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Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Inland Empire: The Top 10

By Dan Arritt

The cream continues to rise to the top in the Inland Empire. Corona Centennial, Vista Murrieta, Norco and Fontana Kaiser averaged nearly 50 points in their victories last weekend, while allowing an average of 13. Redlands East Valley beat Redlands to take its spot in the top 10, and Riverside King did the same to Corona.

1. (1) Centennial, 6-0

The Huskies haven’t scored less than 44 points in a game this season, putting them on pace to outscore their basketball team. Last week: Beat Riverside North, 49-7. Next: vs. Corona Santiago, Friday.

2. (2) Vista Murrieta, 5-1

Well, the Southwestern League race was fun while at lasted, all 2 ½ quarters worth. Now the Broncos can start thinking of ways to beat Centennial. Last week: Beat Temecula Chaparral, 45-17. Next: at Temecula Valley, Friday.

3. (3) Norco, 5-1

Somebody had to pay for Norco’s loss to Eastvale Roosevelt the week before and Corona Santiago just happened to be up next. Last week: Beat Santiago, 49-28. Next: vs. King, Friday.

4. (4) Kaiser, 6-0

The Cats posted their fourth shutout of the season last weekend. Maybe their defense can meet Centennial in a back alley somewhere? Last week: Beat Mira Loma Jurupa Valley, 55-0. Next: vs. Riverside Patriot at Riverside Rubidoux, Friday.

5. (5) Roosevelt, 5-1

The Roosevelt-Norco-Santiago triangle is complete, so ESPNLA.com doesn’t feel so bad about ranking Roosevelt behind Norco anymore. Last week: Beat Riverside Poly, 27-8. Next: vs. Corona, Friday.

6. (7) La Quinta, 5-1

Nine different players scored touchdowns in last week’s route of Cathedral City. Now that’s how you keep a booster club happy. Last week: Beat Cathedral City, 66-6. Next: At Indio, Friday.

7. (9) Moreno Valley Rancho Verde, 6-0

The Mustangs passed the test against a pretty good Riverside La Sierra team last weekend. Now it’s back to fun and games the next three weeks. Last week: Beat La Sierra, 56-7. Next: at Moreno Valley Vista del Lago, Friday.

8. (6) Chino Hills, 4-2

That extra week to prepare for Claremont worked great – for a half. Then the Huskies blew a 21-point lead. Last week: Lost to Claremont, 31-30. Next: vs. La Verne Damien, Friday.

9 (NR) Redlands East Valley, 4-2

The Wildcats get another chance to prove they belong with this elite bunch. No reason to think they can’t win out the regular season. Last week: Beat Redlands, 24-22. Next: vs. Rialto Eisenhower at Univ. of Redlands, Friday.

10. (NR) King, 4-2

The Wolves have a firm grip on the final automatic qualifying berth from the Big VIII League after storming back to beat Corona. Last week: Beat Corona, 35-28. Next: at Norco, Friday.

Dropped out: Corona, Redlands