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.
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LA PUENTE, CA; (09/13/2013): The Ontario Jaguars Varsity Football Team lost a close game tonight to the Nogales Nobles on the road. The game would come down to the final seconds as the Jaguars fought to get into field goal range. Earlier on the evening, QB Edgar Murillo hit a 46-yard kick with five yards to spare.
The Jaguars got on the scoreboard on their first possession. Robert Butanda returned the initial kick-off 41-yards placing the Jags in excellent field position. Seven plays later, RB Stephon Randolph rushed the ball for a touchdown from 4-yards out. Late in the first quarter, on a 3rd down and long play, Murillo who was under pressure, connected with WR Robert Butanda for another TD. After missing the PAT, the Jags closed the first quarter 13-0. The Nobles kicked a field goal in the closing minutes of the first half to end the half trailing Ontario 13-3.
With less than four minutes in the 4th quarter, Nogales traveled 74 yards in eight plays to take the lead 24-23. The Jaguars had 1:43 on the clock to return the ball and get into field goal range for Murillo. Robert Butanda returned the kick from the 1-yard line all the way to mid-field giving the Jags a legitimate chance to comeback at take the victory. Try as they might, the Jags were only able to move the ball 11 yards before the time ran out securing a Nobles victory.
Despite the loss, there were some very positive signs. RB Stephon Randolph (Jr.) was excellent in the backfield rushing for 133 yards on 16 carries for an average of 8.31 yards per carry. Randolph showed some impressive agility giving him a 37 yard gain, the largest of his night. On defense, LB Michael "Gibby" Serrano was strong in the middle. Serrano led the team with 12 tackles on the night and helped keep the defensive game solid. With the high number of injuries and scratches, Serrano led a cadre of sophomores across the middle.
Edgar Murillo had a good night. Murillo, who also plays soccer, kicked a 46-yard field goal, rushed for a touchdown, passed for 135-yards and put a PAT through the uprights.
The Jaguars will next host the Alta Loma Braves in a rare Thursday night contest, September 19th at 7:00pm. Alta Loma (2-1) shut out Fontana High School tonight, 29-0. Photos are posted in the Football Galleries.
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.