Well, Miami got me off to a good start tonight with a walloping of Texas A&M and their male cheerleaders. Hopefully that bodes well for the rest of the week, as I’m going to Vegas Saturday to cover Upland and hopefully have some good, clean fun.
To the picks…
Serrano at San Gorgonio
Should be fun times at San G, as its brand-new stadium will make its debut tonight. The crowd should be spirited and the Spartans have some speed and athleticism. They are still young though, and against a rock-solid Serrano team that doesn’t make mistakes, it will be hard to turn the initial wave of enthusiasm into victory.
Serrano 24, San Gorgonio 18
Riverside Poly at Arroyo Valley
This is the game I’m covering Friday and it should be entertaining to say the least. The Hawks got six touchdown passes in 13 completions from Robert Fuller last week while Poly has scored a combined 92 points in its last two games. This could be a game where the last team with the ball wins.
Arroyo Valley 37, Riverside Poly 33
Silverado at Bloomington
Silverado has had a hard time really getting much offense going, though it is 2-1 despite only scoring 34 points in three games. Bloomington is capable of scoring that much in a half if the double-wing offense is clicking. I’m not going to predict that, but I will predict a Bruin victory.
Bloomington 28, Silverado 16
Compton Dominguez at Redlands East Valley
I hope Kurt Bruich bought the big box of Pepto Bismol at Winco, because the Wildcats have been in two straight ulcer-causing games in a row. Fortunately for REV, they were both wins. They face an absolute beast in Dominguez this week, which will cause a third straight nailbiter for Bruich.
Redlands East Valley 21, Compton Dominguez 18
Kaiser at Cajon
Speaking of Bruichs, Dick’s bid for career win No. 282 has hit a bit of a snag, as the Cats are nursing a three-game losing streak dating back to last season. The Cowboys are on a six-game skid right now and are looking for a spark. Expect a defensive struggle and Bruich to get back in his familiar win column.
Kaiser 14, Cajon 6
Colton at La Quinta
Colton was on the precipice of getting that huge win against the Wildcats. But even in defeat, they proved themselves to be a real player come November. La Quinta is battle tested and is coming off a tough loss of its own to Murrieta Valley. One of these teams will have a losing streak and won’t deserve it.
Colton 27, La Quinta 22
Pacific at Hesperia
Hesperia has been flat out killing people thus far. They haven’t necessarily played an Oaks Christian, but Hesperia’s 124-9 point differential over their opponents shows a killer instinct and an ability to get after it. Pacific has been salty at times, but doesn’t have the guns to compete in this game.
Hesperia 38, Pacific 6
Riverside Norte Vista at Eisenhower
After winning one game last season, the Eagles already have two wins under their belt. Wide receiver Alex Jefferies is establishing himself as one of the best deep threats in the county and extra weight work has paid dividends. I’m seeing 3-0 for Ike.
Eisenhower 23, Norte Vista 21
Apple Valley at Victor Valley
This is typically one of the must-see games in the desert, as the Sun Devils and Jackrabbits go all-out to win the Bell. Victor Valley came painfully close to getting the victory last week, failing on a 2-point conversion late against Rialto. With Apple Valley humming out of the gate, the Jackrabbits won’t have to wonder ‘What if?’ tonight.
Apple Valley 45, Victor Valley 7
Etiwanda at Carter
Both of these teams are extremely talented. So the fact that they are a combined 1-4 is a headscratcher to me. I wouldn’t say that these squads are desperate, but a win would probably do wonders for someone. I’ll go with the team still needing that win.
Carter 16, Etiwanda 12
And finally, the college game of Friday night.
Oklahoma (-23) at Tulsa
The Sooners have looked absolutely awesome so far this season. That Miami team that just throttled the Aggies was hit up for 51 a couple of weeks ago against Oklahoma, which should really make Tulsa a little nervous. The Golden Hurricane are decent and have some firepower, but nothing like the Sooners possess. It will be high-scoring, but the only drama will come the 67.5 over/under.
Oklahoma 50, Tulsa 21