Prep Preview: Banning at Rubidoux
I’m covering the Banning-Rubidoux varsity football game tonight, Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, for The Press-Enterprise and PE.com.
The best part of this assignment is, well, that I get to cover a Mountain Valley League game for the first time since previewing the league prior to this season for The Press-Enterprise. Just so has it that this one has major playoff implications for both teams.
THE LOW DOWN:
The Broncos (2-7 overall, 1-3 Mountain Valley) are all-but-out of the playoffs for the first time in three seasons under John Stockham, going from 11-2 in 2012 to 4-7 last season and now this. There’s hardly a bright side looming; they’ve scored more than 20 points just twice this season and are coming off a 40-point loss to MoVal Vista del Lago.
The Falcons (4-5, 2-2) control their own destiny. A win and they’re in the CIF-Southern Section Eastern Division playoffs. A loss and a win by San Bernardino — who plays lowly Pacific — and they’re out. Coach Jason McMains likes to keep things close to the chest but it’s no secret this team has struggled to generate offense. The Falcons are minus-29 overall.
THE KEY PLAYERS:
Banning — QB/SS Zack Wright (Sr., 6-foot, 175 pounds); QB/WR Saul Hernandez (Sr., 5-9, 163); FB/DT Juan Carlos Alvarez (Jr., 5-10, 205); HB/OLB John Peukert (Jr., 5-10, 175); OLB/TE William Rutherford (Sr., 6-foot, 202); T/DT Jorden Kendrick (Sr., 6-5, 292); G/DT Ryan Shorter (Sr., 6-5, 345); K/P/WR Fidel Romo (Jr., 6-2, 180).
Rubidoux — QB/DL Aaron McMains (Jr., 6-foot-2, 200 pounds); RB Ngana Masiva (Jr., 5-8, 155); Roosevelt Carroll (Jr., 5-6, 150); LB/RB Shaylan Lewis (Sr., ); WR/DB Devante Martin (Jr., 5-8, 160); WR/DB D.J. Johnson (Jr., 6-3, 190); OL/DT Gabriel Torres (Sr., 6-3, 205); DB/RB Isaiah Hughes (Soph., 5-11, 155); OL/DL/TE Damien Brumitt (Jr., 5-9, 265).
Rubidoux’s passing game. Junior QB Aaron McMains — the coach’s son — has been steady, throwing for more than 1,100 yards so far with eight TDs against eight INTs. Banning has about 240 passing yards total this season.
THE FINAL SCORE: Rubidoux 16, Banning 9