Before making some picks tonight, I’ll break down the Desert Sky League. Trust me, it will be very quick.
1. Silverado (5-2-2, 3-0)
The Hawks have clinched the DSL title and are the No. 1 seed coming out of the league. They could lose 100-0 to Granite Hills today and that wouldn’t change.
2. Barstow (3-6, 2-1)
Barstow is the No. 2 seed coming out of the DSL, even if it loses to Victor Valley tonight.
3. Ridgecrest Burroughs (2-7, 2-2)
Burroughs is done with its DSL season and returns to the playoffs for the first time since winning the 2005 CIF title as a No. 3 seed thanks to a head-to-head tiebreaker over Granite Hills.
4. Granite Hills (2-7, 1-2)
5. Victor Valley (0-8, 0-3)
Because it lost to the Burros, Granite Hills has been eliminated from playoff contention. Victor Valley is looking to avoid a second straight winless season Friday against Barstow.
Now to the picks.
Rim of the World at Hesperia
This game has a ton of implications, which I explained in detail in a previous post. This game should be a nice chess match between the swarming Hesperia D and Rim sophomore running back Nick Toner. I think the Scorpions subdue Toner and the Scots.
Hesperia 17, Rim of the World 6
Norte Vista at Kaiser
Another game with huge playoff implications, as the Cats try to keep their playoff streak alive. It hasn’t been easy for Dick Bruich this season, but Kaiser gets this win and gets to its reserved spot in the postseason.
Kaiser 13, Norte Vista 7
Summit at Jurupa Valley
Jurupa wins and its in. Summit has made strides this year, but they aren’t ready to pull the shocker just yet. Jurupa makes its first playoff foray.
Jurupa Valley 45, Summit 10
Silverado at Granite Hills
This game doesn’t mean anything playoff-wise, as I outlined above. The Hawks will look to fine tune going into the playoffs, while the Cougars want to end the season on a high note. That’s not happening.
Silverado 23, Granite Hills 10
And the college game of the night….
Louisville (+17) at West Virginia
Before the season, people were looking at this game as a showdown for the Big East title and maybe for a spot in the BCS title game. The Mountaineers have done their part to keep their end of the deal, but the Cardinals have been a huge disappointment with their “Ole'” defense. At least Kentucky had a Michigan-App. State moment in basketball last night, because that’s all Louisville will have to celebrate this week.
West Virginia 45, Louisville 23