Los Angeles Preps: Aaren Vaughns

I.E.: Inland Division second-round previews

November, 23, 2011
11/23/11
7:04
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INLAND DIVISION

Second round, Friday

Chaparral (7-4) at No. 1 Corona Centennial (10-1), 7:30 p.m.

How they got here: Centennial defeated visiting Redlands, 49-35; Chaparral knocked off visiting Los Osos, 38-14.

Matchup to watch: Centennial running back Romello Goodman (1,913 rushing yards, 32 TDs) vs. Arizona State-bound strong safety Curtis Dozier of Chaparral (5.5 tackles per game).

Fast fact: This will be the ninth meeting between the teams since 2006. Centennial owns a 6-2 record against the Pumas, 2-2 in the postseason.

Prediction: Centennial 35, Chaparral 24.

Rancho Cucamonga (10-1) vs. No. 4 Redlands East Valley (11-0) at Citrus Valley HS, 7 p.m.

How they got here: Redlands East Valley beat visiting Norco, 20-15; Rancho Cucamonga edged visiting Chino Hills, 39-38.

Matchup to watch: Rancho Cucamonga offensive line (averages 300 pounds) vs. Redlands East Valley defensive line (averages 275 pounds).

Fast fact: The fathers of Rancho Cucamonga coach Nick Baiz and Redlands East Valley coach Kurt Bruich are also former longtime high school coaches in the area. Dick Bruich, who coached at Fontana and Kaiser, and Bob Baiz, who was at Claremont, teamed up last summer to coach in an inaugural SoCal vs. Arizona all-star game.

Prediction: Rancho Cucamonga 24, Redlands 21.

Charter Oak (10-1) at No. 2 Upland (11-0), 7:30 p.m.

How they got here: Upland routed visiting Murrieta Valley, 59-21; Charter Oak rolled visiting Corona Santiago, 63-21.

Matchup to watch: Upland 6-foot-3 wide receiver/defensive back Kenny Lawler (23.2 yards-per-catch average, five TDs last two games, three interceptions) vs. Charter Oak’s 5-8 wide receiver/defensive back Aaren Vaughns (59 receptions, 1,061 yards, 10 TDs, four interceptions).

Fast fact: Charter Oak’s only loss this season came against Rancho Cucamonga, 21-13, in Week 4. Upland beat the Cougars three weeks later in Baseline League play, 31-17.

Prediction: Upland 38, Charter Oak 28.

No. 3 Aaren Vaughns (6-5) vs. J.W. North (10-1) at Riverside College, 7:30 p.m.

How they got here: Vista Murrieta defeated Damien, 38-13; J.W. North knocked off Yucaipa, 27-13.

Matchup to watch: Vista Murrieta junior middle linebacker Bryce Smith (Inland Division-leading 13.5 tackles per game) vs. J.W. North rushing attack (213 yards per game).

Fast fact: J.W. North senior quarterback Justin Gheorghe is the only member of the football team who was also on the school’s Division 1 championship baseball team last June.

Prediction: Vista Murrieta 24, J.W. North 17.

No. 20 Charter Oak 38, Chino Hills 7

November, 10, 2011
11/10/11
11:23
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CHINO HILLS -- Charter Oak quarterback Travis Santiago put an end to concerns about his sprained ankle rather quickly Thursday night.

Hobbling and in pain, the senior barely warmed up before the game. When he walked onto the field for the first drive, he did so gingerly. But then, when Santiago hit Chris Gilchrist with a fade pass on the first play from scrimmage, the lingering doubts disappeared. Gilchrist stormed into the end zone untouched, and all was well with Santiago's psyche.

Santiago, usually a running threat, was not mobile but still excelled, passing for 288 yards and two touchdowns, and leading the Chargers to the Sierra League title with a 38-7 win against defending champion Chino Hills.

"I was a little bit stiff," said Santiago, who rolled his ankle by accidentally stepping on his helmet during Wednesday's walk-through practice. "That first play was exciting. I got the matchup that I wanted, threw it over the top and had my 6-foot-5 receiver do the rest."

Santiago took a seat early in the fourth quarter when No. 20 Charter Oak (9-1, 5-0) went up comfortably. He finished the regular season with 2,624 passing yards and 21 touchdown passes.

Sophomore sensation Kurt Scoby, who heading into Thursday was dealing with a left ankle sprain of his own, rushed for two second-half touchdowns and had 119 yards through the ground. His 40-yard scoring scamper with 10:22 remaining sealed it.

"We executed," Scoby said, "and were patient with the football."

Charter Oak’s high-octane attack struck quickly early in the second half. Santiago found Aaren Vaughns for a 14-yard touchdown and, minutes later, Scoby ran for a 36-yard score, giving the Chargers a 24-7 advantage. After trailing by only three at the break, Chino Hills (6-4, 4-1) found itself in too big of a hole.

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