Here's how some under-the-radar defenders fared under the lights this past weekend:
JUSTUS FAAIU, CABRILLO-LONG BEACH
Stats: 15 tackles, 12 solo stops and three sacks in 48-13 victory over Millikan-Long Beach
Overview: The versatile 6-foot-2, 225-pound Faaiu is a physical tackler who had his best pass rushing night on Friday over Millikan. He's got a relentless motor who could thrive in someone's 3-4 at the next level.
JOHN FERNBERG, IMMANUEL-REEDLEY
Stats: Four solo tackles, one sack, one punt block good for the safety in 43-6 victory over Sierra Pacific-Hanford.
Overview: The 6-foot-3, 230-pound junior defensive tackle is an emerging star for a vastly improved Eagles squad that once won a combined two games in the last two seasons. Fernberg is a rugged defender with powerful hands and a high motor for the 4-2 Eagles.
ERIC WINGFIELD, SUNNYSIDE-CLOVIS
Stats: 19 total tackles and one interception in 23-0 loss to San Joaquin Memorial-Fresno
Overview: Wingfield continues to play the safety spot like a linebacker, but snatched up one pick for the Wildcats despite the loss. He's a hard-nosed player who doesn't back down. Looks like a guy who can play up to the line of scrimmage at safety once he hits the college level.