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Posted: Saturday, August 11, 2018 8:00 am

Injuries took their toll on the Chino Hills High School football team during their 3-7 season in 2017, a mark that includes an 0-5 record in Baseline League games. 

“Last year was tough,” said third-year coach Chris Stevens. “We are much improved and not looking anywhere to where we were looking last season.” 

The Huskies will have expereinced and inexperienced players on both sides of the ball in 2018 with running back Walter Carl III and left tackle Ethan Burgueno leading the way. 

Carl rushed for 898 yards and scored 15 touchdowns last season in nine games. 

He missed the Huskies final regular season game with a hip pointer injury. 

“We just want to be better than last year and keep improving,” Carl said. “We have a young squad, but we are improved. With it being my senior year, I want a ring.” 

Burgueno was an All-Baseline League honoree last season, finishing the year with 69 tackles and tied for the team lead with three sacks. 

“Last year wasn’t all that good, coming off a 3-7 season. But we are all like a big family and step it up together. We make each other better,” Burgueno said. 

Coach Stevens said this year’s offensive line will be the team’s strength on the offensive side of the ball. They’ll help protect starting quarterback Brayden Fawcett, who as a junior served mostly in a backup role, but did play in seven games, finishing 21 of 45 for 223 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions. 

“It’s now his turn to start and he’s ready. He’s prepared himself for the task at hand and we are excited about him,” Coach Stevens said. 

On defense, the Huskies are rebuilding. Outside of Burgueno, the Huskies have a couple of secondary players returning, but all linebackers are new and young. 

“That will be good for the future. We’ll see how this year goes,” Coach Stevens said. 

He feels good about getting the Huskies back into the CIF-Southern Section postseason, but the journey through the Baseline League season could be a tough road. 

“Upland and Rancho Cucamonga are top notch teams. Etiwanda is solid and Damien and Los Osos are better too. This league is stronger than ever,” Coach Stevens said. 

The Huskies kick off the season with city-rival Ayala, a series Chino Hills has won the past eight games. 

“I think it’s a great way to start the season with the first week of school buzzing with the whole Battle of the Bone thing,” Coach Stevens said. “I think there’s more pressure on us to win. Our seniors don’t want to be the first team in nine years to lose to them. For Ayala, this year’s team wants to be the first to end the streak.” 

The Battle of the Bone game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17 at Chino Hills High School, 16150 Pomona Rincon Road. 

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