END ZONE NOTES: Univ. Redlands on road, SBVC at home … Blackhawks nail down win in season opener … Can Terriers stop Pumas’ RB? … Winless REV heads for San Diego Section opponent … Martin shines in Eagles’ win.
Kylie Fitts, whose physically pounding pass rush skills seemed to have him set up for a nice NFL career, was waived by the Chicago Bears last weekend when the NFC North Division champions cut to its 53-man roster.
Fitts, an outside linebacker who was a man-child during his days at Redlands East Valley, was put on waivers. The sixth-round choice out of Utah last year, played in six games last season.
He had the misfortune to land on a Bears’ squad before they traded for Khalil Mack just before the 2018 season started. Leonard Floyd is the other OLB. Aaron Lynch and Isaiah Irving are the backup OLB spots.
Throughout the Bears’ pre-season training camp, Fitts seemed to be competing with James Vaughters, whose preseason efforts seemed like it earned him a roster spot. He was also cut by the Bears.
Fitts, meanwhile, was eligible for a spot on Chicago’s 10-man practice squad.
This past Monday night, Fitts himself proclaimed himself a member of the Arizona Cardinals. No official word had been made by the Cardinals’ organization other than Fitts offering his own insight.
The Cardinals, in their first season under head coach Kliff Kingsbury who drafted QB Kyler Murray No. 1 from Oklahoma, will likely place Fitts on the 10-man practice squad.
Arrowhead Christian 46, Desert Hot Springs 13 -- Ethan Bunch’s fumble recovery might have set the tone. Already leading 6-0, the turnover helped set up Jesse Blair’s 15-yard run. Blair and Jeremiah Martin kept crashing into the end zone to build up the Eagles’ score, including a 47-yard run from Martin.
Redlands 21, San Gorgonio 18 -- Jess Luna nearly came up with an interception on a second-and-24 in the game’s final moments. One snap later, Luna stepped up to pick off San G QB Seth Burbine’s pass, thus killing any possible comeback hopes of the Spartans.
Citrus Valley 35, Moreno Valley Valley View 0 -- QB Dylan Wheatley put the finishing touches on the Blackhawks’ win over the visiting Eagles, finding Colby Grames for a 30-yard TD pass. Get used to this combination, especially since Grames caught four TD passes last season, 15 for over 20 yards a reception.
La Habra 56, Redlands East Valley 7 -- Daylan Acevedo’s 5-yard TD run accounted for the Wildcats’ appearance on the scoreboard. At the time, it cut the Highlanders lead in half, 14-7. REV defenders couldn’t stop La Habra QB Ryan Zanelli, who delivered five TDs in the first half.