We have new additions to Friday Night Lights this week! Let’s check in on how the season has gone for running back commits Chris Brown and Johnny Adams, and linebacker commit Louis Bickett.
Chris Brown: RB, El Camino (Oceanside, CA)
Brown and El Camino are 8-5 this season and are playing their best football in the playoffs as they’ve beaten Olympian 29-21, Oceanside 49-42, and Eastlake 20-10 to capture a section championship. Here’s what The San Diego Tribune had to say about the Eastlake game:
Rugged running back Chris Brown, who had a frustrating season after a great 2016 campaign, came up big when his El Camino teammates needed him most.
Brown ran for a pair of touchdowns, then handled the ball on 11 of 12 plays at the end of the game as the Wildcats killed the clock and beat Eastlake 20-10 late Friday night to claim the San Diego Section Division I football championship before 7,125 fans at Southwestern College.
“I love this atmosphere,” Brown said. “It was hard, but you’ve got to get through it. I love these guys.”
The top-seeded Wildcats improve to 8-5 and will wait for Sunday’s announcement to see where they’re placed in the Southern California Regional.
Eastlake, the No. 2 seed, finishes 10-3.
On his first carry from scrimmage, Brown took a handoff, cut right, broke a tackle and sprinted 50 yards for a score to give the Wildcats the early 7-0 lead.
Just before the half, Brown bulled his way into the end zone from 16 yards out to give El Camino a 20-3 lead.
This season, Brown has rushed 177 times for 908 yards and 12 touchdowns. Next up for Brown and El Camino is a meeting with Crenshaw.
Johnny Adams: RB, Ben Davis (Indianapolis, IN)
Everything about Adams’ season has been dominant. Individually, he has been spectacular in accumulating 1424 yards rushing and 16 rushing touchdowns on 140 carries. He has also caught 13 passes for 202 yards and four touchdowns. His team, Ben Davis, is 14-0 and ranked number one in Indiana and number nine in the nation by MaxPreps. They captured a state championship last week by defeating Penn 63-14.
Louis Bickett: LB, Torrey Pines (San Diego, CA)
Torrey Pines went 7-5 this season, including a 40-0 playoff victory against La Costa Canyon — one week after they lost 27-21 to end the regular season against the same team. Torrey Pines lost 20-17 to Mission Hills in their section semi-finals last week to end their season.
Nikko Remigio: WR, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA)
Two weeks ago, Mater Dei destroyed Long Beach Poly and they have continued their season-long dominance over the last two games by defeating Mission Viejo 49-21 and St. John Bosco 49-24. The passing game wasn’t needed much against Mission Viejo, so Remigio didn’t catch any passes, but he did haul in four passes for 39 yards and one touchdown against St. John Bosco.
Next up for the Monarchs is a titanic clash with De La Salle.
Will Craig (OL) and Evan Tattersall (LB/RB): Granite Bay (Granite Bay, CA)
Granite Bay took on Del Campo in the section semi-finals and managed to escape with a narrow 9-7 victory. Tattersall amassed 95 total yards on 18 touches. He also managed to make eight tackles and one sack, while Craig made a tackle as well.
In the section championship, Granite Bay’s defense dominated once again as they blanked Del Oro 22-0. Tattersall carried the ball 10 times for 18 yards and one touchdown. Craig made three tackles and one tackle for a loss.
Next up for Granite Bay is a matchup with Pittsburg.
Atonio Mafi: G/DT, Junipero Serra (San Mateo, CA)
Serra coped without Mafi after he suffered a season-ending injury two weeks ago by beating Valley Christian 31-14 and Saint Francis 31-30. Next up is a matchup with Tulare Union.
Miles Owens: OL, Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland, CA)
Bishop O’Dowd’s six-game winning-streak came to an end with a 25-20 playoff loss to Marin Catholic. The Dragons finished the season with a 9-3 record.
JH Tevis: DE, Menlo (Atherton, CA)
Tevis and Menlo snuck past Scotts Valley with a 26-21 win to advance to the next round where they lost 38-21 to Gilroy in a game which ended their season. Tevis notched three tackles and a quarterback hurry in the meeting with Scotts Valley, while he managed a much more impressive 11 tackles and two tackles for a loss against Gilroy. Menlo finishes the season with a 8-5 record.
Jasper Friis: OL, Aquinas (San Bernardino, CA)
The Aquinas machine just keeps rolling along as they beat Cypress 47-12 and Burroughs 24-6. Aquinas puts their 14-0 record on the line against Grace Brethren this week.
Slater Zellers: OL/LS, Notre Dame Prep (Scottsdale, AZ)
Notre Dame Prep’s perfect season ended in a 42-21 loss to Centennial, which drops their record to 13-1.