Thursday’s prep football predictions

I will post predictions for Friday’s games a little later tonight or tomorrow.

But here are Thursday’s predictions:

BASELINE LEAGUE
Rancho Cucamonga 49, Alta Loma 13
Los Osos 24, Glendora 21

Week 8 Football Predictions Recap

It was a great week for me predicting games in Week 8. I went 26-2 picking winners, and I am now 220-55 for the season.

The only two games I missed? I was incorrect in picking Arrowhead Christian to beat Linfield Christian and Glendora to beat Etiwanda.

Here is a recap of the San Bernardino County scores from Week 8

AMBASSADOR LEAGUE
Ontario Christian 16, Aquinas 7
Western Christian 47, Calvary Murrieta 27
Linfield Christian 47, Arrowhead Christian 40
BASELINE LEAGUE
Etiwanda 35, Glendora 28
Rancho Cucamonga 20, Los Osos 16
Upland 45, Alta Loma 20
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Thoughts on Jurupa Hills’ football win over Rim

There were a few things I wanted to mention, following up from Friday night’s Jurupa Hills 31-21 victory over Rim of the World in a Mountain Valley League showdown.

  • At the least, it should move No. 3 Jurupa Hills past No. 2 Rim in the East Valley Division rankings.
  • The size of the crowd there was a little disappointing to me, although it was not homecoming, nor was it senior night. Perhaps as the newest school in town, Jurupa Hills has trouble growing a fan base especially with perennial power Kaiser also in South Fontana. I understand why coach Ed McMillon is trying to convince people in the community to watch his team play. They are exciting and good and they should get some more support.
  • Jurupa Hills had a ridiculous number of penalties, which will need to be corrected if the Spartans want to win a CIF title. By my count, Jurupa Hills had 15 penalties for 140 yards. Rim? They had just three for 20 yards.
  • Jurupa Hills’ defense was very impressive, including senior linebacker Deshire Singleton, as well as Nick Navarro, who had his second pick-6 in the last two weeks (a fact I failed to mention in the story). When you hold Rim to 225 yards rushing on 51 carries as a team and intercept them 3 times, you’re doing something right.
  • The Jurupa Hills offense stagnated at times, but then showed the ability to break open at any given time.
  • One thing I did mention in the story, but bears repeating: Neither of these teams won league last year, but both made at least the CIF-SS semifinals. Rim could still make a playoff run like it did despite losing twice in league last year.
  • Can these teams face each other again? It’s possible. But if Jurupa Hills wins out, they will get the No. 2 seed (assuming No. 1 St. Margaret’s wins out). If, as a result, Rim gets the league’s second entry into the playoffs, Rim would have to be on the other half of the bracket from Jurupa Hills and could be no better than a 4 seed. Last year, there were two Mountain Valley League rematches in the playoffs: and both times the team that lost in league, won in the playoffs: Jurupa Hills beating Citrus Valley in the second round, and Rim beating Banning in the semifinals.

A look back at Serrano-Oak Hills football

I love games where there’s a lot of extra stuff to talk about afterwards.

Oak Hills- Serrano had stuff that was fun to talk about, but also had plenty of stuff you hate to have to talk about.

First, the fun stuff:

  • Great crowd at Oak Hills on both sides. It was THE game in the High Desert on Friday and fans from all over brought a great atmosphere.
  • Serrano’s win was well-deserved with a defense that has been solid all year.
  • What is the fallout of the game? I haven’t seen newest CIF-SS football polls, but I know San Gorgonio is very interested. San G. should be the new No. 1 in the Eastern Division. Oak Hills was No. 1, San G. No. 2 and San G. is the only remaining undefeated team in the division. San G. will likely need to remain undefeated to earn the No. 1 seed for the playoffs.

Now, the not-so-fun stuff:

  • Oak Hills star RB De Zhontaey Flecher was injured on the first play from scrimmage with an apparent season-ending ankle injury. It was a blow to Oak Hills, certainly, but also affected Serrano. The Diamondbacks’ victory will be discounted by some because Oak Hills was missing its biggest offensive weapon. But Serrano still deserved to win. After the injury, Oak Hills rallied to take the lead, only to see Serrano rally for the win.
  • Penalties, penalties, penalties. Each team had over 100 yards in penalties. I spent a half on each sideline, and I can tell you neither coach was happy with the officiating. The call that drew particular ire of Oak Hills coach Robert Kistner was an unsportsmanlike conduct call that went against his team in the fourth quarter. The player had just recorded a sack that (I believe) would’ve ended a Serrano drive. He celebrated, but officials thought it was taunting. It did not appear so to this observer. The drive continued and while Serrano didn’t score on the drive, it limited the time Oak Hills had to try and score in the final minutes.

Week 7 prep football predictions recap

After missing only three games in Week 6, I had a much tougher week in for Week 7.

In Week 7, I went 22-7, and I am now 194-53 picking winners of San Bernardino County football games this season. I have gotten the margin (and winner) exactly right 5 times. This week, I correctly predicted Colton would beat Bloomington by 29 points.

The scorelist of last weekend’s San Bernardino County games is below. I realize I hadn’t been doing this, but I will put in bold the games I got wrong. Of course, you can always check my posts for past predictions:

Thursday’s and Friday’s scores
AMBASSADOR LEAGUE
Western Christian 46, Aquinas 17
Ontario Christian 35, Arrowhead Christian 13
BASELINE LEAGUE
Etiwanda 47, Alta Loma 17
Rancho Cucamonga 37, Glendora 9
Upland 27, Los Osos 10

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Thursday’s prep football scores, Friday’s predictions

Recap of Thursday’s scores:
BASELINE LEAGUE
Etiwanda 47, Alta Loma 17
CITRUS BELT LEAGUE
Redlands 45, Miller 0
DESERT SKY LEAGUE
RIdgecrest Burroughs 28, Granite HIlls 14
PREDICTIONS of Friday’s Games
AMBASSADOR LEAGUE
Western Christian 27, Aquinas 10
Ontario Christian 31, Arrowhead Christian 17
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Last week’s football scores/predictions recap

Sorry for the delay, but here is the complete scorelist and predictions recap from last week. It was a very good week for me. I forgot to pick a couple of games, but otherwise I went 25-3 picking winners for the week (but got no margins exactly right). I have gotten the margin exactly right 4 times, and I am 172-46 picking for the season.

The three games I lost? Upland-Glendora, Ike-Redlands, and Colton-Summit.

Week 6 Prep football scores (compiled from Thursday-Saturday)

AMBASSADOR LEAGUE
Arrowhead Christian 13, Aquinas 10
Ontario Christian 43, Calvary Murrieta 7
Western Christian 27, Linfield Christian 13
BASELINE LEAGUE
Glendora 24, Upland 21
Rancho Cucamonga 37, Etiwanda 18
Los Osos 40, Alta Loma 14
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