Redlands depending on junior help in quest for CBL title

Redlands football has been pretty darn good over the past couple of years, finishing second in the Citrus Belt League. But with crosstown rival Redlands East Valley finishing ahead of them both years and owning a four-game winning streak over the Terriers, Redlands’ good has been good enough for them.

“There’s no question that REV has had our number and that we have to beat them to get to where we want to go,” Redlands coach Jim Walker said. “We’ve played them well and tough, but it hasn’t quite been good enough. This year we are hoping that we can stay healthy, that our junior can mature and that we can have a good season.”

While Walker is bullish on his junior class, it’s senior Mike Stallone who makes the Terriers go. Stallone (5-11, 180) did everything but sell concessions for Redlands last year, passing for 646 yards and five touchdowns, running for another 614 yards and five scores, catching nine passes on offense and an interception on defense while also recording 20 tackles.

“Mike is probably the best player in the CBL,” Walker said. “He’s a two-way guy that can do pretty much anything. We’ll play him in the secondary, throw him passes, use him as a Wildcat QB – whatever we can do.”

While Stallone will get some quarterback time, the starting quarterback seems to be junior Jim Walker (6-2, 205), the coach’s son. Walker got some experience last year. The Terriers lost Jordan Howard, who transferred to Cajon, at running back but are high on juniors Darryl Miller (6-1, 205) and Craig Lee. Senior Quanzi Hogue (6-1, 175) leads the receiving corps, which loses Kadyn Glass and DeShawn Iverson from a year ago.

The Terriers are always tough in the trenches and this year isn’t any different. Redlands gets back senior Kevin Gavigan (6-4, 260), who missed most of last season with a broken foot. Junior Jared Layel (6-3, 250) is highly regarded, as is senior guard Siala Siliga (6-0, 300).

Redlands will be set at safety on defense, with senior strong safety Aaron Kelley (6-0, 190) playing next to Stallone, who will be at free safety. Junior Matt Guizar (6-1, 240) and Kendoe Moore will play defensive tackle while junior Anthony Aguila (6-0, 185) leads the linebacking corps.

Redlands schedule (Home games in CAPS, * indicates league game)

Sept. 2: at Apopka (Fla.) Wekiva
Sept. 9: SUMMIT
Sept. 16: at Los Osos
Sept. 23: CARLSBAD LA COSTA CANYON
Sept. 30: vs. Rancho Cucamonga (Los Osos HS)
Oct. 14: FONTANA*
Oct. 21: REDLANDS EAST VALLEY*
Oct. 28: YUCAIPA*
Nov. 4: at Eisenhower*
Nov. 10: at Miller*