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
Glendora 34, Colony 31
EAST VALLEY DIVISION
Saddleback Valley Christian 41, Silver Valley 37
Serrano 24, Norte Vista 20
Palm Springs 30, Hesperia 21
Oak Hills 42, Silverado 24
Redlands East Valley 42, Elsinore 12
San Gorgonio 42, Riverside Poly 35
Heritage 31, Carter 20
Arrowhead Christian 41, Maranatha 36
Big Bear 28, Templeton 21
WEST VALLEY DIVISION
Upland 31, Hart 16
Mission Viejo 31, Rancho Cucamonga 14
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.
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 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.
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.
Friday’s first-round CIF-SS football scores and next week’s schedules
Redlands East Valley 61, North 17
Elsinore 44, Jurupa Hills 3
Rancho Verde 52, Paloma Valley 16
Citrus Hill 63, Citrus Valley 14
Riverside Poly 42, Tahquitz 17
San Gorgonio 55, Cajon 7
Carter 37, San Jacinto 22
Heritage 54, Rim of the World 7
REV at Elsinore
Rancho Verde at Citrus Hill
Riverside Poly at San Gorgonio
Carter at Heritage
Colony 48, La Canada 0
Glendora 24, Summit 14
Charter Oak 49, Colton 0
San Marino 49, Claremont 28
Bonita 45, Kaiser 14
West Covina 18, Chaffey 15
Los Altos 28, South Hills 10
Monrovia 26, Don Lugo 20 (OT)\
Glendora at Colony
Charter Oak at San Marino
West Covina at Bonita
Monrovia at Los Altos
Last week, it was my best week of the year. Although I missed picking some Thursday games, I went 23-3 picking winners last week. I also got 3 games correct with the correct margin: I said Big Bear would win 35-14, and it was 36-15; I said Rim would beat Arroyo Valley 42-7, and it was 35-0 and I said Jurupa Hills would beat Indian Springs 47-14, and it was 40-7.
Another close one was picking Oak Hills to beat Hesperia 48-21 and it was actually 50-21. For the season, I am 267-80-2 with 10 games exactly picking the correct winning margin.
Anyway, here are my picks for the first San Bernardino County playoff games this week:
La Canada 38, La Canada 14
Glendora 28, Summit 21
Charter Oak 31, Colton 7
Kaiser 26, Bonita 17
West Covina 24, Chaffey 20
Monrovia 38, Don Lugo 10
La Quinta 41, Apple Valley 7
Serrano 28, Palm Desert 14
La Sierra 35, Hesperia 17
Silverado 28, Rubidoux 12
Oak Hills 48, Cathedral City
EAST VALLEY DIVISION
St. Margaret’s 40, Excelsior 14
Silver Valley 35, Rancho Christian 28
Redlands East Valley 52, J.W. North 7
Elsinore 35, Jurupa Hills 7
Citrus Hill 27, Citrus Valley 17
San Gorgonio 34, Cajon 20
Carter 21, San Jacinto 14
Heritage 48, Rim of the World
Arrowhead Christian 49, Cantwell Sacred Heart 41
WEST VALLEY DIVISION
Upland 35, San Juan Hills 16
Great Oak 35, Chino Hills 31
Valencia 24, Rancho Cucamonga 17
Big Bear 35, Rio Hondo Prep 21
For much of the year, Joey Harman has been the primary running back for Redlands East Valley.
In part that’s because Taimon Faimalo broke his foot in a scrimmage, and Jonathan Clark broke his leg in Week 2.
But while Harman has excelled, rushing for 1,086 yards and 10 touchdowns, help is on the way.
Faimalo played for the first time all season in last week’s win over Carter, mostly in the second half.
“That’s a good defense and they knew we were going to run,” said REV coach Kurt Bruich while praising Faimalo, who rushed for 42 yards on eight carries.
Now, there’s word that Clark, who carried 12 times for 144 yards and two touchdowns in less than two games, is returning. Clark is jogging and might be able to play next week, assuming REV gets past Riverside North tonight.
But REV might also get help from Clark’s younger brother, 5-foot-10, 177-pound freshman Gabe Clark. Bruich has submitted the paperwork so Gabe can play varsity, and Bruich said he could get some carries this week.
“This kid is a manchild,” Bruich said.