One week ago, California tailback commit Tre Watson rushed for 319 yards on 33 carries with five touchdowns. He told our Brandon Huffman that, "I have to get better."
On Saturday, he did just that, obliterating the Corona (Calif.) Centennial single-game rushing record (415 yards) with a staggering 468 yards on 37 carries, and came within one touchdown of the school's single game record, finding pay dirt seven times at the Honor Bowl at Oceanside High.
"From the beginning, when people were talking to us and getting us ready for the game, we were all excited about it, and it was a great honor to play in it, but we knew what we had to do," Watson told BearTerritory in the wee hours of Sunday morning, as most of the team bus had finally quieted down. "All we had to do was execute."
Watson's first touchdown – from 20 yards out – set the stage for the Huskies to tie Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure at 7-7, but the two-point conversion failed with 2:15 left in the first quarter.
Thanks to Watson, Centennial sprinted ahead, 34-21, going up by two scores with an eight-yard touchdown scamper by the Bears commit.
At halftime, the Huskies held a commanding 41-21 lead, with Watson having already rushed for 189 yards on 16 carries with two touchdowns.
After an injury delay slowed down the rolling Centennial offense, Watson scored on a one-yard run to put the Huskies up, 48-21.
Watson's fifth touchdown came on a 21-yard run to put Centennial up, 55-28, and after the Seraphs ran off 13 straight unanswered points, Watson came right back and scored his sixth on a 59-yard run to make it 62-41. The Huskies finally put St. Bonaventure away, 69-55 to move to 2-0.
"That one after we fumbled, and the next play, we scored, that one was my favorite," Watson said of his sixth score. "I knew that, at any time, the game could change. I was ready on the sidelines – me, my quarterback, all the starters – we were ready. We knew that they were going to come out strong and fight to the end. We made a little mistake and we had to go back in. It was good, and it all worked out in the end."
In two games this season, Watson has now run for 787 yards. The single-season school record is 2,875 yards by Mike Bass. After saying he had to get better a week ago, the same holds true for Watson after his record performance.
"Yessir, oh yeah, that's my goal: To get better, every week," Watson said. "My team and I, as a unit, we won and all, but we still had a lot of mistakes, so we've got to fix those before we play [Long Beach] Poly this week. This is a big game for us. My goal is to definitely get better for next week."
To say the least, Watson was a bit wiped after his quarter-mile jaunt.
"Oh, my goodness, this bus ride is telling it all," he laughed. "I'm stiffening up a little bit, but I'll just rest tomorrow, and be ready for practice Monday to get ready for Poly."
After Watson's game, he heard from all of his suitors, including the entire Bears staff.
"I talked to all my Cal coaches," Watson said. "I also talked with Coach Broussard from UCLA, Washington State's Ken Wilson -- he texted me to tell me they had a big win tonight, and me and him are still talking right now. It's fun. It's all fun."
Even with all of the hubbub, Watson said that his first order of business once he and his mother get home is to iron out a date to come up and see the Bear Raid in person.
"They're trying to get me to come next week for Ohio State, so me and my mom are going to talk about that tonight and see if we can do it," Watson said. "She's still awake, because she's all excited."
Elementary, My Dear Watson
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