Prep Preview: Big VIII League
BIG VIII LEAGUE PREVIEW
(Records in parenthesis)
Have you seen Victor Viramontes’ workout Vines?!? Viramontes has made himself the talk of the Big VIII League with several 6-second videos. The vids show him running the option with a parachute, or deadlifting a huge amount of weight (300lbs? 500lbs??) in a morning session. They’re fun to watch, but are just part of the ‘Viramontes 2015′ hype machine that’s revved up since his verbal commitment to Univ. of Michigan. Right now, however, the real show is whether or not he can win a league title or go to Ann Arbor 0-4 vs. his HS rival.
Corona Centennial (12-3 overall, 5-0 Big VIII League) set another goal and achieved said goal, claiming the PAC-5 Division championship in its first year with a dominant tear through the section playoffs. The Huskies still lack a state title, but this may be the group to bring it home. Does Senior QB Anthony Catalano have the best supporting cast in the history of the Inland area?
Norco (6-6, 4-4) has done right by trying to beef up and play up, schedule-wise, under Chuck Chastain. This year will be about making a deep playoff run for senior QB Victor Viramontes, senior RB Gaven Hughes and senior DB Troy Dye, because a league title just is not realistic and the gap between everyone and Centennial is only getting wider.
Corona Santiago (6-5, 3-2) has made a change at head coach, bringing in Scott Morrison to replace Jeff Steinberg, among the most successful coaches in the program’s history. There’s a few morsels left in the cupboard for Morrison, including senior OLB Terrell Sayles.
Riverside King (5-5, 2-3) is picked by more than one local journalist to make the playoffs! If these predictions hold true they would portend the Wolves’ first postseason appearance. If they don’t it’ll be a disappointment because the Wolves look pretty good.
Eastvale Roosevelt (2-8, 1-4) went through some growing pains for coach Tony Barile last season. The Mustangs didn’t get a victory until Week 7 vs. Corona. It was their only on-the-field win of the season.
Corona (1-9, 0-5) can only get better because last season may have been as bad as the Panthers have ever been in more than seven decades of football.
PROJECTED ORDER OF FINISH:
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
WR Andreau Benny, Sr., Santiago
RB/LB Samonte Bonner, Sr., Centennial
WR/CB Sean Bowden, Sr., Roosevelt
DB Troy Dye, Sr., Norco
RB Gaven Hughes, Sr., Norco
T Daniel Juarez, Sr., Centennial
QB Bradley Kleven, Jr., Riverside King
T/DT John Krahn, Sr., Riverside King
WR Javon McKinley, Sr., Centennial
OLB Terrell Sayles, Sr., Santiago
RB J.J. Taylor, Sr., Centennial
QB Victor Viramontes, Sr., Norco
Sept. 4 — Temecula Great Oak at Riverside King, 7 p.m.
Sept. 4 — Rancho Cucamonga at Norco, 7 p.m.
Sept. 5 — Gardena Serra at Corona Centennial, 7 p.m.
Sept. 11 — Corona Santiago at Vista Murrieta, 7 p.m.
Oct. 16 — Corona at Norco, 7 p.m.
Oct. 30 — Riverside King at Eastvale Roosevelt, 7 p.m.
Nov. 5 — Norco at Corona Centennial, 7 p.m.