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November, 10, 2011
By Blair Angulo | ESPNLosAngeles.com
CHINO HILLS -- Charter Oak quarterback Travis Santiago put an end to concerns about his sprained ankle rather quickly Thursday night.
Hobbling and in pain, the senior barely warmed up before the game. When he walked onto the field for the first drive, he did so gingerly. But then, when Santiago hit Chris Gilchrist with a fade pass on the first play from scrimmage, the lingering doubts disappeared. Gilchrist stormed into the end zone untouched, and all was well with Santiago's psyche.
Santiago, usually a running threat, was not mobile but still excelled, passing for 288 yards and two touchdowns, and leading the Chargers to the Sierra League title with a 38-7 win against defending champion Chino Hills.
"I was a little bit stiff," said Santiago, who rolled his ankle by accidentally stepping on his helmet during Wednesday's walk-through practice. "That first play was exciting. I got the matchup that I wanted, threw it over the top and had my 6-foot-5 receiver do the rest."
Santiago took a seat early in the fourth quarter when No. 20 Charter Oak (9-1, 5-0) went up comfortably. He finished the regular season with 2,624 passing yards and 21 touchdown passes.
Sophomore sensation Kurt Scoby, who heading into Thursday was dealing with a left ankle sprain of his own, rushed for two second-half touchdowns and had 119 yards through the ground. His 40-yard scoring scamper with 10:22 remaining sealed it.
"We executed," Scoby said, "and were patient with the football."
Charter Oak’s high-octane attack struck quickly early in the second half. Santiago found Aaren Vaughns for a 14-yard touchdown and, minutes later, Scoby ran for a 36-yard score, giving the Chargers a 24-7 advantage. After trailing by only three at the break, Chino Hills (6-4, 4-1) found itself in too big of a hole.
December, 3, 2010
By Dan Arritt | ESPNLosAngeles.com
CHINO HILLS -- When you beat teams as easily as Corona Centennial has this season, it’s easy to get comfortable.
But the Huskies learned Friday night they can’t shift into cruise control this deep into the Inland Division playoffs and expect a walk in the park.
Leading by just five points against host Chino Hills early in the fourth quarter, the top-seeded Huskies finally pulled away down the stretch to win, 42-23, and advance to the championship game next weekend.
“We underestimated them,” said Centennial quarterback Michael Eubank. “We thought we’d come out and dominate like we did every week, but we pulled it together and did what we had to do, knowing we had to win this game to get where we wanted to be.”
Eubank did his part, rushing for 135 yards in 24 carries and scoring on a three-yard touchdown run. He also completed 14 of 25 passes for 198 yards and another score.
His only miscue came early in the second half, when he was intercepted by Chino Hills defensive back Nate Harris, who returned the ball 50 yards for a touchdown to cut the deficit to 21-17.
Eubank’s touchdown run briefly gave the Huskies (13-0) some breathing room, but fourth-seeded Chino Hills (10-3) marched down the field and scored on a three-yard run by Oregon-bound running back/defensive back Ifo Ekpre-Olomu.
October, 1, 2010
By Dan Arritt | ESPNLosAngeles.com
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).