Sunday, November 6, 2011
I.E.: The Top 10
By Dan Arritt
The Inland Empire top 10 went unbeaten last week. In fact, nine teams won by at least 20 points and seven clinched at least a share of a league championship.
1. (1) Corona Centennial, 8-1 – The Huskies faced an injury-depleted Roosevelt team Friday night and didn’t show any mercy in the 45-24 victory, which all but sewed up another outright Big VIII League title. Next: at Riverside King, Thursday.
2. (2) Upland, 9-0 – The Highlanders found themselves tied late in the second quarter Friday against Los Osos, then stepped on the gas and scored five consecutive touchdowns in the 49-21 victory, clinching at least a share of the Baseline League title. Next: vs. Alta Loma, Thursday.
3. (3) Vista Murrieta, 4-5 – The Broncos also wrapped up at least a share of the Southwestern League title and a likely top four seeding for the Inland Division playoffs with a 23-14 victory against Murrieta Valley. Next: vs. Murrieta Mesa, Thursday.
4. (4) Redlands East Valley, 9-0 – The Wildcats finally put some distance between themselves and their opponent in a 49-0 victory Friday against Fontana. Now they need to prepare for another tough battle in their Citrus Belt League finale. Next: at Yucaipa, Thursday.
5. (5) Rancho Cucamonga, 8-1 – Dimitri Morales and Jermel Walker hooked up on two long touchdown passes Friday night in a Baseline League game against Glendora, and the Cougars needed every yard in the 34-13 victory. Next: at Los Osos, Thursday.
6. (6) Rancho Verde, 9-0 – The Mustangs continued their streak of scoring at least 28 points in a game this season, pounding Canyon Springs, 42-0, in another Inland Valley League game that was over by halftime. Next: vs. Arlington, Friday.
7. (7) J.W. North, 8-1 – The lights went out for a time Friday night at Riverside College, but the Huskies didn’t lose any power in a 35-14 victory against Riverside King in Big VIII League play. Next: at Norco, Friday.
8. (8) Citrus Hill, 9-0 – The Hawks scored 55 first-half points Friday night in a 69-28 victory against West Valley, which also came into the game undefeated in Mountain Pass League play. Next: vs. San Jacinto, Thursday.
9. (9) Serrano, 7-2 – The Diamondbacks played without leading rusher Adarius Hogan, who sat out after receiving stitches in his face a week earlier, but they had no problem rolling up 532 yards of offense in the 61-0 Mojave League victory against Barstow. Next: at Hesperia, Thursday.
10. (10) Carter, 9-0 – Another top 10 team that took care of business in the first half by surging to a 33-0 lead in the55-0 victory against San Bernardino in San Andreas League play. Next: vs. Cajon, Thursday.
Just missed: Corona Santiago, Oak Hills, Cajon, Norco, Heritage, Summit, Palm Springs, Colony, Chaparral, Murrieta Valley, Yucaipa, Etiwanda, Los Osos, La Sierra, Kaiser, San Gorgonio.