Sunday, November 27, 2011
I.E.: The Top 10
By Dan Arritt
The top three teams put up 50-plus points in their Inland Division second-round victories, while Rancho Cucamonga found a way to win with just nine. Should make for some interesting semifinal action in the Inland Division.
1. (1) Corona Centennial, 11-1 – Romello Goodman accomplished something no other Centennial running back has, scoring eight touchdowns in a 56-21 victory Friday night against visiting Chaparral in an Inland Division second-round game. Goodman has rushed for more than 300 yards in each of the playoff victories. Next: vs. Rancho Cucamonga at Los Osos HS, Friday.
2. (2) Upland, 12-0 – Upland wide receiver Kenny Lawler continues his postseason parade to the end zone, snaring three touchdown passes in a 51-13 victory Friday night against Charter Oak in the Inland Division. Lawler, who has committed to Arizona State, has five of his eight touchdowns this season in the playoffs. Next: at Vista Murrieta, Friday.
3. (3) Vista Murrieta, 7-5 – Su’a Cravens continues to show that the offensive side of the ball might just be his best side, rushing for a career-high 205 yards in 10 carries and scoring on three long touchdown runs to lead Vista Murrieta to a 58-13 victory Friday night against J.W. North in an Inland Division game at Riverside College. Next: vs. Upland, Friday.
4. (5) Rancho Cucamonga, 11-1 – The Cougars demonstrated they know a thing or two about defense too, holding fourth-seeded Redlands East Valley to two field goals in a 9-6 victory Friday night in an Inland Division game at Citrus Valley High. Next: vs. Corona Centennial at Los Osos HS, Friday.
5. (4) Redlands East Valley, 11-1 – Offense has been a question mark for most of the season and the fourth-seeded Wildcats didn’t have an answer for Rancho Cucamonga, suffering their third straight early-round playoff exit after going unbeaten in Citrus Belt League play.
6. (6) J.W. North, 10-2 – The Huskies had to forge ahead with a banged-up quarterback and even a healthy Justin Gheorghe probably wouldn’t have made a difference in the 58-14 loss to Vista Murrieta.
7. (7) Rancho Verde, 12-0 – Kenny Torrence made sure the top-seeded Mustangs would still be around for the semifinals of the Central Division, scoring on a 78-yard run and a 77-yard pass to help visiting Rancho Verde hold off San Gorgonio, 42-28. Next: vs. Colony, Friday.
8. (8) Citrus Hill, 12-0 – The second-seeded Hawks limited host Ridgecrest Burroughs to 171 yards Friday night in an Eastern Division game, and Darnell Murray returned an interception 31 yards for a touchdown on the game’s opening series in a 45-10 victory. Next: at Heritage, Friday.
9. (9) Serrano, 10-2 – Adarius Hogan rushed for 191 yards and two touchdowns to lead the third-seeded Diamondbacks to a 35-7 victory against host Elsinore, the defending Eastern Division champions. Next: vs. Summit at A.B. Miller HS, Friday.
10. (10) Palm Springs, 12-0 – Leading by 14 points early in the fourth quarter, the second-seeded Indians stopped host Chino on a goal-line stand Friday night, then scored on a 98-yard touchdown run by Nick King to seal the 42-14 victory in Central Division play. Next: vs. Carter, Friday.
Just missed: Heritage, Summit, Moreno Valley, Colony, Chaparral, La Sierra, Kaiser, San Gorgonio, Chino, Carter.