GAME OF THE WEEK: Hillcrest at La Sierra
Riverside Hillcrest vs. Riverside La Sierra
At Zack Earp Stadium – Norte Vista HS, Riverside (Calif.)
Kickoff: 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14
THE LOW DOWN:
RIVERSIDE HILLCREST (4-2 overall, 1-0 River Valley) has won three consecutive games — the last two in blowout style — to put some sizzle back into its season after a 1-2 start. The Trojans tallied a school-record 56 points in a win over Lake Elsinore Temescal Canyon in Week 5, then followed with another new record in 62-28 victory over Jurupa Valley Patriot last week. Junior QB/RB Cordell Labrie has excelled in a dual-role setup, contributing touchdowns in every game in which he’s played. In his last three games Labrie has passed for five TDs vs. zero INTs, and rushed for nine TDs.
HEAD COACH: John Brandom
RIVERSIDE LA SIERRA (1-5 overall, 0-1 River Valley) has lost five consecutive since opening the season with a 45-12 victory over San Bernardino. The Eagles’ offensive production has been better the last two weeks, but effects from a wrenching 27-26 loss to MoVal Canyon Springs in Week 5 and a 56-33 loss Riverside Ramona in Week 6 will linger. Senior QB Roman Aguirre has settled in as the No. 1 option, mostly because sophomore RB Gabriel Simmons has yet to break out, while a cast of receivers have done well to support their quarterback.
HEAD COACH: Garry Hedlund
THE KEY PLAYERS:
Hillcrest — QB/RB Cordell Labrie, Jr. (5-foot-11, 185 pounds); WR/DB Elijah Dominguez, Jr. (5-8, 150); WR Drew Dixon, Sr. (6-3, 179); TE Dylan Alford, Jr. (5-10, 150); DE Michael Noble, Sr. (5-10, 205); LB/WR Joshua Ford, Soph. (5-11, 178); CB/WR Aaron Howard, Sr. (5-9, 150); FS/LB Isaiah McClenton, Sr. (5-8, 176); K Nick Lawson, Jr. (5-11, 150)
La Sierra — QB Roman Aguirre, Sr. (6-foot, 175 pounds); RB Gabriel Simmons, Soph. (5-5, 149); FB/ILB Jim Jimenez, Sr. (5-10, 190); WR/DB Andrew Thomas, Soph. (5-6, 130); WR/OLB Dominic Dighton, Sr. (6-2, 175); WR/OLB Jamario Torres, Soph. (6-foot, 185); WR/DB Zach Van Vorce, Sr. (5-11, 140); MLB/TE Joshua Saldana, Sr. (5-9, 180); K Tyler Wheelwright, Soph. (6-1, 158)
La Sierra’s hunger on a night celebrating its greatest all-time coach. With Roger Folsom set to attend as part of the celebration to formalize the rivalry’s trophy — the Backyard Bell — the Eagles need a win to keep their season alive.
THE FINAL SCORE:
La Sierra 36, Hillcrest 35