Prep Preview: Corona at La Sierra
I’m covering the Corona-Riverside La Sierra varsity football game tonight, Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, for The Press-Enterprise, HSGametime.pe.com & @pecom_preps.
The best part of this assignment will probably be the opportunity to again cover my alma mater. Though something exciting could still happen.
THE LOW DOWN:
The Panthers (3-0 overall) are off to a quick start but shouldn’t get too far ahead of themselves. They’ve played a couple of perennial tough opponents but still have games at both Norco and Corona Centennial in October. Senior QB Jake Sparks (43 for 71, 581 yards and eight TDs) is completing more than 70 percent of his pass attempts, which is little wonder considering he’s throwing to one of the deepest receiver corps in the Inland Area with seniors Ian Sutherland and Nick Fecarotta, juniors Jeremiah Boatner and Montre Berry and sophomore Joshua Smevog.
The Eagles (0-2 overall) looked altogether unprepared in their season opener, a 52-7 loss to Riverside Arlington in Week 1. Though also a loss, last week’s result (a 68-34 loss to Temecula Valley) was a little better. New coach Garry Hedlund has shifted skill position players around, going to junior QB Roman Aguirre and freshman RB Gabriel Simmons in an effort to better maximize talent.
THE KEY PLAYERS:
Corona — QB Jake Sparks (Sr., 5-foot-10, 150 pounds); RB Malik Walker (Jr., 5-10, 176); WR Ian Sutherland (Sr., 6-2, 195); WR Jeremiah Boatner (Jr., 5-9, 160); WR Nick Fecarotta (Sr., 5-9, 185); WR Montre Berry (Jr., 5-11, 160); DT Josh Mansfield (Sr., 5-9, 182).
La Sierra — QB Roman Aguirre (Jr., 6-foot, 170 pounds); RB Gabriel Simmons (Fr., 5-5, 140); WR Jose Antolino (Sr., 6-foot, 185); WR Dominic Dighton (Jr., 6-2, 175); LB Brendan Hodges (Sr., 6-1, 215); ATH Laurence Morgan III (Sr., 5-10, 175); LB Jason Harbaugh (Sr., 5-9, 220).
Corona appears to have pieces in place on offense. On the other hand, La Sierra just started putting the puzzle together (again).
THE FINAL SCORE:
Corona 35, La Sierra 20