Week 2 CIF polls

Upland and REV move their way up in the Inland Division in the most significant news from the polls.

(previous ranking)
1. (2) Vista Murrieta (1-0)
2. (3) Corona Centennial (1-0)
3. (5) Upland (2-0)
4. (6) Norco (1-0)
5. (7) Redlands East Valley (1-0)
6. (1) Chaparral (0-1)
7. (4) Chino Hills (1-1)
8. (9) Rancho Cucamonga (2-0)
9. (10) Charter Oak (1-1)
10. (8) Redlands (1-0-1)
Others receiving votes: Glendora (2-0) Roosevelt (1-0); South Hills (1-0); Los Osos (2-0); Corona (1-0); Riverside Poly (1-0); Yucaipa (1-0); Ayala (2-0); Damien (1-0).
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Week 2 college top 25

Nothing too drastic at the top, but after No. 10 was extremely difficult.

1. Alabama (1) – Crimson Tide roll over Penn State to stay on top.
2. Ohio State (2) – Big plays lead the Buckeyes past Miami (Fla).
3. Boise State (3) – While the Broncos were idle, Virginia Tech’s unbelievable meltdown to James Madison could be fatal to Boise’s eventual title chances.
4. TCU (4) – Horned Frogs roll and could be the beneficiary of Va. Tech’s shocking loss.
5. Texas (5) – Ho-hum 34-7 win for the Longhorns.
6. Oregon (10) – Ducks are climbing fast after destroying Tennessee.
7. Oklahoma (9) – Sooners blast Florida State, showing Utah State scare to be a fluke.
8. Iowa (7) – Hawkeyes kill in-state rival Iowa State but move down. Them’s the breaks.
9. Nebraska (8) – Former Cajon/Centennial QB Taylor Martinez impressing for Huskers.
10. Florida (6) – Gators still look a bit out of sorts despite being 2-0.
11. Wisconsin (12) – Badgers didn’t set the world on fire against San Jose St., but there’s really not a better option here.
12. Utah (14) – Utes continue to climb after blasting UNLV.
13. USC (11) – Trojans look listless in 3-point win over Virginia.
14. Arkansas (15) – Razorbacks take out Louisiana-Monroe after early trouble.
15. Auburn (16) – The Tigers’ win over Mississippi State wasn’t pretty, but they’ll take them however they come.
16. South Carolina (NR) – Gamecocks shoot into the poll out of nowhere with win over Georgia.
17. Miami (Fla.) (13) – Hurricanes don’t fall too much for loss in Columbus.
18. Michigan (NR) – QB Denard Robinson may be the most exciting player in the nation.
19. Stanford (NR) – Cardinal kill UCLA to shoot into the poll.
20. Arizona (23) – Wildcats have been good, but schedule gets much harder this week with Iowa.
21. Houston (21) – Cougars win, but injury to star QB Case Keenum raises concern.
22. LSU (24) – LSU whipped Vanderbilt, but offense seems to be a concern.
23. West Virginia (20) – Mountaineers got extremely lucky against a bad Marshall team, so they fall a bit.
24. Florida State (19) – Seminoles drop after being smacked by Oklahoma
25. Georgia (17) – Bulldogs barely stay in poll after being held to six points by South Carolina.

Under consideration: Pittsburgh, North Carolina, California

Dropped out: No. 18 Virginia Tech, No. 22 Georgia Tech, No. 25 Penn State

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Week 2 Sun top 10

The 10 remain the same, albeit shuffled a little. Rancho Cucamonga moves up with its second straight impressive road victory while Chino Hills and Redlands fall due to a loss and a tie against a Summit team without its top two players, respectively.

Sun Top 10

1. Upland (2-0)
Previous ranking: 1. Last week: def. Tustin, 42-21. Up next: Friday vs. No. 4 Serrano (2-0).

2. Redlands East Valley (1-0)
Previous ranking: 2. Last week: def. Clovis East, 21-6. Up next: Thursday vs. San Gorgonio (0-1).

3. Colton (1-0)
Previous ranking: 4. Last week: def. Chaffey, 55-8. Up next: Friday at La Quinta (0-1).

4. Serrano (2-0)
Previous ranking: 5. Last week: def. Silverado, 22-10. Up next: Friday at No. 1 Upland (2-0).

5. Rancho Cucamonga (2-0)
Previous ranking: 8. Last week: def. Temecula Great Oak, 34-17. Up next: Friday at San Dimas (1-1).

6. Chino Hills (1-1)
Previous ranking: 3. Last week: lost to Corona Santiago, 24-12. Up next: Friday vs. Rancho Santa Margarita Tesoro (2-0).

7. Kaiser (1-0)
Previous ranking: 7. Last week: def. Barstow, 37-6. Up next: Friday at Riverside North (0-1).

8. Summit (1-0-1)
Previous ranking: 9. Last week: tied No. 9 Redlands, 24-24. Up next: Friday at Fontana (0-1).

9. Redlands (1-0-1)
Previous ranking: 6. Last week: tied No. 8 Summit, 24-24. Up next: Friday vs. No. 10 Los Osos (2-0).

10. Los Osos (1-0)
Previous ranking: 10. Last week: def. Riverside North, 26-21. Up next: Friday at No. 9 Redlands (1-0-1).

Just missed the cut: Victor Valley (1-0), Ayala (2-0), Cajon (1-1).

Dropped out: None.

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Week 1 scorelist

This is what I got:

Palm Springs 21, Arroyo Valley 9
Redlands 24, Summit 14
Kaiser 37, Barstow 6
Rancho Verde 28, San Gorgonio 14
Bloomington 26, Banning 7
Jurupa Valley 34, Pacific 27
Yucaipa 55, Canyon Springs 12
Webb 33, Arrowhead Christian 16
Aquinas 20, Twentynine Palms 14
Cajon 51, Eisenhower 0
Carter 51, Alta Loma 7
Citrus Valley 51, Bell-Jeff 24
Colton 55, Chaffey 8
Corona Santiago 24, Chino Hills 12
Don Lugo 35, Ontario Christian 21
Los Osos 26, Riverside North 21
Ontario 26, Rubidoux 14
Redlands East Valley 21, Clovis East 6
Serrano 22, Silverado 10
Upland 42, Tustin 21
Victor Valley 35, Rim of the World 13
Vista Murrieta 49, Etiwanda 27
Western Christian 32, Downey Calvary Chapel 7
Granite Hills 32, Hesperia 12
San Bernardino 23, Sultana 20
Palm Desert 41, Apple Valley 30
Rancho Cucamonga 34, Temecula Great Oak 17

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Week 1 predictions

Week 0 went tragically for me, as I barely won more games than I lost. Time for redemption.

Redlands at Summit
Should be a heck of a game, as an explosive Summit offense that went off for 42 points last week goes against a Redlands defense that forced eight turnovers in its opener. Devon Blackmon (who donned a UCLA cap after last week’s game for you recruitniks) rolled his ankle and may be slowed a bit in this one. I think you’ll see Redlands’ offense catch up to its defense and pull this out.
Redlands 27, Summit 23

Colton at Chaffey
If you like hard-nosed, smash-mouth football where the forward pass is dismissed as the work of nancy boys, then you’ll love this game. Both of these teams are devastatingly effective in the double-wing offense and if you see more than 10 passes combined in this game, it’ll be a shock. This marks the debut of new Colton coach Rick Bray and even though Chaffey has a game in hand, Colton will emerge.
Colton 28, Chaffey 16

Palm Springs at Arroyo Valley
The season opener for the Hawks will be a doozy, as Palm Springs is the defending CIF-SS Eastern Division champions and is the No. 1 ranked team in the Central Division. Michael Yearwood will make some plays for Arroyo Valley, but Palm Springs will likely be too much.
Palm Springs 30, Arroyo Valley 17

Silverado at Serrano
The Hawks are traditionally slow-starting, so last week’s 42-7 loss to Rancho Cucamonga isn’t necessarily a harbinger of doom for the season. But Silverado isn’t going to get much in the way of relief against Serrano, the No. 1 team in the Eastern Division. I expect this rivalry game to go to the Diamondbacks for the fourth straight year.
Serrano 31, Silverado 12

Colony at Ayala
This was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Bulldogs, but after a 35-13 victory over Don Lugo, maybe expectations need to be recalibrated for Ayala. Colony suffered a tough loss to Los Osos last week, but expectations are still high for the Titans. I’ll take Colony to win tonight’s matchup.
Colony 24, Ayala 20

Miller at Carson
Another Thursday game and a game I’ll be heading off to pretty soon. The Rebels equipped themselves nicely against Upland, having the defending Central champion Highlanders in a 9-9 fourth-quarter deadlock before Upland pulled away with 12 quick points. Going to Carson and playing the Colts, who defeated Mater Dei last week, is too tough a task though.
Carson 38, Miller 13

Twentynine Palms at Aquinas
Aquinas has several scores to settle against Twentynine Palms, which has defeated the Falcons three times in the last two years, including a rout in the 2008 East Valley playoffs. I really don’t see it changing this year. The Falcons will be fine in the Ambassador League, but they’ll still feel the growing pains of a freshman QB in this one.
Twentynine Palms 26, Aquinas 17

Redlands East Valley at Clovis East
The Wildcats start off 2010 going through the scenic Central Valley to play a traditionally tough Clovis East squad. Typically you would pick against the team having to take the 4-plus-hour bus ride, but REV seems to excel in tough road situations such as this. I’m taking REV.
Redlands East Valley 21, Clovis East 17

Barstow at Kaiser
This should be another game where the forward pass will be used rarely, as both of these teams trend toward the smashmouth persona. The Aztecs got smashed at home last week against Apple Valley and I think they are a little too young and inexperienced to really test Kaiser right now.
Kaiser 30, Barstow 10

Tustin at Upland
The Highlanders struggled a bit with Miller last week, as their new-look defense gave up some serious passing yards to Rebel quarterback Eric Shufford. Tustin is typically a pretty tough team from Orange County and will give Upland a tussle, but I’m still going with the champs.
Upland 24, Tustin 20

Other games of note:
Don Lugo 26, Ontario Christian 21
Arrowhead Christian 12, Webb 6
Carter 28, Alta Loma 17
Rancho Cucamonga 28, Temecula Great Oak 13
Los Osos 27, Riverside North 20
Vista Murrieta 35, Etiwanda 14
Cajon 45, Eisenhower 20
Fontana 20, Littlerock 14
Yucaipa 21, Canyon Springs 16
Arcadia Rio Hondo Prep 20, Big Bear 17
Coachella Valley 30, Yucca Valley 14
Granite Hills 24, Hesperia 14
Rim of the World 33, Victor Valley 13
Oak Hills 28, Desert Hot Springs 15
Palm Desert 34, Apple Valley 19
San Bernardino 25, Sultana 23
Pomona 35, Montclair 12
Whittier 21, Chino 14
Rubidoux 30, Ontario 20
Bloomington 24, Banning 17
Citrus Valley 28, Burbank Bell-Jeff 20
Jurupa Hills 9, Calabasas Viewpoint 6
Pacific 19, Jurupa Valley 12
Rancho Verde 38, San Gorgonio 16
Chino Hills 31, Corona Santiago 20

Last week: 12-9-1
Overall: 12-9-1

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Big Bear moves to Friday night

For only the second time in school history, the Big Bear High School football team will host a night game, as the Bears will take on Rio Hondo Prep at 7 p.m. at Big Bear Middle School. And the buzz for the game is hard to ignore.

“It’s the talk of the town right now,” Big Bear head coach Dave Griffiths said. “The kids are excited, the people in town are excited, everyone is looking forward to this.”

The only other time the Bears have played at night was November 17, 2006, when the Bears hosted Anza Hamilton in the first-round of the CIF-SS East Valley playoffs because Hamilton didn’t want to play Saturday. The Bears whipped Hamilton 42-12 on a chilly night en route to the CIF title.

This night game is completely voluntary, as the Bears will rent lights and bring them in for what they anticipate will be a standing-room only crowd. It’s the opportunity to draw more fans that had them give the green light on the night game.

“In these economic times with the budgets we have, you have to do whatever you can to increase the gate and bring in revenue,” Griffiths said. “Being a resort town, we have a lot of people who work Saturday afternoons and have a hard time attending our games. Hopefully this will bring them out.”

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CIF-SS cross country preseason polls

Released literally moments ago by the CIF-SS offices.

1. Arcadia
2. Trabuco Hills
3. Dana Hills
4. Marina
5. Rancho Cucamonga
6. Great Oak
7. Yucaipa
8. El Toro
9. Corona
10. California
11. Capistrano Valley
12. Redlands East Valley
12. M.L. King
13. Troy

1. Loyola
2. Glendora
3. Claremont
4. Saugus
5. Valencia-Pl.
6. Adolfo Camarillo
7. Ventura
8. Esperanza
9. North Torrance
10. Westlake
11. Colony
12. Canyon-Ana.
13. Newbury Park
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Week 0 CIF-SS polls

Here they are a day late.

1. Palm Springs (1-0)
2. Colton (0-0)
3. Rancho Verde (1-0)
4. Arlington (0-0)
5. Chaffey (1-0)
6. La Quinta/LQ (0-0)
7. Colony (0-1)
8. La Sierra (0-0)
9. Palm Desert (0-1)
10. Rialto (1-0)
OTHERS: Valley View (0-0), Cajon (0-1),Arroyo Valley (0-0), San Bernardino (0-0), Gorgonio (0-0)

1. Serrano (1-0)
2. Summit (1-0)
3. Kaiser (0-0)
4. Elsinore (1-0)
5. Citrus Hill (1-0)
6. Burroughs/Ridgecrest (1-0)
7. Oak Hills (0-0)
8. Silverado (0-1)
9. Temescal Canyon (0-0)
10. Apple Valley (1-0)
OTHERS: Tahquitz (1-0),; Norte Vista (0-0).

1. St. Margaret’s (1-0)
2. Rim of the World (0-0)
3. Sierra Canyon (1-0)
4. Twentynine Palms (1-0)
5. Linfield Christian (1-0)
6. Notre Dame/Riverside (1-0)
7. Paraclete (0-1)
8. Ontario Christian (0-1)
9. Bishop Diego (0-0)
10. Banning (0-0)
OTHERS: Aquinas (0-1), Campbell Hall (1-0), Sage Hill (1-0), Big Bear (1-0), Brentwood (1-0), Calvary Chap/Downey (1-0), Desert Hot Springs (1-0).

1. Chaparral (0-0)
2. Vista Murrieta (0-0)
3. Centennial/Corona (0-0)
4. Chino Hills (1-0)
5. Upland (1-0)
6. Norco (0-0)
7. Redlands East Valley (0-0)
8. Redlands (1-0)
9. Rancho Cucamonga (1-0)
10. Charter Oak (0-1)
OTHERS: Roosevelt (0-0), South Hills (0-0), Los Osos (1-0), Glendora (1-0).

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Week 1 top 25

Here are my newest rankings. Some highly-ranked teams fell despite wins, including USC.

1. Alabama (1) – Took care of San Jose State, but will have bigger test in Penn State.
2. Ohio State (2) – Have rematch of 2002 National Title game with Miami coming up.
3. Boise State (7) – Broncos shoot up by beating Va. Tech in a virtual road game.
4. TCU (4) – Horned Frogs stay put with quality win over Oregon State.
5. Texas (5) – Longhorns beat Rice in ho-hum effort.
6. Florida (3) – Gators tumble due to uninspired win over Miami (Ohio)
7. Iowa (8) – Hawkeyes have in-state rival Iowa State looming
8. Nebraska (10) – Former Cajon QB Taylor Martinez leads Huskers to season-opening win.
9. Oklahoma (6) – Listless win over Utah State drops Sooners. Florida State’s up next.
10. Oregon (12) – Former Riverside Notre Dame RB Kenjon Barner scores 5 TDs for Ducks.
11. USC (9) – Trojan pass defense looked awful in shootout victory over Hawaii.
12. Wisconsin (13) – Badgers cruise in Las Vegas.
13. Miami (Fla) (14) – Hurricanes have big trip to Columbus this week.
14. Utah (16) – Utes get nice OT win over previously-ranked Pittsburgh.
15. Arkansas (15) – Razorbacks pummel terrible Tennessee Tech.
16. Auburn (18) – Tigers run to season-opening victory.
17. Georgia (19) – Bulldogs will get test against solid South Carolina squad.
18. Virginia Tech (11) – Hokies drop after uneven “home” loss to Boise in D.C.
19. Florida State (20) – Seminoles get a chance to prove their worth at Oklahoma.
20. West Virginia (21) – Mountaineers roll to season open victory.
21. Houston (22) – Cougars’ offense picks up right where it left off.
22. Georgia Tech (23) – Triple-option offense clicks early for Jackets.
23. Arizona (NR) – 41-2 victory over Toledo puts Wildcats in poll.
24. LSU (NR) – Tigers almost blew it against shorthanded Carolina.
25. Penn State (NR) – Nittany Lions sneak in poll, most likely temporarily.

Under consideration: Pittsburgh, North Carolina, Stanford

Dropped out: No. 17 Pittsburgh, No. 24 Washington, No. 25 North Carolina

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Week 1 top 10

Not much change here. Cajon drops out, Los Osos shoots in while Rancho Cucamonga and Summit creep up.

Sun Top 10

1. Upland (1-0)
Previous ranking: 1. Last week: def. Miller, 21-16. Up next: Friday vs. Tustin (1-0).

2. Redlands East Valley (0-0)
Previous ranking: 2. Last week: did not play. Up next: Friday at Clovis East (1-0).

3. Chino Hills (1-0)
Previous ranking: 3. Last week: def. Lakewood Mayfair, 28-14. Up next: Friday at Corona Santiago (0-1).

4. Colton (0-0)
Previous ranking: 4. Last week: did not play. Up next: Friday at Chaffey (1-0).

5. Serrano (1-0)
Previous ranking: 5. Last week: def. Paraclete, 35-14. Up next: Friday vs. Silverado (0-1).

6. Redlands (1-0)
Previous ranking: 6. Last week: def. Temecula Great Oak, 23-16. Up next: Friday at No. 9 Summit (1-0).

7. Kaiser (0-0)
Previous ranking: 7. Last week: did not play. Up next: Friday vs. Barstow (0-1).

8. Rancho Cucamonga (1-0)
Previous ranking: 9. Last week: def. Silverado, 42-7. Up next: Friday at Temecula Great Oak (0-1).

9. Summit (1-0)
Previous ranking: 10. Last week: def. Etiwanda, 42-35. Up next: Friday vs. No. 6 Redlands (1-0).

10. Los Osos (1-0)
Previous ranking: NR. Last week: def. Colony, 20-7. Up next: Friday vs. Riverside North (0-0).

Just missed the cut: Arroyo Valley (0-0), Rim of the World (0-0), Chaffey (1-0).

Dropped out: No. 8 Cajon (0-1).

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