Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline vs. Bellevue (Wash.) Newport
In a matchup of the top two quarterbacks in the state of Washington, it was the nation's premier passer that, not surprisingly, came out on top.
Skyline's Max Browne, the #1-ranked quarterback in the country by Scout.com, started off slow, the Spartans' first three possessions going for 3-and-outs, and Browne getting sacked three times. Then the five-star went to work, and put on a half to remember. It started with a 78-yard touchdown pass to trim the lead to 14-7, then after the Spartans got the ball back, Browne connected on a 12-yard touchdown pass after a 58-yard pass got Skyline into the red zone. Newport took the lead back at 21-14, but Browne responded with a 63-yard touchdown pass to tie it. After forcing a Newport punt, Browne threw the first of a double pass that resulted in an 84-yard touchdown pass. Browne was 10-for-11 passes for 259 yards and three touchdowns in the 2nd quarter alone. He threw his fourth touchdown pass early in the third, and then after the Spartans took two fumble recoveries back for touchdowns, his night was done.
We saw the USC commit Browne in Week One, and that week he started slow before getting into a groove, but it was nothing like the groove he got in against Newport. Browne has one of the most flawless downfield arms, easily getting it down 50-60 yards without much effort. His pocket poise is remarkable, he did a good job stepping up in the pocket after Newport got early pressure on him, and after struggling a bit with it early in his career, he speeds through his reads and finds the open receiver, rather than the first receiver he looks at. He did a good job of waiting for his receiver to get open before lofting the ball his way.
Newport's Isaac Dotson is the #2 quarterback in the Evergreen State, and he started strong for the Knights, with a couple of nice passes and an early touchdown run that gave Newport their final lead of the night. Newport ran a lot of option on the night, and Dotson, who's headed to Nevada to play in the pistol, did a good job on his decision making, pitching when he was about to get hit, and keeping it when the defender went after the back. He had a 21-yard touchdown run that included him barreling over a linebacker. Dotson also added an interception of Browne.
Greg Biggins, National Recrutiting Analyst
Gardena (Calif.) Serra vs. Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral
Serra corner Adoree Jackson was the best player on the field and showed why he's the top rated DB in the west in the 2014 class. He had a diving interception, a pair of dazzling punt/kick returns and was physical in run support. Jackson has long arms and runs very well. He's a tough kid with excellent cover skills and has everything you want in a future cover corner. The biggest surprise with Jackson is how he doesn't already have 20 offers on the table. He's a true national prospect and probably the state's best cover prospect right now.
Junior quarterback Jalen Greene is a dual threat who made several plays with his arm and legs. He has kind of a 'short arm' release where it looks like he's pushing the ball but can get it out of his hand quick and throws a pretty nice ball. Greene is very mobile and looks more comfortable outside the pocket where he has a chance to either throw or take off and run it.
Serra receiver Darrell Fuery is an emerging talent who caught three touchdowns in this game and has nine on the year. He has good size, explosive speed and leaping ability and very strong hands. Fuery, who runs on Serra's state ranked track team, is a definite FBS prospect and schools should take notice.
Serra sophomore running back Malik Roberson is a short, but stocky back with very good speed. He has a nice burst, runs very hard and is physical. With two years to develop, Roberson has a chance to emerge as one of the better backs in the state by the time he's a senior. He's also a standout in track
Cathedral quarterback and LSU commit Hayden Rettig struggled in this game and look rattled at times by Serra's pass rush. When he has time to throw and sets himself, Rettig is probably the best pure thrower in the state. Rettig's arm is so strong, that he often lets his mechanics go a bit and throws off his back foot rather than stepping in to his throws. That was the case much of this game and his accuracy suffered badly. His deep balls fluttered and his receivers struggled catching some of his balls as well. Rettig still has major tools and excellent leadership skills and once he fine tunes his mechanics a bit, he should be just fine.
Cathedral athlete DaMari Scott looked good at both receiver and corner and could play on either side of the ball in college. He had a bigger impact in this game on defense and played very physical. He's a solid tackler and has the size and speed to play safety or corner at the next level. At receiver, the ball wasn't thrown his way much but Scott has strong hands and is a physical receiver who runs well after the catch.
Cathedral junior receiver LaDarius Wiley is an intriguing kid and it's easy to see why he has a few early offers already. He looks all of 6-1, maybe 6-2, has a long, lean frame and is very smooth. He shows good hands, has better than average speed and runs well with the ball in his hands. Wiley also plays safety on defense and shows plenty of physicality to show he would be a quality free safety in college but his upside looks best at receiver right now. California and Fresno State have both offered.
Kevin Carden, California Recruiting Analyst
Encino (Calif.) Crespi vs. Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame
Notre Dame quarterback Kelly Hilinski led the Knights to a 40-34 win over rival Crespi, in a four overtime game that had a little bit of everything. UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone was in attendance and Hilinski saved his best two passes of the game, a pair of perfectly placed passes on seam routes, for the final game-tying drive of regulation and on the first overtime.
Hilinski had a solid but not spectacular game, and got pressured often by Crespi defensive end Ray Davison, who finished the night with two quarterback sacks.
Tyler Foreman and Brandon Arnold both contributed at wide receiver and defensive back and showed why they are such highly sought after recruits. Foreman had one of the biggest catches of the night late in the fourth quarter and is one of the most physical defensive backs in the region.
Notre Dame tailback Khalfani Muhammad was contained by the Celt defense most of the night but broke off a 13-yard touchdown for the win, and finished the night with 149 yards on 37 carries.
But the player with the most impressive night of all was Crespi tailback/cornerback Timmy Hayes. The under the radar recruit had 188 yards on 20 carries at tailback, blocked a field goal attempt and was solid at cornerback.
Jake Worthen, Northwest Recruiting Analyst
Federal Way (Wash.) vs. Spanaway Lake (Wash.)
Federal Way did not disappoint on Thursday night, in what quickly turned into a 42-13 route. In just one half of football, Federal Way (Wash.) 2015 running back Chico McClatcher racked up 150 yards on just nine carries as well as one reception for 78 yards, with three total touchdowns. McClatcher already holds an offer from Washington and will likely add many more before his signing day.
Wide receiver Mike Tate didn't see the ball much as the Eagles rarely threw and pulled starters at half. He still managed to haul in a couple passes, including a two yard touchdown reception. Tate is a possession receiver that runs great routes to earn himself space. Tate has great hands and the frame to bulk up in a college program. He will wait until after the season to set up official visits to the schools on his offer list, which include Eastern Washington, Idaho, Montana, Portland State and Wyoming.
Federal Way (Wash.) Cornerback D'Londo Tucker has offers from Eastern Washington, Idaho and Portland State and is looking to play with current teammate Mike Tate in college. Tucker had an interception in the game and proved himself to be one of the better cover corners in the state. Tucker has long arms, excellent ball skills and instincts for the position that can't be taught. Middle linebacker Albert Havili recently picked up offers from Eastern Washington and Montana State, but has no immediate plans for college visits. This was one of the more quiet performances I have seen from Havili, but Federal Way was so dominant his opportunities were limited.
Snoqualmie (Wash.) Mount Si vs. Bellevue (Wash.)
Bellevue showed why it is ranked No. 4 in the Scout.com national team rankings. The Wolverines came in undefeated and ranked No. 1 in 3A, they took on the No. 2 ranked 3A team in the state and dismantled them 49-10. While the loss looks bad for Mount Si, I think it speaks more to Bellevue's dominance and wouldn't be surprised to see the teams face off again in the state playoffs.
Bellevue is loaded with talent, UCLA commit and four-star outside linebacker Myles Jack had a great game on both sides of the ball. The highlight of his night was breaking off a 78 yard touchdown run where he kept running after landing on an opponent, but never touching down. Jack continues to be the most physically dominant prospect in the state, imposing his will on the defensive edge and playing with a physicality opponents haven't been able to match.
In addition to Jack, early 2014 four-star Budda Baker did not disappoint. He finished the night with three total touchdowns, a pair of which came on 30+ yard interception returns. His other score came on a 53-yard touchdown run where he burst through the middle of the defense. Baker is an elite athlete and will be the most coveted prospect in the Northwest next year.
Washington commit and MLB Sean Constantine injured his forearm in the game and it is feared broken. Constantine will likely miss the remainder of the Bellevue regular season, but could return for the playoffs.
While it was a tough night for Mount Si, some prospects still showed through. Kicker and Washington commit Cameron Van Winkle boomed touchbacks on every kickoff, including one that sailed through the uprights. He also lined up and nailed a 35 yard field goal that would have been good from much longer. Van Winkle holds nearly every place kicking record in the state of Washington and easily has the strongest leg of any prep kicker I have ever seen.
2014 quarterback Nick Mitchell struggled against the vaunted Bellevue defense, but showed flashes of the prospect that has schools like Oregon State interested in him early.
Jason Jewell, Southeast Recruiting Analyst
Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline vs. Bellevue (Wash.) Newport
The biggest prospect on hand was Arizona State commit, TE Grant Martinez from NDP. I absolutely love the progress he has made. In years past, Martinez was more of a glorified wide receiver then a true tight end but he is doing some things now that make me beieve he can put his hand in the ground. They are using him as the second puller on counter plays, lining him up on the line of scrimmage and letting him block defensive ends. Martinez has always had great hands and he caught a touchdown and went low for another pass and came away with it. At 6 foot 5 and 210 pounds, Martinez just needs to bulk up.
Notre Dame is a very good private school and every year they have a handful of players that go to Ivy League schools or to academies, this year is no different. Outside linebacker Duncan Morfitt has Army and Navy offers and can easily play at that level. Middle linebacker Luke Taffuri has an offer from Army and I am shocked that it is his only offer. Taffuri doesn't have great size, standing 6 foot, 210 pounds but he is one of the best pure football players in the state. He is a great linebacker; he has great instincts and is a sure tackler. What I love most is that he is also a 25 carry a game running back and he never looks tired. Taffuri rarely leaves the field and is a difference maker on both sides of the ball.
Keep an eye on junior safety Jordan Schlueter, he has a chance to be special. Colorado State has already early offered but the 6 foot 2 190 pound Schleuter has a chance to be a ten offer player.
Annabel Stephan, West Field Reporter
Ontario (Calif.) Colony vs. Pomona (Calif.) Garey
Colony's Thursday night shutout of Garey made game-goers thankful for the running clock. Colony struck quickly, as running back Samajie Grant (an Arizona commit) scored a 49-yard touchdown reception minutes into the game and finished the game with two touchdowns. Grant and the rest of the Titans' starters only played the first half of the game, racking up 42 points on six possessions in the first two quarters alone. After the 49-0 win, the 6-foot, 180-pound Grant reiterated the strength of his commitment to the Wildcats (whose coaches were on the sidelines) and said he would not be looking anywhere else or taking any other official visits.