The traditional start of the prep football season in California officially started last weekend with Week One contests throughout the state. Here is a look at games involving committed prospects and other UCLA targets.
Game of the Week: Mission Viejo def. Loyola, 26-7
The Cubs lost not only the non-league game to Mission Viejo, but more crippling, lost star running back Anthony Barr for the season. The West's #1-ranked running back suffered an ankle injury late in the first quarter, later diagnosed as a broken ankle, which will sideline him for the season. With no Barr to utilize, Mission Viejo shut down the Cubs offense, pressuring junior quarterback Jerry Neuheisel all evening. For Complete Game Recap go to GoldenStatePreps.com
Danville Monte Vista def. Union City Logan, 32-29
Monte Vista, and UCLA's committed quarterback, Brett Nottingham, ranked second in the region, needed a late defensive stand to hold off Logan in their opener. Nottingham had an excellent evening, throwing for 299 yards to six different receivers, throwing two touchdown passes and running for a score. At one point in the game, Nottingham completed 13-of-14 passes and he finished 20-for-28.
San Diego Lincoln tied Chula Vista Eastlake, 35-35
Eastlake took a 28-8 lead early in the second quarter, but Lincoln, behind Davon Dunn, headed to Cal, rallied to tie the game for a 35-35 final. UCLA's committed safety, Tony Jefferson, again did most of his damage on offense, rushing for 222 yards on 22 caries and scoring a pair of touchdowns.
Katy def. Bellevue, 35-17
The "Clash of Champions" went the way of the Texas squad, with Katy ending Bellevue's 15-game winning streak with an easy 35-17 win over the UCLA-committed Julious Moore-led Wolverines. Katy was able to figure out Bellevue's complicated Wing-T offense and cruised to the blowout win in front of 10,000 spectators.
Westlake Village Oaks Christian def. Pasadena Muir, 51-0
The Lions, led by UCLA target Malcolm Jones, had no problem with the Mustangs in their final tune-up before Skyline (Wash.) this weekend. Jones ran for 129 yards on just 12 carries and scored a touchdown and elite sophomore receiver Jordan Payton caught a pair of touchdown passes from Nick Montana.
Encinitas La Costa Canyon def. Carlsbad, 30-10
Five-star receiver Kenny Stills returned to receiver for Week Two after playing running back in week one, and made the most of his night, catching six passes for 144 yards and scoring three touchdowns as the defending section champs routed Carlsbad.
Gardena Serra def. Redondo, 49-12
Junior quarterback Connor Preston threw four touchdown passes for the second week in a row, and finished 12-for-18 for 278 yards to lead the Cavs to a blowout win over Redondo. UCLA target Paul Richardson had four catches for 68 yards and a score and two sacks, elite 2011 receiver George Farmer had three for 114 yards and two scores and USC commit Robert Woods had two receptions for 72 yards, both touchdowns, to go along with a pair of picks.
Cathedral def. Glendale, 52-13
The Phantoms were led by Anthony Jefferson, who scored three touchdowns, two on receptions and one on a return, had two tackles and four catches for 78 yards, in the rout of Glendale.
St. Francis def. Arcadia, 40-0
Without Todd Golper, the Apaches had no answer for St. Francis and Dietrich Riley. The four-star safety ran for 138 yards on 13 carries, and had five catches for 110 yards, while also recording five tackles and scored three times in the rout.
Other UCLA Offers in Action
Carson and Wade Yandall downed A.B. Miller, 55-21. Servite and Kirifi Taula def. Clovis West, 47-13. Mater Dei and Chris Ward topped Cypress, 21-16. Tesoro and Sil Ajawara fell to Fountain Valley, 35-13. Granite Bay downed Pittsburg and Erick Dargan, 30-20.
Bruin Commits Off this Week
St. Mary Prep, and UCLA commit Earnest Thomas had a bye this weekend after playing two to start the season. Fresno Edison and UCLA commits Wesley Flowers and Tevin McDonald had the week off as well.