REV coach Kurt Bruich glad to be closer to home

Redlands East Valley is used to going on the road. After all, the Wildcats are one of the few large schools in the county without their own stadium on campus, but coach Kurt Bruich is glad the long road trips are behind them, at least until the playoffs.

This week, REV is hitting the road for the third straight week to start the season, but Bruich is looking forward to a more reasonable road trip to Moreno Valley Rancho Verde after trips to West Hills and Ventura the first two weeks.
“We didn’t get back to the school until after midnight, and I’m not getting home until 2 or 3,” Bruich said. “We’re ecstatic it’s only 35 miles.”
REV will play its first “home” game next week in the Citrus Belt League opener against Carter at Citrus Valley High.

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Summit football: has offense played enough? Is defensive line too injured?

How efficient is too efficient?
Summit coach Nick Matheny doesn’t know and he doesn’t want to find out.
Summit’s offense was incredibly efficient in last week’s 49-28 win over Miller.
“We only ran 24 offensive plays,” Matheny said. “I don’t know if we’re prepared for this week.”
Summit hosts Alta Loma at Miller High on Friday.
While Miller was grinding out the clock on the ground, Summit was scoring quickly. Matheny said the SkyHawks scored touchdowns on all three of their first-half possessions and led 21-0 at halftime.
In the second half, Miller racked up more yards on the ground. Matheny said a big reason was that he rested several defensive players, and that led to Miller’s 28-point second half.
“It’s more of a health thing and we have guys at new positions,” Matheny said. “We have to improve, but last week, defense took two plays off then was back on the field.”
By contrast, Miller ran 61 offensive plays, 56 on the ground.

The SkyHawks need to weather the storm on the defensive line for the moment.
Three defensive linemen are out or won’t be at 100 percent. Defensive end Robert Villagomez is out with a knee strain and probably will miss this week, as well. Defensive tackle Ramon Licea has been out with a concussion and is now getting cleared to come back, but won’t be available this week. And defensive tackle/nose guard Raul Diaz has an ankle injury that leaves him questionable.
If all goes well, they should be healthy in a couple of weeks, and then they’ll get even more help.
Senior defensive tackle Juan Luna, who broke his arm last year in Week 5 against Temecula Great Oak, wasn’t expected to play this year. But Matheny said Luna returned to the team after convincing his parents to let him play.
Luna has not had the required 10 days of practice first, so he likely wouldn’t play until Week 5 against Riverside Norte Vista, at the earliest.

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Lokeni Toailoa receives Under Armour All-American jersey

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Carter coach Alex Pierce (left) and linebacker Lokeni Toailoa at Toailoa’s jersey presentation for the Under Armour All-American game this week.

As previously reported, UCLA-bound senior Lokeni Toailoa was presented with his jersey for the Under Armour All-American Game in a ceremony at the high school.

“It was great,” coach Alex Pierce said. “As far as I know, he’s the first one from Rialto to get this. It’s quite an honor.”

It’s probably good for the Lions to get that out of the way now. Carter has a bye this week and then next week faces defending state Division II champion Redlands East Valley in the Citrus Belt League opener after getting blown out last year, 45-14. Distractions aren’t a big problem on a bye week, but on REV week, it certainly doesn’t help.

Toailoa’s 2015 season is just now getting underway for Carter (3-0). He missed most of a Week 0 win over Los Osos after he was ejected after a skirmish with an opposing player, then had to serve a one-game suspension in Week 1 vs. Rialto. Last week he was able to play more, recording seven total tackles (five solo), including two tackles for a loss in a rout of Riverside North. He also had two carries for 17 yards and a touchdown on offense.


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After 3 weeks, Rancho Cucamonga is The Sun’s new No. 1

Rancho Cucamonga’s Aaron Manning runs against Don Lugo.

Here are my thoughts on The Sun’s Top 10 for this week.
Despite REV’s loss, I still there there are 3 elite teams in San Bernardino County so far: Rancho Cucamonga, Upland and Redlands East Valley, who all happen to have one loss.
However, Carter will get its chance to break into that top 3 by opening league play with Redlands East Valley next week.
While Serrano doesn’t play any Sun Top 10 teams, the Diamondbacks do play at Norco on Oct. 2, and Norco was the team that dealt Rancho Cucamonga a three-point loss, so a win there could vault Serrano into elite status. No. 6 Chino Hills will get its shot at Rancho Cucamonga and Upland in Baseline League and elite status. Until league play, No. 7 Summit’s toughest game is Week 5 at Riverside Norte Vista. If it doesn’t beat Norte Vista, a win vs. rival No. 10 Kaiser in Week 9 will be required for elite status. With 2 big losses (albeit to very good teams), I’m not sure if No. 8 Colony can reach elite status. No. 9 Cajon will have its chance against REV and Carter, while Kaiser does have Summit left, but has a convincing loss to Cajon on its resume, too.


Penalties marred win over Don Lugo
Previous: 3
Next: Friday at Murrieta Valley (3-0)

2. UPLAND (2-1)
Lost to Tesoro for second straight year
Previous: 2
Next: Friday vs. Mater Dei (3-0)

Last 2 losses have been to St. Bonaventure
Previous: 1
Next: Friday at Rancho Verde (2-1)

4. CARTER (3-0)
Outscored preseason opponents 164-22
Previous: 4
Next: Sept. 25 vs. Redlands East Valley (1-1) at Citrus Valley HS

5. SERRANO (3-0)
Victory margins have gotten bigger each week
Previous: 5

Next: Friday vs. Adelanto (1-2)

6. CHINO HILLS (2-1)
Beat Roosevelt by 20+ points each of last 2 years
Previous: 6
Next: Friday at Bishop Amat (2-1)

7. SUMMIT (2-0)
Have beaten 2 local rivals
Previous: 8
Next: Friday vs. Alta Loma (2-1) at Miller HS

8. COLONY (1-2)
Bye week gives Titans a chance to lick wounds
Previous: 7
Next: Sept. 24 vs, La Habra (2-1)

9. CAJON (3-0)
Freshman lighting it up at QB for Cowboys
Previous: NR
Next: Sept. 25 at Eisenhower (0-2)

10. KAISER (1-1)
Offense not clicking in Week 2 like it was in Week 1
Previous: 9
Next: Friday at Valley View (1-2)

Dropped out: No. 10 San Gorgonio (1-2)
Others under consideration: Redlands (1-1), San Gorgonio (1-2), Yucaipa (2-0).

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Week 2 fearless football predictions

My Week 1 was much worse than my Week 0 picking games.

Week 0: 25-7 record, Week 1, 28-13. Like I did in Week 0, I got 1 winning margin exactly correct. Week 0, it was Cajon by 9 over Roosevelt. Week 1, it was Montclair by 41.

Anyway, here are my picks for Week 2

Arrowhead Christian 52, Twentynine Palms 20
Barstow 42, Desert 14
Bishop Amat 38, Colony 14
Carter 42, North 6
Chaffey 35, Grand Terrace 14
Chino 56, South El Monte 14
Chino Hills 45, Roosevelt 14
Citrus Valley 42, Jurupa Hills 34
Colton 35, Rialto 0
Glendora 35, San Gorgonio 13
Grace Brethren 56, Western Christian 16
Indian Springs 28, Jurupa Valley 26
Indio 33, Yucca Valley 30
Irvine 35, Rim of the World 21
Kaiser 35, Cajon 31
Montclair 44, Duarte 19
Oak Hills 31, Los Osos 7
Ontario 35, Nogales 12
Perris 34, Pacific 29
Rancho Cucamonga 59, Don Lugo 13
Redlands East Valley 38, St. Bonaventure 22
Riverside Poly 45, Etiwanda 17
San Bernardino 40, Bloomington 16
San Jacinto 33, Apple Valley 28
Santa Ana Calvary Chapel 28, Ontario Christian 21
Serrano 44, Quartz Hill 10
Silverado 41, Arroyo Valley 19
Sultana 42, Granite Hills 7
Summit 49, Miller 0
Upland 38, Tesoro 30
Victor Valley 21, Hesperia 17
Xavier Prep 35, Aquinas 13
Yucaipa 33, Beaumont 17

Saturday’s Game
Big Bear 28, Santa Fe Christian 21

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Carter’s Lokeni Toailoa to be presented with Under Armour All-American jersey

Carter 4 players photo

Carter’s Lokeni Toailoa (2nd from the right in the above photo by Will Lester), currently ranked 10th among inside linebacker recruits in the country among the class of 2016, will be part of a ceremony next week at the school.

It will take place next Tuesday, Sept. 15 at noon at the school, where he will be presented with his jersey for the Under Armor All-America Game, which will be played on Jan. 2 and televised on ESPN2.

Yes, on the surface the reason they’re doing this ceremony is to honor one of the top high school football players in the country.
But to me, there are two other reasons for the event:
1. Publicize the game in the local community to increase viewership on TV.
2. Lock the player into the game. I’m guessing it’s less likely (although not impossible) for a player to change his mind about playing in a game if he’s been presented with a jersey in advance.

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Friday’s high school football predictions

I went 25-7 in Week 0 (not too bad), and got one margin exactly right. On Thursday, I went 3-1 in picking winners, bringing my season total to 28-8.

Here are Friday’s games:
Alemany 42, Colony 34
Apple Valley 28, Granite Hills 12
Aquinas 48, Mary Star of the Sea 21
Arrowhead Christian 30, Whittier Christian 14
Barstow 35, Littlerock 6
Big Bear 49, Riverside Prep 6
Cajon 48, Valley View 20
Carter 48, Rialto 0
Chaminade 38 Redlands East Valley 35
Chino 34, Baldwin Park 24
Citrus Valley 28, Beaumont 20
Colton 21, Lakeside 14
Fontana 22, Jurupa Valley 10
Glendora 42, Alta Loma 13
Heritage 42, Los Osos 10
Hesperia 28, Eastside 17
JSerra 48, Chino Hills 31
Kern Valley 34, Silver Valley 20
Linfield Christian 32, Adelanto 17
Mission Viejo 48, Oak Hills 17
Montclair 48, Garey 7
Moreno Valley 30, Jurupa Hills 20
Norte Vista 35, Rim of the World 10
Ontario Christian 31, Calvary Murrieta 27
Pacific 27, Arroyo Valley 20
Pomona 42, Don Lugo 24
Rancho Cucamonga 48, Norco 42
Redlands 35, Palm Springs 31
San Bernardino 42, Hillcrest 21
San Gorgonio 28, Kaiser 23
Serrano 35, Silverado 14
Sultana 41, Banning 22
Summit 35, Etiwanda 28
Twentynine Palms 28, Indio 12
Victor Valley 27, Knight 17
Yucaipa 35, Grand Terrace 7
Yucca Valley 35, Bonanza 10
Webb 36, Western Christian 13

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Thursday’s football game predictions

In Week 0, I went 25-7 picking winners, not too shabby if I say so myself especially for the first week when we don’t know much about each team. I even got 1 winning margin exactly correct. I said Cajon would win 30-21, and the actual score was 32-23 over Eastvale Roosevelt.

For now, I am just going to predict the Thursday games. Check back for Friday’s predictions:

Thursday’s game predictions:

Bloomington 34, Ontario 27

Chaffey 28, Patriot 23

Newport Harbor 50, Eisenhower 13

Upland 45, Venice 14

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