Now we move on to the Central Division, where San Bernardino and Ontario/Chino teams await.
No. 1 Rancho Verde 48, Garey 12
Palm Desert at San Gorgonio
This should be an entertaining one, as the Spartans rose up during the San Andreas League season to win six games in a row and grab second place and this home game against a potent Aztecs team. San G’s offense was helped by the emergence of RB Jamie Snowten in the second half of the season and I expect Snowten to score a couple in a barnburner.
San Gorgonio 35, Palm Desert 31
Carter at Chino
Predicting Chino results, for the most part, was pretty easy during the Mt. Baldy League season – pick a random number between 42 and 49 and watch my prediction to come within 3-5 points. Can’t really do that this week, as Carter’s defense held Arroyo Valley to 3 yards last week. That’s right, 3. Chino will obviously get more, but this won’t be a rout by any means.
Chino 23, Carter 14
La Quinta 28, Valley View 6
Montclair at No. 3 Arlington
Making the playoffs is an achievement in itself for the Cavaliers, who deserve a ton of credit for grabbing third place in the Mt. Baldy League and winning five games. However, the Cavs are in for a world of hurt against Arlington’s physical rushing attack. Running back Superiorr Reed has 27 touchdowns and 1,634 yards rushing for the Lions, figures that are sure to grow tomorrow.
Arlington 41, Montclair 13
Coachella Valley at Cajon
The only reason that San G isn’t the hottest team in the county right now is due to the presence of Cajon, which has won seven in a row since a shutout loss to Kaiser in September. Dual-threat QB Thomas Carter and DB/WR Demontae Kazee are playing at high levels right now and will be too much for the Arabs, who earned the at-large berth out of the Desert Valley League.
Cajon 27, Coachella Valley 12
Colton at Colony
These two teams have tapdanced around each other in the playoffs in recent years, never meeting up despite being among the Central Divisions elite. So for that alone, this game is worth watching. Can a banged-up Colton hold tough against a Colony team that flew under the radar a bit with a 7-3 finish? I think the Yellowjackets are a bit more physical and battle-tested.
Colton 17, Colony 14
No. 2 Palm Springs 35, La Sierra 6