Redlands East Valley prediction for tonight

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.

Redlands East Valley will meet Ridgeview for state title

REV's Malik Lovette celebrates the CIF-SS Title victory on Dec. 5 against Riverside Poly.

REV’s Malik Lovette celebrates the CIF-SS Title victory on Dec. 5 against Riverside Poly.

Head coach Kurt Bruich and the Redlands East Valley Wildcats (13-1) were named to the CIF Division II South State Championship Game against the Bakersfield Ridgeview Wolf Pack (12-1).

The game will be held at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 on the campus of Citrus Valley High School.

The Wildcats handed Riverside Poly High, it’s first loss of the season to win the 2014 CIF-SS Inland Division Championship on Dec. 5.

The Wolf Pack defeated Dinuba High, 16-14, to win the CIF Central Section Divsion II Championship.

How REV converted opportunities into CIF-SS title

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.

Redlands East Valley CIF-SS football championship videos


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.

Inland Division winner should get state berth

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.

Highlights of Malik Lovette Semper Fidelis All American Bowl jersey ceremony


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.

REV, Colony, Serrano, Arrowhead Christian part of rich area CIF-SS tradition

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.

Has Kurt Bruich learned about coaching in title games from his father?

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.”

Redlands East Valley prepares quarterbacks for Friday’s game

REV QB Armando Herrera, above, is questionable for Friday’s game

Who will play quarterback for Redlands East Valley in Friday’s CIF-SS Inland Division championship game vs. Riverside Poly?
REV coach Kurt Bruich is prepared to use everybody and anybody if starting star sophomore quarterback sophomore Armando Herrera can’t play this week after injuring his shoulder in last week’s win over Perris Citrus Hill.
REV coach Kurt Bruich said he didn’t know on Tuesday if Herrera would play, as Herrera missed at least the beginning of practice while his injured shoulder was being examined by REV’s team doctor.
Bruich said they are preparing to use as many as three quarterbacks if Herrera can’t go: sophomore Steven Garcia, senior Seth Bates and senior Malik Lovette.
Lovette gets snaps every game at quarterback in a wildcat formation, regardless of who starts, and also spends a lot of time at running back and wide receiver. He has attempted only six passes and completed one. Garcia completed one of five passes for 17 yards in last week’s win over Perris Citrus Hill, but had only one pass or carry in a game before last week: a 4-yard run against Eisenhower in Week 6. Bates had two carries for 18 yards last week, but has not attempted a pass since Week 5 vs. Miller, going 3 for 4 for 16 yards.
Bruich did add that Herrera would not need to get any reps in practice during the week in order to be able to play on Friday.
Could this be an advantage for REV?
It could, but would only slightly offset the disadvantage of not having Herrera. Lovette is the best runner, Garcia is the best passer and Bates is in between the two, so there are some different strengths among the trio.
But, Poly would already need to prepare for Lovette at QB, because that’s a package that REV uses in every game. And preparing for Garcia and Bates is not like preparing for Herrera, who has thrown for 2,917 yards, 36 touchdowns with only seven interceptions.

REV running back corps bolstered for present, future

For much of the year, Joey Harman has been the primary running back for Redlands East Valley.
In part that’s because Taimon Faimalo broke his foot in a scrimmage, and Jonathan Clark broke his leg in Week 2.
But while Harman has excelled, rushing for 1,086 yards and 10 touchdowns, help is on the way.
Faimalo played for the first time all season in last week’s win over Carter, mostly in the second half.
“That’s a good defense and they knew we were going to run,” said REV coach Kurt Bruich while praising Faimalo, who rushed for 42 yards on eight carries.
Now, there’s word that Clark, who carried 12 times for 144 yards and two touchdowns in less than two games, is returning. Clark is jogging and might be able to play next week, assuming REV gets past Riverside North tonight.
But REV might also get help from Clark’s younger brother, 5-foot-10, 177-pound freshman Gabe Clark. Bruich has submitted the paperwork so Gabe can play varsity, and Bruich said he could get some carries this week.
“This kid is a manchild,” Bruich said.