Los Angeles Preps: Adarius Hogan

I.E.: Eastern Division second-round previews

November, 23, 2011
11/23/11
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EASTERN DIVISION

Second round, Friday

No. 1 Summit (10-1) vs. Silverado (6-5) at Victor Valley HS, 7:30 p.m.

How they got here: Summit slipped by visiting Paloma Valley, 26-18, at A.B. Miller HS; Silverado beat Oak Hills in a rematch, 16-7, at Victor Valley.

Matchup to watch: Summit quarterback Bernard Porter (1,106 passing yards, 13 TDs) vs. Silverado’s pass rush (26 sacks).

Fast fact: Silverado posted one of the biggest upsets of the 2010 season when it traveled to A.B. Miller in Week 6 and stunned Summit, 20-18, then the top-ranked team in the Eastern Division.

Prediction: Summit 31, Silverado 10.

No. 4 Serrano (9-2) at Elsinore (8-3), 7:30 p.m.

How they got here: Serrano upended visiting Granite Hills, 45-7; Elsinore beat visiting West Valley, 60-39.

Matchup to watch: Serrano running back Adarius Hogan (1,356 rushing yards, 15 TDs) vs. Elsinore linebacker Nolan Peralta (11.6 tackles per game).

Fast fact: Elsinore was the surprise Eastern Division champion last season, winning the program’s only section title in the school’s 84-year history.

Prediction: Serrano 24, Elsinore 14.

No. 3 Heritage (10-1) at Kaiser (8-3), 7:30 p.m.

How they got here: Heritage knocked off visiting Sultana, 56-21; Kaiser beat visiting San Jacinto, 37-19.

Matchup to watch: Kaiser running backs Marquette Washington and Taleeb Isom (332 combined rushing yards last week, five TDs) vs. Heritage linebacker Tony Hifo (7.6 tackles per game).

Fast fact: Kaiser had its streak of 10 consecutive Sunkist League titles ended this season by Summit.

Prediction: Heritage 28, Kaiser 14.

No. 2 Citrus Hill (11-0) at Ridgecrest Burroughs (6-5), 7:30 p.m.

How they got here: Citrus Hill defeated visiting Norte Vista, 55-28; Burroughs won at Apple Valley, 27-14.

Matchup to watch: San Jose State-bound defensive end Kyle Hart of Burroughs (6-3, 240) vs. Colorado-bound running back Davien Payne of Citrus Hill (1,382 rushing yards, 26 TDs).

Fast fact: Citrus Hill opened the playoffs last season by hosting Burroughs and lost, 24-6. Now it’s the Hawks who have to make the 340-mile round trip to Ridgecrest.

Prediction: Citrus Hill 42, Burroughs 17.

I.E.: Games of the Week

October, 26, 2011
10/26/11
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The Central and Eastern divisions highlight the games of the week this time around. The key matchups on the schedule Friday night will likely determine first place in the Mojave River, San Andreas and Mt. Baldy leagues. Second place in the Big VIII League looks to be on the line Thursday.

A-Game

(Inland Empire rankings included)

No. 9 Oak Hills (7-0, 1-0) at Serrano (5-2, 2-0), Friday (7 p.m.) -- There hasn’t been any growing pains for Oak Hills. The school opened onlyt two years ago, but the varsity football team has yet to post a losing record, owning a 23-7 overall mark heading into the biggest game in the program’s history. Serrano is the two-time defending Mojave River League champion with a 27-7 record over the last 2 seasons. The Diamondbacks ramped up for league play with a strong nonleague schedule that included a 10-point loss to Upland, the second-ranked team in the Inland Empire. They’ve allowed a truck load of points this season, however, and Oak Hills has the talent to get into the end zone. Expect a lot of touches by Oak Hills senior running back Marshaun Coprich, who has rushed for 1,374 yards and 22 touchdowns this season. Serrano running back Adarius Hogan is 27 yards shy of the 1,000-yard barrier.

Calpreps.com computerized projection: Serrano 26, Oak Hills 20

ESPNLA: Serrano 28, Oak Hills 27

B-List

No. 7 J.W. North (6-1, 3-1) vs. No. 8 Corona Santiago (5-2, 3-1) at Riverside College, Thursday (7 p.m.) -- Both of these teams have already lost to Corona Centennial -- as has Norco -- so the Big VIII League title is no longer a realistic goal. That said, who would have thought the battle for second place in the Big VIII would involve these teams? Norco was thought to be a shoe-in as bridesmaid to Centennial, but then J.W. North scored a huge upset vs. Alemany in nonleague play and Santiago pounded Norco three weeks ago. Both teams feature savvy, elusive quarterbacks. Justin Gheorghe of J.W. North has thrown 15 touchdown passes and hasn’t been intercepted this season. Santiago junior Michael Darr is the team’s leading passer and rusher, though running back Roosevelt Monk has boosted the run game since joining the team four weeks ago.

Calpreps.com: J.W. North 38, Santiago 31

ESPNLA: Santiago 34, J.W. North 30

No. 10 Rialto (6-1, 4-0) at Carter (7-0, 4-0), Friday (7 p.m.) – These teams had mixed success after joining the San Andreas League last season, and this match up didn’t exactly stand out on the must-see list heading into the season, but that changed when Rialto stunned Cajon last weekend, 27-25. Rialto relies heavily on two-way skill players Michael Romero, Tyler Telphy, Paul Cortez and Nicholas Seiuli. Carter gets most of its offense from senior running back Gaylon Maxie, who has rushed for 1,073 yards and 16 touchdowns. Senior defensive back Kris Brown has a league-leading four interceptions for Carter.

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I.E.: 5 questions to ponder after Week 6

October, 17, 2011
10/17/11
6:05
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Su’a Cravens of Vista Murrieta is the best football player in the Inland Empire, really? When it comes to game-changing abilities on both sides of the ball, it’s a no contest. Though just a junior, Cravens looks like a college player on the football field, from his physical characteristics to his instincts to his advanced athletic abilities. Cravens pretty much single handedly defeated Chaparral, 27-10, in a Southwestern League opener Friday night. He scored on a 17-yard catch and run on third and 16 to give the Broncos a 14-10 lead in the third quarter, caused and recovered a fumble at the Vista Murrieta seven-yard line with the Broncos still clinging to a four-point lead with about four minutes remaining in the game and then intercepted a pass on Chaparral’s next possession and returned it 27 yards for a game-sealing touchdown. He could probably boot long field goals too, but the Broncos are pretty well set in that department (see below).

Which teams in the I.E. combined to set a state record last weekend? Big Bear and Desert Hot Springs needed eight overtimes to settle their De Anza League game Friday night in the desert. Big Bear finally won, 56-50, when Lucas Jenkins scored on a nine-yard run after Desert Hot Springs failed to get points on its previous possession. The score was tied, 22-22, after four quarters. The previous state record for overtimes was seven in 1991, when Perris defeated Palm Springs, 70-62. The national record is 12 overtime periods. It just so happens Big Bear was also involved in one of the state’s longest softball games. The Bears needed 30 innings over two days to defeat San Jacinto, 3-2, in 2001.

What was the next-best game in the I.E. last weekend? Serrano and Apple Valley needed just one overtime in their Mojave River League game, but it was a classic matchup of undefeated High Desert teams. Serrano, the two-time defending league champion, scored on a 39-year field goal by Leo Farias with 7.5 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to tie the score, 17-17. Apple Valley, which was seeking its first victory over the Diamondbacks since 2006, had to settle for a 46-yard field goal by Jonathan Gonzales on the first overtime possession. Serrano then handed the ball to Adarius Hogan on five consecutive snaps and he scored on a one-yard run on the final carry for the game-winning touchdown.

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