Friday, October 29, 2010
Inland Empire: No. 4 Corona Centennial 45, No. 13 Norco 0
By Dan Arritt
NORCO -- About the only thing Norco did right Friday night was recover a game-opening onside kick.
But that just seemed to make Corona Centennial angry.
The Huskies proceeded to beat Norco at every facet of the game and take a giant step toward reclaiming the Big VIII League title with a 45-0 victory at Norco High.
Centennial (8-0, 5-0) limited Norco to 116 total yards of offense while creating the largest margin of victory in the Inland Empire’s biggest rivalry.
The game was so one-sided, the Huskies pulled starting quarterback Michael Eubank and running back Barrinton Collins late in the third quarter, then took a knee on the Norco two-yard line after recovering a fumble with just under three minutes remaining.
Collins finished with 176 yards rushing in 18 carries and scored five touchdowns. Eubank, who is taking an official recruiting trip to Arizona State this weekend, completed 8 of 10 passes for 155 yards.
The defense might have been the biggest story, as the Huskies forced four turnovers, returning one fumble for a touchdown, and held Norco running back Kelsey Young to a season-low 76 yards rushing.
Centennial wasn’t perfect, however. The Huskies lost four fumbles of their own, doubling their turnover total for the season. However, after convincing victories over Mater Dei, Temecula Chaparral and now Norco, the Huskies proved they belong among the elite teams in Southern California, if not at the top.