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The Fontana A.B. Miller and Redlands East Valley “Hit”

Monday, November 9th, 2009

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By BOB OTTO / Writer & Photographer

YUCAIPA, CA – I didn’t see it, but I heard it. That hard-hitting whack when body crashes into body, shoulder pad slams into shoulder pad, and helmet cracks helmet.

Friday night I covered a high school football game. It’s what I’ve been doing for the past 16 years.

And this game between the Fontana A.B. Miller Rebels and Redlands East Valley Wildcats had a lot at stake: The championship of the Citrus Belt League.

So kids were flying at each other. The intensity was at fever pitch. The hitting reached a ferocious level.

Quarterbacks, running backs, and wide receivers were hunted down by 220-pound linebackers and defensive backs with Gazelle-like speed. And when they caught them, they hurled them to the ground like Siberian Tigers stalking and ripping into wild boar.

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Redlands East Valley holds off Miller in scuffle shortened game

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

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The Fontana A.B. Miller defense chases after Redlands East Valley’s Tyler Shreve during the REV Wildcats, 28-20, victory over the Rebels, Friday at the University of Redlands.
Photo By BOB OTTO / Writer & Photographer

REDLANDS, CA – There would be no celebrating, and there would be no repeat Citrus Belt League championship for the Fontana A.B. Miller Rebels football team.

The undefeated (9-0, 6-0 CBL) Redlands East Valley Wildcats saw to that. But the Wildcats breathed a huge sigh of relief when the game ended and they escaped with a 28-20 victory last Friday at the University of Redlands.

For the Rebels, the loss was especially agonizing and follows a 28-27 loss to he Redlands Terriers last Friday.

“Two weeks in a row we should have won games we didn’t,” said Rebels’ Head Coach, Jeff Strycula. “We are disappointed and we’re not very happy.”

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A.B. Miller’s triple threat too much for Yucaipa Thunderbirds

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

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By BOB OTTO / Writer & Photographer

Yucaipa’s Brian Derryberry tries to catch a pass during the Thunderbirds, 39-14, loss to visiting Fontana A.B. Miller, Friday, in a Citrus Belt League game.

YUCAIPA, CA – In its first two Citrus Belt League games the Fontana A.B. Miller Rebels hadn’t really been tested. They trounced Fontana (0-3) 41-16 in their opener, and then crushed Rialto (0-3) 56-12 a week later.

So a couple of questions loomed Friday night: Are the Rebels really that good? And could they pass a tougher test against the Yucaipa Thunderbirds?

The first question remains not fully answered with four league games remaining, including match ups with the Redlands Terriers (3-0 CBL, 5-1) and the undefeated Redlands East Valley Wildcats (3-0, 6-0).

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But the test with Yucaipa (1-2, 3-3) proved a rousing success as Miller romped over the Thunderbirds, 39-14 at Yucaipa High School.

“Yucaipa’s a good, strong, disciplined football team with some good, strong players,” said Miller Head Coach, Jeff Strycula in his first year guiding the Rebels. “But David Dash (133 rushing yards and two touchdowns) is so fast, so quick, when they cheated on him it opened it up for other (players).”

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