Bellevue (Wash.) vs. Gig Harbor (Wash.) Peninsula
Myles Jack (Bellevue, Wash.) is the top defensive prospect in the Pacific Northwest, a four-star outside linebacker, the top player at his position in this class out West. And Jack, as he's done all year, did it on both sides of the ball, plus special teams. He blocked an early field goal, that would have put Bellevue down, had a big touchdown run that sealed the game, and had double-digit tackles on a wet and rainy night for the Wolverines. Peninsula did their best to double him, but his quickness off the ball, and ability to get in the backfield, made it difficult for them all night. Jack, and the backups, played sparingly for most of the second half, after a running clock, but he continued to make a case for state player of the year, with another big night for the #5-ranked team in the FOXSportsNext Top 50. The UCLA verbal helped his team make it to the state semifinals, where they're targeting their fifth straight state title.
Budda Baker (Bellevue, Wash), is the top 2014 prospect in the nation, and he too, did it in every facet of the game. From recovering the blocked field goal and returning it to their side of the field, to converting a fake punt on their opening drive, to his two touchdown runs, a forced fumble and an interception, Baker was a thorn in the side of Peninsula. While he can play running back in college, his highest ceiling is in the secondary, with the hips and fluid nature to play corner, but the hitting ability and the range to play safety.
Jason Jewell, Southwest Recruiting Analyst
Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy Prep vs. Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe
Brophy struggled to get anything going offensively, with two of their playmakers hobbled. Four-star wide receiver Devon Allen didn't get a touch in the game and running back Marche Dennard out with a knee injury. As a result, Washington State commit, Tyler Bruggman, ended his career on a sour note losing 30-0.
The Broncos have possibly the best offensive guard combo in the state. Junior Austin Hall is a mauler inside. The 6 foot 5 290 pounder finishes his blocks, plays with a good base and has good technique in pass pro. Senior Charlie Renfree doesn't have quite the size of Hall, standing 6-foot-3, 285 but plays the game how it should be played. He is mean and physical. Renfree has offers from Wyoming and Idaho but could see his recruitment increase as schools continue to stop by Brophy.
Despite losing 30-0, Brophy has two impressive linebackers in Andrew Curtis and Robert Relf. Relf in particular has seen a dramatic rise in his recruitment. He has changed his body drastically over the last year and is the long, lean outside linebacker that can run that college coaches look for.
This game was won in the trenches and Mountain Pointe has two of the top two-way linemen in the state. It is impressive how senior Kenny Lacy and junior Natrell Curtis can play with such a high motor despite playing roughly 90% of the game. Lacy, the UCLA commit, has developed a nasty streak over the year and looks like a great get for the Bruins. Curtis is a fiery player that uses his strength to to get the best of opposing defensive linemen.
Goodyear (Ariz.) Desert Edge vs. Gilbert (Ariz.) Williams Field
Desert Edge remains undefeated and will play in the division-three state title game. They have a fantastic group of juniors that play with a chip on the shoulder. Junior OLB/WR Ismael Murphy-Richardson is an physical specimen, standing 6 foot 4 an 220 pounds. His length and speed make it very tough to run on the edge for opposing offenses. Washington offered him last week and I would expect this kid to have a dozen offers before his senior season starts.
Keep an eye on junior wide receiver Elijah Marks. He is a big play threat and has over 1,000 yards receiving on the year.
Jake Worthen, West Recruiting Analyst
Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline vs. Seattle (Wash.) Roosevelt
There is little left to figure out about Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline quarterback and USC commit Max Browne. The nation's top rated passer was at his best against Roosevelt Friday night. Browne finished with four touchdown passes as Skyline lit up the scoreboard 54-21. Browne showed great accuracy and ability to read the coverage. He stayed patient in his progressions and found the open receiver.
Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline middle linebacker and Washington State commit Peyton Pelluer is one of the best tacklers in the state of Washington. Pelluer was still limited after returning last week from a shoulder injury that had him sidelined over a month. Pelluer did a great job in the center of the defense, holding up the Roosevelt running game. His biggest assets are his football IQ and tackling ability.
Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline wide receiver and safety Nic Sblendorio had another clutch performance in Skyline's 54-21 playoff win over Roosevelt. Sblendorio made plays all over the field, but the two that stood out were his 44-yard reception that set up one Spartan score and a second half 72-yard catch and run touchdown that seemed to break the back of Roosevelt.
Kevin Carden, West Recruiting Analyst
Lompoc (Calif.) vs Culver City (Calif.)
Lompoc extended their win streak to 32 games with a 49-6 win over Culver City on Friday night, thanks to a stingy defense and their power running game. Washington commit, Lavon Coleman, has been banged up for much of the year but still had a solid performance, rushing 21 times for 121 yards and a score. Coleman had a 28-yard run in which he busted through the line, stiff-armed a defender, and ran by the defense that really showed his potential as a power back.
Along with Coleman, running backs Nikko Hayes and Taylor Cornejo also had big games. Hayes got Lompoc started with a 52-yard touchdown run on the their first possession, his first of three touchdowns.
Elite 2014 defensive lineman Ainnu Taua helped Lompoc hold Culver City to just a pair of field goals. Taua added a recent offer from Vanderbilt and is still very high on UCLA. The talented defensive lineman predicted a UCLA win over rival USC.
Culver City wide receiver Julius Wilson had a very impressive performance in the loss. Wilson showed great speed, getting behind the Lompoc defense twice for gains of 56 and 37 yards. Wilson had four catches for 123 yards in the first half, before the game got out of reach.
Annabel Stephan, West Field Reporter
Santa Monica (Calif.) vs Gardena (Calif.) Serra
Though it was eventually called back due to penalty, Serra began the game by returning the ball for a touchdown, and kept that momentum throughout the night, leading them to nab the 58-6 victory. Perhaps one of the most unique features about Serra's team is the amount of talented players on the roster. Led by 2014 quarterback Jalen Greene, who had two touchdowns in the contest, the Cavs struck early, scoring within the first two minutes of the game. 2015 running back Malik Roberson was an offensive threat, finishing the game with ten rushes for just under 230 yards and two touchdowns. 2016 running back Marques Rodgers also had a 21-yard touchdown. Serra's defense did not let up throughout the entire game. Linebackers Dwight Williams, a 2014 prospect who picked up his fifth offer from Boise State earlier in the day, and Nick Usher, who holds an Oregon State offer, were both impressive on the field. 2014 athlete Adoree Jackson, who already holds nine offers, had one of the games' strongest performances. At running back, he had two rushes for touchdowns. At cornerback, he broke up passes and did a nice job of covering the receivers, including Santa Monica's biggest playmaker, Sebastian LaRue, a USC commit. LaRue had some great moments on the field, including a big return to the 16-yard line for the Vikings.