Season Preview: San Andreas League

PREP FOOTBALL 2019
SAN ANDREAS LEAGUE PREVIEW

(2018 records in parenthesis)

A lot of people are still trying to figure out Al Brown, and how it is that he took a team that was 3-8 the year before and transformed them into a 14-1 juggernaut that made a state bowl game appearance. It still boggles the mind, but Eisenhower is back on top of the SAL and it’s all a little bit strange. Not to be overlooked, San Gorgonio won the CIF-SS Division 9 title and came within a field goal of tying the CIF State 5-AA bowl game. Impressive stuff from the Spartans in Rich McClure’s fourth year but what’s in store for his sixth? Jurupa Hills won a playoff game to give the SAL a third quarterfinalist, and many people thought Rim of the World was good enough to be a playoff team. Both will again likely battle for the league’s third-and-final postseason berth. Rialto lost its last three games of 2018 to drop out of playoff contention but the Knights are looking to get back into the mix, while Arroyo Valley continues to struggle to field a competitive team.

RIALTO EISENHOWER (14-1 overall, 5-0 San Andreas) has all the key skill position players back – including the QB-RB-WR trio – from last year’s CIF-Southern Section Division 11 championship team. So now the question becomes, ‘Can the Eagles do it again?’

SAN BERNARDINO SAN GORGONIO (12-4, 4-1) needs to replace an all-CIF QB if it wants to return to the state playoffs this year. The Spartans have the talent all around to get the job done if Jessie Corral or Seth Burbine are ready.

FONTANA JURUPA HILLS (8-4, 3-2) has a bunch of playmakers but unless Zane Scarborough is coming back for ANOTHER year, these Spartans are in need of a QB. Is anybody sure yet if Matthew Newcomb is the guy?

LAKE ARROWHEAD RIM OF THE WORLD (7-3, 2-3) continues to be a mountain mystery, but apparently they take no shame in scheduling what look like some early-season wins.

RIALTO (4-6, 1-4) failed to score more than 20 points against any league opponent last year, so finding players to put the ball in the end zone has been key this offseason.

SAN BERNARDINO ARROYO VALLEY (3-6, 0-4) enters 2019 on a six-game losing streak and without much hope for changing that any time soon.

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

PLAYERS TO WATCH:
QB Ceaser Ayala, Sr., Eisenhower
WR/OLB Davyon Benton, Sr., Eisenhower
WR/QB Steven Cota, Sr., Rialto
RB/OLB William English, Jr., Jurupa Hills
WR/FS Davieon Gambo, Jr., Jurupa Hills
DT/G Daniel Godina, Sr., Eisenhower
RB/SS Jordan Goodloe, Sr., Eisenhower
LB Desi Gonzales, Sr., San Gorgonio
S/RB/WR Delano Green, Jr., Arroyo Valley
DE/TE C.J. King, Jr., Rim of the World
NG Leonardo Mendoza, Sr., San Gorgonio
SB/CB Jaylen Matthews, Sr., San Gorgonio
OLB/TE Austin Shoopman, Sr., Rim of the World
CB/RB Paul Smith, Sr., Rim of the World

PROMINENT GAMES:
Sept. 12-Moreno Valley at Eisenhower, 7pm
Sept. 20-Jurupa Valley at Jurupa Hills, 7pm
Sept. 20-Yucaipa at San Gorgonio, 7pm
Oct. 19-Rim of the World at Jurupa Hills, 7pm
Oct. 25-San Gorgonio vs. Eisenhower, 7pm

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