Big Performances marked much of the playoffs this week throughout Southern California setting up high profile games throughout the region.
In Canyon's 28-21 win over San Clemente, Richard Wirthlin was all over the place for the Cowboys. The senior DB/WR caught two touchdown passes, snatched two interceptions and blocked a field goal for good measure. Wirthlin and squad will need to put together another strong performance as they take on rival Valencia. Although the Cowboys won the earlier meeting 49-21, the Vikings have been hitting on all cylinders offensively. QB Michael Herrick threw for 440 yards last weekend and RB Shane Vereen has scored ten TDs in the last two outings as the O has averaged over fifty-five points a game.
Another backfield duo wreaking havoc in the playoffs is Moorpark's Adam Barry and Darrel Scott. Barry a sophomore QB, is averaging nearly 200 yards passing a game with no picks since the start of playoffs. Scott, a junior RB, has rushed for just under 160 yards a game in playoffs. They will face off against Ventura this weekend. Ventura has its own dynamic duo in QB Lee Mondol and WR Robby Leith. Mondol had well over 300 yards total offense while Leith caught seven balls for 153 yards in the win over Camarillo.
Josh Morgan rushed for 220 yards and three TDs. His Crespi squad needed every yard and TD to get the 20-14 win as North Torrance pushed Crespi into double OT.
As Mater Dei defeated Colton 42 to 27 each team's star back did their best to get the win. For Colton, Allen Bradford rushed for 222 yards while Ahmed Mokhtar of Crespi had 248.
San Diego way also had its share of big performances. Demetrius Sumler of Cathedral went for 219 yards to raise his career total to 5,569 yards, breaking the San Diego Section rushing record, while helping his team defeat Ramona. Next up for Cathedral will be St. Augustine. St. Augustine won a wild one 49-48 over Valhalla. In the win QB Chris Forcier threw for over 430 yards and had five TDs.
El Cajon QB Abraham Muheize had 591 yards of total offense against Castle Park in a 56-32 win. Santa Fe Christian QB Josh O' Brien did everything but sell popcorn scoring three TDs for his squad, intercepting two passes on defense and recovering a fumble leading his team to victory.
There should be many more great performances this week as playoffs roll on. Some of the marquee matchups have Mission Viejo taking on Hart. Valencia will take on Canyon and Crenshaw and Dorsey will have a rematch of their earlier game that Crenshaw won 16 to 13.