CORONA — The Riverside County All-Stars didn't waste their opportunity to shine Saturday night at the annual Inland Football Classic, as they dominated San Bernardino County with a 31-0 victory at Corona High School.
Fourty-five seniors comprised the Riverside roster, inlcuding seven Valley players, with Tyler Rausa and Darion Williams from section-champion Vista Murrieta High among them.
Rausa, a placekicker who is still undecided on college, had a solid night and capped off his evening with a 27-yard field goal.
"This is such a great way to finish off my high school career," Rausa said. "We came out here and did our thing today, and to be on the field with all these other great players was a blessing.
"It was nice to be able to get my 20th field goal of the year at the end...I don't like odd numbers. I couldn't ask for anything better."
For Williams, the game offered the opportunity to share the field with one-time teammate abnd linebacker Nolan Peralta of Elsinore.
"It was a good experience," Williams said. "(Peralta) and I were such good friends during Pop Warner, and it was hard when we went to different high schools, and at that, different schools that didn't really play each other. To be able to play with him one more time, it was great to have that comraderie back."
Peralta, whose Elsinore team lost in the Eastern Division quarterfinals after winning the division championship the year before, echoed Williams' sentiments.
"To be able to play in one final game where you can just enjoy it, that's great," Peralta said. "I think that senior years end too quick for most of us, so this is a nice way to be able to go out ... especially with a win as decisive as this."
Heritage's Tony Hifo had 10 carries for 36 yards and just missed a touchdown in the first quarter.
Roosevelt wide receiver Brandon Zuidema was selected the game's MVP for catching four passes for 110 yards while finding the end zone twice.
The night turned unfortunate for Centennial quarterback Hayden Gavett just minutes before halftime. After being hit, Gavett left the game after reaggravated a right wrist injury that he originally suffered during the Huskies' championship-game loss to Vista Murrieta in Decmber.