The run-down of last weekend's games involving current Stanford commits:
* Usua Amanam continued his hot start to the season and helped San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep move to 4-0 with a 50-14 drubbing of San Francisco (Calif.) St. Ignatius, this correspondent's high school. The game was played on Friday night at SI, the first game held at night on a high school campus in San Francisco, which has no high schools with lights. SI brought in lights for the occasion. Amanam, who missed the previous week's game with mono and was questionable for the game against SI, ended up playing and dominating. On the game, he romped for 237 yards and 4 touchdowns on 25 carries. The touchdowns were on runs of 26 yards, 36 yards, 4 yards, and 47 yards. He also caught 3 passes for 14 yards.
* By beating Long Beach (Calif.) Millikan 16-13, Long Beach (Calif.) Wilson improved to 3-2 and tripled their win total from last year. The win was Wilson's first league win since 2006. Jemari Roberts made the key play of the game, leaping high to haul in the pass on a 41-yard touchdown reception early in the fourth quarter that was the difference in the game. He also had a 22-yard reception and carried the ball 3 times for 39 yards, including a 26-yard gain.
* Drew Terrell caught a 26-yard touchdown pass to start off the Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton scoring in a 42-0 rout of Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe. He also converted a few fourth downs on receptions that extended drives that led to touchdowns. At one point in the first quarter, Hamilton had scored 3 touchdowns while Mountain Pointe had only run 3 plays from scrimmage. On the game, Hamilton outgained Mountain Pointe 430 yards to 14 yards and held the visitors to three first downs, two of which came on penalties. The dominant performance by Terrell and Hamilton added insult to injury for Mountain Pointe, which had been decimated by injuries the previous week and was playing without its starting quarterback, leading rusher, and defensive captain.
* Upland (Calif.) is now 5-0 following a 49-14 victory over Bloomington (Calif.). Josh Nunes had an efficient passing performance in the winning effort, completing 10 of his 15 pass attempts for 216 yards and 4 touchdowns against 1 interception. The touchdowns came on strikes of 22 yards, 70 yards, 44 yards, and 3 yards and all came in the first half. Three of the touchdowns came as part of a huge 35-point second quarter. Upland now faces a bye and then a tune-up before a major showdown against Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Los Osos, which will feature Stanford quarterback commit Nunes squaring off against UCLA quarterback commit Richard Brehaut.
* Zach Ertz helped Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista stay perfect by pulling out a 41-31 win in a shootout over Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill. Ertz scored the first two Monte Vista touchdowns on receptions of 25 yards and 12 yards. In all, he grabbed 6 catches for 96 yards and 2 touchdowns. At 6-6, Ertz had a significant height advantage over the Foothill defenders and hauled in most of his catches on jump balls. Monte Vista as a team piled up an eye-opening 604 yards of offense. The two teams combined for 1,057 total yards and 832 passing yards, with the two starting quarterbacks connecting on 45 of their 72 pass attempts for 790 yards, 7 touchdowns, and no interceptions.
* Mansfield (Tex.) won for the third week in a row and is now 4-2 following a 21-14 win against Arlington (Tex.) Summit. Stepfan Taylor kept his streak of 100-yard rushing games alive by gaining 103 yards on the ground. He also scored 2 touchdowns. On the season, he has already rushed for 1,034 yards and 12 touchdowns and is one of the top running backs in Texas. Taylor gets to test himself this weekend against Arlington (Tex.) Bowie, one of the top defenses in Texas and one of two teams that share the District 4-5A lead along with Taylor's Mansfield squad.
* Taysom Hill's Pocatello (Idaho) Highland team improved to 3-1 with a 27-21 win over Smithfield (Utah) Sky View. Hill played his usual role as star dual-threat quarterback and place kicker, throwing a 77-yard touchdown, rushing for a 19-yard touchdown, making field goals of 42 yards and 19 yards, and converting all three of his extra point attempts.
* Still nursing a knee injury, Shayne Skov helped Pawling (N.Y.) Trinity-Pawling stay undefeated in their quest for a repeat championship as they won 35-13 over Avon (Conn.) Avon Old Farms. On defense, Skov led the charge with 8 tackles and 1 sack. On offense, he tacked on 3 receptions for 42 yards.
* Terrence Stephens and the Gaithersburg (Md.) Quince Orchard defense dominated cross-town rival Gaithersburg (Md.) on their way to a 35-0 shutout. Stephens and the Cougars are now a perfect 5-0.
* McDonough (Ga.) Henry County is now 4-1 following a 42-6 blowout of Eatonton (Ga.) Putnam County. Jamal Patterson continued his solid production thus far this season by contributing 5 catches for 87 yards and a touchdown.
* After a disappointing tie the previous week, La Mesa (Calif.) Helix took out their aggression following that stalemate by blowing out Santee (Calif.) West Hills 49-0. Levine Toilolo was kept out of the end zone but did contribute a 45-yard reception and also tacked on a 7-yard catch. Toilolo also typically has an imposing presence on defense.
* After a big first game, Jordan Najvar has had a couple of quieter weeks in the passing game as his Spring (Tex.) Klein Oak team has gone to the ground to win the last two contests. The most recent game, a 23-17 win over Klein (Tex.) relied on 415 yards rushing, which came on the heels of a 237-yard rushing performance the previous week. While Najvar has contributed a pair of catches to each victory, his main contributions have come in blocking for the potent Klein Oak running game. Through three games, Najvar has contributed to the run blocking and brought in 13 receptions for 168 yards and 1 touchdown.
* Denver (Colo.) Mullen improved to 5-1 with a 45-14 win over Littleton (Colo.) Arapahoe. Ryan Hewitt got in the scoring action with a 3-yard touchdown catch in the final minute of the first half. Mullen shut out Arapahoe until the fourth quarter, when the Warriors tacked on two touchdowns long after the game's outcome had been determined.
* Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy College Prep bounced back from a disappointing pair of consecutive losses by taking care of business against Mesa (Ariz.) 37-20. Trent Murphy and the Brophy College Prep defense only gave up 6 first half points, with the remainder of the Mesa scoring coming in the second half after Brophy had built up a formidable lead.
* In a clash of Titans, Chula Vista (Calif.) Eastlake prevailed over the Titans of Poway (Calif.) 21-20. Stanford's lone commit of the 2010 class, linebacker/running back Tony Jefferson, punched in a 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that was the difference in the game. It was Jefferson's second touchdown of the game, with the other being a 16-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. The game was a typical one for Jefferson, who is averaging 2 touchdowns per game through 5 games this season.
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