FOMB NOTES: 1/6/11

Fontana Summit WR Devon Blackmon’s gaffe Wednesday night proved why he is not a sure-thing at the next level. Oft-injured and inconsistently brilliant, Blackmon, who has committed to the University of Oregon, caught a touchdown pass and also dropped a probable TD pass at the Under Armour All-America game. According to sportswriter John Murphy on his HSGameTime blog, Blackmon’s miscue had one broadcaster laughing:

“He caught a long touchdown pass for the Red team tonight and also dropped a sure TD pass, prompting laughter from coach Steve Mariucci, who saw Terrell Owens drop his share of passes when Owens played for the 49ers.”

Like Owens, Blackmon has been more hype than substance in his career, which no doubt factors into being “the most heavily recruited athlete in the short history of his school,” according to Murphy.

In reality, he’ll be fortunate to be healthy long enough to ever contribute to the Oregon Ducks. And it’s plenty premature to talk about collegiate stardom.

The Ontario Reign traded for a goalie this week, acquiring Alex Petizian from the Alaska Aces for future considerations. According to J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Newspaper Group, Petizian, 23, is a really smart dude.

“Apparently, he also speaks three languages, understands a fourth, majored in economics and minored in math.”

The Reign have had something of a revolving door in goal, with no fewer than four net-minders in between the pipes this season. Maybe Petizian will provide the stability the Reign need to re-establish a winning foundation; this season has been bleak.

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Eddie Cornejo was named as an assistant baseball coach at UC Riverside, according to The Press-Enterprise’s Allan Steele. Cornejo, who graduated from Jurupa Valley, played at Riverside Community College in 2000 and ’01, and was the starting shortstop the first two of the college’s three consecutive state title teams.

If memory serves, he was benched coach Dennis Rogers for Game 2 of the championship series against Sacramento City College in 2000 for his poor performance in Game 1. The Tigers lost Game 2 and Cornejo returned to score two runs and play flawless defense as RCC won, 3-1, to claim its first baseball title.

Cornejo went on to play two seasons at the University Oklahoma before being drafted by the Oakland A’s and playing several seasons in their minor-league system. He returned to Riverside, and was RCC’s head baseball coach last season while Rogers took a leave of absence.

He replaces Randy Betten, who recently agreed to become the head coach at Cal Poly Pomona.

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Colton RB Tyler Ervin would like to go to UCLA or Arizona State but there’s a problem. Neither school has offered the 5-foot-10, 185-pounder a scholarship, according to T.J. Berka of the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

One WAC school (San Jose State), and two Mountain West Conference schools (Nevada and Utah State) have made offers, but it looks like Ervin is going to hold out for his dream of playing in the PAC-10/12.

He ought not wait too long or he might end up playing at RCC. Which actually might not be so bad. The Tigers went 10-1 and won the Central Division Bowl in 2010.

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Antoine Arnold, Temecula Chaparral’s most enigmatic football player and author the the school’s most embarrassing moment, will enroll at Arizona Western College.

In a blog published by The Californian newspaper, Arnold, who earned a one-game suspension this season for his post-game actions following Chaparral’s victory in the 2009 Inland Division championship game, has gone JUCO rather than hope for an offer from an NCAA school.

A receiver and part-time quarterback during his time at Chaparral, Arnold battled injuries his senior season but finished his two-year varsity career with 25 TDs and more than 2,300 receiving yards.

Maybe he hopes the coaches at Arizona Western can transform him into the next Cam Newton. Or maybe he did not qualify, academically. Either way, there’s an awfully talented football player headed to Yuma, Arizona.

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