Baseline League once again to be hotly contested

Non-league games are over. The race for league titles is on and again it is the Baseline League with numerous compelling match-ups looming.

Damien and Los Osos were the bottom two teams a year ago and both of those have shown much improvement over the course of the non-league season. Damien has RB Dylan Thigpen upon who they rely while the Grizzles have a couple of Division I signees in LB Bryce Youngquist (Oklahoma) and OL Cohl Cabral (Arizona State).

Los Osos has also come up on the winning end of some close games so they seem poised when it matters.

Have those teams improved enough to actually contend? They are probably going to be hard-pressed to do so but they’re god enough to pull an upset that could throw a monkey wrench into some team’s title hopes.

The top team a year ago was Upland but the Highlanders graduated a majority of their starters including nine who advanced to Division II schools. Is Upland as good as in years past? Only time will tell. But if the Highlanders are going to repeat, it will take big contributions from those who weren’t the headline performers a year ago.

Rancho Cucamonga is the team with the most returning starters with that group including quarterback Angel Matute, running back Aaron Manning and DB Jaylon Redd. The Cougars also added a top-notch DB in Thomas Graham, who has committed to USC.

Chino Hills the most formidable test for Upland a year ago and looks like it too poised to challenge. The Huskies had newcomer at QB in Caleb Arreola. He was banged up in the Huskies win two weeks ago. His backup is already out for the season, so much of the Huskies hopes hinge on his health and development.

Just where does Etiwanda fit in? The Eagles wee a disappointing fourth a year ago and they have a new and energetic coach in Kevin Davis. The got off to a tough start this season but stayed the course and have momentum going into league play. They face Upland tonight so we’ll see right away what Etiwanda is made of.

The battle for the top spot could take place the last week of the regular season when Upland and Rancho square off. But no doubt, every battle is going to be a big one.

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  • Football Fan

    Los Osos is completely over-rated and should not even be in this story.
    Upland always has a good solid foundation but the coaching over there needs to be the “team” concept. the individuals have taken over this team and it is all about “me me me” and my scholly, not about advancing on. From what I hear the players are tottally disrespecting the coaching staff there and are doing what they want, even calling off plays so the stars can get film (this info is from one of the star players too).
    Rancho Cucamonga is kind of like the quiet storm and they are starting to make waves. I think if CH had a quarterback that it would be a pretty even game this Thursday. It will not be a blow out for sure, maybe a touchdown difference. If CH can take advantage of mistakes, this could be RC game to lose.
    However, RC will beat up on Upland. they have this game circled on there calendar and the motivation effect of having a close game with CH will work to RC advantage.
    There may be a 3 way tie in this league and it should come down to a coin toss when all is said and done.
    Upcoming players to keep an eye on in this league:
    Upland: a kid named Johson, he will be the most sought out and recruited corner from the IE in years. He is a freshman.
    CH: you got freshman Walter Carl who is going to make Tori Sweet at BA look like a puppy dog. This kid is beast! Then there are the transfers of Zavala, Rigney, Garcia and Wilson.
    CH should be able to compete next year.

  • gil

    if “CH had a quarterback” they would be able to compete with Rancho ? @Football Fan