Thursday, September 13, 2012

Prospect watch for week three: Southern Section

Three games get the nod here, with two of them featuring Central Section and Los Angeles area bragging rights on the line.

Here's some key games for tomorrow night:


Despite the Jackrabbits' rare 56-0 embarrassment at the hands of Narbonne-Harbor City, plus their head-scratching 1-2 start, this is still a huge statement game for the Drillers, who can continue to solidify their case as one of the state's elite by knocking off this traditional L.A area monster.

PROSPECT WATCH FOR BAKERSFIELD: The backfield of Jeremiah Reddick and Derrick Vickers help lead this high-octane run game. The main man at the controls, though, is rising junior quarterback Asauni Rufus, who has the spread option attack averaging 462 yards per game on the ground. Defensively, an underrated prospect is nose guard Shaq Garrett. The 6-foot, 265-pound senior has dominated the middle of the Driller defense. Kevin Hayes continues to double as tall receiving option and ball-hawking defensive back with his 6-foot-3 frame.

PROSPECT WATCH FOR LONG BEACH POLY: The backfield duo of Washington State commit Gerald Wicks and Manusamoa Luuga help energize the Jackrabbits. Both are very dangerous when they find openings and won't hesitate to take off. However, both men are going against a ridiculously stacked Driller defense with speed everywhere. Defensive back David Price could be in for an epic confrontation with Hayes on defense.


After their week zero debacle versus Clovis High, the Tigers seem to be getting it now under Ricky Manning. As for Crenshaw, they'll bring plenty of speed in the second Central versus L.A battle.

PROSPECT WATCH FOR EDISON: Dual-threat quarterback Khari McGee is looking like he's fully recovered from that four interception performance against the Cougars to start the year. Since then, McGee has reached a combined eight total touchdowns in both Tiger wins and has begun to cut down on his mistakes. He'll go against a Crenshaw team loaded with speed, though. His backfield of Blake Wright and Kevin Nutt will need to get something going early to help take the pressure off of McGee. Defensively, the line duo of Brandon Wright and Yasmin Hayes brings strength and havoc up front. Linebacker Tyrone Muhammad is an instinctive player who has a nose for the ball. Safety Ronnie Manning is capable of the big hit and has shown to be an active blitzer.

PROSPECT WATCH FOR CRENSHAW: These Cougars have a versatile weapon in Mossi Johnson, who can hurt teams on the offensive end and on returns. Junior running back Jacob Knight will have a huge match up with Edison's speedy defense.


One L.A superpower goes toe-to-toe with an emerging Southern California power in what's now being billed as the biggest game in a long, long time for St. John Bosco.

PROSPECT WATCH FOR LOYOLA: The Cubs have a deep backfield that's averaging 416 yards per game as a team. Senior Wyatt Bradford leads the way with 414 rushing yards, an average of 8.12 yards per carry and nine touchdowns. Junior Nico Evans looks to be next in line at Loyola with his 263 yards and 10 yard average per carry. Defensive lineman John Turner is another emerging junior who's tied for the team lead in sacks with three. Senior Jack Neuheisel is the other with three sacks.

PROSPECT WATCH FOR ST. JOHN BOSCO: Sophomore quarterback Josh Rosen is an emerging star in the Golden State and is starting to become of the top prospects for the 2015 class. Rosen, who actually landed a Fresno State offer as a freshman, already has seven touchdown passes and a 61 percent completion percentage to go along with just one interception. His main target is 6-foot-2, 180 pound senior A.J Holman, who has 10 catches for 190 yards and a team-high four touchdowns. Another young and emerging talent for the Braves is junior Chandler Leniu at linebacker. The 6-foot, 220 pound Leniu has 13 solo tackles, one sack and one interception for the 3-0 Braves.

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