Here’s an inside look at the CIF Southern Section Division 1/2 Upland Highlanders/Scots football team.

Links: Upland team page | 2019 schedule | Roster

2018 IN REVIEW

12-3 (4-1) #2 in Baseline League, Division 2 Southern Section champions (beat Rancho Verde 24-13)

COACHING RESUME

Darryl Thomas takes over for legendary coach Tim Salter, who retired from teaching and stepped down as head coach in the offseason. Thomas was the defensive coordinator and had been on Salter’s staff for seven years. He was previously the head coach at Covina High School from 1997-2011, compiling a 103-70 record.

RETURNING

Offense – 3. Defense – 6.

TOP PLAYERS

Justin Flowe MLB Sr. 6-2 225

Jonathan Flowe OLB, Jr. 6-1 200

Tyevin Ford MLB, RB Sr. 6-0 138

Kyle Floyd OLB, RB Sr. 6-0 173

Joshua Garcia DE, T Sr. 6-3 235

Isaiah J. loera SS, RB Sr. 5-11 185

Julian Dedman RB, CB Jr. 5-8 165

Evan Rowe QB Sr. 6-1 185

Joseph Church T Sr. 6-5 270

Daniel Sosa WR Jr. 6-0 176

THREE TO SEE

Justin Flowe MLB

Generational talent. Widely considered the best linebacker in the country for the Class of 2020. 145 tackles, two forced fumbles and two blocked field goals last season. Clemson is recruiting him hard.

Jonathan Flowe OLB

Brother of Justin. National recruit. 11 sacks as a sophomore in 2018.

Evan Rowe QB

Threw for 1,736 yards and 17 TDs last year. Threw only two interceptions.

OUTLOOK

Once again the Baseline League will be a gauntlet in 2019. If Upland can win it, they’ll have a shot to make the Division I playoffs.

New head coach Darryl Thomas was the defensive coordinator last season and has two of the best linebackers in the state on his side — Justin and Jonathan Flowe.

“I am excited for the fall, but I am enjoying the journey which leads up to this season,” said Thomas. “We were very successful last year, but that is over and we have to earn everything we get.”

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