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As the 2016 high school football season comes to an end, order not one, rx but two local teams find themselves playing in the final game of the season. Temecula’s Rancho Christian Eagles (11-2) continue to ride the success from their regular season along with the Murrieta Valley Nighthawks (11-2) as both teams look to end their storybook seasons victoriously.

After claiming their first ever South Valley League Championship this season, thumb the Eagles made it through the semifinals with a 28-21 win over Godinez High School and went on to face South El Monte (11-2) in the semifinals of the Division 13 bracket Friday, Nov. 25.

It would be Rancho Christian’s second half performance that was the key difference as they defeated South El Monte 42-28 to advance to the CIF Southern Section Division 13 Championship game Friday, Dec. 2. The two teams fought to a 14-14 tie as they headed to the lockeroom at halftime. The Eagles jumped ahead 21-14 on the second play of the third quarter as junior QB, Jaden Schieberl, scored on a 69-yard run, which was his third touchdown of the night. Sophomore Malosi Napoleon would score on the Eagles next possession, running the ball in from 30 yards out.

South El Monte cut the lead to a single TD on a quarterback keeper play, but Rancho Christian drove right back down the field with Schieberl scoring his fourth and final touchdown of the game on a 6-yard run with 9:30 left in the game. Sophomore Jojo Saatzer came up a clutch interception that he ran back 20-yards and Napoleon turned out the lights on South El Monte with an 8-yard run to put the game away 42-21.

South El Monte’s QB, Daniel Olmos would get the final score on a late fourth quarter run. He completed 10 of his 14 passes for 111 yards and ran for 69 more. Running back, Sal Tovar ended up running for 145 yards on 22 carries, caught two passes for 22 yards and had a TD.

Schieberl rushed for 236 yards on 15 carries for Rancho Christian and Napoleon added another 110 yards with his 14 touches. Junior place kicker Emma Baker was a perfect 6 for 6 in her PAT attempts.

Rancho Christian will be home Saturday, Dec. 3, to face Santa Ana. The Undefeated Saints (13-0), champions of the Golden West League, are back in a CIF Final for the first time since 1986. Coach Charlie TeGantvoort’s team has scored over 400 points while barely allowing 150. QB Damien Macias and RB Jorge Briseno lead the o?ense while Kevin Cea anchors the strong defense. Santa Ana seeks the schools seventh CIF title. Rancho Christian arrives at its first CIF final game. The Eagles, champions of the South Valley League, have won eight games in a row, scoring over 460 points and barely allowed 250. The Eagles rushing attack has combined for over 45 TDs, while Nicholas Alvarez has 13.5 sacks for a team nearing 50 total sacks on the season. Rancho Christian looks to win the programs first CIF title.

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ometimes, seek it’s OK to lose a game if players can learn from the experience.

Although winning is always the main goal, there may come a time when the ball doesn’t consistently bounce a team’s way, and that squad may find itself on the wrong end of a result.

For Tulare Western, as odd as it may seem, losing has become a small part of the Mustangs’ success — its provided motivation.

After being eliminated by San Joaquin Memorial in the Central Section Division III semifinals last year, that uneasy feeling set in during the offseason.

That loss provided hunger, and the Mustangs’ taste for victory lingered.

So during the offseason — from January until July — the Mustangs put in work, extra work, if needed, to never again endure that same feeling on that fateful day in November 2015.

“That loss made us want to work harder,” Mustangs senior Josh Portillo said. “It was tough, especially for those seniors, to end the season that way.”

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PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Eagles are tweaking the narrative, and just in time to soften the fall.

Following a 27-13 loss Monday night to the Green Bay Packers, head coach Doug Pederson stated his belief that the Eagles are heading in the right direction despite dropping six of their last eight to plummet from 3-0 to 5-6.

“Look at the effort,” he said. “I think you might look at wins and losses. I’ve got to look at the potential of the football team and the guys that we have. Are we there yet? No. Are we heading in the right direction? Yes. Again, it may not show up right now in wins and losses, but I see that potential. I see that there is no quit in this team. Everybody’s fighting to the end. That’s a sign that things are heading in the right direction.”

It’s the kind of quote that you might expect to come out of Cleveland. If a team has been long buried and is still showing fight and resolve, it’s at least noteworthy. But the Eagles have been in playoff contention all season — they still are, as a matter of fact — so effort is to be expected. Why, then, is it the standard by which the 2016 team is suddenly being judged?

“We’re in this business to win games. That’s why we’re here. But at the same time, I look at the process. I look at the plan,” Pederson said Tuesday, pointing to the number of young players with roles on offense.

“I use those words because those are words that we use around here because there is a plan and there is a process. You build your team through the draft. You pick up a couple good free agents in the offseason. You continue to work. You watch these young kids develop and turn into ballplayers and you see the potential. That’s why, when I say that, that’s what I see with these guys.

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The flashing lights, buy sirens and incessant blaring horns at an apartment complex across the street didn’t distract the Kennedy-Richmond football team Saturday night.

The Eagles, hosting their first North Coast Section playoff game in the 49-year history of the school, ran pregame drills crisply, in a businesslike manner, without a hitch or chatter.

They barely glanced toward the bright-red emergency lights that were only slightly obstructed by the largely vacant aluminum bleachers behind their bench.



It’s becoming more perplexing by the week to find what the Eagles saw in Nelson Agholor to justify a first-round investment in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Agholor played 71 offensive snaps for the Eagles in Sunday’s 24-15 win over the Atlanta Falcons at Lincoln Financial Field and only caught two passes.

According to Pro Football Focus, Agholor was one of the 10 worst players on the field across the NFL on Sunday:



The Eagles return home Monday night against the Green Bay Packers looking to rebound from Sunday’s 26-15 loss to the Seattle Seahawks and remain unbeaten at the suddenly friendly confines of Lincoln Financial Field.

Suddenly, after the Giants, Cowboys and Redskins all won on Sunday the Eagles find themselves in the NFC East cellar owning an 0-3 record in division play and a 3-5 record against NFC foes.


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