Week 17 picks

Edit: forgot to get these out of unpublished mode, that’s why they are late.

After two straight winning weeks, I fell back to being crappy last week. Probably for the best.

Oakland (+13) at Tampa Bay: Tampa Bay 28, Oakland 10
Detroit (+10.5) at Green Bay: Detroit 21, Green Bay 17
Dallas (+1.5) at Philadelphia: Philadelphia 23, Dallas 20
N.Y. Giants (+7) at Minnesota: Minnesota 24, N.Y. Giants 19
Chicago (+2.5) at Houston: Houston 31, Chicago 26
Carolina (-3) at New Orleans: Carolina 27, New Orleans 20
St. Louis (+14.5) at Atlanta: Atlanta 34, St. Louis 10
Kansas City (+3) at Cincinnati: Cincinnati 24, Kansas City 17
Jacksonville (+12.5) at Baltimore: Baltimore 27, Jacksonville 9
Tennessee (-3) at Indianapolis: Indianapolis 24, Tennessee 20
Cleveland (+10.5) at Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh 21, Cleveland 3
Miami (+3) at N.Y. Jets: N.Y. Jets 24, Miami 20
New England (+6.5) at Buffalo: New England 30, Buffalo 17
Seattle (+6) at Arizona: Arizona 27, Seattle 23
Washington (+3) at San Francisco: San Francisco 17, Washington 16
Denver (+8) at San Diego: San Diego 33, Denver 20

Overall: 134-98-1. Record against spread: 106-124-3.

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Week 16 picks

I forgot there was a game tonight. I’m heading out of town for a few days for the holidays, so everyone have a great one.

Pittsburgh (-2) at Tennessee: Tennessee 17, Pittsburgh 13
Miami (-4) at Kansas City: Miami 24, Kansas City 16
Arizona (+7.5) at New England: New England 28, Arizona 20
Cincinnati (+3) at Cleveland: Cincinnati 16, Cleveland 12
Philadelphia (-5) at Washington: Philadelphia 23, Washington 17
San Francisco (-5) at St. Louis: San Francisco 27, St. Louis 16
Atlanta (+3) at Minnesota: Atlanta 21, Minnesota 20
New Orleans (-7) at Detroit: Detroit 27, New Orleans 24 (yeah, I’m an idiot)
N.Y. Jets (-3.5) at Seattle: N.Y. Jets 27, Seattle 21
Houston (-7) at Oakland: Houston 31, Oakland 13
Buffalo (+6) at Denver: Denver 24, Buffalo 20
San Diego (+3.5) at Tampa Bay: Tampa Bay 24, San Diego 17
Carolina (+3.5) at N.Y. Giants: N.Y. Giants 20, Carolina 17
Green Bay (+4) at Chicago: Chicago 16, Green Bay 7

Overall: 126-92-1. Record against spread: 100-116-3.

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All-San Andreas League team

Took a little while, but here’s the all-SAL team.

MVP – Walter Kazee, Sr., Cajon

First Team
QB – T.J. Smith, Sr., San Bernardino; Nick Vasquez, Sr., Colton
RB – Nat Berhe, Sr., Colton; Kenneth Chapple, Sr., Pacific; Derrick Malone, Jr., Colton; Tre Meadors, Sr., San Gorgonio
WR – Derrick Osborne, Jr., San Gorgonio; Vanzell Richardson, Jr., San Bernardino; Mark Salaiz, Sr., Cajon; Steven Williams, Jr., Arroyo Valley
OL – Johnathan Aguila, Sr., San Gorgonio; Daron Griffin, Sr., Cajon; Kevin Guerra, Sr., Colton; Jared Lunt, Sr., Cajon; Michael Philipp, Sr., Arroyo Valley
K – Alejandro Maldonado, Jr., Colton

Second Team
RB – Aaerin Booker, Sr., San Bernardino; Reggie Hammond, Sr., Cajon; O’Shay Jelks, Jr., Colton; Terrance McClendon, Sr., San Gorgonio
WR – Demarrio Brooks, So., San Gorgonio; Isiah Collier, Sr., Cajon; Damon Ogburn, Jr., Arroyo Valley; Marlon Pollard, Sr., Cajon
OL – Steven Alonzo, Sr., San Gorgonio; Martin Estrada, Sr., San Gorgonio; John Gonzales, Sr., Colton; Joe Miranda, Sr., Cajon; Sebastian Tretola, Jr., Cajon

MVP – Isaiah Williams, Sr., Cajon

First Team
DL – Alex Boykins, Sr., Arroyo Valley; Chris Bradford, Sr., Arroyo Valley; Mike Newton, Jr., Colton; Derrick Osborne, Sr., San Gorgonio.
LB – Andrew Anderson, Sr., Cajon; Robert Balderrama, Sr., San Gorgonio; Ofa Fifita, Jr., Arroyo Valley; Fred Myers, Jr., Pacific
DB – Nat Berhe, Sr., Colton; Jeff Cooper, Sr., Cajon; Marlon Pollard, Sr., Cajon; T.J. Smith, Sr., San Gorgonio.
P – Jimmy Chester, Jr., San Gorgonio

Second Team
DL – Brandon Caruso, Sr., San Gorgonio; Darryl Coleman, Sr., Arroyo Valley; Paul Curiel, Sr., San Bernardino; Ma’alona Kiliona, Jr., Colton
LB – Abdul Arugandande, Sr., Cajon; Andre Cash, Sr., Cajon; Joseph Godsy, Sr., Cajon; Devan Hussey, So., Colton
DB – Fabian Calzada, Jr., Arroyo Valley; Kenneth Chapple, Sr., Pacific; Dominique Williams, Jr., San Bernardino; Vincent Williams, Jr., Cajon

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Recruiting picking up for Morris, Poage

Redlands offensive lineman Brock Morris has set up a trio of official visits for January, as he looks to pick between Army, UC Davis and Portland State.

Morris, a first-team all-Citrus Belt League selection the last two seasons, is visiting West Point on Jan. 16, UC Davis on Jan. 23 and Portland State on Jan. 30. The Portland State visit was moved because it conflicted with the Inland Empire All-Star Football game.

“I’m pretty excited,” Morris said. “Those are the three schools that have been with me the entire time. There are a few schools that have come in at the end, but these three have stayed with me the entire time and are whom I’ve built a relationship with.”

If Morris chooses Army, which he is still high on despite the recent resignation of head coach Stan Brock, he’ll be close to teammate Michael Poage, a defensive lineman. Poage, an all-CBL first-team selection, verbally committed to Columbia University earlier this week. With Columbia being in Manhattan and West Point roughly an hour north of New York City, the teammates wouldn’t be that far away.

“I guess you are right,” Morris said when I pointed that out. “That’d be pretty cool.”

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Rice resigns at Eisenhower

Eisenhower coach John Rice resigned as head football coach because of a desire to spend more time with his family. The resignation was tendered last week according to Rice.

“I made the best decision for myself and my family,” Rice said. “The Eisenhower administration, faculty, staff, and students are a fantastic group of people, I wish them the best. At this point, I’ll probably seek an assistant coaching position somewhere.”

Rice, 47, has been in coaching for 25 years, starting in the San Diego area. He spent time in the Denver area, as a defensive coordinator at Louisville Trinity High School – one of the premier programs in the nation – in Indiana and as a defensive coordinator at Moreno Valley Canyon Springs High School in 2004-05. He became the head coach at Eisenhower, leading the Eagles to an 11-19 record.

Ike was 1-9 in his first season in 2006 and 5-5 the last two years. The Eagles have increased their league victories in every season under Rice, going from 1 in ’06 to 2 in ’07 to three this past season.

There will be a more in-depth story in Wednesday’s Sun.

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Jefferies commits to Fresno State

Eisenhower wide receiver Alex Jefferies left for Fresno State on an official visit this weekend. After spending the weekend on the campus, Jefferies – who had official visits to Utah and Nebraska on his itinerary – knew where he wanted to go to school.

“I commited to Fresno State this morning,” Jefferies said. “I wanted to go to a school that really was with me the entire time and showed that they wanted me. Fresno State was always around and I really liked my trip up there.”

The Bulldogs indicated to Jefferies that they wanted him to play wide receiver, which seems to be a pretty smart choice. Jefferies has been an all-Citrus Belt League first-team performer the last two seasons, catching 47 passes for 815 yards and nine touchdowns this year. He also ran for 298 yards, playing quarterback at times because of an injury to starter Anthony Lucero.

“I really want to play wide receiver in college,” said Jefferies, who was also being looked at as a safety. “I’m just so relieved to get this whole thing over.”

With the verbal commitment, Jefferies is forgoing official visits to Utah – which he was set to go on this upcoming weekend – and Nebraska, which offered him recently and wanted him to visit in January. But Jefferies is content with that.

“I’m happy that I’ll still be in California,” Jefferies said. “It’s close to family and I don’t have to worry about it being cold.”

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Week 15 NFL picks

Likely going to Vegas after covering the Barstow game tonight, so hopefully I have a 10-5 week like I did last week instead of the crap that I’ve had in virtually every other week.

Green Bay (-2) at Jacksonville: Green Bay 27, Jacksonville 23
Detroit (+17) at Indianapolis: Indianapolis 31, Detroit 16
Washington (-6.5) at Cincinnati: Washington 27, Cincinnati 9
Tampa Bay (+3) at Atlanta: Atlanta 24, Tampa Bay 20
San Francisco (+6) at Miami: Miami 21, San Francisco 17
Seattle (-2.5) at St. Louis: Seattle 17, St. Louis 13
Buffalo (+7.5) at N.Y. Jets: N.Y. Jets 23, Buffalo 16
Tennessee (-3) at Houston: Tennessee 28, Houston 10
Pittsburgh (+2.5) at Baltimore: Pittsburgh 20, Baltimore 17
Denver (+7.5) at Carolina: Carolina 31, Denver 26
San Diego (-6) at Kansas City: San Diego 27, Kansas City 23
Minnesota (+3) at Arizona: Arizona 28, Minnesota 17
New England (-7) at Oakland: New England 30, Oakland 17
N.Y. Giants (+3) at Dallas: N.Y. Giants 28, Dallas 21
Cleveland (+14) at Philadelphia: Philadelphia 24, Cleveland 6

Overall: 116-87-1. Record against spread: 92-110-2.

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All-Baseline League team

With the Central Division championship now decided, here’s the Baseline team.

Baseline League
First Team
MVP – Greg Watson, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga
First team
QB – Richard Brehaut, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga Los Osos; Josh Nunes, Sr., Upland; Angel Santiago, Jr., Etiwanda.
RB – Arby Fields, Sr., Los Osos; Vince Minor, Sr., Etiwanda.
REC – Irshad Stolden, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga; Randall Telfer, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga; Jason Speicher, Sr., Upland; Willie Mebane, Sr., Etiwanda; Quadeer Stewart, Sr., Etiwanda.
OL – Marquese Wallace, Sr., Etiwanda; Matt Shinn, Sr., Los Osos; Bryan Townsend, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga; Gary Berwick, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga; Dylan Tumser, Sr., Upland.

MVP – Daniel Fonua, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga; Jesse Gonzales, Sr., Los Osos; Ibeakalem Nudka, Sr., Etiwanda.
First team
DL – Kevin Gannuscio, Sr., Alta Loma; Austin Miley, Jr., Etiwanda; Tony Washington, Jr., Los Osos; Sione Kauvaka, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga; Mike Macias, Sr., Upland.
LB – Robbie Skarseth, Sr., Alta Loma; Aaron Martyn, Sr., Claremont; Trevor Rogina, Sr., Los Osos; Mitch Rosnagle, Sr., Los Osos; Buddy Welka, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga; Justin Meng, Sr., Upland.
DB – Ernie Esparza, Sr., Los Osos; Matt Looney, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga; Osahon Irabor, Sr., Upland; Gianni Olivas, Jr., Upland.

Second Team
RB – Michael Boyd, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga; Sateki Finau, So., Rancho Cucamonga; Davion Fleming, Sr., Upland; Tyler Singleton, Jr., Claremont.
WR – Bobby Ratliff, Jr., Etiwanda; Timmy Roman, Sr., Los Osos; Matt Roberts, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga; Charles Saseun, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga; Osahon Irabor, Sr., Upland; Gianni Olivas, Jr., Upland.
TE – Trevor Rogina, Sr., Los Osos
OL – Matt Siler, Sr., Etiwanda; B.J. Sonboli, Jr., Los Osos; Ray Delgado, Sr., Los Osos; Jon Hernandez, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga; Eden Mahina, Jr., Upland; Alex Al-Asady, Sr., Upland.
K – Alex Arballo, Jr., Etiwanda

DL – Jesus Rivera, Sr., Etiwanda; Daniel Garza, Sr., Los Osos; Ray Delgado, Sr., Los Osos; Marcus Bennett, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga; Rudy Gallegos, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga; Isaiah Shivers, Sr., Upland.
LB – Eric Valenzuela, Sr., Alta Loma; Cody Bretall, Jr., Etiwanda; Nick Tito, Jr., Etiwanda; Tim Helton, Sr., Upland
DB – Willie Mebane, Sr., Etiwanda; Jimmy Shorters, Sr., Etiwanda; Sean Alston, Jr., Los Osos; Jordan Meaders, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga; Taj Johnson, Sr., Upland

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Some scores

Here are some scores before I head out for some wings and beer at B-Dub Wings.

Rancho Cucamonga 21, Upland 7

Covina Charter Oak 30, Diamond Ranch 14

Corona Centennial 23, Temecula Chapparal 17

Oaks Christian 63, Gardena Serra 28

St. Bonaventure 22, Moorpark 7

Laguna Hills 28, Lakewood Mayfair 21

Quartz Hill 14, Mira Costa 0

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Quick stat rundown

Upland – 14 first downs, 260 total yards, 5 turnovers

Josh Nunes – 12 of 33 passing, 141 yards, 4 INTs
Davion Fleming – 18 carries, 106 yards, 1 TD
Osahon Irabor – 3 catches, 50 yards

Rancho Cucamonga – 10 first downs, 254 total yards, 1 turnover

Greg Watson – 12 of 17 passing, 142 yards, 1 TD; 8 carries, 28 yards, 1 TD
Charles Saseun – 2 carries, 49 yards, 1 TD
Randal Telfer – 4 catches, 47 yards, 1 TD

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