Inland Empire: Five things from the weekend

1. The Baseline League went 3-0 in Inland Division play Friday night, while the Citrus Belt League was 0-3. The biggest upset victory in the division belonged to Etiwanda, the third-place team from the Baseline, which defeated CBL champion Redlands East Valley, 21-16. The Eagles have been forced to outscore teams this season because its defense had allowed an average of 35.6 points coming into the playoffs. The defense came through against REV, however, returning a fourth-quarter fumble 100 yards for a touchdown, stretching its lead to 21-10.

2. What a day for Ifo Ekpre-Olomu of Chino Hills. He began Friday by committing to play for Oregon, then went out that night and scored four touchdowns in a 70-42 victory against Corona in an Inland Division first-round game. Ekpre-Olomu had two touchdown runs of six yards, another for 53 and a 100-yard kickoff return for a score. As lopsided as the final score appears, the Huskies led only, 49-42, heading into the fourth quarter.

3. A more impressive fourth-quarter surge was delivered Friday night by Riverside La Sierra in a 54-49 loss to Palm Springs in a Central Division first-round game. The Eagles scored 32 points in the final quarter, turning a laugher into a nail-biter. "I started the night 57 years old and I ended it 83," Palm Springs coach Steve Fabian told the Desert Sun after the game. Fabian decided to rest star running back Nephi Garcia after taking a 37-point lead and nearly regretted it.

4. The four San Andreas League teams that qualified for the Central Division playoffs combined to score 167 points while going 3-1 on Friday night. San Bernardino San Gorgonio won a shootout, 53-35, against Palm Desert. Colton was impressive in hammering Ontario Colony, 54-13. SAL champion San Bernardino Cajon had no problem dispensing of wild-card Coachella Valley, 48-7. Even the league’s lone loser, Rialto Carter, played well in a 21-12 loss to Mt. Baldy League champion Chino.

5. A pair of Inland Empire teams notched their first playoff victories in school history. Romoland Heritage, seeded third in the Eastern Division, defeated Victorville Silverado, 34-21, in the school’s first-ever playoff game. The Patriots ran their record to 11-0. Eastvale Roosevelt won its Inland Division first-round game, 28-21, against Claremont. Roosevelt had lost in the first round the last two seasons, including a three-point loss last November to eventual Inland Division champion Temecula Chaparral.