Inland Empire: The Top 10

September, 21, 2010
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Corona Centennial didn't just beat an Orange County team. They took apart the region's crown jewel, Mater Dei, piece by piece, yard by yard. Centennial quarterback Michael Eubank and running back Barrinton Collins looked like the best 1-2 offensive combination in the Inland Empire and the Huskies have a stifling defense to boot. Upland also makes a move back toward the top, Arlington needs to prove itself this week and the low desert adds a second team to the mix.

1. (2) Corona Centennial (2-0)

With all the hype surrounding Temecula Chaparral at the start of the season, the Huskies were lost in the shadows. How quick things change. Last week: Beat Mater Dei, 44-13. Next: at Chaparral, Friday.

2. (1) Vista Murrieta (2-0)

The Broncos are into the heart of their nonleague schedule and somebody might want to check their pulse. They waited until the final 16.5 seconds to beat Corona Santiago on Friday night. Last week: Beat Corona Santiago, 21-17. Next: vs. Rancho Cucamonga Los Osos, Friday

3. (3) Norco (2-0)

The defense allowed 501 total yards against Etiwanda last Friday, but saved themselves by forcing four turnovers, including two in Norco's end zone. Last week: Beat Etiwanda, 49-35. Next: at Upland, Friday.

4. (7) Upland (3-0)

If the Highlanders are for real, they'll can prove it Friday against visiting Norco, led by Stanford-bound running back Kelsey Young and an opportunist defense. Last week: Beat Phelan Serrano, 14-7. Next: vs. Norco, Friday.

5. (4) Chaparral (0-2)

Somebody call out the cavalry, Chaparral is facing a losing battle. The Pumas sought out the big boys to fill out their nonleague schedule and now they're paying for it. Last week: Lost to Fresno Central, 27-12. Next: vs. Corona Centennial, Friday.

6. (6) Eastvale Roosevelt (2-0)

The Mustangs will be easier to read once they begin Big VIII League play Oct. 1 at Corona Santiago. This week's opponent certainly won't provide much of an obstacle. Last week: Beat Murrieta Valley, 33-12. Next: at San Marcos, Friday.

7. (5) Riverside Arlington (2-0)

Two single-digit wins have done little to bolster Arlington's resume. If the Lions can win Friday, good chance their are 9-0 heading into regular-season finale against Moreno Valley Rancho Verde. Last week: Beat Riverside Poly, 29-20. Next: vs. La Quinta at Riverside Ramona, Friday.

8. (10) Moreno Valley Rancho Verde (3-0)

The Mustangs have an even lighter schedule than Arlington, which won't help things come playoff time. Is it too late to swap them with Riverside Poly in the Big VIII League? Next: Beat Yucaipa, 48-14. Next: at Moreno Valley, Friday.

9. (9) Palm Springs (3-0)

The Indians might have their toughest test of the season when they come over the hill to play at Corona, which is coming off a high-scoring loss at Mission Viejo. Last week: Beat Moreno Valley, 37-0. Next: at Corona, Friday.

10. (NR) La Quinta (1-1)

The Coachella Valley claims another spot in the top 10 as the Nighthawks knocked off visiting Colton. If they can beat Arlington this week, they might stick around a while. Last week: Beat Colton, 14-3. Next: vs. Arlington at Riverside Ramona, Friday.

Dropped out: Colton.

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