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
Redlands East Valley will play Clayton Valley on Saturday in the StubHub Center in the CIF State Finals.
REV defeated Bakersfield Ridgeview, 59-42, in the CIF Division II State Regional game Dec. 13.
Clayton Valley defeated Oakdale, 28-7, to advance into the finals.
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.
Whether they got breaks or they made them, Redlands East Valley got some opportunities that led to a CIF-SS Inland Division football title, beating Riverside Poly. Most importantly, the Wildcats took advantage, while Poly didn’t take advantage of theirs
Here is a list of the chances and what happened
Key play: REV’s Isaiah Armstrong intercepts a pass, 9:07 left 1st quarter
Result: Armando Herrera throws 5 yard TD pass to Malik Lovette, REV leads 6-0.
Key play: Bad Poly punt snap gives REV the ball at the Poly 2
Result: Lovette scores on the next play to put REV up 12-7
Key play: Poly led 31-29 and intercepted Herrera in the final two minutes of the third quarter, giving Bears the ball at the REV 13.
Result: REV defense held, and Poly missed a 28-yard field goal early in the 4th.
Key play: REV’s Carter Flowers intercepted a pass early in the fourth quarter.
Result: The next play, Herrera threw a 35-yard TD to Khris Vaughn with 8:28 left, giving REV the lead for good, 36-31.
Key play:Isaiah Armstrong intercepts his second pass of the game, with less than two minutes to play.
Result: REV was able to run off the remaining time off the clock without giving the ball back to Poly, giving the Wildcats a 36-33 win after a last-play safety.
First half highlights: REV scores. but Poly answers back with a long TD
Oregon-bound REV star Malik Lovette, who scored 3 TDs talks after winning CIF-SS Inland Division title
REV receiver CJ Harris talks after winning Friday
REV’s Isaiah Armstrong had two interceptions in the game, including the one that clinched the CIF-SS title
Armando Herrera, who threw for 302 yards and three touchdowns, talks after the win.
If you believe CalHiSports.com, (and I tend to believe them), the winner of Friday’s CIF-SS Inland Division championship game, Redlands East Valley or Riverside Poly, will advance to the CIF State Playoffs.
Right now, CalHiSports has REV No. 1 and Poly No. 2 in Division II South rankings. The top two teams will play next week in the Division II South Finals, with the winner of that going to the state finals.
Each CIF-SS Division is linked to a state division, and the Inland Division is linked with Division II. Teams must win a CIF title to advance to state, so both REV and Poly won’t be able to go.
More of the rankings: No. 3. Bakersfield Ridgeview (11-1), No. 4 San Clemente (12-1), No. 5 Crescenta Valley (13-0), No. 6 Menifee Heritage (12-1), No. 7 Serrano (12-1).
So, if you believe the rankings, the only way Serrano makes it is if Serrano wins and Ridgeview, San Clemente, and Crescenta Valley all lose. Heritage’s season is already over and ineligible for state.
State playoff announcement comes on Sunday afternoon.
Malik Lovette, above, talks after getting his Semper Fidelis All American Bowl jersey on Thursday.
REV coach Kurt Bruich, talks about Malik Lovette
Malik Lovette talks after the school assembly in which he was awarded his jersey
Kurt Bruich talks about REV being in the finals.
So what school or school district has gone the longest without a title or an appearance in a championship football games?
Redlands East Valley is the first Redlands district school in the finals since Redlands lost a 55-0 contest to Edison in the 1979 Big Five Conference.
Colony last appeared in the finals in 2007, the second straight year it did so. Winning the Central Division title would make it the seventh time in the last nine years (since CIF-SS went from numbers to names on division) that a San Bernardino County school won the Central Division. Since 2007, a Chaffey Joint High School District school has won in 2008 (Rancho Cucamonga) and finished second in 2009 (Los Osos). Chaffey won the inaugural CIF championship in 1913, a 19-0 win against Santa Ana. Upland won in 2009, Colton in 2010 and Kaiser in 2012.
Serrano’s last title was 10 years ago against Palm Springs, the same school they’ll face Friday. That was also the last CIF-SS football title for the San Bernardino County portion of the High Desert. The Diamondbacks are 1-4 in title games, the last loss five years ago against Palm Springs.
Arrowhead Christian Academy won titles in 1996-97 and last played in the championship game in 2001, a 43-16 win over Mammoth in Division XIII.
REV coach Kurt Bruich, right, coaches his team in a practice this week.
Redlands East Valley coach Kurt Bruich has a lot of information at his disposal in the person of his father, Dick Bruich, who won four CIF-SS titles at Fontana and Kaiser.
So what has he learned from his dad about coaching in title games?
“We haven’t really talked about it,” Kurt Bruich said. “When I was playing (in 1987) I wasn’t paying attention to that. Then later, when he was at Kaiser, I was coaching myself.”