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Wednesday, November 23, 2011
I.E.: Central Division second-round previews
By Dan Arritt
Second round, Friday
No. 1 Rancho Verde (11-0) at San Gorgonio (6-5), 7 p.m.
How they got here: Rancho Verde defeated visiting Don Lugo, 44-0; San Gorgonio won at La Quinta, 44-41.
Matchup to watch: San Gorgonio quarterback
(294 total yards last week) vs. Rancho Verde defense (hasn’t allowed a point in last 12 quarters)
Fast fact: These teams already met this season, with Rancho Verde winning, 37-10, against the visiting Spartans in Week 1. San Gorgonio also started and ended last season with losses to the Mustangs.
Prediction: Rancho Verde 34, San Gorgonio 14.
No. 4 Colony (10-1) at Moreno Valley (5-6), 7 p.m.
How they got here: Colony eliminated visiting Valley View, 28-14; Moreno Valley surprised host Cajon, 43-16.
Matchup to watch: Colony middle linebacker
(7.6 tackles per game) vs. Moreno Valley running back
(867 rushing yards, nine TDs last four games).
Fast fact: Moreno Valley last won a playoff game in 2007, the same postseason that ended with a 29-14 loss to Colony in the Central Division semifinals.
Prediction: Moreno Valley 24, Colony 21.
No. 3 La Sierra (10-1) at Carter (10-1), 7 p.m.
How they got here: La Sierra defeated Chaffey, 23-6, at Norte Vista; Carter eliminated visiting Palm Desert, 48-22.
Matchup to watch: La Sierra defensive lineman
(12 solo tackles last week, 24 ˝ sacks last two seasons) vs. Carter running back
(1,835 rushing yards, 24 TDs)
Fast fact: Carter won its first playoff game in school history last week while hosting its first postseason game.
Prediction: La Sierra 28, Carter 21.
No. 2 Palm Springs (11-0) at Chino (9-2), 7 p.m.
How they got here: Palm Springs shut out visiting Rialto, 35-0; Chino defeated visiting Arlington, 26-14.
Matchup to watch: Palm Springs linebacker
(13.2 tackles per game, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries) vs. Chino running back
(1,511 rushing yards, 16 TDs)
Fast fact: After finishing 0-10 in the 2009 season, Chino is 20-3 over the last two.
Prediction: Palm Springs 42, Chino 21.