Week 0 high school football predictions

Here are my predictions for Week 0 games, which are usually the hardest to pick, because I have little information on how good the team is going to be this year.

Alta Loma 26, Diamond Bar 24
Cajon 28, Roosevelt 18
Calvary Murrieta 28, Western Christian 6
Carter 21, Los Osos 10
Chino 21, Damien 18
Chino Hills 35, Ayala 30
Citrus Hill 42, Barstow 14
Colony 28, West Covina 27
Elsinore 35, Hesperia 31
Fontana 42, Arroyo Valley 21
Glendora 24, Kaiser 14
Grand Terrace 21, Chaffey 14
Hillcrest 42, Jurupa Hills 34
Lakeside 20, Adelanto 16
Montclair 43, San Gabriel 30
Oak Hills 42, Pomona 20
Ontario 28, Ontario Christian 24
Pacific 42, Jurupa Valley 35
Quartz Hill 28, Sultana 20
Ramona 21, Indian Springs 7
Rancho Christian 28, Arrowhead Christian 21
Rancho Cucamonga 35, Chaparral 7
Redlands 35, Palm Springs 24
Rim of the World 24, Maranatha 21
San Bernardino 21, La Sierra 15
San Gorgonio 35, Citrus Valley 10
Serrano 38, Paraclete 21
Silverado 24, Apple Valley 19
Summit 27, Etiwanda 21
Tahquitz 16, Eisenhower 14
Twentynine Palms 30, Granite Hills 14
Warren 24, Don Lugo 17

Saturday’s games
Aquinas 35, Big Bear 20
Mountain Pointe (Ariz.) 35, Upland 33

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Blue Cut Fire forces Serrano football to miss prep time

Serrano High School football coach Ray Maholchic hopes his team won’t be at too much of a disadvantage next week.
Just more than a week away from their Aug. 26 season opener at home against Lancaster Paraclete, the team will miss five days of practice this week because of the Blue Cut Fire.
With the fire escalating quickly Tuesday, practice was cancelled that day and school has been cancelled for the rest of the week. Maholchic, who is also the school’s athletic director, said the Snowline Joint Unified School District’s policy is no practices can be held if school is cancelled for reasons such as a wildfire.
“This is kind of a first for us. We’re done for the week,” Maholchic said. “We’ve got limited practice opportunities. This sets us back a little bit.”
Serrano had been set to scrimmage at Redlands on Friday with the freshman team scheduled to host Redlands Thursday in a scrimmage.
Serrano will now go without the scrimmage and Redlands will join a scrimmage at Grand Terrace that includes Grand Terrace, Chino and Riverside Norte Vista.
“Usually, we have a scrimmage where we can correct some things, but we’ll go right into game week,” Maholchic said.
Maholchic, who was evacuated from his home in Wrightwood, where many of his players also live, expects to be back at school and practicing as usual on Monday. He also expects to be able to play next week’s game at home.
First, I hope that as many homes as possible can be saved from this brutal fire, and not just those who are with Serrano football.
That being said, you have to wonder how well the football players are doing emotionally, even if their families and homes are safe.
I hope it doesn’t have too much of a negative impact on them as they prepare for their Week 0 game. In addition, I hope there won’t be any issues with playing the game at Serrano.

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Darren Jones could be filling void for Cajon football

Cajon football could be getting a big-time transfer that would help the Cowboys for the next three years.
Darren Jones had 19 catches for 437 yards and five touchdowns as a 6-foot-7 freshman last year. He lead the Highlanders, who went to the second round of the playoffs, in all three categories.
Cajon coach Nick Rogers confirmed that Jones is at Cajon, but said that his transfer status is still pending. The CIF Southern Section web site lists Jones’ transfer status as “under review.”
I have no idea whether or not Jones’ transfer will go through, and if so, if he’ll have to serve the sit-out period.
But I’m interested if the transfer goes through, how things will work out between Jones and Cajon’s standout sophomore quarterback, Jayden Daniels.
A year ago, Daniels, The Sun’s Newcomer of the Year, completed 169 of 301 passes for 2,694 yards and 35 touchdowns with only 10 interceptions. That was to a largely experienced receiver crew. And when one of his top returning targets, Phillip Ryan, transferred out to Pacific, the question was, “who will Daniels throw to?”
It could be Jones, which could make for a very intriguing QB-WR combo for the next three years.
Cajon isn’t putting all of its eggs in Darren Jones’ basket. Tre’veon Wellmaker, who was second at Jurupa Hills last year in receptions (45), yards (328) and receiving touchdowns (three), has transferred in. Wellmaker, who is a senior this year, has been approved by CIF-SS to play immediately.

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VIDEOS: Carter’s Kenny Clark is taken by Green Bay Packers in NFL draft

4 videos below from Carter HS/UCLA product Kenny Clark’s draft party.

First, having already received the phone call from the Green Bay Packers, Kenny, friends and family wait to hear the pick announced:

Below, he talks about whether he expected to go in the first round and whether he was surprised to be picked by the Packers.

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REV’s Jaelan Phillips names Top 5

Redlands East Valley’s Jaelan Phillips announced that he has narrowed his list of 19 college offers down to five with the announcement of his top choice to follow tomorrow at noon.
Phillip’s Top 5 includes four schools from the PAC-12 (Washington, Stanford, UCLA and USC) and Notre Dame being the fifth.
UCLA has been a dream school for Phillips and a program that has drawn the interest of several Inland Empire athletes, especially the last few years. 
It would be hard to rule out Stanford as a contender, a place Phillips could fit right in as a student-athlete seeing as how he holds a highly regarded grade point average at REV. Phillips made two trips to the University, one of which was for a junior day event on Feb. 27.
While five schools have reached the final round of the Phillips’ sweepstakes, it is the end of the road for some highly touted programs such as Alabama, LSU, Florida and Michigan.

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Summit WR Damian Alloway commits to UCLA

Summit (Fontana, Calif.) WR Damian Alloway announced that he has committed to UCLA.

He decided to join the Bruins over offers such as Notre Dame, Washington and Oregon among others.

Alloway joins 7-on-7 Ground Zero teammates and local area standouts, Lokeni Toailoa and Leni Toailoa from Carter High.

Alloway could have gotten on the San Bernardino Sun All-Area team on offense or defense. On defense, he led Summit High School with six interceptions, which he returned for 105 yards. He also had 28 solo tackles.
On offense, he was nearly unstoppable, catching 55 passes for 1,084 yards and 23 touchdowns while also rushing for 185 yards and two touchdowns. He also scored two more touchdowns on returns.

 

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San Bernardino’s Alex Mattison picks Boise State

Above, Alex Mattison talks in September about getting recruited despite people telling him he should transfer away from San Bernardino HS

I’m glad things are working out for Alex Mattison. He’s a great kid, who works hard and stayed at San Bernardino even thought many people thought he wouldn’t get scholarship offers unless he transferred to another school.
Last weekend, he gave a verbal commitment to go to Boise State to play football. He intends to sign on National Signing Day Feb. 3.
“I really had a good relationship with coach (Lee) Marks,” Mattison said of Boise State’s running back coach who recruited him. “He was there from the beginning talking to me.”
Mattison said he was the only recruit there last weekend and said he got to see a lot of things he might not normally have seen because he got individual attention.
“It’s a big campus, but not too big,” Mattison said. “And the blue turf is cool.”
Mattison, a two-time first-team all-Sun running back, is 6-feet, 200 pounds. As a senior, he rushed 151 times for 2,057 yards and 22 touchdowns in 10 games. He also led the team with 14 receptions, totalling 296 yards and three touchdowns. As a junior, he had 2,436 yards of total offense and 28 touchdowns in 10 games as a junior.
“I think their style suits me,” Mattison said of Boise State. “And I like that a lot of their coaches went to Boise. They’re really committed to the program.”
According to rivals.com, Mattison had scholarship offers from several schools including Arizona State, Washington and Washington State from the Pac-12.

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