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

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

San Gorgonio’s Nate Meadors piling up Pac-12 offers

The college offers are coming fast and furious for San Gorgonio senior Nate Meadors.
Meadors, the star quarterback, is being recruited primarily as a defensive back.
While he made a trip to Boise State last weekend, he has also now received offers from five Pac-12 schools, all in the last few days: UCLA, Cal, Washington State, Washington and the one he got just on Wednesday, Colorado.
He’s also got offers from Nevada, San Diego State and UC Davis and more are likely to follow.
“Honestly, I think it’s great for the kid,” said San Gorgonio coach Ron Gueringer, who played at UCLA himself. “It’s better late than never. This was something I said early, that he’s a Pac-12 guy. They (recruiters) did some hemming and hawing. Nate’s done all the work. He’s had a fantastic senior year.”
The vast majority of Meadors’ game tape is at quarterback, but Gueringer knows that’s not a problem.
“They all just want to see his athleticism on the field,” he said. “When you play quarterback for us, you have an opportunity to shine. He’s a decision-maker.”
Gueringer said that some of the recruiters, who have since offered Meadors admitted to Gueringer they made a mistake when they didn’t initially believe Gueringer’s claim that Meadors was a Pac-12 talent.

In 2014, how San Gorgonio football is like Kaiser baseball

Above, San Gorgonio’s Malik James (7) and Nate Meadors (5) celebrate after a touchdown in a 55-7 win over Cajon in the first round of the CIF-SS Inland Division playoffs on Friday.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, and meaning to write about the similarities between San Gorgonio’s 2014 football team and the Kaiser baseball team last spring.
I’m not trying to say that I think San Gorgonio will come up short of a CIF-SS championship, like Kaiser did last spring.
But stay with me:
Both teams have been good programs for the last few years, but Kaiser’s baseball class of 2014 and San Gorgonio’s class of 2015 have been their best classes in years: starters as sophomores, Division I talents by their senior seasons.
Both aren’t helped by their league, which they dominated, San Gorgonio outscored San Andreas League opponents by a 327-13 score. Kaiser baseball outscored Sunkist League opponents 155-17.
Both teams upgraded their nonleague schedules to better prepare them for the playoffs.
Both teams are/were good but won’t be nearly as good next year.
Now the difference is that while Kaiser had the difficult task of being the favorite/No. 1 seed in the CIF-SS playoffs, San Gorgonio, 9-1 entering the playoffs, isn’t even seeded. And the Spartans are in a division that they were promoted to presumably because the Spartans made the CIF-SS semifinals last year and new SAL teams Rim of the World and Jurupa Hills won CIF-SS titles in lower divisions the last two years.San Gorgonio doesn’t want to duplicate what Kaiser did in the spring: lose before winning a CIF-SS title, and I’m not saying that they will. But regardless of whether they win or lose, San Gorgonio’s football class of 2015 should be appreciated much like Kaiser’s baseball class of 2014, as a remarkable group with bright futures in college.