Prep Impressions: Sept. 3, 2021

FONTANA – The Chino Hills-Fontana Jurupa Hills varsity football game on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, had it all in the first quarter – a 10-minute stoppage for a medical emergency in the stands, an interception return for a touchdown and the coming out party for Jordan Napier.

For Chino Hills, the offense was practically non-existent. The Huskies gained only five first downs (two from penalties) and totaled just 25 rushing yards in the game. They had less than 10 yards from scrimmage in the entire second half. Coach Mykeal Terry was telling junior QB Bobby Johnson that he should plan to use his feet more next week as the team needs any option available.

Chino Hills head coach Mykeal Terry: “We just have to get better. I point it at myself (and) it was little details that added up, little penalties and turnovers are the things we just can’t have. When we have success the glory goes to the players and when we fail it’s all on me, so I’ve got to get better to make sure they get better. We have to grab the reins and make sure we control it. Right now, when we’re at a high we’re really high and when we get low we get low, so we have to make sure that this roller coaster either stays going up, or even if it’s a straight track and I’ll that because at least then we’re in control. Just little things, details, little details.”

For Fontana Jurupa Hills, it’s hard to see the Spartans’ gold numbers on their purple jerseys under the lights, but it’s not hard to see that they have a real playmaker in Jordan Napier. He can do a little bit of everything, and even returned a kickoff more than 40 yards in the second half. Senior QB Andray Freeman did not get much of an opportunity to air it out, but looks effective his his role as the RPO point man.

Jurupa Hills head coach Citos Marinez: “Chino Hills forced turnovers. We saw it in their games against Diamond Ranch and Ayala, and that’s what we told our guys. ‘If we win the turnover battle then we’ll win the game, and we were up two touchdowns at halftime but it felt like a closer game because of the turnovers. Luckily, our defense was able to get a safety – and I count that as a turnover – but it wouldn’t been nice to score but we leaned on our defense a little bit more. The score is deceiving because it felt like our defense was dominant. (Napier) is establishing himself as one of the premier players in the Inland Empire, I think. We can hand him the ball, we can toss him the ball, we can thrown him the ball, he can return kicks and play safety for us. He kind of does it all. It’s amazing to me. (Napier) in the Spring Season in April is a whole different kid then 5-6 months later. It’s amazing, and he’s our leader and our captain and he’s great in the classroom. He’s the whole package. This game felt like a playoff game. We didn’t know if we were going to get to play this game or not. There were some issues with COVID and we didn’t get to practice as much so the sloppiness, there’s a good reason for that, but finding a way to win – that was my message to my team. Good teams find a way to win, and in the playoffs when things go wrong – and it’s inevitable that it will happen – for us to find a way to win by three possessions says a lot about these kids.”

Chino Hills – 7 – 10 – 0 – 0 — 17
Jurupa Hills – 13 – 14 – 2 – 8 — 37
First quarter

J – Napier 5 run (Lopez kick), 8:20
J – Napier 17 run (run failed), 1:11
S – Akpamgbo 54 int. return (Laurent kick), 0:11
Second quarter
J – Calderon 2 run (Lopez kick), 6:52
C – Davis 86 kickoff return (Laurent kick), 6:38
J – Napier 14 pass from Freeman (Lopez kick), 1:40
C – Laurent 21 FG, 0:00
Third quarter
J – Safety, ball kicked in end zone, 4:22
Fourth quarter
J – Napier 20 pass from Freeman (Lopez kick), 3:34
Team statistics
Total plays
– Chino Hills 46; Jurupa Hills 54.
First downs
– Chino Hills 6; Jurupa Hills 12.
Penalties – Chino Hills 8-80; Jurupa Hills 10-110.
Turnovers – Chino Hills 1; Jurupa Hills 2.
Individual statistics
Rushing
– Chino Hills: Ofoha 3-10, Gibson 1-7, Johnson 5-7, Jackson 7-5, Stull 1-(minus-4); Jurupa Hills: Napier 8-66, Freeman 12-37, Calderon 13-31, #14 2-19, Bey 2-19, Mayes 2-7, Ephraim 1-2, Muniz 1-1 Calvillo 3-(minus-12).
Passing – Chino Hills: Johnson 11-23-1-49; Jurupa Hills: Freeman 5-9-1-74, Calvillo 1-1-0-10.
Receiving – Chino Hills: Brooks 4-24, Bateman 1-20, Espinoza 1-6, Burrola 1-5, Davis 1-1, Parrish 1-(minus-2), Jackson 2-(minus-5); Jurupa Hills: Napier 3-52, Stoker 1-20, Bey 2-12.
Interceptions – Chino Hills: Akpamgbo 1-54; Jurupa Hills: 1-65.

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