Prep Preview: Kaiser vs. Summit
I’m covering the Fontana Kaiser-Fontana Summit varsity football game tonight, Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, for The Press-Enterprise, HSGametime.pe.com & @PEcom_sports.
The best part of this assignment is covering two teams I have seen in several seasons battling for rights to a Sunkist League title.
THE LOW DOWN:
The SkyHawks (8-0 overall, 3-0 Sunkist) have allowed fewer and fewer points since defeating Riverside Norte Vista, 25-21, in Week 5. Nick Matheny’s defense has given up just 18, 10 and 7, respectively, in their last three league games. Senior QB Cade Sparks is a big-time player tasked with managing some pretty explosive weapons around him, and the offense has responded by scoring more than 42 points in seven of the team’s eight games thus far. Senior WR/DB Damian Alloway is as heavily-recruited a football player as Summit has ever had — and they’ve had some good ones — because he can really do it all but has put in an All Area-type season at receiver.
The Cats (5-3 overall, 2-1 Sunkist) lost by one points, 13-12, to Grand Terrace in Week 7 so they took out on Fontana in a 69-28 win last week. Coach Phil Zelaya’s teams want to bully opponents until their wills break and they hand over the lunch money, but they’ve struggled this season against teams that are equally physical. Senior RB Joshua Johnson is turning in another workman performance in his third year as the primary threat on offense. He’s averaging over 203 yards per game this season, having already totaled 18 TDs and more than 1,600 yards. Can a senior-heavy defense led by senior LB Armani Dodson and senior DE Justin Lee come together to form another iconic defensive unit?
THE KEY PLAYERS:
Kaiser — RB Joshua Johnson (Sr., 6-foot, 200); DE/DT Justin Lee (Sr., 6-foot, 255); T/G/C James Hansen (Sr., 6-4, 315); OL Andrew Halen (Sr., 6-2, 265); OL Alex Vargas (Sr., 5-11, 315).
Summit — QB Cade Sparks (Sr., 6-4, 190); RB/LB Stephen Carr (Jr., 6-foot, 192) WR/DB Damian Alloway (Sr., 6-1, 185); WR Ronald Draper (Sr., 6-4, 170); TE/DE Jabari Watson (Sr., 6-3, 255).
Summit’s balanced offense has proven a handful for the opposition this year, and Kaiser’s defense isn’t nearly as intimidating as it once was.
THE FINAL SCORE:
Fontana Summit 35, Fontana Kaiser 28