Prep Preview: Tahquitz at Riverside Poly

I’m covering the Hemet Tahquitz-Riverside Poly varsity football game tonight, Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, for The Press-Enterprise and PE.com.

The best part of this assignment is getting a look a the Bears in a playoff game for the first time.

Game time is 7 p.m. at Riverside Unified School District Stadium at King HS.

tahquitzLOGOTHE LOW DOWN:
The Titans (4-6 overall, 2-3 Mountain Pass) lost, 49-14, to No. 6 Perris Citrus Hill last week, and will be playing consecutive games against teams ranked in the Inland Area Top 10 for the first time this season. It’s been an up-and-down year for head coach Dennis Gregovich and his coaching staff, who qualified as a No. 3 with mostly sophomores and juniors starting at skill positions.

The Bears (10-0 overall, 5-0 Inland Valley) are coming off a 45-17 victory over cross-town rival Riverside North, and have now scored 35-or-more points in each of their last seven games. Tailback Devontre Hale (1,471 yards 24 TDs) has blossomed into one of the top running backs in the Inland Area, and Chandler Drachslin (17 TDs, one INT) has done an underrated job as a game manager and occasional playmaker.

PolyLOGOTHE KEY PLAYERS:
Tahquitz — QB William Keegan (Jr.); OL-DL Michael Roquemore (Sr.); DB-WR-RB Daijon Holloway (Sr.); WR-LB Xavier Steele (Soph.); WR-DB Xavion Steele (Soph.); LB Anthony Morachis (Sr.).

Poly — QB Chandler Drachslin (Sr., 6-foot-3, 189 punds); TB Devontre Hale (Sr., 5-10, 195); WR-DB Ykili Ross (Sr., 6-2, 192); FS Quentin Carter (Sr., 5-10, 175); WR-CB LaMet Fowler (Sr., 5-10, 160); OL-DL Jesse Ybarra (Jr., 6-1, 278); DE Ben Tualega (Sr., 6-foot, 218); DT Justen Moore (Sr., 5-11, 265); LB Even Telliard (Sr., 6-1, 210); LB Kevin Herch (Sr., 6-1, 190).

THE DIFFERENCE:
Poly’s overwhelming offense. Tahquitz may have a lot of heart and play with some intensity on defense but the young Titans simply have too little to throw at the Bears’ senior-heavy point-scoring machine.
THE FINAL SCORE: Riverisde Poly 35, Hemet Tahquitz 13

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