2016 fall Citrus Belt League all-league teams

Here are the 2016 fall all-Citrus Belt League teams

All-star Armando Herrera

Offensive MVP, Armando Herrera of Redlands East Valley throws in the Inland Empire All-Star Classic on Jan. 14, 2017 (photo by Terry Pierson)

2016 Citrus Belt League football

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CIF State regional Bowl prediction

OK, I went 2-1 last week, correctly picking the Aquinas and San Gorgonio games, and missing the Silverado game.
So, for the season, I’m 191-75-1 picking winners, with 8 margins exactly right and 1 score exactly right.
As for the state bowl game, my prediction is: San Gorgonio 21, Valley View 17
I think the San G defense will again play well and no last-minute San G heroics will be necessary.

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Wrap-up of San Gorgonio’s first CIF-SS football title

Above are 4th quarter and OT highlights of San Gorgonio’s first CIF-SS football championship. The Spartans also made the finals in 1989, before losing to Fontana at Anaheim Stadium.
San Gorgonio turned the ball over 4 times (one interception, three fumbles), but Norte Vista turned it over 5 times (one interception, four fumbles), including a huge one in OT.
San G trailed 21-13 after Norte Vista scored with 3:18 left.
It looked like another Spartan drive would be derailed by a turnover or penalty when holding on the first play negated a long pass play, making it first and 20. But on second and 17, a pass interference call made it a much more manageable second and 2. A 15-yard facemask penalty also aided the drive which was completed without the Spartans facing a single third down.

Box score
SAN GORGONIO 27, NORTE VISTA 21 (OT)
Norte Vista 0 7 0 14 0 — 21
San Gorgonio 7 0 6 8 6 — 27
First quarter
SG-Xzavier Leslie 1 run (kick) 8:31
Second Quarter
NV-Eric Melesio 11 run (Alberto Aguliara kick) 5:46
Third quarter
SG-Tyreque Jones 27 pass from Kaleb Hayes (kick blocked) :49.6
Fourth quarter
NV-Melesio 15 run (Aguliara kick) 11:51
NV-Melesio 1 run (Aguliara kick) 3:18
SG-Hayes 12 run (Hayes run) 1:11
Overtime
SG-Leslie 2 run (no kick)

Rushing
Norte Vista: Eric Melesio 54-259, Adam Garcia 2-29, Isaiah Hughes 3-12, Martin Solano 4-9, Omar Godoy 2-5. San Gorgonio: Kaleb Hayes 20-131, Xzavier Leslie 9-49, Dezhon Williams 3-(minus 2), Tyreque Jones 2-(minus 3).
Passing: Norte Vista: Isaiah Hughes 0-1-1 0. San Gorgonio: Kaleb Hayes 8-13-1 135.
Receiving: Norte Vista: none. San Gorgonio: Larenzo McMillan 3-64, Tyreque Jones 2-39, Jerome Weber 1-26, Perrion Ofori 1-3, Dezhon Williams 1-13.
I may have missed a few, but I had Norte Vista with 8 penalties for 94 yards. San Gorgonio 14 for 99.

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CIF-SS championship game predictions

So, after going 6-6 picking winners for the CIF-SS quarterfinals, I had a much better semifinal round. I went 6-1. The only game I got wrong was Aquinas. Of course, it took an incredible rally by Aquinas to force overtime and then win.
For the season, I am 189-74-1. I have 8 margins exactly right and 1 score exactly right. I’m not rooting for teams to win or lose. But if I’m always picking local teams to win, I lose credibility as an unbiased observer.
One interesting note:
Silverado’s opponent, Cerritos Valley Christian and Aquinas’ opponent, Long Beach St. Anthony, played each other in a nonleague game Week 5. Valley Christian, playing at home, won 46-35.

Division 7 (Friday)
San Gorgonio 29, Norte Vista 28
(With chance to tie and go to OT, San G coach Ron Gueringer goes for 2 and gets the win)

Division 9 (Saturday)
Silverado 38, Cerritos Valley Christian 35
(Valley Christian comeback bid comes up short)

Division 10 (Saturday)
St. Anthony 42, Aquinas 35
(In a back-and-forth game, St. Anthony scores winning touchdown in final 3 minutes)

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CIF-SS semifinal football picks

I had a brutal quarterfinals picking winners. Worst of the season. I went just 6-6 picking winners. For the season, I’m 183-73-1, I have 8 margins exactly right and 1 score exactly right.

Feeling less confident than ever. Here are my semifinal picks:

Division 1
Mater Dei 42, Rancho Cucamonga 35
Division 7
San Gorgonio 21, Golden Valley 19
Division 8
Burbank 35, Don Lugo 33
Division 9
Silverado 42, Antelope Valley 40
Division 10
Leuzinger 24, Aquinas 21
Division 11
Quartz Hill 28, Twentynine Palms 20

8-man Division 2
Joshua Springs 42, Lancaster Baptist 16

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CIF-SS quarterfinal football scores, semifinals schedule

Here are San Bernardino County CIF-SS quarterfinal football scores. The county took a beating this week, to be sure.

Division 1
Rancho Cucamonga 42, Mission Viejo 26
Next: Rancho Cucamonga at Mater Dei at TBA
Division 2
La Habra 31, Redlands East Valley 21
Division 4
Corona del Mar 49, Colony 48
Lompoc 46, Etiwanda 0
Division 5
Roosevelt 56, Redlands 42
Division 6
Lawndale 38, Summit 14
Paraclete 30, Yucaipa 17
Division 7
San Gorgonio 41, Tustin 18
Next: San Gorgonio at Golden Valley at TBA
Division 8
Don Lugo 35, Temescal Canyon 10
Next: Don Lugo vs. Burbank at Burbank Burroughs HS
Division 9
Silverado 46, La Salle 41
Next: Antelope Valley at Silverado
Division 10
Aquinas 49, Pasadena Poly 0
Next: Aquinas at Leuzinger
Division 11
Twentynine Palms 26, Katella 7
Next: Quartz Hill vs. Twentynine Palms at Twentynine Palms JHS
Division 12
St. Genevieve 31, Pacific 21

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