Thankfully I can go back to doing what I do best – making football picks that are mediocrely accurate surrounded by sophomoric humor – instead of updating game cancellations and moves. So here are some extra special high school picks.
Miller at Redlands East Valley
Ever since Miller started running roughshod on teams early in the season and proved itself a legitimate threat, I’ve been looking forward to this game. I’ve been wondering if Miller could do anything with phenomenal REV running back Chris Polk and whether Rebel quarterback A.J. Springer could put the underrated REV defense on tilt. Unlike the past six games, REV will have to play its starters in the fourth quarter, but I’ll take the Wildcats anyway.
Redlands East Valley 31, Miller 22
Arroyo Valley at Colton
Another league showdown takes place in the home of Ken Hubbs, as the Hawks and Yellowjackets face off with the San Andreas League title hanging in the balance. It’s an interesting game of contrasts, with the spread, pass-happy Hawks against the physical, double-wing rushing attack of Colton. Arroyo will get in some punches, but Colton will slowly wear them out.
Colton 32, Arroyo Valley 20
Hesperia at Serrano
I’m picking Saturday games today just to make sure that I get it done and pick them somewhat coherently. You want to be coherent when watching this game, as the Diamondbacks and Scorpions are undefeated and boast swarming, stifling defenses. With the Mojave River League title in the balance, points will be at a premium. However, I think the D-backs are more complete on offense, therefore the winners.
Serrano 16, Hesperia 6
Yucaipa at Eisenhower
This game, perhaps surprisingly to some, has become a crucial game in the shakedown for the four playoff teams of the Citrus Belt League. Since being splattered by REV four weeks ago, the T-birds have played great ball, playing Miller to the final gun and defeating Redlands and Fohi. Ike has also taken care of business in the last two weeks and has itself on the brink of the playoffs. I don’t think the Eagles are quite ready though, so I’m taking Yucaipa to win its third straight.
Yucaipa 26, Eisenhower 21
Patriot at Kaiser
The Cats have had to do something this week that they haven’t had to deal with in the history of the school – recovering from a Sunkist League loss. Jurupa Valley broke what had been a 32-game winning streak for Kaiser, which means that Patriot is in a world of hurt. Kaiser starts it back up tonight.
Kaiser 24, Patriot 10
San Bernardino at Cajon
It will be a fun night at Cajon, as the 1987 CIF championship team will be honored with a new sign on the scoreboard, among other things. However, there’s a game to be played, and an important one at that. The Cardinals and Cowboys are both 1-1 in the SAL, with the winner getting the inside track to the playoffs. San Bernardino has been scrappy, but I’ll go with the home team.
Cajon 20, San Bernardino 15
Ridgecrest Burroughs at Silverado
After edging Barstow last week, the Hawks have one more real hurdle between them and a second straight Desert Sky League championship. Burroughs has played nicely after a disatrous non-league season, compiling a 2-1 DSL mark, but don’t have the guns to face up with Silverado.
Silverado 22, Burroughs 9
Apple Valley at Rim of the World
It should be an emotional Saturday night on top of the hill, as the Fighting Scots will be playing their first game since the Grass Valley and Slide fires destroyed hundreds of homes and caused the Rim community to evacuate early last week. The game as important as well, as both the Sun Devils and Scots need a win to put themselves in position to grab the third MRL playoff berth. I’m going with the emotion and Rim.
Rim of the World 27, Apple Valley 23
Big Bear at Desert Hot Springs
The Bears haven’t exactly had much activity lately, as they have only played one game since Oct. 6 and haven’t had a home game since Sept. 29. They won’t be at home this week, but the Bears will definitely be rested and raring to do. Desert Hot Springs will want Big Bear to go back up the mountain after the Bears take care of business in this game.
Big Bear 46, Desert Hot Springs 17
Redlands at Rialto
We’ll end the picks with a historic night at Rialto High, which will be hosting its first game on campus in the school’s 15-year history. Redlands comes in limping, having lost two straight and needing a win to keep its playoff hopes alive. The Terriers will do that, disappointing the Knight faithful.
Redlands 23, Rialto 15