Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Inland Empire: The top 10
By Dan Arritt
Norco leapfrogged Chaparral of Temecula in the rankings this week after the Cougars posted an impressive victory against visiting Crenshaw of Los Angeles. Meanwhile, down Interstate 15, Chaparral was getting knocked off its perch by Oceanside. Palm Springs wasn't impressive against short-handed Arroyo Valley, and Rancho Verde couldn't shake San Gorgonio until the fourth quarter.
1. (2) Vista Murrieta (1-0)
Jovonte Slater, eighth in the 100 meters at the state track and field finals last June, showed he's good on synthetic turf as well, running for two scores and returning a punt for another against Etiwanda. Last week: Beat Etiwanda, 49-27. Next: at Corona Santiago, Friday.
2. (3) Corona Centennial (1-0)
Barrinton Collins has made the move from wide receiver to running back look seamless and coach Matt Logan like a genius, rushing for five touchdowns against Birmingham of Lake Balboa. Last week: Beat Birmingham, 48-8. Next: vs. Mater Dei, Friday
3. (4) Norco (1-0)
Despite a sore hip, Kelsey Young rushed for just under 300 yards and three touchdowns as the Cougars came from behind to defeat Crenshaw of Los Angeles. Last week: Beat Crenshaw, 25-21. Next: vs. Etiwanda at Colony, Friday
4. (1) Temecula Chaparral (0-1)
The schedule doesn’t get any easier for the Pumas over the next three weeks, but coach Tom Leach wouldn’t have it any other way. Last week: Lost to Oceanside, 21-14. Next: vs. Fresno Central, Friday
5. (5) Riverside Arlington (1-0)
Superiorr Reid spoiled the grand opening of El Camino’s new stadium by catching the go-ahead touchdown with 39 seconds remaining. Last week: Beat El Camino, 14-10. Next: vs. Riverside Poly at Riverside Ramona, Friday
6. (6) Eastvale Roosevelt (1-0)
If you blinked, you might have missed a couple touchdowns in the Mustangs’ rout of Torrance. Last week: Beat Torrance, 80-27. Next: vs. Murrieta Valley, Friday
7 . (7) Upland (2-0)
Scooped up three fumbles in the second quarter against visiting Tustin and turned them all into touchdowns. Last week: Beat Tustin, 42-21. Next: vs. Serrano, Friday
8. (9) Colton (1-0)
The Yellowjackets did the unthinkable against Chaffey of Ontario and actually passed for more yards than they rushed for. Last week: Beat Chaffey, 55-8. Next: at La Quinta, Friday
9. (8) Palm Springs (2-0)
The Indians caught a break when Arroyo Valley quarterback Michael Yearwood wasn't cleared to play, but they hardly ran with it. Last week: Beat Arroyo Valley, 21-9. Next: at Moreno Valley, Friday.
10. (10) Moreno Valley Rancho Verde (2-0)
Devonte Jordan gashed San Gorgonio for 185 rushing yards and three touchdowns as the Mustangs led by only one to start the fourth. Last week: Beat San Gorgonio, 28-14. Next: vs. Yucaipa, Friday.