Week Zero kicked off last weekend in California. Here is a look at games involving committed prospects and other UCLA targets.
Game of the Week: Los Angeles Crenshaw def. Lakewood, 28-27
Despite losing star junior running back DeAnthony Thomas in the third quarter to an ankle injury, Crenshaw's defense had a key fourth down stop and had a crucial blocked punt that led to a score to pull out the 1-point victory, and make a statement for the City Section. Thomas finished with 76 yards on nine carries and a score, while Hayes Pullard rushed for 23 yards on five carries. Pullard, though, was solid as a rock on defense, with double-digit tackles. USC commit Jesse Scroggins threw for 212 yards and three touchdowns.
Moorpark def. Chula Vista Eastlake, 28-27 (OT)
UCLA's committed safety, Tony Jefferson, did most of his work on offense, rushing for 112 yards on 21 carries and a score, but Eastlake's try at the two-point conversion was snuffed out by Moorpark, who held on for the 1-point win.
Bellevue def. Marriott (B.C.), 62-0
Bellevue, the top-ranked team in Washington in 3A, led by UCLA commit Julious Moore, had an easy time against the Canadian school. Moore helped the Wolverines defense shut out Marriott, and helped the offense, and their Wing-T, score over 60 points in the opener, despite sitting out the second half, in their preparation for their game against Katy.
Loyola def. Mira Costa, 28-18
Anthony Barr, the top running back on the West Coast, had a strong opener, rushing for 125 yards on 30 carries and scoring two touchdowns, while returning an interception 87 yards for a score in the Cubs opening win over Mira Costa. Junior quarterback Jerry Neuheisel made his varsity debut and was 5-of-12 for 52 yards and an interception, but connected on a 13-yard pass on a 4th-and-11, to seal the game.
Westlake Village Oaks Christian def. Mission Hills Alemany, 28-17
The Barr-Jones debate will be hot all year, and Malcolm Jones had the better opener, rushing for 275 yards and three scores on a workman-like 37 carries to help Oaks Christian to the win. Jones also played almost every defensive snap, and returned kicks and punts, and had a fumble recovery.
Encinitas La Costa Canyon def. Salinas, 54-20
Five-star receiver Kenny Stills, playing primarily running back as their normal back played quarterback, ran for 80 yards and a touchdown and completed his lone pass attempt as the defending San Diego Section champs cruised to 34-point win over Salinas in a intersectional tilt.
Fresno Edison def. Clovis, 36-7
The Tigers, were led by UCLA recruit Rykeem Yates, who had three sacks and forced a fumble, and Bruin commit Wesley Flowers, who teamed with Yates to limit Clovis to 29 yards rushing. Tevin McDonald, another UCLA commit, ran for a touchdown and caught a touchdown pass and helped stifle Clovis' passing game in their opening win.
Highland Park def. St. Mary Prep, 20-13
Highland Park stopped a late comeback by St. Mary Prep, to win by seven, dropping St. Mary Prep to 0-2. UCLA commit Earnest Thomas, had seven tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and a half sack in the loss.
Gardena Serra def. Victorville Silverado, 61-0
The Three Amigos, Serra's stellar receiver corps that includes UCLA target Paul Richardson, 2011 stud George Farmer and USC commit Robert Woods, combined for 15 receptions for 191 yards, with Farmer having five for 90, Woods, five for 69 and Richardson, three for 32 as they routed Silverado. Farmer scored twice, Woods had one touchdown and an interception while Richardson was held scoreless. Junior quarterback Connor Preston was stellar in his Serra debut, going 17-for-24 for 217 and four scores. Elite 2011 linebacker Jason Gibson had six tackles and a sack.
Carson def. Mater Dei, 14-2
With Morrell Presley and Matt Barkley making their college debuts on Saturday, this contest lacked the offensive fireworks of last year's 46-43 thriller won by Mater Dei in three overtimes. In fact, Mater Dei didn't muster an offensive point all night, scoring on a safety in a game that featured a pair of UCLA targets on the offensive line, Mater Dei's Chris Ward and Carson's Wade Yandall.
Anaheim Servite def. Long Beach Poly, 30-7
Led by UCLA target Kirifi Taula, who caused havoc all night on defense, including a sack that backed up Poly to the goalline, in which the ensuing punt was blocked, healed the Friars hand Poly their second worst-loss under Raul Lara. Taula also played tackle for the Servite offense.
Bruin Commits Off this Week
Danville Monte Vista and quarterback commit Brett Nottingham begin their season this weekend against Union City Logan.