns in the final four minutes to shock the Valley, and your favorite Trib reporters.
Diamond Bar 38, Nogales 21 — The Nobles put up a solid fight, but it looks like the Brahmas offense will be a force to reckon with the rest of the way.
Arroyo 35, Ontario 14 — On cruise control, the Knights rolled up 35 points and held off the visitors.
Pomona 21, Garey 14 – The Red Devils usher in the Anthony Rice era with a victory, though closer than expected.
El Rancho 41, Los Altos 0 — The Jim Arellanes debut for the Conqs couldn’t of gone any worse, could it?
Ayala 35, Don Lugo 13 — The Bulldogs roll to an easy victory, no surprise.
Chino Hills 28, Mayfair 14 — The Inland’s fourth-ranked Huskies get a big win on tthe road.
Santa Margarita 56, Diamond Ranch 0 — This would even make the normally speakable Roddy Layton unspeakable.
Bassett 34, Keppel 0 – The Olympians win and win easily, a great way for new coach Aubrey Duncan to start.
It was more of a slap to Glendora, a team not ranked in the Inland Division after earning a piece of the Sierra League crown last year — the same Sierra League Charter Oak will move into in a few weeks while the Tartans head to the Baseline League.
Earning respect the old fashioned way, the Tartans took advantage of four Chargers turnovers to take the Mayor’s Trophy at Citrus College on Friday, beating visiting Charter Oak 28-21 in the season opener for both schools.
“We have to earn our way a little bit,” Tartans coach Mark Pasquarella said. “To be ranked in the (Inland) Division you’re doing something. Hopefully we can climb our way up and get a little respect.”
Tartans quarterback Chad Jeffries was a handful, completing 9-of-15 for 94 yards, which included a 17-yard touchdown pass to Cory Murphy with 10 seconds left in the half to stake the Tartans to a 14-7 lead.
Jeffries was just as dangerous with his feet, rushing for 74 yards and a touchdown, teaming with running back Corey Victoria, who rushed for 83 yards and two touchdowns.
“I think both teams are going to be good in the long run,” Pasquarella said. “But we knew we had somebody special in Chad. He’s going to help us win a lot of games.
“I would tell everyone in the Valley to go see him at least once. He can play at the next level, and the next level after that.”
The Chargers received a pleasant surprise from freshman running back Kurt Scoby, who rushed for 76 yards. Even junior quarterback Travis Santiago performed well most of the evening, completing 15-of-24 for 201 yards and a touchdown pass.
But Santiago’s lone interception to go with three Chargers fumbles were tough to overcome.
“You can’t turn the ball over that many times, not against a team like that, it makes it so difficult,” Chargers coach Lou Farrar said. “They played on a short field, and the team that doesn’t make mistakes early in the season usually wins.”
After fumbling on the Tartans’ 29 on the opening possession, Charter Oak came back and took a 7-0 lead on Santiago’s 24-yard touchdown pass to Dennis Rufus.
After Jeffries led the Tartans back on an 11-play, 80-yard drive that ended with Victoria’s two-yard touchdown run to make it 7-7, the Chargers fumbled the ensuing possession on its own 42 with 2:39 left — which the Tartans cashed in on Jeffries’ touchdown pass to Murphy to go up 14-7.
Santiago’s pick came early in the third quarter at the Tartans’ 43, which the Tartans turned into a 21-7 lead after Victoria scored from five yards late in the third quarter.
Scoby’s 22 yard run set up Donald Martin’s one-yard touchdown to cut the Chargers’ lead to 21-14, but Jeffries scored on a two-yard run with 5:08 left to stretch their lead back to 28-14.
Excuse the bad camera work, I’ll work at it