Week Three had some thrillers and some talent-laden contests, none bigger than Birmingham's win over Notre Dame or St. Bonaventure's win over Oaks Christian.
Game of the Week: Birmingham def. Notre Dame, 28-21
The most-anticipated local non-conference game was televised nationally on ESPN 2 and it truly was a very good high school game. It featured six committed prospects and two top juniors. For Birmingham, UCLA-committed running back Milton Knox ran for 137 yards on 32 carries and scored three touchdowns, while also sealing the game in the final minute with a clutch fourth-down run to pick up the first and run the clock. The future Bruin looked good against a tough Notre Dame defense, running hard through the middle and bouncing off tacklers. Donovan Carter, UCLA's committed linebacker for the Patriots, was a defensive presence, helping to limit Notre Dame to just 104 yards in the first half. Carter finished with double-digit tackles and limited the Knights running game. Both of the Jackson twins, Marquis and Malik, looked good from their defensive end positions. Elite junior receiver Devon Flournoy had a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Dayne Crist, Notre Dame's quarterback, headed to Notre Dame, threw a pair of touchdowns and helped the Knights battle all evening.
St. Bonaventure def. Oaks Christian, 41-33
Thanks to five touchdowns from the nation's top running back and UCLA prospect, Darrell Scott, the Seraphs avenged a 46-point loss to the Lions a year ago. Scott rushed for 236 yards on 26 carries, reaching the end zone five times, scoring from 30 yards, 51 yards and 65 yards. The 51-yarder was the game-clincher, answering an Oaks Christian score after they had cut it to a touchdown. Scott also punted for the Seraphs, and no kick was bigger than his 37-yarder in the final two minutes that landed at the two-yard line, went sideways, and landed out-of-bounds. Elite junior prospect Patrick Hall had an interception, a fumble recovery, forced a fumble and blocked a kick for the Seraphs. Oaks elite sophomore running back Malcolm Jones rushed for 101 yards and two touchdowns. The loss snapped the Lions 48-game winning streak.
Servite def. Huntington Beach Edison, 6-0
In his first game back after having his appendix removed, UCLA's committed quarterback Nick Crissman was victimized by a shaky offensive line, dropped passes and his own rustiness and the Friars knocked off the Chargers for the first time in five years. Crissman was sacked six times and had six passes dropped, to finish 11-for-25 for 138 yards and no scores. He also threw an interception in the final minute to help Servite clinch the victory. USC commit D.J. Shoemate scored on a 12-yard run, the only points in the game.
Poway def. El Camino, 15-14
Despite a big game from UCLA's committed receiver, Nelson Rosario, the Wildcats couldn't stop Poway in the final two minutes, giving up a two-yard touchdown run with 1:25 and the ensuing 2-point conversion to lose a heartbreaker. Rosario had seven receptions for 161 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including a 58-yarder in the third quarter that put them ahead, but he missed much of the fourth quarter with a leg injury, not returning until the final play of the game.
Santiago def. Temescal Canyon, 14-7 (OT)
UCLA commit Anthony Dye and his Sharks teammates came up big defensively, holding Temescal Canyon to 197 yards in total offense, most impressive since the Titans ran 70 plays. Dye was in on 30 tackles, either solo or assisted, but none was bigger than his stop on fourth down in overtime, stopping the Titans a yard short to clinch the win and improve their record to 3-1.
Troy def. Don Lugo, 63-33
Derrick Coleman, UCLA's committed running back, had his third straight game of at least 175 yards, rushing for 183 and scoring four touchdowns as the Warriors won in a rout. Coleman scored three of his four touchdowns in the first quarter and his final one in the second, and he added a 16-yard reception before sitting the rest of the way early in the third quarter.
Venice def. Santa Monica, 33-7
The Gondoliers tuned up for their showdown with Oaks Christian with a big 26-point win over the Vikings. USC commit Curtis McNeal had four touchdowns and, while he was kept out of the end zone, UCLA commit Jerry Johnson had a solid showing on both sides of the ball. Oregon State committed quarterback Ryan Katz was 8-for-12 for 75 yards and a touchdown pass in the loss.
Hart def. Westlake, 41-16
UCLA commit Patrick Larimore paced the Indians defense with double-digit tackles and a blocked punt and Stanford-bound running back Delano Howell scored three touchdowns to lead Hart to a rout of longtime foe Westlake. Indians quarterback B.R. Holbrook ran for two touchdowns and threw another one to keep Hart unbeaten at 3-0
Katy def. A&M Consolidated, 41-14
The top-ranked team in Texas, Katy routed A&M Consolidated, showing no signs of rust coming off a bye week. UCLA commit Aundre Dean rushed for 183 yards and three touchdowns to keep the nationally-ranked Tigers unbeaten in 2007.
Arcadia def. Lynwood, 33-21
UCLA commit Kevan Walker, who is a wide receiver, had another big day as a quarterback, throwing four touchdown passes and totaling 168 yards passing to lead the Apaches to the win over Lynwood, and improving them to 3-0. Junior prospect Todd Golper paced the Apache defense with 16 tackles, a forced fumble and a quarterback hurry and also had two receptions for 39 yards, including a 21-yard hookup with Walker for a touchdown.
Compton def. Fremont, 55-8
The Tarbabes defense had its fourth straight game of keeping an opponent to eight points or less, with UCLA commit Datone Jones making a big contribution. Jones had 10 tackles and two sacks to help lead the Tarbabe D, which has given up only 21 points in four games.
Other Games for September 20th-22nd
Orange Lutheran def. Valencia (UCLA 2009 commit Marlon Pollard), 35-20
Redlands East Valley def. Dominguez (UCLA commit Aaron Hester), 44-14
Chino Hills (UCLA commit Cory Harkey) def. Tesoro, 36-27
Pinnacle def. Mountain Ridge (UCLA commit Jeff Locke), 43-17
Fresno Edison (UCLA recruit Robert Golden) def. Clovis Buchanan, 32-0
La Quinta def. Colton (UCLA commit Damien Holmes), 21-14
Crenshaw (UCLA commit Kemonte Bateman and recruit Clint Floyd) def. Roosevelt, 44-7
San Bernardino def. Hemet (UCLA target Hamani Stevens), 18-15
Vista def. Mission Viejo (UCLA commit Jeff Baca), 26-14
Palmdale (UCLA commit Connor Bradford) def. Burbank Burroughs, 61-20
Culver City (UCLA commit Antwon Moutra) def. Gardena, 49-0