Prep Impressions: Week 14

I covered the San Juan Capistrano St. Margaret’s-Fontana Jurupa Hills CIF-Southern Section East Valley Division championship game on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, for The Press-Enterprise and, and came away thinking the Spartans could’ve been a contender in the Eastern Division.

That’s right, Coach Eric Zomalt and Perris Citrus Hill, Jurupa Hills might have been your undoing this season.

The Spartans were tough enough on defense — certainly as tough as Riverside Norte Vista — and had a dynamic offense led by one of the Inland Area’s premier QBs.

Not sure if any team, sans the elite, could have stopped Citrus Hill’s 66-point effort in the title game but a Spartans-Hawks matchup is infinitely more appealing than our other option.

To be sure, both Norte Vista and San Juan Capistrano were out of their elements against bigger and faster teams.

And even though Jurupa Hills will move to the San Andreas League (and with it the Eastern Division) next season, the Spartans will again be a contender.

Not sure if we can say that about Citrus Hill.

Jurupa Hills coach Ed McMillon:
“It’s surreal. I probably won’t feel it until later on, when it’s all over but right now I don’t know. We knew they were going to play off so when they played off we played up on them. We were going to go ahead and take advantage until they showed us they would come up. When they started coming up that’s when we started going deep. He’s just growing up. He’s just a great player. He’s grown up. He’s been with us for three years but he’s a seasoned guy. Real great kid. Great grades, great character. He’s got a shot to play quarterback in college. We’ve played with a chip on our shoulder — everybody telling us we can’t stop the run — a lot of stuff’s been said about us but the one thing they can’t take away now is that we’re the champs.”

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