Here is Friday’s schedule of games and my predictions:
Last week, I went a pedestrian 17-7 and after going 3-0 on Thursday, I am 151-46 this season, with 3 games getting the exact winning margin.
I will include all Sun/Bulletin games in the schedule, but only predict San Bernardino County games
Aquinas at Linfield Christian
Prediction: Linfield Christian, 38-14
Ontario Christian at Western Christian
Prediction: Ontario Christian, 49-7
Chino Hills at Los Osos
Prediction: Chino Hills, 35-17
Rancho Cucamonga at Damien
Prediction: Rancho Cucamonga, 42-21
Upland vs. Etiwanda at Colony HS
Prediction: Upland, 38-14
CITRUS BELT LEAGUE
Cajon at Yucaipa
Prediction: Cajon, 35-21
Carter at Citrus Valley
Prediction: Carter, 35-10
Redlands at Eisenhower
Prediction: Redlands, 49-6
Miller vs. Redlands East Valley at Redlands HS
Prediction: REV, 52-6
DE ANZA LEAGUE
Shadow Hills vs. Twentynine Palms at Twentynine Palms JHS
Prediction: Twentynine Palms, 38-14
Desert Mirage at Yucca Valley
Prediction: Desert Mirage, 32-25
DESERT MOUNTAIN LEAGUE
Vasquez at Silver Valley
Prediction: Vasquez, 36-20
DESERT SKY LEAGUE
Barstow at Victor Valley
Prediction: Barstow, 34-31
Chino at Charter Oak
Prediction: Charter Oak, 42-17
Diamond Ranch at West Covina
Bassett at Ganesha
Garey at La Puente
MOJAVE RIVER LEAGUE
Hesperia at Apple Valley
Prediction: Apple Valley, 28-19
Serrano at Oak Hills
Prediction: Serrano, 35-17
Sultana at Ridgecrest Burroughs
Prediction: Sultana, 14-10
MOUNTAIN VALLEY LEAGUE
Pacific at Vista del Lago
Prediction: Vista Del Lago, 42-13
Rubidoux at San Bernardino
Prediction: Rubidoux, 35-14
MT. BALDY LEAGUE
Chaffey vs. Ontario at Montclair HS
Prediction: Chaffey, 35-7
Claremont at Bonita
Diamond Bar at Ayala
Prediction: Diamond Bar, 20-17
SAN ANDREAS LEAGUE
Arroyo Valley at Rim of the World
Prediction: Rim, 35-7
Indian Springs at Jurupa Hills
Prediction: Jurupa Hills, 33-14
Rialto at San Gorgonio
Prediction: San Gorgonio 49-6
Fontana at Bloomington
Prediction: Fontana, 21-14
Kaiser at Colton
Prediction: Kaiser, 49-14
Summit at Grand Terrace
Prediction: Summit, 41-16
VALLE VISTA LEAGUE
Hacienda Heights Wilson at San Dimas
Riverside Prep vs. Fairmont Prep at Yorba Linda HS
Prediction: Fairmont Prep, 35-33
Hamilton vs. Excelsior at Victor Valley College
Prediction: Hamilton, 34-30
Riverside Notre Dame vs. Arrowhead Christian at Grand Terrace HS, 6 p.m.
Prediction: Notre Dame, 35-10
CIF-SS Commissioner Rob Wigod proposed a new playoff format for many of its sports including football.
It would be playoff divisions by competitive equity and not by league.
For instance, a school such as defending state champion Redlands East Valley would likely be placed into a higher CIF-SS division than the other schools in the Citrus Belt League.
Cajon coach Nick Rogers is one of those coaches who likes the idea.
“I look at our league and four of the top 10 teams in CIF are in our league,” Rogers said. “Theoretically, the fourth team might not get in (the playoffs), but this would help. I think we’re in a strong league right now.”
Rogers said he feels for the Big VIII League, which is in the Pac-5 Division largely based on the success of Corona Centennial.
This would enable Corona Centennial to be in a higher division than some of the other schools.
“I couldn’t imagine being in that league, but we have REV, the top program around,” Rogers said. “I’d be all for it (the proposal).”
In the proposal, the previous two years of playoff data would be used to determine playoff divisions. Like it is now for basketball, divisions would be set prior to each season.
The problem for football is that brackets can only be 16 teams. Byes will be filled with an at-large process. In theory, four- and five-team leagues would get two guaranteed entries, leagues of 6-8 teams would be guaranteed three, while leagues of nine or more would get four.
But, if more than 16 teams qualify in a division, via the “guaranteed” process, then teams would have to be cut using the same at-large criteria used to fill byes. So guaranteed entries would be a misnomer.
Serrano coach Ray Maholchic is one coach who doesn’t like the idea.
“We focus on trying to win league,” he said. “When you win league, you’re accomplishing something, you should be rewarded. With competitive equity, it’s almost like you’re punishing teams that are winning … or you’re rewarding teams that have mediocrity.”
Maholchic also said many playoff opponents have developed rivalries, and that would be gone under a new format.
My take: I”m not sure if this is a good idea for football. It might be good for other sports, but football is already the No. 1 component in releaguing. And schools should know whether they are automatically in the playoffs before it comes to the committee. Does third place get in or not? I think in many sports, it’s a good idea. But in football, I’d say no.
(Micah Escamilla photo)
REV’s Hunter Fuimaono tackles Redlands’ Tony Sandifer on Friday.
The latest Sun high school football Top 10:
We have one new team in (Chaffey) and one out (Carter). I watched Serrano, and didn’t really think their loss deserved to drop them in the rankings. However, I thought Summit had an impressive win over a fellow unbeaten team. So Serrano and Summit switching spots was more about being impressed with Summit than down on Serrano.
I really don’t think anyone in the Citrus Belt League is going to beat Redlands East Valley. But much of the drama in the league will surround the next four teams. I think Cajon, Redlands, Yucaipa and Carter playing each other will be interesting. So far, Cajon hasn’t played any of the other three. Redlands defeated Yucaipa and Yucaipa defeated Carter and now Yucaipa plays Cajon this week.
There’s plenty of room for movement in the upcoming weeks. There are 3 Citrus Belt League teams ranked, plus 2 others in the “under consideration.” The Baseline League has 3 teams ranked, the Sunkist League has 2, and Chaffey still has to get through perennial Mt. Baldy League power Colony to get through that league. Serrano is the only Top 10 team that doesn’t have another league team among the top 14 in the county.
THE SUN TOP 10
1. RANCHO CUCAMONGA (4-1)
Play fourth road game this week
Next: Friday at Damien (3-2)
2. REDLANDS EAST VALLEY (4-1)
Won 9 straight league games
Next: Friday vs. Miller (2-3) at Redlands HS
3. UPLAND (3-2)
Averaged 56 points in wins
Next: Friday vs. Etiwanda (2-3) at Colony HS
4, SUMMIT (5-0)
Norte Vista win was season’s most impressive
Next: Friday at Grand Terrace (2-3)
5. SERRANO (3-2)
Norco could be toughest team it faces all year
Next: Friday at Oak Hills (1-4)
6. CAJON (5-0)
Tied for 6th in CIF-SS in points per game
Next: Friday at Yucaipa (4-1)
7. CHINO HILLS (3-2)
0-2 vs. teams with a winning record
Next: Friday at Los Osos (3-2)
8. CHAFFEY (5-0)
Mikey Dean has been unstoppable for Tigers
Next: Friday vs. Ontario (4-1) at Montclair HS
9. REDLANDS (3-2)
Entering easier part of league schedule
Next: Friday at Eisenhower (1-4)
10. KAISER (3-2)
Trick play led to loss to Glendora
Next: Friday at Colton (2-3)
Dropped out: No. 6 Carter (3-2)
Others under consideration: Carter (3-2), Chino (5-0), Colony (2-3), Yucaipa (4-1).
Click below for Oct. 2’s high school football tweets:
Another pretty good week for me picking games last week, going 26-5, bringing my season record to 131-39, with three margins exactly right. I didn’t pick Thursday’s games, but here’s what I think will happen tonight
CITRUS BELT LEAGUE
Cajon 42, Citrus Valley 14
Miller 28, Eisenhower 26
Redlands East Valley 42, Redlands 21
Carter 21, Yucaipa 14
DE ANZA LEAGUE
Desert Hot Springs 30, Yucca Valley 14
Saddleback 28, Aquinas 20
Arlington 21, Grand Terrace 17
Damien 28, Ayala 22
Rim of the World 28, Barstow 21
Pacific 30, Bloomington 22
Chino 35, Rowland 14
Mammoth 21, Excelsior 18
Montclair 35, Hacienda Heights Wilson 33
Heritage Christian 28, Adelanto 12
Los Osos 34, Silverado 21
Colton 21, Moreno Valley 19
Colony 31, Riverside Poly 27
San Bernardino 49, Indian Springs 14
Norco 38, Serrano 35
Silver Valley 42, Frazier Mountain 7
Twentynine Palms 28, Granite Hills 14
Ganesha 41, Western Christian 27
DE ANZA LEAGUE
Rancho Mirage 35, Big Bear 21
Lancaster Desert Christian 27, Riverside Prep 23
KAISER 48, APPLE VALLEY 42>> If anybody left Malloy Stadium on the Kaiser High School campus early, they missed a furious fourth quarter that saw the host Cats hold on and score a 48-42 win over Apple Valley after building a 21-point margin in the fourth quarter. The Cats (3-1) also had a 48-27 advantage in the fourth before Apple Valley (2-3) got back in the game on the strength of a pair of 33-yard runs by Tristian Mcnatt. One set up a fourth-down score by T.J. Lewis and Mcnatt scored his fourth TD of the night after the Sun Devils recovered an onsides kick.Mcnatt, who finished with 147 yards in nine carries, also caught a two-point conversion pass from Mossy Bell to make it exciting with 2:42 left. But the Cats killed the clock, thanks to a 11-yard carry by Tyler Allgeier for a first down with 131 left. He and Joshua Johnson were the big offensive keys for Kaiser as Johnson scored three times and rushed for 194 on 25 carries on the night late in the third quarter.