Los Angeles Preps: Steffan Kirkland
September, 27, 2010
By Dan Arritt | ESPNLosAngeles.com
Courtesy of Charlene Bradley
Vista Murrieta sophomore linebacker Sua Cravens (21) takes down Los Osos quarterback Kori Grant for one of his six negative carries in a 30-7 victory by the Broncos.
1. The Big VIII League just finished demonstrating why it clearly has the strongest group of teams in the I.E. In the marquee game Friday night, Corona Centennial looked dominant – again – in a 45-12 victory against host Temecula Chaparral, the defending Southern Section Inland Division champion. Norco, ranked No. 4 in the same division, traveled to No. 3 Upland and easily won, 35-21. Riverside Poly defeated Perris Citrus Hill, ranked No. 8 in the Eastern Division, 32-22, and host Corona knocked off Palm Springs, ranked No. 1 in the Central Division, 35-14. The loss by Palm Springs, which ended an 11-game winning streak, was the most unexpected of the bunch. "They were faster than us, they were quicker than us and they were stronger than us," Palm Springs coach Steve Fabian told The Desert Sun. "But we made up for it by not tackling."
2. Corona Centennial and Vista Murrieta came into the season with experienced quarterbacks at the wheel of super-charged offenses. A note to future opponents: They can also play defense. Centennial has allowed just one offensive touchdown in each of its first three games, the last two against Mater Dei and Chaparral. Vista Murrieta has improved with each game, limiting Los Osos of Rancho Cucamonga to minus-2 yards rushing Friday night in a 30-7 victory. The Grizzlies scored their only touchdown on a 90-yard kickoff return and didn’t cross the Broncos' 40-yard line until the fourth quarter.