Sunday, October 23, 2011
I.E.: The Top 10
By Dan Arritt
Two ranked teams dropped from the ranks of the unbeaten last weekend and another needed overtime to keep its perfect record intact. Nine unbeaten teams remain in all from the Inland, Central and Eastern divisions, including one top 10 newcomer.
1. (1) Corona Centennial, 6-1 – The Huskies passed their final true test of the regular season with flying colors Friday night, using the tandem of quarterback Hayden Gavett and running back Romello Goodman to dismantle Norco, 45-18. Next: at Corona, Friday.
2. (2) Upland, 7-0 – The Highlanders once again proved they might be the only Inland Division team capable of staying with Centennial come playoff time, delivering another solid all-around performance in a 31-17 victory Friday against visiting Rancho Cucamonga. Next: vs. Glendora at Citrus College, Friday.
3. (5) Vista Murrieta, 7-0 – The Broncos are another team that has the defense to compete with anyone in the Inland Division, they just need to find a bit more offense. They held Temecula Valley to 64 total yards Friday night in a 41-3 victory. Next: at Great Oak, Friday.
4. (3) Redlands East Valley, 7-0 – The Wildcats had to rally late against Redlands to avoid being part of the second-biggest upset in the Inland Empire this season. They scored a touchdown with five minutes remaining Friday to tie Redlands and then won in overtime, 21-14. Next: at Eisenhower, Friday.
5. (4) Rancho Cucamonga, 6-1 – The Cougars finally got a chance to play a top 25 opponent and they likely learned a few things in the 31-17 loss to Upland. Mainly, win the turnover battle and you have a much better chance to win the game. Next: vs. Etiwanda at Los Osos, HS, Friday.
6. (6) Rancho Verde, 7-0 – Another blowout win for Rancho Verde in the Inland Valley League, this time a 63-0 thrashing of Vista del Lago on Friday night. Can the Mustangs move into the Big VIII League already? Next: at Ramona, Friday.
7. (7) J.W. North, 6-1 – The Huskies took a big step toward clinching an automatic playoff berth with a 49-35 victory Friday against Roosevelt. Now they just need to find a way to patch up their defense. Next: vs. Corona Santiago at Riverside College, Thursday.
8. (8) Corona Santiago, 4-3 – The Sharks took care of business Friday night with a 34-3 victory against Corona, now they can start thinking about J.W. North this week in a game that could determine second place in the Big VIII. Next: vs. J.W. North at Riverside College, Thursday.
9. (NR) Oak Hills, 7-0 – The Bulldogs debut in the top 10 has nothing to do with their 42-7 victory Friday night against Victor Valley, and everything to do with their victory against Rialto five weeks ago. That win looks much better after Rialto upset former No. 8 Cajon on Friday night. Next at Serrano, Friday.
10. (NR) Rialto, 6-1 – The Knights pulled off a somewhat-stunner Friday night, scoring on a fourth-down 12-yard touchdown pass with 25.7 seconds remaining to beat Cajon, 27-25, and take the lead in the San Andreas League race.
Dropped out: Cajon, Norco.
Just missed: Elsinore, Heritage, Summit, Citrus Hill, Palm Springs, Serrano, Chino, Colony, Chaparral, Murrieta Valley, Carter, Yucaipa, Etiwanda, Los Osos.