League play gets going in almost every league in the county tonight, save the Christian League. I had another good week last week, going 15-2-1 and only missing on Aquinas and Victor Valley.
We’ll see how this week treats us as I cherry-pick games throughout the county.
Redlands at Yucaipa
The Terriers have been rolling on offense, riding quarterback Josh Logan and running back Cam Phillips to 96 points in two CBL teams. Yucaipa isn’t bad defensively, but its offense has struggled, only scoring 3 points during that time. The unstoppable offense vs. the stationary one won’t be much of a contest.
Redlands 34, Yucaipa 7
Carter at Miller
The Lions broke out in a big way against Rialto, putting up 34 points on the Knights after being shut out in their league opener. What does that mean against Miller? Probably not much, as the Rebels have been almost an inpenetrable force this season. The Lions will take a step back after their step forward against Rialto.
Miller 24, Carter 3
Rancho Cucamonga at Etiwanda
For a few weeks I’ve been looking for the Cougars to get a test. Well, they’ll get that, and then some, from Etiwanda. Expect lots of points and a prolific aerial assault from Rancho Cucamonga QB Greg Watson and Etiwanda signalcaller Angel Santiago. I’m taking the home team in what could be the best game of the weekend.
Etiwanda 34, Rancho Cucamonga 31
San Gorgonio at Cajon
This is the game I’ll be at tomorrow and quite frankly, it should be a good one. Both of these teams can score from anywhere on the field, with Marlon Pollard and Walter Kazee leading the Cowboys and T.J. Smith and Tre Meadors leading the Spartans. I think the Cajon defense is a tinge better though.
Cajon 30, San Gorgonio 21
Rim of the World at Serrano
A good, solid Mojave River League matchup between two teams that like to pound the ball. However, the Diamondbacks have shown a propensity for big plays that goes against their typical 4-yards-and-a-clump-of-grass offensive philosophy. Rim will stay close for a while, but Serrano has a little too much firepower.
Serrano 33, Rim of the World 17
Jurupa Valley at Summit
This is where I’ll be in a few hours. It will be interesting to see how Summit, who has backhanded every team it has played this year, does against league competition. This Jurupa Valley team isn’t what it was last year, which was a league co-champion. Summit slowly pulls away and makes history yet again.
Summit 27, Jurupa Valley 6
Silverado at Victor Valley
You look at the records, see 0-6 by Silverado’s name and assume that the Hawks have no chance at doing anything. That assumption would be wrong though, as Silverado dealt with a murderer’s row in the non-league season. They have also beaten the Jackrabbits six years in a row. Never bet against a streak.
Silverado 24, Victor Valley 20
Ayala at Chino
We’ll give the Sierra League some love here, as this game will be going on in a couple of hours. The Bulldogs, with star RB Courtney Samuel, look to finish the job and improve on their second-place finish in league a year ago. Chino is building under new coach Greg Setlich, but isn’t quite ready to topple Ayala.
Ayala 30, Chino 13
Montclair at Chaffey
This Mt. Baldy League opener didn’t look that compelling when the schedule came out, as the Cavaliers were 0-10 last year and Chaffey was 9-2. However, Montclair has shown some spunk in going 2-3 in the nonleague schedule. They’ll need more than spunk against Chaffey, which has stabilized nicely at 3-2 after dropping its first two games.
Chaffey 34, Montclair 12
Big Bear at Yucca Valley
It’s been a brutal nonleague season for the Bears, who are 3-1-1 despite an injury outbreak that has seen their starting QB and RB miss significant time and LB Sutton Burnard suffer a life-threatening head injury. Yucca Valley comes in on a roll with two wins in a row, but Big Bear will be too much.
Big Bear 35, Yucca Valley 16
Other games of note:
Redlands East Valley 45, Rialto 0
Eisenhower 23, Fontana 12
Los Osos 27, Alta Loma 10
Upland 38, Claremont 13
Colton 34, San Bernardino 6
Arroyo Valley 28, Pacific 0
Hesperia 30, Sultana 18
Kaiser 20, Riverside Norte Vista 10
Bloomington 17, Riverside Patriot 15
Ridgecrest Burroughs 27, Barstow 25
Apple Valley 31, Granite Hills 14
Chino Hills 36, Damien 17
Twentynine Palms 23, Desert Hot Springs 18
Arrowhead Christian 26, Los Angeles Salesian 15
Overall record: 101-23-4.