In week 2, I went 25-9 picking winners, bringing my season record to 78-29, and 2 times I have gotten the winning team and the winning margin exactly correct.
Here are my Week 3 picks
Apple Valley 28, Victor Valley 21
Aquinas 42, Calipatria 20
Arrowhead Christian 35, Bishop 28
Barstow 46, Sultana 42
Bishop Amat 52, Chino Hills 21
Chaffey 35, Bloomington 0
Chaparral 35, Don Lugo 20
Chino 42, Ontario 20
Colton 28, Arroyo Valley 14
Corona Santiago 27, Silverado 22
Dominguez 35, Jurupa Hills 7
Eisenhower 16, Rialto 13
Fontana 20, Miller 16
Great Oak 27, Ayala 24
Hillcrest 35, Pacific 26
Kaiser 35, Valley View 20
Littlerock 22, Granite Hills 14
Los Osos 34, North 21
Mater Dei 45, Upland 30
Oak Hills 31, Etiwanda 27
Ontario Christian 24, Verbum Dei 14
Palo Verde Valley 24, Yucca Valley 21
Perris 42, San Bernardino 35
Rancho Cucamonga 41, Murrieta Valley 21
Redlands 38, Palm Desert 17
Redlands East Valley 45, Rancho Verde 28
Rim of the World 28, Desert Hot Springs 19
Serrano 56, Adelanto 6
Summit 44, Alta Loma 22
Twentynine Palms 49, Indian Springs 12
Whittier Christian 42, Western Christian 28
Yucaipa 24, San Gorgonio 21
Big Bear 41, Angelou 6
Fox Sports West’s Prep Zone broadcasts several CIF Southern Section football games every week on the internet, as well as one on TV on Prime Ticket or Fox Sports West.
No San Bernardino County teams are scheduled to be on a broadcast the next two weeks, but on Oct. 2, two such games are on the schedule.
One game is Serrano at Norco. The other game is Summit at Riverside Norte Vista. The problem is, Summit-Norte Vista is scheduled for Thursday that week because Riverside La Sierra, which also uses Norte Vista’s field, is at home on Friday.
Matheny said Summit had been contacted about moving the game to Friday, but he said that Oct. 2 is La Sierra’s homecoming and as of Sept. 16, that change had not been made. However, Fox Sports West lists the game on its web site for Friday.
Redlands East Valley is used to going on the road. After all, the Wildcats are one of the few large schools in the county without their own stadium on campus, but coach Kurt Bruich is glad the long road trips are behind them, at least until the playoffs.
This week, REV is hitting the road for the third straight week to start the season, but Bruich is looking forward to a more reasonable road trip to Moreno Valley Rancho Verde after trips to West Hills and Ventura the first two weeks.
“We didn’t get back to the school until after midnight, and I’m not getting home until 2 or 3,” Bruich said. “We’re ecstatic it’s only 35 miles.”
REV will play its first “home” game next week in the Citrus Belt League opener against Carter at Citrus Valley High.
How efficient is too efficient?
Summit coach Nick Matheny doesn’t know and he doesn’t want to find out.
Summit’s offense was incredibly efficient in last week’s 49-28 win over Miller.
“We only ran 24 offensive plays,” Matheny said. “I don’t know if we’re prepared for this week.”
Summit hosts Alta Loma at Miller High on Friday.
While Miller was grinding out the clock on the ground, Summit was scoring quickly. Matheny said the SkyHawks scored touchdowns on all three of their first-half possessions and led 21-0 at halftime.
In the second half, Miller racked up more yards on the ground. Matheny said a big reason was that he rested several defensive players, and that led to Miller’s 28-point second half.
“It’s more of a health thing and we have guys at new positions,” Matheny said. “We have to improve, but last week, defense took two plays off then was back on the field.”
By contrast, Miller ran 61 offensive plays, 56 on the ground.
The SkyHawks need to weather the storm on the defensive line for the moment.
Three defensive linemen are out or won’t be at 100 percent. Defensive end Robert Villagomez is out with a knee strain and probably will miss this week, as well. Defensive tackle Ramon Licea has been out with a concussion and is now getting cleared to come back, but won’t be available this week. And defensive tackle/nose guard Raul Diaz has an ankle injury that leaves him questionable.
If all goes well, they should be healthy in a couple of weeks, and then they’ll get even more help.
Senior defensive tackle Juan Luna, who broke his arm last year in Week 5 against Temecula Great Oak, wasn’t expected to play this year. But Matheny said Luna returned to the team after convincing his parents to let him play.
Luna has not had the required 10 days of practice first, so he likely wouldn’t play until Week 5 against Riverside Norte Vista, at the earliest.
Carter coach Alex Pierce (left) and linebacker Lokeni Toailoa at Toailoa’s jersey presentation for the Under Armour All-American game this week.
“It was great,” coach Alex Pierce said. “As far as I know, he’s the first one from Rialto to get this. It’s quite an honor.”
It’s probably good for the Lions to get that out of the way now. Carter has a bye this week and then next week faces defending state Division II champion Redlands East Valley in the Citrus Belt League opener after getting blown out last year, 45-14. Distractions aren’t a big problem on a bye week, but on REV week, it certainly doesn’t help.
Toailoa’s 2015 season is just now getting underway for Carter (3-0). He missed most of a Week 0 win over Los Osos after he was ejected after a skirmish with an opposing player, then had to serve a one-game suspension in Week 1 vs. Rialto. Last week he was able to play more, recording seven total tackles (five solo), including two tackles for a loss in a rout of Riverside North. He also had two carries for 17 yards and a touchdown on offense.
Rancho Cucamonga’s Aaron Manning runs against Don Lugo.
Here are my thoughts on The Sun’s Top 10 for this week.
Despite REV’s loss, I still there there are 3 elite teams in San Bernardino County so far: Rancho Cucamonga, Upland and Redlands East Valley, who all happen to have one loss.
However, Carter will get its chance to break into that top 3 by opening league play with Redlands East Valley next week.
While Serrano doesn’t play any Sun Top 10 teams, the Diamondbacks do play at Norco on Oct. 2, and Norco was the team that dealt Rancho Cucamonga a three-point loss, so a win there could vault Serrano into elite status. No. 6 Chino Hills will get its shot at Rancho Cucamonga and Upland in Baseline League and elite status. Until league play, No. 7 Summit’s toughest game is Week 5 at Riverside Norte Vista. If it doesn’t beat Norte Vista, a win vs. rival No. 10 Kaiser in Week 9 will be required for elite status. With 2 big losses (albeit to very good teams), I’m not sure if No. 8 Colony can reach elite status. No. 9 Cajon will have its chance against REV and Carter, while Kaiser does have Summit left, but has a convincing loss to Cajon on its resume, too.
THE SUN TOP 10
1. RANCHO CUCAMONGA (2-1)
Penalties marred win over Don Lugo
Next: Friday at Murrieta Valley (3-0)
2. UPLAND (2-1)
Lost to Tesoro for second straight year
Next: Friday vs. Mater Dei (3-0)
3. REDLANDS EAST VALLEY (1-1)
Last 2 losses have been to St. Bonaventure
Next: Friday at Rancho Verde (2-1)
4. CARTER (3-0)
Outscored preseason opponents 164-22
Next: Sept. 25 vs. Redlands East Valley (1-1) at Citrus Valley HS
5. SERRANO (3-0)
Victory margins have gotten bigger each week
Next: Friday vs. Adelanto (1-2)
6. CHINO HILLS (2-1)
Beat Roosevelt by 20+ points each of last 2 years
Next: Friday at Bishop Amat (2-1)
7. SUMMIT (2-0)
Have beaten 2 local rivals
Next: Friday vs. Alta Loma (2-1) at Miller HS
8. COLONY (1-2)
Bye week gives Titans a chance to lick wounds
Next: Sept. 24 vs, La Habra (2-1)
9. CAJON (3-0)
Freshman lighting it up at QB for Cowboys
Next: Sept. 25 at Eisenhower (0-2)
10. KAISER (1-1)
Offense not clicking in Week 2 like it was in Week 1
Next: Friday at Valley View (1-2)
Dropped out: No. 10 San Gorgonio (1-2)
Others under consideration: Redlands (1-1), San Gorgonio (1-2), Yucaipa (2-0).
Many of the top San Bernardino cross country teams will be to the Woodbridge Invitational at Orange County Great Park.
Unlike most invitationals, Woodbridge is run in the late afternoon and evening, featuring the girls rated and girls sweepstakes races at 8:54 and 9:34 p.m. and the boys rated and boys sweepstakes races at 9:14 and 9:54 p.m.
Chino Hills, Serrano and Yucaipa are in the boys rated race while Ayala, Bloomington, Colony and Rancho Cucamonga are in the boys sweepstakes.
Girls rated teams include Chino Hills, Colony, and Rancho Cucamonga, while girls sweepstakes teams include Ayala and Serrano.
The Serrano girls are currently ranked second in CIF-SS Division 2, but will not have a chance to compete against No. 1 Saugus in the meet. However, a good showing, including facing CIF-SS Division 1 No. 1 Temecula Great Oak, could move the Diamondbacks up to No. 1.
The county will also be represented by three girls running as individuals in the sweepstakes race: Sultana’s Stefani Gaskell, Citrus Valley’s Claire Graves and Summit’s Jennifer Sandoval.