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
CIF-SS girls volleyball preseason polls
Sun/Bulletin schools in bold
1. Los Alamitos; 2. Mater Dei; 3. Great Oak; 4. Orange Lutheran; 5. Redondo Union; 6. Lakewood; 7. Corona del Mar; 8. Mira Costa; 9. Tesoro; 10. Harvard-Westlake.
Others: Long Beach Wilson, Edison, Flintridge Sacred Heart, San Clemente.
1. Aliso Niguel; 2. El Dorado; 3. Chino Hills; 4. Villa Park; 5. Valencia; 6. Santa Barbara; 7. Thousand Oaks; 8. Rancho Cucamonga; 9. Martin Luther King; 10. Mission Viejo.
1. South Torrance; 2. Whittier Christian; 3. Mayfield; 4. North Torrance; 5. Yorba Linda; 6. Chadwick; 7. South Pasadena; 8. Moorpark; 9. Arroyo Grande; 10. Pasadena Poly.
Others: Village Christian, Valley Christian.
1. Troy; 2. Palm Springs; 3. Viewpoint; 4. Windward; 5. Cypress; 6. Oxnard; 7. Arcadia; 8. Glendora; 9. Notre Dame Academy; 10. Sierra Canyon.
Others: Immaculate Heart. Burbank, Apple Valley.
1. Pacifica Christian; 2. Laguna Blanca; 3. Alta Loma; 4. St. Paul; 5. La Reina; 6. St. Bonaventure; 7. Vistamar; 8. Don Lugo; 9. St. Anthony; 10. Pomona Catholic.
Others: Nordhoff, Shadow Hills.
1. Cate; 2. Duarte; 3. Gladstone; 4. Azusa; 5. Summit; 6. Mammoth; 7. Anaheim; 8. Desert; 9. Fontana; 10. Grand Terrace.
Others: Bishop Conaty.
1. La Sierra; 2. Santa Clarita Christian; 3. Temecula Prep; 4. Faith Baptist; 5. Buckley; 6. Coast Union; 7. San Gabriel Academy; 8. Coastal Christian; 9. Desert Christian; 10. Riverside Christian.
1. West Shores; 2. Hillcrest Christian; 3. Excelsior Charter; 4. Lake Arrowhead Christian; 5. Academy for Academic Excellence; 6. Tarbut V’Torah; 7. Avalon; 8. Trona; 9. Baker Valley; 10. Pacific Lutheran.
BOYS WATER POLO POLLS
(Sun/Bulletin schools in bold)
1. Harvard-Westlake; 2. Mater Dei; 3. Loyola; 4. Huntington Beach; 5. Agoura; 6. Newport Harbor; 7. Corona del Mar; 8. Servite; 9. Santa Margarita; 10. Los Alamitos.
1. Foothill; 2. Los Osos; 3. Dana Hills; 4. Dos Pueblos; 5. San Marcos; 6. Damien; 7. Mira Costa; 8. Martin Luther King; 9. El Toro; 10. Villa Park.
Others: Ventura, Palos Verdes, San Clemente.
1. Laguna Beach; 2. Murrieta Valley; 34. Capistrano Valley; 4. La Canda; 5. Montebello; 6. Royal; 7. Aliso Niguel; 8. South Pasadena; 9. Trabuco Hills; 10. Vista Murrieta.
Others: Brea Olinda, Temple City, Yorba Linda.
1. Righetti; 2. Cerritos; 3. Glendale; 4. El Segundo; 5. Arroyo Grande; 6. Santa Monica; 7. Sunny Hills; 8. Crescenta Valley; 9. Flintridge Prep; 10. Troy.
Others: La Habra, Pasadena, Atascadero, Pasadena Poly.
1. Claremont; 2. Los Altos; 3. Palm Desert; 4. Redlands East Valley; 5. La Serna; 6. Riverside Poly; 7. Walnut; 8. Yucaipa; 9. Redlands; 10. La Quinta.
Others: Webb, Ayala.
1. Malibu; 2. Temescal Canyon; 3. Segerstrom; 4. Beaumont; 5. Valencia; 6. Hemet; 7. Ocean View; 8. Santa Ynez; 9. Lompoc Cabrillo; 10. Tustin.
1. Don Lugo; 2. Oxnard; 3. Montclair; 4. Rio Mesa; 5. San Dimas; 6. Garden Grove; 7. San Gorgonio; 8. Rowland; 9. Pacifica; 10. Ramona.
Others: Jurupa Valley, Los Amigos.
He hasn’t tweeted about it himself, but Redlands East Valley High star wide receiver/running back Malik Lovette has apparently given a verbal to the University of Oregon.
REV coach Kurt Bruich tweeted out: “Congrats to @MalikLovette for verbally committing to the University of Oregon! He’s going to be a great Duck! The kid can fly!”
Lovette retweeted Bruich’s tweet.
REV has not yet played a game this season. Lovette was an all-Sun selection last year after rushing for 445 yards and eight touchdowns and catching 47 passes for 770 yards and seven touchdowns. He is a four-star recruit according to rivals.com.
Just out today, preseason prep football polls from the CIF-SS
Sun/Bulletin schools in bold
2014 CIF SOUTHERN SECTION 11‐MAN FOOTBALL PRESEASON POLLS
RANK SCHOOL 2013
1. Charter Oak 7‐5
2. Kaiser 10‐3
3. Diamond Bar 7‐5
4. Glendora 7‐3
5. Monrovia 11‐2
6. Colony 9‐4
7. Diamond Ranch 9‐2
8. Los Altos 9‐3
9. South Hills 5‐6
10. Bonita 6‐4
Others: West Covina 5‐5; Colton, 5‐6; Summit, 5‐6; Ayala, 3‐7
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.