Friday Night Lights: Week 11

Many of UCLA's commmitted players are still alive in the high school football playoffs, like Crenshaw running back Raymond Carter and defensive end Brian Price, and Verbum Dei's Akeem Ayers, who had a big night on both defense and offense...

This is a look at some of the top games from Friday that involved UCLA commits in the class of 2007, remaining targets in the 2007 class and players you can expect them to go after in the class of 2008. The playoffs have begun throughout the state.

Game Of The Week:
Long Beach (Calif.) Poly def. Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei, 10-0
Two teams that have been postseason foes several times before met in the first round and the Jackrabbits defense was the key in the win. Poly limited Oregon State-bound Ahmed Mohktar to 14 yards on nine carries, and a fourth-quarter run by Johnny Toloumu (129 yards) was the biggest difference in the win.

Poway (Calif.) def. San Diego (Calif.) Mira Mesa, 41-28.
Poway jumped out to a 17-0 lead on the Marauders and never looked back in winning 41-28 over Mira Mesa. The Marauders were playing without elite receiver Markques Simas, who suffered a hand injury that required surgery earlier in the week.

Salinas (Calif.) Palma def. San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty, 34-6 A first-half leg injury to committed UCLA linebacker Steve Sloan was a huge blow to the Monarchs, who could never get on track offensively. With the loss of Sloan in the middle, the Monarchs 6-0 lead turned into a 34-point run by Palma, and ended the season for Mitty at 7-4.

Los Angeles (Calif.) Verbum Dei def. North Hills (Calif.) L.A. Baptist, 53-0
Sent on the road for the first round of the Division XI playoffs, the Eagles took out their frustrations on L.A. Baptist, rolling to a 53-point win and setting up a game with #1 seed Temple City in the second round. UCLA's committed defensive end/linebacker Akeem Ayers had nine tackles, including one for loss and a sack, to help with the shutout. But it was on offense where he really left his mark, catching three passes for 98 yards, all resulting in touchdowns. Reggie Dunn had two receptions for 87 yards and a touchdown, had three tackles, broke up two passes and forced a fumble. Rising senior prospect Justin Edison had nine tackles, two for loss and two for sacks, while Maxwell Lacy had a 49-yard touchdown, forced two fumbles and recovered one. Freshman quarterback Brandon Summers relieved Curtis Wilson and was 5-for-6 for 111 yards and three touchdowns.

Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw def. Chatsworth (Calif.), 48-10
The Cougars began their march to a second straight City Section title by easily dispatching Chatsworth, 48-10. UCLA's committed running back Raymond Carter had 95 yards on 10 carries and a touchdown reception while junior receiver Kemonte Bateman had five receptions for 165 yards and a touchdown. Junior quarterback Cameron Hart was 10-for-16 for 255 yards and three touchdown passes while UCLA's committed defensive tackle Brian Price had a couple of sacks and constantly pressure the Chatsworth quarterback.

Los Angeles (Calif.) Locke def. Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taff, 44-22
The Toreadors were shocked by Locke in the first round of the City Section playoffs, being doubled up and ending their season. Malcolm Smith did his part for Taft, rushing for 174 yards on 32 carries and two touchdowns.

Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham def. Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester, 47-6
Milton Knox rushed for 159 yards on 15 carries and scored three touchdowns as the top-seeded Patriots cruised to the first round win over the Comets. The Patriots will take on Locke in the second round.

Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey def. Granada Hills (Calif.), 27-7
Senior linebacker Ryan Johnson did his damage on the offensive side of the ball, taking over the scoring duties from John Roberson and Johnathan Franklin, by scoring a pair of touchdowns that helped start a second-half rally for the Dons. Johnson only carried the ball twice for the Dons, but they both hit paydirt, and moved them on to the second round of the City Section playoffs.

Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame def. Dana Hills (Calif.), 45-10
Even without stud offensive tackle Sam DeMartinis, who tore ligaments in his finger and will miss the remainder of the year, the top-seeded Knights easily handled Dana Hills to advance in the playoffs. Elite junior quarterback Dayne Crist threw three touchdown passes and junior running back Thaddeus Brown rushed for 122 yards on 16 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns.

Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison def. Encino (Calif.) Crespi, 35-13
The Celts were dealt a crushing blow earlier in the week when all-everything defensive end/H-back D.J. Holt, the heart and soul of the team, suffered an ankle injury that sidelined him for the game. The Celts could never get on track and the Chargers cruised to a 22-point first round win. Coupled with the loss of junior quarterback Kevin Prince (collarbone) and junior running back E.J. Woods (limited action because of an ankle sprain), the Celts were forced to rely on junior prospect Austin Shanks, who rushed for 127 yards on 23 carries and scored a touchdown and added an interception return for a touchdown.

Fontana (Calif.) Kaiser def. Riverside (Calif.) M.L. King, 17-14
The Cats, led by career-sack leader Chris Carter, edged King by three to advance to the second round of the Eastern Divison playoffs. .

Other Games of Note:
Malachi Lewis rushed for 242 yards on 20 carries and scored four touchdowns to move Oxnard (Calif.) Rio Mesa past Ventura, 42-14. Elite junior prospect Darrell Scott had a career day, rushing for 308 yards and six touchdowns, on only 16 carries in Moorpark's 51-21 win over Camarillo. Tate Forcier threw a touchdown pass but Scripps Ranch couldn't hold on to a fourth quarter lead and was knocked out of the playoffs by West Hills 20-17. San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine bye
The defending CIF-San Diego Division III champions, led by UCLA's committed quarterback Chris Forcier, had a bye in the first round and will host Brawley, a 32-7 winner over Southwest, next Friday.

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