Cajon, Yucaipa get ready for high-scoring Citrus Belt League showdown
Last year it took four overtimes for Cajon and Yucaipa to decide a winner in their Citrus Belt League showdown. Neither Cajon coach Nick Rogers nor Yucaipa coach Justin Price would be surprised if it took that again.
Both also think it could be as high-scoring as the showdown last year, won by Yucaipa 61-60.
Why? Both teams have been putting up video game-like offensive numbers.
Cajon (6-1, 4-0), ranked third in CIF-SS Division 4, is averaging 49.7 points per game. Its lone loss came to Murrieta Valley, 49-46, on Sept. 8. The Cowboys are averaging 520 yards per game, with 345.6 of that coming through the air, as junior quarterback Jayden Daniels is the Southern Section’s second-leading passer in terms of yardage.
Junior wide receiver Darren Jones is the Southern Section’s fifth-leading receiver and presents an imposing target at 6-foot-8.
Yucaipa (7-0, 4-0), ranked second in Division 5, averages 44.8 points and 453 yards. Its offense is a bit more balanced — 245 per game through the air and 208 on the ground.
Rogers has words of praise for Yucaipa junior quarterback Keo McChesney, who has done a stellar job after taking over at the position for the graduated Nathan Martinez. McChesney, also a standout on the school’s track team, has thrown for 1,363 yards and 20 touchdowns and also has run for a team-high 444 yards.
“He is very dangerous back there,” Rogers said. “Not only can he throw, but he is dangerous when he takes off and runs. Their guy last year could run too, but he was still looking downfield to throw the ball.”
Price is equally impressed with Daniels.
“This is his third year starting, and he has really improved,” Price said. “Last year, I wasn’t so sure he was a D1 guy, but he has come a long way and he has a […]