Final thoughts on Kaiser/Colony

Sometimes, I cover a game, and it’s so entertaining a game that there’s more I want to get to than I can possibly mention in a story. Such was the Kaiser/Colony football game on Friday, won by Colony 23-19.

Some thoughts:

  • Each team scored 3 touchdowns and there were no other scores. Kaiser had its first PAT blocked, went for 2 on the second and failed, then kicked the third. Colony kicked the first, then went for 2 and made it on the second and third touchdowns.
  • The math wouldn’t indicate it, but Colony made the right move going for 2 on its final touchdown. Usually, you go for 2 late in a game when a TD puts you up 1, 4 or 5, but in this case, it put the Titans up 21-19. Going for 2 had more to do with Kaiser. Kaiser had attempted just one FG all year, and missed it. So going up 3 would’ve meant little in this game. But going up 4 would’ve been helpful because if Kaiser came back to score a TD and kicked an XP, Colony could’ve tied with a FG.
  • Kaiser’s drives ended with: Downs, lost fumble, TD, TD, halftime, punt, TD, downs/INT. Just one punt for the Cats. Kaiser ran more plays on its first drive 19 than Colony had in the first half (12). Colony had 3 drives end after just 1 play: 2 TDs, and one lost a fumble. Kaiser had six drives end in Colony territory.
  • On Kaiser’s opening drive, they appeared to be getting a first-and-goal at the Colony 9 as Colony was being called for pass interference on fourth-and-15 at the 19. But Kaiser also got a penalty for illegal man downfield. The down was replayed on the offsetting fouls and Kaiser failed to convert the 4th-and-15  the second time.

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CIF-SS first round playoff predictions

It was a pretty good Week 10 for me, I went 24-5, and my season record is 265-77, with one score exactly right and 6 with the margin exactly right.

I might pick out of area games as the playoffs progress, but for now I’ll stay local

Charter Oak 28, Ayala 10
Monrovia 31, Grand Terrace 13
Colony 28, Kaiser 14
Bonita 28, Don Lugo 24
Chino 28, Chaffey 26
Summit 35, South Hills 14
Oak Hills 35, Vista Del Lago 31
Barstow 35, Burroughs 30
Serrano 42, Coachella Valley 7
Palm Desert 30, Silverado 22
Yucaipa 35, San Gorgonio 28
Cajon 42, Rim of the World 0
Redlands East Valley 56, Jurupa Hills 6
Redlands 38, Paloma Valley 35
Mission Prep 42, Aquinas 26
Twentynine Palms 49, Ontario Christian 14
Los Alamitos 21, Chino Hills 17
Edison 28, Rancho Cucamonga 21
Upland 30, Saugus 23

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ROUNDUP: Loma Linda Academy sweeps Montebello

LOMA LINDA ACADEMY 3, MONTEBELLO 0 >> Demari Webb had 18 kills for the Roadrunners in the CIFSS first round victory over the Oilers, 25-9, 25-17, 25-18. Kayla Redfield contributed with 35 assists and three digs in the victory. Loma Linda Academy will play the winner of Connelly and Santa Ynez in the quarterfinals.
TEMPLETON 3, WEBB 0 >> The Gauls were defeated by the Eagles, 25-17, 25-13, 25-16, in the second round of the CIF-SS playoffs.
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LOS OSOS 14, VILLA PARK 11 >> Luke Andres had four goals for the Grizzlies in the CIFSS Division 2 first round victory over the Spartans. Joseph Galgani contributed with three goals while goalkeeper Tanner Stewart had 11 saves in the win. Los Osos will play against Dana Hills on Saturday.

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Carter safety Marcus Strong verbally commits to Washington State

Marcus Strong of Rialto Carter High School confirmed that he has verbally committed to play football at Washington State University.

Strong had offers from San Jose and PAC-12 rivals such as Oregon State and Washington but felt that the Cougars were the best fit for him.

“I think my speed can fit in very well with a good and upcoming program like Washington State,” Strong said. “I have a good connection with the coaching staff and that is what matters the most.”

Strong believes he still has a few things he wants to address as he prepares for the next step in his career.

“I have to put on some muscle and I have to build up some more speed to compete (against the best in the PAC-12),” he said. “But I those task will be easy for me.”

Strong proved to be a dual sport athlete, playing in the outfield for his high school baseball team.

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Our list of athletes signing this week


  • Isaiah Davis, Carter – Fresno State
  • Brett Vansant, Redlands East Valley – Western Kentucky
  • Reggie Lawson, Victor Valley – Arizona State


  • Kayla Washington, Cajon – Washington State


  • Pamala Baber, Carter – Texas-El Paso
  • Marissa Jauregui, Grand Terrace – UC Davis
  • Danielle Rico, Grand Terrace – Eastern Michigan
  • Jocelyn Betancourt, Grand Terrace – Cal St. Bakersfield
  • Melanie Olmos, Grand Terrace – Oklahoma
  • Riley Plogger, Redlands East Valley – Utah State
  • Stephanie Ruelas, Redlands East Valley – Concordia
  • Mallory Cross, Yucaipa –  Texas-El Paso
  • Kayla Martin, Yucaipa – Kansas Wesleyan
  • Kelly Martinez, Yucaipa – Utah
  • Zoe Richard, Citrus Valley – Cal State Fullerton
  • Olivia Olvera, Citrus Valley – La Sierra


  • Emily Longfellow, Redlands East Valley -University of Houston
  • Melissa Pepper, Redlands – West Virginia
  • Nicole Proctor, Redlands – UC Santa Barbara


  • Janell Walley, Yucaipa – Boise State
  • Alisha Edwards, Redlands HS – UCLA

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Jeremy Topete steps down as Hesperia football coach

The high school football regular season has ended, but the first coaching domino has fallen as Hesperia coach Jeremy Topete has stepped down after seven seasons at the helm of the Scorpions.
Topete said his resignation had nothing to do with the incident last week in which Hesperia players vandalized the Oak Hills field and Hesperia ended up forfeiting the game.
“This is something I had talked to my athletic director a month ago,” he said. “I’m grateful for the opportunity. The administration and staff has given a lot of support.”
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Topete said he is planning on spending more time with his family, which includes two sons, ages 9 and 7.
“I’ve been devoting my time to other kids for the last 18 years,” Topete said. “Now I need to spend more time with my own.”
Topete said he plans on continuing to teach at Hesperia and will “take a year off” from coaching. He did not say he would definitely coach again, only that he would consider it after a year.
Topete compiled a 25-48 record in seven seasons after taking over the program when Robert Kistner left to become the first head coach at Oak Hills. He led the Scorpions to the playoffs in 2013 and 2014 (winning a playoff game), and was 3-7 this year.
He said he hopes last week’s incident doesn’t mar how people view his tenure at the school.
“The people around us know the good things we’ve done,” Topete said. “It’s not about one incident of a prank that went too far.”
Topete said he got positive reaction after forfeiting last week’s game.
“The reaction I got was nothing but positive, texts from people,” he said.

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Citrus Belt League football wrap-up and final thoughts

The regular season is over, and the fairly unpredictable Citrus Belt League ended Friday without major surprises:
The scores on the final night:
Redlands 28, Carter 15
Cajon 61, Miller 26
Redlands East Valley 53, Yucaipa 17
Citrus Valley 58, Eisenhower 0

So, here are the CBL automatic entries for the playoffs, in order:
1. Cajon (9-1, 6-1)
2. Redlands East Valley (8-2, 6-1)
3. Redlands (7-3, 5-2)
Wild card probability:
4. Yucaipa (7-3, 4-3)
5. Carter (7-3, 4-3)

When there were some upsets and surprises, I wondered at the end which games would come back to haunt teams?
It seems Carter’s 20-18 loss to Yucaipa will haunt them, keeping them from making the playoffs. On the other hand, it’s the game that gets Yucaipa into the playoffs.
The other is REV’s 37-17 loss to Cajon. Of course Cajon deserved to win that game, but REV obviously didn’t play its best. Against each of the other 3 teams in the playoff hunt in the CBL, REV had a better result, for what that’s worth. Regardless, it’s certainly a game REV would rather have back, but it didn’t keep the Wildcats out of the playoffs.

One thing that struck me from the Redlands-Carter game I was at. Carter turned the ball over 3 times and in each instance, it was a team effort from Redlands. Twice Carter QB Sonny Robison was stripped by one defender and the ball was recovered by another. In the interception, it took one defender to deflect the ball from intended receiver Marcus Strong and a second defender intercepted it. Impressive job by the Terrier defense.

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Hesperia football forfeits game against Oak Hills after vandalism

The Hesperia football program will forfeits tonight’s Mojave River League game against Oak Hills after a group of Hesperia student-athletes vandalized the football stadium, according to the Victor Valley Daily Press.

In the report, Bulldogs’ head coach Robert Kistner said the Hesperia players had spray-painted an expletive on the field, defecated in the bleachers and egged the Oak Hills’ press box.

The Bulldogs conclude the regular season at 5-5 overall and 4-1 in Mojave River League play. The Scorpions finish at 3-7 overall and 1-4 in the MRL.

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