Fearless (or fearful) prep football league predictions

The 2013 prep football season is upon us, so here I go with some San Bernardino County league predictions. I will perhaps give you more on the eve of league play. I don’t have anything against any of these programs and in fact I think there will be some ties in the league standings. For those teams I picked to finish out of the playoffs, you’re welcome for the additional motivation.

1. Ontario Chrisitan, 2. Aquinas, 3. LInfield Christian, 4. Calvary Murrieta, 5. Western Christian, 6. Arrowhead Christian.
1. Upland, 2. Rancho Cucamonga, 3. Los Osos, 4. Etiwanda, 5. Glendora, 6. Alta Loma.
1. Redlands East Valley, 2. Yucaipa, 3. Redlands, 4, Cajon, 5. Miller, 6. Eisenhower.
1. Twentynine Palms, 2, Big Bear, 3. Yucca Valley, 4. Shadow Hills, 5. Desert Hot Springs, 6. Desert Mirage.
1. Jurupa Hills, 2. Citrus Valley, 3 .Rim of the World, 4. Banning, 5. Rubidoux, 6. Notre Dame.
1. Colony, 2. Chino, 3. Chaffey, 4. Don Lugo, 5. Montclair, 6. Ontario, 7. Garey.
1. San Gorgonio, 2. Carter, 3. Rialto, 4. Arroyo Valley, 5, San Bernardino, 6. Pacific
1. Kaiser, 2. Summit, 3. Colton, 4. Grand Terrace, 5. Fontana, 6. Bloomington


Jurupa Hills football might change its community day

Jurupa Hills held its second annual community day on Friday, but after Saturday, coach Ed McMillon said he might move the day. Why?

While there was some response again, with two school board members, Lorena Corona and Shannon O’Brien arriving to take pictures with players. Parents also arrived to take pictures with players on the field.

It was the team’s picture day, so it worked out well that the players were already in their uniforms. But team pictures ended early, and some of the players scattered by the time parents and community members arrived.

But on Saturday, for the team’s intrasquad scrimmage, McMillon was surprised.

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Indian Springs won’t play football on campus this year

Indian Springs is in its first season as a varsity football program, and unfortunately for the Coyotes, they will not be playing any games on campus.

Although Indian Springs knew its stadium would not be ready, it had planned to play one home game on a Saturday afternoon on campus September 14), and have other games played at San Gorgonio.

But with the school’s grass field struggling to take hold, the decision has been made to not play any games on campus this year. That might extend to the soccer season in the winter.

As a result, all 3 of Indian Springs’ “home games” will be played at San Gorgonio.

The full schedule:

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Arroyo Valley’s Maurice McKnight changes commitment

Arroyo Valley’s Maurice McKnight, a quarterback and a running back who was an all-league selection last year for the Hawks, has changed his college commitment, coach Tony DiThomas reports.

McKnight had originally committed to San Diego State, but has since switched to San Jose State.

“It has to do with the system they run,” DiThomas said.

Vinny Fazio is leaving Eisenhower; is Murrieta Valley the next stop?

After just one impressive season when he led Eisenhower to a share of the Citrus Belt League title and a 7-3 record, Vinny Fazio has resigned as head football coach. His resignation came as a result of a termination letter he received in March and he had not yet been brought back.

Fazio, was The Sun’s Newcomer of the year in 2012 in leading the Eagles to the playoffs for the first time in eight years and to a winning record and a league title for the first time in 10 years.

Fazio, the Fontana High alumnus, will not be out of work long. He said he will have more to say about his future on Friday. However, it has been reported that Murrieta Valley will announce a new head football coach on Friday.

Fazio had a program a program back to where it was a perennial CIF title contender under former coach Tom Hoak.Now, that program is under a great deal of uncertainty with only one of Fazio’s assistants, Mike Clark, being a teacher on campus.

More later in Friday’s editions of The Sun and Daily Bulletin or on sbsun.com or dailybulletin.com.

Summit expects to have at least 5 sign D1 letters on Wednesday

Summit, the Sunkist League football champions which lost in the first round of the CIF-SS Central Division playoffs, is expecting to have 5 athletes sign NCAA Division I National Letters of Intent, plus one NAIA letter on Wednesday.

Here they are:
Dontel James, 6-1, 205, RB/LB, Fresno State
Tarik Myles, 5-6, 144, WR/RB/DB, Azusa Pacific (NAIA)
Charles Okonkwo, 6-1, 188, CB, San Diego State
Justin Strong, 5-11, 189, RB/OLB, Oregon State
Brandon Stubblefield, 5-10, 185, OLB/SS, N. Arizona
Keenan Sykes, 6-3, 244, OL/DE San Jose State

College scouts are really discovering Summit, especially a year after Jamaal Williams (BYU) and Donte Deayon (Boise State) were among those who signed their letters.


Justin Nast close to being next Miller coach

You may have seen the story about Clovis High assistant Justin Nast named as the next Miller coach.
I was cautioned that it not only is pending board approval, but it is pending reference and background check by the district’s human resources department. So it is not done, quite yet.
But if he does become the next coach, here are the pros and cons I caught from a phone interview I conducted with him.


  • He is young (26) and he has the energy to take over a program that needs a nudge in the right direction, not an overhaul despite a 1-9 record last year.
  • He has experience working at two schools that have had success under different offensive systems and will adapt his offense based on personnel, not the other way around.
  • He is already breaking down film from last year, coming up with ideas on how to stop the offensive schemes of Miller’s opponents. That’s getting a head start if you ask me.
  • Coming from outside the area, he can have some fresh ideas and not have preconceived notions about Miller or the Citrus Belt League.
  • Especially at his current school, Clovis, he has shown a dedication to the athletic program as a whole, not just football.

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All Citrus Belt League football

2012 All-Citrus Belt League Football

First team Offense
Levi Plante, REV, QB
Jimmy Walker, Redlands, QB
Taylor Thompson, REV, RB
Darryl Miller, Redlands, RB
Wesley Hill, Cajon, RB
Jerrion Burton, Eisenhower, WR
Brandon Scott, Yucaipa, WR
Daniel Gonzales, REV, WR
Jordan Ory, Redlands, WR
Micah St. Andrews, Eisenhower, OL
David Fortunat, Eisenhower, OL
Steven Chaparro, Yucaipa, OL
Donald Hale, REV, OL
Jared Layel, Redlands, OL
Desjon Burroughs, Cajon, OL
Dallas Mohler, Yucaipa, TE

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All-De Anza League football team

2012 all-De Anza League football team

Offensive MVP: James Toland,  Shadow Hills, Sr.
Defensive MVP: Lucas Jenkins, Big Bear, Sr.
Special Teams MVP: Nate McClain, 29 Palms, Sr.

1st Team
Lane Dowty, Big Bear, Sr.
Taylan Seaman, Big Bear, Jr.
John Hawkins, Big Bear, Sr.
Tyler Babbit, Big Bear, Sr.
Lance Hubbard, Big Bear, Sr.
Tre Prudhomme, Big Bear, Jr.
Morgan Cole, 29 Palms, Sr.
Talo Wilson, 29 Palms, Jr.
David Failfitu, 29 Palms, Jr.
Marcus Chesnut, 29 Palms, Sr.
David Haney, 29 Palms, Jr.
Jake Culver, 29 Palms, Jr.
Hiram Rodriguez, Shadow Hills, Jr.
Rene Herrera, Shadow Hills, Sr.
Orlando Oretega, Shadow Hills, So.
Moises Contreras, Shadow Hills, Sr.
Brian McGowan, Yucca Valley, Sr.
Ben Hetz, Yucca Valley, Sr.
Logan Vallo, Yucca Valley, Jr.
Joey Rutherford, Yucca Valley, Jr.
Steven Steed, Desert Hot Springs, Jr.
Ace Lewis, Desert Hot Springs, Sr.
Nick Martinez, Desert Hot Springs, Sr.
Damian Gutierrez, Desert Mirage, Sr.
Alex Navarro, Desert Mirage, Sr.

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