PREP PREVIEW: La Sierra at Rubidoux

I’m covering the Riverside La Sierra-Rubidoux varsity football game tonight, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, for The Press-Enterprise and the Southern California Newspaper Group.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Rubidoux High School.

BOTH TEAMS…
Riverside La Sierra (1-0 overall) got out to a tremendous start with a 31-0 victory over San Bernardino in Week 1. In fact, it may be the best season-opening game in the last 30 years by a La Sierra football team. These players want ‘A Place At The Table’ and it showed as the Eagles scored all 31 points in the first half before cruising to victory. RBs Gabriel Simmons and Lamar Gaines give the team a potent 1-2 punch in the backfield as the pair combined for five rushing TDs and more than 300 rushing yards in the win.
HEAD COACH: Garry Hedlund

Rubidoux (0-1 overall) is working with a new deck of cards after going 12-1 last season and winning a Mountain Valley League title, and the Falcons are not happy after dropping their season opener, 21-20, to cross-town rival Jurupa Valley Patriot in Week 0. The team fell behind and had a chance to tie or win the game but could not convert on a final extra point. QB Shelden Kaleiwahea is a two-way starter and is improving as the Falcons’ play-caller on offense, while some think RB Tyson Giles could be the programs’ next great back.
HEAD COACH: Patrick Thompson

ON THE ROSTER…
Riverside La Sierra — QB Bryce Poppe, Jr. (6-foot, 150 pounds); RB Gabriel Simmons, Jr. (5-5, 145); RB/OLB Lamar Gaines, Jr. (5-9, 165); WR/DB Andre Thomas, Jr. (5-6, 135); TE/ILB Brandon Ceja, Soph. (6-foot, 185); MLB/RB Jose Valencia, Sr. (5-8, 160); OL/DL Mike Santascoy, Sr. (5-10, 244); K Tyler Wheelwright, Sr. (6-1, 160)

Rubidoux — QB Shelson Kaleiwahea, Jr. (5-6, 245); RB/DB Tyson Giles, Jr. (5-9, 170); RB/CB Carlos Montes, Jr. (5-6, 130); WR/SS Jaiden Lewis, Jr. (6-4, 180); FB/DT/DE Jael Gonzalez, Sr. (5-10, 240); T/DT Gustavo Reyes, Sr. (5-11, 282); TE/DE Oliver Silverira, Sr. (6-5, 225); K/P Johnny Garcia, Jr. (5-7, 220)

ONE THING IN PARTICULAR…
Both teams put up a whole bunch of points in their opener. With maturing defense on both sides this game could be a shootout.

IT’S ANYONE’S GUESS BUT…
Riverside La Sierra 44, Rubidoux 38

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