Redlands East Valley will play Clayton Valley in State Finals

Redlands East Valley will play Clayton Valley on Saturday in the StubHub Center in the CIF State Finals.

REV defeated Bakersfield Ridgeview, 59-42, in the CIF Division II State Regional game Dec. 13.

Clayton Valley defeated Oakdale, 28-7, to advance into the finals.

Redlands East Valley will meet Ridgeview for state title

REV's Malik Lovette celebrates the CIF-SS Title victory on Dec. 5 against Riverside Poly.

REV’s Malik Lovette celebrates the CIF-SS Title victory on Dec. 5 against Riverside Poly.

Head coach Kurt Bruich and the Redlands East Valley Wildcats (13-1) were named to the CIF Division II South State Championship Game against the Bakersfield Ridgeview Wolf Pack (12-1).

The game will be held at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 on the campus of Citrus Valley High School.

The Wildcats handed Riverside Poly High, it’s first loss of the season to win the 2014 CIF-SS Inland Division Championship on Dec. 5.

The Wolf Pack defeated Dinuba High, 16-14, to win the CIF Central Section Divsion II Championship.

CIF-SS football championship game predictions

I only went 6-4 last week picking CIF-SS semifinal games, bringing by season record to 303-90-2 in picking winners and I have correctly picked the winner and exact winning margin correctly 10 times.

Here are my championship game picks
Friday’s Games
Inland Division
Redlands East Valley 27, Riverside Poly 24
Eastern Division
Serrano 21, Palm Springs 17
Mid-Valley Division
Pomona 34, Paraclete 27

Saturday’s Games
Central Division
Colony 31, Los Altos 21
Northwest Division
Nipomo 35, Arrowhead Christian 31

CIF-SS football ticket prices go up for finals

At what price will the price hurt attendance at CIF-SS championship games?
Admission to the CIF-SS championship games will be $2 higher than the three previous playoff games. While the admission prices for playoff games was $10 (up from the regular-season price of $8), that will go up Friday and Saturday.
Furthermore, for those attending the West Valley and Pac-5 divisional title games at Angel Stadium on Saturday, reserved seats will be available for $15. Following the West Valley contest, the stadium will be cleared and a new ticket required for the Pac-5 game.
According to CIF rules, 60 percent of the title game proceeds goes to the CIF before expenses. The teams each get 20 percent.
For some communities, the price increase won’t hurt so much. But I think if you get some schools in the finals that are disadvantaged economically. It probably won’t keep parents from going, but it will hurt students and casual fans, especially when CIF-SS championship games are available to view on the internet.

Redlands East Valley prepares quarterbacks for Friday’s game

REV QB Armando Herrera, above, is questionable for Friday’s game

Who will play quarterback for Redlands East Valley in Friday’s CIF-SS Inland Division championship game vs. Riverside Poly?
REV coach Kurt Bruich is prepared to use everybody and anybody if starting star sophomore quarterback sophomore Armando Herrera can’t play this week after injuring his shoulder in last week’s win over Perris Citrus Hill.
REV coach Kurt Bruich said he didn’t know on Tuesday if Herrera would play, as Herrera missed at least the beginning of practice while his injured shoulder was being examined by REV’s team doctor.
Bruich said they are preparing to use as many as three quarterbacks if Herrera can’t go: sophomore Steven Garcia, senior Seth Bates and senior Malik Lovette.
Lovette gets snaps every game at quarterback in a wildcat formation, regardless of who starts, and also spends a lot of time at running back and wide receiver. He has attempted only six passes and completed one. Garcia completed one of five passes for 17 yards in last week’s win over Perris Citrus Hill, but had only one pass or carry in a game before last week: a 4-yard run against Eisenhower in Week 6. Bates had two carries for 18 yards last week, but has not attempted a pass since Week 5 vs. Miller, going 3 for 4 for 16 yards.
Bruich did add that Herrera would not need to get any reps in practice during the week in order to be able to play on Friday.
Could this be an advantage for REV?
It could, but would only slightly offset the disadvantage of not having Herrera. Lovette is the best runner, Garcia is the best passer and Bates is in between the two, so there are some different strengths among the trio.
But, Poly would already need to prepare for Lovette at QB, because that’s a package that REV uses in every game. And preparing for Garcia and Bates is not like preparing for Herrera, who has thrown for 2,917 yards, 36 touchdowns with only seven interceptions.

Week 13 high school football fearless predictions

We’re down to the CIF-SS football semifinals. While I won’t personally be at any games this week, I will be very interested in how the games turn out. Last week in the quarterfinals, I went 9-3 (missing on Colony, San Gorgonio and Big Bear games) and I am 297-86-2 this season and I have correctly gotten the winning team and exact winning margin 10 times.

Here we go, with semifinal predictions on both semifinals in divisions where we have teams still alive.

Colony 34, Charter Oak 28
Los Altos 24, Bonita 21
La Quinta 20, Serrano 14
Oak Hills 41, Palm Springs 27
Redlands East Valley 48, Citrus Hill 44
Riverside Poly 35, Heritage 28
Arrowhead Christian 37, Templeton 28
Pasadena Poly 33, Nipomon 27
Upland 31, Vista Murrieta 24
Mission Viejo 41, Great Oak 37

Week 12 Fearless CIF-SS football predictions

Not a bad first week of the playoffs for me picking games. I went 21-3 in all, missing the Kaiser, Hesperia and Rancho Cucamonga games. I am taking credit for a Colony win, even though I technically typed in that La Canada would win and lose that game. In all this season, I am 288-83-2 and 10 times I have correctly predicted the exact winning margin of the game.

Here are my predictions on this week’s playoff games for San Bernardino County teams

Glendora 34, Colony 31
Saddleback Valley Christian 41, Silver Valley 37
Serrano 24, Norte Vista 20
Palm Springs 30, Hesperia 21
Oak Hills 42, Silverado 24
Redlands East Valley 42, Elsinore 12
San Gorgonio 42, Riverside Poly 35
Heritage 31, Carter 20
Arrowhead Christian 41, Maranatha 36
Big Bear 28, Templeton 21
Upland 31, Hart 16
Mission Viejo 31, Rancho Cucamonga 14

CIF-SS girls volleyball finals schedule announced

The CIF-SS released the schedule for girls volleyball championship matches. Alta Loma, the top seed in Division 4AA, will play second-seeded Thousand Oaks La Reina on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Cerritos College.
On Saturday, Fullerton College is the host for the Division 5A final between fourth-seeded Lake Arrowhead Christian and unseeded AAE at 10 a.m., and the 5AA final between unseeded Upland Christian Academy and top-seeded Santa Clarita Christian is at 1 p.m.