GAME OF THE WEEK: Valley View at Corona

THE DETAILS:
Moreno Valley Valley View vs. Corona
CIF-Southern Section – Week 0
At Corona (Calif.) HS
Kickoff: 7 p.m. PT on Friday, Aug. 25

valleyviewLOGOMORENO VALLEY VALLEY VIEW (0-0 overall, 0-0 Inland Valley) came up one victory short of a state title but accomplished so much more than any one anticipated. RB Justin Keeling and FB Rudy Lovato return along with QB Jacob Barlage to form what should be one of the Inland Area’s most potent backfields. Barlage begins what could prove to be the most crucial season of his development with his favorite targets from last season — WR Robert Heiermann and TE Brandon Reitan — providing the ball security the offense needs.
HEAD COACH: Dan Barlage

CORONA (0-0 overall, 0-0 Big VIII) is in the middle of one of the football program’s biggest transitions in some time. Ron Gueringer, the long-time coach at San Gorgonio, was hired to take over for Stephen Hill, who stepped down after last season. Gueringer then hired Jordan Campbell away from Corona Centennial and a number of players — including Manny Allen and Shane Illingsworth — attempted to transfer to Corona. CIF-SS purportedly said “Nah” and now those players are jumping into holes. What’s left at Corona is Gueringer’s fresh start at coaching in the Big VIII League.

THE KEY PLAYERS:
Valley View – QB Jacob Barlage, Jr. (6-foot, 160 pounds); RB Justin Keeling, Sr. (5-6, 160); FB/LB Rudy Lovato, Sr. (5-10, 230); WR Robert Heiermann, Sr. (6-foot, 180); TE Brandon Reitan, Sr. (6-2, 233); DB Donzell Alexander, Sr. (6-1, 150); K Walter Herrera, Sr. (5-9, 153)

Corona — QB Moses DeAnda, Sr. (6-foot-4, 200 pounds); RB/WR Joshua Johnson, Sr. (5-10, 165); RB/WR Anthony Wallander, Sr. (5-9, 170); WR/CB Keyon Gibson, Jr. (6-foot, 160); WR Joshua Smevog, Sr. (6-foot, 160); T James Mitchell, Sr. (6-5, 284); K Bren Chanty, Sr. (5-11, 154)

THE DIFFERENCE:
Valley View has advantages over Corona. The Eagles defeated Gueringer in his last game as San G.’s coach. They also have loads of continuity and experience, characteristics Gueringer’s current team is just starting to build.

THE FINAL SCORE:
Moreno Valley Valley View 27, Corona 21

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