Here are my predictions for tonight’s CIF-SS quarterfinal/second round football games.
Last week, in the first round, I went 14-5, missing on Don Lugo, Barstow, Aquinas, Chino Hills and Rancho Cucamonga games. For the season I am 279-81 with 6 margins exactly right and 1 score exactly right.
Will there be a rematch of REV-Redlands Smudge Pot?
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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.
- 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 the second time.
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
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
Oak Hills 35, Vista Del Lago 31
Barstow 35, Burroughs 30
Serrano 42, Coachella Valley 7
Palm Desert 30, Silverado 22
Yucaipa 35, San Gorgonio 28
Cajon 42, Rim of the World 0
Redlands East Valley 56, Jurupa Hills 6
Redlands 38, Paloma Valley 35
Mission Prep 42, Aquinas 26
Twentynine Palms 49, Ontario Christian 14
Los Alamitos 21, Chino Hills 17
Edison 28, Rancho Cucamonga 21
Upland 30, Saugus 23
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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.”
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.
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)
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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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
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
Damien at Los Osos
Rancho Cucamonga at Upland
Rancho Cucamonga, 35-31
Eisenhower at Citrus Valley
Citrus Valley, 35-6
Miller at Cajon
Redlands at Carter
Redlands East Valley at Yucaipa
Big Bear at Desert Mirage
Big Bear, 35-27
Yucca Valley vs. Twentynine Palms at Twentynine Palms JHS
Twentynine Palms, 49-8
Barstow at Adelanto
Granite Hills at Silverado
Los Altos at Diamond Ranch
Walnut at Chino
Ganesha at Garey
La Puente at Pomona
Apple Valley at Sultana
Apple Valley, 35-10
Burroughs at Serrano
Hesperia at Oak Hills
Oak Hills, 42-28
Pacific at San Bernardino
San Bernardino, 35-16
Alta Loma at Chaffey
Don Lugo at Colony
Ontario at Montclair
Ayala at Bonita
Glendora vs. Diamond Bar at Citrus College
South Hills at Claremont
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
Bloomington at Kaiser
Colton at Grand Terrace
Grand Terrace, 35-12
Summit vs. Fontana at Miller
San Dimas at Rowland
Excelsior at Trinity Classical Academy
Trinity Classical, 28-26