I went 25-7 in Week 0 (not too bad), and got one margin exactly right. On Thursday, I went 3-1 in picking winners, bringing my season total to 28-8.
Here are Friday’s games:
Alemany 42, Colony 34
Apple Valley 28, Granite Hills 12
Aquinas 48, Mary Star of the Sea 21
Arrowhead Christian 30, Whittier Christian 14
Barstow 35, Littlerock 6
Big Bear 49, Riverside Prep 6
Cajon 48, Valley View 20
Carter 48, Rialto 0
Chaminade 38 Redlands East Valley 35
Chino 34, Baldwin Park 24
Citrus Valley 28, Beaumont 20
Colton 21, Lakeside 14
Fontana 22, Jurupa Valley 10
Glendora 42, Alta Loma 13
Heritage 42, Los Osos 10
Hesperia 28, Eastside 17
JSerra 48, Chino Hills 31
Kern Valley 34, Silver Valley 20
Linfield Christian 32, Adelanto 17
Mission Viejo 48, Oak Hills 17
Montclair 48, Garey 7
Moreno Valley 30, Jurupa Hills 20
Norte Vista 35, Rim of the World 10
Ontario Christian 31, Calvary Murrieta 27
Pacific 27, Arroyo Valley 20
Pomona 42, Don Lugo 24
Rancho Cucamonga 48, Norco 42
Redlands 35, Palm Springs 31
San Bernardino 42, Hillcrest 21
San Gorgonio 28, Kaiser 23
Serrano 35, Silverado 14
Sultana 41, Banning 22
Summit 35, Etiwanda 28
Twentynine Palms 28, Indio 12
Victor Valley 27, Knight 17
Yucaipa 35, Grand Terrace 7
Yucca Valley 35, Bonanza 10
Webb 36, Western Christian 13
In Week 0, I went 25-7 picking winners, not too shabby if I say so myself especially for the first week when we don’t know much about each team. I even got 1 winning margin exactly correct. I said Cajon would win 30-21, and the actual score was 32-23 over Eastvale Roosevelt.
For now, I am just going to predict the Thursday games. Check back for Friday’s predictions:
Thursday’s game predictions:
Bloomington 34, Ontario 27
Chaffey 28, Patriot 23
Newport Harbor 50, Eisenhower 13
Upland 45, Venice 14
I just spoke with the new Aquinas girls volleyball coach, Victoria Cachapero. I didn’t know until recently that former coaches Sara Rice and Jessica Granados left the school to coach at Beaumont. Cachapero is a Redlands High grad who in recent years coached at Eisenhower and Grand Terrace.
She told me that the team is currently displaced as the gym undergoes renovations. The team plays on the road to start the season and won’t be back in the until “early October” according to athletic director Chris Ybarra. The Falcons have been having to practice at other gyms, including Loma Linda Academy, to prepare for the season.
“It’s going to be much more modern with team rooms,: Ybarra said. Ybarra said there will be an expansion of the gym later this year.
They won’t be at home until October, so the volleyball team’s Ambassador League schedule will be backloaded with home games. It will be interesting to see how that affects Aquinas in the playoff race. Last year, Aquinas finished second behind Woodcrest Christian, and just ahead of Loma Linda Academy. LLA is No. 6 in my preseason poll, while Aquinas is unranked. Aquinas could find its way into the top 10, led by sejnior MBs Indira Page and Michaella Elad and senior OH Kristen Goggin as well as promising freshman OH Eliana Chavira.
Thursday’s prep football games
Chaffey (1-0) vs. Riverside Patriot (0-0), at Rubidoux HS, 7 p.m.: The Tigers are led by senior RB Michael Dean who rushed for 320 yards and four touchdowns last week in a win over Lakeside. This will be the opener for Patriot which is coming off a 6-5 season with a first round playoff loss to Vista del Lago. Top players are QB John Holder, RB Miguel Alvarez and WR Samuel Cortez — all seniors.
Venice (1-0) at Upland (1-0), 7 p.m.: The Highlanders cruised past Palmdale Knight 49-6 in their opener. Junior standout Nathan Tilford saw minimal playing time in that game after injuring his back. Darreyon Jones rushed for 216 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries in his absence. Venice was a 28-21 winner over Granada Hills in its opener. Key players are QB Alex De La Cruz, OL Enrique Luna and WR-DB Pierce McLurkin.
: Bloomington (0-0) vs. Ontario (1-0) at Montclair HS, 7 p.m.: Like last year, Ontario opened the season with a win against Garey, then faced Bloomington, playing its first game. Bloomington won last year’s game 28-7 for the team’s only win. It’s different this year as Ontario coach John Kusleika is in his second season, while Bloomington coach Brian Kidd is in his first. Kidd, who plans on passing more this year, has only one starter player back at the same position they played last year, so limiting mistakes will be key. The Bruins will be focusing on slowing Ontario QB Cameron Poe, who ran for 190 yards and three touchdowns last week.
Eisenhower (0-1) at Newport Beach Newport Harbor (0-0), 7 p.m.: It was a rough start to the season for Eisenhower, which was routed by 52-14 by a Sultana team that went 2-8 last year. Coach Mike Clark had only seven players in that game who had ever played a varsity down before and only one who had started. Clark said he wasn’t pleased with the way “it got away” from them last week and the fatigue. They were hurt by injuries. LB/P Edgar Inchaurregui tore his ACL in pregame warm-ups and is lost for the season. WR/DB Lomario Howard missed the game with a groin strain, but Clark hopes to have him back this week.
The Sun is going to be seeking nominations each week for a boy and a girl athlete of the week. You can email me at email@example.com to give me the details, but those should come in by Monday at noon.
We’re also seeking football play of the week highlight videos. Send me a link to the video by the same deadline. Check out the L.A. News Group’s new web site, with plays of the week and athletes of the week: http://socalpreplegends.com/
Because football was the only sport last week, here’s The Sun’s Athlete of the Week.
For better or for worse, here’s my Sun Preseason Girls Volleyball Top 10
A more detailed list is here: http://www.sbsun.com/sports/20150901/the-suns-high-school-volleyball-preseason-top-10
1. RANCHO CUCAMONGA (22-9 last year)
2. CHINO HILLS (27-7)
3. REDLANDS EAST VALLEY (26-4)
4. YUCAIPA (18-11)
5. CITRUS VALLEY (20-7)
6. LOMA LINDA ACADEMY (20-5)
7. SERRANO (23-4)
8. RIM OF THE WORLD (18-10)
9. ALTA LOMA (33-3)
10. SUMMIT (15-7)
Others receiving consideration: Aquinas (18-5), Fontana (19-4).
The trophy for Friday’s rivalry game between Etiwanda and Summit.
It was a tough debut for Etiwanda football coach Kevin Davis.
The Eagles were completely throttled by a quality Norco team 66-13. The good news is that’s only one game and Davis thinks his team will learn from its mistakes which were many.
The Eagles need to regroup in a hurry though. Looming on Friday is the “Fight for 15″ rivalry game against Summit at Miller High School.
Davis is still optimistic though.
“The good thing is that there was no finer-pointing. Everyone took ownership for their own mistakes. In the past there might have been some of that and bickering on the sidelines. But everyone came in the next day on time and ready to go.”
Davis says his team went in confident but not necessarily overconfident or cocky.
It was just a matter of things steamrolling out of control. There were seven turnovers, beginning with the opening kickoff.
Davis is also glad to have a game in hand to iron out the problem spots where as Summit was idle last week.
“Having one last week will probably help us more than not having one will hurt them,” he said.
With Summit boasting several Division I players, most notably RB Stephen Carr, a USC commit, and DB Damian Alloway, the Eagles will again have their hands full. Their showing this week will be a great indicator as to whether this team can live up to expectations or it will be like those in the past who have underachieved.
Above, Rancho Cucamonga coach Nick Baiz talks about routing Trabuco Hills, 45-10 on Friday.
After Week 0, a lot of San Bernardino County’s top high school football teams won
THE SUN TOP 10
1. REDLANDS EAST VALLEY (0-0)
Always chooses to take bye in Week 0
Next: Friday at Chaminade (1-0)
2. RANCHO CUCAMONGA (1-0)
Routed defending Southwest Division champion
Next: Friday at Norco (1-0)
3. UPLAND (1-0)
Young team showed promise against overmatched opponent
Next: Thursday vs. Venice (1-0)
4. CHINO HILLS (1-0)
Overwhelmed city rivals
Next: Friday vs. JSerra (1-0)
5. COLONY (1-0)
Downed defending Hacienda League champs
Next: Friday vs. Alemany (1-0) at Oceanside
6. CARTER (1-0)
Unveiled passing attack vs. Los Osos
Next: Friday vs. Rialto (0-1)
7. SERRANO (1-0)
Fourth 40-point game in last 6
Next: Friday at Silverado (1-0)
8. SAN GORGONIO (1-0)
393 total yards vs. Citrus Valley
Next: Friday at No. 10 Kaiser (0-0)
9. SUMMIT (0-0)
Expectations are high
Next: Friday vs. Etiwanda (0-1) at Miller HS
10. KAISER (0-0)
4 of 5 preseason opponents were in playoffs last year
Next: Friday vs. No. 8 San Gorgonio (1-0)
Dropped out: None.
Others under consideration: Cajon (1-0), Oak Hills (1-0), Redlands (1-0),