Athlete Jalen Brown had a quiet game and was used more as a decoy on offense. He was double and sometimes even triple covered on just about every play and was definitely the focal point of the Gorman defense. He finished with two catches and was open a few times when single covered but his biggest impact was drawing so much attention, it allowed the Pride to rush for over 300 yards in the game.
Pride running back Wesley Payne was the star of the game. Paye is a solid 5-11, 190 pounds with good speed, power and toughness. It took two or three Gorman players to bring him down every carry and he showed a nice burst and the ability to finish off a run. He got stronger as the game went on and has all the tools to play at the next level. If Payne can continue to work on his grades, he definitely has a chance.
Junior running back Paul Lucas was the fastest player on the field and showed it with a 52 yard touchdown run on the first play of the game for the Pride. Lucas clocked a 10.44-100m in track last season and is the state's top sprinter. He was dazzling every time he touched the ball and didn't look like a track guy playing football, he ran hard inside as well and is a very intriguing prospect.
Pride receiver Timmy Hernandez made some big catches offensively and was also responsible for slowing down Gorman tight end Alize Jones from his safety position. He has great hands, body control and hand-eye coordination and is among the most polished receivers in the West. Defensively, he showed very good cover skills and plays a lot bigger than his size.
Mammoth offensive lineman Natrell Curtis, by his own admission, is not in the best shape of his life but still looked strong all the way in to the 4th quarter. At 6-3, 350 pounds, Curtis is a load at guard and defensive tackle. He doesn't move as well as he did as a junior with the extra weight but he brings a rugged, enforcer type presence to the team that was evident all game long. He's a mauler at guard and doesn't give an inch at tackle taking on single and double team blocks.
All eyes were on quarterback Randall Cunningham making his first career start. Cunningham held up poise wise and didn't look rattled but struggled at times with his accuracy and general feel for the position. He's a one-read guy right now, meaning he's not able to progress to a secondary option if his first read is covered. He's a superior athlete who can make plays with his legs and does have some upside to him as he continues to learn the position.
Two-way tackle Nick Gates has a nice frame and moves well for a big lineman. He played right tackle and defensive end and projects as an offensive lineman in college. He's strong at the point of attack, moves pretty well and has the aggressiveness you want in a next level lineman.
Junior tight end Alize Jones was held in check by the Pride defense and was only targeted once the entire game. Part of that was good coverage by the Pride, who definitely focused on him, as well as Cunningham struggling a bit to find him. Physically, he looks great and is in the 6-4, 220 pound range with a ton of athleticism. He catches the ball well and despite a quiet game, he's a national prospect.
Athlete Nicco Fertitta is a versatile defensive back who played safety but has good cover skills. He's a bit undersized for a safety but is very tough and loves to hit. He may have to transition to corner in college and if he can continue to improve his overall speed and quickness, he has a chance.
Offensive lineman Zack Singer plays center and nose guard and could play on either side of the ball in college. He's a solid 6-2, 290 pounds, very strong and a physical player. He holds up well against double teams at nose and is a punishing run blocker on offense.