After going 20-4 last week, i’m now 100 games over .500. Cue the ticker-tape parade. Huge games all over this weekend makes me wish I had a satellite dish and live television feeds everywhere around the county.
Colton at Cajon
Quite frankly, this is what the Cowboy seniors have been prepping for the last 10 years, for their shot at San Andreas League glory. Well, Cajon has it, and on its home field to boot. Couldn’t ask for a much better set up for that. Colton’s offense finally broke out against San Bernardino, which was perfect timing. However, I’m taking Cajon to break the Colton stranglehold on the SAL, if just for this year.
Cajon 23, Colton 20
Upland at Los Osos
This is actually a game you can see on television, as Fox Sports Prime Ticket will show the battle between Upland QB Josh Nunes (Stanford) and Los Osos QB Richard Brehaut (UCLA). In the battle between their future schools last weekend, UCLA prevailed late. I expect that result to foreshadow what’s going to go on this week, as the Grizzlies slow down Nunes just enough to let Brehaut pull one from the fire.
Los Osos 27, Upland 26
Summit at Kaiser
NoFo vs. SoFo. Besides being fun to say, it should make for a great matchup, as the newcomers from the North Side (Summit) takes on the established power on the South Side (Kaiser). The SkyHawks’ ascent from infant program to burgeoning juggernaut has been impressive in its speed, but Kaiser and Dick Bruich will knock them down a notch.
Kaiser 28, Summit 10
Miller at Redlands
This game is the first of a three-week tag-team battle royale between the CBL’s top three teams. One team, Miller, is 6-0 but is relatively untested while the other, Redlands, is 3-3 but has played a rough schedule to date. To be honest, this game is a toss-up to me, but I think the Rebels’ offense is stout enough to slow Redlands just enough.
Miller 21, Redlands 17
Barstow at Silverado
Another matchup that will likely decide a league title, as Barstow established itself as the most viable challenger to the two-time defending champion Hawks with its win over Ridgecrest Burroughs last year. Barstow likes to make me look bad on my picks, and I’ll give them an opportunity to do the same, as I like Silverado to make it two wins in a row.
Silverado 28, Barstow 25
Apple Valley at Serrano
After a rocking beginning, Frank Pulice seems to have his young team at Apple Valley moving in the right direction with three wins in their last four games. A win over Serrano would be a big step. However, it seems as if the Diamondbacks worked extensively on defense during its bye week, as they blanked Rim of the World. Serrano won’t shut out Apple, but it will do enough to grab the win comfortably.
Serrano 24, Apple Valley 6
Chino at Chino Hills
The Cowboys have a stingy enough defense to stay in this game, as they held Ayala to under 200 yards of offense last week. However, Chino lost to Ayala, which underlies their problem – lack of playmakers on offense. Chino Hills has been making plays all year, something I don’t expect to change this week.
Chino Hills 30, Chino 12
Arroyo Valley at San Gorgonio
This game might resemble a hospital ward more than a football game, as both teams have had awful luck with injuries. The Hawks are optimistic that RB Demarcus White will be back in action, which would be huge for Arroyo. San G’s optimism about Tre Meadors is a little more tempered. Either way, this is the likely battle for third and I’ll go with the optimistic team.
Arroyo Valley 21, San Gorgonio 16
Redlands East Valley at Carter
It must be nice to be getting flak for shutout wins. But that’s exactly what’s happening with the Wildcats, who haven’t exactly dazzled on offense the past couple of weeks. Carter, while decent on defense, won’t be able to move on the REV defense. So this basically serves as REV’s last warmup before a back-to-back with Miller and Redlands.
Redlands East Valley 24, Carter 3
Big Bear at Ontario Christian
I’ll delve out of league play on this one, because these are two teams that could use some win and some good karma. Injuries have taken their toll on the Bears, who dropped in an upset loss to Yucca Valley last week, while the Knights have struggled in their transition to the spread offense. I think Big Bear gets well this week.
Big Bear 19, Ontario Christian 13
Other games of note:
Etiwanda 26, Alta Loma 16
Rancho Cucamonga 42, Claremont 10
Eisenhower 23, Rialto 13
Yucaipa 17, Fontana 16
Twentynine Palms 37, Desert Mirage 14
Yucca Valley 20, Desert Hot Springs 18
Ridgecrest Burroughs 38, Granite Hills 13
Rim of the World 30, Sultana 6
San Bernardino 14, Pacific 6
Ayala 31, Diamond Bar 20
Bloomington 20, Jurupa Valley 17
Aquinas 48, Anza Hamilton 6
Hesperia 33, Victor Valley 14
Arrowhead Christian 28, Huntington Beach Brethren Christian 14
Overall record: 127-27-4.