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Inland Empire: Friday night impact felt at state level

September, 11, 2010

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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