I didn’t do too badly in picking Week 0 games, all things considered, going 21-7-1, and I picked one game with the exact winning margin (but not the exact score). I said Aquinas would win 35-13, and the actual score was 22-0.
Here are my Friday Week 1 picks
Apple Valley 21, Granite Hills 14
Aquinas 20, Mary Star 14
Arrowhead Christian 41, CMI 14
Arroyo Valley 26, Pacific 14
Banning 28, Sultana 21
Barstow 41, Littlerock 14
Cajon 23, Valley View 14
Cantwell-Sacred Heart 35, Western Christian 16
Carter 28, Rialto 7
Citrus Valley 20, Beaumont 17
Colony 35, Riverside Poly 31
Week 0 Prep football predictions
As I did last year, I will keep track of my record in picking winners, and the number of times I predicted the correct winning margin (and winning team) as well as exact score.
So, without further ado, here are my predictions (games listed alphabetical by winning team):
Ontario 20, Garey 14
Alemany 48, Los Osos 14
Alta Loma 27, Rowland 20
Apple Valley 17, Silverado 14
Aquinas 35, Saddleback 13
Arrowhead Christian 35, Bellerose 26
Big Bear 34, Excelsior 23
Burbank 31, Ayala 24
Chaffey 21, Lakeside 19
Chaparral 49, Victor Valley 8
Colony 35, West Covina 17
Corona Santiago 42, Redlands 14
Don Lugo 20, Walnut 14
Eastside 34, Adelanto 7
Eisenhower 42, Sultana 12
Etiwanda 35, Summit 24
Granite Hills 20, Yucca Valley 16
Hart 49, Chino Hills 35
Hesperia 31, Fontana 21
Jurupa Hills 28, Gladstone 7
Miller 42, Barstow 34
Montclair 28, San Gabriel 20
Murrieta Mesa 49, Indian Springs 0
Oak Hills 41, Highland 21
Ontario Christian 28, Heritage Christian 10
San Bernardino 30, Arroyo Valley 20
San Gorgonio 49, Citrus Valley 28
Serrano 21, Paraclete 17
Trabuco Hills 38, Rancho Cucamonga 35
Upland 52, Knight 7
Western Christian 35, Calvary Murrieta 10
Perhaps due to strides in concussion awareness, high school football saw an increase in participation nationwide last season for the first time in five years, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations.
An additional 6,607 boys participated in 11-man football during the 2013-14 season, making the total number of players in the country 1,093,234. Aiding that number was an additional 184 girls playing high school football, bringing the total number of girls to 1,715 nationwide.
Technology continues to improve the safety measures of football equipment and tangible progress in preventing concussions also includes a recently approved assembly bill in California limiting full contact high school football practices to three hours per week. AB 2129 will take effect on Jan. 1, 2015.
I will post Week 0 predictions on this blog next week, but I thought I’d give some early thoughts as to some intriguing matchups for Week 0.
Some of the matchups for Friday 8/29
Bellerose at Arrowhead Christian
Bellerose is a school from St. Albert, Alberta, Canada. From what I can tell they were 4-5 last year. Looks like maybe the school is bigger than ACA, but I have no idea how good the football is. And anyway, it’s under American rules, so how will Bellerose deal with 1 less player, 1 more down, and a shorter and narrower field? It will be interesting.
San Bernardino at Arroyo Valley
With many new leagues this year, this is one of the old rivalries kept alive. In their last year in the same league (for now), San Bernardino beat Arroyo Valley 28-22 in Week 9 of the San Andreas League.
Big Bear at Excelsior at Victor Valley College
Big Bear went 10-3, Excelsior went 8-4 in different small-school divisions last year. They didn’t play last year, so it will be interesting to see how they stack up.
Hart at Chino Hills
Hart won the CIF-SS Northern Division title last year and both teams are in the new, loaded West Valley Division. An early-season measuring stick for both teams.
San Gorgonio at Citrus Valley
San G is loaded this year, and is the favorite in the San Andreas League. Citrus Valley is new to the Citrus Belt League and wants to prove it can compete. On paper, this is San G’s easiest game of the season, but the Spartans can’t afford to get caught looking ahead.
Etiwanda vs. Summit at Miller HS
Etiwanda is supposed to be really, really good, possibly challenging Upland and Rancho Cucamonga in the Baseline League. Summit has a new head coach and hopes to get back on track after a subpar season last year. This game has become a local rivalry as Summit is the closest school to Etiwanda.
Norte Vista at Grand Terrace
Ryan Smalls wasn’t officially named Grand Terrace’s coach until earlier this month. How will his team fare against a team that went to the CIF-SS Eastern Division finals last year.
Roosevelt at Pomona
Former Summit coach Tony Barile, now at Roosevelt, takes on a Pomona team that is on the upswing and looking to make a deep playoff run.
Redlands at Corona Santiago
Redlands will have its hands full facing Santiago and Alabama-bound QB Blake Barnett.
All CIF-SS baseball first-team selections, with San Bernardino County players in bold
Player of Year - Jack Flaherty, Harvard-Westlake
Player of Year - David Bacani, Santa Margarita
Jordan Bocko, Capistrano Valley; Griffin Canning, Santa Margarita; Ruben Cardenas, Alemany; Austin Colvin, Lakewood; Dylan Doherty, Foothill; Luke Dykstra, Westlake; Nathan Hadleu, Loyola; Tristan Hildebrand, Esperanza; Hudson Hughes, Foothill; Josh Morgan, Orange Lutheran; Daniel Patzlaff, Fountain Valley; Patrick Sandoval, Mission Viejo; Brian Schales, Edison; Scott Schultz, Fountain Valley; Brady Shockey, JSerra; Jackson Simonsgard, Thousand Oaks; Ezra Steinberg, Harvard-Westlake; Nick Valaika, Hart; Albee Weiss, Agoura; Cole Young, Norco.
Player of Year - Kyle Plantier, Temecula Valley
Coach of Year - Tony Nobiensky, Temecula Valley
Brandon Aoki, Camarillo; Kolby Allard, San Clemente; Dominic Colacchio, Aliso Niguel; Bailey Falter, Chino Hills; Tony Fonzo, Buena; Brian Gadsby, Crescenta Valley; Coltin Gerhart, Vista Murrieta Grant Hockin, Damien; Laine Huffman, Valencia Brandon Koch, Temecula Valley; Kyle Molnar, Aliso Niguel; Kale Morton, Glendora; Zack Noll, Great Oak; Louis Raymond, Dana Hills; Michael Russo, Crescenta Valley; Elijah Skipps, Cypress; Cody Sporrer, Chino Hills; Brad Wegman, Great Oak; Blake Wilson, La Mirada; Gavin Velasquez, South Hills.
Player of Year - Jacob Jimenez, Woodcrest Christian
Pitcher of Year - Brett Prater, Woodcrest Christian
Coach of Year - Glenn Prater, Woodcrest Chrsitian
Sportsmanship Award - Calvary Murrieta
Jonathan Attiuah, Jr., Western Christian
Anthony Beal, Sr., Woodcrest Christian
Travis Booth, Sr., Ontario Christian
Dante Chupek, Sr., Woodcrest Christan
Matt Garzon, Sr., Woodcrest Christian
Christian Hammar, Soph., Woodrcrest Christian
Chris Jasien, Sr., Linfield Christian
Deanthony Johnson, Soph., Aquinas
Austin Jones, Sr., Ontario Christian
Hayden Jorgenson, Jr., Ontario Christian
Sam Marrinan, Sr., Aquinas
Alec Pomahatch, Jr., Arrowhead Christian
John Shurance, Sr., Linfield Christian
Joshua Weeks, Soph., Calvary Murrieta
Andrew Aquilera, Soph., Aquinas
Taylor Bush, Jr., Linfield Christian
Carlos Huerta, Sr., Aquinas
Bryan James, Sr., Woodcrest Christian
John Magness, Jr., Arrowhead Christian
Joey Magro, Jr., Arrowhead Cristian
Andrew Robles, Sr., Arrowhead Christian
Brady Smith, Sr., Woodcrest Christian
Brent Smith, Soph., Calvary Murrieta
Dylan Smith, Soph., Western Christian
Eli Zaragoza, Soph., Ontario Christian
Player of Year - Zoe Casas, Aquinas
Pitcher of Year - Allie Hotetz, Aquinas
Coach of Year – Chris Ybarra, Aquinas
Sportsmanship Award - Western Christian
Jackie Agustines, Fr., Loma Linda
Julie Brackett, Sr., Woodcrest Christian
Martisa Cardona, Jr., Aquinas
Kylie Dazalla, Jr., Aquinas
Cortney Ducharm, Fr., Calvary Murrieta
Mackenzie Hammer, Sr., Woodcrest Christian
Nicole Hooyenga, Sr., Arrowhead Christian
Haylee Klosterman, Soph., Ontario Christian
Lauren Mara, Sr., Woodcrest Christian
Sarah McWaters, Soph., Calvary Murrieta
Yoselin Navarro, Sr., Aquinas
Madison Paige, Soph., Ontario Christan
Areana Ramos, Jr., Ontario Christian
Morgan Santana, Jr., Ontario Christian
Erica Almarez, Jr., Aquinas
McKenna Arvin, Jr., Aquinas
Ashley Ekberg, Fr., Woodcrest Christian
Casey Jacob, Soph., Ontario Christian
Ciera Luna, Jr., Aquinas
Amanda Malinowski, Sr., Arrowhead Christian
Ilana Mayer, Sr., Westarn Christian
Anyssa Medina, Sr., Ontario Christian
Andie Olson, Sr., Western Christian
Molly Paschall, Sr., Linfield Christian
Bri Savant, Jr., Calvary Murrieta
Jasmin Valenzuela, Jr., Aquinas
Ariana Zaragoza, Fr., Ontario Christian