Doing this a little early, as I’m off doing the holiday thing for the next two days. Not a bad week last week, though its fair to say that I screwed up games involving public schools in the Redlands Metropolitan Area.
Paloma Valley at No. 1 Rancho Cucamonga
So my upset special wasn’t special. Actually, my real upset special was Glendora, but it’s all good. Paloma Valley did well, but they’ll have their hands full with Rancho, which received quite a scare last week for Colton. Look for Greg Watson and the Rancho passing attack to carry their big fourth quarter over.
Rancho Cucamonga 33, Paloma Valley 20
No. 4 Cajon at Ayala
I was at the Cajon-Etiwanda game last week and it was a hum-dinger, as both teams played their hearts out. The win was big for the Cowboys’ psyche, just because they don’t have to hear the ‘Well, you are just a product of the SAL’ talk as much. What they will have to deal with is a darn good Ayala team that can come at you in waves. I picked Ayala before the playoffs and am sticking with that.
Ayala 30, Cajon 27
Glendora at Upland
The jaw-dropping score of the week definitely came from Glendora, which destroyed No. 3 Hemet West Valley. I’ll pat my back because I predicted an upset, but I didn’t expect the beatdown that took place. Upland beat down Chaffey, which was expected, and plays the Tartans for the third time since last November. Each team has one, and I’m predicting Upland to win the rubber match.
Upland 34, Glendora 28
No. 2 Los Osos at Chino Hills
Richard Brehaut used his legs more than his arm to lead the Grizzlies to victory last week. That’s nice, but that ain’t going to fly against Chino Hills. The Huskies bulldozed San Gorgonio 52-14 thanks to a monster day from RB A.J. Johnson. Chino Hills keeps plugging along to little fan fare (despite Fowler’s exemplary article) and will do so again, “upsetting” Los Osos.
Chino Hills 27, Los Osos 21
No. 1 Perris Citrus Hill 36, Palm Desert 25
Serrano at Banning
I’m not going to lie, Banning’s win over Kaiser shocked me. I did not see that coming. I guess i should get to know more about Banning, but I don’t think they are going to knock off another Eastern power. Serrano trounced La Quinta behind junior RB Dionza Bradford and could very well be the dark horse in this bracket. The Banning story is a good one, but one that will end.
Serrano 28, Banning 14
No. 3 Palm Springs at Barstow
The Aztecs are another one of those teams that doesn’t get hype but wins. They can throw three RBs at you in the double-wing and have some massive hombres blocking. But Palm Springs is red-hot and this is pretty much what they do. After whipping Summit, Palm Springs will have its way with Barstow late.
Palm Springs 23, Barstow 16
No. 2 Hesperia at Silverado
Don’t look now but the Hawks, who started 0-6, are amazingly still alive and quite a threat behind QB Jemeryn Jenkins. Jenkins is a ridiculous talent, slicing and dicing Patriot for 406 yards last week. However, Hesperia put on a clinic against Notre Dame, barely breaking a sweat in winning 55-27. The rested Scorpions have a little too much sting.
Hesperia 31, Silverado 19
EAST VALLEY DIVISION
No. 1 St. Margaret’s at Yucca Valley
Yucca Valley has been an awesome story, recovering from several tattered years to win a De Anza League co-championship and a playoff game. It’s a great job Tim Connavo is doing out there. However, this isn’t going to be pretty. St. Margaret’s hasn’t been challenged all year and Yucca, for all their strengths, don’t have the ability to.
St. Margaret’s 41, Yucca Valley 16
Pasadena Maranatha at Big Bear
The Bears made me look smart, which is hard to do, coming up with the brassy 33-32 upset over No. 4 Santa Paula. It’s been a tough year at Big Bear, but you know the Bears will growl at playoff time. I’ll be up the hill to watch them take on Maranatha, which is just annoying to type. So I’ll predict. I am tempted to take the Bears, but I picked the other team (see what I did there?) last week. Can’t change now.
Maranatha 24, Big Bear 20
No. 3 Aquinas at Twentynine Palms
I kind of wish I was at this game Friday, because this one is going to be a war. Aquinas has been rolling over fools this year behind QB Tyler Stirewalt and his merry band of skill-position playmakers, but the Falcons’ only loss came to Twentynine Palms – a team that put 63 up on Brethren Christian last week. I expect the Palms to be jumping, but Aquinas to exact revenge.
Aquinas 28, Twentynine Palms 26
No. 2 Brentwood 27, Fillmore 13
No. 1 Corona Centennial 42, Vista Murrieta 10
No. 4 Miller at Murrieta Valley
The Rebels looked awesome on offense in their 48-21 victory over Roosevelt, gaining well over 500 yards and looking like the juggernaut unit it was last year under A.J. Springer. yeah, Juan Flores and David Dash next year could be mad scary. However, the defense has showed some signs of slippage lately, which won’t be helped by Murrieta Valley. I have the Rebels losing a heartbreaker on the road, similar to their loss to Chaparral last year.
Murrieta Valley 28, Miller 23
Redlands East Valley at No. 3 Temecula Chaparral
After impaling the Santiago Sharks, REV looks to take out a Chaparral team that’s been hell on the CBL in recent years. The Pumas took out REV two years ago and Miller this year, meaning they have run up quite a tab. The REV offense has erupted lately, but I don’t see them evening the bill this week. I will be at the game though to see if I’m wrong and to see if Lindsay Soto is there. I can always hope.
Chaparral 23, Redlands East Valley 19
Norco 27, Riverside North 17
Last week: 26-6. Overall: 232-54-4.