HS Football: Showdown in the Sunbelt League this Friday Night in the Menifee Bowl

Heritage has Won 7 Consecutive Sunbelt League Championships…Can Paloma Valley Pull Off an Upset

Heritage High School has dominated the Sunbelt League ever since joining it. Since joining the Sunbelt League in 2010, Heritage has won 39 consecutive league games and 7 Championships.

Paloma Valley has never beaten Heritage. The closest they got was in 2015 when they lost by only a touchdown, 42-35. This year, with the addition of new Heard Coach Tom Tello, the Wildcats feel optimistic about their chances.

“The whole season, we’ve just been taking it week by week,” said Coach Tello. “All we’ve tried to do is focus on the opportunity we have each game. We’ve been really fortunate to win every week, and now we have a chance to win league against Heritage.”

Up until Trello took over as Head Coach at Paloma Valley, he roamed the sidelines as Heritage’s defensive coordinator. Tello worked under and learned from Heritage’s head coach Kraig Broach for 10 years.

This year’s Menifee Bowl pits a 8-1 Heritage against 8-1 Paloma Valley. Both teams are undefeated in the Sunbelt. The Patriots only loss of the season was to Division 1 powerhouse Orange Lutheran and the Wildcats dropped the first game of the season to Cajon.

Paloma Valley is led by Chance Nolan who has thrown for 2396 yards and 29 touchdowns. His favorite receivers are Mason Carvalho, Koale Schroeder and Thomas Eddington. Nick Tinahui and Tyrese Tillman are the primary ball carriers. Linebacker Steven Bradshaw anchors the defense.

Heritage has a no nonsense, run the ball offense. Sherod White,James Phillips and Jesse Estrada will lead the relentless Patriot running attack. Quarterback Devan Freedland is still a threat to throw and his primary target is Rashoud Shelton. Ika Tuatala, Carlos Ruelas and Kenny Teter lead the defense.

The outcome is all going to be determined this Friday night on the field at Paloma Valley. Game time is 7pm.

Photos by Amber Garcia and David Bradshaw