Citrus Valley’s season concludes in Riverside … Hall unloads in the mountains … Count ’em six interceptions in SBVC victory … Redlands beats Whittier, but loses SCIAC title … Could Chaffey square off against SBVC in bowl game?
Aquinas High School not only wiped out visiting Hacienda Heights Los Altos last week, but the Falcons’ victory might have brought a spotlight to another area playoff matchup.
Earlier in the season, the Falcons beat visiting Riverside Notre Dame, 31-17. That was the same Titans’ squad that laid a 42-14 win over Citrus Valley in a Div. 7 playoff last week.
Aquinas, a quick-hitting, quick-striking and highly physical private school squad, may well be the best football team in the immediate area not named Cajon High School.
Big Bear High, however, normally controls the atmosphere in its home playoff games — in the mountains, low temperatures, portable lights for night games at Big Bear Middle School.
San G running back Elijah Hall destroyed that mountain atmosphere behind a Spartans offensive line that pushed around the smaller Bears. He cracked the goal line five times.
BOWL GAME CHATTER: Talk is centering on a possible bowl matchup between Chaffey College (9-1), which has concluded its regular season, and San Bernardino Valley (8-1).
Friday’s prep games
Riverside Notre Dame 42, Citrus Valley 14, Div. 7 — The Blackhawks played a 9-2 Titans’ team scoreless through the first quarter, but a pass interference call left the door open for an early second quarter TD. Citrus Valley defenders Jacob Moi and Danny Lockhart came up QB sacks, while Blackhawk QB Jonathan Calderon came up with some big strikes, including an 80-yarder to Jordan Scott, and 58-yards to Colby Grames.
Final season record, 6-5.
San G 41, Big Bear 14, Div. 9 — Elijah Hall found the end zone multiple times at Big Bear Middle School in last week’s Spartans victory. Numbered among those TD runs was a 91-yard blast that sealed the win, totaling 233 yards rushing while QB Jordan Pachot couldn’t be stopped, 167 of his 233 passing yards going to Jaylen Matthews.
Aquinas 48, Los Altos 7, Div. 5 — Andrew Kellstrom’s four-TD performance, along with Miguel Hernandez’s three-interception effort were all underscored by defensive line and offensive line dominance that knocked the visiting Conquerors off stride. The Falcons surrendered just 126 total yards, picked off four passes and continuously harassed Los Altos QB David Hacegaba, who was 6-of-24 for 47 yards.
Saturday’s college games
San Bernardino Valley 42, Victor Valley 22 — The real story was the Wolverines’ six interceptions Rams’ backup QB Mossy Bell. SBVC took a 28-0 lead, grabbing control early.
Under-the-weather QB Armando Herrera (36 TD passes this season) connected twice for TDs and his ex-REV teammate Joey Harman ran for 114 yards. Herrera’s replacement at QB? C.J. Harris, yet another former REV player who threw two TDs in the Wildcat formation. That trio played on REV’s 2014 state championship team.
DeJuan Moon is second in California with 11 TD receptions, trailing Imoni Donadella of West Hills-Coalinga by one.
Defensively, SBVC’s Edward Bell got three of Wolverines’ 11 hits for lost yardage.
University of Redlands 42, Whittier 7 — The Bulldogs did their part in rocking the Poets, but Chapman University-Orange came up in its bid to knock off first place Claremont-Mudd College last week. The outcome clinches this year’s SCIAC championship for the Stags, who will gain the conference’s automatic NCAA Division 3 Western Region bid.
Bulldog QB Levi Plante threw for 148 yards, ran for another 101 yards while Connor Kennedy caught 19 passes for 178 yards. Plante combined with Nathan Martinez on 28-of-34 passes at Whittier.
Total yardage, advantage Redlands, 515-210.
Aquinas (10-1) vs. Palos Verdes (8-3), 7 p.m. — Can the Falcons win their 11th straight game? The Bay League champion Sea Kings rolled up 42 points in the opening half in an easy first-round win over Harvard-Westlake at El Camino College last week. RB Ryan Wilson, who recovered a fumble, ran for four TDs in last week’s playoff game. Luke Keilbasa picked off two passes and Julian Assagi snagged two TD passes.
Palm Desert (11-0) at San Gorgonio (8-3), 7 p.m. — The top-seeded Aztecs laid a 52-28 opening-round win over visiting Monrovia last week, which leaves this Div. 9 matchup in a nice little toss-up department. Palm Desert has big-play capability counting RB Jordan Garcia and QB Carter Stokes, who had TD passes of 49, 38 and 74 yards last week. Warning to San G QB Jordan Pachot: Cole Martello had a 95-yard interception return against Monrovia.
College of the Desert (4-5) at San Bernardino Valley (8-1, 4-0), 6 p.m. — The Roadrunners are coming off an overtime loss to Mt. San Jacinto last week. Hopes are, however, to cut loose on the American Conference-Mountain Division leader with QB Noah Shoeman (2,319 yards, 19 TDs) with a trio of receivers, namely Jaurice Thomas, Kerrion Ringo and Levi Holden (120 combined catches, 1,920 yards).
Scott Arnold has 6 ½ QB sacks and Jerry Kinney has four interceptions.
Occidental College (1-7) at University of Redlands (7-2, 5-1), 7 p.m. — If there’s a way to cap a successful season, though there will likely be no trip the NCAA, the Bulldogs should rack up a big win over the Tigers. Oxy, which hasn’t intercepted a pass all season, also has little to offer on offense, including a QB tandem with a combined 93 completions while its top two RBs have gained just over 100 yards for the season.
By contrast, the Bulldogs’ two-QB attack, Plante and Martinez, have 133 combined completions for 1,549 yards (16 TDs) with RB Connor Kennedy leading the team with 795 yards and 31 receptions.