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JAGS WIN THIRD STRAIGHT
LA PUENTE, CA; (09/11/2015) Gil Zendejas:
Ontario's Varsity Football Team came to Nogales High School hoping to show well, but with varied emotions. "We didn't have a bad week of practice, but it wasn't great. The heat certainly didn't help and if we were going to do anything, we would have to show it on the field," Defensive Coordinator Bo Hust told WeRtheO.com. Right from the outset, it appeared the Jaguars came to play, marching the ball 77 yards before relying on the first of three field goals by Sebastian Soto. Throughout the first half, the Jaguars and Nogales Nobels traded scoring until two long plays by the Jags were converted into touchdowns.
At the half, the Jags led 30-10.
When trailing, the good thing about halftime is that it offers an opportunity regroup and make adjustments. When leading, you hope that the opposition doesn't make those adjustments. Nogales did... scoring on their first two possession, forcing multiple Ontario turnovers and turning those into scoring opportunities.
With just 2:35 left in the 4th quarter, the Nobels tied the game at 30-30. One of the chain holders looked over at me and said, "Well, I guess we'll see what kind of heart Ontario has, huh?" He had overheard my halftime discussion with Coach Hust. Trouble is, both the coaches and WeRtheO.com know that Ontario has heart!
After Ontario was forced to punt, giving the Nobels possession with less than two-minutes to play, that heart started beating, and LOUDLY. Jaguars DB Antoine Paul picked off a Nobels pass at the Nogales 43-yard line. With 1:16 left, the Jaguars would have to move the ball inside the 25 to get back in to field goal territory. On the very next play, a blown pass call forced Ontario QB Cameron Poe out of the pocket where he found a seam. Poe carried the ball 40 yards down the sideline, leaving just 3 yards to go. FB Jason Lara took it from there, barreling his way up the middle and across the goal line.
Nogales would get the ball back with 1:01 left in the game and with three time-outs remaining. On the final play of the game, with just sixteen seconds left and the Nobels facing a 4th and 13 situation, Ontario's DL Darron Culver chased down the Nobels QB for his second and most-important sack of the game. The final was 37-30.
Antione Paul was huge making the key interception to turn the game and blocking an earlier field goal attempt. QB Cameron Poe added two more touchdowns to his seven in the previous two games and Darron Culver added two more sacks, giving him six on the season. One couldn't help but notice the great runs by Gianni Oquendo, and hard-hitting of Tony Dominguez. Not to be missed, three field goals from Sebastian Soto were the scoring difference in the game.
Next week the Jags will play at home (Montclair HS) against the visiting and undefeated Chino Cowboys.
ONTARIO SCORES FIRST SHUT OUT SINCE AUGUST 2012
MONTCLAIR, CA; (UPDATED: 09/04/2015) Gil Zendejas:
The last time it happened was August 31, 2012 in the city of Bloomington. The standouts that night were Jacob Estrada, Eduardo Cervantes, Kyle Zendejas and Christian Fernandez, and it ended with a 34-0 shutout victory for the Jaguars. It took another three years, but on Friday night the Jaguars were able to do it again, shutting out the Bloomington Bruins 42-0. Ontario QB Cameron Poe, coming off a three TD game against Garey last week, was able put up four more against the Bruins, from 2, 12 4, 14 yards out. Poe's four touchdowns were complemented by Sheldon Osborne who ran another in from 14 yards out. With less than five minutes to play, Senior DB Demetrius Jones, playing in his first game, picked off his second interception of the night and ran it back 30 yards to round out the Jaguars scoring. Kicker Sebastian Soto was a perfect 100% in his PAT attempts.
The Jaguars defense was on fire, sacking the Bruins QB Ricky Goldbach seven times. DL Darron Culver added two sacks to his two from the prior week, and sophomore LB Luis Rivera, who has played strong in his first two games picked up his first interception of the season.
The Jags are 2-0 to open their season and will travel to Nogales High School in La Puente next Friday to face the Nogales Nobles.
POE'S THREE TD'S LEAD JAGS TO VICTORY
POMONA, CA; (08/28/2015) Gil Zendejas:
Ontario quarterback Cameron Poe scored three times from inside the red zone tonight to lead Ontario to its Week 0, 47-23 victory at Garey High School. Ontario started out slowly but then then scored two touchdowns in 14 seconds of play in the first quarter. After Poe's' first score from 1 yard out, Garey tossed a pass that was fumbled and ultimately recovered by Dominick Avendano. Avendano raced 14 yards carrying two defenders into the end zone giving Ontario a 13-0 lead. The Jaguars threatened to score again when Poe tossed an errant pass to the 4 yd line that was intercepted and run back for a 96 yd touchdown.
Early in the 2nd quarter, Garey tossed a 42 yard pass to a sprinting receiver who scored, giving Garey its only lead of the night 14-13. Sheldon Osborne and Sebastian Soto would later score rushing touchdowns for the Jags and Poe would add two more of his own. The Jags also picked up a safety when Garey attempted a punt from the end zone and the ball was hiked over the head of the kicker. The kicker kicked the ball out of the end zone.
When the dust settled, the Jaguars had earned the victory in their pre-season opener, 47-23. Next week, the Jags will host the Bloomington Bruins at Montclair High School. This is a Thursday game and for those attending, remember that the field has been reorganized so the Home side of the field is now on the Orchard Street, (south side of the field). Kick-off is set for 7pm.
OPENING FOOTBALL SCRIMMAGE THIS FRIDAY
ONTARIO, CA; (08/18/2015) Gil Zendejas:
Ontario football will open its pre-season this Friday, August 21st at Ontario Christian High School. Ontario's Freshmen squad led by Coach Lupe Nieves will open the day's scrimmages at 3:00pm. Immediately thereafter, the Varsity and JV squads will take to the field led by Coach John Kusleika. The Scrimmages are free to observers and will be played on the football field at Ontario Christian High School. Come out and support your Jags Football teams!