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    OCVarsity Gridiron Extra: Interviews from CIF luncheon (video)

    December 5th, 2013, 11:05 am by JONATHAN KHAMIS

    Players and coaches representing Mater Dei, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Garden Grove, Corona del Mar, and St. Margaret's are interviewed at the CIF luncheon in Long Beach before the championship games.

    Video by Jonathan Khamis, OCVarsity.com.

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    Football: St. Margaret's playoff game moved to Citrus Valley

    November 21st, 2013, 11:12 am by By MARK COOPER

    St. Margaret's second-round playoff game against Rim of the World of Lake Arrowhead has been moved to Citrus Valley High School in Redlands due to an inclement weather forecast and the risk of dangerous travel conditions.

    The game will kick off at 7 p.m. on Friday, Rim of the World Athletic Director David Nygren said in a text message.

    The weather at Rim of the World is expected to be foggy and potentially snowy on Friday night, which would have caused treacherous driving conditions. The decision to move the game was made Thursday morning.

    "It's more of a safety thing," St. Margaret's coach Rod Baltau said.

    St. Margaret's lost in the playoffs at Rim of the World in each of the last two seasons. The fog was so heavy in last year's game that a side judge needed a walkie-talkie to communicate with the clock operator in the press box.

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    Football: Brethren Christian makes overnight playoff trip for 2nd straight year

    November 14th, 2013, 4:25 pm by By MARK COOPER

    For Pat McInally, these two-day trips turn into an opportunity to prepare like it is a more professional road game.

    The Brethren Christian coach and his team departed Huntington Beach for Indio on Thursday around 12:30 p.m., making about a 120-mile, one-way trek to a hotel less than 10 miles from Shadow Hills of Indio, the Warriors' opponent on Friday at 7 p.m.

    Upon arrival, the team takes over the hotel conference room. The coaches diagram plays and the team watches more tape on the Knights.

    "We've done it, but it's definitely a challenge," McInally said.

    Long road trips are not new for Brethren Christian. This is the second straight year the East Valley Division draw has given Brethren Christian a lengthy travel for its first-round playoff game. Last year, the Warriors (7-2) were scheduled to play at Big Bear, a 98-mile trip. A snowstorm caused the game to move to Lucerne Valley High School, an even longer drive.

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    Football playoffs: East Valley Division previews

    November 8th, 2012, 1:24 am by Damian Calhoun

    Brethren Christian's Guy Demazelier / CHAS METIVIER, FOR OCVARSITY.COM

    CIF-SS FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS: EAST VALLEY DIVISION

    First round

    ST. MARGARET'S (9-1) vs. AQUINAS of SAN BERNARDINO (6-4)

    Where, when: St. Margaret's High, Friday, 7 p.m.

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    East Valley preview: St. Margaret's vs. Rim of the World

    November 23rd, 2011, 4:55 pm by DAN ALBANO, ocvarsity.com

    EAST VALLEY DIVISION

    ST. MARGARET'S (9-2) VS. RIM OF THE WORLD OF LAKE ARROWHEAD (6-5)

    Where, when: Rim of the World High, Friday, 7 p.m.

    Outlook: The third-seeded Tartans face another challenging road game. The Fighting Scots placed third in the solid Mountain Valley League, losing to Citrus Valley and Rubidoux by seven points in each game.

    Rim of the World features a strong ground attack. The Fighting Scots employ a fullback and running back but use the tight end and a wing back to block. Rim of the World has rushed for 3,505 yards on 506 carries. “They run the football and run it well,” St. Margaret's coach Rod Baltau said. “It's going to be a physical game.” Speedy junior Jacob Taylor has rushed for 2,128 yards, including 244 yards on 43 carries last week in a 38-22 victory against Big Bear. St. Margaret's has played well on the road in the playoffs in recent seasons. The Tartans won at Big Bear last season in the quarterfinals, 17-6. And in their last CIF title season of 2009, they won at a chilly Bishop, 47-6, in the semifinals. Baltau is expecting temperatures in the low 30s Friday. St. Margaret's departs Thursday afternoon for the game and will stay in the Lake Arrowhead area on Thursday night. One advantage the Tartans could have is in the passing attack. Sophomore quarterback Josh Davis has thrown for 25 TDs while Rim of the World has thrown for five TDs as a team. St. Margaret's junior guard David Sparks (5-10, 220) helped pave the way last week for Matt Duenes to rush for 154 yards in the Tartans' 35-7 victory against Linfield Christian.

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    East Valley preview: St. Margaret's vs. Linfield Christian

    November 16th, 2011, 6:07 pm by DAN ALBANO, ocvarsity.com

    EAST VALLEY DIVISION

    LINFIELD CHRISTIAN OF TEMECULA (5-4-1) VS. ST. MARGARET'S (8-2)

    Where, when: St. Margaret's High, Friday, 7 p.m.

    Outlook: The Tartans are seeded third in the division, and for good reasons. St. Margaret's has posted five shutouts and features a balanced attack.

    Sophomore Josh Davis has emerged as a quarterback to watch. He has passed for 1,331 yards, 24 TDs and been intercepted only twice. One of his main targets is 6-foot-5 Byron Manzo, who has 35 receptions for 559 yards and 14 TDs. “He's really turned into a go-to guy,” Tartans coach Rod Baltau said of Manzo. Junior safeties Andrew Torok and Scott McGowan are players to watch on defense. The Lions finished third in the Ambassador League. Quarterback Taylor Syvertsen is coming off his best game of the season. He passed for 232 yards and 5 TDs in a 62-3 victory against Western Christian.

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    East Valley preview: Brethren Christian vs. Ontario Christian

    November 16th, 2011, 6:05 pm by DAN ALBANO, ocvarsity.com

    EAST VALLEY DIVISION

    BRETHREN CHRISTIAN (6-4) VS. ONTARIO CHRISTIAN (7-2-1)

    Where, when: Ontario Christian High, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

    Outlook: The Warriors and first-year coach Pat McInally played their way into the playoffs by defeating Crean Lutheran, 47-8, and Sage Hill, 48-7, to finish second in the Academy League.

    Brethren Christian made the run despite the loss of linebacker Bryant Freese (ankle) before Academy League play. The Warriors are led by the 1-2 rushing attack of quarterback Sam Franklin (870 yards) and running back Brandon White (840). Franklin has also passed for 1,245 yards. Ontario Christian captured the Ambassador League and wasn't too far from being 10-0. The Knights lost to Don Lugo, 10-7, tied Jurupa Valley, 34-34, and lost to Valley Christian, 42-38. That's two losses by a combined seven points. “They're a very good team,” McInally said.

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    All-CIF football: East Valley Division

    January 27th, 2011, 2:40 pm by Steve Fryer

    2010-11 ALL CIF SOUTHERN SECTION FOOTBALL SELECTIONS

    Presented by the LA84 Foundation (Selected by the Football Coaches Assn.)

    EAST VALLEY DIVISION

    Offensive Player of the Year – Cameron Carvalho, Paraclete

    Defensive Player of the Year – Darian Thompson, Paraclete

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    East Valley preview: St. Margaret's vs. Paraclete

    December 2nd, 2010, 6:04 pm by DAN ALBANO, ocvarsity.com

    EAST VALLEY DIVISION

    ST. MARGARET'S (9-3) VS. PARACLETE (11-1)

    Site, time: Antelope Valley College, Friday, 7 p.m.

    Outlook: St. Margaret's coach Rod Baltau believes top-seeded Paraclete is as good as any team the Tartans have “ever played.” The Spirits lost their season opener at Eastern Division semifinalist Serrano, 35-14, and have dominated most opponents since. Their closest victory was a 22-12 triumph against Sierra Canyon, which plays at Yucca Valley in the other East Valley semifinal Saturday. Paraclete, a seven-time CIF champion, features recent Boise State commit Darian Thompson (6-2, 175) at cornerback and wide receiver. He has 47 catches for 830 yards and 12 TDs. He also has six interceptions. Paraclete also is led by tight end/defensive end Lavonte Barnett (6-2, 235), who has Pac-10 offers from Cal, Oregon State and Washington State. Barnett is an excellent blocker, Baltau said, but also has 10 sacks, which ranks third on the team. Will Pretty leads the team with 12 sacks. St. Margaret's, which is seeking a fifth consecutive section title, is riding a six-game winning streak. The fourth-seeded Tartans have been playing strong defense in that stretch, holding teams to 8.0 points per game. The unit also will welcome lineman Jon Gercarella (concussion/leg) back to its lineup. The Tartans' defense has grown up quickly. St. Margaret's starts five seniors, five sophomores and freshman middle linebacker Jake Hines (6-1, 170).

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    East Valley preview: St. Margaret's vs. Big Bear

    November 24th, 2010, 3:04 pm by DAN ALBANO, ocvarsity.com

    EAST VALLEY DIVISION

    ST. MARGARET'S (8-3) VS. BIG BEAR (9-2)

    Site, time: Big Bear Middle School, Friday, 1 p.m.

    Outlook: The defending East Valley champion Tartans could be headed for another cold weather game. Earlier this week, the field at Big Bear Middle School was covered with snow, said St. Margaret's coach Rod Baltau, who visited the school. Snow could force the site of the game to be moved, Baltau said. Last week, Big Bear's home game against Linfield Christian was moved – because of inclement weather – to Lucerne Valley, about 20 miles downhill north of Big Bear. The Tartans plan to depart for the game Thursday afternoon and stay in Big Bear on Thursday night. Friday's forecast calls for sun and a high of 47 degrees. Last year, St. Margaret's won at chilly Bishop, 47-6, in the semifinals. Big Bear's team presents its own challenge. The Bears finished tied for first in the tough De Anza League with Twentynine Palms (both were 4-1). The Bears also run versions of the option. As a team, they've rushed for 2,944 yards and 32 TDs. “It's going to be a very tough game,” Baltau said. St. Margaret's has overcome a rash of injuries and some inexperience. The Tartans' injury woes include arguably their top returner from 2009, running back/defensive back Matt Duenes (back), who hasn't played all season. “Our guys have just stepped up,” Baltau said. Brennan Smith has been a key contributor. He kicks and punts also starts at outside linebacker and plays quarterback. Wide receiver James Murayama has 11 TD receptions.

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