The county got two new schools added to the football docket – Oak Hills in Hesperia and Citrus Valley in Redlands. Both teams are playing freelance schedules this season, with Citrus Valley playing its inaugural game tonight against Riverside Patriot at Redlands High School and Oak Hills traveling to Rosamond tomorrow.
Although both schools are new, the start-up circumstances are different. Citrus Valley is starting with freshmen and sophomores, with head coach Peter Smolin indicating that the Blackhawks’ varsity unit will consist entirely of sophomores, while Oak Hills has freshmen, sophomores and juniors to choose from. A few of the Bulldogs’ juniors were transfers over from Hesperia, where they saw time with the Mojave River League champion Scorpions. Oak Hills’ coach, Robert Kistner, was at Hesperia last year.
Here are the schedules for both teams. The home team is in CAPS, as usual, but obviously there are no league games to speak of.
Sept. 10 – RIVERSIDE PATRIOT
Sept. 19 – ARROWHEAD CHRISTIAN
Sept. 25 – at Aquinas
Oct. 2 – at Pacific
Oct. 9 – at Lucerne Valley
Oct. 16 – NEWPORT BEACH SAGE HILL
Oct. 24 – vs. Big Bear (Big Bear Middle School)
Oct. 30 – MURRIETA MESA
Nov. 6 – at Indio Shadow Hills
Nov. 13 – at Oak Hills
Note: Citrus Valley plays its home games at Redlands High School.
Sept. 11 – at Rosamond
Sept. 18 – SILVER VALLEY
Sept. 25 – at Lancaster
Oct. 3 – vs. Big Bear (Big Bear Middle School)
Oct. 9 – PACIFIC
Oct. 16 – at Aquinas
Oct. 23 – PALM DESERT XAVIER PREP
Oct. 30 – at Laguna Beach
Nov. 6 – at Murrieta Mesa
Nov. 13 – CITRUS VALLEY