This has been the Norco-Centennial division for quite some time. However, Redlands East Valley is the No. 1 seed. Will the Wildcats be able to stop the Riverside County hammerlock?
Riverside La Sierra at No. 1 Redlands East Valley
The Wildcats start their quest for their first-ever CIF championship against a La Sierra team that’s four years removed from its last playoff appearance. La Sierra doesn’t seem to be much of a test for a battle-tested REV team, as I expect the Wildcats to win this game rather routinely to set up a grudge match with nemesis Chaparral.
Redlands East Valley 42, La Sierra 14
Temecula Chaparral 20, Corona Roosevelt 16
Miller at Corona Centennial
This isn’t quite a state-championship caliber Centennial team, but the two-time defending CIF champions are about as tough of a matchup as Miller could have envisioned with its seeding. The Rebels have been tested, playing Redlands and Redlands East Valley tough, but I’m not sure they have the overall firepower to hang with Centennial.
Centennial 36, Miller 20
No. 4 Moreno Valley Rancho Verde 38, Temecula Greak Oak 15
Carter at No. 3 Norco
The Lions are a pretty good story, as they went from 2-8 last year to the playoffs this year. However, I doubt Carter’s story had them playing Norco in the first round. Norco is always tough, but they might have their most explosive offense ever this year. I can’t see this ending well for the Lions at all.
Norco 45, Carter 18
Murrieta Valley 28, Riverside Arlington 24
Moreno Valley Valley View at Redlands
The Terriers have a tough task ahead of them mentally, as they have to pick up the pieces mentally from their 37-7 loss to hated rival REV and get set for Valley View. Valley View doesn’t really jump off the page at anyone with its 5-5 record and Redlands should be able to pound them with the running game enough to prevail.
Redlands 21, Valley View 13
No. 2 Vista Murrieta 35, Corona Santiago 16
Redlands East Valley over Chaparral
Centennial over Rancho Verde
Norco over Murrieta Valley
Vista Murrieta over Redlands
Redlands East Valley over Centennial
Norco over Vista Murrieta
Norco over Redlands East Valley