Several key league openers involving UCLA commits came down to the wire and a future Bruin etches his names into the record books during Week 6 of the prep season.
Game of the Week: Los Alamitos def. Huntington Beach Edison, 13-9
The Griffins got an early leg up in the Sunset League, topping the Chargers by four in the league opener for both. UCLA commit Nick Crissman threw for a season best 269 yards but had two passes intercepted. Junior LosAl quarterback Clark Evans threw for 175 yards and two interceptions but had a touchdown pass to sophomore prospect Paul Richardson Jr. (the son of the former UCLA player of the same name). Richardson had 104 yards and the 70-yard touchdown pass from Evans.
Hart def. Canyon, 31-28
In what turned out to be one of the best finishes to a game in years, Hart used a 41-yard field goal from Johnny McArthur with no time left to eke out a three-point win. The Indians were driving for the go-ahead score when B.R. Holbrook was intercepted with less than 30 seconds left. Canyon took a shot deep down field, but McArthur, playing in the secondary, picked off his own pass deep in Cowboy territory. Stanford bound running back Delano Howell broke off a 58-yard run to give the Indians one last shot with 0.5 seconds left on the clock and McArthur nailed the winner. UCLA bound linebacker Patrick Larimore had 15 tackles in the win while Howell finished with 209 yards and two touchdowns to keep the Indians, the top-ranked team in the CIF-Northern Division, unbeaten.
Birmingham def. Chatsworth, 54-8
Future UCLA running back Milton Knox is now the man in the City. Knox rushed for 61 yards on his first carry of the second half to become the all-time leading rusher in Los Angeles City Section history, putting him over 5,400 yards in his career. Knox finished with 187 yards rushing and two touchdowns and helped the Patriots cruise to a win in their league opener and keep their state bowl hopes alive.
Crespi def. Alemany, 28-21
UCLA commit E.J. Woods was all over the place for the Celts, and they needed him to be. Woods intercepted a pass at midfield on the final play of the game to seal the win for the Celts. On the ground, Woods ran for two touchdowns while Austin Shanks had 95 yards and a score. Sophomore quarterback Brian Bennett threw for 230 yards.
Norco def. Santiago, 28-21
With running back B.J. Iverson sidelined, UCLA commit Anthony Dye's role on offense expanded, with Dye rushing for 81 yards on 12 carries after catching five passes for 60 yards. But turnovers by the Sharks' young quarterback enabled Norco to win and get a leg up in the Mountain View League opener. Dye added 15 tackles for the Sharks, who play Corona Centennial next.
Culver City def. Inglewood, 24-6
UCLA commit Antwon Moutra helped lead a stingy Centaurs defense that slowed Inglewood's offense, recording eight tackles and recovering a fumble to remain unbeaten this season. Elite junior receiver Shaquelle Evans had his lowest output of the season, catching only one pass for 10 yards. He also recorded three tackles.
El Camino def. Vista, 22-21
Snake bit for much of the season by last minutes losses, El Camino finally had one go their way. Twice this year, the Wildcats lost a game after giving up a last minute two-point conversion but on Friday night, they stopped a 2-point attempt to escape with a one point win. UCLA commit Nelson Rosario scored on a 13-yard touchdown reception that was preceded by an interception he made to give the Wildcats the lead.
Colton def. Cajon, 42-7
UCLA commit Damien Holmes continued to wreak havoc defensively for the Yellowjackets, finishing with 10 tackles and two sacks, a blocked punt and a recovered fumble. It was the fifth time in six games that Holmes had at least two sacks. Holmes added two catches for 41 yards in the win.
St. Bonaventure def. Ventura, 34-6
St. Bonaventure bounced back from a bye week and a loss to Crespi to roll to a four-touchdown win over crosstown foe Ventura. Darrell Scott rushed for 162 yards and two touchdowns. Elite junior Patrick Hall rushed for a 52-yard touchdown to keep their record in Channel League play perfect since joining the league in 2002.
La Habra def. Troy, 29-22
La Habra avenged a heartbreaking loss to the Warriors a year ago, scoring 15 points in the fourth quarter to win the Freeway League opener for both. UCLA commit Derrick Coleman rushed for 138 yards and two touchdowns and added 44 yards passing, but it wasn't enough as the Warriors lost their second straight game in the final minutes.
Chino Hills def. Chino, 31-10
The Huskies beat crosstown rival Chino by three touchdowns in their league opener. UCLA bound tight end Cory Harkey had five receptions for 73 yards and scored two touchdowns while also recording six tackles.
Katy def. Alief Hastings, 24-13
Katy had their closest game of the season, winning by 11, and saw their two-game shutout streak end, but the #5 ranked team in the country stayed perfect on the season. UCLA commit Aundre Dean was held to his lowest rushing total of the year, running for 109 yards on 27 carries.
Mission Viejo def. Aliso Niguel, 34-14
Thanks to a stellar offensive line, led by UCLA commit Jeff Baca, the Diablos rushed for 294 yards to cruise to a 20-point win. Junior quarterback prospect Allan Bridgford threw for 173 yards and two touchdowns to help Mission Viejo snap a two-game losing streak.
Arcadia def. Glendale 45-0
In a blowout win for the Apaches, UCLA bound Kevan Walker was 9-for-15 for 98 yards with a touchdown pass and an interception and rushed for 23 yards on four carries. Walker also picked off a pass playing DB. Junior target Todd Golper had five tackles and two sacks and took a 55-yard interception back for a score. Golper added three catches for 40 yards and a touchdown and had another touchdown called back.
Dorsey def. Fremont, 20-14
UCLA commit Johnathan Franklin had his second 200-yard rushing performance, finishing with 205 yards on the ground on 18 carries and he scored a touchdown to allow the Dons to escape with a six-point win.
Other Games for October 12th:
St. Bernard def. Harvard-Westlake (UCLA commit Jonathan Martin), 16-13
Dominguez (UCLA commit Aaron Hester) def. Gahr, 49-0
Valencia (UCLA commit Marlon Pollard) def. Golden Valley, 63-14
Fresno Edison (UCLA recruit Robert Golden) def. Fresno Hoover, 39-0
Leuzinger (UCLA commit Uona Kaveinga) def. Palos Verdes, 9-7
Crenshaw (UCLA commit Kemonte Bateman) def. Locke, 41-7
McClymonds (UCLA recruit Allen Carroll) def. Fremont, 45-0
Mountain Ridge (UCLA commit Jeff Locke) def. Mountain Pointe, 16-15
Palmdale (UCLA commit Connor Bradford) def. Antelope Valley, 49-15
Hemet (UCLA recruit Hamani Stevens) def. Perris, 21-14
Taft (UCLA recruit Craig Noble) def. Woodland Hills El Camino, 28-17
Venice (UCLA commit Jerry Johnson) def. Westchester, 42-3