Final thoughts on Kaiser/Colony

Sometimes, I cover a game, and it’s so entertaining a game that there’s more I want to get to than I can possibly mention in a story. Such was the Kaiser/Colony football game on Friday, won by Colony 23-19.

Some thoughts:

  • Each team scored 3 touchdowns and there were no other scores. Kaiser had its first PAT blocked, went for 2 on the second and failed, then kicked the third. Colony kicked the first, then went for 2 and made it on the second and third touchdowns.
  • The math wouldn’t indicate it, but Colony made the right move going for 2 on its final touchdown. Usually, you go for 2 late in a game when a TD puts you up 1, 4 or 5, but in this case, it put the Titans up 21-19. Going for 2 had more to do with Kaiser. Kaiser had attempted just one FG all year, and missed it. So going up 3 would’ve meant little in this game. But going up 4 would’ve been helpful because if Kaiser came back to score a TD and kicked an XP, Colony could’ve tied with a FG.
  • Kaiser’s drives ended with: Downs, lost fumble, TD, TD, halftime, punt, TD, downs/INT. Just one punt for the Cats. Kaiser ran more plays on its first drive 19 than Colony had in the first half (12). Colony had 3 drives end after just 1 play: 2 TDs, and one lost a fumble. Kaiser had six drives end in Colony territory.
  • On Kaiser’s opening drive, they appeared to be getting a first-and-goal at the Colony 9 as Colony was being called for pass interference on fourth-and-15 at the 19. But Kaiser also got a penalty for illegal man downfield. The down was replayed on the offsetting fouls and Kaiser failed to convert the 4th-and-15 ┬áthe second time.

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CIF-SS first round playoff predictions

It was a pretty good Week 10 for me, I went 24-5, and my season record is 265-77, with one score exactly right and 6 with the margin exactly right.

I might pick out of area games as the playoffs progress, but for now I’ll stay local

CENTRAL
Charter Oak 28, Ayala 10
Monrovia 31, Grand Terrace 13
Colony 28, Kaiser 14
Bonita 28, Don Lugo 24
Chino 28, Chaffey 26
Summit 35, South Hills 14
EASTERN
Oak Hills 35, Vista Del Lago 31
Barstow 35, Burroughs 30
Serrano 42, Coachella Valley 7
Palm Desert 30, Silverado 22
INLAND
Yucaipa 35, San Gorgonio 28
Cajon 42, Rim of the World 0
Redlands East Valley 56, Jurupa Hills 6
Redlands 38, Paloma Valley 35
NORTHWEST
Mission Prep 42, Aquinas 26
Twentynine Palms 49, Ontario Christian 14
WEST VALLEY
Los Alamitos 21, Chino Hills 17
Edison 28, Rancho Cucamonga 21
Upland 30, Saugus 23

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Jeremy Topete steps down as Hesperia football coach

The high school football regular season has ended, but the first coaching domino has fallen as Hesperia coach Jeremy Topete has stepped down after seven seasons at the helm of the Scorpions.
Topete said his resignation had nothing to do with the incident last week in which Hesperia players vandalized the Oak Hills field and Hesperia ended up forfeiting the game.
“This is something I had talked to my athletic director a month ago,” he said. “I’m grateful for the opportunity. The administration and staff has given a lot of support.”
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Topete said he is planning on spending more time with his family, which includes two sons, ages 9 and 7.
“I’ve been devoting my time to other kids for the last 18 years,” Topete said. “Now I need to spend more time with my own.”
Topete said he plans on continuing to teach at Hesperia and will “take a year off” from coaching. He did not say he would definitely coach again, only that he would consider it after a year.
Topete compiled a 25-48 record in seven seasons after taking over the program when Robert Kistner left to become the first head coach at Oak Hills. He led the Scorpions to the playoffs in 2013 and 2014 (winning a playoff game), and was 3-7 this year.
He said he hopes last week’s incident doesn’t mar how people view his tenure at the school.
“The people around us know the good things we’ve done,” Topete said. “It’s not about one incident of a prank that went too far.”
Topete said he got positive reaction after forfeiting last week’s game.
“The reaction I got was nothing but positive, texts from people,” he said.

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Citrus Belt League football wrap-up and final thoughts

The regular season is over, and the fairly unpredictable Citrus Belt League ended Friday without major surprises:
The scores on the final night:
Redlands 28, Carter 15
Cajon 61, Miller 26
Redlands East Valley 53, Yucaipa 17
Citrus Valley 58, Eisenhower 0

So, here are the CBL automatic entries for the playoffs, in order:
1. Cajon (9-1, 6-1)
2. Redlands East Valley (8-2, 6-1)
3. Redlands (7-3, 5-2)
Wild card probability:
4. Yucaipa (7-3, 4-3)
Out:
5. Carter (7-3, 4-3)

When there were some upsets and surprises, I wondered at the end which games would come back to haunt teams?
It seems Carter’s 20-18 loss to Yucaipa will haunt them, keeping them from making the playoffs. On the other hand, it’s the game that gets Yucaipa into the playoffs.
The other is REV’s 37-17 loss to Cajon. Of course Cajon deserved to win that game, but REV obviously didn’t play its best. Against each of the other 3 teams in the playoff hunt in the CBL, REV had a better result, for what that’s worth. Regardless, it’s certainly a game REV would rather have back, but it didn’t keep the Wildcats out of the playoffs.

One thing that struck me from the Redlands-Carter game I was at. Carter turned the ball over 3 times and in each instance, it was a team effort from Redlands. Twice Carter QB Sonny Robison was stripped by one defender and the ball was recovered by another. In the interception, it took one defender to deflect the ball from intended receiver Marcus Strong and a second defender intercepted it. Impressive job by the Terrier defense.

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Week 10 high school football: my picks

Last week, I had a pretty good week, going 22-5, and also for the first time this season, I got a score exactly right (Yucaipa 56, Eisenhower 6) bringing my season record to 241-72 with 6 games correct winning margin and 1 with exact score. Here are Week 10 picks

AMBASSADOR
Arrowhead Christian at Western Christian
Arrowhead Christian, 42-6
Linfield Christian at Ontario Christian
Linfield Christian 49-21
Riverside Notre Dame at Aquinas
Notre Dame, 48-17
BASELINE
Damien at Los Osos
Damien, 24-17
Rancho Cucamonga at Upland
Rancho Cucamonga, 35-31
CITRUS BELT
Eisenhower at Citrus Valley
Citrus Valley, 35-6
Miller at Cajon
Cajon, 56-14
Redlands at Carter
Redlands, 24-21
Redlands East Valley at Yucaipa
REV. 42-22
DE ANZA
Big Bear at Desert Mirage
Big Bear, 35-27
Yucca Valley vs. Twentynine Palms at Twentynine Palms JHS
Twentynine Palms, 49-8
DESERT SKY
Barstow at Adelanto
Barstow, 42-27
Granite Hills at Silverado
Silverado, 55-6
HACIENDA
Los Altos at Diamond Ranch
Walnut at Chino
Chino, 35-7
MIRAMONTE
Ganesha at Garey
La Puente at Pomona
MOJAVE RIVER
Apple Valley at Sultana
Apple Valley, 35-10
Burroughs at Serrano
Serrano, 49-20
Hesperia at Oak Hills
Oak Hills, 42-28
MOUNTAIN VALLEY
Pacific at San Bernardino
San Bernardino, 35-16
MT. BALDY
Alta Loma at Chaffey
Chaffey, 35-21
Don Lugo at Colony
Colony, 40-24
Ontario at Montclair
Montclair, 21-20
PALOMARES
Ayala at Bonita
Bonita, 24-20
Glendora vs. Diamond Bar at Citrus College
South Hills at Claremont
SAN ANDREAS
Jurupa Hills at Arroyo Valley
Jurupa Hills, 42-7
Rim of the World at Rialto
Rim of the World, 48-6
San Gorgonio at Indian Springs
San Gorgonio, 56-12
SUNKIST
Bloomington at Kaiser
Kaiser, 49-20
Colton at Grand Terrace
Grand Terrace, 35-12
Summit vs. Fontana at Miller
Summit, 49-7
VALLE VISTA
San Dimas at Rowland
FREELANCE
Excelsior at Trinity Classical Academy
Trinity Classical, 28-26

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Citrus Belt League playoff scenarios

Here’s the nitty gritty. In the crazy CBL, what happens when each possible combination of game results happens.

The games: Miller (2-7, 1-5) at Cajon (8-1, 5-1)
Redlands East Valley (7-2, 5-1) at Yucaipa (7-2, 4-2)
Redlands (6-3, 4-2) at Carter (7-2, 4-2)
Standings reflect how teams would go into the playoffs. Top 3 are automatic. 4th place has good shot to get wild-card spot. 5th place is out.

Scenario 1:
Cajon wins
REV wins
Redlands wins
1. Cajon (6-1), 2. REV (6-1), 3. Redlands (5-2), 4. Yucaipa (4-3)

Scenario 2:
Cajon wins
REV wins
Redlands loses
1. Cajon (6-1), 2. REV (6-1), 3. Carter (5-2), 4. Redlands (4-3)

Scenario 3:
Cajon wins
REV loses
Redlands wins
1. Cajon (6-1) 2. 3-way tie between REV, Redlands, Yucaipa (5-2) requiring coin flip.

Scenario 4
Cajon wins
REV loses
Redlands loses
1. Cajon (6-1), 2. Yucaipa (5-2), 3. REV (5-2), 4. Carter (5-2)

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Ron Gueringer coaches San Gorgonio with a heavy heart

San Gorgonio football coach Ron Gueringer had more on his mind this week than his team’s San Andreas League first-place showdown with Jurupa Hills.
Gueringer’s mother, Ann Gueringer, 79, died on Tuesday from cancer, Gueringer said.
He missed practice Tuesday and Wednesday but returned to the team and was coaching on Friday when his team defeated Jurupa Hills, 41-20 to clinch at least a share of the league title.
“I want to thank (assistants) John Botello and Eric Rodriguez and all my assistant coaches for holding it together,” Gueringer said.

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