We nearly saw our first upset in the Central Section on Thursday, as Edison High - Cali Gold Mine's No. 1 team in the Division I realm - barely escaped with a 13-7 victory over Buchanan.
This was a Bears team once 1-10 last year. But BHS flew to the football on defense, gave up just three plays of over 20 yards and exposed a young Tiger offensive line with three sacks and one forced fumble.
Four players raised their level of play at Veterans Memorial Stadium. The quartet caught the attention of CGM. Here's who they are:
Kam'ron Lewis could be the most underrated wide receiver in the Central Section. The returning 6-foot-3 senior played in the shadow of Utah commit Tyrone Smith last year, but Lewis emerged as the Tigers' top security blanket with a team-high six catches, 70 yards and one touchdown.
On his 20-yard touchdown catch in the first, Lewis drew one-on-one coverage with his cornerback and made a nice adjustment to the football, as he went for the jump ball and hauled down the catch. Lewis showed solid concentration on his other receptions, as he sometimes had to complete his grabs in the middle of the field and against a hard-charging Bear defense.
Lewis told CGM that San Diego State, Nevada, Colorado State and Colorado are among the schools talking to him. He holds no scholarship offers.
Khai Williams didn't put up 100 yards, but the former 5-foot-10, 180-pound slasher known more for his track speed showed off his gritty side. Williams, a returning senior, helped move the chains with 59 yards on 16 carries. But on a night that saw the Bears control the trenches, Williams helped break BHS' spirits with a gutsy 22-yard run up the middle as Edison faced a 3rd-and-14 situation. If Williams continues to show his ability to run between the tackles, he could pile some late offers. Eastern Washington is the only program that made its scholarship pledge to Williams.
Bryson Young and Ben Parker emerged as Class of 2016 defenders to watch.
Young - a 6-foot-5, 220-pound behemoth - did his damage from a two-point stance as he came crashing down on Edison quarterback Hunter Swearingen and disrupted the Tigers' offensive plans. Young forced one fumble and added one sack for the Bears. His motor went non-stop throughout the game. He could emerge as an Aldon Smith type linebacker for the Bears. Young holds two offers from Fresno State and Colorado State as an outside linebacker.
Parker wreaked havoc in a three-point stance. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound defensive end penetrated through a young Edison line and was a force against the pass. Parker impressed me with his strength, motor and ability to go all four quarters without wearing down.