Well, the regular season ended with me going 23-3 overall, giving me a wicked awesome record of 206-48-4. I know, I’m the man, but the playoffs are the true measure of manhood. So we’ll break them up to give everyone extra-special attention, starting with the Central Division. And in friendly competition with Clay Fowler, I’ll add my complete division picks at the bottom.
Colton at No. 1 Rancho Cucamonga
If I’m Rancho, I’m furious at this matchup. Not necessarily because Colton is great – this isn’t a vintage Yellowjacket team – but because preparing for the double-wing is annoying. It’s not run very often and its almost impossible for the JV or scout team to simulate. Except some hiccups early from unfamiliarity, Rancho should control this game though.
Rancho Cucamonga 28, Colton 16
Wildomar Elsinore at No. 2 Los Osos
I know that Elsinore went to the title game two years ago and lost to Colony. I know they are south of here. Besides that, I don’t know much about them. I know Los Osos can score with Richard Brehaut and Arby Fields and they can defend better than usual. It’s the latter which will allow Osos to pull away.
Los Osos 27, Elsinore 10
Etiwanda at No. 4 Cajon
The San Andreas League champion against an at-large. Easy win right? Not so fast. I think this may be the most entertaining game involving local teams in any division, as the Angel Santiago experience will be matchup up with Walter Kazee, Marlon Pollard and his Cajon buddies. This game is pretty big for the SAL’s morale, as a loss to the No. 4 Baseline team would be a rough one to swallow. Cajon will gut past a tough-luck Etiwanda squad.
Cajon 34, Etiwanda 31
Colony at Ayala
Colony isn’t exactly rolling coming into the playoffs, losing to Chaffey and Ontario down the stretch. But they are the two-time Central champions, which should mean something, even though the Central Division is infinitely better than it was when Colony won. The Titans have talent and will fight, but Ayala will be too much. I’m boring with these picks I know.
Ayala 23, Colony 14
San Gorgonio at Chino Hills
It’s almost like I’ve seen this game before. Oh wait, I have. Actually, I didn’t see the 42-20 Huskies win in person, but I seriously enough has changed to drastically alter the result. San G has won five of six since then, but Chino Hills has too much talent and balance.
Chino Hills 31, San Gorgonio 16
Ontario at Paloma Valley
I want to pick an upset. I really do – I almost feel its my duty as a blogger to pick a ridiculous upset, then take the prerequisite ribbing once that pick goes completely to waste. You see where I’m going here. Ontario is scrappy under QB Herman Huezo and will pull the shocker. I guess.
Ontario 18, Paloma Valley 16
Upland at Chaffey
I guess I could have been extremely lame and called this my upset, saying that Upland’s No. 3 seed in the Baseline and being on the road is probable cause for calling this an upset. But I’m not going to insult your intelligence any more than I already have. Chaffey’s physical running game might do some things early, but Upland has way too much firepower.
Upland 30, Chaffey 12
Other game of note that I’m not writing about because the teams aren’t in the County:
Glendora 28, No. 3 Hemet West Valley 24
No. 1 Rancho Cucamonga over Ontario
Ayala over No. 4 Cajon
Upland over Glendora
Chino Hills over No. 2 Los Osos
No. 1 Rancho Cucamonga over Ayala
Upland over Chino Hills
No. 1 Rancho Cucamonga over Upland