The big story for Stanford recruiting this weekend was a bad one. Todd Huber committing to Cal is a big loss on a number of levels. Interior offensive line is a very important need in this class and there aren't many (any?) obvious candidates. Huber also looked to be one of the more likely Stanford commits, so this hurts. Moreover, he had reportedly been accepted by Stanford. It's rare enough for Stanford to lose out on any admitted recruits (only Chase Beeler last year, right?) and I believe that would make Stanford 0-2 in that regard in this cycle (Huber and John Stokes). And losing a head-to-head recruiting battle with Cal may be something of a watershed moment for Stanford recruiting since the Cardinal have been beating them regularly for recruits recently. All in all, it's a bad piece of news.
The regular season is winding down across the country and is over for one of Stanford's prospects. Matthew Masifilo's team did not make the playoffs, so his high school career is over. Between injuries and his team's inability to be competitive without him, his senior year was a bit anticlimactic. With no more games left for him, watch for him to go on official visits in the coming weeks to the Oregon-Washington game, the Big Game, and Stanford's big visit weekend the week after the Big Game (not sure if it's Big Visit or just a big visit weekend in which a number of recruits are coming to campus). I'm not sure if Stanford fashions him as an interior offensive lineman or an interior defensive lineman, but if it's the former, I think he becomes a hugely important target in light of Huber's decision. In other visit news, Mitchell Schwartz took his first official visit this weekend to the Cal-Washington game. Other than Masifilo, all of Stanford's prospects had games this weekend except for L.D. Crow, who had a bye to nurse the wounds of the two shell-shocking recent losses.
* Eddie Morgan's team fell to 3-4 with a 28-20 loss in an important game that will make it tough for them to make the playoffs. They've now lost three in a row. Morgan fumbled the opening kickoff, setting up a short touchdown by the opposing team to start off the scoring. On the next play, Morgan took the kickoff back 100 yards for a touchdown. His coach said, "That's Eddie Morgan to a tee. He made a mistake and wanted to make up for it. He had some great blocking up front, and Eddie was determined to make up for what he did. I was proud of that because he fixed it." In McKinney's next possession, after the opposing team took the lead once again, they tied the game up with a three-yard touchdown run by Morgan to cap a 50-yard, nine-play drive (since the drive was only 50 yards, I presume Morgan took that kickoff back 50 yards, but I can't confirm that hunch). In the second half of the game, there was yet another drive in which McKinney had good field position due to a big kickoff return, so it's probably a fair guess that Morgan starred as a kick returner despite the devastating fumble that was arguably the difference in the game.
* George Halamandaris' Moorpark team continued to roll, winning this week's game 42-13 against the team with the nation's longest losing streak. Darrell Scott rushed for 145 yards and two touchdowns on only 14 carries. Moorpark has high hopes for their team this season and next season, so they're trying to establish a consistent passing attack to give them some balance. As a result, much of the action for Moorpark in this game came through the air against a creampuff.
* Mission Viejo won for the second game in a row after the loss to De La Salle, winning this game 52-16. I presume David Green was 7-7 on extra points and made a field goal.
* Matt Conrath's team won their regular season finale 49-19, finishing with an 8-1 record. They now go in to the playoffs as one of the favorites. The Chicago Sun-Times recently ran a good article on Conrath that Booties will probably enjoy. Here's the link.
* Chike Amajoyi's team won 46-7, their fifth win in a row after an 0-2 start. I'm sure he starred as always and I'll try to find details.
* Kellen Kiilsgaard's star continues to shine brightly. Auburn improved to 8-0 with 56-14 victory. K2 ran for a 61-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage. His final stat line was eye-popping: four carries for 114 yards and two touchdowns, 4-of-4 passing for 123 yards and two more touchdowns, 8-of-8 on extra points. He could be Stanford's next commitment. As I mentioned last week, I think he'd be a tremendous help for Stanford regardless of what position he plays.
* After last week's loss to ruin the undefeated season, David Paulson's Auburn-Riverside team blasted their opponent 46-7. Paulson starred with 156 yards rushing and three touchdowns as an option quarterback and two interceptions on defense. The win sets up the regular season finale with Kiilsgaard's unbeaten team.
* Oaks Christian continues to dominate, blowing out their league's other undefeated team 55-7. Jimmy Clausen actually looked human for the first time anybody can think of, picking up multiple delay of game penalties, drawing a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for saying something the official didn't like, complaining at halftime (with only a 28-7 lead) that the playcalling was too conservative and losing two fumbles. It didn't matter for Oaks Christian, though, as Marc Tyler picked up 311 rushing yards (this total varies from paper to paper this week and I'm not sure why, but it was a lot of yards regardless) and four touchdowns on only 17 carries. By the way, Clausen's horrible off-day by his standards still netted him one of the better stat lines you'll find: 14-of-19 passing for 236 yards and two touchdowns. It's horrible pressure to put on kids going into high-pressure, high-competition college environments, but Clausen and Tyler will be busts if they don't star in college. No word on how Sean Wiser did, although I know he didn't catch a touchdown pass, and Oaks Christian had a couple of interceptions - he may have had one of them.
* Cameron Collins' team lost 34-27 to fall below .500. The pass defense was somewhat abused by a Beverly Hills quarterback who finished with 16-of-28 passing for 252 yards and two touchdowns. Collins has been anchoring his team's defense but not playing on offense as he has recovered from his hand injury. I'm not sure if he returned to offense in this week's game or not.
* It turns out that Johnathan Frink has missed the last three weeks with a shoulder stinger. Before the injury, he had 57 tackles in five games. I believe he returned this week to face the top-rated team, but if he did he wasn't enough to help his team avoid a 15-13 loss, their first loss of the year. They're now 8-1. The run defense couldn't stop the opposing running attack, which racked up 200 yards on the day.
* Matt Bentler's team smoked their opponent 48-0 and improved to 6-2. Their offensive line paved the way for a five-touchdown performance by the running back, and the defense has gotten to the point that they almost never give up any points. The defense had five sacks in this game. It sounds like Bentler must be having a good year, though it's hard to get many details on the performance of linemen.
* As I mentioned last week, Doug Baldwin's local newspaper takes a few days to post stories, so I usually give week old updates for him. In last week's 14-10 win, Baldwin caught an 18-yard touchdown pass and was used as a defensive back in addition to his normal duties as a receiver and return specialist. Their team really broke out this week with a 44-0 win, and I'm sure I'll have details on Baldwin's performance in next week's update.
* After recently showing signs of life with a three-game winning streak, Derrick Hallman's team lost this weekend 30-7. Their coach blamed the loss on a lack of effort by the players, saying they may have been looking ahead to the next game and that the performance was an inexcusable showing by the team's seniors. They had shut out their previous two opponents but were much less effective this week.
* Bryan Anger's Camarillo team, struggling without Samson Szakacsy, finally got their second win as they got something going on the ground. As always, newspaper reports don't have much on Anger's punting. One report mentioned that the opponent "bracketed" Anger as a receiver, so Camarillo focused on the running game.
* Jason Peters' team stayed undefeated and clinched the district title with a 29-10 win. Peters and Co. held a running back who had 212 yards last week to 46 yards this week.
* Hoover improved to 7-1 with a 44-21 victory. Brandon Clear is back in action and caught a 48-yard reception on the first play from scrimmage but did not find the endzone on the evening.
* Matt Howe's team improved to 5-2 with a 28-20 win. They had to sweat out a comeback after they started off with a 21-0 lead.
* Charlie Hatcher's team dropped a 15-14 double-overtime game. After winning the second and third games of the year, Hatcher's team has lost their last six games and has a woeful 2-7 record.
* Jamaine Olson's team stayed undefeated with a 42-0 win. Olson certainly plays for a great team. He sounds really important to Stanford since he's a pure cornerback, but I do wonder why he hasn't generated more recruiting interest playing in the Northwest for one of America's best programs.
* Mitchell Schwartz' team lost 29-26, dropping to 4-3 on the season.
* Victor Ojukwu's team fell to 2-5 with a 24-0 blowout loss.
* Against my better judgment, I'm including a Harrison Smith update. His recent comments make me think Stanford is DOA in his recruitment. Anyway, his team stayed undefeated with a 28-7 victory. Smith rushed for 192 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries, giving him 1091 rushing yards on the season.
* Chase Minnifield update: Minnifield's team squared off against another undefeated Lexington team and suffered their first loss of the season, 25-13. It's the second year in a row this city rival ended Henry Clay's bid for an undefeated season. Minnifield caught a nine-yard touchdown pass to start off the scoring. He also got stopped on a big fourth down goalline run in the second quarter as the opponent was starting to pull away. He was apparently stopped other than the early touchdown catch.
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