Breaking News: Jake Payton cleared to play for Bonita

Former San Dimas running back and Valle Vista League MVP Jake Payton who left San Dimas for Upland in the spring before transferring to Bonita last Friday, has been cleared to play for Bonita by the CIF-Southern Section with a valid change of address. Payton was declared ineligible at Upland because San Dimas challenged citing athletic motivation. It appears San Dimas did not challenge Payton’s move to Bonita. That’s right, the Smudge Pot is on tonight!

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  • Saints Fan

    “9:05 update: Just got a text from CIF-SS spokesperson Thom Simmons who wrote Payton’s status is “under review” because they’re missing necessary paperwork. Hmm, wonder who hasn’t turned it in. Your guess is probably the same as mine. ”
    Ahhh your funny banter Freddy boy, guess it wasn’t what you thought huh? I’m messing with you, I’m sure the paperwork missing was the new Rental agreement within the Bonita HS boundaries… and a quick utility bill, or something… hahahaha
    Baaaam, let the Game Begin —- you gonna be there early to cover the Pregame meeting between the Ref’s and both Coaches….

    • GP AKA Green Machine

      this game is going to be good…

      • Not So Fast My Friend

        I’m thinking “intense.”

  • coachbilly

    Looks like this game is now classified as a National Rival???
    PREVIEW: San Dimas vs. Bonita CA: “Smudge Pot Game”August 26, 2013

    Great American Rivalry Series

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    GLENDORA, CA – Stakes will once again be high when the San Dimas Saints take on the Bonita Bearcats in the annual “Smudge Pot Game” on Thursday at 10 p.m. (EST) in front of more than 7,000 fans at Citrus College. The game is part of the 2013 Great American Rivalry Series presented by the U.S. Marine Corps and Hibbett Sports.

    Last season, the Saints snapped a two-game winning streak in the series in incredible fashion, converting a fumble into the game-winning touchdown to win 37-36 after blowing leads of 23-0 and 30-8. That gave them a 23-17 lead in the all-time series that dates back to 1972 and a trophy that symbolizes the area’s local citrus industry.

    San Dimas finished last season 11-2 with a semifinal loss to Paraclete in the CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley. The Bill Zernickow-coached team will return its senior quarterback Josh Avila, who threw for 1,129 yards and 16 TDs. Its 1,000-yard senior back Jake Payton (1,628 yards and 22 TDs) recently transferred to Bonita.

    1,000-yard duo of quarterback Josh Avila and back Jake Payton. Avila threw for 1,129 yards and 16 TDs last season, while Payton rushed for 1,658 yards and 22 TDs.

    While the Saints had a solid 2012 season, the Bearcats struggled, going 5-6. Second-year coach Adrian Medrano will have to replace back Reggie Turner Jr., who rushed for 1,381 yards and 24 TDs last season. But they will return senior quarterback Tanner Diebold, who threw for nearly 1,800 yards and 11 TDs, and second-leading wide receiver and junior Christian Ramos, who had 257 yards and a TD.

  • Stephen Carter

    Im a DR guy and as a on-looker, How does Payton get cleared and Hull doesnt? I dont get it!!