Friday Night Lights: Week 7

Here's a look at how UCLA's prospects did in their high school games Friday night, including Upland tight end Devin Mahina's fourth-quarter touchdown catch, and UCLA committed cornerback, Courtney Viney from Fresno Edison going another week without allowing a reception...

Here's a look at how UCLA's committed prospects for the class of 2007, some of their top targets in this class and some of their top targets in 2008 did in week seven of the prep football season.

Game Of The Week:
San Francisco (Calif.) St. Ignatius def. San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty, 28-2 The Monarchs dropped their second consecutive game, falling to St. Ignatius 28-2. UCLA commmitted linebacker Steve Sloan recorded a safety for Mitty but that would be the only scoring for the Monarchs, who dropped to 5-2.

Dorsey def. Locke, 19-18 The Dons improved to 2-0 in Coliseum League play and their win over Locke gave them the upper hand on their top two competitors for the league title. Junior John Roberson rushed for 91 yards on 15 carries and scored a touchdown while junior Johnathan Franklin added a scoring run for the Dons, who are 4-3 overall.

San Diego (Calif.) Mira Mesa def. San Diego (Calif.) Cathedral, 21-20
With UCLA's committed tight end Nate Chandler sidelined with an ankle injury, the Marauders passing game sputtered, so they relied on the ground game and it paid off in a come-from-behind win over Cathedral. Their running back, Burton, rushed for 131 yards and 15 carries and a touchdown in the 1-point win.

San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine def. San Diego (Calif.) Henry, 41-7
The Saints ended their two-game losing streak in big fashion, routing Henry by 34 points. UCLA's committed quarterback Chris Forcier was 15-for-23 for 220 yards and threw three touchdown passes to right the ship for the Saints, who improved to 4-3.

Fresno (Calif.) Edison def Fresno (Calif.) Bullard, 14-13
Pat Dixon scored on a pair of touchdown passes from Jerry Davis and the Tigers blocked an extra point and a potential game-winning field goal to escape with the 1-point win. UCLA-committed cornerback Courtney Viney had seven tackles and didn't allow a reception for the Tigers, who allowed only 35 yards passing.

Crenshaw def. Jefferson, 27-0 The Cougars cruised to an easy victory over Jefferson, bouncing back from their Coliseum League loss to the Dons a week ago and improving to 4-3 in 2006. Stats on UCLA's committed players, running back Raymond Carter and defensive tackle Brian Price were unavailable.

San Diego (Calif.) Scripps Ranch def. San Diego (Calif.) Morse, 59-0
Sophomore quarterback Tate Forcier was 16-for-19 for 194 yards and three touchdown passes in the Falcons blowout of Morse. It was the final tune-up for the younger Forcier as he prepares to play big brother Chris next weekend.

Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham def. Reseda (Calif.) Cleveland, 55-0
Receiver Willie Chandler had another big day for the Patriots, scoring a pair of touchdowns in Birmingham's pasting of Cleveland, and they improved to 4-3 on the year.

Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft def. Chatsworth (Calif.), 38-31
Malcolm Smith is back, and in a big way. Despite suffering an ankle injury that sidelined him for most of the early part of the season, the four-star linebacker did his damage on the offensive side of the ball for the Toreadors, rushing for a career-best 288 yards and five touchdowns in their seven-point victory over Chatsworth. Smith had touchdown runs of 55, 8 and 49 and took his first carry of the night 66 yards. He also scored on an 11-yard fumble recovery that he took in for a touchdown. Quarterback Exavier Johnson was 8-for-19 with a touchdown run and an interception.

Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame def Santa Fe Springs (Calif.) St. Paul, 59-7
With the return of 6-5 junior Dayne Crist to the quarterback position, Notre Dame crushed St. Paul 59-7. Crist was 9-for-14 for 171 yards and three touchdown passes. Senior safety/receiver Shane Horton, who filled in for Crist in his absence, moved back to receiver and had seven catches for 119 yards and a pair of touchdown receptions. Mike Stanton added a 44-yard touchdown reception. Junior running back Thaddeus Brown rushed for 122 yards and 14 carries for the Knights, who improved to 7-0.

Upland (Calif.) def. Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.), 31-24
Senior tight end Devin Mahina's 33-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter triggered the Highlanders come-from-behind rally in the final frame against the Cougars. He also forced the Cougar quarterback into an interception that sealed the win for the Highlanders. Sophomore quarterback Josh Nunes had 283 yards passing, threw a touchdown pass and ran two in.

Encino (Calif.) Crespi def. La Canada (Calif.) St. Francis, 31-7
The Celts cruised to an easy victory over St. Francis behind the arm of junior quarterback Kevin Prince and junior tight end Joseph Fauria. In their final non-league game, arguably the toughest non-league schedule in the Southland, the Celts used 11-of-19 passing for 186 yards from Prince, who also threw two touchdown passes. Fauria added a touchdown grab and UCLA target, senior D.J. Holt had a solid game on the defensive side of the ball while adding a four-yard touchdown run.

Fontana (Calif.) Kaiser def. Jurupa Valley (Calif.), 42-8
Senior linebacker/defensive end Chris Carter led a Cats defense that allowed only 122 yards and his nine tackles helped led them to a key Sunkist League victory, putting them in sole possession of first place.

Pasadena (Calif.) La Salle def. Los Angeles (Calif.) Verbum Dei, 37-36
The Eagles, still without Akeem Ayers, dropped a 1-point heartbreaker in their Camino Real League opener.

Los Angeles (Calif.) University def. Los Angeles (Calif.) Fairfax, 24-13
University receiver/defensive back Titus Young had six catches for 203 yards and three touchdowns while running back Cedric Hayes rushed for 130 yards and a touchdown.

Other Games of Note:
Brandon Johnson had 20 carries and rushed for 159 yards and three touchdowns in Dominguez's 28-3 win over Paramount. Junior quarterback Darius Banks threw for 366 yards on 25-of-37 passing and five touchdowns to lead Culver City to a 44-24 win over Morningside. Willie Youngblood rushed for 118 yards and a touchdown but it wasn't enough for Muir, who dropped a 25-18 Pacific League contest to Burroughs. Moorpark running back Darrell Scott rushed for 145 yards on 14 carries and a pair of touchdowns. Josh Harrison had two catches for 62 yards and a touchdown and Malachi Lewis ran for 99 yards on nine carries and a score in Rio Mesa's 50-6 trouncing of Hueneme. Ryan Bass had 52 carries for 227 yards in Corona Centennial's 27-20 win over Corona Santiago.

Byes of Note:
San Diego (Calif.) Hoover (S Todd Doxey)


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