Monday, October 25, 2010
Inland Empire: Five things from the weekend
By Dan Arritt
1. Corona Centennial and Norco took care of business last weekend, setting up their Big VIII League showdown Friday at Norco. Centennial (7-0, 4-0) is ranked No. 1 in the Inland Empire by ESPNLA.com and the Cougars (6-1, 3-1) are No. 2. Norco running back Kelsey Young ran for 179 yards in the second quarter alone in a 35-15 victory against No. 10 Riverside King. Centennial defeated Corona Santiago, 69-13, extending its winless streak against the Huskies to 14 games.
2. Big-game performances don’t get much larger than the one delivered bv San Bernardino Cajon junior Damontrae Kazee during a 29-20 victory Friday against Colton (5-2, 3-1). Kazee scored three touchdowns, recovered three fumbles and had an interception to lead the Cowboys (5-2, 4-0) into sole possession of first place in the San Andreas League. Kazee, whose brother, Walter Kazee, is a running back for San Diego State, returned the opening kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown, caught a 30-yard touchdown pass later in the opening quarter and returned a fumble 25 yards for a score in the third to give Cajon a 22-13 lead.
3. Apple Valley Granite Hills continues to be the talk of the High Desert. The Cougars knocked off Victorville Silverado, 8-6, on Friday night to move atop the Desert Sky League standings. Since the program began in 1999, Granite Hills (4-3, 2-0) has never been in alone in first place at this stage of the season. Like they did in a victory against Barstow the week before, it was all about defense as the Cougars limited Silverado to 95 total yards.
4. Comeback of the week belongs to Twentynine Palms, which ralled from a 10-point deficit midway through the fourth quarter Friday night to beat Desert Hot Springs, 28-24, in a De Anza League game. Chris Fuifui scored his fourth touchdown of the game, a two-yard run with 20 seconds remaining, to give Twentynine Palms its final lead. Desert Hot Springs (5-2, 1-1) came into the game ranked No. 5 in the East Valley Division, Twentynine Palms (5-2, 2-0) was No. 9.
5. Etiwanda continues to move the ball with relative ease, evident in its 53-34 loss to Upland in a Baseline League game Friday night. What’s particularly impressive is the Eagles continue to pile up points despite a season-ending shoulder injury to offensive tackle Jamal Prater, who has committed to Oregon. Prater confirmed the injury while watching from the sidelines Friday.