Centennial hands Blackhawks first loss

Citrus Valley suddenly had an open date on its schedule after its originally scheduled opponent, Carter, could not play due to COVID-19 protocols. Centennial of Corona was in the same predicament, so Blackhawk coach Kurt Bruich agreed to play coach Matt Logan’s high-powered team. Centennial won 63-20.

Citrus Valley hung around for a while, trailing only 35-20 at the half, on the strength of two touchdown passes from Hunter Herrera to junior tight end Brockton Lium.

Centennial outscored Citrus 28-0 in the second half.

Herrera completed 9-of-18 passes for 210 yards and three touchdowns, with one interception. Lium caught five passes for 146 yards and two TDs. Sergio Cervantes latched onto five passes for 60 yards and one TD.

Citrus Valley (4-1) travels to Cajon (5-0) at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1 for a huge CBL showdown.

Riverside Prep holds off Eagles

The Arrowhead Christian Academy football fell to visiting Riverside Prep of Oro Grande 21-14 on Friday, Sept. 24. The setback ended a three-game Eagles’ winning streak.

The Eagles (3-2) rallied in the fourth quarter but could not catch Riverside Prep (1-4).

Jace Woods led ACA (3-2) by completing 14-of-27 passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns.

Bradley Gilbert caught four passes for 80 yards and one TD.

Steven Van Dam had 10 tackles including 1.5 sacks to pace the Eagle defense. Gilbert contributed 1.5 sacks.

Gilbert and Hudson Cloar both had interceptions.

ACA has another tough game at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, against Aquinas (2-3), at Redlands High.

Aquinas rolls in rivalry game

The Aquinas High football team found the tonic it sought in winless Notre Dame of Riverside. The Falcons routed the Titans 53-0 before an overflow crowd inside the wrought-iron fences of San Bernardino County’s only Catholic high school.

It was a boffo defensive performance by the Falcons and effective running game that stymied Notre Dame.

“We got a shutout, so they all did a good job,” said Aquinas coach and Redlands resident Jordan Brusig. “Marco Perez is the middle linebacker and he’s the all-around leader and everything revolves around him. I’m proud of the whole defense. Our new defensive coordinator, Aaron De La Rosa, got his first shutout, so that’s awesome.”

De La Rosa took the place of former Aquinas D coordinator Jake Henderson who is now at Yucaipa. De La Rosa was formerly an assistant at the University of Redlands.

Aquinas (2-3) meets Arrowhead Christian Academy at 6 p.m. Saturday at Redlands High as Ambassador League play begins.