State Athletes of the Week
Boys: Matt Engle
(El Segundo) Football
Engle is one of those 5-10 quarterbacks who is absolutely terrific but who isn't getting much notice from college scouts due to his size. He had another monster game last week, but it was even more significant because it was against Inglewood, a team loaded with Div. I college prospects, including 6-5, 245-pound Lawrence Jackson, ranked as the No. 1 defensive end in the nation by Student Sports. Engle led El Segundo to a 38-36 victory by completing 21 of 42 passes for 332 yards and five TDs. The last TD pass came with just 5.9 seconds left on a 26-yarder to Ryan McDonald that won the game. Engle also kicked a 30-yard field goal. It was the third time this year already in which Engle has thrown for five TDs in a game and it also was his fourth 300-yard game. Engle's lowest total so far was 289 yards in his opener. At the halfway point of the regular season, Engle has passed for 1,770 yards and 23 TDs.
Girls: Rachel Bryan
(Laguna Creek, Elk Grove) X-Country
At last weekend's Clovis Invitational, which draws a large field from throughout the state since it's held on the same Woodward Park course in Fresno that is home to the CIF state meet, Bryan brought her top form and dominated in the girls race. The junior, who is one of two nationally-ranked juniors from the Sacramento area this season (the other is Granite Bay's Caitlin Chock), covered the course in 17:43, which was almost a minute in front of the second-place finisher. Bryan's time also is comparable to many of the winning Div. I times in the state finals (at least from among those not from the Santa Rosa area).