CORONA, Calif. -- There was a lot of California representation at Friday’s Pac-5 playoff opener between Corona (Calif.) Centennial and perennial power Gardena (Calif.) Serra, from Bears commit Greyson Bankhead’s Cal-script-emblazoned hand towel to Bears receivers coach Rob Likens in the stands to a very special guest – former Husky and current Cal running back Tre Watson.
“I was really happy for my guys,” Watson said. “They’re in a different league, because they moved up to the Pac-5 for the playoff bracket, and it’s a great experience for them to be able to get that first win in the Pac-5. This is the big league. We’ll see how they do, but I’m definitely excited to see them come out and win it.”
Watson – who, with the rest of the Bears, is preparing for this weekend’s 117th Big Game clash with Stanford – got to see his future teammate Bankhead go off for two touchdowns as part of a five-catch, 148-receiving yard night to help power a 68-64 win over the Cavaliers.
Bankhead also added two rushing yards on an end-around, but really showed off his speed and strength, catching routes on the outside as well as over the middle of the field. Simply put, Bankhead can flat-out get open, and showed off his acceleration to get away from pursuing defenders. He also makes contested catches in traffic, and isn’t afraid of taking contact as long as he makes the grab.