Prep Impressions: Week 2

La Sierra did not advance the ball past the 50 in a 34-0 loss to Riverside King on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 at Alvord District Stadium.

La Sierra did not advance the ball past the 50 in a 34-0 loss to Riverside King on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 at Alvord District Stadium.

I covered the Riverside King-Riverside La Sierra varsity football game on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, for The Press-Enterprise and, and came away thinking the Eagles are right back amongst the worst teams in the Inland Area.

Just two seasons ago, La Sierra had a kid named Johnny Salazar playing QB and they made a series of consecutive playoff appearances for the first time since the mid-1990s. Turns out, it could very well be the high point of the new century as the Eagles are in the midst of another lull.

New QB Derrick Cruz does a good job of running around but he struggles to throw the ball downfield. The McCoys brothers, Jonathan and Jordan, are good athletes but they lack the scheme of blocking to be effective.

An 0-2 record aside, La Sierra was shut out 34-0 by Riverside King, a team that it had beat each of the last two seasons and perhaps the biggest underachievers in the City of Riverside.

To its credit, King was on point. The Wolves — 0-10 just two seasons ago — have the size to compete up front, but their lack of big-play ability was evident. Regardless, they should be in contention for the last Big VIII League playoff spot.

La Sierra coach Jeff Roney:
“We still have a lot of work we need to do up front. It’s still a building process, and we came in late, but our main focus is league. That, and trying to improve week-in and week-out. Not the result we wanted. There’s a lot of stuff we need to work on but there’s a lot to pull from it to; to build upon. (Derrick Cruz) was have a problem with his shoulder. He could go but it’s something that we need to take care of, and get his shoulder healthy. We tried to be quick and multiple in our fronts and at times it worked, and at times… When you’re trying to do stuff like that sometimes you can guess wrong and they’re able to take advantage of that. In the second half there was a couple of drives where we were able to start running the ball and start doing some different things. Defensively, when we were doing the things we need to be doing we’re stopping them.”

King coach Kevin Corridan:
“Coming out here against a spread team, it was more league-like for us which is good. That’s a good experience for us. I thought we were better tonight than we were last week. I thought we finished the half well, going in 20-0 at halftime. There were some positives in that.”

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