This week’s CIF-SS semifinal football picks

I am out of town this week, but keeping close tabs on this week’s CIF-SS semifinal games, so here are my predictions for Friday’s games.

Game I’m most interested in? Banning-Rim. That’s because I was at the first matchup and Banning’s Sty Hairston and Rim’s Jacob Taylor are two dynamic runners who were nearly unstoppable in a 49-41 Banning win, combining for 800 yards by my count. Now they’re back at it at Rim. My prediction is also that the winner of that game will win the CIF title.

I’m also very interested in Carter-Serrano, obviously for a very different reason. These teams have been on a collision course since early in the season, but haven’t played. Both lost in the semifinals last year, in different divisions.

Vista Murrieta 42, Rancho Cucamonga 17
Corona Centennial 52, Upland 35
Rancho Verde 30, Paloma Valley 27
Heritage 24. Kaiser 21
CItrus Hill 41, Tahquitz 34
Serrano 17, Carter 14
Ontario Christian 40, Jurupa Hills 32
Rim of the World 49, Banning 45

First-round CIF-SS football playoff results

OK, here we go, with Friday night’s scores — some surprises and some expected. San Bernardino County teams in bold.

Biggest surprise? Summit’s loss. Second biggest surprise? Not that Redlands won, but how the Terriers ran over Chino Hills. “Upset” that I wasn’t surprised by? Jurupa Hills beating Fillmore.

Vista Murrieta 34, South Hills 6
Norco 50, Redlands East Valley 22
Rancho Cucamonga 33, Corona Santiago 17
Charter Oak 24, Chaparral 14
Upland 35, Great Oak 6
Redlands 55, Chino Hills 27
Murrieta Valley 35, Eisenhower 27
Corona Centennial 47, Los Osos 21

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CIF-SS football pairings

CIF-SS Playoffs
Friday’s Games
First round
Some sites TBA
County teams in bold
West Covina South Hills (6-4) at No. 1 Vista Murrieta (10-0)
Norco (6-4) at Redlands East Valley (5-4)
Corona Santiago (5-4) at Rancho Cucamonga (8-2)
Chaparral (7-3) at No. 4 Covina Charter Oak (9-1)
Temecula Great Oak (5-5) at No. 3 Upland (10-0)
Redlands (7-3) at Chino Hills (7-2-1)
Eisenhower (7-2) at Murrieta Valley (9-1)
Los Osos (5-5) at No. 2 Corona Centennial (9-1)

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CIF-SS Central, Inland, Eastern Division brackets

Here are brackets for Central, Inland and Eastern Division. My predictions were close on Inland, only moved Chaparral, Great Oak and Redlands around. Others not so much as I was surprised in Eastern Division that Silverado got in over Apple Valley.

No alternate sites or times available as of yet.

Inland Division
South Hills at No. 1 Vista Murrieta, Norco at Redlands East Valley; Corona Santiago at Rancho Cucamonga; Chaparral at No. 4 Charter Oak; Great Oak at No. 3 Upland, Redlands at Chino Hills; Eisenhower at Murrieta Valley, Los Osos at No. 2 Corona Centennial.

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How will CIF-SS Central Division look? My prediction

Here is my last prediction of a division. The Central Division is interesting in that it looks like the 4 seeds will come from 2 leagues. My guess is Paloma Valley will get the at-large over Valley View. If I’m wrong, then everything is changed.

Here we go:

Paloma Valley (7-3) at No. 1 Summit (9-1)
Arlington (6-4) at Chino (8-2)
Chaffey (5-5) at Rancho Verde (7-3)
La Quinta (4-6) at No. 4 Elsinore (7-3)
Desert Valley No. 3 team (don’t know who won tiebreaker) at No. 3 Kaiser (9-1)
Temescal Canyon (5-5) at Palm Springs (8-2)
Colony (6-4) at North (6-4)
Colton (3-7) at No. 2 Heritage (9-1)

How will CIF-SS East Valley Division look? My predictions

It’s not easy to predict the East Valley Division, since I have 5 Mountain Valley League teams getting in. But I will attempt to anyway, before the bracket comes out on Sunday.

My prediction:

Rubidoux (6-4) at No. 1 Ontario Christian (10-0)
Rim of the World (8-2) at Twentynine Palms (6-4)
Yucca Valley (5-5) at Fillmore (8-2)
Brethren Christian (6-4) at No. 4 Citrus Valley (5-5)
Shadow Hills (6-4) at No. 3 Banning (9-1)
Aquinas (6-4) at Big Bear (8-2)
Linfield Christian (4-6) at Malibu (7-3)
Jurupa Hills (6-4) at No. 2 St. Margaret’s (9-1)


How will CIF-SS Eastern Division look? My predictions

The Eastern Division is a very tough division to predict what the bracket will be, as there are three pretty strong leagues: Mountain Pass, Mojave River and San Andreas, and two relatively weak ones: Desert Sky and River Valley. There are also 3 at-large berths. If I got those wrong, then the whole bracket is probably wron. I don’t feel that confident in this one.

Here is my prediction for the Eastern Division bracket.

Apple Valley (4-6) at No. 1 Citrus Hill (10-0)
Rialto (5-5) at Burroughs (5-5)
Moreno Valley (8-2) at San Gorgonio (8-2)
Arroyo Valley (5-4) at No. 4 Oak Hills (9-1)
La Sierra (3-7) at No. 3 Serrano (10-0)
Barstow (7-3) at Beaumont (8-2)
Tahquitz (7-3) at Norte Vista (6-4)
San Jacinto (6-4) at No. 2 Carter (10-0)