Redlands coach Jim Walker reported x-rays on the star UCLA-bound running back Craig Lee are negative. His right shoulder only has a deep bruise and is questionable for this week’s game against Yucaipa.
Lee left Friday’s 41-37 Smudge Pot victory over Redlands after falling awkwardly on his arm on a carry with less than five minutes left in the fourth quarter. He did not return to the game.
Here are Friday night’s prep football scores, with some thoughts
Ontario Christian 27, Aquinas 20 (Christian Dirksen scores 21 of the 27 points)
Linfield Christian 55, Arrowhead Christian 0 (forfeiting last week didn’t help ACA)
Western Christian 25, Calvary Murrieta 20
Upland 47, Los Osos 7 (impressive win against a decent Los Osos team)
Etiwanda 32, Alta Loma 6
CITRUS BELT LEAGUE
Redlands 41, Redlands East Valley 37 (first Smudge Pot win since 2006)
Cajon 26, Yucaipa 24 (first-ever CBL win)
Eisenhower 28, Miller 0 (Eisenhower moves closer to playoffs)
DE ANZA LEAGUE
Big Bear 24, Yucca Valley 10 (4-way tie for first in the DAL)
DESERT SKY LEAGUE
Silverado 41, Ridgecrest Burroughs 30 (Silverado in driver’s seat for league title)
Victor Valley 41, Granite Hills 7 (Jackrabbits’ first win)
There were many reasons why Redlands downed Redlands East Valley 41-37 to win the Smudge Pot for the first time since 2006 on Friday night.
Redlands ran the ball very well, and Jimmy Walker was impressive throwing the ball. Outside of an interception early in the third quarter, Redlands was able to move the ball whenever it needed to, including running out the clock at the end of the game the final 4:38.
It was a mistake early on though, that put the Terriers on their way.
On the game’s second possession, and REV’s first, REV went back to punt. Punter Jonathon Stafford couldn’t handle the snap. If REV was farther back or if Stafford had fallen on it in the end zone, it would’ve been a safety. As it was, Anthony Aguila picked up the fumbled snap and ran it into the end zone from the 1.
Aguila’s touchdown gave RHS an early 7-0 lead.
Although REV answered right back, Redlands never trailed in the game.
Although I disagreed with it at the time, REV coach Kurt Bruich’s decision to go for 2 (when trailing 28-23) midway through the 3rd quarter did not have an impact on the final outcome.
Final box score did not make the paper, Here it is: