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Arroyo wins first title in 30 years in thrilling overtime victory, 35-34

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By Aram Tolegian
There was never a doubt. The Arroyo High School football team was going for the glory.
arroyo1Having just scored in overtime to get within one point of Rancho Mirage in overtime of the CIF Southern Section Division 12 championship on Saturday night, Knights head coach Jim Singiser didn’t waver. The veteran head coach sent his offense out on the field for one play to make history, and sophomore quarterback Ernesto Camacho found receiver Devin Knight, who scooped the sinking pass just before hit the turf for a successful 2-point conversion and a 35-34 win.
“That’s how we do things in El Monte,” Singiser said. “We’re down a couple guys on defense and we just thought if we get down there, why screw around and exchange (possessions)? We’re 21/2 yards away from a CIF championship. I like our guys and 2 or 3 yards.”
With the win, Arroyo improved to 13-1 and brought home the school’s first CIF championship since 1986. The Knights will now move on to the CIF State regional bowl playoffs. They will find out next week’s opponent on Sunday. Rancho Mirage finished 11-3.
The two teams entered overtime tied 27-27 after a grueling second half. Arroyo’s defense was obviously still feeling the effects, because Rattlers running back Kyle Whitfield went 25 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the extra period.
Arroyo took a little more time, but the Knights got within one on a sneak by Camacho to make it 34-33. Singiser arroyo2called timeout, not to decide whether to go for two but to solidify what the play was. Camacho took the snap and headed right before firing a pass to Knight, who had come open in the front right corner of the end zone. Still, though, Knight had to secure the tricky catch while falling to the ground.
“I was thinking ‘don’t drop it,’ ” said a tearful Knight. “I just had to zone all the crowd out and make sure I caught that ball. It was probably a foot off the ground, at most. It was an amazing feeling. I just started crying. Best feeling in the world.”
Added Camacho: “I knew we were going for two. He (Singiser) wanted to win the game right there. I just threw (the pass) out there. I kinda threw it soft, but he (Knight) came up with it and we won the game.”
Rancho Mirage appeared to be in good position to win the game in regulation. The Rattlers used a time-consuming arroyo3drive to get inside in the Arroyo 10-yard line with just over four minutes to play. But a holding penalty stalled things out and star kicker Daniel Whelan, who figures to sign with a major college in February, missed a 35-yard field goal wide to the right.
Strangely, it was Arroyo kicker Jesse Ortiz who had the big night. The junior boomed a pair of 41-yard field goals in the second half, the second one tying the score with 10:08 to play.
Arroyo controlled the first half despite being the visibly smaller team. The speedy Knights were able to burn the Rattlers’ defense thanks to another big showing by Camacho, who fired two touchdown passes in the first half to Yezdan Marquez. Arroyo led 21-13 at halftime.
A blocked punt that the Rattlers picked up for a touchdown made things closer in the third quarter. Rancho Mirage took its first lead on a 9-yard touchdown run by Whitefield late in the quarter.

In overtime with Arroyo trailing 34-27, I went live on Periscope to capture the final moments and it couldn’t of been more dramatic with Devin Knight catching the do-or-die two-point conversion in the corner from quarterback Ernesto Camacho for the game-winner, 35-34 over Rancho Mirage for the Division 12 title and Knights’ first since 1986. Watch it, and the celebration that follows. Great interview toward the end with coach Jim Singiser and Camacho.

Before the game, coach Jim Singiser let us broadcast his pre-game speech live, watch

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Damien basketball pulls away to beat Colony 97-80 for the championship of the Covina/Sierra Vista tourney title

Damien wins title: A dynamic duo has formed for the Damien High School boys basketball team. Guard Cameron Shelton and Forward Justin Hemsley each had a double-double as the two-man show took over the second half of a 97-80 win over Colony in the Sierra Vista/Covina tournament championship game on Saturday night.
Shelton, who was named tournament Most Valuable Player, led all scorers with 39 points. 24 of those coming in the second half after Damien (5-0) had a narrow 43-42 lead at halftime. He added 11 rebounds. Hemsley scored 28 points and grabbed 16 rebounds.
“(Shelton) had an incredible tournament,” Damien head coach Mike LeDuc said. “He did a little bit of everything for us. He can score. He can rebound. He can pass and handle the ball well. He gets his hands on a lot of balls and gets a lot of steals. He’s also a great leader.”

THURSDAY’S QUARTERFINAL SCHEDULE
Top Half at Sierra Vista High

Schurr 67, Northview 54
Damien 98, Don Lugo 31
Bottom Half at Covina High
Colony 80, Covina 45
Monrovia 52, Keppel 39
Friday’s
At Northview High School
Damien 79, Schurr 54
Colony 80, Monrovia 39
Saturday’s Championship
At Covina HS

Damien 97, Colony 80

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Los Altos football falls short in Division 6 title game, 21-14; Did miss call change the game?

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Los Altos falls short: The atmosphere was certainly championship caliber, but the sloppiness of the play resembled something closer to Week 1.
Ultimately, in a game decided by mistakes and missed calls, the Los Altos High School football team saw its dream season come to an end in a 21-14 loss to visiting Paraclete in the CIF Southern Section Division 6 championship on Friday night.
“Five questionable fumbles all went to Paraclete, what are you going to do?” Los Altos head coach Dale Ziola said. “That was the whole game. It’s a tough pill to swallow, but I’m super proud of the kids. They worked so hard for so long.”

Changing point? It appeared Tyler Nevens was down at the 2 and Los Altos would have a chance to finish the late third-quarter drive and take a 14-7 lead, but officials ruled he fumbled the ball into the endzone and Paraclete recovered. That led to Paraclete taking a 14-7 lead and Los Altos having to rally to tie and eventually fall, 21-14.

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Host San Dimas and South Hills fall in boys basketball tourney semifinals

San Dimas and South Hills fall in semis: Upland broke open a close game in the third quarter then made free throws down the stretch to hold off San Dimas in a 71-63 semifinal win in the Gary Prestesater boys basketball tournament at San Dimas on Friday night.
In the other semifinal, Kelvin Wright led Rancho Cucamonga with 15 points and Toby Okwuokei added 11 as the Cougars beat South Hills 52-42.The Highlanders will play Rancho Cucamonga for the championship on Saturday at 7:30 p.m, while San Dimas will take on South Hills at 6 p.m. in the third-place game.

FRIDAY’S SEMIFINALS
Rancho Cucamonga 52, South Hills 42
Upland 71, San Dimas 63
Saturday’s championship
Rancho Cucamonga vs. Upland, 7:30 p.m.
Third-place game
San Dimas vs. South Hills, 6 p.m.

Monday’s Round Robin
Rancho Cucamonga 73, Bell Gardens 27
South Hills 59, Burroughs Ridgecrest 46
Upland 79, Arcadia 45
San Dimas 48, Alta Loma 43

Tuesday’s Round Robin
Rowland 72, Bell Gardens 48
Arcadia 65, Silverado 44
Burroughs Ridgecrest 47, Kaiser 40
Alta Loma 83, South Hills 80, OT

Wednesday’s Round Robin
Upland 67, Silverado 59
Kaiser 60, South Hills 54
Rancho Cucamonga 68, Rowland 62
San Dimas 64, Bell Gardens 23

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Two-Minute Drill Football Predictions for Los Altos, Arroyo and La Mirada championship games

Division 6: Paraclete (9-4) at Los Altos (13-0), Friday, 7 p.m.

Division 12: Rancho Mirage (11-2) at Arroyo (12-1), Saturday, 7 p.m.

Division 3: Edison (12-1) at La Mirada (11-2), Saturday, 7 p.m.

olmosProfile on Los Altos QB Kody Olmos: There was one question on everybody’s mind about the Los Altos High School football team entering the season.Nobody doubted the Conquerors had the line play, running back and defense to win a championship, but what about the quarterback? Kody Olmos answered those questions emphatically at what, thus far, has been the biggest moment of his team’s season.
Last week, with Los Altos needing to throw in order to get past Long Beach Wilson and advance to the CIF Southern Section Division 6 championship game, Olmos fired a 18-yard touchdown pass to Khayman King on the game’s final play to turn what looked like a 28-24 loss into a 30-28 win.

camachoProfile on Arroyo quarterback Ernesto Camacho: Ernesto Camacho knew he would play quarterback this season at Arroyo High School. It’s just that he never imagined it would be for the varsity team.Camacho, a sophomore, had mentally prepared himself to be the junior varsity team quarterback and wait his turn until next season for a shot to play under the lights.
Instead, Camacho has turned out to be a major reason why Arroyo hosts the CIF Southern Section Division 12 championship game against Rancho Mirage on Saturday. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
“I’ve surprised myself, I didn’t think I’d succeed this much,” Camacho said. “I thought I was going to be on JV. I started working harder and I just took advantage of the opportunity.”

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Arroyo, Los Altos get week started at Monday’s CIF Champions Luncheon

CIF Southern Section Divisional Football Championships
Division 6: Paraclete (9-4) at Los Altos (13-0), Friday, 7 p.m.
Division 12: Rancho Mirage (11-2) at Arroyo (12-1), Saturday, 7 p.m.

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CIF LUNCHEON: The experiences couldn’t have been more drastically different for the representatives of the Arroyo and Los Alto high school football teams at Monday’s CIF Southern Section Press Conference and Luncheon.
The Conquerors, who are playing in their second final in three years, spent time during the luncheon watching video of Friday’s opponent Paraclete on their mobile devices. Meanwhile, two tables away, Arroyo head coach Jim Singiser told the crowded banquet room that his contingent was a little bit in awe.“
It hasn’t sunk in,” Singiser said. “I want to go over and talk to (Mater Dei head coach) Bruce Rollinson. I got my picture taken with Chris Rix. I’m just like a kid. It’s awesome. It’s a real big honor for us and these kids to be able to experience this.

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Los Altos wins on final play; Arroyo and La Mirada also advance

I periscoped the final mintue with Los Altos trailing 28-24. Watch the dramatic finish with Khayman King hauling in the game-winning 19 yard TD pass from Kody Olmos with no time left for a 30-28 Los Altos win.

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Los Altos wins on final play of the game: Los Altos and Long Beach Wilson went toe-to-toe and back-and-forth for every second of their CIF Southern Section Division 6 semifinal game Friday night, with the right to play for the championship next week at stake.
In the end, it was Los Altos that made one more big play. And what a play it was.Khayman King pulled in an 18-yard touchdown pass from Kody Olmos as time expired for a dramatic 30-28 Conqerors’ win, saving their undefeated season and putting them in the division final for the second time in three seasons.

Arroyo rolls into Division 12 finals: It didn’t take long for Arroyo High’s offense to get it going in the CIF-SS Division 12 semifinal game on Friday night.
Once it did, the Knights did not let up.Arroyo sophomore quarterback Ernesto Camacho threw six TDs and 421 yard en route to a 70-21 blowout home victory over visiting Segerstorm.

Charter Oak can’t keep up in fourth: In the end, the Charter Oak High School football team had nothing left to give.
Besieged all season by injuries to key players, the patchwork Chargers gave undefeated Sierra Canyon all it could handle for 3 1/2 quarters. But ultimately, the Chargers gave out in a 42-19 loss in the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section Division 4 playoffs.
“It comes down to a lot of breaks and we didn’t get any, except broken bones,” Charter Oak head coach Lou Farrar said. “Nobody ever thought that after all the things we went through, that we would end up here in the semifinals.”

South El Monte’ D-13 bid comes up short: Big plays early in the game and big plays later in the game helped Rancho Christian High earn its way to the CIF-SS Division 13 championship game next week with a 42-28 win over South El Monte on Friday night.
Four of Rancho Christian’s six touchdowns were on plays of 30 yards or more. The other two touchdowns were aided by plays of 30 or more yards on each of the two drives.

Friday’s results
Division 2

Murrieta Valley 63, La Habra 42
Division 3
La Mirada 36, Los Alamitos 20
Division 4
Sierra Canyon 42, Charter Oak 19
Division 6
Los Altos 30, Long Beach Wilson 28
Division 7
Norte Vista 21, St. Paul 7
Division 11
Valley View 42, Montebello 7
Division 12
Arroyo 70, Segerstrom 21
Division 13
Rancho Christian 42, South El Monte 28

Next week’s Divisional championships
Division 3

Edison at La Mirada, Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Division 6
Paraclete at Los Altos, Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Division 12
Rancho Mirage at Arroyo, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

La Mirada coach Mike Moschetti is all class, watch

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