CITRUS BELT LEAGUE
Eisenhower at Redlands
Site: Redlands High School, 7 p.m.
Records: Eisenhower 6-2, 3-1; Redlands 7-2, 3-1
Overview: The good news for Redlands fans is that UCLA-bound star running back Craig Lee is expected to play after missing last week’s loss to Yucaipa with a shoulder injury. Lee said this week that his shoulder is “80 percent” and he will play. He said it was 70 percent last week when he was held out. Eisenhower can’t afford to allow touchdowns by its special teams and offense like it did in last week’s 28-7 loss to REV. Both teams have much to play for. Each team would clinch a playoff spot and at least a share of the league title with a win. Eisenhower would also need Redlands East Valley to lose to Cajon for the Eagles to get the league’s No. 1 playoff spot, while Redlands needs no help. The loser might not make the playoffs because it could end up in a three-way tie for second if Cajon beats REV.
Rancho Cucamonga vs. Alta Loma
Site: Los Osos High School, 7 p.m.
Records: Rancho Cucamonga 7-2, 3-1; Alta Loma 4-5, 0-4
Overview: Rancho Cucamonga is trying to finish league play with a fourth consecutive win after losing its opener to Upland, which it hopes to see in the playoffs. Rancho Cucamonga has been held to 28 points or less in four of its last five games. Alta Loma’s league losing streak has reached 19 and the Braves have a tall task in front of them tonight facing the No. 5 team in the CIF-SS Inland Division.
Bonita at Diamond Bar
Site: Diamond Bar High School, 7 p.m.
Records: Bonita 5-4, 4-1; Diamond Bar 3-6, 2-3
Overview: Bonita’s loss to Diamond Ranch complicated things considerably for the Bearcats, who are now tied for first place. A loss to Diamond Bar will complicate them further, but a win could net the Bearcats an outright league championship if Rowland loses to West Covina. A Rowland victory and a Bonita loss, however, would land Bonita in at least second place and potentially third place if Diamond Ranch can beat Walnut tonight.
Diamond Ranch at Walnut
Site: Walnut High School, 7 p.m.
Records: Diamond Ranch 6-3, 3-2; Walnut 1-8, 0-5
Overview: Diamond Ranch’s victory over Bonita last week could prove to be one of the season-saving variety. The Panthers needed it to stay in contention for the playoffs but in addition to a win tonight over hapless Walnut, Diamond Ranch still needs a bit of help to reach the postseason. The Panthers are tied for third with West Covina, to whom they lost earlier in the season. A West Covina loss to first-place Rowland tonight will land the Panthers at least third place. If Bonita loses, Diamond Ranch could vault to second place.
MT. BALDY LEAGUE
Ontario vs. Garey
Site: Ganesha High School, 7 p.m.
Records: Ontario 2-7, 0-5; Garey 3-6, 0-5
Overview: These two teams may not have a league win yet, but they won’t be lacking motivation tonight as they battle to avoid last place in the league. Garey, which lost all of its league games last season, started the year 3-1 but has since allowed 43.6 points per game while scoring a total 21 points in five league games. Since playing league champion Chino a 21-7 game in the league opener, Ontario has given up at least 30 points in each game.
Colton vs. Summit
Site: Miller High School, 7 p.m.
Records: Colton 3-6, 3-1, Summit 8-1, 4-0
Overview: Both of these teams are in the playoffs. If Colton can pull off the upset, it would earn a share of the league title and knock Summit out of a possible No. 1 seed for the CIF-SS Central Division playoffs. A Summit win could give the No. 1-ranked SkyHawks the top seed. Their defense is hot, coming off three straight shutouts and seven points allowed in the last five games combined. In every Colton game this season, the winner has scored between 41-48 points, whether it is Colton or the opponent.