I had a horrible week last week. Maybe I think too much (probably not) or maybe I think I know more than I actually do (probably).
Anyway, I went 8-6 in picking games last week and I am now 287-87 picking winners this week, with 6 margins exactly right and one score exactly right.
Here’s what I have this week, for better or for worse.
Charter Oak 28, Glendora 19
San Marino 30, Summit 24
Oak Hills 42, La Quinta 31
Serrano 45, Palm Springs 21
Heritage 28, Cajon 24
Rancho Verde 35, Citrus Hill 28
Notre Dame 21, Aquinas 14
Linfield Christian 35, Nipomo 20
Mission Viejo 28, Chino Hills 17
Rancho Cucamonga 27, Vista Murrieta 21
Jurupa Hills is looking for its second head football coach in school history after Ed McMillon stepped down this week, a little more than a week after the Spartans were eliminated from the CIF-SS Inland Division playoffs in the first round.
“I think it was mutual. Maybe I overstayed a little bit,” McMillon said.
McMillon started the Jurupa Hills program, playing almost entirely a varsity schedule with just freshmen and sophomores in the Mountain Valley League in 2010, and compiled a 32-35 record in six seasons.
The high point was in 2013, when the Spartans won the Mountain Valley League and CIF-SS East Valley Division title. Jurupa Hills also made the playoffs each of the last four years McMillon was at the helm including the last two after moving to the San Andreas League.
“Of course winning CIF was big,” McMillon said. “But I’m proud of the fact that even though we didn’t have a lot of D1 kids, we’ve had kids go on and lead productive lives.”
McMillon said he didn’t necessarily see eye-to-eye with Jurupa Hills administration.
“I think we had a difference in philosophy, we weren’t on the same page,” he said.
McMillon, who had also served as an assistant at Miller and Carter and has already inquired about possible assistant coaching positions that might open up so he is not expecting to sit out the 2016 season.
“I definitely want to coach again,” he said. “I’m looking forward to the next opportunity.”
Here are my predictions for tonight’s CIF-SS quarterfinal/second round football games.
Last week, in the first round, I went 14-5, missing on Don Lugo, Barstow, Aquinas, Chino Hills and Rancho Cucamonga games. For the season I am 279-81 with 6 margins exactly right and 1 score exactly right.
Will there be a rematch of REV-Redlands Smudge Pot?
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The CIF-SS cross country Finals at Saturday at Mt. San Antonio College. Top 7 teams plus up to 5 individuals advance to CIF State Championships.
Here are race times with San Bernardino County teams entered:
Race 1: Division 3 girls, 7:45 a.m.
Stefani Gaskell, Sultana (won heat last week)
Race 2: Division 4 girls, 8:05 a.m.
Race 3: Division 3 boys, 8:25 a.m.
Bloomington (Ranked No. 8 in CIF-SS)
Sultana (No. 12 in CIF-SS)
Race 4: Division 4 boys, 8:45 a.m.
Yucca Valley (No. 8 in CIF-SS)
Spencer Walton, Twentynine Palms
Race 5: Division 5 girls, 9:05 a.m.
Mikayla Mays, Upland Christian
Race 6: Division 1 boys, 9:25 a.m.
Rancho Cucamonga (No. 13 in CIF-SS)
Peter Torres, Chino Hills
Race 7: Division 2 girls, 9:45 a.m.
Serrano (No. 2 in CIF-SS)
Claire Graves, Citrus Valley (won Prelims heat last week)
Race 8: Division 5 boys, 10:05 a.m.
Western Christian (No. 13 in CIF-SS)
Race 9: Division 1 girls, 10:25 a.m.
Yucaipa (No. 4 in CIF-SS)
Sarah Holloway, Los Osos
Jennifer Sandoval, Summit (No. 3 in her Prelims heat last week)
Race 10: Division 2 boys, 10:45 a.m.
Steven Khan, Ayala
Sometimes, I cover a game, and it’s so entertaining a game that there’s more I want to get to than I can possibly mention in a story. Such was the Kaiser/Colony football game on Friday, won by Colony 23-19.
- Each team scored 3 touchdowns and there were no other scores. Kaiser had its first PAT blocked, went for 2 on the second and failed, then kicked the third. Colony kicked the first, then went for 2 and made it on the second and third touchdowns.
- The math wouldn’t indicate it, but Colony made the right move going for 2 on its final touchdown. Usually, you go for 2 late in a game when a TD puts you up 1, 4 or 5, but in this case, it put the Titans up 21-19. Going for 2 had more to do with Kaiser. Kaiser had attempted just one FG all year, and missed it. So going up 3 would’ve meant little in this game. But going up 4 would’ve been helpful because if Kaiser came back to score a TD and kicked an XP, Colony could’ve tied with a FG.
- Kaiser’s drives ended with: Downs, lost fumble, TD, TD, halftime, punt, TD, downs/INT. Just one punt for the Cats. Kaiser ran more plays on its first drive 19 than Colony had in the first half (12). Colony had 3 drives end after just 1 play: 2 TDs, and one lost a fumble. Kaiser had six drives end in Colony territory.
- On Kaiser’s opening drive, they appeared to be getting a first-and-goal at the Colony 9 as Colony was being called for pass interference on fourth-and-15 at the 19. But Kaiser also got a penalty for illegal man downfield. The down was replayed on the offsetting fouls and Kaiser failed to convert the 4th-and-15 the second time.
It was a pretty good Week 10 for me, I went 24-5, and my season record is 265-77, with one score exactly right and 6 with the margin exactly right.
I might pick out of area games as the playoffs progress, but for now I’ll stay local
Charter Oak 28, Ayala 10
Monrovia 31, Grand Terrace 13
Colony 28, Kaiser 14
Bonita 28, Don Lugo 24
Chino 28, Chaffey 26
Summit 35, South Hills 14
Oak Hills 35, Vista Del Lago 31
Barstow 35, Burroughs 30
Serrano 42, Coachella Valley 7
Palm Desert 30, Silverado 22
Yucaipa 35, San Gorgonio 28
Cajon 42, Rim of the World 0
Redlands East Valley 56, Jurupa Hills 6
Redlands 38, Paloma Valley 35
Mission Prep 42, Aquinas 26
Twentynine Palms 49, Ontario Christian 14
Los Alamitos 21, Chino Hills 17
Edison 28, Rancho Cucamonga 21
Upland 30, Saugus 23
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