RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> Chris Unga didn’t have a choice but to excel in football. He comes from a long line of brothers who have starred in the sport. Being the youngest means he took the brunt of the punishment growing up when the siblings would play football or wrestle around in the backyard. It has paid off.
Unga, a 6-foot, 265-pound senior defensive tackle. is expected to star for the Rancho Cucamonga Cougars who will be attempting to dethrone defending champion Upland for Baseline League supremacy. The Cougars open the regular season with a nonleague game on Friday at Redlands High School.
Like his brothers before him, Chris is drawing considerable interest from Division I schools.
“It was kind of a tough love thing. It was kind of exciting being the youngest,” Unga said, before an afternoon practice. “My brothers were tough on me but it got me to the stage I am at today. They toughened me up.”
Not only have Unga’s brothers excelled, they have done so at the highest collegiate level. Oldest brother Paul, currently an assistant football coach at Chaffey College, played at Mt. SAC and went on to Arizona State. Then there are twins Feti and Uani who are at Oregon State and Brigham Young respectively, And there’s Tui at Fresno State.
Joe, a 6-foot-8, 320-pound tackle, played at Division II Midwestern State and is in training camp with the Baltimore Ravens.