The county got two new schools added to the football docket – Oak Hills in Hesperia and Citrus Valley in Redlands. Both teams are playing freelance schedules this season, with Citrus Valley playing its inaugural game tonight against Riverside Patriot at Redlands High School and Oak Hills traveling to Rosamond tomorrow.
Although both schools are new, the start-up circumstances are different. Citrus Valley is starting with freshmen and sophomores, with head coach Peter Smolin indicating that the Blackhawks’ varsity unit will consist entirely of sophomores, while Oak Hills has freshmen, sophomores and juniors to choose from. A few of the Bulldogs’ juniors were transfers over from Hesperia, where they saw time with the Mojave River League champion Scorpions. Oak Hills’ coach, Robert Kistner, was at Hesperia last year.