Stangel has San Jacinto hopping

San Jacinto's Stangel, a star at the Elite 11 Camp in Las Vegas, as well as the Nike and Elite camps in Los Angeles, has already made an oral commitment to the University of Texas-El Paso.

San Jacinto is a sleepy little city 85 miles east of Los Angeles.


It is the oldest incorporated city in Riverside County, established in 1774. Its high school of the same name opened in 1885.


In all that time, San Jacinto High School has never seen a quarterback like Chasen Stangel. Stangel, who hails from a family of quarterbacks, has completed 68 percent of his passes this season, throwing for 775 yards and six touchdowns in three games.


"What do colleges like about him?" said Bob Stangel, the father of Chasen and the San Jacinto offensive coordinator. "He's 6-1 ½, 190 pounds and has great feet and a quick release. He has poise in the pocket and good pocket presence. He's also athletic and very competitive."


Bob Stangel may be biased, but he does know his stuff. He was the starting quarterback for two seasons (1981-82) under coach Dick Bruich at Fontana High School. He also played at Mt. San Jacinto College and Pacific University.


Chasen's grandfather, also named Bob, was a quarterback at San Diego St. Augustine's High School, as well as the University of Oregon, Chaffey College and Long Beach State


San Jacinto's Stangel, a star at the Elite 11 Camp in Las Vegas, as well as the Nike and Elite camps in Los Angeles, has already made an oral commitment to the University of Texas-El Paso.


"It's been awesome playing quarterback for my dad and growing up in a family of quarterbacks," Chasen said. "I'm thankful for it. "I also have some great guys on my team to throw to."


San Jacinto, for a growing school of 1,700, is unusually talented. Senior wideout Kenny Shaw (6-2, 173) leads the way with 21 catches for 355 yards and three touchdowns. He is getting some college looks.


Junior wideout Gordy Cooper (6-6, 205) has caught 15 passes for 163 yards and one score. Also, senior wideout Joe Abushawish (6-4, 210) has latched onto five passes for 81 yards and one TD.


Other than Chasen, though, the Tigers' most renowned player is running back Ryan Kessman (6-0, 205), who also has a scoring catch and has already committed to Brigham Young University.


As for Chasen, he began his prep career at Redlands High School, but had grown up in San Jacinto and desired to play there with his friends.


Bob Stangel was formerly the quarterbacks coach at Redlands High School and the University of Redlands. But he didn't think the Wing-T offense at Redlands High School - though successful - was suited to his son's skills.


San Jacinto was running a pro-style attack, so the decision was made to enroll Chasen at the smaller school in time for his sophomore season.


The youngest Stangel has not disappointed. He threw for 2,174 yards and 20 touchdowns as a sophomore. Last season he passed for 2,407 yards and 19 scores.


This season he is throwing for an average of 258.3 yards per game.


San Jacinto coach Bill Powell has known Chasen since the Tiger star was 8 years old.


He's happy to have the gifted senior on his side.


"He's a great kid and real fun to be around, but all business on the field," Powell said. "He has tremendous talent and poise and his confidence sort of radiates through our whole program. With him back there pulling the trigger, we feel like we can score every time we have the ball."


Following last year's banner season, Bob Stangel sent tapes of his son to colleges. Such schools as Purdue University, New Mexico, University of Nevada-Las Vegas and Southern Methodist University were very interested, but the Stangels liked UTEP the best.


That decision made, the Tiger standout was free to focus on his senior year. It has been a tremendous one so far, with successive victories against Yucca Valley (28-14), San Bernardino Aquinas (27-13) and Desert Mirage (44-0).


Next up is Big Bear (3-0), which defeated San Jacinto 22-21 last season on a blocked extra point.


The teams meet at 7:30 p.m. Friday in San Jacinto.


Big Bear has a fine quarterback of its own in Kriss Proctor, a senior who runs the Bears' Air Force-style triple-option attack.


"(Big Bear) is No. 1 in our division and we're No. 2," Chasen said. "They look really good on tape. They beat us last year on that blocked extra point, so we have a little bit of a chip on our shoulder. We're going to be ready to play our best game."



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