Game Preview: Damien @ Chino Hills

Damien Spartans (La Verne, CA), League Sierra #2 @ Chino Hills Huskies (Chino Hills, CA), League Sierra #1.

Damien Spartans (La Verne, CA), League Sierra #2 @ Chino Hills Huskies (Chino Hills, CA), League Sierra #1. 

Kickoff: November 9, 2006 7:00 PM

 

Head Coaches:

Damien: Scott Morrison

Chino Hills: Terry Roche

 

Damien is currently 7-2 having played Poly (Riverside, CA) W 32-10, St. John Bosco (Bellflower, CA) L 29-31, Claremont (CA) W 56-21, Los Altos (Hacienda Heights, CA) L 24-26, Charter Oak (Covina, CA) W 25-9 and league games with Glendora (CA) W 33-13, Ayala (Chino Hills, CA) W 31-7, Diamond Bar (CA) W 35-3 and Chino (CA) W 29-14. 

 

Their Defense has allowed 14.8 points per game (25 Sacks and 7 Int's), while the offense has scored 32.6.  Damien has 237 runs for 1261 yards (5.32 avg.) 18 TD's & 101 completions in 175 attempts (57.7%) for 1357 yards 5 Int's 14 TD's.  They are a pretty balanced offensive team.

 

By comparison, last year Damien was 6 5 and lost to Canyon (Canyon Country, CA) in the State Playoffs L 21-49.

 

These two team played lst year with Chino Hills winning 28-17.  Chino had 42 runs for 196 yards & 8 completions in 14 attempts for 158 yards 1 TD.  Damien had 36 runs for 83 yards & 8 completions in 16 attempts for 65 yards 1 Int 1 TD.

 

Chino Hills is currently 8-1 having played Mission Viejo (CA) L 7-44, Diamond Ranch (Pomona, CA) W 31-7,San Gorgonio (San Bernardino, CA) W 21-7, Tesoro (Las Flores, CA) W 42-25, Etiwanda (CA) W 42-7 and league games with Chino (CA) W 35-24, 

Glendora (CA) W 21-10, Ayala (Chino Hills, CA) W 42-21and Diamond Bar (CA) W 35-7. 

 

Their defense allows 16.8 points per game (19 Sacks & 13 Int's), while their offense scores 30.6.  Chino Hill's has 313 runs for 1810 yards (5.78 avg.) 23 TD's & 55 completions in 111 attempts (49.5%) for 696 yards 5 Int's 5 TD's.  They are a running team.

 

Here is the contrast last year they were 11-1 and played 2 rounds into the State Playoff having played Rancho Cucamonga (CA) W 34-27 and Valencia (CA) L 34-51

 

Playmakers to Watch:

Damien

  • 6'0" 173 returning playmaker Senior QB Mark Mendrun has 92 completions in 158 attempts (58.2%) for 1227 yards 4 Int's 13 TD's & is the #2 Rusher with 51 runs for 292 yards (5.73 avg.) 5 TD's.  Last year Mark had 83 completions in 154 attempts (53.9%) for 1174 yards 11 Int's 14 TD's.
  • 5'7" 192 Senior RB Chris Marine is the #1 Rusher with 94 carries for 545 yards (5.8 avg.) 6 TD's
  • 6'2" 182 2 year playmaker Senior WR Travis Eschardies is the #1 Receiver with 39 catches for 610 yards (15.64 avg.) 6 TD's.  Last year Travis had 33 catches for 450 yards (13.64 avg.) 5 TD's 

Defensively Playmakers

  • 5'9" 199 Senior LB Anthony Hile is the #1 Tackler with 8 tackles per game.  Last year Anthony was #1 in Tackles with 83
  • 5'11" 185 Senior LB Trevor Stokes is the #2 Tackler with 6.3 per game.
  • 6'0" 202 Senior LB Brian Gomez is the #3 Tackler with 6.3 per game
  • 5'9" 142 Senior CB Jeff Lucero is the #4 Tackler with 5.3 per game.  Last year Jeff was #2 in Tackles with 78 and 6 Sacks
  • 6'5" 260 Junior DL John Rabe leads the team in Sacks with 6.5.

The Offensive Line averages 290 and is led by

  • 6'6" 332 Junior Carl Schmitz
  • 6'2" 303 Junior Daniel Gallardo
  • 6'5" 293 Senior Justin Luiten
  • 6'1" 263 Senior Steven De La Torre
  • Along with Rabe

Chino Hills:

  • 6'0" 175 returning QB Lance Roenicke has 55 completions in 111 attempts (49.5%) for 696 yards 5 Int's 5 TD's.  Last year Lance had 63 completions in 123 attempts (51.2%) for 977 yards 5 Int's 10 TD's
  • 5'11" 182 2 year playmaker, RB Michael Harris is the #1 Rusher with 127 carries for 1077 yards (8.48 avg.) 18 TD's.  Last year Michael was the #2 Rusher with 99 carries for 612 yards (6.18 avg.) 3 TD's
  • 5'8" 165 Senior RB Roger Mance is the #2 Rusher with 60 carries for 349 yards (5.82 avg.) 2 TD's.
  • 6'0" 180 Senior WR Steven Thomas is the #1 Receiver with 17 catches for 251 yards (14.77 avg.) 1 TD
  • 6'4" 237 Junior TE Cory Harkey is the #2 Receiver with 14 catches for 233 yards (16.64 avg.) 4 TD's & has 5.5 Sacks

Defensively Playmakers

  • 6'1" 185 Senior RB John McDowell is the #1 Tackler with 8.4 Tackles per game
  • 6'1" 225 Junior LB Wade O'Neill is the #2 Tackler with 7.1 per game
  • 6'0" 175 Senior DB Michael Gradilla is the #3 Tackler with 5.3 per game & has 3 Int's 

The Offensive Line is very good with run blocking and is led by

  • 6'1" 292 Senior Gabe Guevara
  • 6'0" 273 Senior Dylan Rothamel

My Final Thoughts: 

This will be an excellent game to watch for the League Title.  Damien brings a huge line into the game which will be tough to handle all game long.  Damien can throw the ball as well as run the ball.  So Chino Hills will want to run the clock and eat up yards with that excellent running game.  These are two well coached teams and they both play with much heart.

 


 

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