Inland Empire: The Top 10

November, 16, 2010
11/16/10
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For the first time this season, the top 10 went 10-0, giving ESPNLA a bye when it comes to resetting the rankings.

1. (1) Corona Centennial, 10-0

The Huskies have scored 564 points in 10 games. If they can maintain that pace through the next four playoff games, they would total 789 points, which would be third on the all-time Southern Section list. Last week: Beat Eastvale Roosevelt, 63-21. Next: vs. Yucaipa, Friday.

2. (2) Vista Murrieta, 9-1

For all the hard work the Broncos undertook to be the second-seeded team in the Inland Division, the bracketologists didn’t do them any favors, placing Norco and Roosevelt in the same lower half of the bracket. Last week: Beat Murrieta Mesa, 59-6. Next: vs. Covina Charter Oak, Friday.

3. (3) Eastvale Roosevelt, 8-2

The Mustangs got the Centennial "treatment" last weekend, giving up touchdowns on the Huskies’ first nine possessions before finally calling "mercy." Now they’ll face another high-octane offense led by one of the Southland’s top quarterbacks. Last week: Lost to Centennial, 63-21. Next: vs. Claremont, Friday.

4. (4) Norco, 8-2

The Cougars have their best receiver back, tight end Joshua Long, who suffered a shoulder injury in Week 3 against Upland. He showed his value to the passing game Friday, scoring on a 37-yard reception to give Norco a 7-0 lead. Last week: Beat Corona, 21-14. Next: at Redlands, Friday.

5. (5) Fontana Kaiser, 10-0

The Cats won their 17th consecutive Sunkist League game Thursday night. Now they’ll turn their attention to winning an Eastern Division title, which should be a whole lot easier with the Desert Valley League now competing in the Central. Last week: Beat Bloomington, 44-8. Next: vs. Apple Valley, Friday.

6. (6) Moreno Valley Rancho Verde, 10-0

The Mustangs faced their first real test of the season Friday night against Arlington, and responded in the final minutes by returning an onside kick for 51 yards for the clinching touchdown. Last week: Beat Riverside Arlington, 28-16. Next: vs. Pomona Garey, Friday.

7. (7) Chino Hills, 8-2

Two weeks ago, an outright Sierra League title seemed out of the Huskies’ grasp, but then Claremont dropped the ball in losing its final two games to Covina South Hills and La Verne Damien. Last week: Beat Chino Hills Ayala, 36-8. Next: vs. Corona, Friday.

8. (8) Redlands East Valley, 8-2

The Wildcats are rolling on the defensive side of the ball, allowing a combined seven points in their last three games. They’ll need to maintain that pace this week to avoid an upset against high-scoring Etiwanda. Last week: Beat Fontana Miller, 21-7. Next: vs. Etiwanda at University of Redlands, Friday.

9. (9) Rancho Cucamonga, 9-1

After capturing its second outright Baseline League title in the last three years, the Cougars hope to repeat something they did in 2008 and win a section title. The only difference is they’re in the Inland Division now, and not the Central. Last week: Beat Glendora, 42-8. Next: vs. Murrieta Valley at Rancho Cucamonga Los Osos, Friday.

10. (10) Romoland Heritage, 10-0

After winning the Sunbelt League title in just their third year of existence, the third-seeded Patriots will be tested right off the bat against wild-card Victorville Silverado, with a potential second-round game against Fontana Summit. Last week: Beat Perris, 48-0. Next: vs. Silverado, Friday.

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