Tonight’s prep games

first_imgCorona Centennial vs. Norco Site: Norco High SchoolTime: 7 p.m.Records: Centennial 4-1; Norco 5-0.Outlook: This is the regular-season game of the year in CIF-Southern Section Division V. Norco is ranked No. 1 and Centennial is No. 2 in the division, and this Mountain View League opener is a rematch of last year’s Division V final won by Centennial, 49-35. As usual, this will be a contrast in styles. Centennial is led by sophomore running back Ryan Bass, who has been explosive since assuming a starting role on offense. The Huskies’ no-huddle, shotgun, spread offense creates matchup problems even though they run more than they pass. Norco is about no-nonsense, smash-mouth football, led by senior running back Toby Gerhart who has already set the Riverside County career rushing record and is on pace to surpass the state record before the end of the season. Glendora vs. Chino Hills AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the WeekSite: Chaffey CollegeTime: 7 p.m.Records: Los Osos 4-1; Rancho 4-1Outlook: Four ex-Los Osos players – Devin Ross, Anthony Sutton, Deon Ford and Quasand Lewis – transferred to Rancho Cucamonga in the offseason, but both coaches said the moves won’t be a factor in tonight’s Baseline League opener. “It’s been surprisingly quiet,” Rancho coach Chris Van Duin said. “Our focus can’t be on who played where last year.” Echoed Los Osos coach Tom Martinez, “They’re just another league opponent, and that’s how we’re taking it.” Van Duin said standout defensive end Devin Johnson (eight sacks) would be a game-time decision after suffering a mild concussion last week. Martinez said Los Osos coaches have emphasized preventing big plays this week in practice. “If you don’t tackle them, they’ll take it for a touchdown,” he said. “We’re just trying to make sure we do everything right.” Walnut vs. Bonita Site: Bonita High SchoolTime: 7 p.m.Records: Walnut 2-3; Bonita 5-0Outlook: While everyone else in the Miramonte League begins playing each other this week, Bonita is the odd team out. So the unbeaten Bearcats, coming off a thrilling rivalry victory over San Dimas, will play one last non-league tune-up against Walnut. “This will be our toughest game to date,” Bonita coach Eric Podley said. “They’ve played a difficult preseason schedule against some pretty successful programs.” The biggest cause for concern is 6-foot-5, 275-pound offensive lineman Sean Sheller, a UCLA recruit. Sheller is ranked as the No. 14 offensive guard in the country by, a recruiting Web site. “Our defense has been talking about him all week,” Podley said. Walnut might not know who to tackle when Bonita has the ball the Bearcats used nine different players to rush the ball last week. Ayala vs. Damien Site: Damien High SchoolTime: 7 p.m.Records: Ayala 2-3; Damien 4-1.Outlook: Damien coach Scott Morrison likes his improved defense, and as a result he feels comfortable even though he thinks this Sierra League opener could be a defensive struggle. “Ayala has been very competitive. They (Bulldogs) have been dominating on the line of scrimmage, and played great defense. We have to control the tempo of the game. It could be 7-6,” Morrison said. Both teams played opponents that should get them ready for league play: Ayala fell to Division VII No. 1-ranked West Covina 31-21 a week ago, while Damien held on to beat Bellflower St. John Bosco 22-20. This game was one of only two Spartan victories a year ago. Chaffey vs. Ontario Site: Chaffey High SchoolTime: 7 p.m.Records: Chaffey 4-1; Ontario 3-2.Outlook: The annual Cat Bowl game is as fierce as any in the Inland Valley, and means something to Chaffey coach Chris Brown, a Chaffey grad. “To beat them means more to me than to the kids,” he said. Brown has tried to give the Tigers a more balanced attack this year, but the truth is Chaffey’s strength is still in the run, led by backs Jon Alejandro and Chris Green, who each had over 100 yards rushing in last week’s win over San Bernardino. Chaffey’s defense has been solid, allowing only six points total in the last four games, all wins. Both schools could have a chip on their shoulder for this game. Chaffey and its fans are relegated to the visitor’s side on their own campus, while it doesn’t feel like much of a “home” game for Ontario. Tonight’s other games All games 7 p.m. except where indicated Baseline League Etiwanda at Claremont Citrus Belt League A.B. Miller at Fontana, 7:30 p.m. Redlands East Valley at Eisenhower, 7:30 p.m. Yucaipa vs. Rialto at Carter HS, 7:30 p.m. Miramonte League Hacienda Heights Wilson vs. Garey at Ganesha HS Mt. Baldy League Diamond Ranch vs. Don Lugo at Chino HS Montclair at Colony San Andreas League Carter at Pacific Sunkist League Kaiser at Jurupa Valley Valle Vista League Northview at San Dimas Ganesha vs. Covina at Covina District Stadium Nonleague Walnut at Bonita Ontario Christian vs. Daniel Murphy at Rancho Cienega Park 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Site: Ayala High SchoolTime: 7 p.m.Records: Glendora 4-1; Chino Hills 5-0.Outlook: These two coaches have been battling for a long time, most notably when Glendora coach Mark Pasquarella was at Ayala and Chino Hills coach Terry Roche was at Diamond Bar. Chino Hills hasn’t been tested much, but the Huskies’ 42-21 victory over Etiwanda two weeks ago is more impressive after Etiwanda’s 33-15 win over Diamond Bar last week. Chino Hills has spread out the offense, with six players rushing for between 125 and 250 yards on the season, and five different players scoring at least two rushing touchdowns. Glendora has used a balanced attack, with QB Brad Stockham throwing for 155 yards per game, and RB Ben Rodriguez rushing for 102. Alta Loma vs. Upland Site: Upland High SchoolTime: 7 p.m.Records: Alta Loma 5-0; Upland 4-1Outlook: Judging by the recent games between Alta Loma and Upland, tonight’s result is already predetermined it’s going to be tight. “We’ve been playing close games with Alta Loma for quite some time now,” Upland coach Tim Salter said. “They’re always close games.” The contest represents the Baseline League opener for both teams, and Salter said he was impressed with Alta Loma’s non-league efforts. “They’re playing real good football right now,” he said. “They run the ball real well, and against Cajon, they threw the ball real well, too.” In the game Salter mentioned, Alta Loma quarterback Jonathan Price passed for more than 300 yards. But last week, a major air attack wasn’t needed in the Braves’ 36-0 win over Walnut. Upland has a good passing game of its own: quarterback Bryan Harding has thrown for 878 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. Los Osos vs. Rancho Cucamonga last_img

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