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Loss to Alta Loma

UGH-LY OUTING AGAINST THE BRAVES
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.

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DB Alfonso Bueno hangs on to Daniel Velasco, 9/19/2013

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.

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LB Jason Lara leaves the field with a dislocated shoulder

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.)



All 3 QB's have strong start

ALL THREE QUARTERBACKS HAVE STRONG START
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.

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Varsity QB Edgar Murillo

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.

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Freshmen QB Mekhi Zinnerman

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.

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JV QB Cameron Poe

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.