Week 0 High School Football Game Predictions

OK, my fearless predictions for Week 0, when I have less information than I have for any week of the season (that’s my disclaimer).

Week 0 predictions
Thursday’s Games
Jurupa Hills 35, Gladstone 14
Serrano 24, Paraclete 13

Friday’s Games
Alta Loma 36, Rowland 16
Aquinas 41, CMI 13
Arrowhead Christian 35, Rancho Christian 10
Brethren Christian 48, Riverside Prep 14
Cajon 30, Roosevelt 21
Calvary Murrieta 28, Western Christian 25
Carter 28, Los Osos 14
Chaffey 28, Lakeside 7
Chino Hills 42, Ayala 31
Colony 38, West Covina 26
Corona Santiago 28, Redlands 24
Don Lugo 34, Walnut 13
Eastside 35, Adelanto 20
Eisenhower 35, Sultana 21
Grand Terrace 28, Mayfair 21
Granite Hills 40, Yucca Valley 35
Heritage Christian 28, Ontario Christian 17
Hesperia 21, Fontana 17
Indian Springs 41, Santa Paula 28
Miller 21, Barstow 14
Norco 35, Etiwanda 31
Oak Hills 24, Pomona 21
Ontario 26, Garey 20
Rancho Cucamonga 45, Trabuco Hills 31
San Bernardino 42, Arroyo Valley 21
San Gorgonio 33, Citrus Valley 17
Silverado 24, Apple Valley 14
Upland 56, Knight 6
Victor Valley 21, Rialto 7

Saturday’s Game
Big Bear 49, Excelsior 7

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Big Bear football limited by Summit Fire

With the Southern California drought raging on (although there may be an end in sight), we are getting an early look at Fire Season, with the Summit Fire in Big Bear hurting air quality and damaging acres of wilderness.Big Bear logo
The Summit Fire has also affected Big Bear football. Coach Dave Griffiths said that the school didn’t have classes yesterday. The team still met and had film sessions. Today (Tuesday), there was also no classes, but the team did practice, albeit inside. Griffiths said that Saturday afternoon’s season opener against Excelsior at Big Bear Middle School has not been affected yet.
However, the fire is near the Middle School, so that’s a distinct possibility it could be moved at this point. In recent years, Big Bear has moved home games to Barstow High, or more frequently, to Lucerne Valley.

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High School Football Week 0 schedule

Sun/Bulletin/Daily Facts football schedule for Week 0

Check back Weds or Thurs for game predictions.

All games scheduled at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted
Thursday Aug. 27
NONLEAGUE
Jurupa Hills vs. Gladstone at Citrus College
Serrano vs. Paraclete at Antelope Valley College

"San Gorgonio High School's quarterback Nate Meadors, right, makes a run as Citrus Valley High School's Ben LeMay gives chase during a game on Friday, August 29, 2014 at Citrus Valley High School in Redlands, Ca. (Micah Escamilla/Redlands Daily Facts)    "

Citrus Valley and San Gorgonio battle during Week 0 of last year: (Micah Escamilla/Staff Photographer)

Friday Aug. 28
NONLEAGUE
Arroyo Valley at San Bernardino
Barstow at Miller
Cajon at Roosevelt
California Military Institute at Aquinas
Chaffey at Lakeside
Chino Hills at Ayala
Citrus Valley at San Gorgonio
Colony at West Covina
Corona Santiago at Redlands
Don Lugo at Walnut
Duarte at Diamond Bar
Eastside at Adelanto
El Rancho at Claremont
Ganesha at Keppel
Granite Hills at Yucca Valley
Heritage Christian at Ontario Christian
Hesperia at Fontana
Los Osos at Carter
Mayfair at Grand Terrace
Norco at Etiwanda, at Colony HS
Ontario at Garey
Pomona at Oak Hills
Rancho Christian vs. Arrowhead Christian at Citrus Valley HS
Rialto at Victor Valley
Riverside Prep vs. Brethren Christian at Ocean View HS
Rowland vs. Alta Loma at Chaffey HS
Santa Paula vs. Indian Springs at Pacific HS
Schurr at Bonita
Silverado at Apple Valley
South Hills at Diamond Ranch
Sultana at Eisenhower
Trabuco Hills vs. Rancho Cucamonga at Los Osos HS
Upland at Knight
Western Christian vs. Calvary Murrieta at Vista Murrieta

Saturday, August 29th
Excelsior vs. Big Bear at Big Bear Middle School, 1:30 p.m

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Western Christian football has gone from bottom to top before

Of all football programs, Western Christian shouldn’t be intimidated by it’s current predicament.

The Lancers finished last in the Ambassador League last season, but perhaps even more revealing is that new coach Michael Khoshkbariie began spring practice with just 18 players on the roster.

Western Christian has beaten the odds before – quickly. The Lancers went from three wins to an undefeated regular season in just two years, surging to the CIF-SS semifinals in 2013. But just as quickly, Western found itself at the bottom of the league again.

The Lancers have their work cut out again in an Ambassador League that is deeper than it was two seasons ago. But Khoshkbariie already has 40 players out for the team. Continue reading

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Ontario Christian football hopes to climb out of unfamiliar territory

Ontario Christian is only two seasons removed from a trip to the CIF finals. Success of this nature isn’t surprising for a program with one of the longest standing traditions in the Ambassador League.

What is surprising? The Knights have just one league championship over the last nine years outside of their banner season in 2012. Even more surprising? Last year, Ontario Christian missed the playoffs for the first time in at least 15 years.

A new coach, a strong returning nucleus and a promising young quarterback are plenty of reasons to believe this year will begin the Knights’ climb toward their traditional spot near the top of the league. The Ambassador League is deep, but Ontario Christian could benefit from the league’s expected parity. Continue reading

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VIDEO: Azusa Pacific scrimmages at San Gorgonio

I talked to some San Gorgonio players (I didn’t do video because music was playing) who watched Azusa Pacific’s scrimmage held at San G. and they were very impressed, as you can read in my story about the scrimmage.

Think about it. NCAA Division II football in Southern California wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for APU. The next closest Div. II school in California is Humboldt State, which if you know where that is, isn’t that close at all.

This is the 3rd straight year scrimmaging in the Inland Empire and coach Victor Santa Cruz thinks it really helps in recruiting.

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A first look at Indian Springs High’s stadium

Above, a look at Indian Springs’ new stadium. Much of it is done, a grass field, lights, bleachers and press box.
Next week, the track is poured and the remainder of the concourse area, as well as ticket booth and concessions. At the end of the video, you see a heavy construction site. That’s the pool which won’t be ready for a few months now.

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18U Baseball National Team picks Reggie Lawson

Team USA baseball announced its 18-and-under National Team on Wednesday, and Victor Valley High’s Reggie Lawson was one of 20 players across the country to be picked for the team.

The 6-foot-4 Lawson, who will be a senior next season, went 6-4 with a save and a 2.25 ERA in the regular season for the Jackrabbits while striking out 67 batters in 53 innings. He was even more impressive at the plate, batting .461 with four home runs and 26 RBIs in 24 games for Victor Valley, which won the Desert Sky League title before falling to eventual champion Serrano in the second round of the CIF-SS playoffs.

While Lawson is listed as a pitcher, shortstop and third baseman on Victor Valley’s roster from last year, he is listed as only a pitcher on Team USA’s roster. He is one of seven Southern Californians on the 20-man roster. The team is expected to play in the 2015 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Japan Aug. 28-Sept. 6.

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John Romagnoli returns as Miller High’s boys basketball coach

He’s back as boys basketball coach, and it would seem, for the foreseeable future.
John Romagnoli, who first became head coach at Miller High in 1998, is back after his second one-year hiatus since then.
“I realized I was 46 years old and I wasn’t ready to hang it up (for coaching),” Romagnoli said.
Romagnoli’s teams at Miller have probably been the school’s most consistent, missing the playoffs only once (his first season) in 15 years as head coach. After serving as assistant coach to Gary West beginning in 1995, Romagnoli replaced West as head coach in 1998 and was the head coach until he first became athletic director in 2010, when he stepped down to concentrate on that job.
He returned after a year in which Miller missed the playoffs, then served as head basketball coach and athletic director for three years until last year, when the district forced to choose between the two positions.John Romagnoli mug shot
Romagnoli said he chose to remain as athletic director last year because he needed to get ready to move his mother-in-law out from Chicago to live with his family. He said the year away this time (when the team missed the playoffs) was much worse.
“Last time, I took the new (athletic director) job and that was kind of exciting,” he said. “I had coached 10-11 years at that point. Now, I’m completely revitalized, I got the (Inland Valley) all-star game resurrected. … Even when I wasn’t coaching, I was a (basketball) junkie, going to college basketball practices.
“I guess I’m at that point, where the coaching part comes easy. I feel like I’m back.”
School has started at Fontana, and as a result of returning to coaching, Romagnoli had to step down as athletic director and is back teaching. He monitors online classes that Miller students are taking.
“I’m a little bit of a tech guy,” he said. “I really wanted something different.”
So, as a result, long time Miller coach Jeff Omar is taking over as athletic director.
“Jeff’s learning the ropes and I’m there to help him out,” Romagnoli said.

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San Gorgonio High hosting Azusa Pacific football next week

Interested in what NCAA Division II football is about but you don’t want to leave San Bernardino County?
Then San Gorgonio is the place to be, Aug. 20 at 6 p.m.

San Gorgonio logoThe Spartans’ stadium will be the site of an Azusa Pacific University football scrimmage at that time. Yes, UCLA football has been practicing in San Bernardino, but playing for the Bruins is not a attainable reality for 99 percent of high school football players.
Division II Azusa Pacific, however, is more attainable. Coach Ron Gueringer sees many advantages to the event. APU was looking to showcase their football team outside of their home in Azusa, and Gueringer not only wants people to see the school’s quality athletic facilities, but also show them another option for college.
“We’ve had a good relationship with those guys for a few years and they were looking for a place to go,” Gueringer said. “It’s a great opportunity for our kids to see college football.”

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