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Banning Pilots moving in right direction with 3-0 start

Banning Pilots moving in right direction with 3-0 start

It has been 16 years since 12-time champion Banning High School last won a City Section football title. The Pilots had been replaced by Narbonne, San Pedro and Carson as the powers in the Marine League. But under fourth-year Coach John Aponte, there’s signs of a Banning comeback.

The Pilots are 3-0 after a 50-18 win Friday over Long Beach Millikan. Aponte, a former Marine, has brought discipline and stability to the Pilots’ program.

“We’re going to keep riding this wave,” he said. “Everything is preparation for league. We’re on the right track.”

Joe Villarreal scored three touchdowns and quarterback Myles Porter passed...

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