By BRANDON SAGLAM and DORIAN NEIGHBORS
Redlands East Valley Wildcats faced off away against Citrus Valley Blackhawks in Hodges Stadium. Wildcats were hoping to continue their winning form coming off a win against Carter High School, whereas, the Blackhawks were coming off a loss against first-place Cajon High School. This would be a tense matchup as Citrus Valley’s head coach Kurt Bruich would be facing his former team Redlands East Valley making this a high stakes matchup for Redlands dominance.
Here is a look at the game:
Early on it could be noticed it would also be a battle between the student sections as whenever either completed a play or made a hard tackle the stadium would erupt. (BRANDON SAGLAM/ Ethic Photo)
Citrus Valley running back sophomore Ty’jhon Belton receives the ball to then immediately be tackled by a Redlands East Valley defender. (BRANDON SAGLAM/ Ethic Photo)
Citrus Valley would continue to fight despite being down 49-14 in the fourth quarter. Citrus Valley running back junior Jordan Garcia-Frye fighting for every yard as he muscles through the Redlands East Valley defenders, eventually being taken down as a third defender tackles him. (BRANDON SAGLAM/ Ethic Photo)
Redlands East Valley leaves the game ecstatic with a current record of 6-3 hopeful of another win against their next opponents Redlands High School on Oct. 26. Citrus Valley adding a loss to their record is also now 6-3 as they go up against rivals Yucaipa who they are tied for third in the Citrus Belt League. Citrus Valley faces a table fight away as Redlands East Valley hopes to gain another consecutive Smudge Pot victory.