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Inland Empire: Updated list of high school football recruits

February, 2, 2011
Below is an updated list of high school football recruits from the Inland Empire and where they're headed.

Tight end Junior Pomee and cornerback Ryan Henderson of Moreno Valley Rancho Verde are expected to announce their decisions at 5:30 p.m. Reports indicate they're headed to USC.

Corona Centennial quarterback Michael Eubank just announced he will stick with Arizona State. His decision will be broadcast on FS West at 7 p.m. He had also considered Pittsburgh and Utah.

Eubank committed to the Sun Devils in December but recently had taken a recruiting trip to Pittsburgh. Vista Murrieta quarterback Derrick Brown recently switched his commitment from Utah to Washington, which had opened a possible spot for Eubank.


Junior Pomee, TE, Moreno Valley Rancho Verde

Ryan Henderson, DB/RB, Moreno Valley Rancho Verde


Quinton Pedroza, WR/DB, Chino

Brent Walker, OL, Norco

Michael Eubank, QB, Corona Centennial


Jake Van Ginkel, K, Upland


Adam Pulsipher, LB, Temecula Valley


Greg Henderson, DB, Norco


Nuuvali Faapito, F/LB, La Quinta


Ejiro Ederaine, LB, Corona Santiago

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Inland Empire: High school football commitments

February, 1, 2011
With the National Signing Day set for Wednesday, a number of Inland Empire football players have given verbal commitments to various schools across the country. Nothing is official until the papers are signed and returned to the respective colleges, but San Diego State and Oregon have received the most pledges from I.E. athletes. Here's the list of players and where they've committed.

Michael Eubank, QB, Corona Centennial
Quinton Pedroza, WR/DB, Chino
Brent Walker, OL, Norco

Jake Van Ginkel, K, Upland

Adam Pulsipher, LB, Temecula Valley

Greg Henderson, DB, Norco

Nuvali Faapito, F/LB, La Quinta

Ejiro Ederaine, LB, Corona Santiago

Promise Amadi, Ath., Chino

Dion Bass, DB, Corona Centennial
Todd Handley, RB, Riverside King

David Irving, DE/TE, San Jacinto

Nate Harris, RB/DB, Chino Hills

Desman Carter, DB, Fontana Kaiser
Superrior Reid, RB, Riverside Arlington

Devon Blackmon, WR, Fontana Summit
Rodney Hardrick, LB, Colton
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, S, Chino Hills
Jamal Prater, OL, Etiwanda

Larry Scott, WR, Corona Centennial

John Taylor, OL, Colton
Blake Robertson, WR, Corona

Darius Guillory, LB, Temecula Chaparral
Jemond Hazely, WR, Corona Santiago
Ryan Jack, LB, Corona Centennial
Paul Pitts, WR, Los Osos
Paul Rodriguez, OL, San Bernardino San Gorgonio
Jonathan Sanchez, DL, Vista Murrieta
Jordan Taylor, OL, Redlands

Simon Connette, DB, Corona Santiago
Tyler Ervin, RB, Colton
Sam Boyd, TE, Eastvale Roosevelt

Kelsey Young, RB, Norco

Ryan Henderson, DB/RB, Moreno Valley Rancho Verde

DeVante Wilson, DE, Corona

Derrick Brown, QB, Vista Murrieta

Marcus Mason, RB, Etiwanda

Barrinton Collins, RB, Corona Centennial

Inland Division: Corona Centennial 42, Chino Hills 23

December, 3, 2010

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.

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Inland Empire: Games of the week

December, 2, 2010
One of the most impressive efforts of the postseason was delivered by Vista Murrieta in a 45-6 victory last Friday against Norco in an Inland Division quarterfinal.

On defense, the Broncos played like they knew what was coming before the ball was snapped. On offense, they attacked Norco’s weaknesses.

Well coached might be the best way to describe Vista Murrieta.

Third-seeded Rancho Cucamonga (11-1) is likely a little faster and more athletic than the second-seeded Broncos (11-1), so the visiting Cougars should make for a great semifinal opponent Saturday night.

Rancho Cucamonga senior running back Sateki Finau carved up Eastvale Roosevelt for a career-high 276 rushing yards and four touchdowns last week in a 51-36 quarterfinal victory. Quarterback Dimitri Morales threw another touchdown pass, giving him 12 touchdowns and no interceptions in the last six games.

They’ll have their work cut out for them against the Broncos' defense, however.

San Diego State-bound defensive lineman Jonathan Sanchez holds down one end of the field for Vista Murrieta, often filtering runners inside to leading tacklers Jeremy Castro and Manuel Moreno. The other key cog is sophomore safety Su’a Cravens, who already has scholarship offers from UCLA and Hawaii.

The Cougars played two Southwestern League opponents this season, beating Temecula Great Oak, 34-17, in Week 1, and eliminating Murrieta Valley, 37-13, in the first round of the playoffs. Vista Murrieta beat Great Oak, 45-18, and Murrieta Valley, 38-15, both in league play.

Three more to see:

In the other Inland Division semifinal:

Corona Centennial (12-0) at Chino Hills (10-2), Friday -- Is Chino Hills just a bump in the road in Centennial’s run for a section title? Or can the Huskies manage to put up a roadblock, something no other team has accomplished against Centennial this season?

Chances are, the former is much more likely to occur.

Chino Hills, seeded No. 4, has good athletes on the offensive side of the ball in running backs Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and Nate Harris, and an opportunistic defense led by the Oregon-bound defensive back Ekpre-Olomu and nose guard Auston Johnson, who has 19 sacks, but top-seeded Centennial has great athletes at every position.

Centennial quarterback Michael Eubank will likely surpass 1,000 rushing yards and 2,500 passing yards in the game, running back Barrinton Collins is inching up on the 2,000-yard barrier and receiver Larry Scott, who received a scholarship offer from Oregon State last week, is 100 yards away from topping 1,000 for the season.

Chino Hills has taken on two Big VIII League teams with mixed results. The Huskies lost to Corona Santiago, 24-12, in Week 1, but played much better in a 70-42 victory against Corona in the first round of the playoffs.

Centennial, well, the Huskies beat both teams by a combined score of 151-34.

ESPNLA.com’s pick: Centennial 54, Chino Hills 24.

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Inland Empire: The Top 10

November, 2, 2010
It’s official. Nobody will come close to beating Corona Centennial until the Division II state finals. The Huskies thoroughly dismantled Norco last weekend, which was the next-best team in the Inland Division. Centennial even displayed some compassion, taking a knee on the Norco two-yard line with three minutes remaining.

1. (1) Centennial, 8-0

With an average margin of victory of 42.75 points this season, the Huskies can probably ditch their two-minute offense. Oh, that’s right, they’re always in a two-minute offense. Last week: Beat Norco, 45-0. Next: vs. Corona, Friday.

2. (3) Vista Murrieta, 7-1

The flu bug hit the Broncos harder than Temecula Great Oak last weekend, but even the little critters were no match for this offense. Last week: Beat Great Oak, 45-18. Next: at Murrieta Valley, Friday.

3. (4) Eastvale Roosevelt, 7-1

The Mustangs have won four straight Big VIII League games since their bad loss to Corona Santiago on Oct. 1. A win this week guarantees them an automatic playoff berth. Last week: Beat Riverside North, 35-14. Next: vs. Riverside King, Friday.

4. (2) Norco, 6-2

The Cougars have tumbled to No. 9 in the Inland Division coaches’ poll after their one-sided loss to Centennial. ESPNLA.com still thinks they’re a top four team in the division, Centennial is just on another planet. Last week: Lost to Centennial, 45-0. Next: vs. Riverside Poly at Riverside Ramona, Thursday.

5. (5) Fontana Kaiser, 8-0

Special legislation is on the ballot today to move the Cats into the Big VIII League. OK, that was another political lie, but we can dream, can’t we? Last week: Beat Riverside Norte Vista, 44-8. Next: vs. Fontana Summit, Friday.

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