Prep Preview: Sunkist League
SUNKIST LEAGUE PREVIEW
(Records in parenthesis)
This is one of those leagues that comes down to one game, and again it’s Kaiser’s determined line play attempting to hold onto its league title vs. Summit and its handful of skill players. The third-place spot also is up for grabs, with Grand Terrace seemingly ready to make a playoff push. Expect the bottom of this group to look something like old oranges festering in an unattended grove.
Fontana Kaiser (8-3 overall, 5-0 Sunkist League) had its moments last season — like its OT win over Summit in Week 8 — but will remember that all three of its losses were by 21-or-more points, i.e. crush jobs. Joshua Johnson’s breakout 14-TD, 1,300-yard season will help some forget, but he’ll be leaned on for something similar this year.
Fontana Summit (6-4-1, 4-1) will feature perhaps the second-most sought-after recruit in the Inland Area — Damian Alloway — and may have the pieces this season to compliment him. Senior TE/DE Jabari Watson and junior RB/OLB Stephen Carr are all about contact on both sides of the ball.
Colton (4-7, 3-2) managed to squeak into the playoffs last season but may not be able to hold off rival Grand Terrace for much longer. This team is dominated by Coach Chris Ma’ilo’s youth movement. The Yellowjackets have just seven seniors on their 40-player roster.
Grand Terrace (4-6, 2-3) may or may not have improved last season. It’s hard to tell. Titans were pummeled by Kaiser 44-0 in Week 6, won their next two games but then gave up 40-or-more points in back-to-back losses to end the year. To his credit, Coach Ryan Smalls has a growing number of athletes.
Fontana (2-8, 1-4) continues to struggle because it continues to be bereft of talent. The Steelers, once mighty, now merely subsist on ‘tucky scraps.
Bloomington (1-9, 0-5) won its first game last season but then lost nine straight. Looking ahead, new coach Brian Kidd has some size and speed on hand.
PROJECTED ORDER OF FINISH:
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
RB/FS Damian Alloway, Sr., Fontana Summit
MLB/OLB Kenny Appleton, Sr., Grand Terrace
OLB/TE Keilon Bradford, Sr., Grand Terrace
RB/OLB Stephen Carr, Jr., Fontana Summit
QB/CB Sean Anthony Carranza, Jr., Grand Terrace
TE/LB Armani Dodson, Sr., Fontana Kaiser
WR/RB/DB Prince Ikenador, Sr., Fontana
RB/DB Joshua Johnson, Sr., Fontana Kaiser
WR/OLB Marcus Jones, Sr., Bloomiington
QB Alex Toledo, Sr., Colton
TE/DE Abel Villareal, Sr., Colton
TE/DE Jabari Watson, Sr., Fontana Summit
Sept. 4 — San Bernardino San Gorgonio at Kaiser, 7 p.m.
Oct. 2 — Moreno Valley at Colton, 7 p.m.
Oct. 2 — Summit at Riverside Norte Vista, 7 p.m.
Oct. 30 — Kaiser vs. Summit at Fontana Miller HS, 7 p.m.
Nov. 6 — Colton at Grand Terrace, 7 p.m.