Prep Preview: Notre Dame at Rubidoux

I’m covering the Riverside Norte Dame-Rubidoux varsity football game for The Press-Enterprise. The best part of this assignment will be watching the Falcons’ Daniel Young and Deontre Washington, one of the top tailback duos in the Inland Area.

THE LOW DOWN:
The Titans (3-5 overall, 1-2 Mountain Valley) have undergone coaching upheavel this season after first-year coach Orest Stetkevich was placed on administative leave following Week 7. Pete McGowan has stepped in, leading Notre Dame to its first victory in three weeks, a 16-13 nail-biter last week over Fontana Jurupa Hills in which Joe Pierik kicked a 34-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter. Senior tailback Joshua Avery has been the Titans’ most consistent offensive performer, averaging more than 91 yards a game.

The Falcons (6-2 overall, 3-0 Mountain Valley) are a victory away from a second consecutive playoff berth, and a matchup with Redlands Citrus Valley (7-1, 3-0) in a Week 10 game to determine a No. 1 seed in the CIF-Southern Section’s Eastern Division. The running back tandem of senior Daniel Young (1,011 yards, 11 TDs) and junior Deontre Washington (844 yards, 9 TDs) has dessimated opponents, as Rubidoux has averaged 324.8 rushing yards per game this season. Sophomore QB Jalen Pontious has four completions or fewer in seven of his eight games.

KEY PLAYERS:
Riverside Notre Dame
— QB: Kevin O’Connor, Sr. (6-foot-1, 200 pounds); RB: Joshua Ivery, Sr. (5-6, 155); Dominique Easton, Sr. (6-foot, 200); WR: Johnathan Kemp, Jr. (5-10, 160); OL/DL: Christopher Caswell, Sr. (6-6, 265); Jacob Ramirez, Sr. 6-2, 235); Bryce Chantler, Sr. (6-2, 260); LB: Andrew Rodriguez, Soph. (5-9, 160); Dakota Mai, Soph. (5-6, 145); DB: Mathew Montero, Sr. (5-10, 180); Shane Holston, Sr. (5-11, 180).

Rubidoux — QB: Jalen Pontious, Soph. (5-foot-8, 130 pounds); RB: Daniel Young, Sr. (6-1, 175); Deontre Washington, Jr. (5-9, 145); FB: Fernando Vasquez, Jr. (5-9, 200); WR: James McGregor, Sr. (5-9, 165); OL/DL: Sal Ornelas, Sr. (6-foot, 220); Jose Ayala, Sr. (6-foot, 225); Juan Millan, Sr. (5-8, 250); Jose Sanchez, Sr. (6-foot, 240); LB: Jamaal Brown, Sr. (5-11, 220); Marvin Carroll, Soph. (5-5, 135); DB: Diego Canchola, Sr. (5-7, 155).

THE DIFFERENCE:
Rubidoux has scored six touchdown in each of its last two games while Notre Dame is averaging just 14 points per game this season. The 1-2 punch of Young & Washington has been too much for most to take, and will be certainly more than the Titans can handle, especially with the majority of their seniors playing both ways.
PREDICTION: Rubidoux 42, Notre Dame 13.

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