Redlands East Valley will meet Ridgeview for state title

REV's Malik Lovette celebrates the CIF-SS Title victory on Dec. 5 against Riverside Poly.

REV’s Malik Lovette celebrates the CIF-SS Title victory on Dec. 5 against Riverside Poly.

Head coach Kurt Bruich and the Redlands East Valley Wildcats (13-1) were named to the CIF Division II South State Championship Game against the Bakersfield Ridgeview Wolf Pack (12-1).

The game will be held at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 on the campus of Citrus Valley High School.

The Wildcats handed Riverside Poly High, it’s first loss of the season to win the 2014 CIF-SS Inland Division Championship on Dec. 5.

The Wolf Pack defeated Dinuba High, 16-14, to win the CIF Central Section Divsion II Championship.

How REV converted opportunities into CIF-SS title

Whether they got breaks or they made them, Redlands East Valley got some opportunities that led to a CIF-SS Inland Division football title, beating Riverside Poly. Most importantly, the Wildcats took advantage, while Poly didn’t take advantage of theirs

Here is a list of the chances and what happened

Key play: REV’s Isaiah Armstrong intercepts a pass, 9:07 left 1st quarter
Result: Armando Herrera throws 5 yard TD pass to Malik Lovette, REV leads 6-0.

Key play: Bad Poly punt snap gives REV the ball at the Poly 2
Result: Lovette scores on the next play to put REV up 12-7

Key play: Poly led 31-29 and intercepted Herrera in the final two minutes of the third quarter, giving Bears the ball at the REV 13.
Result: REV defense held, and Poly missed a 28-yard field goal early in the 4th.

Key play: REV’s Carter Flowers intercepted a pass early in the fourth quarter.
Result: The next play, Herrera threw a 35-yard TD to Khris Vaughn with 8:28 left, giving REV the lead for good, 36-31.

Key play:Isaiah Armstrong intercepts his second pass of the game, with less than two minutes to play.
Result: REV was able to run off the remaining time off the clock without giving the ball back to Poly, giving the Wildcats a 36-33 win after a last-play safety.

Redlands East Valley CIF-SS football championship videos


First half highlights: REV scores. but Poly answers back with a long TD


Oregon-bound REV star Malik Lovette, who scored 3 TDs talks after winning CIF-SS Inland Division title


REV receiver CJ Harris talks after winning Friday


REV’s Isaiah Armstrong had two interceptions in the game, including the one that clinched the CIF-SS title


Armando Herrera, who threw for 302 yards and three touchdowns, talks after the win.

CIF-SS football championship game predictions

I only went 6-4 last week picking CIF-SS semifinal games, bringing by season record to 303-90-2 in picking winners and I have correctly picked the winner and exact winning margin correctly 10 times.

Here are my championship game picks
Friday’s Games
Inland Division
Redlands East Valley 27, Riverside Poly 24
Eastern Division
Serrano 21, Palm Springs 17
Mid-Valley Division
Pomona 34, Paraclete 27

Saturday’s Games
Central Division
Colony 31, Los Altos 21
Northwest Division
Nipomo 35, Arrowhead Christian 31

CIF-SS football ticket prices go up for finals

At what price will the price hurt attendance at CIF-SS championship games?
Admission to the CIF-SS championship games will be $2 higher than the three previous playoff games. While the admission prices for playoff games was $10 (up from the regular-season price of $8), that will go up Friday and Saturday.
Furthermore, for those attending the West Valley and Pac-5 divisional title games at Angel Stadium on Saturday, reserved seats will be available for $15. Following the West Valley contest, the stadium will be cleared and a new ticket required for the Pac-5 game.
According to CIF rules, 60 percent of the title game proceeds goes to the CIF before expenses. The teams each get 20 percent.
For some communities, the price increase won’t hurt so much. But I think if you get some schools in the finals that are disadvantaged economically. It probably won’t keep parents from going, but it will hurt students and casual fans, especially when CIF-SS championship games are available to view on the internet.

Highlights of Malik Lovette Semper Fidelis All American Bowl jersey ceremony


Malik Lovette, above, talks after getting his Semper Fidelis All American Bowl jersey on Thursday.


REV coach Kurt Bruich, talks about Malik Lovette


Malik Lovette talks after the school assembly in which he was awarded his jersey


Kurt Bruich talks about REV being in the finals.

REV, Colony, Serrano, Arrowhead Christian part of rich area CIF-SS tradition

So what school or school district has gone the longest without a title or an appearance in a championship football games?
Redlands East Valley is the first Redlands district school in the finals since Redlands lost a 55-0 contest to Edison in the 1979 Big Five Conference.
Colony last appeared in the finals in 2007, the second straight year it did so. Winning the Central Division title would make it the seventh time in the last nine years (since CIF-SS went from numbers to names on division) that a San Bernardino County school won the Central Division. Since 2007, a Chaffey Joint High School District school has won in 2008 (Rancho Cucamonga) and finished second in 2009 (Los Osos). Chaffey won the inaugural CIF championship in 1913, a 19-0 win against Santa Ana. Upland won in 2009, Colton in 2010 and Kaiser in 2012.
Serrano’s last title was 10 years ago against Palm Springs, the same school they’ll face Friday. That was also the last CIF-SS football title for the San Bernardino County portion of the High Desert. The Diamondbacks are 1-4 in title games, the last loss five years ago against Palm Springs.
Arrowhead Christian Academy won titles in 1996-97 and last played in the championship game in 2001, a 43-16 win over Mammoth in Division XIII.