Stanford's historic upset of the USC Trojans in the Coliseum on Saturday served as the story of the year for Stanford Football and undoubtedly made an impression on countless potential recruits across the nation. Even before the game, however, the Stanford coaches planned to use the trip as a major weapon in their recruiting arsenal as coaches fanned out across Southern California to evaluate prospective future Cardinal players from all classes. Only allowed six evaluation days in the fall, the staff carefully orchestrated the coaches' Friday schedules to maximize the impact of the precious evaluation day in a hotbed of football talent. Stay tuned for more information on those evaluation trips. Meanwhile, action continued across America. Some quick highlights from the weekend's action, with the normal full update picked up again next week with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind:
* Cincinnati (Ohio) St. Xavier became a perfect 7-0 with a 35-7 win. The touchdown by their opponent was the first that Stanford commit Fred Craig and the defense have given up in three weeks and was scored by Ohio State commit Devier Posey, who finished with 98 yards on 5 catches.
* Newhall (Calif.) Hart improved to 5-0 with a 21-13 win. Stanford commit Delano Howell rushed 21 times for 95 yards and 2 touchdowns.
* Stanford punter commit Matt Zubyk, who usually gets little work as his San Diego (Calif.) Francis Parker team scores easily against questionable competition, got plenty of work in a 37-23 loss. Zubyk ended up punting 7 times for a 32-yard average and a long of 65 yards.
* Stanford quarterback commit Andrew Luck led his Houston (Tex.) Stratford team to a 34-24 win that made them 4-1 on the season. He completed 14 of 26 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns with one interception.
* Stanford commit Sam Schwartzstein helped pave the way for 470 yards of offense in a 42-14 win for Southlake (Tex.) Carroll.
* Stanford commit David DeCastro and Bellevue (Wash.) improved to 5-1 with a 35-7 win.
* Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian struggled in the first half after losing two games in a row following a much-acclaimed four-year win streak but eventually prevailed 34-21. Stanford commit Chris Owusu sat with a bruised knee and Oaks Christian has not been such a dominant force without him.
* Stanford junior commit Shayne Skov continues to play both ways for Pawling (N.Y.) Trinity-Pawling, which improved to 3-0 with a 23-0 win. Skov caught two passes for 35 yards on offense. On defense, he made 6 tackles and added an interception that he returned 20 yards.
* Quinn Evans only carried the ball 12 twelve times in his Chandler (Ariz.) Basha team's 32-24 win but he made the most of those touches, finishing with 140 yards and 3 touchdowns. His best play was his first play as he ran for an 82 yard touchdown on the game's first play from scrimmage.
* Brett Nagel ran wild from his quarterback position in a 35-8 win, finishing with 158 yards and 3 touchdowns on 17 carries.
* Devonte Christopher, another star high school quarterback who projects elsewhere at the next level, brought his Las Vegas (Nev.) Canyon Springs team to 5-1 with another dominant performance, this time racking up 213 yards and 5 touchdowns on 12 of 15 passing.
* DeAndre Jones returned to his game-changing ways with 12 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, and two sacks, but Memphis (Tenn.) University School could not pull off the win and lost 20-17 in overtime.
* Sausan Shakerin rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown on only 8 carries in a 64-7 rout for Sandy (Utah) Alta.
* Elsewhere in Utah, South Jordan (Utah) Bingham also improved to 7-1 with a blowout win. Austin Holt had 55 yards on 2 catches, both touchdowns.
* Ryan Wallace caught 5 passes for 68 yards and 2 touchdowns, including one on the first play of the game, in a 63-13 laugher for Bowling Green (Ky.).
* Pittsburgh (Pa.) Central Catholic nearly blew a 28-0 lead but preserved their perfect record with a 28-20 win. Two-way prospect Quentin Williams will join Ryan Wallace and Devonte Christopher in visiting Stanford this weekend for the TCU game.
* Covaughn Deboskie had an 85 yard catch and run for a touchdown to give Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton a 28-21 win that kept them undefeated.
* Michael Thomas had a quiet week but came through with a game-winning touchdown pass in a 13-10 victory that kept Aldine (Tex.) Nimitz undefeated on the season.
* Spencer Krauss was an efficient 11-of-14 for 158 yards and a touchdown in a 42-20 win for Clinton ( Mich.)
* Khaled Holmes, Matt Barkley, and their Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei powerhouse kept rolling with a thrilling 51-37 win over a Corona (Calif.) Centennial team that also offers an explosive offense. Barkley had another huge game with 365 yards passing.
* In another showdown of California powers, the undefeated and nationally ranked Concord (Calif. ) De La Salle team led by Brady Amack handled Stanford commit Warren Reuland's Mission Viejo (Calif.) team by the final score of 35-7. Mission Viejo junior quarterback Allan Bridgford completed 13 of 24 passes for 168 yards and 2 interceptions and was sacked 4 times.
* Junior quarterback recruit Tate Forcier had his best game of the season as he led San Diego (Calif.) Scripps Ranch to a 56-22 win and put up huge stats, finishing 16-of-18 for 342 yards and 3 touchdowns.
* Junior quarterback Jacob Karam had less luck as his Friendswood (Tex.) team lost for the first time this season. Karam struggled mightily in only completing 8 of his 24 pass attempts for 169 yards and 2 touchdowns with 2 interceptions.
* Jemari Roberts caught a 14-yard touchdown pass in a losing effort for Long Beach (Calif.) Wilson. Next week his team will take on Stanford cornerback commit Marcus Turner's Long Beach (Calif.) Cabrillo team. The game will afford a rare opportunity to evaluate prospective Stanford prospects squaring off on opposite sides of the ball.
* Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal Mooney improved to 7-0 with a 31-17 win. Junior Johnny Simon added two sacks for the dominant Cardinal Mooney defense.
* Cambridge (Mass.) Rindge & Latin pitched their third shutout in four games with a 30-0 rout in which junior recruit Joshua Adams contributed a 10-yard carry, 6 catches for 100 yards, a touchdown, and a successful two-point conversion.
* Stud junior Devon Kennard helped even Phoenix (Ariz.) Desert Vista's record at 3-3 with two goal line rushing touchdowns and a 70-yard fumble return for a touchdown.
* Manti Te'o, another high-profile junior who typically stars on defense, also got into the scoring action as he contributed a rushing touchdown and 85 yards on only 5 carries in a win for Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou.
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