Los Angeles Preps: Barrinton Collins

Football: No. 2 Corona Centennial

August, 30, 2011
Corona Centennial has firmly established itself as the prominent program in the Inland Empire. The Huskies are coming off their second trip to the state bowl championships in the last three years and sixth Southern Section title since 2000.

Centennial enters 2011 in a unique situation, however. The Huskies lost standout quarterback Michael Eubank (Arizona State) and running back Barrinton Collins (Weber State) to graduation, but return four offensive linemen, the most experienced group Matt Logan has coached in 15 years at the school.

Centennial will have far fewer holes to fill on a defense that allowed an average of 14.2 points a game, though most were scored well after the game had been decided.

Here’s a closer look at the Huskies.

Team: Corona Centennial.

Coach: Matt Logan, 15th season.

2010 Record: 14-1. Lost to Palo Alto in the Division 1 state bowl championship.

Returning starters: 10 total. Four on offense, six on defense.

Key players on offense: RB Romello Goodman, OT Lio Lafaele, OG John Hamilton, OT Cameron Hunt, QB Hayden Gavett, OL Anthony Juarez.

Key players on defense: DL Milo Jordan, DL Ngata Tuihalamaka, CB Izaac Colunga, LB Ahkeel Chambers, OLB Isaiah Ashby, DB Miquan Johnson.

Difference maker: His statistics didn’t really stand out last season but Centennial defense lineman Milo Jordan sure did, routinely absorbing two or three blockers at a time, enabling a linebacker to roam free and make the tackle. Opposing coaches certainly noticed Jordan’s game-changing abilities, electing him defensive MVP in the Big VIII League. Jordan, at 6 feet 3, 280 pounds and firmly committed to Arizona State, is expected to be an even more intimidating force as the Huskies try to defend their Inland Division championship.

Newcomers: WR Chase Krivashei, WR Isaac Crandall, OLB Vann Dennis, WR Ryan Pascarella.

Not to be missed: Sept. 9 vs. Ventura St. Bonaventure. No better way to test those preseason rankings than to match a couple of top 10 teams in Week 1. Corona Centennial is historically a first-half team, often securing a double-digit lead before the band takes the field for intermission. St. Bonaventure, meanwhile, is known for its in-game adjustments and ability to come from behind. Should be a good one.

Coach’s comment: “Well be pretty physical on both sides of the ball,” Logan said. “It kind of depends how fast we can get experience [in the backfield]. It might take a couple weeks or so but we expect to be a much better team midway through the season.”

Final analysis: With the quarterback situation a lot greener this season and the nonleague schedule much tougher with the addition of St. Bonaventure, it’s possible the Huskies could take some lumps in the month of September. Any losses, as we’ve learned, are bad for the resume when it comes to awarding state bowl bids. Early on, as Hayden Gavett finds his wings at quarterback, it’ll likely be up to the defense to keep the Huskies in games, maybe even score a touchdown or two. If the Huskies live up to Logan’s expectations and begin to hit their stride midway through the season, that would leave them in good shape for Norco and Roosevelt, two of their main challengers for the Big VIII League title.

Inland Empire: Updated list of high school football recruits

February, 2, 2011
Below is an updated list of high school football recruits from the Inland Empire and where they're headed.

Tight end Junior Pomee and cornerback Ryan Henderson of Moreno Valley Rancho Verde are expected to announce their decisions at 5:30 p.m. Reports indicate they're headed to USC.

Corona Centennial quarterback Michael Eubank just announced he will stick with Arizona State. His decision will be broadcast on FS West at 7 p.m. He had also considered Pittsburgh and Utah.

Eubank committed to the Sun Devils in December but recently had taken a recruiting trip to Pittsburgh. Vista Murrieta quarterback Derrick Brown recently switched his commitment from Utah to Washington, which had opened a possible spot for Eubank.


Junior Pomee, TE, Moreno Valley Rancho Verde

Ryan Henderson, DB/RB, Moreno Valley Rancho Verde


Quinton Pedroza, WR/DB, Chino

Brent Walker, OL, Norco

Michael Eubank, QB, Corona Centennial


Jake Van Ginkel, K, Upland


Adam Pulsipher, LB, Temecula Valley


Greg Henderson, DB, Norco


Nuuvali Faapito, F/LB, La Quinta


Ejiro Ederaine, LB, Corona Santiago

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Inland Empire: High school football commitments

February, 1, 2011
With the National Signing Day set for Wednesday, a number of Inland Empire football players have given verbal commitments to various schools across the country. Nothing is official until the papers are signed and returned to the respective colleges, but San Diego State and Oregon have received the most pledges from I.E. athletes. Here's the list of players and where they've committed.

Michael Eubank, QB, Corona Centennial
Quinton Pedroza, WR/DB, Chino
Brent Walker, OL, Norco

Jake Van Ginkel, K, Upland

Adam Pulsipher, LB, Temecula Valley

Greg Henderson, DB, Norco

Nuvali Faapito, F/LB, La Quinta

Ejiro Ederaine, LB, Corona Santiago

Promise Amadi, Ath., Chino

Dion Bass, DB, Corona Centennial
Todd Handley, RB, Riverside King

David Irving, DE/TE, San Jacinto

Nate Harris, RB/DB, Chino Hills

Desman Carter, DB, Fontana Kaiser
Superrior Reid, RB, Riverside Arlington

Devon Blackmon, WR, Fontana Summit
Rodney Hardrick, LB, Colton
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, S, Chino Hills
Jamal Prater, OL, Etiwanda

Larry Scott, WR, Corona Centennial

John Taylor, OL, Colton
Blake Robertson, WR, Corona

Darius Guillory, LB, Temecula Chaparral
Jemond Hazely, WR, Corona Santiago
Ryan Jack, LB, Corona Centennial
Paul Pitts, WR, Los Osos
Paul Rodriguez, OL, San Bernardino San Gorgonio
Jonathan Sanchez, DL, Vista Murrieta
Jordan Taylor, OL, Redlands

Simon Connette, DB, Corona Santiago
Tyler Ervin, RB, Colton
Sam Boyd, TE, Eastvale Roosevelt

Kelsey Young, RB, Norco

Ryan Henderson, DB/RB, Moreno Valley Rancho Verde

DeVante Wilson, DE, Corona

Derrick Brown, QB, Vista Murrieta

Marcus Mason, RB, Etiwanda

Barrinton Collins, RB, Corona Centennial

CIF State Div. I bowl: Palo Alto 15, Corona Centennial 13

December, 17, 2010

CARSON — The Corona Centennial football team was able to roll over one opponent after another this season, staggering teams with their relentless no-huddle offense and big-play ability.

But the Huskies couldn’t overcome Mother Nature and a mistake-free team from Palo Alto on Friday night in the CIF State Division I bowl game.

In the end, Maurice Williams partially blocked a 42-yard field-goal attempt by Ezequiel Rivera with 30 seconds remaining, sealing the 15-13 victory at the Home Depot Center.

The Huskies can look back on the agonizing 2 -hour bus ride through traffic, two lost fumbles, the errant snap that led to an early safety, or the two times they elected to forego a field-goal attempt while inside the 10-yard line and instead were stopped on downs.

"We had more turnovers tonight and more mistakes than we had all year long,” Centennial coach Matt Logan said. “I credit [Palo Alto], they played a great game, they stopped us on those plays and they were able to handle the conditions better than we did.”

Centennial (14-1) did an admirable job battling back from a 15-0 halftime deficit, made even more difficult because starting running back Barrinton Collins was knocked from the game after suffering a second-quarter concussion.

The Huskies had trouble with the wet conditions right from the start, as Collins fumbled on their first offensive series. It was the fifth straight game Centennial turned the ball over on its opening series.

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Inland Empire: Table is set for Division I bowl game

December, 16, 2010
Two teams, 27 victories, zero losses.

One side will end the season on a perfect note Friday night at the Home Depot Center in Carson, the other will feel the sting of defeat for the first time.

On paper, Corona Centennial seems to have the edge over Palo Alto in the Division 1 state bowl game, but this game won’t be played on paper. If forecasters are correct, a steady rain should be falling when the teams kick off around 7:30 p.m.

Slick, muddy fields and wet footballs have a way of neutralizing team speed and often benefit the better defense.

In that case, advantage Palo Alto.

But nothing has stopped the Huskies this season, so why would Mother Nature?

Their no-huddle, up-tempo offense would be tough to stop if it were run by a Pop Warner team, but Centennial features a talented group of fleet-footed thoroughbreds. Senior quarterback Michael Eubank, senior running back Barrinton Collins and senior receiver Larry Scott have been making defenses miserable all season with their ability to break big plays and break them often.

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Inland Empire: Five things from the weekend

December, 13, 2010
1. Corona Centennial completed an undefeated regular season and playoff run Friday with a 45-21 victory against Vista Murrieta in the Inland Division championship game. The Huskies were rewarded with a berth in the Division I state bowl game Friday night against Palo Alto at Home Depot Center. Barrinton Collins rushed for 286 yards and five touchdowns, and quarterback Michael Eubank continues to be the grease that spins the machine, throwing for 188 yards and a touchdown and rushing for 73.

2. From sidelines to message boards, many have debated whether Centennial deserved the open bowl berth over Servite based on common opponents. Exhibit A in the evidence file is Mater Dei. Centennial led the Monarchs, 44-0, after three quarters Sept. 17 before calling off the dogs and winning, 44-13. Servite beat Mater Dei a month later, 21-14. Exhibit B would be Temecula Chaparral. A week after defeating Mater Dei, the Huskies blew out the Pumas, 45-12, in their stadium. A week later -- and with the Pumas missing their two best players -- the Friars won, 28-7, at Santa Ana Stadium.

3. Centennial won its sixth section title since the school opened in 1997. Quite a contrast to Elsinore High, which over the weekend won its first section title in the school’s 83-year history. The Tigers played a gritty, mistake-free game in the 21-7 victory against Fontana Summit in the Eastern Division final. The celebration seemed even more special because the game was played at Elsinore High.

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Inland Division: Corona Centennial 45, Vista Murrieta 21

December, 11, 2010

CORONA—The Inland Division playoffs haven’t been the runaway train that the regular season was, but the Corona Centennial football team continues to prove it can step on the gas when needed.

The top-seeded Huskies scored 17 unanswered points in the third quarter to pull away from visiting Vista Murrieta and win, 45-21, to claim its sixth Southern Section title this decade.

Barrinton Collins led the way for the Huskies (14-0), rushing for 286 yards in 42 carries and scoring five touchdowns.

“Coach told me we were going to pound the rock and that’s what we did,” Collins said.

Collins scored on runs of 17, 24 and two yards in the opening half, but the second-seeded Broncos cut Centennial’s lead to 21-14 on a 31-yard touchdown run by speedster Javonte Slater with 3 minutes 33 seconds remaining in the half.

That’s how it stood heading into the third quarter, when Collins scored on a 13-yard run on Centennial’s first drive. Vista Murrieta then fumbled the ensuing kickoff and the Huskies tacked on a 31-yard field goal to increase their lead to 31-14.

The Broncos (12-2) failed to get a first down on their second drive as well, and Collins came right back with his fifth touchdown of the game, a three-yard leap into the end zone that pushed the lead to 38-14.

Vista Murrieta found a reason to get excited when Cody Piecukonis returned a punt 55 yards for a touchdown with 5:13 left in the game. They appeared to force a fumble from Collins on the Huskies’ next drive and would have returned it for a touchdown, but the referee had blown the play dead.

Collins thought he had fumbled on the play as well.

“They smacked me pretty good,” he said. “I’ll be feeling that tonight.”

Centennial didn’t show any mercy after retaining possession, as quarterback Michael Eubank hit Larry Scott with a 16-yard touchdown pass, giving the Huskies their final 45-21 lead.

Scott was the go-to receiver in the passing game, catching eight passes for 153 yards and a touchdown.

“I thought I’d be the go-to guy because I’ve been in the previous games,” Scott said. “I had a high ankle sprain, so finally I got back to almost 100% and knew I would get a lot of catches.”

The Huskies can now sit back and wait for Sunday’s CIF bowl selections. Many predict they’ll get passed up for the open bowl bid and play Palo Alto in the Division I bowl game.

That’s just fine with Collins.

“It doesn’t matter, we’re here to play for a state championship,” Collins said. “If it’s our way, we’re going to win a state championship, we work too hard.”

Inland Empire: Championship game previews

December, 9, 2010
Corona Centennial and Vista Murrieta, who have emerged as two of the Inland Empire’s strongest football powers in the last decade, will meet for just the second time Friday night in the Inland Division championship game at Centennial.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

The only other time the teams played was two years ago in the semifinals. Centennial won, 41-14, behind three touchdown passes and two rushing by quarterback Taylor Martinez, now at Nebraska. That team went on to defeat Concord De La Salle in the CIF-Division I state bowl game and finish 15-0.

Offensively, the top-seeded Huskies (13-0) are very similar this season. They also feature a talented dual-purpose quarterback in Michael Eubank, a senior who has thrown for 2,532 yards and 21 touchdowns this season, with just three interceptions. On the ground, he has amassed 1,092 yards and 18 touchdowns, averaging 10.1 yards per carry.

The biggest difference between this season's offense and the 2008 version is running back Barrinton Collins, whose quick feet and explosiveness prevents defenses from focusing on Eubank. Collins has rushed for 2,026 yards (11.3 avg.) and scored 37 touchdowns.

Defensively, they’re a plus-23 in turnover ratio. Ryan Jack, a San Diego State-bound linebacker, is the team’s leading tackler.

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Inland Division: Corona Centennial 42, Chino Hills 23

December, 3, 2010

CHINO HILLS -- When you beat teams as easily as Corona Centennial has this season, it’s easy to get comfortable.

But the Huskies learned Friday night they can’t shift into cruise control this deep into the Inland Division playoffs and expect a walk in the park.

Leading by just five points against host Chino Hills early in the fourth quarter, the top-seeded Huskies finally pulled away down the stretch to win, 42-23, and advance to the championship game next weekend.

“We underestimated them,” said Centennial quarterback Michael Eubank. “We thought we’d come out and dominate like we did every week, but we pulled it together and did what we had to do, knowing we had to win this game to get where we wanted to be.”

Eubank did his part, rushing for 135 yards in 24 carries and scoring on a three-yard touchdown run. He also completed 14 of 25 passes for 198 yards and another score.

His only miscue came early in the second half, when he was intercepted by Chino Hills defensive back Nate Harris, who returned the ball 50 yards for a touchdown to cut the deficit to 21-17.

Eubank’s touchdown run briefly gave the Huskies (13-0) some breathing room, but fourth-seeded Chino Hills (10-3) marched down the field and scored on a three-yard run by Oregon-bound running back/defensive back Ifo Ekpre-Olomu.

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Inland Empire: Games of the week

December, 2, 2010
One of the most impressive efforts of the postseason was delivered by Vista Murrieta in a 45-6 victory last Friday against Norco in an Inland Division quarterfinal.

On defense, the Broncos played like they knew what was coming before the ball was snapped. On offense, they attacked Norco’s weaknesses.

Well coached might be the best way to describe Vista Murrieta.

Third-seeded Rancho Cucamonga (11-1) is likely a little faster and more athletic than the second-seeded Broncos (11-1), so the visiting Cougars should make for a great semifinal opponent Saturday night.

Rancho Cucamonga senior running back Sateki Finau carved up Eastvale Roosevelt for a career-high 276 rushing yards and four touchdowns last week in a 51-36 quarterfinal victory. Quarterback Dimitri Morales threw another touchdown pass, giving him 12 touchdowns and no interceptions in the last six games.

They’ll have their work cut out for them against the Broncos' defense, however.

San Diego State-bound defensive lineman Jonathan Sanchez holds down one end of the field for Vista Murrieta, often filtering runners inside to leading tacklers Jeremy Castro and Manuel Moreno. The other key cog is sophomore safety Su’a Cravens, who already has scholarship offers from UCLA and Hawaii.

The Cougars played two Southwestern League opponents this season, beating Temecula Great Oak, 34-17, in Week 1, and eliminating Murrieta Valley, 37-13, in the first round of the playoffs. Vista Murrieta beat Great Oak, 45-18, and Murrieta Valley, 38-15, both in league play.

Three more to see:

In the other Inland Division semifinal:

Corona Centennial (12-0) at Chino Hills (10-2), Friday -- Is Chino Hills just a bump in the road in Centennial’s run for a section title? Or can the Huskies manage to put up a roadblock, something no other team has accomplished against Centennial this season?

Chances are, the former is much more likely to occur.

Chino Hills, seeded No. 4, has good athletes on the offensive side of the ball in running backs Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and Nate Harris, and an opportunistic defense led by the Oregon-bound defensive back Ekpre-Olomu and nose guard Auston Johnson, who has 19 sacks, but top-seeded Centennial has great athletes at every position.

Centennial quarterback Michael Eubank will likely surpass 1,000 rushing yards and 2,500 passing yards in the game, running back Barrinton Collins is inching up on the 2,000-yard barrier and receiver Larry Scott, who received a scholarship offer from Oregon State last week, is 100 yards away from topping 1,000 for the season.

Chino Hills has taken on two Big VIII League teams with mixed results. The Huskies lost to Corona Santiago, 24-12, in Week 1, but played much better in a 70-42 victory against Corona in the first round of the playoffs.

Centennial, well, the Huskies beat both teams by a combined score of 151-34.

ESPNLA.com’s pick: Centennial 54, Chino Hills 24.

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Inland Empire: Five things from the weekend

November, 29, 2010
1. Let’s head straight to the Central Division for the best game of the weekend. La Quinta trailed host Chino by 28 points in their quarterfinal game, then scored 42 in the second half to win, 42-41. The fourth-seeded Blackhawks took a 42-35 lead on a 37-yard touchdown run by Chyl Robinson with 51 seconds remaining, followed by a two-point conversion. Chino answered 19 seconds later on a 35-yard touchdown pass from Sean Molles to Promise Amadi. Needing just the point-after to tie the score, La Quinta deflected the kick and it fell short of the crossbar. The comeback also included two successful onside kick recoveries. La Quinta moves on to Friday’s semifinal, where it will host top-seeded Moreno Valley Rancho Verde.

2. Thanks to a pair of upsets in the bottom half of the Central Division bracket, the other semifinal will feature a San Andreas League rematch Saturday between San Bernardino Cajon and host Colton. Cajon knocked off third-seeded Riverside Arlington in convincing fashion, 35-7. The Yellowjackets did the same to second-seeded Palm Springs, 35-14. The Cowboys defeated Colton, 29-20, in SAL play this season, but the Yellowjackets didn’t have running back Tyler Ervin for that game. Ervin, who missed three games because of an ankle injury, rushed for a season-high 189 yards in 30 carries and scored two touchdowns against Palm Springs.

3. The competition must be getting stiffer because Corona Centennial had its closest game of the season Friday night – only beating Upland by 29 points. In fact, for only the second time this season, top-seeded Centennial actually trailed in a game. That lasted for all of 2 minutes before the Huskies stormed away in the second half for a 52-23 victory in an Inland Division quarterfinal at Upland. Probably most impressive were the numbers put up by Centennial running back Barrinton Collins, who rushed for a career-high 305 yards in 27 carries and scored five touchdowns, despite dislocating a shoulder during practice earlier in the week. Centennial will play at fourth-seeded Chino Hills in Friday’s semifinal.

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Inland Empire: No. 4 Corona Centennial 45, No. 13 Norco 0

October, 29, 2010

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.

Inland Empire: Barrinton Collins has Corona Centennial positioned for success

September, 29, 2010
More postgame interviews from the Corona Centennial-Temecula Chaparral game. This one features Centennial running back Barrinton Collins, who describes some of the adjustments that go into moving from slot receiver to the backfield this season.

He also has some interesting insight into the Huskies’ confidence that bloomed after they hammered Mater Dei on Sept. 17, and how they mentally approached the matchup with winless Chaparral.

Inland Empire: No. 6 Corona Centennial 45, No. 22 Chaparral 12

September, 24, 2010
TEMECULA -- It’s official. Corona Centennial can be considered one of the state’s elite football teams.

The Huskies posted their third consecutive one-sided victory to start the season, shutting out host Temecula Chaparral in the second half Friday night en route to a 45-12 victory.

Barrinton Collins rushed for 141 yards and a touchdown, and quarterback Michael Eubank had 113 rushing yards and three touchdowns to lead Centennial over the defending Southern Section Inland Division champions.

"We're very happy because we came in with a young offensive line," said Centennial Coach Matt Logan. "We came in with a young and very inexperienced defense and so far both aspects of those parts of the game have played well."

The Huskies were motivated by last season’s loss to Chaparral in the semifinals of the Inland Division playoffs. They surged to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter, maintained a 24-12 advantage at the half and then outscored the Pumas, 21-0 in the third quarter before pulling its starters.

Antoine Arnold, one of the top receivers in the Southland, was held to one catch for seven yards for the Pumas (0-3). The nonleague schedule doesn't get any easier for Chaparral, as they play Servite next weekend at Santa Ana Stadium.

"We've got a lot of individuals right now on the team," Arnold said. "We just need to come more together as a family, watch some more film and just become closer."

Inland Empire & Orange County: No. 7 Centennial 44, Mater Dei 13

September, 17, 2010
CORONA -- For those high school football fans who haven't heard of the name Michael Eubank, consider this as a formal introduction.

Larry Goren/For ESPNLA.com
Centennial quarterback accounted for 380 yards of offense in his team's rout of Mater Dei.

The 6-foot-5 and 220-pound senior quarterback from Corona Centennial did a little bit of everything on Friday evening, most of it extremely well. And as a result, the host Huskies had little trouble thoroughly defeating Santa Ana Mater Dei, 44-13, in a nonleague game.

"My goal was to come out and make a big statement tonight in front of everyone,'' said Eubank, who completed 11-of-17 passes for 200 yards passing with a pair of touchdown passes. He also carried the ball 13 times for 180 yards on the ground and scored three touchdowns.

Entering the game, Mater Dei quarterback Max Wittek was thought to be the main attraction. The USC commit struggled from start to finish though and ended up 11-of-25 for 176 yards with two interceptions.

Turns out, Wittek was overshadowed by his counterpart. And keep in mind Eubank has one scholarship offer thus far, Northern Colorado. Others figure to follow suit after his performance Friday.

"I wanted to prove that I can hang with a USC boy,'' Eubank said. "When people underestimate me, it only motivates me more. I'm hungry. I hope this is an eye-opener for Division I coaches. I'm a dual-threat, I can pass it or run it, you saw that out there. I did what I had to do.''

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