Rancho Cucamonga’s Aaron Manning runs against Don Lugo.
Here are my thoughts on The Sun’s Top 10 for this week.
Despite REV’s loss, I still there there are 3 elite teams in San Bernardino County so far: Rancho Cucamonga, Upland and Redlands East Valley, who all happen to have one loss.
However, Carter will get its chance to break into that top 3 by opening league play with Redlands East Valley next week.
While Serrano doesn’t play any Sun Top 10 teams, the Diamondbacks do play at Norco on Oct. 2, and Norco was the team that dealt Rancho Cucamonga a three-point loss, so a win there could vault Serrano into elite status. No. 6 Chino Hills will get its shot at Rancho Cucamonga and Upland in Baseline League and elite status. Until league play, No. 7 Summit’s toughest game is Week 5 at Riverside Norte Vista. If it doesn’t beat Norte Vista, a win vs. rival No. 10 Kaiser in Week 9 will be required for elite status. With 2 big losses (albeit to very good teams), I’m not sure if No. 8 Colony can reach elite status. No. 9 Cajon will have its chance against REV and Carter, while Kaiser does have Summit left, but has a convincing loss to Cajon on its resume, too.
THE SUN TOP 10
1. RANCHO CUCAMONGA (2-1)
Penalties marred win over Don Lugo
Next: Friday at Murrieta Valley (3-0)
2. UPLAND (2-1)
Lost to Tesoro for second straight year
Next: Friday vs. Mater Dei (3-0)
3. REDLANDS EAST VALLEY (1-1)
Last 2 losses have been to St. Bonaventure
Next: Friday at Rancho Verde (2-1)
4. CARTER (3-0)
Outscored preseason opponents 164-22
Next: Sept. 25 vs. Redlands East Valley (1-1) at Citrus Valley HS
5. SERRANO (3-0)
Victory margins have gotten bigger each week
Next: Friday vs. Adelanto (1-2)
6. CHINO HILLS (2-1)
Beat Roosevelt by 20+ points each of last 2 years
Next: Friday at Bishop Amat (2-1)
7. SUMMIT (2-0)
Have beaten 2 local rivals
Next: Friday vs. Alta Loma (2-1) at Miller HS
8. COLONY (1-2)
Bye week gives Titans a chance to lick wounds
Next: Sept. 24 vs, La Habra (2-1)
9. CAJON (3-0)
Freshman lighting it up at QB for Cowboys
Next: Sept. 25 at Eisenhower (0-2)
10. KAISER (1-1)
Offense not clicking in Week 2 like it was in Week 1
Next: Friday at Valley View (1-2)
Dropped out: No. 10 San Gorgonio (1-2)
Others under consideration: Redlands (1-1), San Gorgonio (1-2), Yucaipa (2-0).