GSP Profile: Sacramento Christian Brothers

Tucked up in the Capital City is Christian Brothers HS of Sacramento, and takes a closer look at the Falcons...

Give props to Christian Brothers in Sacramento. Christian Brothers has been off to a fast start. They have posted a 5-1 record, 2-0 atop the Sierra Valley Conference. Christian Brothers has three Division 1 recruits leading a balanced attack between offense and defense, with two of the players being nationally ranked.

On the offense, Marcus McDaniel (5-9/175) leads the way with 831 all purpose, with 8 TD'S and 2 interceptions. McDaniel is a 2 Star RB ranked 195th by McDaniel missed one game due to a minor shoulder injury. Matt McCarthy (OL) has played a big role the first two games in clearing the way for McDaniel.

Although a knee injury has sidelined him the last four games, at 6'6/275, McCarthy is attracting attention of colleges, already compiling 6 scholarship offers from D 1AA schools. On defense, Daniel Cox (5'11/210) plays a big role in a defense that has forced 21 turnovers.

Cox is a 3 Star WLB ranked 37th by Despite missing the first two games due to an ankle injury, Cox is averaging 10 tackles per game and has recorded 4 sacks and 5 fumble recoveries. He had a season high 13 tackles against Jesuit in his first game back.

A rising star for Christian Brothers is Junior TE/DE Asante Cleveland (6'5/230). Cleveland also is a returning starting forward on the Varsity Basketball Team and integral part on the Varsity Track Team. On an offense with multiple weapons, Cleveland had his best game last week with. Junior TE/DE Cleveland had 4 receptions for 90 yards, 1 TD. He also had 2 sacks. Cleveland has already received interest from various Pac 10 schools.

They took down renegade Stallworth Academy last Saturday (49-20), a new charter school composed heavily of players from Franklin of Stockton, the school that had to forfeit all its games in 2007 and wound up on probation for violating CIF rules. Throw away the final 4:12 of their 20-19 loss to Jesuit, a game in which they squandered a 12-point lead, and Christian Brothers would be undefeated right now.

The prior week, they played what Coach Andre Johansen says is "the most complete game" during his four-year tenure in their 38-21 victory over defending Sierra Valley Conference champion Ponderosa. The Falcons' physical defense forced two turnovers that resulted in touchdowns. "We've gotten more points from our defense than we have had in any other season," Johansen said. "Those are difference makers."

This week they face Oak Ridge HS (El Dorado Hills). Oak Ridge is led by 4 Star WR Brett Thompson. Thompson, who is a BYU commit, has played RB this season to help the Trojans. Christian Brothers and Oak Ridge face off Friday at 7:30.

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