From a recruiting standpoint, the most notable aspect of this past weekend for Stanford was the official visit of Anthony Mains. Before getting to campus for his visit, however, Mains had business to take care of in Naples (Fla.) Golden Gate's 19-14 win. The win bumped Golden Gate to 2-3 and came in a previously 4-1 opponent's homecoming game. For much of the week it seemed that Mains might be suspended for the game as an automatic penalty for his ejection from last week's heartbreaking loss for a personal foul, but he was cleared for Friday's game when the governing authorities determined that there should have been no personal foul infraction after all. Once cleared to play, Mains had an absolutely monster day, racking up 17 tackles and 2 sacks. One of those tackles came on a fourth-and-three stop late in the fourth quarter of a running back who had rushed for over 100 yards on the game. After the game, Mains flew across the country to officially visit Stanford, his third visit in three weeks after trips to Central Florida and Wisconsin. Aside from Mains, some other Stanford prospects made official visits, including Harold Bernard making a trip to see Colorado's huge upset of Oklahoma. Meanwhile, high school action continued across the country. The weekend's action:
* Stanford commit Delano Howell had his best rushing game of the year with a huge game that included 231 yards and 3 touchdowns on the ground and another 95 yards through the air on 3 receptions in a 50-10 rout that made Newhall (Calif.) Hart 4-0 on the season. Howell set the tone for the game with a 49-yard touchdown run in the game's first minute and would have finished with 4 touchdowns were it not for a holding penalty. Howell's 326 plus yards of total offense came on only 10 touches and in little more than a quarter of action as the starters were pulled with nine minutes still left in the first half. Even with Hart taking out the starters so early they led 50-0 at halftime and had already racked up 500 yards. To avoid running the score up, Hart resorted to repeated quarterback sneaks throughout the second half.
* Stanford commit Fred Craig and the Cincinnati (Ohio) St. Xavier defense have become totally dominant and in the latest game they shut out their second opponent in a row, this time by an 18-0 score. It was the first time that anybody has shut out cross-town rival Elder in a decade. Craig and the St. X defense held Elder's star, Notre Dame tight end commit Kyle Rudolph to one catch for 12 yards and forced him to punt nine times. As a team, Elder only had -10 yards rushing, 121 yards passing, and six first downs. St. X is now 6-0 and in line in the view of some for the mythical national championship.
* After a bye week to nurse wounds from his team's first loss of the season, Stanford commit Andrew Luck got back in the saddle for Houston (Tex.) Stratford and led them to a 35-23 win to up their record to 3-1 on the season. While Stratford's comeback attempt two weeks ago fell short, this weekend Luck successfully engineered a comeback punctuated by a 21-point third quarter. On the game, Luck completed 13 of 20 passes for 212 yards, 1 touchdown, and 2 interceptions. In four games this season, Luck has 6 interceptions, the same number he had in the entire regular season and playoffs last season as a junior. On the plus side, he took control of this latest game with 2 rushing touchdowns and 73 yards on the ground to go with his production through the air.
* After they lost last week for the first time since before Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen was in high school, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian has now lost two in a row. Last week saw Oaks Christian fail in a comeback attempt against Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure. This week, Oaks Christian blew a big halftime lead and lost a devastating 41-35 game to Los Angeles (Calif.) Venice. Oaks Christian led 28-7 at halftime and gave up a shocking 25 fourth-quarter points, including three touchdowns in the last three minutes of the game by USC commit Curtis McNeal. The game winner for Venice came on a late, dramatic 40-yard interception return for a touchdown by McNeal. In all, McNeal torched Oaks Christian for five touchdowns. The furious 25-point fourth quarter for McNeal and Venice came after Stanford commit Chris Owusu left the game for Oaks Christian after apparently suffering a knee injury. Oaks Christian had been controlling the contest with Owusu in the game.
* Southlake (Tex.) Carroll returned to their dominant ways with a 63-16 victory following two weeks that saw their win streak snapped and then a tough challenge the next week. Behind blocking from Stanford commit Sam Schwartzstein, Texas commit Tre Newton ran for 130 yards and 2 touchdowns on 14 carries. North Texas commit Riley Dodge had over 300 yards of total offense with 3 passing touchdowns and 2 rushing touchdowns.
* David DeCastro, Stanford's other interior offensive line commit, also provided the blocking in a winning effort as Bellevue (Wash.) won for the fourth straight week, this time by coasting to a 35-10 victory.
* Stanford commit Marcus Turner and Long Beach (Calif.) Cabrillo fell to 1-4 with a 29-14 loss in their league opener against Lakewood (Calif.). Lakewood's defense was led by UCLA commit Datone Jones, who made life difficult for Cabrillo all game, finishing with 10 tackles and 2 sacks.
* San Diego (Calif.) Francis Parker improved to 4-0 with a 56-7 win. Parker's high-scoring offense gives Stanford commit Matt Zubyk ample opportunity on kickoffs and far fewer opportunities to demonstrate his punting skills.
* Pawling (N.Y.) Trinity-Pawling won for the second straight game to start their season, this time by the much closer score of 20-13. Stanford junior commit Shayne Skov scored the final two Trinity-Pawling touchdowns of the game, both receiving touchdowns, and also added a successful two-point conversion. He finished with 8 catches for 84 yards. Skov also stars for a defense that shut down their opponent in the first half.
* This weekend's test for Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei did not prove to be too difficult as Khaled Holmes and Mater Dei easily blew out Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison by the final score of 42-14. The Mater Dei passing attack continued to soar, though Matt Barkley's final line was not as sparkling as it often is. He finished 14-of-23 for 253 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. Mater Dei knocked UCLA quarterback Nick Crissman out of the game in the first quarter after two sacks and a hard hit while he was releasing the ball. Next week brings perhaps the game of the year in California as Mater Dei takes on Corona (Calif.) Centennial in a matchup of undefeated California powers.
* Marietta (Ga.) Walton and their strong defense won for the fourth time in a row, this time with a 35-14 showing. While Walton broke the game open in the second half, the first half was tightly contested and Chase Thomas' two first-half sacks helped the Walton cause tremendously in keeping the opponent scoreless in the first half. Thomas has been a terror for opposing quarterbacks, with nine sacks in five games.
* The high-flying Las Vegas (Nev.) Canyon Springs offense put up over 42 points for the fourth time this season with a 45-14 win that made them 4-1 on the season. Devonte Christopher continues to put up big numbers. In this game, he completed 16 of his 22 pass attempts for 371 yards, 6 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. He gained 25 yards on the ground as he chose to stick almost exclusively with the passing attack in this game.
* Lemont (Ill.) improved to 5-1 with a 49-0 shutout. The game was the second week in a row and fourth time in six games that Brett Nagel and the Lemont defense have shut out an opponent. As the quarterback on offense, Nagel only completed one of his four passes and threw an interception, but the completion was a 28-yard touchdown. He rushed eight times for 70 yards. Running back Bobby Earnest made a success of the homecoming game with 224 yards and 3 touchdowns on 23 carries.
* Bowling Green (Ky.) also improved to 5-1 in blowout fashion, winning 69-10. Ryan Wallace did not join in the fun in getting to the end zone like so many of his teammates did, but he did much of the damage in putting them in a position to score, ending up with 6 catches for 95 yards and leading the team in receiving yards.
* Pittsburgh (Pa.) Central Catholic became 5-0 with a 42-21 win. Quentin Williams had a quiet game on defense with two tackles but also added a 33-yard reception on offense.
* Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton also stayed perfect with a 55-21 win that made them 6-0 on the season, but the mood after the game was somber as the game was called early due to a scary injury that left an opposing player motionless on the field for 15 minutes. In the game, Covaughn Deboskie only had five carries for 42 yards, including a two-yard touchdown run. Deboskie also caught a 24-yard touchdown pass.
* Phoenix (Ariz.) Desert Vista fell to 2-3 with a 31-24 loss against Peoria (Ariz.) Centennial. Centennial pulled ahead in dramatic fashion in the game's final minute with Arizona State commit Jarrell Barbour running in for a 33-yard game winner after having been benched for the entire first half. One week removed from an official visit to Stanford, Desert Vista's Luke Matthews had two touchdown runs in the losing effort.
* Quinn Evans and his Chandler (Ariz.) Basha team lost for the first time this season after winning four times to start the year. The 18-15 upset win for Gilbert (Ariz.) Mesquite was enabled by a strong performance by Luckas Scott, who carried the ball 29 times for 214 yards and 2 touchdowns.
* Memphis (Tenn.) University School followed up last week's tough loss with a 42-0 drubbing of a fellow Memphis school. DeAndre Jones and the MUS defense only gave up 67 yards and 5 first downs, though Jones had a quieter game than usual with only one tackle."
* Sandy (Utah) Alta's 24-7 win made them 6-1 on the season. Star running back Sausan Shakerin, still coming back from lingering knee and hamstring ailments, contributed a 7-yard touchdown run.
* South Jordan (Utah) Bingham also improved to 6-1 with a 40-6 win. Austin Holt had three catches for 52 yards, including a 29-yard catch.
* In a showdown of undefeated Texas teams, Michael Thomas and Houston (Tex.) Nimitz won easily in a 32-0 rout to go to 4-0 on the season.
* Clinton (Mich.) won 40-28 to improve to 4-2. Quarterback Spencer Krauss threw for 101 yards and ran for 33 yards and a touchdown. Tim Snell rushed for over 300 yards for the second straight week.
* Xavier Avery's Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar Grove team improved to 2-3 with a 36-6 win.
* Kenneth Page and Columbia (S.C.) A.C. Flora dropped back to .500 with a 21-6. As they have all but two games this season, the A.C. Flora offense struggled to score points.
* Zaviar Gooden's Pflugerville (Tex.) team was not able to stay undefeated, falling in a 37-36 thriller.
* San Clemente (Calif.) won 35-14 for their third win in a row. They are now 4-1 on the season. Kevin Murphy and his offensive line mates blocked for a balanced offense on Friday that ran for 184 yards and passed for 209 more.
* La Jolla (Calif.) Country Day bounced back from last week's loss against Francis Parker by winning in a 42-0 blowout. Travis Golia made all 6 extra point attempts.
* Long Beach (Calif.) Wilson dropped their league opener 34-12, falling to 1-4 on the season. Junior Stanford target Jemari Roberts returned a kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown, already the third time this season that he has returned a kickoff for a touchdown.
* After leading fourth quarter comebacks each of the last two weeks, junior quarterback Jacob Karam had a more relaxing game in a 56-6 blowout that made Friendswood (Tex.) 5-0 on the season. Karam had three touchdown passes of 58 yards or longer. On the game, he was an efficient 12-of-16 for 277 yards, 4 touchdowns, and no interceptions. In the past two weeks, Karam has 576 yards passing, 8 touchdowns, and no interceptions.
* Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal Mooney's nationally notable defense shut out an opponent for the third time in four games, improving to 6-0 with the 21-0 win. Cardinal Mooney, which features star junior defensive lineman Johnny Simon and a corps of defensive stars who will sign major college scholarships in February, only gave up 100 yards rushing and 25 yards passing in the game. Penn State commit Michael Zordich had 199 yards rushing and all three touchdowns in the game on only nine carries.
* San Diego (Calif.) Scripps Ranch also dropped their third straight game in a row to fall to 1-3. The game was a shocking loss enabled by a fourth quarter collapse that saw Scripps Ranch give up 18 unanswered fourth-quarter points to lose 38-35. Before the fourth quarter collapse, junior quarterback Tate Forcier and the Scripps Ranch offense enjoyed better success than they had in their other recent losses. Forcier completed 9 of his 21 pass attempts for 197 yards, 3 touchdowns, and an interception.
* Cambridge (Mass.) Rindge & Latin won a 41-0 laugher to bounce back from their first loss of the season. Junior wide receiver Joshua Adams only touched the ball four times but scored three touchdowns.
* Junior athlete Jelani Jenkins' Wheaton (Md.) Our Lady of Good Counsel team also bounced back from their first loss of the season with a 28-13 win to improve to 4-1.
* After last week's disappointing tie and the previous week's disappointing loss, La Mesa (Calif.) Helix returned to winning with a 35-0 win. Junior big athlete Levine Toilolo and the defense pitched a shutout for the first time this season. The offense started their third quarterback in five games as they try to get something going offensively.
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