GAME OF THE WEEK: La Sierra at Patriot

THE DETAILS:
Riverside La Sierra vs. Jurupa Valley Patriot
CIF-Southern Section – Week 9
At Rubidoux (Calif.) HS
Kickoff: 7 p.m. PT on Friday, Oct. 27

RIVERSIDE LA SIERRA (2-6 overall, 2-1 River Valley League) is playing for its playoff life tonight. The Eagles pulled a stunner with a 21-13 win over Hillcrest last week and a win over Patriot would all-but-seal a playoff berth. Junior RB Gabriel Simmons needs less than 150 yards to top 1,000 for the season, and senior WR Andre Thomas (41 rec., 712 yards, 6 TDs) continues to be among the Inland area’s top receiving threats. Don’t be surprised to see a big play or two made on defense, which has improved steadily in 2017 but faces its biggest test to date.
HEAD COACH: Garry Hedlund

JURUPA VALLEY PATRIOT (5-1 overall, 1-0 River Valley League) lost 29-21 to Norte Vista in Week 8 in a game that would have practically sealed the RVL title for the Warriors, who want so badly for having a good season that the tension is leaking through onto social media. Senior QB John Ober continues to be the man that moves the chains as the offense has seemingly abandoned trying to fool opponents with anybody else they can give the ball. The loss snapped a string of five consecutive victories, and a win tonight would likely get this team back on track and heading for the playoffs.
HEAD COACH: Chris Fowler

THE KEY PLAYERS:
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)

Patriot — QB John Ober, Sr. (6-foot-4, 220 pounds); RB Erik Garcia, Sr. (5-11, 187) RB Isaac Flores, Soph. (5-6, 145); WR/RB William Bratton, Jr. (5-6, 140); WR Ken Barrios, Jr. (5-10, 145); OL Giovanni Calderas, Sr. (5-11, 240); DL/TE Zach Stauffer, Sr. (6-3, 210); DB Devin Riley, Sr. (5-8, 150); K/DB Hunter Thompson, Sr. (6-foot, 170)

THE DIFFERENCE:
The turf. Patriot would pound away with the running game if this game was on grass, but playing on turf allows La Sierra to utilize a little more of its speed to make things pretty even.

THE PREDICTION:
La Sierra 31, Patriot 28

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