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Bakersfield hammers Citrus 54-6

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By Ariel Carmona, Correspondent
Posted: 09/25/2010 11:07:28 PM PDT

GLENDORA – If Citrus College’s clash with the state’s No. 2-ranked team, Bakersfield, was a litmus test of the Owls’ progress this season, then their 54-6 loss on Saturday night showed the team has a lot of work still to do.

The Owls (1-2), ranked No. 19 going into the game, had scoring opportunities in the first half but never managed to find their way into the end zone.

After scoring an early field goal, the Owls fell behind 17-6 by halftime and never seemed to find a rhythm on offense.

In contrast, the Renegades (4-0) scored touchdowns on consecutive possessions in the second quarter, a 3-yard run by Ju Dean-Johnson followed by a 43-yard reception by Leandre West from Lyle Negron.

Citrus coach Ron Ponciano said after the game his team needed to work on all the fundamentals.

“Right now (we need work on) everything. We don’t pass well, we don’t block well, we don’t kick the ball well,” he said. “That team (Bakersfield) has gotten better every day and we have not.”

The Renegades went on to score 37 consecutive points in the second half and also harassed Citrus quarterbacks Blake Loncar and backup Lance Karl throughout the evening by racking up seven sacks.

One positive for the Owls was the play of running back Brando Stansell, who finished with 101 yards on 18 carries.

Bakersfield coach Jeff Chudy praised Stansell.

“He made us miss, he’s a dynamic player,” Chudy said.

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September 27, 2010 at 9:59 pm

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Citrus set to clash with Bakersfield tonight

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The Citrus College Owls practice before a game, Citrus is set to play Bakersfield ranked No. 2 in the state. Courtesy Andrew Vasquez/ Citrus College Clarion

Even before I was writing sports, I enjoyed supporting the local area football teams. Mt. SAC, my alma matter, won earlier today 36-10 over Riverside.

Today is a big night for the Citrus College Fighting Owls. The Owls are playing against the Bakersfield College Renegades. the ‘Gades (3-0) are ranked #2 in the state and have just come off a 63-7 trouncing of Antelope Valley College last week . The game was so lopsided, the score was 42-0 by halftime!

Like I said, a tough test for Citrus Coach Ron Ponciano. The coach told a Citrus College reporter earlier in the year that the team has matured and there’s more talent, especially on the offensive line. After a 36-25 home  win over West LA to open the season in the Central West Conference, the Owls dropped a tough road loss to Canyons last week. The Owls are hoping to get back on track and on the “W” column this week, but they will have to overcome a huge test to do so. If they hope to win, the Owls cannot allow what happened last week to happen to them again when Canyons jumped on them to an early 24-0 lead in the opening quarter.

If you can’t make it out to the stadium, listen to it online, the game will be broadcast live on the internet.

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September 25, 2010 at 11:43 pm

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Wilson beats La Puente 36-20

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By Ariel Carmona, Correspondent
Posted: 09/25/2010 12:22:23 AM PDT

HACIENDA HEIGHTS – Fresh off last week’s victory over Los Altos, Wilson High School beat visiting La Puente in a nonleague football game Friday night.

The Wildcats (2-1) were led by junior quarterback Josh Morales, who followed up his five-touchdown performance against Los Altos by accounting for two touchdowns against the Warriors (2-1).

Morales rushed for a 1-yard score and threw a 5-yard touchdown toss to receiver J.R. Nelson.

The Warriors took an early 7-0 advantage following an 11-play opening drive that ended in a 1-yard touchdown run by Jose Perez.

Perez had a solid night, carrying 25 times for 98 yards and two touchdowns, but 21 unanswered second-quarter points were too much for the Warriors to overcome.

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September 25, 2010 at 7:29 am

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El Monte bounces back to beat Gladstone 32-24

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By Ariel Carmona, Correspondent
Posted at sgvtribune: 09/23/2010 11:21:41 PM PDT

SAN DIMAS – A week after being routed by Covina, El Monte High School rebounded with a 32-24 nonleague victory over Gladstone on Thursday at San Dimas High.

Both teams were winless going into the game, but the Lions benefitted from a strong performance from senior running back Michael Jimenez, who had 32 carries for 155 yards and two touchdowns, and Frank Lopez, who finished with more than 100 yards in kick returns and scored a touchdown.

The Lions took an early 6-3 lead and then made it a 12-3 advantage at halftime on an unusual play in which a pass from quarterback Manuel Santa Cruz bounced off one wide receiver and was caught by another, Nemo Silva, who scored on a 47-yard scoring play.

The Gladiators battled back with 21 second-half points, including a 61-yard touchdown run by quarterback Andres Uribe.

Uribe finished with two touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough as miscues and penalties thwarted Gladstone’s bid for a victory.

El Monte coach Joel Sanchez said the victory was important for his team.

“We’ve been trying to get over the hump this season,” he said, “and today in the fourth quarter we were the team that wanted it more.”

Sanchez praised the Gladiators’ play.

“You gotta give credit to their quarterback,” he said. “They didn’t give up, they just kept coming back. We ran the ball well in the second half.”

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September 24, 2010 at 10:36 pm

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Damien shuts out Chaffey 35-0

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By Ariel Carmona, Correspondent

originally published by San Gabriel valley Tribune
Posted: 09/18/2010 12:04:33 AM PDT

SAN DIMAS – A week after scoring 19 fourth-quarter points in a come-from-behind win, Damien High School was in control the entire night in a 35-0 shutout of Chaffey in a nonleague game Friday night.

Quarterback Enrique Zaldivar threw touchdown passes of 39 and 12 yards and multiple players combined for three scores on the ground.

“It’s a big win for us, but it just means we have a long way to go,” Damien head coach Greg Gano said. “There is a tough road ahead of us.

Gano said his defense played great and the Spartans were happy to find new weapons on offense.

Unlike last week’s contest against Diamond Ranch where the Spartans (2-0) came back to win late, Damien secured a 21-point halftime advantage with touchdown runs from Andrew Aguirre, Jalen Castille and Daniel Covarrubias.

Despite Zaldivar going just 3 for 11 for 31 yards in the half, the Spartans combined for 155 yards of offense and the three touchdowns.

Zaldivar came alive in the second half, connecting with James Ramirez and Aguirre on scoring plays. He finished 8 of 17 for 118 yards and two touchdowns.

The Tigers (1-1) relied mostly on the rushing duo of Julian Bernadino and Carnell Spencer, who last week combined for 400 yards and five touchdowns to lead Chaffey to a victory against Alta Loma.

This week, the duo was limited to 177 yards rushing and no touchdowns.

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September 18, 2010 at 6:55 pm

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Spartans ready to take on Chaffey

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The Damien Spartans practice on Sept. 14 in preparation for their showdown at home with Chaffey on Friday at 7 PM Ariel Carmona/sgvsports

Welcome back to the blog sports fans. Yesterday I visited Damien High school’s football practice in anticipation of covering friday night’s week 2 contest between the Spartans and Chaffey.

As Tribune staff writer Aram Tolegian pointed out in his pre-season analysis of the team, the Spartans may have a tougher road to follow than they did last season, given a lot of the new talent on the team. Even though Head Coach Greg Gano brought four CIF championship rings to Damien’s program when he took over back in ’09, an infusion of new faces and a reshuffling of leagues (with Charter Oak and South Hills joining the Sierra League this season) will make it a challenging journey for the upstart Spartans.

Still, Damien has already overcome a tough early test with a come from behind victory over the Diamond Ranch Panthers last week, in a game in which they scored 19 consecutive points in the 4th quarter to secure the win at Ganesha High. James Ramirez, David Griffith and Daniel Covarrubias all played significant roles in the win and figure to be featured prominently again this week.

Gano seemed to have the team well prepared, running drills and practicing formations in the hot September afternoon. It should make for quite a game this week as they look to improve on their 5-6 record from last year and make it into the playoffs of the competitive Inland Division.

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calling the plays in the huddle, the offensive unit and offensive line run through drills in anticipation of the big game Ariel Carmona/sgvsports

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Football practice for the Spartans Ariel Carmona Jr/sgvsports

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September 15, 2010 at 11:43 pm

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Azusa Pacific University QB too much; La Verne stumbles

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By Ariel Carmona, correspondent

San Gabriel Valley Tribune

GLENDORA – Azusa Pacific University quarterback John van den Raadt tossed three touchdown passes and ran for another, helping the Cougars extend their winning streak over La Verne in a 59-14 nonconference game at Citrus College on Saturday night.

With the lopsided victory, the Cougars have now won nine consecutive over the Leopards dating back to 1994.

Van den Raadt went 9 of 13 for 200 yards and the three scores of 34, 62 and 54 yards and he also did damage to La Verne with his legs, rushing for another 56-yard score.

Azusa Pacific coach Victor Santa Cruz said he was happy about the team’s offensive balance, but he still expects his team to continue growing.

“Every week you base your plan offensively on what they (the defense) are giving us. This week they committed to take away the run,” he said.

“Our challenge to our group is I want to turn on film and see our best effort. I wanna grow every single week, Santa Cruz added, while taking time to praise La Verne.

“That was a good effort on their part, they are very improved defensively,” he said.

After scoring 17 points in the first half, the Cougars came back with 28 unanswered points in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.

Unlike last week, when Van den Raadt and Johnell Murphy combined for nearly 500 yards of offense, the quarterback shared the wealth, throwing to Aaron Wall, Ryan Chamberlin and Matt Davis.

Josh Ross threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Matt Griffin, and running back Erek Brown broke off a 41-yard scoring run for La Verne in the losing effort.

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September 13, 2010 at 4:21 am

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