Season Preview: Inland Valley League


(2017 Records in parenthesis)

This is about as different as it gets for the Inland Area this season, where teams come together that either haven’t been together (Orange Vista vs. Everybody) or haven’t been together in years (North-Perris). It’s going to be an interesting and competitive mix that Riverside Poly should run away with given the Bears’ offensive firepower. North and Orange Vista will have strong, athletic defenses and Lakeside may have a trick up its sleeve. Canyon Springs and Perris are both several seasons away from being competitive.

CANYON SPRINGS (4-6 overall, 0-5 Inland Valley) will get a boost from finally moving into their new on-campus stadium. From all accounts it is very nice and could change the fortunes of a program that hasn’t been good since the 1990s.

LAKESIDE (7-4 overall, 2-3 Sunbelt) was a playoff team last year in CIF-SS Division 11, but got blown out on the road at Arroyo in the first round and have since made both a radical league shift and a jump to Division 10. Because why not?

NORTH (4-6 overall, 2-3 Inland Valley) struggled in the only season under Doug DuBois, who left the program during the offseason and was replaced by former Poly coach Dennis Brown. The Huskies could own this league if Brown can really put his stamp on this team with QB Nick Satcher and the office this season.

ORANGE VISTA (3-7 overall) is in just its second varsity season so there’s going to be bumps in the road, but the young Coyotes get to play Riverside Poly and North every season now, which is something coach Greg Zomalt can bring to family Thanksgiving. First, we want to see this defense. Then we’ll talk.

PERRIS (0-10 overall, 0-5 Sunbelt) probably doesn’t care if anyone knows if they’re playing football this season. No coach is listed. No roster. Maybe its better to just have the football players attend Citrus Hill or Orange Vista.

RIVERSIDE POLY (2-8 overall, 1-4 Inland Valley) has the best returning offensive cast of any team in the league and should shoot out to a lead fairly quickly so long as they decide on a QB and everyone stays healthy. Senior RB Jermain Henderson is one of the elite backs in the Inland Area, and junior WR Jerry Sandefur has worked hard for a big second varsity season.

Riverside Poly
Orange Vista
Canyon Springs

RB Jermain Henderson, Sr., Riverside Poly
LB/FB Oscar Rodriguez, Sr., Canyon Springs
WR/FS Jerry Sandefur, Jr., Riverside Poly
QB Nicolas Satcher, Sr., North
OL Dion Wilson, Jr., Orange Vista

Aug. 25 – Moreno Valley at Canyon Springs
Sept. 8 – King vs. Riverside Poly at Ramona HS
Sept. 14 – North at Paloma Valley
Oct. 26 – Riverside Poly at North


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