The current Sierra Canyon High football team may be early in its development as a title contender. But the Trailblazers are the only Valley area team that’s playing for a championship in 2018.
Last week’s playoff victory against Citrus Hill High of Perris, CA, secured a spot for Sierra Canyon in the Southern Section’s Division III championship game. The third seed Trailblazers will face Cajon High of San Bernardino, the top seed, for the title on Friday, Nov. 23, at San Bernardino Valley College at 7:30 p.m.
Cajon (12-1) will be one of the biggest challenges for Sierra Canyon this season. The Cowboys’ only loss was back on Sept. 21, 41-36. to Heritage High of Romoland, CA in Riverside county. Cajon has won eight straight games since then, all by double digits. The Cowboys hung 76 points on Paraclete High of Lancaster, a team Sierra Canyon scored 49 against on Oct. 26.
Cajon features a a dual-threat quarterback in Jayden Daniels, a senior, who’s thrown for 4,240 yards and 58 touchdowns (against four interceptions) and rushed for 1,360 yards and 14 touchdowns. But he isn’t the only threat. The Cowboys feature four wideouts with at least 600 receiving yards and nine touchdowns, led by senior Darren Jones who has caught 74 passes for 1,292 yards and 19 touchdowns.
The Trailblazers, whose roster is primarily made up of sophomores and juniors, also have offensive talent. Sophomore quarterback Chayden Peery has thrown for 2,587 yards and 16 touchdowns (against seven interceptions), while running back E.J. Gable, a senior, has rushed for 1,226 yards and 21 TDs. D.J. Harvey, a sophomore, is Sierra Canyon’s leading receiver with 35 receptions for 610 yards and six touchdowns.
The winner also earns a berth in the state playoffs.