Prep Preview: Big VIII League
BIG VIII LEAGUE PREVIEW
(2015 records in parenthesis)
There isn’t another team, locally, in Corona Centennial’s stratosphere. The pipeline of talent going into the Huskies football program is clear, with or without a certain nationally-hyped receiver. Coach Matt Logan needs no introduction when he walks into a SoCal football banquet, and it’s basically him and everybody else. Is there a day when it will end? Sure. But know that odds are greater that you’ll be struck by lightning or experience on extra-terrestrial event than Centennial NOT winning another league title this season.
CORONA CENTENNIAL (14-1 overall, 5-0 Big VIII) has handed the baton to new offensive skill personnel. For most programs it means the end of an era — and it is — but for the Huskies it mostly means a group of exciting new players. Most seem to think it’ll be a very smooth turnover after impressive part-time performances from junior QB Tanner McKee (6-foot-6, 215 pounds) and senior RB Miles Reed (5-9, 185) last season.
NORCO (8-3, 4-1) had never had a player quite like Victor Viramontes — the Cougars’ recently graduated four-year QB now at University of Michigan — who left something of an unintended vacuum in his wake. Coach Chuck Chastain will lean on junior RB Travis Dye (5-10, 185), but if senior WR Michael Thomas (6-3, 190) doesn’t see the ball enough there may be a QB battle looming between a pair of sophomores.
CORONA (6-5, 2-3) qualified for the playoffs in first-year coach Steven Hill’s first season, and it was no fluke. Hill is in it for the long haul, and believes in everything about his program. The Panthers have some pieces, senior RB Malik Walker (5-10, 185), WR Jeremiah Boatner (5-10, 160) and sophomore WR/CB Keyon Gibson (6-foot, 160) among them.
CORONA SANTIAGO (4-6, 2-3) has a really, really deep senior class this season but most of it lacks serious varsity experience. Will coach Scott Morrison’s second year end with a postseason appearance.
EASTVALE ROOSEVELT (3-7, 2-3) have handed over the reins to Tommy Leach, a former assistant who had previously led Temecula Chaparral to its only CIF section title 10 years ago.
RIVERSIDE KING (3-7, 0-5) needs to find a way to win close games and it could be a whole different program. Wolves may have their best offense in years.
PROJECTED ORDER OF FINISH:
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
WR Jeremiah Boatner, Sr., Corona
RB/ATH Travis Dye, Sr. Norco
DT Tony Fusi, Sr., Corona
QB Bradley Kleven, Sr., Riverside King
C/G Kyle Krepsz, Sr., Riverside King
QB Tanner McKee, Jr., Corona Centennial
SB/DB Sean North, Sr., Corona Santiago
RB Miles Reed, Sr., Corona Centennial
WR/DB Michael Thomas, Sr., Norco
WR/DB Chase Williams, Jr., Eastvale Roosevelt
Sept. 2 — Norco at Rancho Cucamonga, 7 p.m.
Sept. 30 — Norco at Chino Hills, 7 p.m.
Sept. 30 — Riverside King at MoVal Rancho Verde, 7 p.m.
Oct. 21 — Corona Centennial at Corona, 7 p.m.
Oct. 28 — Corona Centennial at Norco, 7 p.m.