Valor Christian 21 Pomona 12
Regarding recruiting, the biggest piece of news was 2017 Dylan McCaffrey sustaining a low grade concussion early in the game against Pomona. Backup Parker Courier was solid in his role making some key passes late in the game.
Nebraska commit Eric Lee lined up all over the place playing corner, receiver, running back and punt returner.
Lee’s fellow Valor corner, Brian Dawkins Jr. had, to my count four pass breakups. Each stopped a big play, two may have stopped TDs. Dawkins is so solid, always in the right place, hands on the ball, keeping contact with the receiver. If he was a little bigger Dawkins would have a giant offer sheet.
Valor has a herd of giant pass catchers. Sid Turnbull, a move in from Texas, is 6-6 and made some athletic grabs. 6-5 Sebastian Sock worked from his tight end spot and had two big catches. Youngster Booker Schelhaas lists at 6-4 220.
For Pomona, QB Justin Roberts stood out. At 6-3 190 Roberts looks the part and could be a fit in a spread based offense at the college level. Roberts is athletic enough to run the read and make plays with his feet to keep Ds honest. Playing against a solid Valor defensive line Roberts showed very good awareness, moving up in the pocket or moving laterally both left and right to create passing lanes. My take is Roberts will have a very strong senior season.
Roberts will have time to make throws this season, protected by two very good tackles. Colorado football fans know Dillon Middlemiss, who looks to have gotten taller this summer and is a legit 6-6. He has the frame to carry well over 300 pounds for the Buffaloes in college. Middlemiss looked good against Valor, especially in pass protection. I would like to see him get more physical as a young blocker. On the right 6-5 270 pound sophomore Jake Moretti looked good.
The beneficiary of the offensive line and Roberts' arm is senior Issac Marquez. The 5-8 165 pounder is scrappy and made plays against the heralded Valor D as a receiver, runner and returner.
I liked Pomona junior inside backer Elijah Leyva. I want to get a closer look but the 6-1 225 pounder is a player to watch.
Bottomline: Valor is currently 2-0 and will host out of state powers as Salt Lake East and Chandler High of Arizona visit Highlands Ranch over the next two weeks. Both games are tough tests, but allow the opportunity for a very inexperienced Valor offensive line to get good work and potentially gel by the time the Eagles resume play against Colorado competition in a wide open 5A division.
Pomona will be fine and will once again be a tough, physical squad teams do not want to play. If the Panthers find another playmaker to support Marquez, watch out!