Redlands East Valley prepares quarterbacks for Friday’s game

REV QB Armando Herrera, above, is questionable for Friday’s game

Who will play quarterback for Redlands East Valley in Friday’s CIF-SS Inland Division championship game vs. Riverside Poly?
REV coach Kurt Bruich is prepared to use everybody and anybody if starting star sophomore quarterback sophomore Armando Herrera can’t play this week after injuring his shoulder in last week’s win over Perris Citrus Hill.
REV coach Kurt Bruich said he didn’t know on Tuesday if Herrera would play, as Herrera missed at least the beginning of practice while his injured shoulder was being examined by REV’s team doctor.
Bruich said they are preparing to use as many as three quarterbacks if Herrera can’t go: sophomore Steven Garcia, senior Seth Bates and senior Malik Lovette.
Lovette gets snaps every game at quarterback in a wildcat formation, regardless of who starts, and also spends a lot of time at running back and wide receiver. He has attempted only six passes and completed one. Garcia completed one of five passes for 17 yards in last week’s win over Perris Citrus Hill, but had only one pass or carry in a game before last week: a 4-yard run against Eisenhower in Week 6. Bates had two carries for 18 yards last week, but has not attempted a pass since Week 5 vs. Miller, going 3 for 4 for 16 yards.
Bruich did add that Herrera would not need to get any reps in practice during the week in order to be able to play on Friday.
Could this be an advantage for REV?
It could, but would only slightly offset the disadvantage of not having Herrera. Lovette is the best runner, Garcia is the best passer and Bates is in between the two, so there are some different strengths among the trio.
But, Poly would already need to prepare for Lovette at QB, because that’s a package that REV uses in every game. And preparing for Garcia and Bates is not like preparing for Herrera, who has thrown for 2,917 yards, 36 touchdowns with only seven interceptions.

Week 13 high school football fearless predictions

We’re down to the CIF-SS football semifinals. While I won’t personally be at any games this week, I will be very interested in how the games turn out. Last week in the quarterfinals, I went 9-3 (missing on Colony, San Gorgonio and Big Bear games) and I am 297-86-2 this season and I have correctly gotten the winning team and exact winning margin 10 times.

Here we go, with semifinal predictions on both semifinals in divisions where we have teams still alive.

CENTRAL DIVISION
Colony 34, Charter Oak 28
Los Altos 24, Bonita 21
EASTERN DIVISION
La Quinta 20, Serrano 14
Oak Hills 41, Palm Springs 27
INLAND DIVISION
Redlands East Valley 48, Citrus Hill 44
Riverside Poly 35, Heritage 28
NORTHWEST DIVSION
Arrowhead Christian 37, Templeton 28
Pasadena Poly 33, Nipomon 27
WEST VALLEY DIVISION
Upland 31, Vista Murrieta 24
Mission Viejo 41, Great Oak 37

Week 12 Fearless CIF-SS football predictions

Not a bad first week of the playoffs for me picking games. I went 21-3 in all, missing the Kaiser, Hesperia and Rancho Cucamonga games. I am taking credit for a Colony win, even though I technically typed in that La Canada would win and lose that game. In all this season, I am 288-83-2 and 10 times I have correctly predicted the exact winning margin of the game.

Here are my predictions on this week’s playoff games for San Bernardino County teams

CENTRAL DIVISION
Glendora 34, Colony 31
EAST VALLEY DIVISION
Saddleback Valley Christian 41, Silver Valley 37
EASTERN DIVISION
Serrano 24, Norte Vista 20
Palm Springs 30, Hesperia 21
Oak Hills 42, Silverado 24
INLAND DIVISION
Redlands East Valley 42, Elsinore 12
San Gorgonio 42, Riverside Poly 35
Heritage 31, Carter 20
NORTHWEST DIVISION
Arrowhead Christian 41, Maranatha 36
Big Bear 28, Templeton 21
WEST VALLEY DIVISION
Upland 31, Hart 16
Mission Viejo 31, Rancho Cucamonga 14

San Gorgonio’s Nate Meadors piling up Pac-12 offers

The college offers are coming fast and furious for San Gorgonio senior Nate Meadors.
Meadors, the star quarterback, is being recruited primarily as a defensive back.
While he made a trip to Boise State last weekend, he has also now received offers from five Pac-12 schools, all in the last few days: UCLA, Cal, Washington State, Washington and the one he got just on Wednesday, Colorado.
He’s also got offers from Nevada, San Diego State and UC Davis and more are likely to follow.
“Honestly, I think it’s great for the kid,” said San Gorgonio coach Ron Gueringer, who played at UCLA himself. “It’s better late than never. This was something I said early, that he’s a Pac-12 guy. They (recruiters) did some hemming and hawing. Nate’s done all the work. He’s had a fantastic senior year.”
The vast majority of Meadors’ game tape is at quarterback, but Gueringer knows that’s not a problem.
“They all just want to see his athleticism on the field,” he said. “When you play quarterback for us, you have an opportunity to shine. He’s a decision-maker.”
Gueringer said that some of the recruiters, who have since offered Meadors admitted to Gueringer they made a mistake when they didn’t initially believe Gueringer’s claim that Meadors was a Pac-12 talent.

In 2014, how San Gorgonio football is like Kaiser baseball

Above, San Gorgonio’s Malik James (7) and Nate Meadors (5) celebrate after a touchdown in a 55-7 win over Cajon in the first round of the CIF-SS Inland Division playoffs on Friday.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, and meaning to write about the similarities between San Gorgonio’s 2014 football team and the Kaiser baseball team last spring.
I’m not trying to say that I think San Gorgonio will come up short of a CIF-SS championship, like Kaiser did last spring.
But stay with me:
Both teams have been good programs for the last few years, but Kaiser’s baseball class of 2014 and San Gorgonio’s class of 2015 have been their best classes in years: starters as sophomores, Division I talents by their senior seasons.
Both aren’t helped by their league, which they dominated, San Gorgonio outscored San Andreas League opponents by a 327-13 score. Kaiser baseball outscored Sunkist League opponents 155-17.
Both teams upgraded their nonleague schedules to better prepare them for the playoffs.
Both teams are/were good but won’t be nearly as good next year.
Now the difference is that while Kaiser had the difficult task of being the favorite/No. 1 seed in the CIF-SS playoffs, San Gorgonio, 9-1 entering the playoffs, isn’t even seeded. And the Spartans are in a division that they were promoted to presumably because the Spartans made the CIF-SS semifinals last year and new SAL teams Rim of the World and Jurupa Hills won CIF-SS titles in lower divisions the last two years.San Gorgonio doesn’t want to duplicate what Kaiser did in the spring: lose before winning a CIF-SS title, and I’m not saying that they will. But regardless of whether they win or lose, San Gorgonio’s football class of 2015 should be appreciated much like Kaiser’s baseball class of 2014, as a remarkable group with bright futures in college.

San Gorgonio’s Nate Meadors receives football offer from UCLA

San Gorgonio High School quarterback Nate Meadors, top, throws a pass as Cajon High School's Matt Betancourt brings pressure during a game on Friday, November 14, 2014 at San Gorgonio High School in San Bernardino, Ca. (Photo by Micah Escamilla/The Sun)

San Gorgonio High quarterback Nate Meadors throws a pass as Cajon High School’s Matt Betancourt brings pressure. (Photo by Micah Escamilla/The Sun)

San Gorgonio Spartans quarterback Nate Meadors received a scholarship offer from the UCLA Bruins football program Nov. 16.

It is his 10th offer during the 2014 football season.

“I have received an offer (from UCLA),” Meadors confirmed. “I am not committing anywhere, just yet though.”

The offer from the Bruins was not just any offer to Meadors.

“It is my dream school,” he explained. “It means a lot to receive the offer and that the hard work is paying off.”

Until today, UCLA had been one of two programs that Meadors had a strong interest in, along with Stanford University, despite not having an offer from either program.

Stanford appears off the radar for Meadors at this point in the recruiting process, but the offer from UCLA has really heated things up within the PAC-12 conference.

The Bruins join Cal, Washington, Arizona State and Washington State as teams within the conference that have made an offer to Meadors.

He is being recruited as an athlete by most schools that hope he could fill the void of several different positions depending on a team’s needs.

The offer from the Bruins comes just one day after he took his first official recruiting visit to Boise State University in Idaho. He returned to San Bernardino tonight from the visit and it was in the airport that he received the offer from UCLA.

Meadors will rejoin the Spartans as they prepare throughout the upcoming week for a second round playoff game against Riverside Poly on Friday.

Highlights from San Gorgonio’s first round playoff victory over Cajon

The San Gorgonio Spartans defeated the Cajon Cowboys, 55-7, in the first round of the CIF-SS Inland Division Playoffs. The Spartans will play undefeated Riverside Poly at 7 p.m. Nov. 21 at home.