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By Coach Joe Rivas
Jags football falls to 2-2 after losing at Chino, 2-42.
RB Jalen Coleman with the carry at Chino
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"A NICE START, BUT STILL A LOT OF WORK TO DO"
ONTARIO, CA; (08/29/2014): After a scoreless first quarter that saw five penalties called in the first seven plays of the game, the Jaguars were able get a lead on the visiting Garey Vikings. As the Vikings' back-up quarterback lost the ball on a bobbled snap in the end zone, Ruben Maciel was quick to touch him, giving the Jags a 2-0 lead. A two yard touchdown run by RB Anthony Fuentez, gave Ontario a 9-0 lead going into the half. Late first half, Garey challenged with a couple long rushes, but DB Miguel Hernandez intercepted an errant pass and the Jaguars had the lead heading into the locker room.
After the break, Fuentez would do it again from the same distance getting his second TD of the night. Placekicker Jonathan Sanchez converted and the Jaguars were up 16-0. Sanchez missed two field goals from outside of 30 yards, both by inches. "That was close," one of the defenders was overheard saying. Garey got the ball into Ontario's red zone with 6:02 left in the game, but despite two penalties inside the five yard line, the Jaguars' Defense was able to keep them out and turned the ball over on downs. Despite their effort to hold on to the shutout, Garey was able to tackle the ball-carrier just inside the end zone to put up a two point safety. With less than 90 seconds to play, Ontario carried the ball in the Garey red zone as Ivan Reyes, carried the ball on a long 25 yard run and DB Joseph Burton picked one off and ran it back 41 yards.
The Jags' kneeled down to end the game, claiming their first victory of the new season. For Coach Kusleika, it was his first win as the Jaguars Head Coach. "Guys, congratulations. It was a nice start, but to be honest, I'm a little disappointed. We're better than that. We did okay, but there's still a lot of work to do." LB Anthony Fuentez, two-time All Mt. Baldy League and captain told WeRtheO.com, "Overall we did pretty good. We need to do a little better on offense, but we still got points on the board." Fuentez led the team in defensive play with 10 tackles, and 2.5 sacks. The Vikings' QB was sacked a total of five times (MLB Anthony Fuentez, DE Casey Zendejas, DT Joshua Manzano and DL Ruben Maciel).
On offense, FB Ivan Reyes carried for an average of 6.25 yards per carry, (75yds/12 carries). FB Jared Allen averaged 6.0 yards per carry (18yds/3 carries), and Anthony Fuentez averaged 5.0 yards per carry (55yds/11 carries). QB Cameron Poe was 22.2%, (2 for 9, 17yds).
Next week, the Jaguars will travel 15 miles to Bloomington High School to face the Bruins. Bloomington had a week 0 bye, so they did not play last week. The Jaguars come in 1-0 after their victory last week over Garey. In their last two contests, each team has one victory. Last year, the Bruins were victorious 22-15, and in the prior year, the Jaguars shut out the Bruins, 34-0. As of this writing, the Bruins' roster on Maxpreps.com is incomplete.
JAGS OPEN THURSDAY AGAINST A FAMILIAR OPPONENT
ONTARIO, CA; (08/26/2014): While most of us were off during the summer enjoying our vacations, Jaguars football was working under the scorching sun, preparing for what should be one of their better football seasons. As the San Bernardino Sun newspaper accurately reported, the Jaguars are being led by their third head coach in just two years. That would challenge some teams, but it's clear the Jaguars are up to the challenge, in part, because of who their new head coach is.
Veteran coach John Kusleika was selected to lead the team in the late Spring. Speaking with WeRtheO.com back then, he said, "We're going to be stronger... we're going to understand what our jobs are and we're going to have fun." If the Jaguars performance in last week's scrimmage versus Ontario Christian is any indication, he has lived up to his April 2014 comments. Ontario looked strong in their first outing last week. The offensive and defensive lines are considerably bigger and stronger than in recent years. The last time this line had this type of size was back when the likes of Justin Randall, Moses Huerta and Chris Ortega were up front clearing traffic back in 2009. That was the year Ontario opened 3-1, and brought home the Cat Bowl trophy.
Returning O-Linemen 6'3" 245# Joshua Manzano and 6'2" 255# Casey Zendejas hold down the left side vs. OCHS
Coach Kusleika, along with his new staff (Ryan Alvarez, Brian Martinez, Mark Cecerez, Joe Rivas and Phil Lugo), are committed to not only building a team, but instead, are intent on building a football program. And, why not? The staff knows that this season is a critical turnaround year. Ontario's new stadium is on the horizon and the anticipation, excitement and school spirit is at an all-time high. The Jaguars have a number of key returners who are expected to lead the Jags in this turnaround season.
The Jaguars know that this week's opening contest against the Garey Vikings is a key game. A victory is important, but not the most important outcome of the game. A good, positive showing by the Jags, showing unity, excitement and hunger is a precursor to a good season. Garey is no longer a league opponent as they are now a part of the newly revamped Miramonte League, (Garey, Pomona, La Puente, Bassett and Ganesha), but that doesn't mean they won't be looking for a little payback after last year's 0-10 season, losing to the Jaguars, 15-28.
The game will be played on the Jaguars current home field at Montclair High School on Thursday night at 7:00pm.
JAGS PREPARE TO RETURN TO AN IMPROVED CAMPUS
ONTARIO, CA; (07/30/2014): All week long, Jaguars new and returners have been scurrying across campus in anticipation of the 2014-2015 school year. School starts in less than one week on Wednesday, August 6th and this year students will be treated to a variety of campus improvements thanks to the local community. Voters in November 2012 authorized a Proposition 39 Bond, (known as 'Measure P), which grants to the Chaffey District 848 million dollars in bond funds for the purpose of improving our campuses.
Ontario High School's new 32-classroom facility, which is easily seen from Palmetto Avenue will be ready for use by the end of the calendar year. This is more than a facelift as portable units, some of which have been on the campus for decades will be gone, having been replaced by the state of the art modern classroom building. In addition, groundbreaking on the Jaguars Athletics Stadium and Complex will have in November. Forty-seven years after Ontario's first Athletic Director suggested that a stadium was not needed, voters decided otherwise. Measure P funds will be used to build the new complex. The Jaguars Complex will feature CIF-rated soccer and football fields and an ultra modern track complex. This means that Ontario High School will be able to host CIF events and the Ontario Relays Track Meet will finally come home. The stadium will be located along the East side of the campus where the varsity baseball field are area used for soccer games is currently located. The baseball and softball fields will be relocated to where the current football field and track are located.
By the Spring of 2015, construction will begin on Ontario's new Aquatics Complex also thanks to the voters. Ontario's two pools will be replaced by a larger single pool, which will be used for swimming and water polo events. Furthermore, the pool will be outfitted for diving, although no diving boards are being considered at this time.
The Quad has been completely remodeled and will be ready for amphitheater-style events once school begins. New shade structures will occupy the Quad and soon the student parking lot will be covered by solar panels.
There is also new staff ready to welcome students, including new Principal Eduardo Zaldivar, Assistant Principal Charlene Saenz, teacher and Head Football Coach John Kusleika and new Aquatics Head Coach Howard Hyde.
JAGUARS VARSITY STATS 2014-2015