He tried to get back into the football game last week, but it looks like he’ll be back in this week.
Redlands East Valley High School standout defensive end/linebacker Jaelan Phillips, a UCLA commit, broke his hand early in the second half of last week’s 38-32 win over Cajon and tried to go back in.
“It was friendly fire, a helmet on his hand,” REV coach Kurt Bruich said. “He wanted to come back in, but they (medical staff) wouldn’t let him.”
Phillips, who lines up at several different spots on the field, would leave a hole if he wasn’t able to play.
“He has a backup, so we’d plug him in,” Bruick said. “It does eliminate some of the defenses we run, because of what Jaelan is able to do. But, if I was a betting man, I’d say he’s going to play.”
Bruich said that before practice. By the end of the day, he indicated that Phillips will play this week against Citrus Valley and Phillips sent out pictures on social media of his cast on his right hand.
Redlands East Valley senior quarterback Armando Herrera is closing on two major career milestones, one he could easily get this week, and one that might take him another week to achieve.
He needs just two touchdown passes for 100 in his career, while he also sits at 334 yards short of 10,000 passing yards for his career. He averages more than two touchdown passes a game this season and 274 yards passing per game.
It is believed Herrera already holds the San Bernardino County career records in both categories and also sits fifth all-time in CIF Southern Section history in both categories, according to the CIF-SS record book.
Citrus Belt League >> Redlands East Valley won a school record 15 titles, including the girls 400 freestyle relay by Emily Longfellow, Autumn D’Arcy, Emily Rigsby and Sydney Benveniste. Jack Moyles won the boys 100 breaststroke event for REV. Redlands High School’s Niki Proctor won the girls 100 breaststroke event while Melissa Pepper won the 50 free with a time of 24.70 seconds.
Baseline League >> Chino Hills’ Michael Tenney finished first in the boys 200 and 500 yard freestyle events at the Baseline League Championship meet. Rachel Forbes of Los Osos finished first in the girls 200 and 500 free. Richie Campbell of Damien had first place finishes in the 50 and 100 free events.
Palomares League >> The Bulldogs’ defending CIF State Champion, Kenisha Liu, finished first in the 100 and 200 meter freestyle events at the Palomares League Championships. Liu finished with a time of 1 minute and 46.73 seconds in the 200, six seconds ahead of Katie Sulkevich of Glendora. In the 100, Liu finished with a three second lead over Glendora’s Catherine Sanchez with a time of 49.87.
Rancho Mirage 3, Redlands East Valley 2 >> Nick Perez scored both goals for the Wildcats in the San Gorgonio Tournament loss to the Rattlers. Jonathan Garcia contributed with an assist for the Wildcats. It was the first loss of the season for REV.
Redlands East Valley 6, Hemet 1 >> Alec Hooper scored three goals and had an assist for the Wildcats (8-1-1) in the San Gorgonio Tournament victory over the Bulldogs. Jonathan Garcia scored one goal and had two assists in the victory while Nick Perez and Tony Sidor each scored a goal. Redlands East Valley will continue play in the San Gorgonio Tournament on Monday against an opponent yet to be determined.
Redlands 2, Indio 0 >> Max Berrospe scored two goals for the Terriers (3-7-1) in the San Gorgonio Tournament victory over the Rajahs. Goalkeeper Grant Ganther had four saves in the first half for the Terriers while Quentin Gray had two in the second half. Redlands will play at 9:50 a.m. Monday against Patriot High in Tournament play.
Sultana 2, Redlands 0 >> Goalkeeper Quentin Gray had six saves in the first half for the Terriers in the San Gorgonio Tournament loss to the Sultans. Goalkeeper Grant Ganther had one save for the Terriers in the second half.
Redlands East Valley will have new nonleague opponents next year and won’t have to travel far at least for a couple of them.
Coach Kurt Bruich said the Wildcats will play Upland and Etiwanda, and need to find a third opponent.
“We’re not scared of playing anybody. We’ve been trying to schedule Upland for years,” he said. “It finally worked out.”
This year, REV played road games against Chaminade, St. Bonaventure and Rancho Verde.