Etiwanda and Summit football will have more at stake in rivalry

Etiwanda and Summit High Schools are separated by just 3.53 miles. So it only makes sense that the Eagles and SkyHawks play for more than just bragging rights.

Starting this year they will. All the details are being ironed out but the Sept. 4 game will be called the “Fight for 15,” or some variation thereof. It is in reference to the fact that the two are opposite sides of that particular freeway.

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Etiwanda coach Kevin Davis, who came over after two years as offensive coordinator at Colony, graduated from Etiwanda in 1997. He also previously served as assistant there and remembers talk about establishing such a game back then.

So one of the first things he did upon getting the head job was calling Summit counterpart Nick Matheny and asking his opinion on the matter. As expected, Matheny was on board. It didn’t take much to rally support for the idea from the administration at both schools.

Summit uses Miller as its home field and Etiwanda has used Miller as its home field when playing Fontana schools, so the game will be played there.

“I took it to my guys and they really loved the idea,” Davis said. “The schools are so close the kids all know each other. Everyone loves rivalry games so why not do it?”

Last year the teams played to a 6-6 tie, the game cut short prematurely by a power failure early in the fourth quarter.

“After that game it seemed like the perfect time to start it,” Davis said.

“Last year I surprised at just how big that game was,” Matheny said. “It was a great atmosphere. The kids all know each other and the schools are close so it is a game we should keep playing.”

It will be the second game of the season for Etiwanda which opens the season against Norco on Aug. 28. It will be the opener for Summit which plays a scrimmage against Jurupa Valley, also on Aug. 28.

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Carter’s Marquise Green commits to San Jose State

“I felt like I had a good relationship with San Jose State,” Green said. “He (coach) talked about me getting my degree, and when football is over, you need to have a degree.”
It didn’t hurt that his teammate, safety Leni Toailoa had already committed there, but was not the overwhelming factor.
“He lives down the street from me and he recruited me hard, too,” Green said. “But I have to worry about myself.”
Green, the third Carter player to commit in the last few months, had 54 total tackles last year, one interception,
He wants to focus on his team and has some individual goals, too.
“I can mainly just focus on my team, getting to CIF and to state,” said Green, who had not gotten another Division I offer, yet. “I want to lead the CBL in picks and tackles.”

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Redlands East Valley receiver CJ Harris has committed to UNLV

Redlands East Valley wide receiver CJ Harris committed to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on Wednesday.

“I decided to commit to UNLV because education wise its a great school,” Harris said. “They also have a different mindset with the new coaching staff.”

Harris decided on UNLV over Nevada, who had also sent the receiver an offer. He believes that he is a great fit for what the Rebels do offensively.

“I will fit right in because they throw the ball,” he said. “That is what I am all about. Catching the ball and scoring touchdowns.”

Harris was a vital part of REV’s offense during the 2014-15 season as a junior, that was capped off with a CIF State Division 2 Football Championship.

He had 59 reception for 862 yards and 10 touchdowns. He played in all 16 games.

Despite what he accomplished as a junior, Harris believes there is still room to improve going forward into his senior season.

“I can improve my mindset a little bit more and become more of a leader for my team,” he stated.

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San Gorgonio’s Wesley Hill signing with UTEP

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It’s better late than never for San Gorgonio linebacker/running back Wesley Hill, who committed to UTEP and is expected to sign his National Letter of Intent this week after officially getting his scholarship offer to UTEP.
“I thought I was going to have to go the junior college route,” said Hill. “I didn’t think they had the (scholarship) money to give me.”
San Gorgonio coach Ron Gueringer said that Hill would’ve signed much earlier but did not get a qualifying test score until after National Signing Day in February.
“We had some different schools go back and forth, but it was about finding the (scholarship) money. A lot of people were already filled up,” Gueringer said.
Gueringer said that Fresno State, UNLV, Montana State, and Washington State were all talking to Hill, but that at this point, it’s frequently about who makes the first offer and UTEP won that battle.
Hill said that UTEP first started talking to him about a month ago, but it wasn’t until Tuesday that they gave him the official word they had scholarship money for him.
“I’m more diligent than most,” Gueringer said. “No is never an answer I readily accept. We are saying, ‘if you get it (academically) done, we’re going to do our due diligence.'”
Gueringer said while Hill played running back and linebacker at San Gorgonio, he promoted him as a safety for college.
“He wasn’t big enough to play inside linebacker,” Gueringer said. “(But) he’s agile, he’s fast and he has the ability to play in the box.”
Hill said there are several keys to staying positive while trying to be recruited late.
“Keep your head up high, and have a great connection with your coach. Every time talking to a (college) coach, do it,” Hill said.
Last year, Hill rushed for 760 yards and nine touchdowns, while also catching 12 passes and scoring three more touchdowns.
On defense, he had 52 total tackles, including 10 for loss and had three sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery.

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Miller football player Freddy Livai commits to BYU

The Miller High football team is still looking to get some on-field success, but it’s getting it off the field.
Soon-to-be senior linebacker/defensive end Freddy Livai has verbally committed to Brigham Young University.
“It’s been my dream school ever since eighth grade,” said Livai. “And my cousin goes there.”
Livai’s cousin is Sione Takitaki, who played at Menifee Heritage in high school and will be a sophomore this season.
Livai won’t be joining his cousin right away, however. As a Mormon, he intends to go on a church mission immediately after high school.
The BYU commitment didn’t come without plenty of offers. He received interest from several Pac-12 schools and, according to Rivals.com, he received offers from Colorado, Oregon State, UNLV, Washington State and Weber State.
Livai, who is about 6-foot-4, 250 pounds, said he doesn’t think his commitment will help get colleges out to recruit other Miller players.
“It’s already happening,” he said. “Our quarterback, Malik Flowers, just got his first offer at Weber State.”

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Oregon State gives Miller, Carter football players scholarship offers

Big-time college offers are coming in for area football programs, and not all of them are schools that have gotten top scholarship offers in recent history.
Miller, which is coming off three straight 1-9 seasons, is one of those.
Soon-to-be senior linebacker Freddy Livai, who is listed at 6-foot-3 and 251 pounds, got offers from Oregon State, Washington, Boise State and Northern Arizona, and previously received offers from Colorado and New Mexico.
He’s not the only Rebel getting noticed. Quarterback Malik Flowers, who will be a junior, received an offer from Weber State. Flowers threw for 925 yards and six touchdowns last year and was also the team’s leading rusher with 848 yards and five touchdowns.
Oregon State is also focusing its efforts on Carter, where the Beavers have made offers to two more players.
While Lokeni Toailoa has gotten a lot of recruiting focus for more than a year, his brother Leni, a wingback/defensive back,is getting noticed now and received an offer from Oregon State. His teammate, Marcus Strong, also a wingback/defensive back, was offered a scholarship by Oregon State.

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Redlands East Valley’s Matteo Biscotti receives Nevada offer

Redlands East Valley junior linebacker Matteo Biscotti has received his first scholarship offer from the University of Nevada Wolfpack, according to head coach Kurt Bruich.

"The Redlands East Valley football team enters the field during the 18th Smudge Pot football game against Redlands High School on Friday, September 26, 2014 in Redlands, Ca. (Micah Escamilla/Redlands Daily Facts)"

“The Redlands East Valley football team enters the field during the 18th Smudge Pot football game against Redlands High School on Friday, September 26, 2014 in Redlands, Ca. (Micah Escamilla/Redlands Daily Facts)”

Biscotti was named to the San Bernardino Sun All-Area First Team Defense and named as the Citrus Belt League and All-CIF Inland Division Defensive Player of the Year following a season in which the REV Wildcats won the CIF State Championship.

During the 2014-15 season, Biscotti had 181 total tackles, two sacks and an interception for the Wildcats.

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San Gorgonio football player Aaron Rogers signs with NAIA Avila University

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San Gorgonio senior football player Aaron Rogers has signed his National Letter of Intent with Avila University, an NAIA school located in Kansas City, Mo.
TX Body: Rogers, a 5-foot-10, 155 pound defensive back who made 29 total tackles, including four for loss last season, led the team with 11 passes defensed and also recovered a fumble. He is the sixth senior Spartan football player to receive a scholarship offer, coach Ron Gueringer said.

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Bloomington on verge of getting new football coach approved

With delays due to spring break, Bloomington appears on the verge of naming its new head football coach.
The Colton district board agenda for Thursday lists Brian W. Kidd as the selection. The agenda also lists him as a walk-on and a new hire.
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At this time, it is not known whether it is the same Brian Kidd who used to be the head coach at Carter, most recently in 2007.
In addition, the agenda lists that Ryan Smalls will return as Grand Terrace coach for a second season. Smalls was the Titans’ coach last year, but his position was opened up after the season because he is not a teacher at the school.

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Redlands East Valley football received CIF State Championship Rings

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Photo courtesy of Skip Hill

The members of the 2014 CIF State Championship football team at Redlands East Valley High School received it’s rings this weekend.

REV defeated Concord Clayton Valley Charter, 34-33, in the CIF State Bowl Game on Dec. 20 in the StubHub Center.

It was the first state football championship for the Wildcats.

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