Los Angeles Preps: Brian Lavender

Inland Empire: Friday night impact felt at state level

September, 11, 2010
9/11/10
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Rob Helfman
Norco High School defenders Scott Starr (3), Chance Baker (55) and Jeramy Russell (35) pursue Crenshaw's dynamic De’Anthony Thomas in Norco's 25-21 victory.


Just what did Friday night prove?

For one thing, the Inland Empire is already playing a role in the Division I state bowl selection.

Crenshaw of Los Angeles probably feels like its on the outside looking in after losing a shocker at Norco, 25-21, dropping last season’s Open Division finalist to 0-2.

Chaparral of Temecula also saw its bowl chances diminished after losing its season opener to visiting Oceanside, 21-14, a team that was walloped by 24 points against Servite a week earlier. The Pumas were edged out by Oceanside for the Division I state bowl berth last season.

Chaparral, which began last week ranked No. 7 by ESPNLosAngeles.com, still must snap its chinstrap and find a way through No. 1 Servite and No. 9 Corona Centennial before opening Southwestern League play against No. 8 Vista Murrieta.

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