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Inland Empire: Five things from the weekend

October, 4, 2010

Courtesy of Lee Calkins
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu of Chino Hills, ESPN's No. 1 cornerback prospect in California, suffered a shoulder injury against Redlands East Valley last week.

1. A big sigh of relief at Chino Hills High, where two-way standout Ifo Ekpre-Olomu is expected to be back on the field when the Huskies travel to Claremont for their Sierra League opener Oct. 15. Ekpre-Olomu, rated as the No. 1 cornerback prospect in the state by ESPN, injured his right shoulder late in the third quarter of a 14-3 victory Friday night against Redlands East Valley and did not return. "Nothing's broke, just a sprain," Chino Hills coach Derek Bub said Monday. As a precaution, Ekpre-Olomu was scheduled to see a doctor later Monday, Bub said, but the possibility of any structural damage has been reduced. Ekpre-Olomu would be an especially big asset against Claremont, as the Wolfpack are led by one of the state’s top quarterbacks, Daniel Kessler, who has thrown for 1,513 yards and 16 touchdowns this season.

2. Despite the return of its own blue-chip prospect, Fontana Summit suffered one of the bigger upsets of the season Friday night. The SkyHawks, the top-ranked team in the Southern Section Eastern Division, were downed by unranked Victorville Silverado, 20-18, at Fontana Miller High. Devon Blackmon of Summit, ranked by ESPN as the 36th best college prospect in the nation, missed the two previous games because of an ankle injury but was back on the field against the Hawks, catching five passes for 36 yards. Unfortunately, kicking is not in his skill set. The SkyHawks missed the point-after following their first two touchdowns, forcing them to try an unsuccessful two-point conversion with 90 seconds remaining.

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