Season Preview: San Andreas League

PREP FOOTBALL 2018 (PRESEASON)
SAN ANDREAS LEAGUE PREVIEW

(2017 Records in parenthesis)

Every team in the SAL got pummeled during its 2017 preseason schedule, combining to win six of 30 total non-league games. That’s just 20-percent for those of you doing the math at home, and well below local, regional and national averages. A small portion of that can be attributed to scheduling tough opponents, but the rest must be blamed on some pretty atrocious football. And with zero playoff wins and only one winning record for this group last season, there isn’t a whole lot of hope for drastic improvements this season. San Gorgonio will again feature some maturing skill-position talents that’ll score points, but will the Spartans be able to defend? Jurupa Hills has a gun-slinging senior at QB but is there anyone who can run routes or catch? Rialto got the closest to San G. last season, losing its matchup in overtime, but the Knights now face the challenge of welcoming their cross-town rivals Eisenhower to the SAL. Rim of the World plays tough against similarly-matched teams, and we’re not contractually obligated to mention Arroyo Valley, but the Hawks will play another 10 games this season.

SAN GORGONIO (6-5 overall, 5-0 San Andreas) was a decidedly different team in Rich McClure’s second year in charge, cutting its win total practically in half and taking some rough losses that the Spartans will look to avoid this season. How much pressure will be on senior QB Jordan Pachot will depend on how much he delivers.

JURUPA HILLS (6-5, 4-1) has been the most formidable challenger to San Gorgonio the last two years but has yet to get over that hump. The ‘other’ Spartans are turning into a defense-first team under Coach Citos Martinez, who has some key pieces returning from last season like exciting dual-threat On’Drae Harvey.

RIALTO (4-6, 3-2) are going to try to run the ball hard, and may get away with it as senior Jamal Moorefield looks to take over the SAL and produce an encore to his 1,000-yard junior season. A serious lack of depth will effect this team more than most, as the school draws from a decreasing number of communities.

RIM OF THE WORLD (4-6, 2-3) is starved for talent on the mountain. The kids that can, do, but there will never be the fluid movement of young players through this idyllic mountain town like there is at some other spots in the Inland Area. That said, senior DE Austin Wetzel might be the best pass rusher in the SAL.

RIALTO EISENHOWER (3-8, 2-6 CBL) jumps into the SAL after years in the Citrus Belt League, where it made the playoffs last season. Can Coach Al Brown turn the Eagles into a top team in a new league?

ARROYO VALLEY (0-10, 0-5) hasn’t published a roster as of Aug. 3, 2018, so there’s no telling who Coach Jake Knesel bring back in his second season.

PROJECTED ORDER OF FINISH:
San Gorgonio
Jurupa Hills
Rim of the World
Rialto
Eisenhower
Arroyo Valley

PLAYERS TO WATCH:
RB Elijah Hall, Sr., San Gorgonio
RB/S On’Drae Harvey, Sr., Jurupa Hills
QB Kenzel Lawler, Jr., San Gorgonio
RB/MLB Jamal Moorefield, Sr., Rialto
QB/S Rolando Pacheco, Sr., Arroyo Valley
QB Zane Scarborough, Sr., Jurupa Hills
TE/DE Tyler Wetzel, Sr., Rim of the World

PROMINENT GAMES:
Aug. 24 – Redlands at San Gorgonio
Sept. 29 – Rialto at Rialto Eisenhower
Oct. 5 – Jurupa Hills at San Gorgonio
Oct. 12 – Rialto at Rim of the World

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