After three weeks of high school football in Southern California, here is a look at the Inland Sports prep football polls in the Southwest Riverside County region. As Week Three kicks off in what was a holiday filled shortened week, we will check in with Pep Fernandez and the crew from Inland Sports to see which teams are making moves in the polls. Centennial maintains the No. 1 spot with their 2-1 record, but the most recent BOOST Top-25 and coaches preseason polls still have five of the top ten teams hailing from right here in our own backyard.

Temecula Valley made the best bump of the week, out of the area teams, as they moved up five spots to No. 17 in this week’s Inland Sports BOOST Top-25 prep football poll after Week Two games. Valley News/Courtesy photo

The biggest drop of the week, from a local look, was Murrieta Mesa after falling three spots to No. 21. The best bump of the week was made by Temecula Valley as they moved up five spots to No. 17. Of the top 25, ten are schools from the surrounding Valley News coverage area.

This week’s polls (records included, plus movement from last week is noted):

  1. Centennial (2-1 same)
  2. Cajon (2-0, same)
  3. Murrieta Valley (1-1, same)
  4. Chaparral (2-1, same)
  5. Vista Murrieta (3-0, same)
  6. Roosevelt (2-1, same)
  7. Orange Vista (1-1, same)
  8. Citrus Valley (1-1, same)
  9. Beaumont (3-0, up three spots)
  10. Liberty (3-0, same)
  11. Aquinas (1-2, down two spots)
  12. Rancho Verde (3-0, up one spot)
  13. Yucaipa (3-0, down two spots)
  14. Norte Vista (1-1, same)
  15. Norco (0-3, up one spot)
  16. San Jacinto (0-3, down one spot)
  17. Temecula Valley (2-1, up five spots)
  18. Eisenhower (3-0, up three spots)
  19. Great Oak (1-2, same)
  20. Summit (1-2, down three spots)
  21. Murrieta Mesa (0-3, down 3 spots)
  22. Vista del Lago (3-0, up three spots)
  23. Elsinore (1-2, up one spot)
  24. King (1-1, back in this week)
  25. Jurupa Hills (0-2, down two spots)

– Paloma Valley (2-1, up 3 spots) fell off the polls this week after falling to Kaiser last week.

This week’s Inland Sports and Ken’s Sporting Goods “Must See Game” is the Santiago Sharks versus the Norco Cougars. While they are not teams from the Valley News coverage area, some of the other top games that Inland Sports will have coverage of include Heritage versus Paloma Valley, San Jacinto versus Rancho Verde, and Chaparral versus Temecula Valley.

“Bert Esposito, who was with Temecula Valley last year…or Dan Bariage (Norco) will get their first win with their new program this week. An epic coaching battle as Santiago takes on Norco,” says Fernandez.

Continue to look for plenty of updates as the Valley News sports department and Inland Sports aim to provide even better coverage of what’s going on in the world of prep sports in our area, and beyond. Inland Sports news can be followed online at and the Inland Sports show can be viewed weekly on YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter.

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JP Raineri
JP Raineri

JP is an award-winning multimedia journalist, and head of the Sports Department for the Valley News. Over his time in the Temecula Valley, JP, a former Southwestern League head baseball coach, was also an on-air radio personality at Q103.3, KATY 101.3, Hot 103.9, and was a television host for the Outdoor Channel. When not covering local, or national sports, JP also serves as an Associate Baseball Scout with NSR.