TEMECULA -- It’s official. Corona Centennial can be considered one of the state’s elite football teams.
The Huskies posted their third consecutive one-sided victory to start the season, shutting out host Temecula Chaparral in the second half Friday night en route to a 45-12 victory.
Barrinton Collins rushed for 141 yards and a touchdown, and quarterback Michael Eubank had 113 rushing yards and three touchdowns to lead Centennial over the defending Southern Section Inland Division champions.
"We're very happy because we came in with a young offensive line," said Centennial Coach Matt Logan. "We came in with a young and very inexperienced defense and so far both aspects of those parts of the game have played well."
The Huskies were motivated by last season’s loss to Chaparral in the semifinals of the Inland Division playoffs. They surged to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter, maintained a 24-12 advantage at the half and then outscored the Pumas, 21-0 in the third quarter before pulling its starters.
Antoine Arnold, one of the top receivers in the Southland, was held to one catch for seven yards for the Pumas (0-3). The nonleague schedule doesn't get any easier for Chaparral, as they play Servite next weekend at Santa Ana Stadium.
"We've got a lot of individuals right now on the team," Arnold said. "We just need to come more together as a family, watch some more film and just become closer."