Friday, October 1, 2010
Inland Empire: Chino Hills 14, No. 17 Redlands East Valley 3
By Dan Arritt
REDLANDS, Calif. -- Even with standout defensive back Ifo Ekpre-Olomu nursing an injured right shoulder for most of the second half, the Chino Hills defense was immovable Friday night.
The Huskies put the clamps on Redlands East Valley from the start and didn't relent, setting the stage for a 14-3 victory at the University of Redlands.
The defense forced three turnovers and met the Wildcats in their own backfield on several occasions. Greg Bennett recovered a fumble on the game's first series and Chino Hills quickly capitalized with a five-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Chavez to Scott Calles.
"That turnover was big, that was the momentum of the game," Calles said.
REV (3-1) converted a field goal later in the first quarter but missed two other attempts that would have given it the lead. Chavez added the second touchdown on a nine-yard run with 5:40 remaining in the game.
The Wildcats, who came in ranked No. 4 in the Inland Empire by ESPNLA.com, did not record a first down in the second half until three minutes remained.
Ekpre-Olomu, rated as the No. 1 cornerback in the state by ESPN, went down with a right shoulder injury following a three-yard run with two minutes remaining in the third quarter. He did not return to the game, but is hoping next week's bye will give him a chance to heal.
Below are the two scoring plays by Chino Hills (4-1).