Jurupa Hills coach Scott Cartzdafner said he was “more than positive” his team would see Citrus Valley in the CIF-SS Division 5 championship game in three weeks.
He said that after his team lost to defending Division 6 champ Citrus Valley 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh to give Citrus Valley the Mountain Valley League title on Thursday. That was two days after Jurupa Hills knocked off Citrus Valley 3-2 on a walk-off two-run homer.
Citrus Valley is ranked No. 1 in the division and a favorite to get back to the CIF-SS title game. But what about Jurupa Hills? The Spartans were ranked fifth entering this week.
A year ago, Citrus Valley won its final 21 games en route to the CIF title. In the final 20 of those games, 2 of the 3 closest games were 3-2 and 4-1 wins over Jurupa Hills. The 4-1 win came in the CIF semifinals. Jurupa Hills might’ve been the second-best team in the division last year, but because the Spartans tied for 2nd in league and went into the playoffs as the No. 3 team, they could end up on the same side of the bracket as Citrus Valley, hence meet in the semifinals.
This year, since Jurupa HIlls is the No. 2 team in the league, the Spartans will be on the opposite half of the bracket from No. 1 Citrus Valley. So they could meet in the finals. But will they?
Here are Friday night’s CIF-SS football championship game scores. County games in bold:
Perris Citrus Hill 38, Serrano 24
East Valley Division
Rim of the World 34, Ontario Christian 31
Corona Centennial 30, Vista Murrieta 28
Mid Valley Division
Monrovia 23, Lancaster Paraclete 7
Arcadia Rio Hondo Prep 28, San Luis Obispo Mission Prep 21
Huntington Beach Edison 28, Villa Park 10
Gardena Serra 30, West Hills Chaminade 28
If you haven’t already heard, the CIF-SS East Valley Division football championship game pitting Rim of the World and Ontario Christian on Friday night has been moved to Citrus Valley because of the threat of inclement weather at Rim.
Here are the games that include Inland Empire teams, the dates and times and my prediction. San Bernardino County teams in bold.
No. 2 Corona Centennial (12-1) at No. 1 Vista Murrieta (13–0), 7 p.m.
Prediction: Vista Murrieta 31, Corona Centennial 27
Storyline: Team from the I.E. advances into the state championship semifinals.
No. 3 Serrano (13-0) at No. 1 Perris Citrus Hill (13-0), 7 p.m.
Predicton; Citrus Hill 35, Serrano 28
Storyline: Serrano can’t quite contain Citrus Hill’s explosive spread offense and the Diamondbacks drop to 1-3 in CIF-SS championship games
EAST VALLEY DIVISION
No. 1 Ontario Christian (13-0) vs. unseeded Rim of the World (11-2) at Citrus Valley HS, 7 p.m.
Prediction: Rim of the World 41, Ontario Christian 27
Storyline: Rim running back Jacob Taylor becomes the sixth back in U.S. history to go over 4,000 yards. He finishes with 4,077 yards and Rim continues its offensive roll. Rim’s tough league pays dividends.
No. 3 Kaiser (12-1) at No. 4 Moreno Valley Rancho Verde (10-3), 7 p.m.
Prediction: Kaiser 15, Rancho Verde 14
Storyline: Kaiser coach Phil Zelaya decides to go for 2 late in the game rather than kick the extra point and a tie and go to overtime. He gets it and the Cats win the title.
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
EAST VALLEY DIVISION
Ontario Christian 40, Jurupa Hills 32
Rim of the World 49, Banning 45
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
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)
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.
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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.
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)
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.
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)