Prep Preview: Mojave River League

The Mojave River League can no longer claim supremecy in the High Desert, not beyond Phelan Serrano’s consistent semifinal showings.

The MRL lost both of its playoff games vs. the Desert Sky League last season after Apple Valley fell to Ridgecrest Burroughs and Oak Hills was nipped by Victorville Silverado. Serrano, which has reached the Semifinal Round of the CIF-Southern Section playoffs each of the last four seasons, throttled Apple Valley Granite Hills in the 1st Round.

The Diamondbacks (10-3), coached by Ray Maholichic, will be well-disciplined, per usual. They open the season with three very tough games vs. Lancaster Paraclete, Victorville Silverado and Upland, respectively.

Apple Valley (7-3) host Fontana Kaiser in Week 1 then look to avenge the playoff loss to Burroughs by traveling to Ridgecrest in Week 4 for a non-league rematch.

Oak Hills (8-3) play a challenging (but not great) non-league schedule. The Bulldogs travel to Chino in Week 2, play host to Miller in Week 4 and go to Victorville Silverado in Week 5.

Sultana (7-4) has some interesting pieces and are something of a darkhorse this season. Hesperia (1-9) will bring up the rear for a third consecutive year.

Phelan Serrano
Apple Valley
Hesperia Oak Hills
Hesperia Sultana

Serrano QB Daniel Epperson (6-foot, 180 pounds)
Serrano RB/DB Michael Hawkins (6-foot, 190)
Hesperia QB Cory Hughes (5-10, 180)
Apple Valley TB Tyler Murphy (5-9, 160)
Oak Hills QB David Richardson (6-2, 191)
Sultana QB Andrew Robbins (6-4, 200)

Sultana at Oak Hills, Oct 26
Serrano at Apple Valley, Nov. 2

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