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Week 9 high school football fearless/fearful predictions

I think I had another good week last week, but of course I was 0-2 predicting in the unpredictable Mountain Valley League. (What do I know?). Overall, I was 25-7 for the week and I am 219-69-2. For the week I also picked two margins exactly correct: I said Rancho Cucamonga would beat Etiwanda 24-17 actual score was 16-9. I also said Carter would beat Miller 42-0, actual score was 49-7. I have picked 5 games overall with the correct winning margin.

Here are this week’s games:
Thursday’s games
Ambassador League
Notre Dame 28, Western Christian 17
Baseline League
Chino Hills 31, Etiwanda 10
Citrus Belt League
Redlands East Valley 45, Yucaipa 7
Carter 38, Redlands 7
Mountain Valley League
San Bernardino 35, Moreno Valley 27
Mt. Baldy League
Alta Loma 24, Chaffey 21
Colony 38, Don Lugo 14
Montclair 28, Ontario 26
San Andreas League
San Gorgonio 66, Indian Springs 6
Jurupa Hills 35, Arroyo Valley 7
Sunkist League
Kaiser 28, Bloomington 6
Grand Terrace 20, Colton 14

Friday’s Games
Ambassador League
Arrowhead Christian 38, Linfield Christian 28
Ontario Christian 41, Aquinas 37
Baseline League
Los Osos 17, Damien 14
Upland 35, Rancho Cucamonga 17
Citrus Belt League
Eisenhower 21, Citrus Valley 17
Cajon 35, Miller 8
De Anza League
Twentynine Palms 22, Desert Mirage 16
Desert Mountain League
Silver Valley 42, Boron 13
Desert 49, Riverside Prep 6
Vasquez 31, Excelsior 13
Desert Sky League
Silverado 42, Barstow 20
Victor Valley 35, Adelanto 14
Hacienda League
Chino 28, Walnut 21
Mojave River League
Serrano 42, Apple Valley 17
Oak Hills 49, Burroughs 6
Hesperia 45, Sultana 7
Mountain Valley League
Rubidoux 30, Pacific 22
Palomares League
Bonita 21, Ayala 17
San Andreas League
Rim of the World 49, Rialto 6
Sunkist League
Summit 24, Fontana 21

Saturday’s Game
De Anza League
Big Bear 35, Desert Hot Springs 14

Can San Gorgonio football keep winning and dropping in rankings?

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.

Is this the best Fontana volleyball team of the last decade?

On the surface it would seem to be an easy question I asked of Fontana High girls volleyball coach Leah Gomez today.
Fontana is currently ranked No. 2 in CIF-SS Division 4A, so the Steelers as of now would be a favorite to reach CIF-SS Finals, a feat Fontana has not come close to accomplishing in the last decade.
So, when I asked Gomez if this is the best team she’s had in the decade she’s coached at the school, you would think the answer would be a resounding yes.’
But, upon further inspection, Gomez cautioned me, it is not so easy.
Remember, until 2012, Fontana was in the Citrus Belt League, which was dominated by the likes of Redlands East Valley, Redlands and Yucaipa.
But Fontana actually finished in the top half of the CBL in both 2009 and 2010, qualifying for the playoffs. With all due respect to the Sunkist League, it is not the CBL. The CBL for years was either in Division 2AA or 1A. It’s entirely possible one of those CBL Fontana teams was better than the current.
It may not be the only way to gauge team strength, but maxpreps.com gives state rankings, involving all schools, regardless of division. Fontana in 2009 was 272, 2010 was 237. What is this year’s ranking? 315.
This may be the Fontana team in the last decade that has the best chance to win a CIF-SS title, but doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better than previous Steeler teams.

Can 1 win give Rialto football hope for the future?

The goal in every high school football game is to win, but sometimes those games have ramifications beyond an immediate victory.
Take for instance Rialto High, which won its first football game under first-year coach Drew Young with a 21-8 San Andreas League victory over Arroyo Valley to improve to 1-7.
The win isn’t going to send the Knights to the playoffs, but it can mean something for the future.
“I would say there are mixed emotions,” Young said. “Relief is there. But there’s also excitement, exhilaration, a sense of accomplishment.
“We’ve had a real tumultuous season. Guys transferring, quitting. I told the guys, ‘This game is your legacy game. You don’t want to be remembered going 0-10.’”
Young believes the group, which was down to 23 players in uniform Friday, can benefit from the win.
“It’s something we can build on,” Young said. “The future is bright. We’ve got a lot of sophomores and juniors.”
Young felt a trio of sophomores, De’lon Holloman, Kejon Polk and Aaron Zermeno has been instrumental in providing leadership to keep the team together.
One win. It might not be much. But it’s something perhaps Rialto can build upon.

High School football: Week 8 predictions for San Bernardino County games

Another decent week for me picking games. I went 26-6, bringing my season record to 194-62-2 with 3 games having the exact winning margin. Games I missed:
Citrus Valley beating Redlands, Excelsior over Mammoth, Adelanto over Granite Hills, Pacific over Moreno Valley, Indian Springs over Rialto and Jurupa Hills over Rim.

here are my picks for this week:

Thursday’s games
Baseline League
Rancho Cucamonga 24, Etiwanda 17
San Andreas League
Rim of the World 28, Indian Springs 7

Friday’s Games
Ambassador League
Aquinas 42, Western Christian 28
Arrowhead Christian 38, Ontario Christian 17.
Baseline League
Chino Hills 41, Damien 7
Upland 45, Los Osos 14
Citrus Belt League
Cajon 28, Redlands 21
Carter 42, Miller 0
Redlands East Valley 48, Citrus Valley 6
Yucaipa 24, Eisenhower 7
De Anza League
Shadow Hills 35, Big Bear 28
Yucca Valley 27, Rancho Mirage 22
Desert Mountain League
Desert Christian 35, Riverside Prep 14
Silver Valley 42, Desert 38
Excelsior 28, Boron 21
Desert Sky League
Silverado 35, Adelanto 10
Victor Valley 28, Granite Hills 13
Hacienda League
Diamond Ranch, 31, Chino 21
Mojave River League
Apple Valley 24, Burroughs 20
Serrano 42, Hesperia 14
Oak Hills 56, Sultana 6
Mountain Valley League
Pacific 35, Banning 17
Vista Del Lago 33, San Bernardino 22
Mt. Baldy League
Alta Loma 42, Ontario 6
Colony 35, Chaffey 7
Don Lugo 28, Montclair 17
Palomares League
Ayala 28, South Hills 20
San Andreas League
Arroyo Valley 20, Rialto 8
San Gorgonio 56, Jurupa Hills 7
Sunkist League
Colton 28, Bloomington 7
Grand Terrace 27, Fontana 18
Kaiser 31, Summit 21

Etiwanda’s Khaylan Thomas picks Arizona State

Etiwanda High School linebacker Khaylan Thomas decided not to wait until the official signing day in February. He made an oral commitment to Arizona State, choosing the Sun Devils over 14 other schools.
The 6-foot, 217-pounder first announced his choice on Twitter Tuesday night.
“It was family oriented and I liked that. They all seemed like they were very together,” he said. “I decided that was where my heart was and where I wanted to go.”
Thomas did not make an official visit. He toured USC, UCLA, Arizona and Arizona State, all in “unofficial” capacity with his trip to Arizona State coming over the summer. He has an official trip to Tempe slated for Dec. 13.
He had an official trip to Oregon State planned but hasn’t decided whether or not he’ll take it.
“I didn’t seen the need to drag it out any longer,” Thomas said. “I knew where I wanted to go.”
Thomas is the latest local prospect headed to the Pac-12. Among the others are teammate Michael Neal (Washington), Upland’s Tyler Hilinski (Washington State), Kameron Powell (Washington State), Josh Woods (UCLA), Ayala’s Malik Psalms (Cal), Los Osos’ Caleb Repp (Utah) and Pomona’s Shawn Wilson (Oregon State).
Thomas, a first-team All-Inland Valley selection last year as a junior, has 43 total tackles, including five for a loss, with an interception and a fumble recovery for the Baseline League contending Eagles.

High school cross country teams ready for Mt. SAC Invitational

With 113 races spread out over two days, the high school portion of the Mt. SAC Invitational for cross country, set for Friday and Saturday, has plenty of racing to go around.
TX Body: The elite races are the sweepstakes races, divided into different divisions.
TX Body: But the top teams aren’t necessarily in the sweepstakes races, and even if they are, they aren’t necessarily in the division they would normally belong in.
TX Body: For instance, Big Bear is in Division 4, but defending Sun Runner of the Year Caleb Webb is running instead in the Division 1 and 2 individual sweepstakes at 8:45 a.m. Saturday, while the rest of his team runs in the Division 4 sweepstakes at 4:25 p.m. Friday. Division 3, 4 and 5 races are Friday, while Division 1 and 2 are Saturday. Varsity sweepstakes run from about 4:05-6 p.m. Friday and 8:45-10 a.m. Saturday.
TX Body: On the girls’ side, the Nos. 2 and 4 ranked teams in San Bernardino County, Yucaipa and Citrus Valley, respectively, will be competing, but neither one will be in sweepstakes races.
TX Body: Other San Bernardino County teams in sweepstakes races includes: Big Bear girls (Division 4), Yucca Valley boys (5), Ontario Christian boys (5), Victor Valley boys (3), Rancho Cucamonga girls (1 & 2 individual), Ayala boys and girls (1 & 2 team), Jurupa Hills boys (1 & 2 team), and Serrano girls (1 & 2 team).
TX Body: Yucaipa girls are scheduled to compete in a Division 1 varsity race at 10:46 a.m. Saturday, and the Citrus Valley girls are in a Division 2 varsity race at 3:56 p.m. Saturday.
TX Body: Yucaipa coach Jason Carney said via text message that when entries were due two weeks ago, he didn’t think his girls team was ready for sweepstakes. Citrus Valley coach Bryan Haddock said his team had initially been told it would be in a sweepstakes race.

3 high school football results that stand out from Friday night

I don’t know all the details on these games, but there were some interesting results on Friday in games that were out of the spotlight a bit.

First, in the Mountain Valley League, Pacific upset previously undefeated Moreno Valley 23-18. What kind of an upset was this? calpreps.com predicted a 31-10 Moreno Valley win.
It had appeared like Vista Del Lago and Moreno Valley were the top 2 teams in the league. Now, it seems all we know for sure in the league is that Vista Del Lago is No. 1 and Banning is the last team. But Pacific’s win throws into doubt the other four teams.

The other two scores are interesting for the same reason: it’s those schools first-ever league win.
Indian Springs surprisingly routed Rialto 42-0 to win its first ever league game, in San Andreas League. And Adelanto defeated Granite Hills 20-13 in the Desert Sky, earning Adelanto its first-ever league win. Congratulations to those teams. May they be the first of many.