Jace Woods

Arrowhead Christian quarterback Jace Woods looks for a receiver while teammate Jorge Larson prepares to make a block during the Eagles' loss to Aquinas on Saturday, Oct. 2.

Iain Matheson returned an interception 20 yards for a touchdown late in the third quarter to help lift the Yucaipa High football team past host Redlands, 9-7. The game was played on Friday, Oct. 1.

Only a missed late field goal by Redlands kept Yucaipa (6-0 overall, 1-0 Citrus Belt League) unbeaten.

The Thunderbirds struggled offensively, but running back Emmanuel “JoJo” Barajas did rush for 101 yards.

Redlands’ only score came on a 25-yard TD pass from Dawson Martinez to Julien Scarborough in the second quarter. Both Terriers are freshmen.

“The kids competed and did a great job on defense,” said Redlands coach Mike McFarland who lauded the play of senior defenders Donovan McMartin, Dion Horn, Mati Armstrong, Arnold Regalado and Kai Kama.

Yucaipa coach Justin Price was happy to get the victory but not pleased overall.

“We had 13 penalties,” Price said. “We played well on defense but we just didn’t execute on offense coming out of our bye week [no game]. We missed blocks and the penalties were costly. Mistakes on first down were pushing us back.”

Yucaipa hosts Cajon (6-0, 1-0) on Friday, Oct. 8, in a battle of unbeaten teams.

“They’re athletic and have great speed and those are things we struggle with,” Price said. “It’s going to be a challenge. We’re going to have to play 1,000 times better than we did [against Redlands].”

Beaumont defeats REV

Quarterback Christopher Cooper passed for 252 yards and five touchdowns as Beaumont won its CBL opener 61-21 against Redlands East Valley.

Anson Kraut had a big night for Beaumont with seven catches for 94 yards and two touchdowns.

Armando Cuellar rushed for 110 yards and a score for the Cougars and sophomore Christian Davis added 80 yards and two touchdowns.

Izaiah Holley paced REV with 269 total yards. The ninth grader completed 14 of 19 passes for 146 yards. He also ran 15 times for 123 yards and two scores.

“Their quarterback hurt us,” Beaumont coach Jeff Steinberg said. “He’s very athletic and he’s only a freshman.”

Yakim Halliburton caught five passes for 73 yards for REV.

Both teams play at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8 – Beaumont hosts Redlands and REV meets Citrus Valley at Redlands High.

Tyree gets first win at Banning

Erek Smith rushed for 75 yards and three touchdowns as Banning defeated Desert Hot Springs 33-8. The victory was the first, at Banning, for 82-year-old Bronco coach John Tyree. Tyree is a Redlands resident.

“Oh, they went crazy,” Tyree said of his players. “They found out what it’s like to win.”

Tyree started junior Daniel Palacios at quarterback for the first time and the Broncos lost no fumbles – after surrendering 20 in the previous three games.

“He’ll be a good quarterback,” Tyree said. “He’s just a little undisciplined now.”

Desert Hot Springs suited up just 15 players due to COVID-19 protocol and injuries, etc.

Following TD runs of 8 and 38 yards by Smith, Banning led 12-6. Then the Broncos’ Kamar Grandberry returned a fumble 69 yards for a TD to make it 18-6.

Banning closed out its best first half of the season with under a minute left on Palacios’ 53-yard TD pass to Marco Lopez.

A 35-yard Smith TD run with six minutes left in the third quarter upped Banning’s lead to 32-6 and put the game out of reach for the Golden Eagles, who requested a running clock in the second half.

Banning hosts Cathedral City at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8.

Spartans fall to Grand Terrace

San Gorgonio’s rollercoaster season continues as it lost 52-7 to Grand Terrace on Friday, Oct. 1.

San Gorgonio only brought 24 players to Grand Terrace due to injuries, COVID-19 protocol and other issues. Standout running back Thomas Bell was among the missing. He’s out for the season with torn anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments.

“When we’re playing a team of equal talent, we’ll coach them up and do our best,” veteran Spartan coach Rich McClure said. “But if not, it just doesn’t work.”

Grand Terrace coach Justin Randall wasn’t at the Titans’ homecoming game; he was kicked out of the previous game and had to sit out, as per section rules. It didn’t matter as Justin’s father, Steve, is on the staff and he stepped in and ran the show.

Zaire Law had San Gorgonio’s only touchdown, on an 85-yard kickoff return.

San Gorgonio hosts Eisenhower at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7.

Cajon overwhelms Blackhawks

Citrus Valley trailed Cajon by 10 points in the second half of an eventual 31-21 loss to the Cowboys.

The Blackhawks had the ball near midfield and were looking to cut into the lead when Cajon’s Chris Williams recovered his second fumble of the game and sprinted 50 yards for the score to lift the Cowboys (6-0, 1-0).

Freddy Fletcher rushed for 170 yards to lead Cajon.

Citrus Valley was missing two key players who were injured the previous week against Centennial of Corona – quarterback Hunter Herrera (broken collarbone) and receiver/defensive back Sergio Cervantes (concussion protocol). Herrera appears to be done for the season but Cervantes will return this week.

The Blackhawks lost three fumbles, though Jeremiah Claiborne did rush for 156 yards.

Citrus Valley meets Redlands East Valley at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 at Redlands High. Cajon is at Yucaipa (6-0, 1-0) the same night in a battle of unbeatens.

Aquinas defeats Arrowhead Christian

Freshman running back JoJo Solis rushed for 180 yards and four touchdowns to lead Aquinas past host Arrowhead Christian Academy 55-0. The game was played Saturday, Oct. 2 at Redlands High.

Dre Robles also had a good night for the Falcons (3-3, 1-0), passing for 213 yards and three scores.

Marco Perez rushed for 62 yards and caught four passes for 66 yards and excelled at linebacker for Aquinas.

Connor Waymire and Zachary Mendieta both contributed for Aquinas; they played their first games for Falcons after transferring from Redlands East Valley High. The seniors had to sit out five games as per section transfer rules.

“I’ve been sowing a lot of good seeds and now it’s time to reap what I’ve been sowing,” said Waymire who started on the offensive line. Mendieta contributed at tight end.

Arrowhead Christian quarterback Jace Woods was under heavy pressure from Aquinas defenders and passed for 46 yards.

The Falcons host Long Beach Poly at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, in a homecoming game. The Eagles are at Ontario Christian.

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