Prospect Round-Up: Week 15

The final weekend of high school football took place with the state championship games, and UCLA recruits had mixed results, with Paul Richardson and Serra celebrating a state title but Crenshaw and Hayes Pullard missing out on one of their own...

Open Division: Concord De La Salle def. Los Angeles Crenshaw, 28-14
For a while, it looked like Crenshaw might pull of a stunner. Elite 2011 prospect DeAnthony Thomas scored the first time he touched the ball, running 43 yards for a score. The next series, he scored on a fourth down pitch and gave the Cougars a 14-0 lead. But as much as Crenshaw needed Thomas to perform throughout to have a chance, Thomas went down with an ankle injury made on defense, and with it, so did Crenshaw's chances at winning the Open Division title. While Thomas ran for 73 yards on six carries, with the two scores, it was Terron Ward who ignited the Spartans offense, rushing for 165 yards on 22 carries and scoring three times, including the deal-sealer in the fourth quarter to give the Spartans their second state title, joining them with Oceanside and St. Bonaventure as the only multiple state champions. Crenshaw junior quarterback Marquis Thompson was 18-for-31 for 178 yards and two picks while Hayes Pullard had a relatively ineffectual game, being neutralized by the vaunted DLS rushing attack. The Spartans' own 2011 prospects, Dylan Wynn on the line and Blake Renaud at linebacker helped shut down the Cougars offense from the second quarter on.

Division I: Oceanside def. Bellarmine Prep, 24-19
The Pirates won their second state title in three years in gritty fashion, rallying from a 13-3 deficit to hold off the Bells of the Central Coast Section. Bellarmine jumped out to an early lead on a touchdown by Kyle Olugbode and looked to have the momentum when they had a 13-3 lead and had just blocked an Oceanside field goal. But the Pirates mixed it up offensively and senior quarterback Quentis Clark led Oceanside back to three straight touchdowns, two on touchdown passes to Rene Siluano and J.J. Whitaker to put Oceanside up 24-13. Bellarmine cut it to five points on a Mike McGovern pass to Olugbode in the flat, who took it up the sideline and scored, sprung by a devastating block by Tim O'Hara. Bellarmine's 2-point attempt was no good, to make it 24-19. The Bells onside kick was unsuccessful, but forced an Oceanside punt and while the Bells drove into Oceanside territory, the drive stalled and the Pirates ran out the clock and won the D-I State title.

Division II: Anaheim Servite def. Rocklin, 33-30
Heavy favorites Servite looked like they were on their way to an easy win in the CIF State D-II title game. The Friars, thanks to another well-balanced game by quarterback Cody Fajardo, jumped out to what looked like an insurmountable 30-10 lead over the Thunder. But Rocklin, who was without quarterback Jimmy Laughrea, rallied to tie the game at 30-30. The Thunder, in fact, had the ball with less than two minutes, with a chance to try for a go-ahead field go if they could have driven up field. But an interception by Servite junior Jordan Jones gave the Friars the ball at the Rocklin 27 with under two minutes left, and they drove to set up for the winning field goal. Nicholas Echeverry etched his name into Friar lore by drilling a 23-yarder as time expired to give the Friars the state title. Rocklin running back Jackson Cummings ran for 159 yards on 29 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns in the loss. Fajardo ran for 82 yards on 19 carries and a score and was 12-for-21 for 182 yards and a touchdown through the air.

Division III: Gardena Serra def. Kentfield Marin Catholic, 24-20
Robert Woods showed why he's not only the best receiver in the country, he may be the best player in the nation, with a stellar showing in the D-III state title game. From the first time he touched the ball, on the opening series, when he took a short out down the sideline 67-yards, till the end of the game, Woods was the man on the field. His lone blemish was a fumble that ended up being in a touchback that would have further iced the game for Serra. But he gave the Cavs the lead for good with another electrifying 30-yard score in the third, where he stopped and went to evade defenders en route to the end zone. He had a punt return for a score nullified by a penalty. And defensively, he and the Cavs kept Marin Catholic's Chris Allen from the end zone. UCLA commit Paul Richardson celebrated a big week for himself, which saw him recommit to the Bruins, by scoring on an 11-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

Small Schools Division: Modesto Christian def. San Diego Francis Parker, 44-40
In the most entertaining game of the weekend, Modesto Christian held on a Francis Parker goalline drive and escaped with a four-point win. In a game marked by its offensive fireworks, and not much for the defense, it was MC's defense that made the plays when needed, stopping Francis Parker from inside the five-yard line to hold on for the win. Isaiah Burse rushed for 139 yards and a touchdown and had 89 yards passing with three touchdowns and a pick for MC. His counterpart, Deon Randall, had a better night statistically in the loss, rushing for 276 yards and three touchdowns and throwing for 110 yards and two touchdowns, going 8-for-16. The two teams combined for a state record for 84 points and 972 yards of offense.

Seasons Complete
Commits: Derrick Bryant (Columbus Brookhaven), Chris Ward (Santa Ana Mater Dei), John Young (Loyola), Jordon James (Corona), Aramide Olaniyan (Woodberry Forest), Eric Kendricks (Fresno Hoover, Kip Smith (Legacy Broomfield), Earnest Thomas (Orchard Lake St. Mary Prep), Kody Innes (Scottsdale Saguaro), Julious Moore (Bellevue), Tevin McDonald (Edison),  Shaquille Richardson (Los Alamitos)

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