A couple of stunners took place in the Southern Section playoffs, and two City Section teams with a pair of UCLA commits advanced to the semifinals in quarterfinal playoff action.
Game of the Week:Crespi def. Mater Dei, 48-26
Crespi safety and UCLA commit E.J. Woods' sack of Mater Dei quarterback Matt Barkley on the opening series set the tone early for the Celts, and they used a stout defensive effort and a high-powered running game to knock out the Monarchs and advance to the CIF Pac-5 semifinals. Woods ran for 129 yards on 19 carries and combined with Austin Shanks, who ran for 170, to score three touchdowns and frustrate the Monarchs. Sophomore quarterback Brian Bennett was 8-for-14 for 156 yards and four touchdowns, two to Notre Dame bound Joseph Fauria. The Crespi defense held Mater Dei to -4 yards rushing. Barkley was 21 of 43 for 310 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions.
Birmingham def. Taft, 50-7
The top-seeded Patriots had no problem with their rivals in the quarterfinals of the City Section playoff. UCLA commit Milton Knox rushed for 210 yards and four touchdowns, one a 75-yard run in the second half, elite junior Devon Flournoy scored on a 19-yard touchdown reception and UCLA commit Donovan Carter had seven tackles and a sack as the Patriots cruised to a semifinal matchup with Crenshaw.
Dorsey def. Venice, 48-26
In a game featuring UCLA commits on both sides, the Dons got the upperhand and won by 22 to move on the City Section semifinals. UCLA commit Johnathan Franklin rushed for 151 yards on 23 carries and scored three touchdowns, UCLA commit Rahim Moore recovered a fumble and had 105 yards on two punt returns and the Dons routed the Gondoliers. UCLA commit Jerry Johnson was kept out of the end zone for the Gondoliers.
Colton def. Rancho Verde, 39-22
In a game that featured the top offensive tackle in California, Tyron Smith, the USC commit from Rancho Verde against the top defensive end in California, Damien Holmes, Colton's commit to UCLA, the Yellowjackets surprised Rancho Verde with a big offensive effort from Travell Washington, who ran for 130 yards and had 101 yards receiving and scored six touchdowns to put Colton in the semifinals. Holmes had four tackles and two pass breakups in the win.
Orange Lutheran def. Huntington Beach Edison, 28-26
In a rematch of the CIF Pac-5 title game from a year ago, Orange Lutheran ended Edison's season again. Edison jumped out to a 13-7 first quarter lead on two touchdown passes from UCLA commit Nick Crissman, but the defense couldn't stop the Lancers running game. Crissman passed for 250 yards and the two touchdown passes in his final high school game while the Lancers move on to play top-seeded Long Beach Poly in another playoff rematch from a year ago.
Santa Fe Springs St. Paul def. Culver City, 32-26
The top-seeded Centaurs rallied for the second week in a row, but a controversial call in the first overtime ended their season. After quarterback Darius Banks rallied the Centaurs with a touchdown and two-conversion with two seconds left, the Centaurs had a chance to win in overtime. After St. Paul scored to take the lead in their side of OT, Culver City blocked the PAT. Culver City then scored and it looked like Banks' PAT was good, but it was waved off. St. Paul scored in the next overtime to win. UCLA commit Antwon Moutra had six catches for 56 yards, but was kept out of the end zone as the Culver City offense went conservative for most of the game.
Poway def. El Camino, 55-6
The top-ranked team in San Diego, Poway, had no problem with upstart El Camino, shutting down Wildcat receiver Nelson Rosario, a UCLA commit, and limiting him to only one catch in a quarterfinal rout.
Santiago def. Vista Murrieta, 32-24
For the second straight week, the Sharks knocked off a league champion, this time taking out previously unbeaten Vista Murrieta to move on to the semifinals of the CIF Inland Division. UCLA commit Anthony Dye ran for 107 yards on 19 carries and had two receptions for 46 yards, scoring two touchdowns and added 11 tackles in the win. B.J. Iverson rushed for 107 yards on eight carries and score a touchdown.
Katy def. Madison, 42-8
Top-seeded Katy had an easy time with Madison in the second round of the playoffs. UCLA commit Aundre Dean ran for 150 yards on 23 carries and scored three touchdowns.
St. Bonaventure def. Westlake, 44-13
The top seeded Seraphs had little trouble with longtime playoff for Westlake, thanks to 500 yards of offense, and moved on to the CIF Northern Division semifinals. The nation's top running back, Darrell Scott, rushed for 203 yards on 17 carries and scored twice, elite junior Patrick Hall had a 54-yard touchdown reception and freshman Jalen Jefferson took a 69-yard interception back in the rout.
Other games from Week Twelve (November 21st-24th):
Clovis West def. Fresno Edison (UCLA recruit Robert Golden), 17-10
Dominguez (UCLA commit Aaron Hester) def. Alemany, 27-7
Hart (UCLA commit Patrick Larimore-out with a hand injury) def. Paso Robles, 35-7
McClymonds (UCLA recruit Allen Carroll) def. Castlemont, 8-7
Newbury Park at Valencia (UCLA commit Marlon Pollard), 29-28
Palmdale (UCLA commit Connor Bradford) def. Redondo, 26-21