It’s the last week of play for area college football teams but only a couple have anything on the line.
The most important game will have San Bernardino Valley College (6-3, 4-0) traveling to East Los Angeles (4-5, 3-1) for a 6 p.m. showdown with a win bringing the Wolverines an American Division Mountain Conference title. Coach Kevin Emerson’s squad is already guaranteed its first winning season since 1998.
Emerson inherited an 0-10 team in 2009 and went a respectable 5-5 last year in his first at the helm. Now he’s on the brink of a conference title. That’s a quick turnaround.
The other team with something on the line is the University of Redlands. The Bulldogs (7-1) will be hosting nonconference foe Chapman at 1 p.m.
Coach Mike Maynard’s team can not earn a SCIAC automtic bid because of its head-to-head loss to Cal Lutheran. So Maynard is hoping for an at-large berth. It’s a stretch though. A SCIAC runner-up hasn’t gotten one in at least the last 20 years. I have a hard time believing it will happen this year either.
The Peace Pipe game will see Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (6-2, 3-2) cross the street to face Pomona-Pitzer (1-7, 1-4) for a 1 p.m. neighborhood tussle. It’s all about bragging rights.
The University of La Verne (0-8, 0-5) will face Whittier, also at 1 p.m. If the Leopards don’t pull it off they’re going to have to go through another off-season thinking about an 0-9. La Verne has lost 19 straight games but maybe there is something in that fact that the last time the Leos one back in 2008, Whittier was also the foe.
Chaffey rounds out the regular season by hosting Antelope Valley at 6 p.m. I am guessing this goes down to the wire. It shouldn’t. The Panthers have way more talent. But every other Chaffey game has followed that pattern.
Victor Valley (2-7) will be at Mt. San Jacinto. Coach Dave Hoover is just happy this season is about over.