Season Preview: Mojave River League

PREP FOOTBALL 2019
MOJAVE LEAGUE PREVIEW

(2018 records in parenthesis)

In the world of cold wind and dirt and dust, it comes down to short-yardage situations, and Serrano had been the High Desert’s king of that for a decade. It wasn’t until Oak Hills started picking up athletes, and later Apple Valley’s ability to play pitch-and-catch, that things started to change a few years ago. But it may be that the pendulum has swung back in the Diamondbacks’ favor as both Oak Hills and Apple Valley need to replace whole parts of their respective offenses. Sultana appears to have some talent on paper, but sustained progress remains a myth. Burroughs may be too isolated to ever be much of a contender, while Hesperia could be back in the thick of things if a few players exceed expectations.

HESPERIA OAK HILLS (9-3 overall, 5-0 Mojave River) relied almost exclusively on seniors to run its offense in ’19, so junior QB Latavian Lipscomb will get first shot under center, with sophomore QB Andrew Garcia set to back him up. DT/TE Cyrus Fitivale (6-foot, 265 pounds) is a legitimate star.

APPLE VALLEY (10-2, 4-1) has massive sophomore Jayden Max Denegal (6-5, 195) looking like the eventual replacement at QB, but for now the offense will be more run-heavy with stellar two-two athlete Kenyard Edwards, Jr. (5-9, 175) likely to get the bulk of the carries this season.

PHELAN SERRANO (9-4, 3-2) has a young team and a young coach, both filled with a ton of possibility and pedigree, dreaming of big things ahead of what looks like a while open league campaign. Got to love big TE/DE Josh Lowe (6-2, 240) on both sides of the ball.

HESERIA SULTANA (4-7, 2-3) has some talent for new coach Joe Scherf to inherent, but not will the chaos of change be a deterant or a rallying point for a young Sultans team yearning for success?

RIDGECREST BURROUGHS (1-9, 1-4) increased its participation numbers in the offseason, and it looks like the Burros have a new QB in 6-1 junior Brian Schwaiger.

HESPERIA (2-8, 0-5) will feature playmaking game-breakers at the QB and RB spots for the first time in .. .. a long time.

PROJECTED ORDER OF FINISH:
Phelan Serrano
Apple Valley
Hesperia Oak Hills
Hesperia
Ridgecrest Burroughs
Hesperia Sultana

PLAYERS TO WATCH:
RB/DB Kenyard Edwards, Sr., Apple Valley
DT/TE Cyrus Fitivale, Sr., Oak Hills
QB Nathaniel Glass, Jr., Sultana
OLB Sam Jang, Sr., Apple Valley
RB/OLB Samari Jones-Griffin, Sr., Hesperia
QB Hadden Lavars, Sr., Hesperia
TE/DE Josh Lowe, Soph., Serrano
OL/DL Justice Pele, Sr., Sultana
RB/OLB Brett Stephey, Sr., Burroughs
WR Jaishawn Wright, Jr., Serrano

PROMINENT GAMES:
Aug. 30-Heritage at Oak Hills, 7pm
Sept. 20-Oak Hills at Cajon, 7pm
Oct. 10-Hesperia at Sultana, 7pm
Oct. 11-Apple Valley at Serrano, 7pm
Nov. 1-Oak Hills at Apple Valley, 7pm

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