Now to the Eastern Division, which sees Citrus Hill as the bully that’s won 38 games in a row. They have to be due right? Guess we’ll see.
Summit at No. 1 Perris Citrus Hill
The SkyHawks ramped up their nonleague schedule so they’d be prepared for playoff action after being disposed of rather easily by Palm Springs in the first round last year. However, it’s hard to believe that their schedule has properly prepared them for the juggernaut which is Citrus Hill. Deontae Cooper will get his and Summit will have it take it.
Citrus Hill 45, Summit 17
Barstow at Palm Springs
The Aztecs pulled off the upset of the then-No. 3 seeded Cardinals on the way to the CIF title game last year and Palm Springs will be looking for revenge. But looking for it and getting it are completely different things. Barstow’s offense is one of the hardest in the area to prepare for and even harder to stop in practice. Going with the Aztecs to force a rematch of last year’s title game.
Barstow 28, Palm Springs 17
Palm Desert at Kaiser
I’ve actually gotten a chance to see Palm Desert in action and they can score at a pretty high clip. However, they were overpowered by Silverado when I saw them and seem like a finesse squad. Finesse squads do about as well with Kaiser as I do wooing supermodels. Look for the Cats to punch Palm Desert in the mouth quite a few times.
Kaiser 26, Palm Desert 13
San Jacinto at No. 4 Rim of the World
A dangerous game for the Fighting Scots, as San Jacinto always has talent and athleticism and is capable of putting up some big point totals. Whether they are capable of stopping the Rim rushing attack, namely junior RB Dillon Pretzinger, is the million-dollar question. Only one has so far and I don’t think No. 2 will come this week.
Rim of the World 28, San Jacinto 22
Apple Valley at No. 3 Silverado
This is where I’ll be tomorrow night, as the Sun Devils will try to ride RB Daryon Mosley and play keep away from the Silverado offense. That hasn’t been the best strategy, as the Silverado D has steadily improved throughout the Hawks’ 8-game winning streak. I think the Hawks have a few too many weapons.
Silverado 31, Apple Valley 18
Riverside Norte Vista 30, Riverside Notre Dame 20
La Quinta 27, Ridgecrest Burroughs 16
Menifee Heritage at No. 2 Serrano
The Diamondbacks have won seven in a row coming in. The Patriots have lost three in a row and four of five. In Snowline Stadium with the temperature falling and the fans at full-throat, I see no reason why either trend would reverse. Serrano wins in a romp.
Serrano 34, Heritage 10
Citrus Hill over Barstow
Kaiser over Rim of the World
Silverado over Norte Vista
Serrano over La Quinta
Citrus Hill over Kaiser
Serrano over Silverado
Serrano over Citrus Hill