Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Inland Empire: The Top 10
By Dan Arritt
A couple eye-popping upsets caused some re-arranging at the bottom end of the rankings. Palm Springs disposed of La Quinta in a Desert Valley League game, and Fontana Miller knocked off Redlands in the Citrus Belt League. Rancho Cucamonga rejoins the top 10 as it continues to run the table in the Baseline League, and Romoland Heritage drops in after an impressive win against Elsinore.
1. (1) Corona Centennial, 9-0
The Huskies beat Corona by 61 points last weekend, in doing so sending a message to the folks in charge of the state bowl berths. After all, Mission Viejo only beat Corona by 22 earlier this season. Last week: Beat Corona, 82-21. Next: at Eastvale Roosevelt, Friday.
2. (2) Vista Murrieta, 8-1
Whoever thought Vista Murrieta’s biggest obstacle in its run to another Southwestern League title would be Murrieta Valley? The collapse of Temecula Chaparral was an event few could have predicted two months ago. Last week: Beat Murrieta Valley, 38-15. Next: at Murrieta Mesa, Friday.
3. (3) Eastvale Roosevelt, 8-1
If only the Mustangs didn’t lay an egg against Corona Santiago in their Big VIII League opener, we’d be writing about two undefeated teams going head-to-head this Friday for the league title. Last week: Beat Riverside King, 49-20. Next: vs. Centennial, Friday.
4. (4) Norco, 7-2
The Cougars qualified for the playoffs for the 24th consecutive season but won’t finish any better than third in the Big VIII, creating a nightmare first-round match-up for their playoff opponent. Last week: Beat Riverside Poly, 42-21. Next: vs. Corona, Friday.
5. (5) Fontana Kaiser, 9-0
Despite allowing just two first downs and forcing four turnovers, the Cats were still losing late in the game Friday against Fontana Summit. Then they stepped on the gas and scored 16 points in the final 4 ½ minutes. Last week: Beat Summit, 19-7. Next: at Bloomington, Thursday.
6. (7) Moreno Valley Rancho Verde, 9-0
It took nine weeks, but the Mustangs are finally set to pick on someone close to their own size. It’s yet to be seen if Riverside Arlington will fight back. Last week: Beat Moreno Valley Canyon Springs, 56-7. Next: vs. Arlington at Riverside Ramona High, Friday.
7. (8) Chino Hills, 7-2
After getting a must-win against Covina Charter Oak, the Huskies woke up Saturday morning to learn they were back in a tie for first place in the Sierra League. Last week: Beat Charter Oak, 29-22. Next: vs. Chino Hills Ayala, Thursday.
8. (9) Redlands East Valley, 7-2
Thanks to A.B. Miller’s upset victory against Redlands, the Wildcats still have some unfinished business in order to win the Citrus Belt League title outright. Last week: Beat Yucaipa, 22-0. Next: at Miller, Thursday.
9. (NR) Rancho Cucamonga, 8-1
Throw out the loss to Redlands on Oct. 1 and the Cougars are a top five team in the Inland Empire. They should represent the Baseline League well in the Inland Division playoffs. Last week: Beat Etiwanda, 34-21. Next: vs. Glendora at Citrus College, Thursday.
10. (NR) Heritage, 9-0
The Patriots posted the biggest victory in their short history last week. They don't get long to celebrate, however. They play their regular season finale on Wednesday. Last week: Beat Elsinore, 40-19. Next: at Perris, Wednesday.