Kaiser players celebrate after one of their many victories in 2018.

Last year was a smashing success for the Kaiser High School football team, which won the CIF championship and took second place in the state while compiling a 14-2 record.

But coach Bill Cardosi said that 2019 will be much more difficult for the Cats, because almost all of the starters on the spectacular 2018 team have graduated.

"We're very young and inexperienced this year," Cardosi said. "All of our opponents know what we did last year and so they'll be wanting to play their best game against us. We have to be ready to match that intensity."

On offense, the Cats will have only one returning starter, but he's an important one: Trey Tribble, the quarterback who passed for more than 1,000 yards and also rushed for more than 1,000 yards last year as a sophomore.

Defensively, Kaiser is glad to have linebacker Gabriel Ortiz, who was the team's top tackler with 148 in his junior season. Cornerback Joseph Glenn will also be one of the top contributors for the Cats, Cardosi said.

Kaiser's first test will be a non-league game at Sultana on Friday, Aug. 23. The Sunkist League season will begin on Oct. 4 against Grand Terrace, which took second place in the league last year.

Some analysts have declared that Kaiser should be favored to repeat as the Sunkist champion, but Cardosi rejected that idea.

"It's going to be a struggle for us," he said. "Grand Terrace and Summit both have a lot of guys coming back. I think they will be the teams to beat."

Summit finished in fourth place in the league in 2018 with a 2-3 record (4-7 overall). The SkyHawks will open their season with a non-league encounter with nearby rival Fontana A.B. Miller on Aug. 23.

Miller compiled a record of 2-8 last year, including a 1-6 mark while competing in the Mountain Valley League for the first time.

In another game on Aug. 23, Fontana High School will go on the road to face Arroyo Valley. The Steelers are coming off a season in which they were 1-4 in the Sunkist League and 1-9 overall.

Another Fontana school, Jurupa Hills, will have a bye in the opening week and will play its first game on Aug. 30 at Fohi. The Spartans were 8-4 last year and 3-2 in the San Andreas League.

Here are the complete schedules for the five teams in Fontana:


Sunkist League

Aug. 23 -- at Arroyo Valley

Aug. 30 -- Jurupa Hills

Sept. 6 -- at Ramona

Sept. 13 -- Miller

Sept. 20 -- Eisenhower

Oct. 4 -- Colton

Oct. 11 -- at Kaiser

Oct. 18 -- Grand Terrace

Oct. 24 -- Summit (at Miller)

Nov. 1 -- at Bloomington


Mountain Valley League

Aug. 23 -- Summit

Aug. 30 -- Jurupa Valley

Sept. 6 -- Bloomington

Sept. 13 -- at Fontana

Sept. 20 -- Pacific

Sept. 27 -- San Bernardino

Oct. 3 -- at Rubidoux

Oct. 11 -- at Moreno Valley

Oct. 18 -- at Indian Springs

Oct. 25 -- Vista del Lago


San Andreas League

Aug. 30 -- at Fontana

Sept. 5 -- Arlington (at Ramona)

Sept. 13 -- Temescal Canyon

Sept. 20 -- Jurupa Valley

Sept. 27 -- Patriot

Oct. 4 -- at Rialto

Oct. 11 -- Rim of the World

Oct. 18 -- at San Gorgonio

Oct. 24 -- at Arroyo Valley

Nov. 1 -- Eisenhower


Sunkist League

Aug. 23 -- at Sultana

Aug. 30 -- Aquinas

Sept. 6 -- at Westminster

Sept. 12 -- Hillcrest (at Norte Vista)

Sept. 20 -- Los Osos

Oct. 4 -- Grand Terrace

Oct. 11 -- Fontana

Oct. 18 -- Summit (at Miller)

Oct. 24 -- Bloomington

Nov. 1 -- at Colton


Sunkist League

Aug. 23 -- at Miller

Aug. 30 -- at Cabrillo

Sept. 5 -- at San Gorgonio

Sept. 13 -- Barstow

Sept. 20 -- at Sultana

Oct. 4 -- Bloomington

Oct. 11 -- at Colton

Oct. 18 -- Kaiser

Oct. 24 -- Fontana

Nov. 1 -- at Grand Terrace

(Home games are at Fontana A.B. Miller)

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