Bulldogs move up in football poll

Following a bye week, the University of Redlands football team moved up two spots to No. 21 on the D3Football.com poll.
The Bulldogs opened the season with back-to-back wins over non-conference opponents.  On Sept. 12, Redlands trounced visiting East Texas Baptist University, 36-3.  After allowing the Tigers to score on their first possession, the Maroon and Gray stymied any subsequent efforts and held ETBU to a mere 79 yards of total offense.
During its first road trip of the season, Redlands held off a fourth-quarter surge by the Pirates of Whitworth University (WA) en route to a 29-24 victory in Spokane on Sept. 19.  Redlands racked up 428 yards of total offense, compared to the Pirates’ 290.
Redlands also had earned preseason rankings of No. 22 for Sporting News magazine and No. 23 on the USA Today poll.
The Bulldogs host the University of La Verne (0-2) in Ted Runner Stadium on October 3 at 7 p.m. for their opening Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) game of the 2009 season.  Redlands celebrates Take a Kid to the Game Night with free prizes and activities for all children under 14.

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Coyotes not at their best, but still win

Sometimes you have to pull out a game when you’re not at your best. That was the case with the Cal State San Bernardino volleyball team on Saturday afternoon. The No. 2 Coyotes bested No. 13 Sonoma State 19-25, 25-23, 25-22, 25-18 to improve to 14-0 on the season.

The first game was a struggle. So was the second, although the Coyotes made some plays down the stretch to eek it out. It wasn’t until the fourth game that the Coyotes looked like the Coyotes.

They made a lot of errors in their serve receive which is not characteristic and several times two or more players collided going after a ball. That just doesn’t happen with this team.

Perhaps it is good that they were pushed and had to gut one out. It wouldn’t be good to cruise all year, then face tough competition in the postseason. You want to see how your young players are going to react. And Cal State still is a young team.

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On the local college front this weekend . . .

It’s slim pickings for those hoping to see one of the local college football teams at home this weekend. On Saturday San Bernardino Valley College (0-3) will host Victor Valley (1-2) and Grossmont will visit Chaffey (2-1), both games kicking off at 6 p.m.

Let’s start with the battle between two local teams. SBVC will have yet another uphill battle. The Wolverines, who have lost 18 staright games dating back to 2007, are improved. But they’re probably not good enough to beat Victor Valley which went toe-to-toe with highly touted Mt, SAC last week.

Chaffey has a tough one on its hands in Grossmont which is back to being Grossmont after a couple of average seasons. To have any chance at all the Panthers have to keep their composure. The Grossmont team is known for arrogance and cheap shots. (They’re one of the most penalized teams in the state every year). They like to get under the skin of the opposing team. The trick is to avoid retaliating!

There are a couple of other athletic events of note . . .

In volleyball, No. 2 Cal State San Bernardino (12-0) will host No. 15 Sonoma State (14-1) at 3 p.m. on Saturday at Coussoulis Arena. The Coyotes are coming off a complete dismantling of local rival Cal Poly Pomona on Wednesday.

If soccer is your game, University of Redlands will be hosting Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in a women’s game at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Both qualified for the NCAA Division III playoffs last season with Redlands winning the regular season SCIAC title, only to be upset by the Athenas in the SCIAC tourney final for the conference automatic bid. Redlands advanced any way as a wildcard.

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