While high school football kicked off last week in a number of states, this past weekend offered a much more interesting schedule, with one Stanford commit and a number of other top targets beginning their senior seasons. In the coming weeks California and Texas will begin playing, which will offer even more interesting data points for Stanford fans eager to assess the high school accomplishments of a number of prospects who may eventually suit up for Jim Harbaugh and the Cardinal. This past weekend's action:
* Fred Craig became the first Stanford commit to play in 2007 as his Cincinnati (Ohio) St. Xavier team, arguably the best team in America, started their season off with a 35-7 win in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown. St. Xavier led 21-0 at halftime, and Craig's defensive unit only gave up one first down in the first half. Star running back Darius Ashley only carried the ball twice for the Bombers before he twisted an ankle and sat out the rest of the game.
* In a rematch of last year's Utah state championship, the South Jordan (Utah) Bingham vs. Sandy (Utah) Alta showdown lived up to the hype as Bingham edged Alta 23-20 on the strength of a 59-yard field goal by BYU commit Justin Sorensen, who also added a 51-yard field goal and a 31-yard field goal. Both of the high-profile recruits in the game, Bingham tight end Austin Holt and Alta running back Sausan Shakerin, were kept out of the end zone. Neither has scored a touchdown two weeks into the season, though Holt's team has won both games behind a solid running attack that features blocking by Holt as well as an offensive line led by Utah commit Derek Tuimauga. Shakerin missed Alta's first game, nursing an injury in preparation for the showdown with Bingham. He gained 79 yards on 19 carries in this game. With these two squads arguably the top teams in Utah, many expect them to meet again. Holt predicts as much: "We're going to see them again in the playoffs, I guarantee that."
* While Brett Nagel is being recruited as a linebacker, at the high school level he is known more as the quarterback of a run-oriented team. In the season's first game, Nagel's Lemont (Ill.) team came out blazing with a 67-0 rout. Nagel took his team's first play from scrimmage in for a 24-yard touchdown run. He also contributed a 43-yard touchdown run and an eight-yard touchdown pass - the only pass he completed on the night. In all, Nagel finished with 89 yards rushing on five carries. He did not have many opportunities to lead long drives since Lemont's starting running back scored a touchdown on four of his five carries. Lemont's defense was stifling in pitching a shutout to start the season.
* Loaded with DI-A prospects, Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton proved too strong and blew out Buena 44-0. Covaughn Deboskie had five carries for 75 yards, including a 46-yard touchdown run, and was not needed to carry much of a load for Hamilton given the uneven nature of the game. Arizona commit Gerell Robinson also starred, completing 6-of-8 passes for 182 yards and two passing touchdowns, adding an 11-yard touchdown catch.
* In another Arizona prep note, cornerback recruit Quinn Evans was not able to start his season since his Chandler (Ariz.) Basha team won on a forfeit. Their scheduled first week opponent had too few players turn out for the team for them to start their season this week.
* Devonte Christopher's season also got off to a false start as his team's first game was cancelled after the lights on the field went out three times. While the game will go down as a no contest, they did get nearly three quarters of action in, with Christopher's Las Vegas (Nev.) Canyon Springs team losing 21-19 when the game was cancelled. Christopher threw a 20-yard touchdown pass and ran in a 29-yard touchdown.
* DeAndre Jones kicked off his season with an impressive performance in a 30-0 shutout win. Not only did Memphis (Tenn.) University School's defense pitch a shutout, but they also kept the opposing offense from even crossing the 50-yard line all but twice in the entire game. Jones reportedly kept pressure on the quarterback, getting into the backfield numerous times. He racked up 3.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks in his senior season opener.
* Ryan Wallace contributed a 23-yard touchdown catch to a 49-21 opening week win for Bowling Green (Ky.). He also attracted the free safety's attention on a play that turned into a big 61-yard touchdown pass deep where the safety had been.
* Kenneth Page's Columbia (S.C.) AC Flora team lost their first game of the season, 18-7. Flora stumbled their way to 91 penalty yards and only managed 2.8 yards per carry.
* Spencer Krauss won his first game of the season, 21-14. He completed 10-of-13 passes for 91 yards with a one-yard rushing touchdown in the winning effort for Clinton (Mich.).
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