Corona (Calif.) Centennial vs. Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne
Narbonne QB Troy Williams had an incredible game showing why he's the top signal caller in the state. He threw for 367 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for another 107 yards and one more score. His poise and pocket presence were on point, he showed off his always tight release and he can spit it like no other quarterback in the area. His arm strength was slightly affected by a separated shoulder in his AC joint but he still made some big time throws down the field.
Narbonne receiver and California commit A.J. Richardson is a big, physical receiver with great hands. He has increased his speed quite a bit in the last year and he's now able to run away from opposing players. He has great body control and the ability to go up and out jump smaller defensive backs.
Narbonne defensive end Paulo Lepua struggled at times getting off blocks but still made several plays. He's a physical defensive player and can usually out-quick an opposing lineman. Centennial double-teamed him quite a bit and took him out of the game in the 1st half. He came alive in the second half and made several plays behind the line of scrimmage and was much more disruptive.
Centennial OL Cameron Hunt dominated his man the entire 1st half but left the game early due to body cramps that caused his body to go in to shock. Hunt plays with a nasty streak and had several Narbonne players trying to get after him after almost every play. Hunt moves very well and plays with great technique. His best asset is his toughness and compete level. If he continues to mature physically, he could be very good.
Centennial junior quarterback Robert Webber is an undersized player but has a lot ability. He made plays with his arm and legs and came up huge down to the stretch to get the Huskies the win. He threw for 317 yards and four touchdowns including the game winner with 22 second left. Webber is a gamer and a natural leader. He shows toughness and plays under control. He threw the ball on time, with accuracy all night and has under-rated arm strength as well.
Annabel Stephan, West Field Reporter
San Diego (Calif.) Madison vs Monrovia (Calif.)
The game between San Diego (Calif.) Madison and Monrovia (Calif.) was a nail-biter, as the teams traded off taking the lead, but the Madison Warhawks pulled off the 21-17 win, sealing the victory as Michael Garner picked off Monrovia with less than twenty seconds left in the game.
The first half was a match-up of two talented teams, and the score after two quarters was 7-7. Madison linebacker Jamie Gomez brought the score to 14 for the Warhawks with a pick-six in the first few minutes of the third quarter. Monrovia answered with a field goal made by Mason Bryant, who also had a solid night at receiver for the Warriors. Penalties were abundant in the fourth quarter, as were interceptions, as Gomez had another early in the fourth.
The play of the game was a kickoff return by Madison receiver Lee Walker, an Arizona commit, who returned a kickoff for just over a ninety yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. An elated Walker said post game that he would be taking his official visit to Arizona in January with his friend and teammate, running back Pierre Cormier, who is also committed to the Wildcats. Though Cormier didn't get the ball much in the match up, it's clear the Wildcats are getting quite the offensive duo, who both are solid to the program.
Though they weren't able to nab the win, Monrovia had a few players make a big impact in Saturday's game, including Bryant, who holds a good number of offers, including six from Ivy League programs, and linebackers George Frazier (Colorado commit) and Brett Walsh (Northwestern commit). Anthony Craft, who plays both receiver and corner and holds an offer from San Jose State, had a 15-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter.
Madison, the CIF Southern Section Regional Division-III Champs, will face Kentfield (Calif.) Marin Catholic next Saturday for the Division-III Championship at the Home Depot Center.