OK, my fearless predictions for Week 0, when I have less information than I have for any week of the season (that’s my disclaimer).
Week 0 predictions
Jurupa Hills 35, Gladstone 14
Serrano 24, Paraclete 13
Alta Loma 36, Rowland 16
Aquinas 41, CMI 13
Arrowhead Christian 35, Rancho Christian 10
Brethren Christian 48, Riverside Prep 14
Cajon 30, Roosevelt 21
Calvary Murrieta 28, Western Christian 25
Carter 28, Los Osos 14
Chaffey 28, Lakeside 7
Chino Hills 42, Ayala 31
Colony 38, West Covina 26
Corona Santiago 28, Redlands 24
Don Lugo 34, Walnut 13
Eastside 35, Adelanto 20
Eisenhower 35, Sultana 21
Grand Terrace 28, Mayfair 21
Granite Hills 40, Yucca Valley 35
Heritage Christian 28, Ontario Christian 17
Hesperia 21, Fontana 17
Indian Springs 41, Santa Paula 28
Miller 21, Barstow 14
Norco 35, Etiwanda 31
Oak Hills 24, Pomona 21
Ontario 26, Garey 20
Rancho Cucamonga 45, Trabuco Hills 31
San Bernardino 42, Arroyo Valley 21
San Gorgonio 33, Citrus Valley 17
Silverado 24, Apple Valley 14
Upland 56, Knight 6
Victor Valley 21, Rialto 7
Big Bear 49, Excelsior 7
With the Southern California drought raging on (although there may be an end in sight), we are getting an early look at Fire Season, with the Summit Fire in Big Bear hurting air quality and damaging acres of wilderness.
The Summit Fire has also affected Big Bear football. Coach Dave Griffiths said that the school didn’t have classes yesterday. The team still met and had film sessions. Today (Tuesday), there was also no classes, but the team did practice, albeit inside. Griffiths said that Saturday afternoon’s season opener against Excelsior at Big Bear Middle School has not been affected yet.
However, the fire is near the Middle School, so that’s a distinct possibility it could be moved at this point. In recent years, Big Bear has moved home games to Barstow High, or more frequently, to Lucerne Valley.
I talked to some San Gorgonio players (I didn’t do video because music was playing) who watched Azusa Pacific’s scrimmage held at San G. and they were very impressed, as you can read in my story about the scrimmage.
Think about it. NCAA Division II football in Southern California wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for APU. The next closest Div. II school in California is Humboldt State, which if you know where that is, isn’t that close at all.
This is the 3rd straight year scrimmaging in the Inland Empire and coach Victor Santa Cruz thinks it really helps in recruiting.
Interested in what NCAA Division II football is about but you don’t want to leave San Bernardino County?
Then San Gorgonio is the place to be, Aug. 20 at 6 p.m.
The Spartans’ stadium will be the site of an Azusa Pacific University football scrimmage at that time. Yes, UCLA football has been practicing in San Bernardino, but playing for the Bruins is not a attainable reality for 99 percent of high school football players.
Division II Azusa Pacific, however, is more attainable. Coach Ron Gueringer sees many advantages to the event. APU was looking to showcase their football team outside of their home in Azusa, and Gueringer not only wants people to see the school’s quality athletic facilities, but also show them another option for college.
“We’ve had a good relationship with those guys for a few years and they were looking for a place to go,” Gueringer said. “It’s a great opportunity for our kids to see college football.”
Remember when Fontana had just one high school? Now there are 5, located in 3 different leagues. While many people go to support their local school, others go to see the best game of the week. Jurupa Hills, the 5th of the 5 high schools in Fontana to open, has been trying to build a community feel for its football program. For several years, coach Ed McMillon has has a community day, where the community can come out and meet the football team.
This year’s event is on Friday, Aug. 14, from 3-6 p.m. McMillon said there will be “music, food, fun, and games for the kids.” It’s an opportunity to meet and take pictures with players. While you could go to just about any practice at schools and take pictures with and of players, Jurupa Hills is making an active effort to interact with the community.
Two Toailoas to UCLA?
Well-decorated Carter linebacker Lokeni Toailoa has already committed to UCLA. Now, his brother, Leni could be joining him there. Leni, recruited as a defensive back, received a scholarship offer to join Lokeni at UCLA this week. The brothers are both seniors at Carter, although Lokeni is older.
According to coach Alex Pierce, Leni is considering the offer, even though he had already given a verbal commitment to San Jose State back in March.
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.
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.