This might be a first in America.
I mean who makes a preseason rankings for the big four SoCal Regions for Student Sections…we do!
The official website of the best of the best in Student Sections in Southern California brings you the first ever Preseason Rankings for the Football Student Section season.
Now, this is much tougher than doing a preseason rankings for football. With football, we have stats, information that is easily accessible and the opportunity to see the team in the summer and at practices.
Student Sections are based off their rich history, their social media game and banking off the leadership from last season and seeing if they are back or off to college.
Sometimes, like football, student sections can have a hard time replacing senior leadership in the stands. Some of these student sections might be in a rebuilding year and some just know how to reload when they lose key students with school spirit.
One of the key things that helps a student section get recognition outside of the their local area to the Southern Region and perhaps the nation is working a strong social media game.
If you don’t have a strong social media game to show off your school spirit, it’s like a tree falling with no one around. It doesn’t make any noise. The only way it makes noise is if you film it or take a photo of it falling down and posting it on social media, like Twitter or Instagram (I don’t advise you cutting trees by the way.)
The tree in this is the students chanting or throwing streamers and powder or rocking the stands. Just a video or two per week on social media can get love for your student section.
Just ask the Rancho Cucamonga Rancho Rooters, which will look to defend their Inland Empire Student Section Football title, which they won last December.
Work social media and get wild.
These are just preseason rankings.The real ones come out in December after naming a SoCal Student Section of the Week each week from Week Zero to the CIF-SS Finals.
Let’s see who proves me right and who proves me wrong, here are the Inland Empire Student Section Preseason Rankings for the football season of 2019, enjoy and be nice!
2019 INLAND EMPIRE FOOTBALL STUDENT SECTION TOP 25 RANKINGS
1. Vista Murrieta (Bronco Bleacher Creatures) Last Year Final Football Ranking: 2
The Bronco Bleacher Creatures felt they were wronged in last season Student Section Rankings. They told me to watch out this year as the BBC will be out to turn it up a notch. I’ve seen this student section before, they are NUTS! I expect them to improve their social media game and show off their school spirit to everyone.
2. Centennial of Corona (Dawgpound) Last Year: 3
The Dawgpound always has plenty to cheer about during football season. This is a fantastic student section and I expect them to stay at the top once again, just like their football team.
3. Upland (Dog Pound) Last Year: 8
They have a strong presence on Twitter and this year we will find out if the Dog Pound will stay the course in a new era for the Upland football squad. New coach, same school spirit.
4. Rancho Cucamonga (Rancho Rooters) Last Year: 1
Normally when a school graduates spirit leaders, it is hard to stay at the top. Hopefully, the Rancho Rooters can stay at the top and keep their crown as they are the defending SoCal Football Student Section Champions.
5. Murrieta Valley (Red Zone) Last Year: 6
The Red Zone will look to stay on top. Normally when you lose superstar power, in this case QB Hank Bachimeier, you might lose interest, but the Red Zone will look to keep the stands packed and loud.
6. Great Oak of Temecula (Red Wave) Last Year: 5
Last season was a challenge for the football team, but the Red Wave has always been known as one of the best. I expect the Red Wave to not give up and stay with their team this season.
7. Temecula Valley (Gold Zone) Last Year: 10
The Gold Zone had plenty to cheer about in last seasons much improved year on the field. It’s not a fluke, this is a good squad in 2019 and the Gold Zone isn’t leaving any time soon.
8. Heritage of Menifee (Patriot Pit) Last Year: 11
The Patriot Pit is a wild student section. I expect them to not change a thing. They have a consistent winner on the field and that’s a good reason to fill the stadium.
9. Paloma Valley of Menifee (Maroon Platoon) Last Year: 13
The Maroon Platoon is pretty wild and they will go wild for their Wildcats as they head into one of the Inland Empire toughest football leagues.
10. Santiago of Corona (Black Sea) Last Year: 7
The Black Sea is always a good one and in a tough Big VIII League, the Sharks will need that boost of energy from the stands. Expect the Black Sea to be a big help.
11. Murrieta Mesa (Mesa Beast) Last Year: 6
The Beast will look to bring the sea of green in the stands for the Rams. This is a fun student section to watch especially when it is time to play league football. The Southwestern League is one of the best leagues when it comes to student sections…and football!
12. Norco (Cougar Den) Last Year: 14
The Big VIII is a very competitive football league and once again, the Cougar Den will be needed when they face Centennial and their Dawgpound.
13. Etiwanda (Red Zone) Last Year: 9
The Red Zone is another fun group to watch and they have been consistent in bringing a large crowd. With a solid Etiwanda squad this year, expect The Red Zone to turn it up a notch when it’s time to play in the Baseline League, another fun student section league.
14. Oak Hills of Hesperia (Dogpound) Last Year: 16
The Dawgpound won a SoCal Student Section of the week award last season. I expect nothing less from these crazy kids in 2019.
15. Chaparral of Temecula (Green Fanatics) Last Year: 18
I love this student section name and this student section fits the name as well. A bunch of fanatics in the stands.
16. Los Osos of Rancho Cucamonga (Grizzly Nation) Last Year: 15
This student section opened up the 2018 Student Section season with the SoCal Student Section of the week award and I expect Grizzly Nation to be no different off the gate for 2019.
17. Rancho Verde of Moreno Valley (Red Zone) Last Year: N/A
The Red Zone will have plenty to cheer about when then Mustangs take the field in 2019.
18. Damien of La Verne (The Pit) Last Year: N/A
The defending SoCal Basketball Student Section champions will look to bring that same noise on the football field this season.
19. Colony of Ontario (Titan Army) Last Year: N/A
The Titan Army will look to get wild for their Titans come Palomares League play, a league where Colony will have to put a bigger fight in than the time they were in during the Mt. Baldy days.
20. Temescal Canyon of Lake Elsinore (Blue Hole) Last Year: 19
The Blue Hole is large bunch and this season should be no different.
21. Redlands East Valley (The Litterbox) Last Year: N/A
One of the top teams in the Citrus Belt League every year, this student section will look to show their full support, especially when they face Cajon of San Bernardino.
22. Chino Hills (Dawgpound) Last Year: N/A
The Dawgpound is a fun student section to watch during basketball season. Hopefully, they can be the same come football season.
23. Ontario (Jag Jungle) Last Year: 20
The Jag Jungle was a finalist for SoCal Student of the week this past football season. This season goal; take the weekly award.
24. Chaffey of Ontario (Tigers Den) Last Year: N/A
The Tigers Den will look to put a dent in the student section world in 2019.
25. Ontario Christian Knights Last Year: N/A
Ontario Christian will look to be the best small school student section the Inland Empire section. They should take that title with a Knights squad battling for the Ambassador League title.