San Gorgonio’s Tahir Rashed-Mills (in white) runs in last year’s Inland Empire All-Star Football Classic.
Did you think you missed this year’s Inland Empire All-star Football Classic? The one that each year takes place on the second weekend of January?
Kurt Bruich (in red hat) celebrates with his father Dick after winning the CIF State title.
Kurt Bruich, the coach of the CIF State Division II champion Redlands East Valley football team has been named state coach of the year by CalHiSports.com.
Bruich wins the award for the first time and he and his father Dick (who won the award as Fontana’s coach in 1989) are the first father-son duo to win the award.
The Bruichs are also the only coaches from San Bernardino County to win the award, which dates back to 1930.
Here are some video interviews after Redlands East valley won the CIF State Division II football championship:
Coach Kurt Bruich after winning state
Senior WR/RB Malik Lovette
Senior DB Isaiah Armstrong
Junior RB Joey Harman
Sophomore LB Jaelen Phillips, who blocked a PAT and recovered a fumble
Right when things appeared to be quiet regarding the recruiting process of San Gorgonio athlete Nate Meadors, he has received his 14th scholarship offer in 2014 to play football for the Oregon Ducks.
The offer from the Ducks was received less than a week removed from a visit to Cal, his second official visit of the year.t
The half of Meadors offers are from Pac-12 football programs, including UCLA and Oregon State.
Meadors is set to take a trip to Oregon in Jan. 16, with his final official visit already scheduled with UCLA on Jan. 23.
“It is amazing to be recognized by the No. 2 team in the country,” Meadors said. “It is surreal and I am just thankful for it all.”
Centennial knows what it takes to beat De La Salle. They were the last Southern California team to beat the Spartans in 2008 before St. John Bosco did in 2013.
To beat De La Salle, you have to play a near-perfect game because the Spartans will take advantage of your mistakes. That’s what happened in the Open Division state bowl game as De La Salle prevailed 63-42 to win its sixth CIF state championship.
Three consecutive Centennial turnovers (two interceptions, one fumble) led to 14 De La Salle points. Despite racking up 534 total yards that would have broken the Open Division record for total yards of offense, Centennial’s mistakes kept them scoreless after Javon McKinley’s 87-yard touchdown on a kickoff return tied the game at 42 with 5:07 left in the third quarter.
REV is playing in the CIF State Division II Championship game today, in about an hour from now.
It would be a great achievement for REV to win San Bernardino County’s first-ever state championship in football on the field.
Who will win?
I predict it will be Clayton Valley, the powerful team from Concord that will be on probation for too many transfers. I think Clayton Valley’s run game, which averages 442 yards per game, will be too much for REV.
Score? Clayton Valley 45, Redlands East Valley 38
I didn’t do badly at all last week: I went 4-1 last week, missing only Serrano’s game. I got the margin exactly right for REV (three points) and my season record is 307-91-2 picking winners. I have gotten the winning team and margin exactly right 11 times.
Anyway, my prediction for this week is: Redlands East Valley 36, Bakersfield Ridgeview 30.
I will be there. Not sure what to expect, since REV was focusing on winning a CIF-SS title, not state.