My win percentage went down a bit this week, as I went 19-6-1 and Barstow fooled me yet again. I guarantee that I’m picking the Aztecs this week – even if they were playing the Dallas Cowboys.
Now for the rest:
Kaiser at Riverside North
This has almost been like an NFL divisional matchup, as the Cats have played North two times a year for the last two years. However, its been a Chargers-Raiders type pairing, with North playing the Chargers and the Cats taking the role of the Raiders. Kaiser looked great against Apple Valley Friday, but you can’t bet against a streak.
Riverside North 21, Kaiser 13
Serrano at Upland
A great matchup and quite frankly, I’m jealous of Lou Brewster for getting to cover it. Serrano coach Ray Maholchic was hilarious in describing the Upland talent, making a quip about possibly getting postgame autographs. Maholchic is sandbagging a bit, as the Diamondbacks will get in Upland’s face. The Highlanders will win, but they’ll have to pack a lunch, because this game is going the full 48 minutes.
Upland 31, Serrano 24
San Gorgonio at Redlands East Valley
A very intriguing matchup due to the proximity of the schools. The East Highland area is basically split between the two, which should make for a passionate game. I was impressed with the skill level of San G’s Tre Meadors and T.J. Smith when I saw them Thursday, but REV has too much size and too much depth. The Wildcats wear the Spartans down.
REV 34, San Gorgonio 13
Los Angeles Crenshaw at Miller
Crenshaw has been all over the place on offense. After scoring 34 points in their opener against Lakewood, Crenshaw was shut out at Norco last week and now plays a Miller team that has only given up 13 points in two games. The Rebels’ defense has allowed the offense to get its feet under it, a process that results in another win on Friday.
Miller 27, Crenshaw 6
Canyon Springs at Hesperia
Canyon Springs, the Central Division runner-up last season, was bombed by Rancho Cucamonga in its opener 30-0. Now it’ll play Hesperia, which looks to be improved offensively from its 9-2 squad a year ago. The Scorpions will send Gavin Santos up the middle, Ricky Yell on end-arounds and Jerone Waddell deep for a nice home-opening victory.
Hesperia 31, Canyon Springs 10
Colton at La Quinta
The Yellowjackets rarely lose season openers and would laugh in my face if I suggested that their 15-14 loss to Vista Murrieta was a moral victory, but that was what I’d call a good loss. It doesn’t get much easier with a trip to the Low Desert to play La Quinta, but I think Colton gets a win.
Colton 22, La Quinta 20
Riverside Notre Dame at Aquinas
Even if Aquinas wasn’t ranked, there’s no way I’m not writing about “The Holy War.” This game is always hard-fought, often entertaining and usually has a fair amount of star power. The Falcons got over the Big Bear hump with a big win Saturday and I have a feeling that their star power, led by QB Tyler Stirewalt, will do the same.
Aquinas 26, Notre Dame 20
Sultana at Cajon
Yeah, Cajon didn’t look awesome in losing to Los Osos. But Los Osos is a pretty good team and it was apparent that star RB Walter Kazee is still getting his legs under him after sitting out much of the preseason with a knee injury. I expect Kazee will look more like his old self this week, which is bad news for the Sultans.
Cajon 27, Sultana 15
Carter at Rancho Cucamonga
Carter’s run through the Baseline League continues with a game against the Cougars, who have been dominating in whipping Damien and Canyon Springs. Irregardless of whether those two teams are down or not, Rancho has been extremely impressive. I don’t expect much to change against a Carter team in flux.
Rancho Cucamonga 30, Carter 14
Summit at Fontana
The SkyHawks have won two in a row for the first time in school history, while the Steelers were embarassed by Banning. While this isn’t a great Fohi team, a Summit win here could really launch its program. I see Summit pulling this win out and getting its first three-game win streak.
Summit 28, Fontana 21
Other games of note:
Arrowhead Christian 20, Twin Pines 3
Arroyo Valley 34, Rialto 16
Los Angeles Carson 24, Redlands 14
Eisenhower 27, Palmdale Knight 17
Yucaipa 24, San Bernardino 17
San Jacinto 29, Twentynine Palms 16
Victor Valley 26, Yucca Valley 14
Big Bear 23, Beaumont 17
Granite Hills 25, Pacific 10
Barstow 32, Antelope Valley 21
Ridgecrest Burroughs 27, Apple Valley 22
Quartz Hill 27, Silverado 25
Rim of the World 33, Cathedral City 14
Overall record: 32-9-1