LOS ANGELES, CA; (10/6/2013): Ontario Jaguars Tight-end Christian Beltran was featured tonight on NBC's 'The Challenge.' Fred Roggin described the challenges that Beltran has faced in his personal life and how he has overcome them. In light of his father's run in with the law, Christian had to step up and from a young age and become the man of his house. His strength and perseverance are a reminder to us all that we can overcome any challenge we might face.
Almost immediately, social media lit up with praise and words of congratulations for the 6-foot, 3-inch varsity player. Principal Willborn tweeted, "You make us proud!"
Ontario TE Christian Beltran on NBC-Los Angeles' "The Challenge" earlier tonight
MONTCLAIR, CA; (09/28/2013): After a series of rough games in the preseason (0-4), the Varsity Jaguars opened league play with a 28-15 victory over the Garey Vikings last night. WR/FB Robert Butanda had a huge game, rushing for three touchdowns, including an 87-yard punt return on special teams. Although Butanda coughed up three fumbles, two which led to turnovers, he still managed to rush for 177 yards on 17 carries (Avg. 10.41 yds/carry). His huge rushing numbers sent him to the top of the Mt. Baldy League stat sheet with 291 rushing yards so far this season. Colony's Devin Imbach is less than 20 yards behind Butanda. His three TD's and two 2-point conversions also made him the overall League scoring leader with 40 points so far this season. Late in the game, Butanda went down with a leg cramp but after returning, he was still able to put points on the board.
With starting QB Edgar Murillo still nursing a knee injury sustained during last week's loss to Alta Loma, Offensive Coordinator Bo Hust called upon sophomore QB Cameron Poe to lead his offense. Poe was solid, completing four of nine attempts for 45 yards, all into the hands of Butanda. RB/DE Stephon Randolph, who led the league in sacks coming into the game, extended his lead by sacking Garey QB Rigo Salcedo twice. On offense, Randolph rushed for 70 yards on 15 carries (Avg. 4.67 yds/carry).
With Murillo on the sidelines, rookie kicker Jonathan Sanchez, who was a part of the 2013 CIF D4 Championship Soccer Team, was called upon to show his strong leg. Sanchez put three kickoffs inside the 10 yard line including a 59 yard boot. The play of the game came on a Sanchez kick-off. Garey returner Chris Jackson ran about eight yards up the middle when he was run over at full speed by the Jaguars' Julio Mendez. Jackson never saw him coming and was leveled on the play. The Jaguars celebrated and Jackson pounded the turf in frustration. It was arguably the best hit of the year so far.
Next week, the Jaguars will travel to Chino for an away game against the Cowboys. As with the Vikings, this will be the last time these two teams will meet as both Chino and Garey will leave the Mt. Baldy League after this season. Chino is coming off a Friday night 41-0 rout of the Montclair Cavaliers. Fortunately for the Jaguars, WR Christian Beltran, DL Gerardo Semerdjian and LB Anthony Fuentez will all be off the injured list and ready for play.
King Danny Martinez
Queen Andrea Gutierrez
MONTCLAIR, CA; (09/19/2013): To say that Thursday nights' game was bad, would be kind. The Ontario Jaguars (0-4), who were coming off a narrow one-point loss to the Nogales Nobles were looking for their first win of the season. Head Coach Ron Stocking (5-19) knew it would be difficult as the Jaguars were facing even more injuries than in previous weeks. In fact, fifteen players were on the sidelines at the start of the game, most in casts or slings. Unfortunately, the Jaguars' Defense was the most affected by injuries... and it showed. On the Jaguars very first possession, Ontario QB Edgar Murillo put up a pass that deflected off the receiver's hands and right into the waiting arms of Alta Loma DB Kendall Greer. A couple of plays later and Alta Loma was on the board taking a 7-point lead 25 seconds into the game.
From there, it got even uglier. The Jaguars struggled to move the ball on offense while the Braves moved the ball at will putting 28 points on the board in the first quarter. Alta Loma would score touchdowns on each of their first five possessions. At halftime, Alta Loma was up 41-0.
After the break, Alta Loma didn't score again and Alta Loma Head Coach Joe Szczepanski (9-15) told the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin why, "We got some of our backups in there in the second quarter and they played the whole second half so that was good.” The only bright spot for Ontario came from sophomore QB Cameron Poe, who came in to relieve Murillo in the 2nd quarter. Poe carried the ball well and connected with WR Christian Beltran in the corner of the end zone for the Jaguars only score. Beltran's fingertip catch made it seem that all was well with him after his four week absence with a broken foot. But once again, the injury gremlins were on the move as Beltran spent the rest of the game with his foot iced up. Alta Loma won the game 41-6.
LB Adrian Bueno left the game early with a high ankle sprain, DL Gerardo Semerdjian broke his wrist and QB Edgar Murillo was sidelined with a knee sprain early in the 3rd quarter. Jaguars LB Jason Lara, who has nursed a shoulder injury all season, left the field in an ambulance after dislocating his shoulder. He is likely gone for the season. Jerry Cavender, Athletic Trainer for Ontario High School told WeRtheO.com, "I've never seen a season like this. I can't believe how many injuries there have been. It's amazing." On Friday, in the JV contest at Alta Loma, DB Adrien Timmons had to leave the field on a stretcher after breaking his leg. If my math is correct, that's three broken legs, four high ankle sprains, three wrist/hand injuries, two shoulder injuries and so on, and so on.
This Friday, the Varsity Jaguars will host the Garey Vikings (0-4) in the first of six league contests. With the number of starters who will be watching from the sidelines, Ontario will have to fight their way through their Homecoming Game. Kick-off is set for 7:00pm at Montclair High School. (Photos from Thursday's game versus Alta Loma are posted in the Galleries.)
ONTARIO, CA; (09/13/2013): To say that the Varsity Jaguars Football Season has gotten off to a rocky start would be akin to saying an erupting volcano was simply the earth burping. The young team, whose hopes really relied on some key players and a support group that would help the strong, but young underclassmen, have has to endure with key starters watching from the sidelines. So far, the Jags have opened to an 0-2 pre-season with injuries taking their toll on the squad.
Just as he was coming off a broken foot injury, the league's 2012 receiving leader, WR Christian Beltran (#13), suffered a tear in the webbing of his fingers which will sideline him for a couple more weeks. Big 6'2" Lineman Casey Zendejas (#54) who sat out the first two games nursing a broken leg, re-broke the same leg in the same place just three days after returning and will be out until two games into league play. The league's leading tackler LB Anthony Fuentez (#6) who has played while recovering from a shoulder injury is questionable for the Nogales game with a minor hand injury, and LB Ricky Medina (#22) and RB Ronald Robison III (#3) will sit out tonight's game for administrative reasons.
"We just can't get a break," Head Coach Ron Stocking said. "Too many starters are out and it hurts." On the depth charts, the Jags have back-ups, although most are young and unchallenged under the Friday Night Lights. Fortunately for Ontario, they still have three weeks until league play begins and can hopefully heal from their wounds.
Butanda would run another one in from 6 yards out and the Stephon Randolph's two-point conversion would end the Jaguars' scoring at 15. In the end, the Bruins claimed victory, 22-15. Questions arose regarding two specific scoring chances which both went Bloomington's way.
The Jaguars (0-2) will need to be much better when they play against the Nogales Nobles (0-2) next Friday in La Puente. The Nobles also lost tonight falling to the South El Monte Eagles, 38-6.
COVINA, CA; (08/30/2013): The Northview Vikings had their way with the Ontario Jaguars in the Jags' season openers this week. The best showing came from Coach Nieves' freshmen team who fell to Northview 0-13. The Varsity Jaguars, who were nursing more than a few injuries, were routed 0-40 at Covina's District Field. The JV squad looked very good for the first three quarters of play, holding the visiting JV Vikings to just one touchdown. Unfortunately, just three minutes later, the Vikings would be up 23-0, where they remained until the final whistle.