Friday Night Lights: Week 12

Many of UCLA's commmitted players are still alive in the high school football playoffs, including St. Augustine quarterback Chris Forcier, Crenshaw running back Raymond Carter and defensive tackle Brian Price, and Verbum Dei's Akeem Ayers, who had another huge night on defense...

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 semifinals for the three main sections in Southern California (Southern, City and San Diego) are this weekend.

Game Of The Week:
Long Beach (Calif.) Poly def. Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame, 31-21
The Jackrabbits continue to make a push for the Division I State Championship berth and in the process, knocked out top-ranked Notre Dame from their potential spot in the Division II game. Bryshon Nellum returned a punt 44-yards, Johnny Tolamau rushed for 142 yards on 24 carries and a touchdown and quarterback Gabriel Thomas was 17-for-20 for 219 yards and ran for a score in Poly's 10-point win over the Knights. Elite junior quarterback Dayne Crist was 14-for-32 for 274 yards and two touchdowns and a pick, Mike Stanton had four catches for 112 yards and a score and Shane Horton had six receptions for 108 yards and a score, as they fell to 11-1.

Los Angeles (Calif.) Verbum Dei def. Temple City (Calif.), 50-13
The Eagles were relentless in their domination of top-seeded Temple City, using a big first quarter, set up by a couple of takeaways, to move on to the semifinals. Akeem Ayers was again a force for the Eagles defense, finishing with 22 tackles and a forced fumble and also had a 30-yard reception. Reggie Dunn rushed for 116 yards on eight carries, had five tackles (one for loss) and an interception. Quarterback Curtis Wilson was 2-for-4 for 35 yards and rushed for 175 yards on 11 carries and scored four touchdowns. Maxwell Lacy made the play that put the game in their direction, recovering a fumble and taking it back 85-yards for a score. The Eagles rushed for 477 yards and finished with 517 yards in total offense, Sean Merritt rushing for 123 of them. Jonathan Calhoun finished with seven tackles and two breakups. The Eagles move on to face Duarte in the semifinals.

Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw def. Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne, 30-7
The Cougars cruised to their sixth straight playoff victory, blowing out Narbonne in the quarterfinals of the City Section championship. Raymond Carter rushed for 50 yards on 10 carries, scoring a touchdown and a two-point conversion and elite junior receiver Kemonte Bateman had five receptions for 108 yards and scored a touchdown. Brian Price and Terrell Turner led a stingy Cougars defense.

Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham def. Los Angeles (Calif.) Locke, 29-0
Junior running back Milton Knox rushed for 235 yards on 28 carries, score a pair of touchdowns and scored two 2-point conversions to put the Patriots in the City Section semifinals. Birmingham will host Crenshaw in a battle of the top two running backs in the City.

San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine def. Brawley (Calif.), 58-12
The defending CIF-San Diego Division III champion Saints picked up where they left off in last year's postseason, cruising to a 46-point win in the quarterfinals. UCLA's committed quarterback Chris Forcier was 12-for-16 for 229 yards and two touchdowns through the air. On the ground, Forcier rushed for 82 yards and three touchdowns and completed the trifecta by catching an 11-yard touchdown pass. The Saints will take on El Capitan in the semifinals.

Temecula (Calif.) Chaparral def. Corona (Calif.) Centennial, 42-28
Oregon commit Talmadge Jackson stole the show and in the process led Chaparral to a stunning 14-point win over top-seeded Centennial. The Huskies were the favorites to secure the Div. I berth from SoCal in the State Championship game, but Jackson saw to it that it wouldn't happen this year, rushing for 249 yards and four touchdowns on 38 carries, intercepting a pass and throwing a two-point conversion pass. Centennial running back Ryan Bass, limited because of an injury, rushed for 125 yards on 18 carries.

Fontana (Calif.) Kaiser def. Rim of the World, 16-10
The Cats advanced to the semifinals for the second straight year, after scoring on a 54-yard touchdown pass with 1:24 left. Kaiser will next play top-seeded J.W. North from Riverside. Defensive end Chris Carter helped the Cats control the Scots offense.

Other Games of Note:
Despite the presence of Todd Doxey, Hoover fell 29-8 to Mission Hills in the quarterfinals of the San Diego Section D-II playoffs. Josh Harrison sprained his shoulder in the first quarter and Malachi Lewis found little daylight, rushing for 36 yards on 18 carries as Rio Mesa was thumped by Canyon 76-14. Marcus Darden rushed for 128 yards on 20 carries and scored three touchdowns in Dominguez's 33-15 win over Highland. Duarte needed overtime but pulled out a 41-38 win over Santa Clara. Omar Bolden scored on a 43-yard touchdown to begin a 44-7 rout by Colony over Muir.

Seasons Complete
San Diego (Calif.) Mira Mesa- Nate Chandler, Markques Simas
Fresno (Calif.) Edison- Courtney Viney
San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty- Steve Sloan

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