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[Moorpark, CA] Lone Peak (UT) wanted to leave a statement against LA's top city school.
Utah football is legit.
The Knights scored 27-unanswered points in the first half, setting them for a 41-21 victory over Narbonne. Narbonne struck first with a one-yard pass from Jake Garcia to Josh Jackson. The drive lasted nine pays, spanning 62-yards.
That was the only time Narbonne had control over the game.
Lone Peak found their footing after JD Neelam connected with Shaun for a 34-yard touchdown pass. Neelam is fresh off two stellar passing performances, throwing for 1063 yards and ten touchdowns in first two games. He made a few great throws, primarily to Trajen Hansen, that set-up Lone Peak's scoring drives.
Running back, Daniel Yamada, rushed for 130 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries. Yamada rushed downhill, and Narbonne all-star defense couldn't intimidate 6'2 205 back.
"It started to get a little chippy, but right off the bat, I tried to make them a little scared of me," Yamada said about his physical running. "Run as hard as I can, drop my shoulder, give them a little oww."
Narbonne struggled to keep the Knights out of the red zone in the first half. While Yamada and the offensive line dominated the line of scrimmage, Neelam challenged the secondary with throws to his receivers.
The star of the day was Mr. Everything, Nate Ritchie. Ritchie kicked three field goals, converted a fake punt, 75-yard kickoff return to the red zone, two interceptions, and a 70-yard interception return.
"He's like a hurricane," said head coach Bart Brockbank. "He just consumes everything."
Ritchie's all-around performance left everyone in awe. His longest field goal of the day, 40-yards, sailed over the crossbar with enough on it to be a 50-yarder. His 75-yard kickoff return came right after Narbonne's Jared Greenfield took an interception 62-yards to the endzone at the start of the third quarter. The interception return was the final dagger, ending Narbonne's last attempt to score.
Lone Peak defense played phenomenally. The dominated Narbonne's offense, putting heavy pressure on Garcia for a majority of the game, who came up limping after a few hits to the turf.
Whenever Lone Peak needed a play, Ritchie made it happen.
"It's just me," Ritchie said about his all-around performance. "I trusted my teammates to make their [plays], and I just see my opportunity and take it."
Brockbank knew Ritchie would play swiss army knife for the Knights since his freshman year. Brockbank waited until his sophomore season to begin putting pressure on Ritchie to play multiple roles, but since then, he has done it all.
A week ago, he returned a 41-yard touchdown to seal the Knights 30-20 win over Trimpview (UT). His other game-changing plays included a go-head 25-yard touchdown catch, fumble recovery, and 29-yard field goal.
The Knights traveled 900 miles for the game Saturday and brought a nice size crowd with them. While they were in Southern California, they made a trip to the beach. The 6A State Champions will represent the state of Utah on the national level once again when they host Bishop Gorman (NV) September 14th.
Narbonne will look to regroup against St. Paul next Friday.
Lone Peak 7 20 6 7
Narbonne 7 0 7 0
[Santa Ana, CA] The Monarchs wasted zero time displaying their dominance against the Centennial Huskies.
The rematch from last season's CIF playoffs had similar results, with the Monarchs walking away with a 41-12 victory.
"I was worried with the hype, they would forget this is Corona Centennial," head coach Bruce Rollinson said about the extra media attention surrounding the game.
Sophomore, Quincy Craig's 57-yard rush put the first six points on the board for Mater Dei. On the ensuing drive, he recovered a botched punt, setting up a Cameron Leupa rushing touchdown.
Centennial started the game with a solid opening drive but couldn't finish in the red zone, going four & out in their first three trips in the red zone. Two red zone opportunities in the fourth quarter concluded in rushing touchdowns.
In the postseason matchup, Mater Dei returned three interceptions, tonight they only returned one of their three interceptions.
Joshua Sagaio put heavy pressure on Centennial quarterback, Ala Mikaele, which lead to a free pass snatched by Ray Leutele, who returned it for a touchdown, putting the Monarchs up 28-0 in the first half.
Mater Dei defense held Centennial's blue-chip receiver, Gary Bryant, to one catch in the first half. Bryant eventually found a grove and a couple big plays in the late minutes of the game against the Monarchs second unit.
The Monarch's five-star quarterback, Bryce Young, put on a passing clinic completing his first seven passes. He finished with three touchdowns.
"Its definitely a process," Young said about his passing technique. "I don't think I model one specific person but its definitely people I look up too. I try to find my own throwing motions my own mechanics. It's been journey but I still have a lot to learn."
Young's accuracy was the highlight of the day. All three of his touchdowns were placed in perfect spots only the reciever could catch them despite great coverage by the defenders.
"Probably five of those throws, he [audibled] the whole thing, and that's the difference between junior year and senior year," Rollinson said about his quarterback.
Kody Epps led the Monarchs in receiving with 5 catches 59 yards and a touchdown.
The Monarchs are fresh off a "Mystic" National Championship, currently ranked #3 in the USA Today's Super 25. They have a strong national schedule that includes three teams in Super 25. Next they will take on Villa Park at home under the lights.
Centennial will host Orange Lutheran next Friday.
Centennial 0 0 0 12
Mater Dei 14 21 7 0
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Queens, NY – Day two of the DICK′s Nationals began with the ladies' bracket. Hamilton Heights (TN) and St. Frances Academy (MD) battled in a thriller, Hamilton Heights winning 56-55 in overtime.
Hamilton held on by a thin hair thanks to two free throws by Elizabeth Balogun that put the Lady Hawks up one point. Boulden finished with a team-high 14 points and game-high 7 blocks.
Freshman, Amber Reese, had a monster game, finishing with 20 points, 22 boards, 6 dimes, and 3 steals. Reese put-back to end the fourth quarter sent the game into overtime. The freshman forward worked hard from start to finish, trying to battle against the size of Hamilton Heights.
″I think we proved why we were 30-0,″ Reese said. ″The country got to see that and even though we lost, we′re still 30-0 in my heart.″
The length of Hamilton Heights was a big factor. Treasure Hunt, Balgoun, and Kamilla Cardosa clogged the paint and made it difficult for the Lady Panthers to penetrate.
Hamilton Heights started the game on a 9-0 run. St. Frances first four possessions resulted in turnovers and block shots attempts. It wasn′t until the two minute mark that the Lady Panthers scored their first bucket.
″The message during the run was we need to pick it up and communicate,″ St. Frances guard, Mia Davis said about the early run by Hamilton Heights. ″During the 9-0 run we weren′t communicating during the beginning of the game… we said we need to get back, stop making lazy passes and once we got back out there we picked up the slack.
The Lady Panthers fought all game to overcome deficits. They were able to tie the game in the second quarter, going 10-16 at the free throw line. Poor shooting from the field by St. Frances still allowed Hamilton Heights to keep the lead going into halftime.
The Lady Hawks went up by as much as 13 in the third quarter, once again using their size to create offense. Amber Hunt hit a big three that started 7-0 for the Hawks.
St. Frances began an 13-0 that started in the final minute of the third quarter. Nia Clouden knocked down a three-pointer that tied the game at 40. Amber Hunt answered with a three of her own, followed by a tough layup by Jazmine Massengill, who finished with 12 points. Cardosa missed a free throw on the other end which gave the Lady Panthers an opportunity to get one more shot off. Delicia Pinnick pushed the ball up court and got inside the paint for a layup attempt. Reese cleaned up the missed attempt and put the ball back up as time expired.
In overtime, A.Hunt and Pinnick traded threes to start the period but it was free throws that helped win the game for the Lady Hawks. The Lady Panthers had one last attempt to score with 20 seconds left. Reese got a look at the rim but the ball rolled around rim.
The Lady Panthers were disappointed about the loss but they were happy with their performance. They wanted to prove to people why they were invited and why they were undefeated.
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