FOUR & MORE: Best Non-League Games

PREP FOOTBALL 2012

1. Menifee Heritage at MoVal Rancho Verde, Week 1 — The CIF-SS Eastern Division runner-up travels up the road a bit to play the reigning Central Division champions. Strength vs. strength for bragging rights in an area some either call Homeland or Romoland. We call it windy and dusty.

2. Redlands vs. Rancho Cucamonga, Week 0 — Almost got the nod to cover this game but… the 10th-ranked Terriers will deploy new UCLA commit Craig Lee upon their first opponent, which just so happens to be 9th-ranked Rancho Cucamonga. Can the Cougars talented defensive backs squeeze the life out of Redlands’ running game?

3. Redlands East Valley at Vista Murrieta, Week 3 — A game featuring two Inland Division heavyweights. The Wildcats test senior DE Kylie Fitts against the Inland Division champion. Can Kurt Bruich and REV pull a stunner and dash Vista Murrieta’s hopes in playing in a State Bowl Game?

4. Corona Santiago at Upland, Week 5 — Two of the Inland Area best QBs take aim in a possible playoff preview and a definite shootout. The Sharks’ Michael Darr can put a signature win on his senior-year resume while “The ‘U’s” Nate Romine looks cap another perfect non-league season (he was 5-0 in 2011).

AND MORE: Rancho Cucamonga Etiwanda. The Eagles face perhaps the toughest non-league schedule in history, playing CIF-SS Eastern Division champ Fontana Summit in Week 0 followed by Inland Division teams Fontana Miller, Norco, Eastvale Roosevelt and Corona Centennial. Those five are a considerably tougher stretch of games than their Baseline League schedule (Los Osos, Rancho Cucamonga, Alta Loma, Glendora, Upland) and could either strengthen or expire a team with playoff intentions.

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