Friday Football Focus: Week 0

In our regular feature, we look at how many of UCLA's prospects did over the weekend. Several of UCLA's committed players and recruits saw action last Friday in the first games of the 2007 season. Committed receivers Nelson Rosario and Jerry Johnson had big games...

Week Zero of the prep football season got underway this past weekend, with several of UCLA's committed prospects in action, and several, in fact, having good performances.

Here is the Week Zero Recap for Friday Football Focus.

Crespi def. Birmingham, 20-6
The Celts held off the Patriots, 20-6, in a game that was closer than the score sounded. Crespi lost quarterback Kevin Prince, a UCLA recruit, early in the game with a knee injury, but held a 14-6 lead late in the game. Milton Knox was running for the tying touchdown when he fumbled. Future Bruin teammate E.J. Woods picked up the fumble and returned it 95-yards to seal the Celts win. Knox finished with 144 yards and a touchdown. Prince said he would find out the status of his knee injury on Tuesday.

St. Bonaventure def. Santa Margarita, 15-14
In the game of the night, the Seraphs scored two touchdowns in the final 3:30 to escape Santa Margarita with a 1-point win. Tony Macarena, who finished with 185 yards on 14-of-22 passing, threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Blayne Lewis with 37 seconds left to cut it to 14-13. The #1 running back in the country and UCLA recruit Darrell Scott scored the 2-point conversion to give the Seraphs the lead. The Eagles, one of the best defenses in Southern California, stacked the box against Scott, holding him to 76 yards on 16 carries. John Michael Davis, the Eagles elite 2009 linebacker, finished with 20 tackles, one pass break up and one fumble recovery. Eagles running back Carlo Audagnatti rushed for 212 yards on 24 carries.

Huntington Beach Edison def. Diamond Ranch, 27-13
UCLA-committed quarterback Nick Crissman started slowly but got the Chargers going in time to cruise to a two-touchdown win over Diamond Ranch. Crissman was 15-for-24 for 151 yards, throwing a touchdown pass and an interception. His brother, Jeff, finished with four receptions for 54 yards.

Katy def. Klein, 45-0
UCLA-committed Aundre Dean and his Katy teammates, the top-ranked team in Texas, had no trouble with Klein in their season opener. Katy, ranked 10th in the country, got 153 yards rushing from Dean, on 24 carries (6.53 ypc), in their win.

Corona Centennial def. Dominguez, 38-17
UCLA-committed Aaron Hester and the Dons limited the effectiveness of Centennial quarterback Matt Scott, who was 5-for-12 for 61 yards, but they couldn't stop the Huskies on the ground. Scott rushed for 77 yards and scored three touchdowns while Ryan Bass had 213 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries in the three touchdown win.

Merced def. Crenshaw, 21-14
For the second straight year, Merced nipped the Cougars, topping them by a score this year. UCLA-committed Kemonte Bateman had a good season debut, scoring a touchdown and catching six passes for 96 yards while Cliff Floyd added four receptions for 50 yards. Jarrett Sparks, Merced's top prospect, had a 58-yard touchdown reception and a 79-yard touchdown on a punt return.

Mission Hills def. El Camino, 20-14
The Wildcats dropped their opener to the Grizzlies by a touchdown, but UCLA-committed receiver Nelson Rosario had a huge day, catching six passes for 144 yards and scoring an 85-yard touchdown.

Harvard-Westlake def. Pasadena, 26-6
The Wolverines controlled the line of scrimmage, behind UCLA-committed Jonathan Martin, and rolled to an easy win over the Bulldogs. Terhon O'Neal, whose older brother Terry is a freshman walk-on at UCLA, rushed for 95 yards and two touchdowns to lead the #3 Wolverines. Martin also played on the defensive line, helping the defense give up just 164 yards in total offense to the Bulldogs.

Sunnyside def. Mountain Ridge, 21-20
Despite a record-setting day by UCLA-committed punter'kicker Jeff Locke, Mountain Ridge dropped a heartbreaker to Sunnyside. Locke kicked a 36-yard field goal and two PATs, but all of that was overshadowed by his state-record 63-yard field goal that reportedly had seven yards to spare. He also was averaging 5.0 seconds of hang time on his punts.

Venice def. San Fernando, 41-14
The Gondoliers, one of the top teams in the City Section, had no trouble with San Fernando, winning by four touchdowns. UCLA-committed Jerry Johnson had a big day, catching six passes for 144 yards and scoring two touchdowns. USC-committed Curtis McNeal added 115 yards on eight carries and scored two touchdowns.

Fremont (Utah) def. Dorsey, 27-7
For the second straight year, the Dons went to Utah and left with a loss. Both of the UCLA commitments on Dorsey had big days, with Johnathan Franklin rushing for 122 yards on 24 carries and Rahim Moore catching a touchdown pass, but it wasn't enough, as they dropped their opener.

Mission Viejo def. Moeller, 26-22
In the Herbstreit Challenge, the Diablos rallied for a 26-22 win, scoring the winning touchdown with just over two minutes left on a pass from junior quarterback and pogtential prospect Allan Bridgford, to Kevin Chandler. With UCLA-committed offensive lineman Jeff Baca protecting his blindside, Bridgford passed for 282 yards and two touchdowns.

Santiago def. Murrieta Valley, 20-8
UCLA-committed cornerback Anthony Dye and his Sharks teammates held Murrieta Valley without an offensive touchdown to roll to a season-opening win. B.J. Iverson had a 78-yard touchdown run and an 87-yard punt return for a touchdown in their tune-up for Servite.

Compton def. Chino, 58-6
A stout Compton defense, led by UCLA-comitted defensive end Datone Jones, held the Cowboys to a lone touchdown, and the Tarbabes rushed for over 400 yards in their season opening road win.

Leuzinger def. Lawndale, 57-14
The Olympians played their crosstown rivals for the first time in two decades and made it a memorable one, winning by 43 points. Uona Kaveinga paced the Olympian defense, and he also saw time at fullback.

Fresno Edison def. Bakersfield North, 26-0
Cornerback Robert Golden, who is committed to Arizona but is still considering UCLA, and Cliff Harris didn't allow a pass to be completed on them, and the Tigers recorded a shutout in their second game. Elite junior WR Rolando Jefferson had two touchdowns, John Tate ran for one and Harris returned a punt for the second week for a score.

Long Beach Wilson def. Inglewood, 39-26
In a matchup of elite juniors, Wilson's Jemari Roberts got the better of Shaquelle Evans on the scoreboard, with the Bruins winning the game. Roberts returned a kick 88 yards for a score to help lead the Bruins, while Evans had 10 catches for 212 yards and a touchdown in a losing effort.


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