Monday, September 20, 2010
Inland Empire: Five things from the weekend
By Dan Arritt
1. That blowout victory against Tustin in Week 1 is looking even more impressive for Upland. After the Highlanders took out Tustin, 42-21, on Sept. 10, the Tillers turned around and knocked off Orange County powerhouse Orange Lutheran, 46-29, on Friday night. Heading into last weekend, Orange Lutheran was ranked No. 9 by ESPNLosAngeles.com. Upland fell out of the top 25 after a so-so performance in the season-opener against A.B. Miller of Fontana. Turns out, Miller is a pretty decent team. Upland still faces its biggest tests of the nonleague schedule, this Friday at home against No. 11 Norco and Oct. 1 against No. 21 Los Angeles Loyola at L.A. Valley College in Van Nuys.
2. Chino Hills redeemed itself with an impressive 14-13 victory Friday night against visiting Tesoro of Rancho Santa Margarita. The Huskies were ranked as high as No. 4 in the Southern Section Inland Division, then lost by 12 points September 10 at Corona Santiago. Tesoro is no slouch, owning a victory over Santa Margarita this season and remaining a viable playoff contender in the powerful South Coast League. Tesoro led, 13-0, early on, went scoreless for three quarters then missed a 47-yard field-goal attempt with 24 seconds remaining. The Huskies had taken the final one-point lead after junior quarterback Andrew Chavez scored on a one-yard keeper with 1:45 remaining.
3. An early nomination for Inland Empire Athlete of the Week has to go to Kadyn Glass of Redlands. The senior wide receiver/defensive back had eight receptions for 185 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-20 triple-overtime victory Friday night against visiting Los Osos of Rancho Cucamonga. He also intercepted two passes. His 18-yard touchdown catch in the third overtime gave the Terriers a seven-point lead, and he then sealed the victory with his second interception. For Redlands, it was the second straight week the score was tied at the end of regulation. Before the game against visiting Fontana Summit on Sept. 10, both coaches decided there would be no overtime, resulting in a 24-24 tie.
4. What was one of the premier high school games on the slate not long ago has now fallen down the board. Corona Centennial is scheduled to play at Chaparral of Temecula on Friday night. Centennial completely dismantled one of the winningiest programs in the Southland last Friday, sending Mater Dei packing with a 44-13 victory that really wasn’t that close. Down the I-15, the No. 14 Pumas were looking very average in a 27-12 loss to visiting Fresno Central, which didn’t even have its best player. Chaparral is now 0-2 and staring in the eyes of No. 7 Centennial, which is likely motivated by last season’s loss to the Pumas in an Inland Division semifinal. And guess what? Next week Chaparral has a date with No. 1 Servite at Santa Ana Stadium. With its Southwestern League opener right around the corner against No. 6 Vista Murrieta, its very possible Chaparral could start 1-5. I know, I know, the Pumas were 4-3 last season and then reeled off seven straight victories to win the Inland Division title.
5. Chaparral losing to Fresno Central was somewhat surprising, and Corona Centennial blowing out Mater Dei certainly caught a lot of people off guard, but I’d say the upset of the weekend in the Inland Empire was host La Quinta defeating Colton, 14-3. The Yellowjackets were ranked No. 2 in the Central Division and put up 55 points against Ontario Chaffey the week before, but were blanketed by La Quinta, allowing six sacks. All of this makes for another great game next week when No. 20 Riverside Arlington plays La Quinta at Ramona High in Riverside. The Lions keep finding ways to win against weaker opponents. Last week, running back Superiorr Reid shook off an ankle injury and scored two late touchdowns to spark a 29-20 victory against Riverside Poly. Reid, who is 6-3, 225 pounds, finished with 101 yards in 16 carries and scored three touchdowns.