Monday, May 21, 2012
Rancho Cucamonga wins 7-on-7 tourney
By Blair Angulo
Tahaan Goodman helped Rancho Cucamonga to a passing tournament win on Saturday.
Facing Rancho Cucamonga's athletic defense will be scary for many offensive coordinators this fall.
Senior-to-be Chris Hawkins, a cornerback who has already committed to USC, did not participate in Saturday's 12-team passing league tournament at Rancho Cucamonga due to track obligations, but the Cougars still had enough defensive talent to come out on top. The Cougars proved they're one of the Inland Empire's fastest teams, beating Chino Hills and standout receiver Jack Austin in a thrilling tournament final.
Rancho Cucamonga allowed under 17 points per game last season and finished 11-2, losing to powerhouse Corona Centennial in the playoffs.
"For the defense, my expectations are 10 times higher than they were last year," said safety Tahaan Goodman, a national-level recruit who has scholarship offers from the likes of Louisiana State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee, as well as eight Pac-12 schools, including locals USC and UCLA.
And that statement alone could leave Baseline League offensive coordinators feeling woozy.