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.

Sunkist League football coin flip results

Joshua Johnson and Kaiser, here against Summit, only have one way they won’t be the league’s No. 1 team for the playoffs.

The Sunkist League is one of those leagues where, if all things go as expected, they will not need to use coin flip results to determine league placement for the playoffs.

Kaiser is favored to defeat Colton and Summit is expected to beat Grand Terrace, which would put Kaiser first, Summit second and Colton third.

But if Colton and Summit win, or if Grand Terrace and Kaiser win, there would be a 3-way tie. And it wouldn’t be different if there had been no upsets.

In the case of Colton and Summit winning, the 3-way tie would be for 1st between Kaiser, Summit and Colton. The coin flip results would put Kaiser first, Summit second and Colton third.

In the case of Grand Terrace and Kaiser winning, the 3-way tie would be for 2nd between Summit, Colton and Grand Terrace. The coin flip results: Summit 2nd, Colton 3rd, Grand Terrace 4th.

So, it sounds like Summit is locked into the No. 2 spot? Not completely. If both games are upsets, and Colton and Grand Terrace win, there would be no coin flips necessary, Colton would be 4-1 in league and go as the No. 1 based on head-to-head, Kaiser would be 4-1 and No. 2, and Grand Terrace would be 3-2 and the No. 3 team (on head-to-head), leaving Summit at 3-2 and No. 4, and vying for an at-large berth.

Prep baseball: schedules for 4 County Clashes

The first of 4 prep baseball County Clashes at San Manuel Stadium is tomorrow, March 22.

Here is the schedule for each of the series of games:

March 22
Arroyo Valley vs. Carter, 1 p.m.
Kaiser vs. Fontana, 4 p.m.
Yucaipa vs. Miller, 7 p.m.
March 29
Citrus Valley vs. Jurupa Hills, 1 p.m.
Redlands vs. Eisenhower, 4 p.m.
Rialto vs. San Gorgonio, 7 p.m.
April 26
Arrowhead Christian vs. Colony, 1 p.m.
Tahquitz vs. San Jacinto, 4 p.m.
Colton vs. Bloomington, 7 p.m.
May 10
Hemet vs. Beaumont, 1 p.m.
Redlands East Valley vs. Eisenhower, 4 p.m.
Cajon vs. Yucaipa, 7 p.m.