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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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.
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.
MIRA LOMA, CA; (08/23/2013): As was expected, first-time Varsity Quarterback Edgar Murillo had a very strong start as the Jaguars kicked off their pre-season with a four-way scrimmage on Friday. Ontario's Jaguars and Perris' Panthers faced off against Jurupa Valley's Jaguars and Granite Hills' Cougars. Murillo looked very good as did Offensive Coordinator Bo Hust's new offense. The offensive line provided the necessary protection to allow Murillo the time needed to pass for two touchdowns and when needed to scramble and advance the ball.
At the outset, nerves were obvious but that only lasted about four plays. After that, he beamed with confidence as he handed off to FB Ricky Medina, who scored and RB Ronald Robison, Jr., who carried well. With WR Christian Beltran out, the Jags looked to veteran receiver Robert Butanda and rookie reciever Alfonso Bueno to stabilize the Jag's passing game. Both answered with touchdowns. Butanda's touchdown came with a Granite Hills Cougar firmly in tow. The Jags defense struggled a bit, but Defensive Coordinator Donald Martin was quick to accept responsibility for the minor issues seen. "I take full responsibility," he told the team. "We'll work through our issues and then it will be up to you!" After the varsity scrimmages, Head Coach Ron Stocking seemed pleased with the outcome. "They looked good. We have some things to work on, but overall I thought we played well." After witnessing the last four years of scrimmages, it was clear that this year's showing was the best by the Jags in that same time period.
Earlier in the afternoon, the Freshmen took on Granite Hills. Freshmen Head Coach Lupe Nieves led his offense using a surprising newcomer at the helm. QB Mekhi Zinnerman was excellent in the pocket. He scrambled for huge yardage, while moving in and out of defenders seemingly at will. On defense, the Freshmen Jags have great talent in the big middle linebacker, Omar DeLaRosa. DeLaRosa was active in nearly every defensive play and has the size to be dangerous to Jaguars opponents during his high school career.
At the JV level, last year's Freshmen QB Cameron Poe, now a sophomore showed why he's held his position. After leading the JV squad down to the one yard line before turning the ball over on downs, Poe was able to scramble for large gains, using the sidelines as his own personal corridor. Sophomore RB Jalen Coleman also showed great strength hitting defenders hard and proving to be a difficult carrier to tackle.
All in all, it was a good outing for the Jaguars. It will most certainly get better as the injured Jaguars return over the next couple of weeks. Starters, Christian Beltran, Anthony Fuentez, Casey Zendejas, Jason Lara and back-ups Darron Culver and Manuel Vargas were all sidelined with injuries and unable to contribute in Friday's scrimmages. Next week, the Jaguars open their preseason in Covina against Northview.