Week 7 prep football predictions

As league races start to heat up, some of the bigger games this week are Rancho Cucamonga vs. Upland (6-0 vs. 6-0), Cajon vs. Rialto (6-0 vs. 5-1) and Kaiser vs. Jurupa Valley (4-2 and defending league champ vs. 5-0-1 after 1-9 last year). I’ll be at Rialto-Cajon and I’m looking forward to see if Rialto can give Cajon a good challenge.

Anyway, on with the Week 7 predictions
AMBASSADOR LEAGUE
Temecula Linfield Christian 35, Arrowhead Christian 7
Aquinas 24, Ontario Christian 21
BASELINE LEAGUE
Upland 35, Rancho Cucamonga 27
CITRUS BELT LEAGUE
Redlands East Valley 17, Redlands 10
Miller 27, Eisenhower 21
Yucaipa 42, Fontana 0
DE ANZA LEAGUE
Twentynine Palms 41, Desert Hot Springs 17
Big Bear 20, Yucca Valley 17 (Saturday)
DESERT SKY LEAGUE
Silverado 20, Granite Hills 18
Ridgecrest Burroughs 45, Barstow 6
MOJAVE RIVER LEAGUE
Apple Valley 35, Hesperia 10
Serrano 38, Sultana 17
MOUNTAIN VALLEY LEAGUE
Citrus Valley 28, Rim of the World 24
Rubidoux 35, Jurupa Hills 23
MT. BALDY LEAGUE
Colony 28, Chaffey 14
Chino 41, Garey 7
Don Lugo 38, Ontario 14
SAN ANDREAS LEAGUE
Cajon 31, Rialto 22
San Gorgonio 38, Arroyo Valley 13
Carter 42, Pacific 7
Colton 26, San Bernardino 12
SIERRA LEAGUE
Covina Charter Oak 40, Ayala 14
Chino Hills 31, Claremont 17
SUNKIST LEAGUE
Kaiser 28, Jurupa Valley 10
Bloomington 20, Riverside Norte Vista 14
Summit 49, Patriot 6
NONLEAGUE
Oak Hills 56, Victor Valley 0

Officials’ mistake goes against Serrano

It didn’t make my story on the thrilling Serrano-Apple Valley football game Friday night, that was won by Serrano 23-20 in overtime, but Serrano was the victim of an official’s mistake. I didn’t end up writing about it because Serrano won anyway and there was so much other stuff in the game.
Anyway, here was the situation.
Third quarter, Serrano was down 10-7 and driving. A seven-yard run by Adarius Hogan gave the Diamondbacks a first-and-10 at the Apple Valley 16.
On the first down play, Hogan rushed for four yards to the 12, but Serrano was penalized 15 yards for a personal foul. Since it was after the play, the down counted, but somehow Serrano lost an additional down along the way. The down marker looked like it showed second down from the 27 (I was on the opposite side of the field) at this point. So after quarterback Daniel Epperson lost 12 yards on the next play, it should have brought up third-and-33 from the 39. Yet somehow, the down marker said fourth.

“We knew it was a mistake,” Serrano coach Ray Maholchic said. “But we had only one timeout. If we take that timeout and they agree, we get it back. But if they don’t, we lose it.”
So Maholchic declined to take his last timeout to further the argument. So on “fourth” down, Epperson’s completion to Kyle Jergensen for 10 yards was woefully short and the ball went to Apple Valley on downs at the Sun Devils 29 with 2:07 to play in the third. It should however, have been fourth-and-23 at that point after the completion and possibly given Serrano a chance at a field goal.
“It’s inexcusable,” Maholchic said of the mistake.
As it turned out, Apple Valley went three-and-out and after a punt, Serrano went down and scored the go-ahead touchdown. It shouldn’t overshadow an otherwise great game, but it was still a bad mistake by officials.