These are the last two teams I have yet to preview and I’m going to be a bit brief with them, due to time constraints. Rialto has been in rebuilding mode for about as long as it’s been a high school, as it has been almost impossible for the Knights to gain any traction.
Whether it be with coaching changes or transfers, its been hard for Rialto to keep any sort of consistency. They are all right on the coaching front, as Eric Rodriguez returns for a third year at the helm, giving them stability up top. Who Rodriguez can depend on to increase the win total of the Knights – who have gone 1-9 and finished last in the Citrus Belt League the last two seasons – is up in the air.
Rialto lost its top passer (Ambrose Lee) and rusher (Clay Guess) before their eligibility expired – a two-pronged blow for a program that lost star WR/DB Gary Walker to Redlands East Valley the year before. The Knights do have some size up front, but with inexperienced skill position players and only two starters returning on defense, it will be tough for them to improve very much on their place in the CBL hierarchy.
While Rialto is stuck in neutral, Arrowhead Christian made some strides last year, qualifying for the playoffs for the first time in five years. The Eagles’ 6-5 record represented more wins than ACA had in its first three years under Wayne Cochrun and indicates a program on the rise.
With Cochrun being the only returning coach in the Christian League, ACA could make a bit of a move. It returns several key players from a year ago, with junior quarterback Jeremy Eldridge, senior OL/DL Adam Schwartzman and hard-hitting senior LB Spencer Summer leading the way.
Schedules for both (Home games in CAPS, league games with *)
Sept. 11 – at Barstow
Sept. 18 – ARROYO VALLEY
Sept. 25 – vs. Granite Hills (Apple Valley HS)
Oct. 2 – YUCAIPA*
Oct. 9 – at Miller*
Oct. 16 – CARTER*
Oct. 23 – REDLANDS EAST VALLEY*
Oct. 30 – at Eisenhower*
Nov. 6 – REDLANDS*
Nov. 13 – at Fontana*
Sept. 11 – WEBB
Sept. 19 – vs. Citrus Valley (Redlands HS)
Sept. 26 – vs. Bloomington Christian (Colton HS)
Oct. 2 – YUCCA VALLEY
Oct. 9 – PALM DESERT XAVIER PREP
Oct. 16 – at Western Christian*
Oct. 23 – at Huntington Beach Brethren Christian
Oct. 30 – AQUINAS*
Nov. 6 – at Ontario Christian*
Nov. 13 – LA VERNE LUTHERAN*