Collegiately ranked football teams University of Redlands, No. 23 in one poll, while San Bernardino Valley College, unranked in one California JUCO poll, both came up with wins last weekend.
Redlands took down Cal Lutheran-Thousand Oaks, only in a possible spoiler role, 33-14. Jeff Hector’s third interception return for a TD this season marked another stellar effort from the Bulldogs.
Still chasing first place Chapman University in SCIAC play, the Panthers beat Pomona-Pitzer, 26-21.
In one junior college statewide poll, San Bernardino Valley College wasn’t even listed in the Top 25. Citrus College-Glendale was tied for No. 20. In another poll, Citrus was No. 15 and SBVC was ranked 23.
The Wolverines dispelled all of those notions with a decisive 41-19 over previously unbeaten Citrus, five TD passes coming off the arm of QB Jeremy Moussa.
Citrus Valley 35, Redlands East Valley 0 -- It was a whopping mismatch, led by LB Colby Grames, a 456-33 edge in total yards with the Blackhawks getting a 23-3 edge in first downs. CV’s defense had 10 hits for lost-yardage in its eighth running-clock game this season. Dylan Wheatley threw two TDs, finding Jordan Scott and Ty’Jhon Belton, to bring his season total to 38.
Aquinas 70, Upland Western Christian 6 – Romeo Ross’ 11-yard TD started a 49-point onslaught in the opening quarter. Anthony Cooper’s 55-yard interception return followed, then QB Francisco Mauigoa’s TD pass (Sione Lolohea), Terayon Sweet’s 45-yard run, another Ross run (37 yards) and Isaac Handy (49 yards) made it 42-7.
San Gorgonio 55, Rialto 14 – QB Seth Burbine clicked off another TD pass to Damajae Mitchell (32 yards) before connecting with Malik Benson (18 yards), a Tyree Willis 5-yard TD run, Cameron Earl’s fumble recovery for another TD, Jaheim Crawford bashing in from a yard out, Willis adding a 12-yarder, CB Damian Rubio returning an interception 33 yards and Jaylen Matthews’ TD-scoring fumble recovery.
Added all up: Three defensive scores, two TD passes and three TD runs.
San Bernardino Valley 41, Citrus-Glendale 19 – There was too much Moussa against the Owls’ secondary -- TD passes of Kade Greeley, Tate Pringle and a 39-yarder to Tyzjon Calhoun-Fuller. Claude Dent’s 22-yard interception TD return gave SBVC a 27-6 lead into the fourth quarter. It was loss No. 1 for Citrus, who surrendered two more TD, passes, including Cobe Stribling (22 yards) and Dontay Reis (40 yards). RB Darrell Turner loosened up SBVC’s passing game with a 120-yard ground effort. Montre Moore’s 2 ? QB sacks led the Wolverines’ overall 8 sacks for their defensive, Jaeden Roe picking off a pass and knocking down five other attempts.
Univ. Redlands 33, Cal Lutheran 14 – Ranked No. 23 heading into this game in Thousand Oaks, the Bulldogs did nothing to disprove that national spot, especially after Mason Carvalho’s 34-yard run, plus FGs from Alex Raya (33, 56 yards -- a record-tying school mark) in the opening half.
Redlands kept up the surge, Anthony Vargas recovering a loose ball for a TD. A RB trio that included Cole Davis (88 yards), Kai Thompson (81 yards) and Carvalho (73 yards) helped aid the Bulldogs in controlling the clock and the game.
Hector, who had another pick, now has seven this season.
Friday’s prep games
CIF Division 5 playoff
Hesperia Oak Hills (4-6, 3-2) at Aquinas (8-2), 7 p.m. — Third place in the Mojave River League behind Phelan Serrano and Apple Valley, the Bulldogs are more run-oriented attack going up against a Falcons’ team that has stopped opponents’ ground game. Questions arise on just how competitive Ambassador League champion Aquinas has had it since September.
CIF Division 6 playoffs
Victor Valley Silverado (4-6, 3-1) at Citrus Valley (9-1), 7 p.m. — In order to win the Division 6 field, the Blackhawks —who have already thrashed Silverado (48-7) during non-league play — must eventually beat No. 1 seed Chino Hills Ayala if there’s to be a likely finals showdown against unbeaten defending champion Fontana Kaiser. The Hawks, a 42-28 loser to Adelanto last week, had won four straight before that game.
CIF Division 8 playoff
Anaheim Canyon (2-8, 0-3) at San Gorgonio (8-2), 7 p.m. — The Comanches haven’t won a game since August, but somehow got an at-large berth in a weakened Division 8 field. QB Vince Hourigan has over 2,000 yards passing (18 TDs) with a varied rushing attack, protected by some defensive attackers Luke Oliva and Dane Yasumura
Saturday’s college games
Victor Valley (4-4, 1-2) at San Bernardino Valley College (7-1, 3-0), 6 p.m. – Back-to-back wins over previously unbeaten teams -- Mt. San Jacinto and Citrus -- should leave the Wolverines in full control of the American Mountain Conference. In a 15-point win over College of the Desert last week, the Rams got just one completed pass, but logged 11 tackles for lost yardage, two interceptions and a recovered fumble.
Whittier College (2-5, 1-4) at University of Redlands (7-1, 4-1), 7:05 p.m. – Still ranked nationally, Redlands will be squaring off against a Poets’ team that must stop an improving rushing attack while QB Nathan Martinez (16-for-19, 150 yards last week). Whittier lost to Claremont-Mudd by 36 points last week, the same Stags’ squad that got blistered by Redlands, 45-6.