CIF-SS Preseason prep football polls

Just out today, preseason prep football polls from the CIF-SS

Sun/Bulletin schools in bold

2014 CIF SOUTHERN SECTION 11‐MAN FOOTBALL PRESEASON POLLS
CENTRAL DIVISION
RANK SCHOOL 2013
1. Charter Oak 7‐5
2. Kaiser 10‐3
3. Diamond Bar 7‐5
4. Glendora 7‐3
5. Monrovia 11‐2
6. Colony 9‐4   
7. Diamond Ranch 9‐2
8. Los Altos 9‐3
9. South Hills 5‐6
10. Bonita 6‐4
Others: West Covina 5‐5; Colton, 5‐6; Summit, 5‐6; Ayala, 3‐7
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Prep football Week 0 predictions

Week 0 Prep football predictions

As I did last year, I will keep track of my record in picking winners, and the number of times I predicted the correct winning margin (and winning team) as well as exact score.

So, without further ado, here are my predictions (games listed alphabetical by winning team):

Thursday’s game
Ontario 20, Garey 14
Friday’s Games
Alemany 48, Los Osos 14
Alta Loma 27, Rowland 20
Apple Valley 17, Silverado 14
Aquinas 35, Saddleback 13
Arrowhead Christian 35, Bellerose 26
Big Bear 34, Excelsior 23
Burbank 31, Ayala 24
Chaffey 21, Lakeside 19
Chaparral 49, Victor Valley 8
Colony 35, West Covina 17
Corona Santiago 42, Redlands 14
Don Lugo 20, Walnut 14
Eastside 34, Adelanto 7
Eisenhower 42, Sultana 12
Etiwanda 35, Summit 24
Granite Hills 20, Yucca Valley 16
Hart 49, Chino Hills 35
Hesperia 31, Fontana 21
Jurupa Hills 28, Gladstone 7
Miller 42, Barstow 34
Montclair 28, San Gabriel 20
Murrieta Mesa 49, Indian Springs 0
Oak Hills 41, Highland 21
Ontario Christian 28, Heritage Christian 10
San Bernardino 30, Arroyo Valley 20
San Gorgonio 49, Citrus Valley 28
Serrano 21, Paraclete 17
Trabuco Hills 38, Rancho Cucamonga 35
Upland 52, Knight 7
Western Christian 35, Calvary Murrieta 10

 

 

An early look at Week 0 prep football games

I will post Week 0 predictions on this blog next week, but I thought I’d give some early thoughts as to some intriguing matchups for Week 0.
Some of the matchups for Friday 8/29

Bellerose at Arrowhead Christian
Bellerose is a school from St. Albert, Alberta, Canada. From what I can tell they were 4-5 last year. Looks like maybe the school is bigger than ACA, but I have no idea how good the football is. And anyway, it’s under American rules, so how will Bellerose deal with 1 less player, 1 more down, and a shorter and narrower field? It will be interesting.
San Bernardino at Arroyo Valley
With many new leagues this year, this is one of the old rivalries kept alive. In their last year in the same league (for now), San Bernardino beat Arroyo Valley 28-22 in Week 9 of the San Andreas League.
Big Bear at Excelsior at Victor Valley College
Big Bear went 10-3, Excelsior went 8-4 in different small-school divisions last year. They didn’t play last year, so it will be interesting to see how they stack up.
Hart at Chino Hills
Hart won the CIF-SS Northern Division title last year and both teams are in the new, loaded West Valley Division. An early-season measuring stick for both teams.
San Gorgonio at Citrus Valley
San G is loaded this year, and is the favorite in the San Andreas League. Citrus Valley is new to the Citrus Belt League and wants to prove it can compete. On paper, this is San G’s easiest game of the season, but the Spartans can’t afford to get  caught looking ahead.
Etiwanda vs. Summit at Miller HS
Etiwanda is supposed to be really, really good, possibly challenging Upland and Rancho Cucamonga in the Baseline League. Summit has a new head coach and hopes to  get back on track after a subpar season last year. This game has become a local rivalry as Summit is the closest school to Etiwanda.
Norte Vista at Grand Terrace
Ryan Smalls wasn’t officially named Grand Terrace’s coach until earlier this month. How will his team fare against a team that went to the CIF-SS Eastern Division finals last year.
Roosevelt at Pomona
Former Summit coach Tony Barile, now at Roosevelt, takes on a Pomona team that is on the upswing and looking to make a deep playoff run.
Redlands at Corona Santiago
Redlands will have its hands full facing Santiago and Alabama-bound QB Blake Barnett.

San Bernardino County prep football coaching changes-updated

The latest list of San Bernardino County prep football coaching changes from 2013 to this 2014, with last year’s record in parentheses:

  • Arroyo Valley: old coach Tony DiThomas (3-7); new coach Demetrius Stewart
  • Cajon: old coach Kim Battin (2-8), new coach Nick Rogers
  • Don Lugo: old coach Lou Randall (3-7), new coach Luis Garcia
  • Fontana: old coach Nick Matheny (3-7); new coach David Crump
  • Grand Terrace: old coach Harold Strauss (4-6), new coach Ryan Smalls
  • Ontario: old coach Ron Stocking Jr/ interim coach Ryan Alvarez (1-9); new coach John Kusleika
  • Ontario Christian: old coach Chris Stevens (6-5), new coach: Rick Martin
  • Pacific: old coach Don Markham (1-9), new coach: Mike Aragon
  • Rialto: old coach Gavin Pachot (6-5), new coach Drew Young
  • Rim of the World: old coach Bob Gradillas (8-4), new coach Ernie Madrigal
  • Summit: old coach Cesar Villalobos (5-6), new coach Nick Matheny
  • Victor Valley: old coach Leland Eudy (7-4); new coach Mark Mora

San Bernardino County Prep football coaching changes: an updated list

The latest list of San Bernardino County prep football coaching changes from last year to this year, with last year’s record in parentheses:

  • Arroyo Valley: old coach Tony DiThomas (3-7); new coach Demetrius Stewart
  • Cajon: old coach Kim Battin (2-8), new coach Nick Rogers
  • Don Lugo: old coach Lou Randall (3-7), new coach Luis Garcia
  • Fontana: old coach Nick Matheny (3-7); new coach David Crump
  • Grand Terrace: old coach Harold Strauss (4-6), new coach TBA
  • Ontario: old coach Ron Stocking Jr/ interim coach Ryan Alvarez (1-9); new coach John Kusleika
  • Ontario Christian: old coach Chris Stevens (6-5), new coach: Rick Martin
  • Rialto: old coach Gavin Pachot (6-5), new coach Drew Young
  • Rim of the World: old coach Bob Gradillas (8-4), new coach Ernie Madrigal
  • Summit: old coach Cesar Villalobos (5-6), new coach Nick Matheny
  • Victor Valley: old coach Leland Eudy (7-4); new coach Mark Mora

Gavin Pachot steps down at Rialto, leaving 7 football vacancies

Gavin Pachot has stepped down as head football coach at Rialto, saying, “I really feel like. the direction I was moving with the football team was not the same as the administration.”

In four seasons as head coach at Rialto, Pachot, a 1989 Fontana grad, was 24-20 with three playoff appearances. Prior to Pachot becoming the head  coach, Rialto was 11-69 in the previous eight seasons. He said he plans on coaching next season and in fact was scheduled to be interviewed for the Summit head coaching job on Wednesday.

Unless I’m missing one, here’s the updated list of San Bernardino County head football coaching changes, with old coach, (2013 record in parentheses) and new coach

  • Arroyo Valley: old coach Tony DiThomas (3-7); new coach Demetrius Stewart
  • Cajon: old coach Kim Battin (2-8), new coach Nick Rogers
  • Don Lugo: old coach Lou Randall (3-7), new coach TBA
  • Ontario: old coach Ron Stocking Jr/ interim coach Ryan Alvarez (1-9); new coach TBA
  • Rialto: old coach Gavin Pachot (6-5), new coach TBA
  • Rim of the World: old coach Bob Gradillas (8-4), new coach TBA
  • Summit: old coach Cesar Villalobos (5-6), new coach TBA

Parent of Rim of the World High alumni supports Bob Gradillas

Last week, I wrote about Rim of the World football coach Bob Gradillas stepping down after 18 successful years as head coach at the school, which included a CIF-SS title in 2012.
I quoted one parent anonymously, who said in part, “A lot of people don’t like him. I think he’s done a lot for the Rim program for so long. … I’m sad to see him go but excited for the change.”
At least one Rim supporter disagrees with the notion that “a lot of people don’t like him.” I figured it’s only fair to post here comments in support of Gradillas.
Roger Grotewold, who had four children attend Rim and all of them had either Bob, his father Frank or both as a teacher and/or coach emailed me in response to my story. He gave me permission to reprint his emailed comments on the blog. Here is the majority of his email:

“All of our children were involved with Frank and Bobby Gradillas at Rim and as a family we certainly appreciated their commitment to our children’s development into productive and contributing citizens.  Now that the Gradillas family is no longer coaching and mentoring our young Rim students, I certainly appreciated your commendable job of writing a positive article about Bobby and Frank.
One exception I need to mention is the parent you quoted in the article that began, One Rim Parent of a current and former football player said, “There’s a lot of people on the fence.  A lot of people don’t like him, etc.” That parent  certainly speaks for a small minority of the people in the Rim Of The World High School Community.  Sadly, as so often happens with things that are stated in the modern mass media today, a simple statement such as that parent’s comment can so easily be taken as a verifiable fact. It is simply not true.
 I am here to tell you, Pete, a vast majority of the parents and people associated with Rim Of The World High School express overwhelming praise and appreciation towards the Gradillas Family and their positive contribution to our youth and their development.  Sadly, my comment about this will only be heard by you in this email. 
In a world where fairness would be of the utmost importance, I would wish that all the people in The Sun community would hear the truth. You see Pete, a large majority of the folks on the mountain know and feel that Bobby and Frank Gradillas have done a wonderful job and have made a most positive contribution to the young people of our community. The parent you quoted previously certainly doesn’t speak for the majority and I wanted you to know that.”

Jurupa Hills football trying to raise money for championship rings

Win a CIF title and financial troubles for a high school football team are over?
Not hardly.
At Jurupa Hills, after winning the CIF-SS East Valley Division championship, the problem now is championship rings. Not all the players can afford their championship rings so coach Ed McMillon is seeking donations from the community.
Click here  to view Jurupa Hills’ fundraising video, with a chance to donate.

Tony DiThomas not done after stepping down at Arroyo Valley

I wasn’t able to talk to Tony DiThomas yesterday (Tuesday) after he stepped down at Arroyo Valley, but he called me back today, so here is some added information.
DiThomas confirmed that after his wife took the job as president at Barstow College, the two of them didn’t see each other much during the week. “It was stressful,” he said.
Now that DiThomas, 60,  is retiring from teaching at Arroyo Valley, he can spend more time with his wife in Barstow and he intends to coach next season, but only as an assistant.
“I want to help out somewhere,” he said.
He said that place does not need to be in the High Desert, closer to Barstow.
“I want it to be with a good, cohesive staff,” he said. “Wherever that happens to be.”
And he said regardless, since he won’t be teaching and he won’t be a head coach, he’ll be able to spend more time with his wife.

A lot to like about Jurupa Hills’ football title

Congratulations to Jurupa Hills for winning the CIF-SS East Valley Division football title on Saturday night with a 41-24 win over San Juan Capistrano St. Margaret’s.

Some thoughts:

  • It was amazing that the Spartans did it in just their fourth year of varsity competition and the first senior class that spent their entire careers at Jurupa Hills.
  • It was clear from the beginning that even though Jurupa Hills wasn’t finishing drives, the Spartans weren’t going to have trouble moving the ball and they could do it either running or passing. They finished with 314 rushing yards and 225 passing. Jurupa Hills was bigger, faster and deeper.
  • After scoring 21 unanswered points in the first half to take a 24-7 halftime lead, the key moments in the third quarter resulted in defensive stands. Two turnovers resulted in two field goal attempts and only one made, and it was still 24-10.
  • St. Margaret’s couldn’t cover Kourde Roberts. I had Roberts with 14 receptions for 168 yards and a touchdown. “We made up our minds that if they were playing off us, we would take short. Then if they came up on us, we would take them deep,” coach Ed McMillon said. Most of the passes were short, but many of those short passes became long gains.
  • With the game in hand, McMillon had some heartwarming moments. He has several girls on his roster (at least 3 on the varsity, but several others suited up Saturday). In the waning moments, he got several of them into the game, including senior Karen Gramajo, who successfully made the last extra-point attempt of the night. It was his chance to give them a chance at the spotlight.
  • Although we don’t know what leagues will be in which divisions next year, this is likely Jurupa Hills’ last year in the division. The Spartans will go into the San Andreas League (currently in the Eastern Division) next year. “I don’t know what it’s going to be like, but people are going to be expecting us to lose again,” junior Christian Steele said. Jurupa Hills will be good, but how good? “We have a lot of good juniors,” McMillon said. “But we’re going to have to find guys to replace those seniors.”

BOX SCORE
St. Margaret’s 7 0 3 14 — 24
Jurupa Hills   3 21 7 10 — 41
JH — FG Oscar Medina 38
SM — Josh Davis 2 run (Charlie Beall kick)
JH — D.J. Wright 7 run (Medina kick)
JH — Wright 1 run (Medina kick)
JH — Wright 5 run (Medina kick)
SM — FG Beall 45
JH — De’Andre Henderson 8 run (Medina kick)
SM — Davis 3 run (Beall kick)
JH — FG Medina 26
JH — Kourde Roberts 29 pass from Wright (Karen Gramajo kick)
SM — Oscar Gomez 16 run (Beall kick)