The 2021 high school football season has already provided fans with several exciting games, and there should be many more in the coming weeks as several inside teams start playing in the league.
Here are my championship predictions for the 11-player inner region leagues.
Ambassador: Thomas Aquinas may be at 2-3, but two of those losses were suffered by Base League teams. Aquinas is battle proven and it will help the Falcons win their fifth straight title.
Reference: The deepest league in the interior region, making it the hardest to predict. Damien and Etiwanda appear to be the favorites, and they go head to head this week. However, Rancho Cucamonga and Upland are not left out. It’s an instinctive call, but Damien comes out on top.
Grand VIII: Norco ended Centennial’s 57-game winning streak in the league with a 38-36 victory in the spring season. The top two teams from the Home Region will face off in a highly anticipated match on October 15 at Norco. Centennial takes revenge and recovers the championship title.
Citrus fruits 4: It’s one of the easiest predictions this season. Glendora is an overwhelming favorite as the other three teams in the league are a 0-15 combined coming in this week.
Citrus belt: Cajon has won 23 straight CBL games, but that streak could be jeopardized when the Cowboys host Citrus Valley this week. The last two meetings were decided by a total of nine points. Citrus Valley passes the bump and wins the title.
Valley of the Cross: The title of champion will go to Big Bear and Trinity Classical Academy. Big Bear wins on the road on October 9.
Desert sky: Silverado is still playing a tough schedule outside of the league, so it’s no surprise to see the Hawks go 1-5. And it won’t be a surprise when Silverado takes the title.
Desert Valley: All eight teams are two games off the league schedule, and there has already been some drama as Cathedral City had to forgo a win over Twentynine Palms. It could lead to a tie at the top of the standings, but I’ll pick Coachella Valley to finish first.
Hacienda: The league championship could once again go to Diamond Bar and Walnut. Diamond Bar prevailed in the spring, but Walnut took the win this season.
Inner valley: Moreno Valley and Vista del Lago meet in the regular season finale, and there’s a good chance the two will be unbeaten in the league. Vista del Lago beat the Vikings in the spring, but Moreno Valley will be victorious on October 29.
Ivy: Another championship difficult to predict. Rancho Verde and Heritage have been the best dogs in recent years, but Elsinore and Temescal Canyon are hungry. There is a chance for a co-championship, but my choice is Heritage.
Miramonte: In an unusual schedule, the four teams will face each other twice. There is parity in the league so it might be difficult to lead the table. Ganesha is the choice to win a second consecutive title.
Mojave River: Apple Valley will have to fend off the challenges of Oak Hills and Serrano, but the Sun Devils are expected to finish first for the second straight season.
Mountain pass : Another of the easiest leagues to predict this season. San Jacinto is expected to qualify for its third straight league championship.
Mountain valley: It sounds like a three-horse race between Indian Springs, Miller, and San Bernardino, but Jurupa Valley could play the spoiler. San Bernardino wins in a photo finish.
West Mountain: All four teams have a combined 20-3 record coming into this week’s games, making it one of the strongest indoor leagues from top to bottom. Expect close matches, but Ayala’s defense is the key to another league title.
Mount Baldy 4: Baldwin Park is undefeated this season and is clearly the favorite to win the title.
River valley: Hillcrest won the title in the spring, but the Trojans might have a hard time repeating. Norte Vista has a solid ground offense and exceptional defense, and this combination will help the Braves win back-to-back games against Ramona and Hillcrest.
San Andreas: The title is expected to be decided in the regular season finale when Eisenhower hosts Summit. Summit gets the job done on the go.
San Antonio: Claremont and West Covina head to a championship showdown on October 22. Claremont wins a close match and defends the title.
Sierra: Chino won the league title in the spring and the Cowboys will stand up to Covina this season as well.
Horizon: Rim of the World should have little trouble winning the program’s first league title since 2006.
South Valley: The Santa Rosa Academy pushes back Hamilton to win the program’s first league championship.
South West : It’s Riverside County’s strongest league from top to bottom. Vista Murrieta is playing at an extremely high level and should be able to hold onto the rest of the pitch and claim his fourth consecutive league title.
Solar belt: Orange Vista welcomes North this week in a match that could ultimately decide the championship. North wins his second straight victory over the Coyotes.
Sunkist: Jurupa Hills have beaten their opponents 228-43 this season, and that domination is expected to continue in the league.
Vista Valley: This league still produces some exciting championship races, but San Dimas should be able to reclaim the title this season.