Los Angeles Preps: James Fortin

Inland Empire: Injury updates from Week 0

September, 7, 2010
James Fortin, a senior linebacker for Lakeside High of Lake Elsinore, will miss about three weeks because of a concussion and spinal contusion, said Lakeside coach Trevor Watters.

Fortin was injured while making a tackle with 1:25 remaining in his team's 39-14 loss to Kennedy High of La Palma. A returning starter, Fortin laid motionless on the field at Western High in Anaheim for nearly 10 minutes before he was transported to UC Irvine Medical Center.

Courtesy of Charlene Bradley
Colony lineman Byron Smith (50), far right, suffered a knee injury later in this game against Los Osos.

The game was not continued.

"I was happy when I saw his legs moving," Watters said.

The news wasn't good at Colony of Ontario either.

Byron Smith, a promising offensive lineman for the Titans and a key member of the basketball team, injured his left knee during the second quarter of a season-opening loss Friday night to Los Osos of Rancho Cucamonga and was wheeled away on the back of a utility cart.

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Inland Empire: Looking back on a mistake-filled Week 0

September, 6, 2010
All of the weightlifting sessions, 7-on-7 passing league games, two-a-day practices and motivational speeches seemed to take a back seat to first-game jitters last week.

As a number of Inland Empire high school football teams began play, just holding onto the ball seemed like a tall order.

Los Osos of Rancho Cucamonga fumbled the snap from center on five of its first six plays from scrimmage Friday night, all while inside the Colony five-yard line. Fortunately, the Grizzlies took the lead for good on an interception return and went on to win, 20-7.

The same night, A.B. Miller High of Fontana gave away a potential upset against Upland by fumbling twice in a 75-second span in the fourth quarter, leading to two touchdowns and a 21-16 victory by the Highlanders.

Great Oak of Temecula was shaky from start to finish against Redlands, finishing with eight turnovers in a 23-16 loss, including two on its first three plays from scrimmage.

A number of Inland Empire teams don’t begin play until this week, so it will interesting to see if the trend continues.

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