Here’s a look at some of the best Inland High School football games to be played on Friday, September 23.
CITRUS VALLEY (3-1) IN AYALA (5-0), 7:00 p.m.
IE Varsity Information: Citrus Valley is coming off its biggest win of the season, a 43-20 victory over Norco last week. Hunter Herrera threw for 264 yards and five touchdowns, four of which went to Brockton Lium, who also returned a punt for a score. Ricardo Barrios leads the defense with 42 tackles, and Nathan Granillo recovered two fumbles last week. Ayala won their rivalry game against Chino Hills last week, fending off a two-point conversion in the final minutes to preserve a 20-19 victory. Dominic Alloway scored on a 31-yard reverse to give the Bulldogs the lead in the final period. Andrew Walker led the defensive effort by returning an interception for a touchdown.
VISTA MURRIETA (4-0) AT RANCHO CUCAMONGA (3-2), 7PM
IE Varsity Information: The last time these programs met, Rancho Cucamonga posted a 42-40 victory in overtime in the 2018 CIF Southern Section playoffs. Vista Murrieta posted a 51-0 win over Heritage last week. Akili Smith has completed 73 of 99 passes for 1,040 yards and 13 touchdowns. Grant Wayne leads receivers with 21 catches for 314 yards. Stephen Acosta and Deshawn Lee Brooks have each recorded 33 tackles for the Broncos. Rancho Cucamonga looks to bounce back from a 34-18 loss to JSerra. Jason Harris caught six passes for 121 yards and a touchdown. The Cougars welcomed wide receiver Jonah Dawson, who missed the previous two games due to injury.
PALOMA VALLEY (4-1) AT ORANGE VISTA (4-0), 7 PM
IE Varsity Information: Paloma Valley posted a 40-15 victory over Valley View last week and looks to extend its winning streak to three games. Quarterback Brady Nelson and running back Stephen Gallegos have been the best players on offense this season for the Wildcats. Jacob Hornbeak is averaging more than 12 tackles per game to lead the defense. Orange Vista is coming back from its bye week and has outscored the opposition 147-37 this season. Freshman Khalil Abdul-Aziz has thrown for 1,037 yards and 12 touchdowns, and Lucas Irving has rushed for 319 yards and five touchdowns for the Coyotes. Arturo Nieto leads the defense with three sacks.
BOX (3-1) IN ETIWANDA (3-2), 7 PM
IE Varsity Information: Cajon is coming off a 45-0 win over Grossmont, the Cowboys’ second shutout of the season. Evan Powell completed 24 of 32 passes for 273 yards and three touchdowns to lead the offensive effort. Brayden Austin caught 10 receptions for 104 yards and two touchdowns. Philander Lee and Tojuan Terrell have combined for 69 tackles and 11 sacks this season. Etiwanda posted an 18-14 victory over Glendora last week to extend their winning streak to three games. Demaricus Davis has thrown for 1,064 yards and seven touchdowns, and Jaiden Moss has scored nine rushing touchdowns for the Eagles. Matthew Vázquez leads the defense with 37 tackles.
SAN CLEMENTE (4-1) AT MURRIETA VALLEY (3-1), 7 PM
IE Varsity Information: San Clemente defeated Murrieta Valley in the 2016 CIF Southern Section Division 2 championship game in 2016. The programs have met three times since, with San Clemente winning two of those contests. Murrieta Valley is coming off a 49-20 victory over King. Bear Bachmeier threw for 279 yards and three touchdowns, and his older brother Tiger caught 11 balls for 201 yards and three touchdowns. Asa Chatman added 159 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the Nighthawks. Curtis Kemp leads the defense with 31 tackles. San Clemente loses to bounce back from a 21-16 loss to Edison last week. Blake Allen leads the Tritons with 517 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
CHAFFEY (3-1) AT MORENO VALLEY (3-1), 7PM
IE Varsity Information: Chaffey won his first three games of the season, but the Tigers will be looking to rebound from a 37-24 loss to Rancho Mirage last week. Chaffey has a powerful running game, led by Nick Muratalla (478 yards) and Seth Delgado (331 yards). Joshua Freeman leads Chaffey’s defense with 56 tackles. Moreno Valley posted a 51-14 victory last week against Arroyo Valley, and the Vikings will look to extend their winning streak to three games. Adoniz Hill led the offense, passing for 208 yards and two touchdowns while he rushed for 141 yards and three touchdowns. Adrian Anderson has rushed for 556 yards and scored seven total touchdowns.
NORTH VISTA (3-1) AT REDLANDS (2-2), 7 PM
IE Varsity Information: Norte Vista has posted three straight wins, including a 49-3 victory over Linfield Christian last week. Damerion Richardson and Brian Temple combined to rush for 788 yards and nine touchdowns to lead Norte Vista’s rushing attack. Vince Garcia has recorded 27 tackles and Damon Iosefa has 25 tackles and two interceptions. Redlands look to bounce back from a 35-7 loss to Palm Springs. Dawson Martinez has thrown for 631 yards and seven touchdowns. A’maen Lockett leads the Terriers’ defense with 25 tackles.
INDIAN SPRINGS (3-1) AT WEST VALLEY (4-0), 7 PM
IE Varsity Information: Indian Springs returns from the bye week and looks to return to winning form. The Coyotes opened the season with three straight wins before suffering a 42-14 loss to Barstow. Darren Harris has thrown for 634 yards and eight touchdowns and has also rushed for 269 yards and four touchdowns. Nimeone Neal leads the defense with 39 tackles and eight sacks. West Valley is coming off a 42-6 win over Bloomington, and the Mustangs have outscored the competition 169-18 this season. Quarterback Fred Ferrence and running back Roy Martinez are among the players to watch for the Mustangs.
BISHOP (4-0) AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD (3-1), 7 PM
IE Varsity Information: Rim of the World bounced back from its only loss of the season by defeating Redlands East Valley 42-22 last week. Zach Gross led the way for the Fighting Scots, rushing for 244 yards and four touchdowns on 25 carries. Gross is averaging 200 rushing yards per game this season. Toby D’Avignon leads the defense with 21 tackles and two sacks. Bishop is coming off a bye week and is only allowing eight points a game. Boden St. Marie has thrown for 439 yards and three touchdowns, he has also rushed for 195 yards and seven touchdowns.