Prep Preview: Poly at San Gorgonio

I’m covering the Riverside Poly-San Bernardino San Gorgonio varsity football game tonight, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, for The Press-Enterprise and

The best part of this assignment is the opportunity to provide extended coverage of the Bears after reporting on their 42-17 victory in the 1st Round last week.

The Bears (11-0 overall) scored on two of their first three drives vs. Hemet Tahquitz last week, but mistakes and inconsistency nearly got the better of them before a strong second half helped them pull away. No such quarter will be given this week, and QB Chandler Drachslin and TB Devontre Hale must produce for them to keep pace with San Gorgonio, which has scored 551 points this season.

The Spartans (10-1 overall) have become known for their explosive offensive output but their defense has been just as impressive, allowing just 20 combined points over the last six weeks. To their credit, they have yet to face an offense as complete as Poly’s this season so those shutouts vs. Arroyo Valley, Indian Springs and Rialto in league play are probably at least a little misleading.

Riverside 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).

San Gorgonio — QB Nate Meadors (Sr., 6-foot-1, 186 pounds); RB Wesley Hill (Sr., 5-10, 201); RB-DB Alvin Bibbs (Sr., 5-10, 180); RB Dante Finney (Sr., 5-8, 190); WR-DB Tazha Muhammad (Sr., 5-9, 180); LB Larry Fuller (Sr., 6-4, 220); WR-DB Alvin Patrick (Sr., 6-1, 170); RB-LB Xzavier Leslie (Soph., 5-11, 185); NG LeRoyce Stevenson (Sr., 5-9, 260); LB Marques Hayes (Sr., 6-foot, 190).

In battle of two explosive offenses it’s often whomever scores last is who scores best. Poly already proved it can do that — and on the road — but I think San Gorgonio’s will is too great.
THE FINAL SCORE: San Gorgonio 48, Riverside Poly 45

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