Season Preview: Citrus Belt League

PREP FOOTBALL 2019
CITRUS BELT LEAGUE PREVIEW

(2018 records in parenthesis)

There was a time when the CBL was owned by Redlands East Valley, full stop. Then a certain Cajon QB started throwing for 500 yards and rushing for 200 more every game and the pendulum swung away from the Wildcats. But as with all things change is inevitable. Cajon is looking for its next quarterback. REV remains deep and talented and ready to pick up where it left off. Citrus Valley has an experienced senior class that could carry the Blackhawks deep if senior QB Jonathan Calderon asserts himself as the CBL’s top signal caller. Yucaipa can hang so long as guys stay healthy, which just doesn’t happen. Redlands needs a revival as the Terriers are stuck in neutral as the third-best program in its own city. Carter’s move to the CBL was supposed serve as a launching pad. Is this the year the Lions are more than a dud?

SAN BERNARDINO CAJON (12-2 overall, 5-0 Citrus Belt) has two of the league’s best players – Rodney Robinson and Larenzo McMillan – but needs to find a way to get them the ball that isn’t the Wildcat formation. Is the transfer of QB Patrick Ragan complete?

REDLANDS EAST VALLEY (7-4, 4-1) has a group of receivers that will go under the radar unless junior QB Jeramiah Donahue steps up in the pocket and delivers early and often. The defense will carry this team until the offense gets on line.

REDLANDS CITRUS VALLEY (7-4, 3-2) features a deep and playoff experienced senior class for the first time in school history. What that means this year, with the weight of newfound expectation, remains to be seen.

YUCAIPA (5-6, 2-3) has talented players but lack any kind of depth so if one guy goes down it becomes a domino effect that derails the season. Big, burly OL Robert Joe Taylor is college-bound.

REDLANDS (2-8, 1-4) doesn’t have a lot of experience to work with outside senior WR/CB Adam Valencia, but Terriers seem to have good numbers this season.

RIALTO CARTER (1-9, 0-5) has the look of a team about to make a move up the standings, so maybe (just maybe) the Lions challenge for a playoff spot.

PROJECTED ORDER OF FINISH:
Redlands East Valley
San Bernardino Cajon
Redlands Citrus Valley
Yucaipa
Redlands
Rialto Carter

PLAYERS TO WATCH:
WR/DB Isaiah Bradford, Sr., Redlands East Valley
QB Jonathan Calderon, Sr., Citrus Valley
G Alec Estrada, Sr., Cajon
WR/CB David Fisher, Sr., Yucaipa
RB Jonathan Garcia-Frye, Sr., Citrus Valley
DL Trayvonne King, Sr., Cajon
QB Reginald Malone, Sr., Carter
WR Larenzo McMillan, Sr., Cajon
RB Adonis Melton, Sr., Citrus Valley
LB Jason Mitchell, Sr., Cajon
DB/WR Rodney Robinson, Sr., Cajon
T Robert Joe Taylor, Sr., Yucaipa
WR/DB Adam Valencia, Sr., Redlands
WR Anthony Waters, Sr., Redlands East Valley
WB/CB Brandon Wells, Sr., Redlands East Valley
DB/WR Jelani Whitmore, Sr., Rialto Carter

PROMINENT GAMES:
Aug. 23-Redlands East Valley vs. Santa Margarita, 7pm
Sept. 6-Cajon at Menifee Heritage, 7pm
Sept. 20-San Gorgonio at Yucaipa, 7pm
Oct. 4-Redlands East Valley at Redlands, 7pm
Oct. 11-Cajon at Redlands East Valley, 7pm

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