Los Angeles Preps: Buster Douglas

Inland Empire: Five things from the weekend

December, 6, 2010
1. No question top billing goes this week to Elsinore High, which pulled off one of the biggest shockers of the season Friday night, making the long trip to Fontana Kaiser and knocking off the top-seeded and previously unbeaten Cats, 20-12, in an Eastern Division semifinal. Elsinore coach Tony Peralta told reporters after the game the Tigers played rope-a-dope with Kaiser, staying close and then delivering a knockout punch at the end. In terms of high school football upsets, this was Buster Douglas vs. Mike Tyson.

2. Corona Centennial quarterback Michael Eubank admitted the Huskies were a bit overconfident heading into their Inland Division semifinal Friday night against host Chino Hills. That could have been why Centennial couldn’t put away the “other” Huskies until late in the fourth quarter. Centennial (13-0) produced its lowest point total of the season in the 42-23 victory, but still moved into seventh on the list of highest-scoring football teams Southern Section history (713). Fourth-place is only 27 points away, so the Huskies might get there by halftime in Friday’s championship game against visiting Vista Murrieta. More to come on that during the week.

3. The Vista Murrieta vs. Rancho Cucamonga double-overtime semifinal Saturday night was as close and exciting of a game as they come. Well, unless you were around in 2002, when Terrell Jackson scored eight touchdowns in the triple-overtime Division V final and Centennial beat Riverside North, 57-55. The game was intense and hard-hitting, but the players showed dignity and class when it finally ended in a pile of bodies at the goal line.

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