Blue Cut Fire forces Serrano football to miss prep time

Serrano High School football coach Ray Maholchic hopes his team won’t be at too much of a disadvantage next week.
Just more than a week away from their Aug. 26 season opener at home against Lancaster Paraclete, the team will miss five days of practice this week because of the Blue Cut Fire.
With the fire escalating quickly Tuesday, practice was cancelled that day and school has been cancelled for the rest of the week. Maholchic, who is also the school’s athletic director, said the Snowline Joint Unified School District’s policy is no practices can be held if school is cancelled for reasons such as a wildfire.
“This is kind of a first for us. We’re done for the week,” Maholchic said. “We’ve got limited practice opportunities. This sets us back a little bit.”
Serrano had been set to scrimmage at Redlands on Friday with the freshman team scheduled to host Redlands Thursday in a scrimmage.
Serrano will now go without the scrimmage and Redlands will join a scrimmage at Grand Terrace that includes Grand Terrace, Chino and Riverside Norte Vista.
“Usually, we have a scrimmage where we can correct some things, but we’ll go right into game week,” Maholchic said.
Maholchic, who was evacuated from his home in Wrightwood, where many of his players also live, expects to be back at school and practicing as usual on Monday. He also expects to be able to play next week’s game at home.
First, I hope that as many homes as possible can be saved from this brutal fire, and not just those who are with Serrano football.
That being said, you have to wonder how well the football players are doing emotionally, even if their families and homes are safe.
I hope it doesn’t have too much of a negative impact on them as they prepare for their Week 0 game. In addition, I hope there won’t be any issues with playing the game at Serrano.

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Darren Jones could be filling void for Cajon football

Cajon football could be getting a big-time transfer that would help the Cowboys for the next three years.
Darren Jones had 19 catches for 437 yards and five touchdowns as a 6-foot-7 freshman last year. He lead the Highlanders, who went to the second round of the playoffs, in all three categories.
Cajon coach Nick Rogers confirmed that Jones is at Cajon, but said that his transfer status is still pending. The CIF Southern Section web site lists Jones’ transfer status as “under review.”
I have no idea whether or not Jones’ transfer will go through, and if so, if he’ll have to serve the sit-out period.
But I’m interested if the transfer goes through, how things will work out between Jones and Cajon’s standout sophomore quarterback, Jayden Daniels.
A year ago, Daniels, The Sun’s Newcomer of the Year, completed 169 of 301 passes for 2,694 yards and 35 touchdowns with only 10 interceptions. That was to a largely experienced receiver crew. And when one of his top returning targets, Phillip Ryan, transferred out to Pacific, the question was, “who will Daniels throw to?”
It could be Jones, which could make for a very intriguing QB-WR combo for the next three years.
Cajon isn’t putting all of its eggs in Darren Jones’ basket. Tre’veon Wellmaker, who was second at Jurupa Hills last year in receptions (45), yards (328) and receiving touchdowns (three), has transferred in. Wellmaker, who is a senior this year, has been approved by CIF-SS to play immediately.

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San Bernardino’s Alex Mattison picks Boise State

Above, Alex Mattison talks in September about getting recruited despite people telling him he should transfer away from San Bernardino HS

I’m glad things are working out for Alex Mattison. He’s a great kid, who works hard and stayed at San Bernardino even thought many people thought he wouldn’t get scholarship offers unless he transferred to another school.
Last weekend, he gave a verbal commitment to go to Boise State to play football. He intends to sign on National Signing Day Feb. 3.
“I really had a good relationship with coach (Lee) Marks,” Mattison said of Boise State’s running back coach who recruited him. “He was there from the beginning talking to me.”
Mattison said he was the only recruit there last weekend and said he got to see a lot of things he might not normally have seen because he got individual attention.
“It’s a big campus, but not too big,” Mattison said. “And the blue turf is cool.”
Mattison, a two-time first-team all-Sun running back, is 6-feet, 200 pounds. As a senior, he rushed 151 times for 2,057 yards and 22 touchdowns in 10 games. He also led the team with 14 receptions, totalling 296 yards and three touchdowns. As a junior, he had 2,436 yards of total offense and 28 touchdowns in 10 games as a junior.
“I think their style suits me,” Mattison said of Boise State. “And I like that a lot of their coaches went to Boise. They’re really committed to the program.”
According to rivals.com, Mattison had scholarship offers from several schools including Arizona State, Washington and Washington State from the Pac-12.

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Citos Marinez makes sense as Jurupa Hills football coach

I had an interesting conversation with Citos Marinez, the soon-to-be-approved football coach at Jurupa Hills on Thursday.
Truthfully, there’s a good chance he wouldn’t have gotten the job without a previous coach-parent relationship with Jurupa Hills athletic director Kristen Braun.
And I don’t have a problem with that at all.
Braun’s son, Blake, played for Marinez when Marinez was an assistant coach at Redlands East Valley from 2004-12. Braun’s brother Kurt Bruich is also the head coach at REV.
Kristen Braun of course already knew him but could get truthful answers about him from her brother and her son, as well as her son’s friends.
In this era of coaches and administration not seeing eye-to-eye, it makes sense for an A.D. and coach to know each other previously. Obviously the A.D.-coach relationship is different than that of parent-coach, but you still have an idea of what he’s like working with kids and whether he knows football.
That weighed in his favor likely much more than the 7-23 record he compiled in three seasons as head coach at Covina Gladstone.
Both Marinez and Braun feel more comfortable I think about his hiring because of their history. She knows what she’s getting in a coach, and although he hasn’t worked for Braun, he knows her. It makes sense.

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Indian Springs seeks new football coach

Indian Springs is seeking a new head football coach after the school and head coach David DeWoody parted ways.
Indian SpringsDeWoody, the only coach in the three-year varsity history of the school, compiled a 5-25 record including a 3-7 record in 2015. Among those losses was a one-point loss to Jurupa Hills. Had Indian Springs won, the Coyotes would’ve finished in a three-way tie for second.
Indian Springs Athletic Director John Chamberain said it was a “mutual decision.” The decision was just finalized on Thursday and it has not yet been posted on job sites.
Chamberlain said he does have two potential candidates on campus who were not on DeWoody’s staff, but who have football coaching experience.
Chamberlain wants to get a coach hired quickly, but not as quickly as other athletic directors who want to have a candidate selected in the next couple of weeks. He said he’d like to get a coach named, by the beginning of February “so he can get going on the off-season workouts.”
DeWoody was retired from teaching and was off-campus. Chamberlain hopes the next coach will be on-campus, but does not know what teaching positions might be available, should the next coach come from another school.
“It changes everything with a team to have a coach on campus,” Chamberlain said.
Chamberlain said he would like to have a coach with previous head coaching experience.

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CIF-SS semifinal predictions

I had a horrible week last week. Maybe I think too much (probably not) or maybe I think I know more than I actually do (probably).
Anyway, I went 8-6 in picking games last week and I am now 287-87 picking winners this week, with 6 margins exactly right and one score exactly right.

Here’s what I have this week, for better or for worse.
Central
Charter Oak 28, Glendora 19
San Marino 30, Summit 24
Eastern
Oak Hills 42, La Quinta 31
Serrano 45, Palm Springs 21
Inland
Heritage 28, Cajon 24
Rancho Verde 35, Citrus Hill 28
Northwest
Notre Dame 21, Aquinas 14
Linfield Christian 35, Nipomo 20
West Valley
Mission Viejo 28, Chino Hills 17
Rancho Cucamonga 27, Vista Murrieta 21

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