Central Division quarterfinal predictions

First of all, I want to wish all of you out there a Happy Thanksgiving. Hope you are getting fat and happy and enjoying time with family and friends. I enjoyed the Central Division last week, going 8-for-8 in my picks last week. We’ll try to stay perfect again.

No. 1 Colton at Rancho Cucamonga
A rematch of a great first-round game from last year, as the Yellowjackets almost pulled the upset against No. 1 Rancho, going up 17-7 before falling 21-17. Colton is a year older and has been reminded of that result almost every day for the past year. While the Cougars are dangerous, I like Colton to advance in what should be another great game.
Colton 28, Rancho Cucamonga 23

No. 4 Los Osos at Chaffey
The Tigers are feeling good about life, as last week’s win over Hemet West Valley was their first first-round playoff win since 2005. Unfortunately, they play one of the hottest teams in the area in Los Osos. The Grizzlies scored 35 points in the first 16 minutes of their game against Arroyo Valley and have scored 177 points in the last three games. I don’t think Chaffey can keep up against that fiery offense.
Los Osos 45, Chaffey 20

Etiwanda at Chino Hills
I made the Huskies my sleeper before the playoffs started and they made me look kind of smart last week, killing No. 3 seeded Wildomar Elsinore 42-13 last week. Etiwanda also was impressive, putting a 38-6 beatdown of Cajon. However, I picked Chino Hills to go to the championship game and there’s no way I’m backing down from that now.
Chino Hills 28, Etiwanda 24

No. 2 Colony at Upland
Since losing to Los Osos in the opening week of the season, Colony has been on point, winning 10 games in a row. However, the Mt. Baldy League isn’t exactly the Baseline League, which gave Upland quite a few tests during the season. I like the playoff experience and the defense of the Highlanders to come through with a minor “upset” at home.
Upland 17, Colony 15

  • Red Barron

    Happy Thanksgiving back at you Clay. You’ve done a great job this year!

    I agree with all your picks except for the Colton vs. RC. I think RC will upset the #1 seed.

    Chino Hills will make history tonight, fighting their way to the semi’s for the first time in the short school’s history. We are ready, and we are one team with one dream. Look out Eagles, here come the Huskies.

    Go Huskies!

  • TJ Berka

    Well, I’m not Clay, but Happy Thanksgiving right back at you. Should be some good action tonight.

  • Joe the Plumber

    T.J. -

    You’re a smart man. I know you may feel like you stuck your neck out a bit picking Chino Hills to make it to the championship game despite all the power in the Baseline League. But the Huskies will come through for you tonight against the team that I feel is the best the Baseline League has to offer this year.

    There’s always been tons of talent at CHHS and now is the time for them to take their post season record beyond the quarter finals… The have lost to some pretty formidable opponents in the quarters over the years… (Valencia Vikings twice while they had the Cal running back Shane Vareen, Norco, and Los Osos).

    I’m reluctant to say this, but Chino Hills has never lost to Etiwanda. (knocking on wood right now) I said that last year about Los Osos and then those Grizzly’s came back with only 6 seconds left to hand the Huskies their first defeat ever against a Baseline team.

    I agree with all of your other picks except I have Rancho over Colton. I don’t think Colton has enough balance on offense and I think a quality team like Rancho will be able to load up against the run tonight and have them scrabbling for answers. Offensively, Rancho will need to take care of the clock and win the possession game.

    If CHHS makes it to the Championship, and wins it too, they”ll have to have you out to their Football Banquet as an honorary guest. You’ve always been a Husky believer… If we could only convince Clay to get on board… (But I guess that should give you the a better record than him, huh?)

  • Joe the Plumber

    T.J. -

    You’re a smart man. I know you may feel like you stuck your neck out a bit picking Chino Hills to make it to the championship game despite all the power in the Baseline League. But the Huskies will come through for you tonight against the team that I feel is the best the Baseline League has to offer this year.

    There’s always been tons of talent at CHHS and now is the time for them to take their post season record beyond the quarter finals… They have lost to some pretty formidable opponents in the quarters over the years… (Valencia Vikings twice while they had Shane Vareen (now running the ball for the Bears at CAL, Norco, and most recently Los Osos).

    I’m reluctant to say this, but Chino Hills has never lost to Etiwanda. (knocking on wood right now) I said that last year about Los Osos and then those Grizzly’s came back with only 6 seconds left to hand the Huskies their first defeat ever against a Baseline team.

    I agree with all of your other picks except I have Rancho over Colton. I don’t think Colton has enough balance on offense and I think a quality team like Rancho will be able to load up against the run tonight and have them scrabbling for answers. Offensively, Rancho will need to take care of the clock and win the possession game.

    If CHHS makes it to the Championship, and wins it too, they”ll have to have you out to their Football Banquet as an honorary guest. You’ve always been a Husky believer… If we could only convince Clay to get on board… (But I guess that should give you the a better record than him, huh?)

  • CJM

    TJ, like your insight. Regarding the the Chino Hills game, the linebacking core and defensive front need to contain Santiago tonight. Specifically, the the outside linebackers have to maintain the flats which have proven to be a soft spot in the CH defense. Hope to see the last Sierra League team make it all the way!

  • TJ Berka

    All good Red.

  • Red Barron

    TJ, sorry about the mix up. My bad. Keep up the good work. On to the Semi’s baby!