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08 September 2013

Jaguars Lose a Close One in La Puente

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.

RB Stephon Randolph (Photo: Gil Zendejas; 9/13/13)

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.

MLB Michael "Gibby" Serrano (Photo: Gil Zendejas; 9/13/13)

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.

Jaguars Injuries

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.

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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.

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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.