END ZONE NOTES: One week left before the War of the Wheel renewal … McCulloch throws three touchdowns at Morningside … Galloway should be back for Banning.
Banning High School has one week left to set itself up for the War of the Wheel.
Beaumont High School has owned that trophy the past few years.
Meanwhile, both teams are sizing up for a pair of Thursday night games this week.
“All teams,” said Banning coach Qua’sand Lewis, Jr., “had to pick a Thursday game this year due to the lack of officials.”
It just turns out that both the Broncos (0-1) and Cougars (1-1) picked the same Thursday night.
One week later, the two schools will collide in a Sept. 7 War of the Wheel showdown. That one is on a Friday night at Banning.
This week's Cougar and Bronco games are both at home.
LAST WEEK’S GAMES
Beaumont 35, Inglewood Morningside 0 -- Brennan Jenkins caught two touchdown passes, Kamari Ross snagged another and running back Rawleigh Holmes burst for a 25-yard touchdown run. All this came after three early turnovers. QB Eddie McCulloch “filled in,” said Cougars’ coach Jeff Steinberg, “while Devin (Dillard) recovers.”
Dillard, the starting quarterback, suffered an ankle injury in the Week Zero loss at Palm Desert.
Strong safety Billye Johnson got the team’s “rock” award for play “all over the field,” which included a pair of fumble recoveries.
Indio Shadow Hills 57, Banning 28 -- The scary part for most of the Broncos’ opponents is TaRon Madison, who can throw and score from anywhere on the field. The scary part for the Broncos is if, somehow, teams slow him up, Banning has nowhere to turn. Last week, the Knights rolled up 400 total yards of offense in three quarters, scored five TDs in the air and held Madison’s big play capabilities in check.
THIS WEEK’S GAMES
Perris (0-1) at Beaumont (1-1), 7 p.m. -- The Panthers’ program is in apparent disarray these days, which could leave the Cougars with a confidence-building home game.
What might’ve been lost is Beaumont’s full attention to its tempo. We’re talking offense. It’s a no-huddle. If you think that’s easy to do, guess again.
“The ability to line up and get the ball snapped within five seconds,” said Jeff Steinberg, “and do it under control.”
Opposing defenses hate it. Beaumont hasn’t mastered it yet, according to Steinberg in Week Zero. Last week’s win in Inglewood was another step toward that goal.
Hemet (1-1) at Banning (0-1), 7 p.m. -- This is a longstanding rivalry between a pair of traditional campuses. A 24-7 loss to Temecula Chaparral in Week Zero was turned into a 41-0 win over Moreno Valley Vista del Lago last Friday night. Head coach Jason Thornburg’s son, Nick, is the Bulldogs’ quarterback (16 completions, 1 TD last week).
Lewis said De’Anthony Galloway, who missed last week’s game, will be suited up for this week.