Inland Empire Classic matchups

These teams are playing right now in the I.E. Classic, which runs through Saturday. These are today’s games.

At Rancho Cucamonga High School
Norco vs. Chino Hills
Ontario vs. Eisenhower
Montclair vs. Arcadia
Fontana vs. Rancho Cucamonga

At Miller High School
Pasadena Muir vs. Etiwanda
Compton Dominguez vs. Corona Roosevelt
Vista Murrieta vs. Alta Loma
City of Industry Workman vs. Miller

At Colony High School
Los Osos vs. Palmdale
Summit vs. Temecula Valley
San Gorgonio vs. Perris
South Pasadena vs. Colony

At Upland High School
Redlands East Valley vs. Menifee Paloma Valley
Claremont vs. Corona Centennial
Lancaster Eastside vs. Lakeside
Carter vs. Upland

SB Kiwanis Tournament bracket

San Gorgonio athletic director Matt Maeda released the bracket for the 2009 San Bernardino Kiwanis Club Tournament to be held December 26, 28-30 at Cajon and San Gorgonio High Schools.

This particular tournament is a bit unusual in that it has an out-of-state team, El Paso (Texas) Chapin, competing. And because of a UIL rule (Texas’ equivalent to the CIF) prohibiting Texas teams from playing on the 26th, Chapin and its first-round opponent, Barstow, will have to play its first and second-round games on Dec. 28.

Matchups for the Kiwanis..
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Palm Springs wins

Palm Springs held its first half lead, as it exchanged touchdowns with Serrano in the second half to win 24-14. Junior running back Nephi Garcia scored each one of the Indians’ 24 points, adding a 54-yard touchdown run and extra point to his two touchdowns, two extra points and two field goals in the first half.

Dionza Bradford rushed 21 times for 101 yards and a touchdown and caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Joey Peterson in the fourth quarter for Serrano. Peterson completed 13 of 25 passes for 136 yards, a touchdown and an interception to, you guessed it, Garcia.

Here some stats:

Total yards: Serrano 236, Palm Springs 275
Rushes-yards: Serrano 32-100, Palm Springs 41-214
Passing yards: Serrano 136, Palm Springs 61
Att-Com-Int: Serrano 13-25-1, Palm Springs 4-10-2
Turnovers: Serrano 2, Palm Springs 2
Penalties-Yards: Serrano 6-45, Palm Springs 6-39

Serrano: Joey Peterson 13-25-1-136
Palm Springs: Michael Karls 4-9-2-61

Serrano: Dionza Bradford 21-101, Jeremy Delacruz 4-18
Palm Springs: Nephi Garcia 13-108, Karls 21-68, Evan Williams 5-39

Serrano: Jerry Devora 4-59, Seth Tate 3-30, Bradford 2-23
Palm Springs: Garcia 3-59

Palm Springs up 17-7 at half

Blogging from the Eastern title game is a little sporadic. Small press box + lack of chairs plus more reporters than normal = fun times at Palm Springs High.

The Indians – I’m pretty sure I accidentally called them Cardinals in my preview story today – are being led by running back Nephi Garcia, who has accounted for all 17 Palm Springs points. Garcia ran in a 5-yard touchdown, returned a kickoff 80 yards for a score and kicked a 30-yard field goal. Oh yeah, he kicked both extra points too. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s selling concessions right now.

Dionza Bradford, who has 77 yards rushing on 13 carries, scored Serrano’s only touchdown on a 2-yard run late in the first quarter. He also fumbled while the Diamondbacks were driving late in the first half. Joey Peterson has 36 yards on 3 of 5 passing for Serrano, with Joey Devora catching two passes for 30 yards. Ethan Hillyer has one interception on defense.

About 10 minutes before the second half resumes. Who knows if I’ll be able to blog again before the game ends.

Final stats

Little bit late, but had to get the story for the print edition done.

Total yards: Los Osos 184, Upland 363.
Rushes-yards: Los Osos 21-133, Upland 37-217
Passing yards: Los Osos 51, Upland 146
Att-Com-Int: Los Osos 7-21-1, Upland 9-15-0
Turnovers: Los Osos 2, Upland 3
Penalties: Los Osos 5-40, Upland 10-76

Los Osos: Blake Loncar 7-21-1-51.
Upland: Justin Nunes 9-15-0-146.

Los Osos: Cody Rogina 16-113, Kori Grant 2-9, Loncar 9-7
Upland: Corey Sims 10-91, Walkeem McDonald 8-69, Gianni Olivas 9-39, Cole Chapman 8-25

Los Osos: Matt Sallis 2-22, Sean Alston 2-12
Upland: Dilan Clark 3-3, Aaron Hale 2-13, Gianni Olivas 2-6, Anthony King 1-71

Upland gets some insurance

Gianni Olivas just scored on a 3-yard run with 2:01 left, putting Upland up 19-7 after the Highlanders missed the 2-point conversion. The Highlanders marched 78 yards on 10 plays, all on the ground, to get the score. So barring a miracle – and considering that the Los Osos offense hasn’t scored on Upland in 7-plus quarters, that’s exactly what it would take – Upland is set to win its first CIF crown since 2000.

Upland running it down

The Highlanders are looking to choke Los Osos out at this point, as they have used the running of Corey Sims, Walkeem McDonald and Gianni Olivas to move from their own 22 to the Los Osos 17 with 3:00 left. Sims just broke a 20-yard run to get the Highlanders in the red zone and Los Osos is in time-out mode. A score here pretty much seals this up with Upland up 13-7.