REV hopes to gorge on Colton

This game is a rematch of last year's amazing 41-40 REV victory before 7,000 fans at the U of R. The Wildcats scored a touchdown with one second left and added the two-point conversion for the victory. Game time 7:30pm tonight..

Redlands East Valley coach Kurt Bruich called his team's trek to Hawaii last week a "business trip."

 

But the Wildcats managed to mix in a little pleasure, practicing on the beach one day and attending a big luau the day before the game.

 

"They roasted two extra pigs just for us," Bruich said. "We've got some pretty big eaters. Our defensive lineman, Brian Hawkins, can really put it away."

 

REV lost to Hawaii powerhouse Kamehameha 9-7. That dropped the Wildcats (0-1) behind Colton (1-0) in the San Bernardino County rankings. But the Wildcats can quickly leapfrog Colton this week by knocking off the Yellowjackets at the University of Redlands.

 

"We're going to have to be a little bit lucky and play well and find a way to put the ball in the end zone," Bruich said.

 

This game is a rematch of last year's amazing 41-40 REV victory before 7,000 fans at the U of R. The Wildcats scored a touchdown with one second left and added the two-point conversion for the victory.

 

Both teams were then in the Citrus Belt League. The Wildcat triumph gave Bruich his second league title in three years.

 

"That was a tough loss for the kids," Colton coach Harold Strauss said. "On the flip side, they still remember it and it motivates them in practice."

 

Colton has lost running back/linebacker Allen Bradford and wingback/defensive back Shareece Wright to graduation. Both are now at USC.

 

But the Yellowjackets, who now play in the San Andreas League, are still loaded. Alternating quarterbacks Josh Pope and Michael Edstrom are talented, Pope as a runner and Edstrom as a passer.

 

Running backs Dwayne Stallion, Travell Washington and Nick Reyes show promise, especially maneuvering behind a big and talented offensive line.

 

O-lineman to watch for on Colton are Mario Ramirez (5-10, 240), Mario Perez (6-4, 260), John Villalba (6-4, 255) and Daniel Bernard (6-4, 315).

 

Linebacker Kyle Hanna and free safety Daniel Sorensen lead a defense that will have to play a lot of pass defense against REV.

 

Bruich, the son of legendary Kaiser coach Dick Bruich, favors the spread offense. Senior quarterback Ronnie Fouch (223 yards vs. Kamehameha) leads the Wildcats. He is bound for the University of Washington in the fall on a full ride.

 

Wide receiver Chris Polk scored REV's only touchdown last week on a 6-yard run. He also caught six passes for 121 yards, but was hindered by dehydration in the second half (as was tight end Dylan Cruz).

 

"We ran 70 plays and those guys were running routes on every play," Bruich said. "It got to them bad."

 

Other REV standouts are offensive lineman Justin Marquez (6-3, 235), defensive back Marquis Persley, defensive lineman Quentin Toailoa (6-5, 260) and linebacker Andre Ferguson (6-3, 215).

 

Colton's Strauss hopes REV still hasn't returned mentally from the islands.

 

"Maybe they'll still be thinking about the hula girls at that luau," he joked.

 

 

 

 

 


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