CIF-SS Mid-Valley Division final – Sierra Canyon at San Dimas

CIF-SS football championship previews

by Jeff Fisher

In order to win its first CIF-Southern Section since 2013, San Dimas will have to shutdown the high-scoring Sierra Canyon Trailblazers Friday in the Mid-Valley Division (X) final.

Sierra Canyon (13-0) enters the game having scored 684 points for an average of 52.6 points a game.

Leading the way for head coach Jon Ellington‘s team is junior quarterback Niko Harris, who’s completed 156-0f-237 passes for 2,869 yards for 43 touchdowns with just five interceptions.  On the ground, Joshua Cole has rushed for 2,070 yards with 27 touchdowns.  Cole is averaging 12.7 yards per carry.

Sierra Canyon will be looking for its first CIF-SS title since 2011 when it won the East Valley Division and then went-on to capture the state’s Division IV state championship.

San Dimas (10-3) is back in the finals in head coach Mark Holman, who took over for Bill Zernickow at the end of last year.

Like its opponent, the Saints have a 2,000 yard back.  Junior Jarell Sykes has rushed for 2,021 yards with 28 touchdowns.  Sykes is averaging just under ten yards per carry.

In addition, Dominic Cortez has topped the 1,000 yard mark with 1,004 yards and four TDs.  As a team, the run-heavy Saints are averaging 342 yards per game on the ground.


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Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.