GAME OF THE WEEK: Perris Citrus Hill at Corona Santiago

THE DETAILS:
Perris Citrus Hill vs. Corona Santiago
CIF-Southern Section – Week 1
At Corona (Calif.) Santiago HS
Kickoff: 7 p.m. PT on Friday, Sept. 1

PERRIS CITRUS HILL (1-0 overall, 0-0 Mt. Pass) has fallen from the elite in the Inland Area but only to the periphery, where league titles and deep playoff runs are still commonplace but the CIF-SS trophies are little more rare. The Hawks pounded the rock in a 56-24 season-opening win over at Barstow, with six different players scoring rushing touchdowns in the rout. Senior QB Jonathan Jefferson was just 2 for 4 for 15 yards passing but had 11 carries for 80 yards and two touchdowns. Sophomore RB Earl Estell had two TD runs and 31 yards on just three carries, and junior MLB/DE Dante Byrd had two sacks in the win.
HEAD COACH: Eric Zomalt

CORONA SANTIAGO (1-0 overall, 0-0 Big VIII) are the consistent bubble team in the Big VIII, not big enough to keep up with Centennial and Norco but too big to get beat by the others on a consistent basis. Junior QB Nathaniel Castillo passed for two TDs and more than 300 yards in the Sharks’ surprising 30-28 win over Murrieta Valley last week. Junior RB Nick Camarena added 88 rushing yards and two TDs in the victory, Santiago’s first to start a season since 2014.
HEAD COACH: Scott Morrison

THE KEY PLAYERS:
Citrus Hill – QB Jonathan Jefferson, Sr. (5-foot-9, 190 pounds); RB Dee Miles, Jr. (6-foot, 170); DT Jeremyah WIlson, Sr., (6-2, 300); OLB/DE Isaiah Brown, Sr. (6-foot, 175); MLB Jordan Kinney, Sr. (5-10, 200); MLB Alonta Orange, Sr. (6-foot, 190); OLB Anthony Zomalt, Jr., (6-1, 190); CB Areion Orange, Sr. (5-8, 140); K Ivan Caballero, Jr. (5-10, 170)

Santiago — QB Nathaniel Castillo, Jr. (5-foot-9, 160 pounds); RB ); RB/OLB Nick Camarena, Jr. (5-7, 180); WR Kaleb Patterson, Sr. (6-1, 171); WR Atwood Noah, Sr. (6-foot, 170); WR Donavan Witherspoon Sr. (5-7, 147); WR Tate Giles, Jr. (6-3, 175); MLB Blake Siemsen, Jr. (5-11, 210); CB Marcus Nesby, Jr. (5-9, 120); FS/SS Phillip Le, Jr. (5-10, 160); K Damien Ornelas, Sr. (5-8, 165)

THE DIFFERENCE:
Corona Santiago looks like it has a few different ways to generate offense, while Perris Citrus Hill looks like a one-trick pony. Watch out for that Hawks defense, though.

THE FINAL SCORE:
Corona Santiago 41, Citrus Hill 38

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