Prep Preview: Mt. Baldy League
MT. BALDY LEAGUE PREVIEW
(Records in parenthesis)
How much is there to write when the division’s champion rests at the top of your league? Sure, there are storylines like ‘Don’t wake the sleeping giant,’ or ‘What tragedy will befall the champs on the their way toward a repeat?’, but there’s always something more. Try, for instance, ‘Colony head coach Steve Randall needs a running game or the Titans are in for some long nights.’ Still the remainder of this league, disproportionally, is a battle for second place.
Ontario Colony (12-2 overall, 5-0 Mt. Baldy League) pulled the rug out from the CIF-SS Central Division, winning last season’s title game in impressive fashion. Senior QB Josh Thompson knows the target on his back is bigger after passing for 16 TDs and more than 2,200 yards. “It’s definitely a bigger target than it was last year,” he told Los Angeles Newspaper Group reporter Michelle Gardner.
Ontario Chaffey (8-3, 4-1) may have found yet another 2,000-yard rusher in Mikey Dean, and will likely run him left, right, center and play him on defense in another playoff push. Dean ran for 16 TDs and 1,300-plus yards and made four INTs and 39 solo tackles in 2014.
Chino Don Lugo (6-5, 3-2) was a .500 team last year, then played an OT game in the first round of the playoffs. Not the worst showing from a third-place team. Will senior QB Dane Ford return to play one more year? He had a four-TD performance vs. Chino last season.
Rancho Cucamonga Alta Loma (5-5, 2-3) face a major question at quarterback, with no one player looking like an immediate solution. Last year’s senior-heavy team is part of the problem.
Montclair (3-7, 1-4) had to like what it saw from QB Jose Campos, in albeit limited time last season. Campos started the final three games, completing more than 52 percent of his pass attempts.
Ontario (2-8, 0-5) may have the league’s best player in Jalen Coleman, but it doesn’t seem as though the pieces are around him to make it work.
PROJECTED ORDER OF FINISH:
Chino Don Lugo
Rancho Cucamonga Alta Loma
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
QB Jose Campos, Sr., Montclair
RB/FS Jalen Coleman, Sr., Ontario
RB/DB Mikey Dean, Sr., Chaffey
QB Dane Ford, Sr., Don Lugo
OLB Devon Harper, Sr., Colony
WR/S Joseph Martinez, Sr., Montclair
QB Josh Thompson, Sr., Colony
WR/FS Colin Wong, Sr., Alta Loma
Sept. 11 — Colony at La Puente Bishop Amat, 7 p.m.
Oct. 2 — Riverside Poly at Colony, 7 p.m.
Oct. 16 — Chaffey at Don Lugo, 7 p.m.
Oct. 23 — Montclair at Chaffey, 7 p.m.