Inland Empire: Games of the week

When you have a chance to beat Corona Centennial, it's important to take advantage of the opportunity.

Norco was in that situation last November, down a point after scoring a touchdown with 27 seconds remaining. Go for the win or the tie? In the mind of Norco coach Todd Gerhart, it was a no-brainer. He had a chance to beat the Huskies and wasn’t about to let it pass him by.

The Cougars went for two and quarterback Taylor Viloria punched it in, giving Norco a 29-28 victory at Centennial and the Big VIII League title.

On Friday, the biggest rivalry in the Inland Empire moves to Norco High. The Cougars (6-1, 3-1) have already been dinged for a Big VIII loss by Eastvale Roosevelt, but a win against Centennial (7-0, 4-0) would drop them right back in the race.

And if the Cougars should be in the position to go for the win or tie down the stretch, you can bet they will make the most of their opportunity.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Three more to see:

Upland (5-2, 2-0) vs. Rancho Cucamonga (6-1, 2-0) at Rancho Cucamonga Los Osos High, Friday – If you went to Upland or Rancho Cucamonga, or just follow the Baseline League, this game was probably marked on your calendar in July. Rancho Cucamonga won the Central Division title in 2008, the Highlanders took it home last season. ESPNLA.com’s pick: Upland 24, Rancho Cucamonga 21.

Los Osos (4-3, 1-1) vs. Etiwanda (3-4, 1-1) at Ontario Colony High, Friday – Etiwanda quarterback Larry Cutbirth will meet his match against the Grizzlies. Cutbirth, who has thrown for just over 2,000 yards and 21 touchdowns, will meet a defense that has 18 sacks and 10 interceptions. ESPNLA.com’s pick: Los Osos 30, Etiwanda 27.

San Jacinto (6-1, 2-0) at Hemet West Valley (4-3, 2-0) – San Jacinto quarterback Kevin Clark has been remarkably efficient, completing 65% of his passes with 10 touchdowns and no interceptions. West Valley is a newcomer to the Mountain Pass League this season, but hardly a pushover. ESPNLA.com's pick: San Jacinto 27, West Valley 20.