It’s one head-to-head Sierra League battle to watch for two more years

While covering last week’s Glendora-Chino Hills football game thriller, I was struck by one head-to-head matchup in particular.

It was between Glendora receiver Wallace Gonzalez, who stands 6-foot-5, 210 pounds, and Chino Hills defensive back Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, who is 5-foot-10, 180 pounds. It doesn’t sound like much of a matchup, but it is. Gonzalez caught six passes in the game for 81 yards and a touchdown, and leads the team with 44 receptions for 703 yards and five touchdowns this season. He has two games of over 150 receiving yards this season.

Ekpre-Olomu has rushed for 193 yards on offense, but has done more damage on defense, intercepting a team-leading eight passes (including two against Glendora) and recovering two fumbles. He also has 32 solo tackles and 12 tackle assists. Ekpre-Olomu was matched up with Gonzalez quite a bit in that game.

Maybe the most impressive thing about this duo is that they are both sophomores.

“I don’t want to see that guy (Gonzalez) for two more years,” Chino Hills coach Derek Bub said. “But we’ve got Ifo for two more years, too.”

I wouldn’t be surprised to see these two matched up on each other at the next level, either.