The Tigers got a marquee win and bolstered their still early hopes for a state title game berth, with a big intersectional win over the Pumas. Tee Shepard, the elite 2012 corner, rendered three-star receiver Antoine Arnold useless for much of the game, and Arnold's first big catch came in the fourth quarter with the game well in hand. Arnold had six grabs for 58 yards. 2012 quarterback Mike Baker was 14-for-19 for 206 yards and two touchdowns for Central while running back Robert Johnson, who's been spelling Brendan Bigelow, rushed for 110 yards on 14 carries and had three receptions for 32 yards, and had three touchdowns.
Sacramento Grant def. Stockton Lincoln, 56-20
The state's top team, Sacramento Grant, had no problem with Lincoln in an easy rout of the Trojans. UCLA committed receiver Brandin Cooks was the lone bright spot for Lincoln, scoring a pair of touchdowns (60 yards and 20 yards), in the loss. Grant was led by Ference Lang and the Pacers shut down the Trojans running game, thanks to the presence of Viliami Moala in the middle.
Long Beach Poly def. Narbonne, 23-20
The Jackrabbits avoided back-to-back losses by rallying to beat the Gauchos, sacking 2013 quarterback Troy Williams in the final minute to preserve the win. The running backs stole the show in this one, with Narbonne's Noel Rankins rushing for 217 yards and a pair of scores and Poly's Keltain Malveaux rushing for 148 yards and two touchdowns. Poly linebacker Corey Waller sat out the game with a sprained AC joint.
Oaks Christian def. St. Bonaventure, 33-32 (OT)
The Lions avoided a disastrous loss by rallying for two touchdowns in the final minutes to force overtime then won it when St. Bonaventure missed a PAT in overtime. The Lions were without the services of elite 2012 receiver Jordan Payton and 2011 four-star tight end Dillon van der Wal.
Chandler def. Mesa, 25-7
UCLA's committed quarterback Brett Hundley had a so-so game passing wise, going 10-for-20 for 148 yards with a touchdown and an interception, but got the win for Chandler. Hundley, though, killed Mesa on the ground, rushing for 231 yards on 20 carries and scoring a pair of touchdowns.
The Lancers won the bragging rights for the year, getting a balanced offense, and with UCLA target Todd Barr spearheading a big defensive effort. Barr had two sacks in the win. Arizona State commit Rashad Wadood had two rushing touchdowns and UCLA commit Torian White helped pave the way for almost 200 yards in rushing.
Newport Harbor def. Loyola, 35-28
Cubs quarterback Jerry Neuheisel had a career night, with four touchdown passes on 20-of-31 passing for 339 yards but the Cubs couldn't stop Buzzy Yokoyama, who ran for 285 yards. Cubs receiver Kodi Whitfield, a top 2012 prospect, was Neuheisel's favorite target, had 10 catches for 151 yards and three touchdowns and Arizona commit Jared Baker had 117 yards receiving on three receptions and scored a touchdown.
Downey def. Modesto Christian, 39-37
UCLA commit Raymond Nelson did a little bit of everything for MC, but it wasn't enough. Nelson threw a 40-yard touchdown pass, rushed for 19 yards on two carries, caught a 39-yard touchdown pass and had seven tackles and a sack, and even handled the punting duties in a two-point loss.
Other UCLA Offerees in Action
Jason Gibson and Gardena Serra, with UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel and offensive coordinator in the crowd, dropped Mira Costa, 35-13. Beverly Hills and Greg Townsend topped San Marcos, 36-0. Mission Viejo bounced Corona and DeVante Wilson, 56-34. Los Alamitos and UCLA commit Ben Wysocki beat West Adams Prep, 35-6. UCLA commit Marc Mustoe and Arvada West thrashed Cherry Creek, 53-16.