The Pines have a couple of big games this week.
Top-ranked Big Pine High and newly ranked Lone Pine are coming off impressive victories last week, but both teams will be tested this Friday.
Big Pine’s Warriors have been the No. 1-ranked team in the CIF-SS Southern Section 8-Man Division II poll each week this season, and showed why in a convincing 72-28 non-league victory over visiting Antelope Valley Christia last Saturday.
“It was a total team effort,” Big Pine coach Mark Tillemans said. “We’ve got a lot of good players, not just a couple of stars.”
Lone Pine’s Golden Eagles scored a 42-12 Hi-Lo League win against visiting Lee Vining, vaulting Lone Pine into the CIF-SS 8-Man Division I Top 10 poll for the first time this season, coming in at No. 10.
This week’s contests should be much tougher for both Owens Valley schools.
Big Pine will play Friday night in Atascadero against North County Christian after a 6-hour bus ride. “That’s going to be tough on us,” Tillemans said. “North County Christian is good.”
NCC is ranked No. 9 in this week’s Division II poll, but Tillemans think they should be ranked higher. “They start seven seniors and a junior, and they’re all fast,” he said.
The Warriors are led by the offensive firepower of Chase Colvin, David Seymour and Rusty Tillemans.
Colvin scored five touchdowns against AVC, rushing for 82 yards and three TDs and catching seven passes, including two TDs. He also had 17 total tackles on defense.
Tillemans, the coach’s nephew, had 132 yards on 11 carries and two TDs, and also contributed a whopping 23 total tackles. Seymour was 13-of-18 passing for 203 yards and two TDs, plus he ran for another two scores.
Skylar Amisone (25 yards rushing, 39 yards receiving, 19 tackles), Jose Limas (43 yards receiving and a TD), Tyler Amisone (16 tackles) and Dustin Newman (14 tackles) also impressed for Big Pine.
Coach Tillemans also noted the play of center Holden Rangel (“a great game”) and Mikey Mason (7 tackles) as well as his younger underclassmen. “Some of those guys could be cracking the (starting) lineup,” Tillemans said. “They gave our starters a great week of practice during our bye week.”
Lone Pine dropped its season opener against Big Pine three weeks ago, but the Golden Eages have come back with wins against Immanuel Christian and Lee Vining.
But this week’s Hi-Lo game against Trona will be much tougher for the Golden Eagles. Trona is ranked No. 4 in the Division II poll, but Lone Pine will take the confidence of a two-game winning streak and No. 10 ranking into Friday’s 7 p.m. kickoff at Lone Pine High School.
Chacho Serna, Chris Munis, Jeremy Pierce and Levi Whistler lead Lone Pine offensively, while Andrew Howe, Luis Rodriguez, Cord Hunter, Travis Trizinski and Pierce all had big defensive efforts against Lee Vining.