The Skyline Spartans were the hosts, but they didn't have to be so magnanimous. They spotted Oaks…
Scout Out West Preview: Oaks vs. Skyline
The state of Washington may have never seen a weekend of football like this weekend. On a weekend where USC visits Washington, to many people in the state, that game is taking a back seat to the highly anticipated game between Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline and Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian. Skyline is the top-ranked team in the Evergreen State while Oaks stands out in the Golden State. In a game that will be nationally televised, you can bet the stars will be out (and that doesn't include the potential presence of Wayne Gretzky, Will Smith or Joe Montana). The visiting Lions are one of the most loaded teams in the West, led by five-star running back Malcolm Jones in the backfield along with four-star quarterback Nick Montana, who's going to spend the next four years in Seattle. His favorite target is sophomore Jordan Payton, who's already making a case as the premier prospect in the West for 2012. Payton has an early verbal offer from Akron. Up front, the offensive line features another Husky commit in Erik Kohler, the top tackle in California. Defensively, the Lions are led by Zac Stout, Jones and Alani Fua at linebacker and Cassius Marsh at defensive tackle while Max Napolitano anchors the secondary. Meanwhile, the Spartans, carrying a 30-game winning streak into their home field, will counter with the nation's top quarterback, Jake Heaps, who's headed to BYU. He'll be protected by Jase Butorac, a three-star lineman for the Spartans. Expect Heaps to throw many passes to Kasen Williams, the top receiver out West in 2011, who's got offers from all over, as well as tight end Cooper Pelluer. Defensively, Pelluer and Anthony DeMatteo anchor the front seven for the Spartans while Williams and 2011 prospect Evan Zeger, a transfer from Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman, hold down the secondary. But the other storylines to watch include Heaps against two of his future BYU teammates, Zac Stout and Alani Fua, who'll try to pressure and harass him defensively. At the same time, two of the Huskies' stars of their recruiting class, Montana and Kohler, will try to make a lasting impression on the fans wearing purple and gold to the game. A standing room only crowd is expected for the game televised on ESPN. And the winner could bolster their case for the best team in the West.
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