San G.’s “chance to do some special things”

San Gorgonio HS’s place in San Bernardino sports is cemented.

The school, which opened in 1966, has won its share of CIF titles and had its share of standout athletes.

San G., as its known, has felt the numbers and dollars crunch however and has only enjoyed success in individualized sports like wrestling, tennis and swimming since the turn of the century.

SanGorgonioLOGOSo a winning football team? And an unbeaten one? That’s different.

Coach Ron Gueringer thinks so too, and has been saying so since before the season even started.

“We think we’re a championship-caliber football team,” he said during a Saturday morning phone call in mid-August. “We want there to be expectations.”

And now, on the 1st of November, Gueringer’s team has won the San Andreas League title with an almost unreal 59-0 shutout of Rialto Carter, last year’s SAL champion.

Gueringer, however, had already moved on from the win.

“Like any other game we got to put it behind us,” he said. “We’ve got a chance to do some special things but we know we got a long way to go. You get caught up in this then you could get blindsided by Arroyo Valley, and we’re not going to do that. We have to go into playoffs like its a new season. We could get bumped off by anybody at any point but we hope that we prove some things tonight, and we want to keep getting better.”

Advancing to the postseason is a certainty for San Gorgonio, which lost in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Eastern Division playoffs last year.

The Spartans (9-0 overall) are facing the pressure of its first unbeaten in at least four decades.

“The unbeaten season now becomes a reality,” Gueringer said. “We could go 10-0 for the regular season. It’s never been done here so that’s a reality. We’re excited about that because it’s something the school hasn’t done ever in its history so we’re excited about that. We understand that Arroyo Valley is a quality opponent and we know we got to come and play our best football game every week. It’s playoff football for the rest of the way.”

The Spartans have been scoring points at will in recent weeks, scoring at least 59 against each of its last three opponents.

“Honestly, we thought we were kind of rusty because we didn’t get a chance to play for two weeks in a row,” Gueringer said. “We were playing teams, they were our opponents and I’m not trying to take anything away from them, but the Pacific game they started the running clock with 7 minutes left in the second quarter. And they were trying to start a running clock last week in the first quarter so we barely got a chance to play football. Tonight, we were just trying to get playing time against a quality opponent.”

Can’t blame Gueringer for those score lines.

“We’ve been playing pretty good offense all season long,” he said.

Can the Spartans take it all the way? Can Gueringer’s guys go 14-0?

Yes, unless the run up against Phelan Serrano. The Diamondbacks have allowed just 69 points per game this season.

But what are the chances of that happening?

With or without a snake bite, expect this Spartans team to be added into the bedrock of San Gorgonio’s sporting tradition.

But give it a minute, this team hasn’t set quite yet.

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