Shawn Moore, Miller get first win with new philosophy

Miller got its first win of the season under new coach Shawn Moore last week, a 42-15 rout of Moreno Valley Vista Del Lago.
“I think it was a good all-around win. We did a lot of things well,” Moore said.
Miller looks a little different on offense this year, even with senior star athlete/quarterback Malik Flowers returning from Justin Nast’s team last year.
Moore has chosen to play Flowers at receiver and running back, instead of quarterback, because that’s where Flowers will more than likely play in college. He doesn’t want to hinder Flowers’ recruitment by playing him at another position.
How has that worked?
In Miller’s opener, Flowers caught four passes for 111 yards and two touchdowns in a 36-15 loss to Perris. Last week, he rushed for 227 yards and three touchdowns.
But Moore says another running back, senior Kenny Thompson is also a standout talent.
“He’s a guy hardly anyone knows about,” Moore said.

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Rialto gets first win

Rialto football got its first win last week, and it was the first win for coach Robert Mitchell in his first year as the head coach at his alma mater. But the 43-34 win over Bloomington was also snapped a 14-game losing streak for the program.
Rialto’s scoring outburst came after getting shut out in its first two games and nearly equaled the 46 points they scored in all of 2015.
Quarterback Tyler Gonzalez threw three touchdowns and one interception in the game after throwing four interceptions and of course no touchdowns in the first two games.
Leo Torres scored two rushing touchdowns, Tim Key had a receiving touchdown and also returned a kickoff for a second touchdown.

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Week 2 Friday football predictions

After a 30-7-1 record in Week 1, and a 2-1 record on Thursday, I am now 59-14-1 on the season. Last week I got one margin right, when I said San Gorgonio would beat Fontana by 28 points. I didn’t get the score exactly right. I said 42-14 and it was 35-7.

Here are this week’s picks:
• Los Osos 20, Alta Loma 16
• Diamond Ranch 24, Ayala 17
• Cajon 35, Kaiser 14
• Citrus Valley 35, Jurupa Hills 28
• Colton 22, Arroyo Valley 20
• Aquinas 31, Crean Lutheran 27
• Barstow 28, Desert 18
• Rancho Cucamonga 35, Don Lugo 7
• Montclair 35, Duarte 30
• Colony 42, Gardena 14
• Grand Terrace 42, West Valley 17
• Knight 28, Granite Hills 14
• Victor Valley 35, Hesperia 27
• Chino 35, Hillcrest 21
• Yucca Valley 28, Indio 0
• Lancaster 30, Adelanto 21
• Ontario Christian 27, Santa Ana Calvary Chapel 22
• Pacific 42, Indian Springs 14
• Chaffey 14, Patriot 10
• Oak Hills 35, Palmdale 7
• Yucaipa 38, Palm Desert 14
• Ramona 49, Fontana 21
• Redlands East Valley 35, Upland 20
• Rialto 32, Bloomington 26
• Carter 21, Riverside North 19
• Etiwanda 20, Riverside Poly 14
• Rim of the World 35, San Bernardino 14
• Serrano 42, Quartz Hill 7
• sultana 21, Silverado 14
• Arrowhead Christian 21, Whittier Christian 20
• Vista del Lago 27, Miller 23
• Twentynine Palms 21, Xavier Prep 14
Saturday’s games
• Santa Fe Christian 42, Big Bear 17

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Kaiser football’s opponent’s decision: tie or win?

Last week, Kaiser settled for a 15-15 tie with Downey Warren, but not by its own choice.
Here’s the situation as told to me from Kaiser coach Phil Zelaya:
Warren scored the game’s first touchdown and went for 2 to go up 8-0. Kaiser answered and also went for 2 to tie the score, 8-8.
Then Kaiser scored again, this time kicked the extra point to go up 15-8. Warren answered right back and quickly went down the field to score a touchdown with about 25 seconds left.
“It looked like they were going to go for 2,” Zelaya said.
It was big Warren crowd, a “White Out” night for the fans and coach Raul Lara, the former coach at Long Beach Poly decided to kick the extra point. It was successful and the game finished in the tie although Kaiser nearly had a chance to win in the final seconds.
Some preseason games have overtime, by mutual agreement from coaches, but most do not. Coaches want to play 48 minutes, but don’t see the need to play extra time, risking injury, in a game that likely has no bearing on whether or not they make the playoffs.
So what would Zelaya have done?
“I would’ve gone for 2,” he said.
Yes, a tie is better than a loss. But don’t you want your team to see you’re willing to go for it? I would’ve gone for the win, too.

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Sultana wins game, suffers serious player injury

Sultana High School football is coming off a win, and still has eight games left in the regular season, but it can’t be easy for the Sultans to focus on anything other than their player who wears No. 29, senior defensive end Bruce Henderson.
Henderson suffered a brain injury late in Friday’s 7-0 win over Riverside Norte Vista and was taken to the hospital.
According to tweets from Sultana assistant coach Chris Fore’s Twitter account, Henderson suffered the injury on a play in which “it was a hit on a running back. Might have been that hit, might have been contact with the ground.”
Fore tweeted that Henderson “came off the field under his own power. Then our staff had him see trainer when they knew he wasn’t ‘right.’”
He eventually underwent emergency brain surgery at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton.
Since then, the official twitter account of Sultana Football reported: “Keep fighting Bruce. Everyone is here for you. Great news, Bruce has been giving thumbs up on command now. We love you.” Monday, the account reported “amazing news. They have taken the tubes out and Bruce is doing better and better. He’s even trying to talk. God is gr8. Keep praying.”
An online fund through youcaring.com had raised $4,070 of a $10,000 goal as of Tuesday evening for Henderson and his family.
Through two games, Henderson is second on the team with 29 tackles.
Messages to Sultana coach Keith Locklear and principal Larry Bird were not returned.
On Thursday, the following update was given:


Rough night, big win
A secondary story was the fact that Sultana beat Norte Vista, a big win for Sultana. Norte Vista was a playoff team last year and Sultana’s win was likely the Sultans’ most impressive since 2012.
In 2012, a year after Sultana last made the playoffs, Sultana defeated Pomona 26-24. Until Friday, that was the last time Sultana had beaten a team that had finished the previous season with a winning record.
Obviously a big part of the 7-0 win was defense, which included four fumble recoveries off six forced fumbles. Special teams also averaged 40.0 yards per kick in the game.
That was a week after Norte Vista routed Claremont, 49-21.

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Week 1 San Bernardino County football predictions

It was a pretty good Week 0 picking games for me, going 27-6-1

The losses were: I incorrectly picked Chino to win, Ontario to win, San Bernardino to win, Silverado to win, Eisenhower to lose, and Don Lugo to lose. The 1 tie was Rim-Maranatha.
I didn’t get any games exactly right by margin or exact score, but I came extremely close. I predicted a 35-7 Rancho Cucamonga win over Chaparral. The final score? 36-7.

I didn’t pick either way on Arroyo Valley’s win over San Bernardino Thursday.
Here we go for Friday’s games

• Apple Valley 49, Granite Hills 0
• Ayala 20, Alta Loma 17
• Barstow 31, Knight 6
• Big Bear 24, Arrowhead Christian 14
• Bloomington 21, Nuview Bridge 18
• Charter Oak, 31, Colony 27
• Chino 35, Baldwin Park 7
• Chino Hills 21, Diamond Ranch 10
• Citrus Valley 35, Beaumont 30
• Don Lugo 21, Pomona 17
• Eastside 35, Victor Valley 33
• Grand Terrace 28, Yucaipa 24
• Heritage 42, Los Osos 17
• Indian Springs 28, Jurupa Valley 27
• Jurupa Hills 20, Chaffey 19
• Kaiser 35, Warren 20
• Lakeside 28, Colton 26
• Mammoth 42, Upland Christian 14
• Mission Viejo 42, Oak Hills 24
• Murrieta Mesa 42, Montclair 21
• Murrieta Valley 40, Redlands 28
• Norte Vista 35, Sultana 24
• Ontario 28, Nogales 20
• Ontario Christian 24, Calvary Murrieta 17
• Pacific 35, Adelanto 27
• Perris 22, Miller 16
• Ramona 49, Rialto 6
• Rancho Cucamonga 20, Norco 10
• Rancho Verde 35, Carter 14
• Redlands East Valley 35, Etiwanda 6
• Roosevelt 34, Eisenhower 22
• San Gorgonio 42, Fontana 14
• Serrano 28, Silverado 14
• Summit 42, Hesperia 14
• Twentynine Palms 24, Indio 20
• Upland 28, Claremont 21
• Webb 35, Western Christian 7
• Yucca Valley 21, Excelsior 14

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Cajon’s Darren Jones denied eligibility by CIF

Four high profile football transfers from Upland to Corona Centennial were ruled ineligible by the CIF Southern Section, but Centennial wasn’t the only school to have transfers from Upland denied.
Darren Jones, a sophomore who led Upland in receiving as a freshman last year with 19 receptions for 437 yards and five touchdowns, had transferred to Cajon and hoped to be a big part of the Cowboy offense. That won’t happen anytime soon as CIF-SS also ruled him ineligible for football and basketball until next July. Rogers said Upland contested Jones’ transfer.
“I think he’s going to file an appeal with the state (CIF), as far as I know,” Cajon coach Nick Rodgers said. “But that would take several weeks.”
Rogers doesn’t agree with Upland contesting the transfer.
“I’m like Kim (Battin, former Cajon coach). If a guy doesn’t want to play here, let him go,” Rogers said.
Unlike other schools, Cajon has not been a destination for many transfers Rogers said. He notes that he lost three varsity players to transfers (two to Pacific and one to San Gorgonio) and got only one varsity player back, receiver Tre’veon Wellmaker from Jurupa Hills.
“If this is a recruiting competition, I’m not doing a very good job,” Rogers said.

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