The vast majority of Cal commits had fairly easy games this week and put up big numbers as a result. We'll start on offense with the best performance of the bunch, coming from Zion Echols. How many times has that been the case this season? Echols consistently performs well and might end up being a steal as a three-star recruit.
Zion Echols: RB, Covina (Ca.) Charter Oak (7-1)
Charter Oak and Hacienda Heights (Ca.) Los Altos lit up the scoreboard this past week, with Charter Oak claiming the victory 49-35.
Echols was the spark for Charter Oak's offensive explosion as he scored four touchdowns on the night. Echols rushed 25 times for 150 yards and two touchdowns, with 4 receptions for 35 yards and one touchdown. Echols added a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to top it all off.
Jordan Duncan: WR, Hattiesburg (Ms.) Oak Grove (7-2)
Oak Grove lost for just the second time this season 28-16 to Brandon (Ms.) Brandon. The majority of Duncan's highlights came on the defensive side of the ball as he made several pass breakups and open-field tackles. His offensive highlight play came on a screen pass which he was able to take for a nice gain.
Derrick Clark: RB, San Diego (Ca.) Mission Bay (8-0)
Mission Bay continued dominating the competition, this time defeating San Diego (Ca.) San Diego 38-0. Clark led the way for the Buccaneers with two rushing touchdowns and a receiving touchdown.
Clark also had a highlight reel run during which he channeled his inner Marshawn Lynch and bounced off a few opposition defenders and spun away from some more. Check it out in the video below.
Max Gilliam: QB, Thousand Oaks (Ca.) Thousand Oaks (7-1)
Gilliam and Thousand Oaks rebounded from their stinging defeat to Westlake Village (Ca.) Oaks Christian by taking down Simi Valley (Ca.) Royal 49-35.
Gilliam completed 20-26 passes for 316 yards and four touchdowns, with 14 rushes for 109 yards and another touchdown.
The highlight video revealed something to me, though, and I think it shows the primary reason why Gilliam was targeted for this team. He looks like a good scheme fit for Sonny Dykes and Tony Franklin's style of offense, but that's not it.
The highlight video shows Gilliam could be a dangerous weapon as a threat to run when Cal is in a formation from which it could pooch punt. Imagine the fake punts we could do! Sadly, we do not have to imagine terrible fake punts after the UCLA game.
All joking aside, Gilliam is an exciting prospect as he could add a dual-threat option to Franklin's offense that could open things up for the running backs.
Drew Kobayashi: WR, Honolulu (Hi.) St. Louis (8-1)
Kobayashi and St. Louis clinched a league championship after defeating Honolulu (Hi.) Punahou for a second consecutive week, this time by a score of 27-23.
Jake Curhan: OL, Larkspur (Ca.) Redwood (4-4)
Redwood destroyed San Rafael (Ca.) San Rafael 69-0. Curhan's highlight, for some reason, featured only a fullback run, which would be fine if some footage of his blocking was included, but it wasn't.
Logan Gamble: WR, Long Beach (Ca.) St. Anthony (5-3)
St. Anthony took the field against Rosemead (Ca.) Bosco Tech and it certainly was not a fair fight. St. Anthony won 66-6 and, after watching the highlights, it boggles my mind as to how Bosco Tech scored a touchdown.
Anyways, Gamble had two receptions for 29 yards and a touchdown. Gamble caught the touchdown in the back of the endzone when he towered over a much smaller cornerback and snatched the lobbed throw. He also registered a strip sack.
Daniel Juarez: OL, Corona (Ca.) Centennial (8-0)
Centennial smoked Corona (Ca.) Santiago 79-31 as they continue to steamroll the opposition. The highlight video features a nice block where Juarez sealed the lane for the running back to stride into the endzone.
Francisco Perez: OL, Baldwin Park (Ca.) Baldwin Park (5-3)
Baldwin Park picked up their fifth win of the season by defeating Covina (Ca.) Gladstone 34-6. Perez displayed solid downfield blocking and he consistently finishes his blocks.
Josh Drayden: CB, Dallas (Tx.) Bishop Dunne (8-0)
Bishop Dunne had no trouble dispatching of Dallas (Tx.) Bishop Lynch 54-21 and Drayden contributed a punt return which he almost took all the way four a touchdown.
Cameron Goode: LB, Houston (Tx.) Klein Collins (8-0)
Goode did a bit of everything during Klein Collins' 31-21 victory against Montgomery (Tx.) Montgomery. Goode was a terror in the backfield as he consistently fought through blocks to make tackles. Goode was also able to drop into coverage and come downhill to bring down the ball carrier.
Tevin Paul: DE, Austin (Tx.) Lake Travis (8-0)
Lake Travis took down previously undefeated Austin (Tx.) Westlake 35-14 in a showdown of these powerhouse Texas programs.
Paul notched seven tackles, two tackles for loss and two forced fumbles.
Chris Yaghi: DT, Santa Ana (Ca.) Foothill (5-2)
Foothill beat Anaheim (Ca.) Esperanza 31-10 and Yaghi had three tackles for loss. He showed decent lateral quickness in chasing down the running backs on several occasions.
Markus Wright: LB, Columbus (Ga.) Jordan (3-6)
Wright had eight tackles during Jordan's 44-18 loss to Fort Valley (Ga.) Peach County.
Evan Weaver: DE, Spokane (Wa.) Gonzaga Prep (8-0)
Weaver made plays all over the field. It was a typical Weaver performance.