The above interview is with Julian Rodriguez after beating Kaiser in a nonleague game.
In a previous post, I wrote about how San Gorgonio could move up.
What I didn’t count on was that teams above the Spartans might not drop below them even if they lose, and teams below them leap-frog San Gorgonio.
I don’t agree with dropping a team for winning, but don’t be surprised if that continues to happen.
“I told people that was going to happen,” Gueringer said. “But I’ll say that we’re not afraid of anyone in the division.”
San Gorgonio (7-1) was ranked fifth last week and defeated second-place Jurupa Hills 52-10. The problem is, No. 6 Riverside Poly upset No. 2 Moreno Valley Rancho Verde 59-45. Riverside Poly (8-0) moved up to No. 3, and Rancho Verde (6-2) dropped down only to No. 5, leaving the Spartans at No. 6.
Perhaps even more troubling to Gueringer was the change in polls after Week 5, when only three of the Inland Division top 10 teams played.
San G. entered the week ranked fourth, but dropped to No. 5, swapping spots with Romoland Heritage even though neither team played that week.
The rankings could end up being a big deal, especially if there are as many title contenders in the division as Gueringer thinks, possibly setting up some extra-tough second-round matchups.
My guess now is that teams ranked ahead of San G. will have to lose to unranked teams in order for San G. to leapfrog anyone. And with the strength of the top 6 to 7 teams, that seems unlikely.