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Pac-12 Football Players of the Week – Week 1

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Pac-12 Football Players of the Week – Week 1

OFFENSE: Anthony Gordon, R-Sr., QB, Washington State (Pacifica, Calif.)
• In his first career start, redshirt-senior Anthony Gordon completed 29-of-35 passes (82.8%) for 420 yards, five touchdowns and a QB rating of 230.8.
• Gordon completed touchdown passes to four different receivers, and eight receivers in all caught a Gordon pass.
• Gordon started the game with 15-straight completions and finished the first half completing 22-of-23 attempts (the only incompletion was a drop) for 330 yards and four touchdowns.
• Gordon led WSU to touchdown drives on each of his first six drives followed by field goals on each of the next two drives and a final touchdown on his final drive. In all, he led WSU to scores on all nine of the drives he started (7 touchdowns, 2 field goals).
• The 330 yards were the seventh-most in a half in school history.
• Candidate for the Davey O’Brien Award, the honor presented annually to the nation’s best quarterback.

Also nominated: Zack Moss, UTAH; Alex Fontenot, COLO; Christopher Brown, Jr., CAL; Isaiah Hodgins, OSU; Brandon Aiyuk, ASU; Aaron Fuller, WASH; Michael Wilson, STAN; Vavae Malepeai, USC.

DEFENSE: Francis Bernard, Sr., LB, Utah (Herriman, Utah)
• Taking on his former team in BYU, Francis Bernard shined for the Utes in his third career start, recording four tackles, including 1.5 tackles for a loss of three yards, and a 58-yard interception return for a touchdown.
• His pick-six was the first of his career and his 58-yard return was the second-longest in the Pac-12 in week one. It was his second interception at Utah and fifth of his career (three at BYU).
• Forced a third-and-long after tackling BYU’s running back for a loss of two yards on BYU’s first offensive drive of the game.
• On the next play, Bernard made a big third down stop, tackling the BYU wide receiver four yards short of a first down, forcing the Cougars to attempt a failed fourth down conversion.
• Intercepted Zach Wilson’s pass on second down with 11:03 left to go in the second quarter, taking it 58 yards to the end zone, breaking the 3-3 tie to give Utah a 9-3 lead.
• Assisted on a tackle for loss of two yards on a first-and-10 at the BYU 24, forcing a second-and-long.

Also nominated: Troy Dye, ORE; Isaiah Pola-Mao, USC; Mikial Onu, COLO; Kuony Deng, CAL; Kaylan Kearse-Thomas, ASU; Casey Toohil, STAN; Marcus Strong, WSU.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Michael Turk, R-So., P, Arizona State (Dallas, Texas)
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ASU punter Michael Turk set a NCAA, Pac-12 and ASU record for highest average yards per punt in a game with a minimum of five attempts (63.0 yards per punt) in ASU’s 30-7 win over Kent State.
• Turk punted five times for 315 yards with boots of 64, 62, 65, 49 and 75 yards in his Sun Devil debut. Turk broke the NCAA record previously held by Braden Mann of Texas A&M (60.8 yards per punt average vs. Alabama on Sept. 22, 2018).
• Turk’s 75-yard punt in the fourth quarter tied for the sixth-longest punt in school history.
• For the night, Turk placed three of his five punts inside the 20.
• Turk was named to the Ray Guy Award Preseason Watch List. The honor is presented annually to the nation’s best punter.

Also nominated: Velus Jones, USC; Blake Mazza, WSU; Dario Longhetto, CAL; Jet Toner, STAN; Alex Kinney, COLO; Jevon Holland, ORE

Washington State offensive lineman Liam Ryan during the PAC-12 Media Day at the Ray Dolby Ballroom located within Hollywood & Highlands (Photo by Jevone Moore)

OFFENSIVE LINE: Liam Ryan, R-Jr., OL, Washington State (Chino Hills, Calif.)
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Did not allow a QB pressure on any of his snaps played.
• Graded out 90 percent for the game.
• Blocked for 100-yard rusher while quarterbacks threw for 507 yards.

Also nominated: Walker Little, STAN; Kary Kutsch, COLO; Michael Saffell, CAL; Jaxson Kirkland, WASH.

DEFENSIVE LINE: Benning Potoa’e, Sr., DL, Washington (DuPont, Wash.)
• Potoa’e led the Husky defense in Washington’s 47-14 win over Eastern Washington.
• The senior, who moved inside from OLB/DE to DT this season, posted four tackles, three of them for a loss, with two sacks.
• His first sack was a big one as he knocked the EWU QB for a 15-yard loss on a 3rd-and-3 play.
• His second sack, a four-yard loss, also came on a third-down attempt later in the game.
• Washington’s defense held EWU to 63 yards of rushing, sacked the QB four times and had nine tackles for loss.

Also nominated: Mika Tafua, UTAH; Mustafa Johnson, COLO; Luc Bequette, CAL; Drake Jackson, USC; Will Rodgers III, WSU; Jovan Swann, STAN; Jermayne Lole, ASU.

ASU QB Jayden Daniels during the Kent State vs Arizona State game in Tempe, AZ on August 29, 2019. Photo by John Hays / fi360 News

FRESHMAN: Jayden Daniels, Fr., QB, ASU (San Bernardino, Calif.)
• Jayden Daniels, the first true freshman quarterback to start a season opener for ASU, threw for 284 yards and accounted for three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing) in ASU’s 30-7 win over Kent State.
• Broke the previous ASU record for passing yards in first career game (160 by Jeff Krohn in 2000).
• After first half that included his first career touchdown pass (eight yards to RB Eno Benjamin), Daniels led ASU to scores on its first three possessions of the third quarter to put the game out of reach.
• Capped opening drive of second half with a one-yard scoring run and later in the third quarter found WR Brandon Aiyuk for a 77-yard scoring strike to extend ASU’s lead to 27-0.
• Candidate for the Davey O’Brien Award, the honor presented annually to the nation’s best quarterback.

Also nominated: Rodrick Fisher, WSU; Dario Longhetto, CAL; Ben Lennon, UTAH; Spencer Webb, ORE; Drake Jackson, USC.

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Sparks rally sets up potential bye with just one more win

Los Angeles Sparks forward Chiney Ogwumike #13 making a move in the paint during the Atlanta Dream vs Los Angeles Sparks at Staples Center Tuesday September 3, 2019. (Photo by Jevone Moore)
Los Angeles Sparks guard Riquna Williams #2 dribbling off a screen during the Atlanta Dream vs Los Angeles Sparks at Staples Center Tuesday September 3, 2019. (Photo by Jevone Moore)

Los Angeles, CA – DJ MaL-Ski was missing in the start of the final three game Sparks home stand before the playoffs. Also not suited was Nneka Ogwumike with load management issues. This would be the last thing the Sparks needed down the home stretch, where fighting for the fourth seed has become as tight as ever with the Chicago Sky sitting just a half game behind. With the two missing, the Sparks were seeking energy from other sources on and off the court. It took about a quarter or so as the Sparks needed to find their defensive poise and take control. After the Dream scored 24 points in the first, they only managed 36 more in the final three quarters as the Sparks edged out a 70-60 win that kept them a game ahead of the Sky for the fourth seed and a first round bye in the playoffs.

“A game like this tonight goes to show how deep we are,” Chiney Ogwumike said. “This was only really the fourth game where we practically had everyone here. Atlanta is a tough opponent since they are coming in free since they are out of a playoff hunt. We needed everything and then some to get the win.”

Atlanta Dream guard Alex Bentley #20 during the Atlanta Dream vs Los Angeles Sparks at Staples Center Tuesday September 3, 2019. (Photo by Jevone Moore)

The absence of Nneka was noticeable all throughout the first half when the Sparks couldn’t find any way to score. Atlanta came through to grab a lead by as many as nine in the first half. Los Angeles turned up the tempo in the second quarter defensively only allowing 11 points. However, after grabbing the first lead of the game late in the frame, the Dream managed to hang around and take a one point lead heading into halftime.

A sloppy third quarter plagued both teams, but the Sparks finally settled in. All they needed was to find their footing offensively opening the floor with a handful of points in the paint that eventually saw their lead get into double digits. Atlanta in the final minute had Renee Montgomery and Elizabeth Williams score seven straight points that saw a 13 points Sparks lead somehow cut to six.

Los Angeles Sparks guard Chelsea Gray #12 goes up for a shot during the Atlanta Dream vs Los Angeles Sparks at Staples Center Tuesday September 3, 2019. (Photo by Jevone Moore)

After the Sparks lead dwindled to just five, Chelsea Gray knocked a three from the top of the key that put the lead up to eight, and eventually put the game out of reach as the Dream offense couldn’t keep up towards the end.

Candace Parker scored a team high 21 points. Chiney and Gray combined for 32 total points.

Los Angeles Sparks head coach Derek Fisher talking to the referee Atlanta Dream vs Los Angeles Sparks at Staples Center Tuesday September 3, 2019. (Photo by Jevone Moore)

Los Angeles can mathematically still grab the number three seed. It all depends if the Sky can beat the Las Vegas Aces on Friday, who currently hold that spot. However, right now for the Sparks is to just win and let fate take its course as they mentally need to prepare for next week as they have two games to go.

“People come in to LA with a lot of pride saying they beat LA and that means a lot,” Chiney said. “With two games to go we still have a lot at stake so it’s still very hard to let our guard down.”

Atlanta Dream guard Renee Montgomery #21 pushing off to create space during the Atlanta Dream vs Los Angeles Sparks at Staples Center Tuesday September 3, 2019. (Photo by Jevone Moore)

USC wins the season opener but loses its starting quarterback

Los Angeles, CA August 31, 2019: USC Trojans quarterback JT Daniels (18) leaves the game at halftime NCAA football game between Fresno State Bulldogs vs USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA. Photo by Jordon Kelly/fi360news.
Los Angeles, CA August 31, 2019: USC Trojans running back Stephen Carr (7) runs the ball for a gain during a NCAA football game between Fresno State Bulldogs vs USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA. Photo by Jordon Kelly/fi360news.

Los Angeles, CA – All the talk leading up to the season was the air-raid offense new offensive coordinator Graham Harrell was implementing at USC but it was the running game that helped the Trojans hold on to  31-23 win over Fresno State in the season opener Saturday night at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

 

Junior running back Vavae Malepeal rushed for a career-high 134 yards with a touchdown on 23 carries. Stephen Carr added a touchdown reception and rushed for another score.

 

“I said it all night, this is fun,” Malepeal said. “You know, coming on the ball and keeping it uptempo. I told coach Helton that many times and it’s the best feeling in the world when you have a head coach that’s always going to bet on you no matter what.”

 

Los Angeles, CA August 31, 2019: USC Trojans running back Vavae Malepeai (29) runs the ball for a gain during a NCAA football game between Fresno State Bulldogs vs USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA. Photo by Jordon Kelly/fi360news.

The Trojans got a spark in the third quarter when Velus Jones Jr.returned a kickoff 101 yards for a touchdown. Velus Jr. found a crease and was off to the races with only the kicker to beat.

 

“Everytime I touch it, I expect to take one back,” Jones Jr. said. “When you get a chance to hit a homerun, hit a home run. I couldn’t have done it without my brothers blocking for me. That’s where it all started.”

 

USC scored on its opening possession with a 13-play, 81-yard drive. J.T Daniels hit Carr out of the backfield for an 8-yard touchdown. Carr side stepped a defender to get into the end zone.

 

Los Angeles, CA August 31, 2019: USC Trojans defensive lineman Brandon Pili (91) sacks Fresno State Bulldogs quarterback Jorge Reyna (11) during a NCAA football game between Fresno State Bulldogs vs USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA. Photo by Jordon Kelly/fi360news.

After Marlon Tuipulotu forced a fumble that Hunter Echols recovered, Carr scored on a 14-yard run to give USC a 14-0 lead with 7:45 left in the first quarter.

 

Towards the end of the second quarter, USC starting quarterback JT Daniels went down with a right leg injury. Fresno State came with a blitz on third down and sacked Daniels. As he went down, Daniels reached for his right knee and had to be helped off the field.

 

USC coach Clay Helton said Daniels had an x-ray and it was negative but they will wait on the results of the MRI.

 

Los Angeles, CA August 31, 2019: Fresno State Bulldogs quarterback Jorge Reyna (11) runs the ball out of the pocket during a NCAA football game between Fresno State Bulldogs vs USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA. Photo by Jordon Kelly/fi360news.

“It’s gut wrenching,” Helton said. “You see a kid that’s poured so much into the game and into this team. I said a prayer as soon as I saw it and I’m hoping we get the best results tomorrow.”

 

True freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis replaced Daniels and finished 6-of-8 for 57 yards with one interception. Slovis showed off his arm on a deep pass to Tyler Vaughns who hauled in the 41-yard reception.

 

The Trojans had an 18-point lead heading into the fourth quarter but a field goal and Chris Coleman’s 8-yard touchdown reception cut the lead to eight with 6:39 remaining. The Bulldogs had one final chance to tie the game but Isaiah Pola-Mao intercepted Jorge Reyna in the end zone to seal the victory.

 

Los Angeles, CA August 31, 2019: USC Trojans running back Stephen Carr (7) runs for a touchdown during a NCAA football game between Fresno State Bulldogs vs USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA. Photo by Jordon Kelly/fi360news.

The defense played well in spots, forcing three turnovers but gave up 462 total yards. Reyna led the Bulldogs with 256 yards passing and two touchdowns while rushing for 88 yards.

 

“A lot to clean up for us,” Helton said. “I thought we left some opportunities out there. Thank goodness for a stout defense at the end and a big play by Isaiah Pola-Mao. We’ve got a lot to fix before the next game.”

 

USC will open Pac-12 play when they host Stanford next Saturday.

 

No.11 Oregon falls late to No.16 Auburn in AdvoCare Classic

Oregon vs Auburn football game at AT&T Stadium on Saturday August 31, 2019. (Photo by Megan Connelly / fi360 News)
Oregon vs Auburn football game at AT&T Stadium on Saturday August 31, 2019. (Photo by Megan Connelly / fi360 News)

ARLINGTON, TX – The No 11 ranked Oregon Ducks started their 2019 season with a loss, falling to the No 16 ranked Auburn Tigers 21-27 at AT&T Stadium. Oregon moves to 0-3 all time at AT&T Stadium, with their previous trips to Arlington including losses to LSU in the 2011 AdvoCare Classic, and to Ohio State in the inaugural College Football Playoff in 2014.

 

In his time as head coach, Mario Cristobal has attempted to redefine Oregon’s identity with “Oregon Football 2.0”, a physical team that can run between the trenches, and compete with the country’s biggest powerhouses. With a win, Oregon would have proved that vision was coming to fruition, immediately jumped into National Championship contention, and returning senior quarterback Justin Herbert would be at the top of the 2019 Heisman candidates.

 

Instead, Auburn’s true freshman quarterback Bo Nix marched the Tigers down to take their first lead of the game with 9 seconds left in the 4th quarter, capping off a 2:05 drive with a 26-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide-receiver Seth Williams.

 

Oregon vs Auburn football game at AT&T Stadium on Saturday August 31, 2019. (Photo by Megan Connelly / fi360 News)

The Ducks now find themselves in a deflating uphill battle the rest of the season. To this point, no team has rebounded from a week 1 loss to enter the College Football Playoff, and they’ll likely need to escape the rest of this season without another loss to even enter the conversation about sneaking back in. A season that includes road trips to Stanford, Washington, and USC, along with a home game against Washington State.

 

While a tough road lies ahead, Oregon has the leadership and foundation needed to recover. Cristobal stated “I think our guys all recognize our goals are still in front of us… we have a really good group of leaders, and our program is built from the inside out… We build it on the right stuff, so when situations like this hit, that you’re prepared to bounce back and move forward”.

 

Oregon vs Auburn football game at AT&T Stadium on Saturday August 31, 2019. (Photo by Megan Connelly / fi360 News)

Oregon showed moments of their potential Saturday, and despite walking away with a loss, they didn’t fail the SEC test.

 

Leading into the game, one of Oregon’s largest question marks came at the wide-receiver position. Oregon lost their biggest playmaker in Dillon Mitchell last season and filled the void most notably with Penn State transfer Juwan Johnson. Johnson was surprising held out of Saturday’s contest, after Cristobal told media he was “100 percent” earlier in the week. In addition to Johnson, senior receiver Brenden Schooler and junior tight end Cam McCormick were also inactive due to injury.

 

Oregon’s depth was tested at the position, and redshirt freshman Spencer Webb stepped up to the challenge by reeling in a 20-yard touchdown from Herbert on his first career reception. In total, 8 different players stepped up to fill the void at receiver by getting involved in the passing game, totaling 242 yards and a touchdown.

 

In his debut as Oregon’s defensive coordinator, Andy Avalos’s defense was brilliant. Holding Auburn to only 3 points on 3 red-zone appearances. At the center of Avalos’s defense was senior linebacker Troy Dye, who recorded a career high 15 tackles (10 solo). A feat that hasn’t been achieved by an Oregon player since Joe Walker in 2015 and become a new AdvoCare Classic record.

 

Oregon vs Auburn football game at AT&T Stadium on Saturday August 31, 2019. (Photo by Megan Connelly / fi360 News)

Much like last season, the biggest issue for Oregon is consistency. After their explosive start in the first half, Oregon’s offense was held scoreless for the final 21:23 of game time. Speaking about his offense’s stagnant second half, Herbert simply stated “We just didn’t execute. I think the first quarter we came our fired up, and excited, and moved the ball really well. Unfortunately, we didn’t play as well in the last three quarters”.

Oregon will look to start the rebound next Saturday, September 7th in Eugene, where they will face Nevada (1-0) in their home opener.

Battle for the East: Philadelphia Union vs Atlanta United

Philadelphia, PA—Jim Curtain showed his tactical acumen, particularly with second-half substitution Sergio Santos, who recorded a goal and an assist to lead the Philadelphia Union to a 3-1 victory over Atlanta United and into 1st place in the Eastern Conference.

 

Cheered by rowdy home supporters, the Union showed their mettle against the other top team in the East. Atlanta United entered this game having won the U.S. Open Cup midweek, followed by a now Instagram-famous locker-room celebration after.

 

Four nights later, the Union and their fans celebrated this time. Said Curtain, “it’s appropriate as the fireworks are going off. Thank you to all the fans tonight…I thought they really pushed us on.” Emblematic of the jovial mood, Union fans were seen in Hammer pants dancing under the stands as they exited.

 

To start the night, temperatures in the 70s and the sun setting over the river just beyond the southeast corner of Talen Energy Stadium provided an apt climate for soccer. In front of a sellout crowd of 28,510, the top two teams in MLS’s Eastern Conference showed how closely they compare.

 

The first half stayed close, with Atlanta dominating possession at nearly 65% but Philadelphia throwing dangerous waves of counterattacks. Philadelphia took over the game in the second half, however, and the feeling in the stadium was of how long Atlanta could hold off the Union attack. Ultimately, Atlanta’s defense capitulated in the 86th minute.

 

Sergio Santos penetrated to the goal line and played a cross back toward the penalty spot to Kacper Przybylko (pronounced ‘CAS-per shi-BIL-ko’). Przybylko placed a perfect one-touch right-footed shot into the top left corner, beating Brad Guzan at his near post. Two minutes later, Philadelphia caught Atlanta in transition, and this time Santos scored himself to seal the Union win at 3-1.

 

Atlanta United’s goal came in the second minute of first-half stoppage time and against the run of play. As Philadelphia dominated much of the possession approaching the end of the half, Darlington Nagbe ran through the midfield and passed to Josef Martinez, who played a one-two with Pity Martinez that led Josef open on goal. Josef slid to his left past Andre Blake and rolled the ball coolly into the net.

 

The score was Josef’s 23rd goal of the season and extended his MLS consecutive game scoring record to 13. The first half ended 1-0 in favor of Atlanta.

 

In the 61st minute, Philadelphia scored the equalizer. Haris Medunjanin tackled the ball off Atlanta United in midfield, then turned and chipped it behind Atlanta’s back line. Brenden Aaronson received the pass at the right side of the goal box and shot past Brad Guzan’s right side to even the score at 1-1.

Ultimately Curtain summed up the performance by saying “I think we made a pretty big statement about what the Philadelphia Union is all about tonight.”

 

The teams now enter the international break; both will have several players out for national team duties. Lorenzo González-Pirez received a yellow card in the third minute of second-half stoppage time and will miss Atlanta’s next game for yellow-card accumulation.

 

For Atlanta, Josef Martinez required medical attention late into the second half for an apparent left knee injury after a collision with Philadelphia goalkeeper Andre Blake. He will not report for national team duties, and his knee will benefit from the rest.

 

Atlanta United next hosts Columbus Crew on Saturday September 14th at 7:00pm. Philadelphia Union also play next on September 14th when they host MLS-leading LAFC at 7:30pm.

 

Highest scoring game for Rocky Mountain Showdown series ends with Colorado win

Colorado State vs Colorado football Rocky Mountain Showdown on Friday August 30, 2019. (Photo by Laura Domingue / fi360 News)
Colorado State vs Colorado football Rocky Mountain Showdown on Friday August 30, 2019. (Photo by Laura Domingue / fi360 News)

Denver, CU – The Last Rocky Mountain Showdown at Mile High ended up being the highest-scoring game ever in the series with a combined total of 83 points.

 

Both teams managed to gain over 1,112 yards total: 421 yards came from the ground.

 

In the Colorado Buffaloes opening win 52-31, sophomore tailback Alex Fontenot rose to the occasion scoring three touchdowns and rushing for over 125 yards.

 

This was Fontenot’s first game starting at tailback in College football, he described his running style as being, “elusive and not afraid to put my shoulder pads down.”

 

Colorado State vs Colorado football Rocky Mountain Showdown on Friday August 30, 2019. (Photo by Laura Domingue / fi360 News)

Colorado managed to run a balanced offense with 243 rushing yards, and 232 passing yards from quarterback Steven Montez.

 

Four turnovers plagued the Colorado State Rams in a game that at times was close. The Buffaloes only had a three-point lead going into half time.

 

A fumble recovery and run in for a touchdown in the fourth quarter with four minutes left destroyed any chance for a comeback.

 

“It’s hard to beat anyone when you turn the ball over four times,” said CSU coach Mike Bobo.

 

Colorado State vs Colorado football Rocky Mountain Showdown on Friday August 30, 2019. (Photo by Laura Domingue / fi360 News)

Free Safety Mikial Onu was on the receiving for the two interceptions thrown by CSU quarterback Colin Hill.

 

Overall, Hill lit up the Colorado defense, throwing for three touchdowns and gaining 374 yards through the air.

 

Coach Mel Tucker was happy with the win for his first game as head coach, “I have a really good idea right now of where we are on offense, defense, and special teams.” Adding, “This is just the starting point this is not the end though this is just the beginning.”

 

Colorado State vs Colorado football Rocky Mountain Showdown on Friday August 30, 2019. (Photo by Laura Domingue / fi360 News)

According to Tucker, significant improvements will occur going into next week’s game. He knows the team’s weaknesses as they head into a tougher schedule.

 

Colorado fresh of their win is facing off against Nebraska next Saturday home at Folsom Field. CSU will play Western Illinois.

 

 

Three games set up big matchups at Moorpark High

LB Poly QB Matt Corral back to pass. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)
Cathedral receiver Chad Johnson Jr on way to the endzone for a touchdown against Banning on Friday August 23, 2019. (Photo by Jevone Moore / fi360 News)

Moorpark, CA – Moorpark High School is hosting three games Saturday August 31, for the annual Brothers in Arms classic, with two of the games having Los Angeles schools face off with schools from out of state.

At 1PM Los Angeles City Section powerhouse Narbonne faces off against Lone Pine from Utah. Last week the Gauchos handled Buchanan from Clovis where quarterback Jake Garcia threw three touchdowns. The defense also handled Buchanan to just seven points, which only happened early in the first quarter. Lone Pine, however, enters the matchup 2-0 and are a pass heavy team with Senior quarterback JD Neelman already tossing nearly 700 yards passing with six touchdowns.

Cajon from San Bernardino will head to the West side and face Cathedral. Cajon took a hard loss to Helix of San Diego, turning the ball over twice in the final minutes only to lose by a touchdown. Even with Patrick Ragan throwing three touchdowns, its defense let some key opportunities go. Cathedral on the other hand took care of Wilmington Banning in their season opener, with Lucas Lerhart tossing a stellar three touchdown and four hundred yard performance. Chad Johnson Jr., son of former NFL superstar Chad Johnson, caught two of those touchdowns.

Lucas Lerhart back to pass during the Cathedral vs Banning on Friday August 23, 2019. (Photo by Jevone Moore / fi360 News)

Long Beach Poly could have their test of the year when Punahou of Hawaii visits for the nightcap at 8PM. The difference between these two teams: one starts their season Saturday when another enters already 4-0. The Jackrabbits have a long tradition of success, but there is a lot of inexperience that will take the field for the first contest of the year. The inexperience will surely be tested with sophomore quarterback Shea Kuykendall, who led his Freshman team towards an undefeated season last year. Punahou will be Poly’s firsthand test of the year, where the Buff n’ Blue have outscored their opponents 103-18 so far.

If you cannot make it to Moorpark for these three games, you can catch them on the NFHS Network.

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ASU topples Kent State to begin the Season

Kent State vs Arizona State game in Tempe, AZ on August 29, 2019. Photo by John Hays / fi360 News
Kent State vs Arizona State game in Tempe, AZ on August 29, 2019. Photo by John Hays / fi360 News

TEMPE, AZ – On a sweltering Summer evening, the ASU Sun Devils (1-0), kicked off the 2019 season by defeating Kent State 30-7.

“The kids did a great job,” Herm Edwards said. “They kept their composure, that’s a tough football team!”
It was a night of firsts for ASU, as Sun Devil quarterback Jayden Daniels made history, as  the first, true freshman quarterback to start for the Sun Devils, helping to guide them to the impressive victory.
“It’s a special moment to me” Daniels said. “To go out there and get my first college win, but There’s a lot I got to improve upon, I can’t be too content with the win, there’s a lot for us to improve upon.”
ASU QB Jayden Daniels during the Kent State vs Arizona State game in Tempe, AZ on August 29, 2019. Photo by John Hays / fi360 News

Interestingly enough, ASU would turn to a true freshman at center as well, which certainly lended it’s challenges for the young team dad struggled to run the ball early.

On a night that was lightly attended for a Thursday evening, the Devils looked electric, albeit inconsistent in their win, perhaps building some momentum in Herm Edwards’ second season in the desert.
As for Edwards, he felt the game was “sloppy.” Prior to the game, he alluded to knowing what the game would look like. “A freshman quarterback played, the offense was kind of up and down,” Edwards said. “I knew what it was going to look like. I wasn’t surprised.”
Starting off a bit hot, ASU forced the Golden Flashes to a quick three-and-out in their first series, and it didn’t take long for the Sun Devils to strike first, as they shook off the early nerves and rust. ASU would drive 41 yards on seven plays to capitalize on the 35-yard field goal from Christian Zendejas to make it 3-0 early.
Kent State vs Arizona State game in Tempe, AZ on August 29, 2019. Photo by John Hays / fi360 News

Just a few series later, the freshman Daniels looked cool, calm and collected, as he helped lead ASU on an impressive five-play, 34-yard drive that was punctuated by an eight yard touchdown throw from Daniels to Eno Benjamin over the middle to put them up 10-0.

But that’s when the inconsistency and sloppiness set in as Edwards had mentioned.
After looking comfortable for the first quarter of play, the ASU offense then sputtered, ultimately being helped out by a stifling and active Devils defense that kept the shut out in tact as they headed into halftime.
However, after a few adjustments and a heck of a pep talk, ASU came out the second half looking strong, much like a well-oiled machine!
Leading just 10-0, ASU would start to find their offensive rhythm in the second half, beginning the half with a nine-play, 70-yard drive, that was finished by a Daniels touchdown run from one-yard out.
Three plays later, ASU‘s defense would come up clutch, forcing a fumble deep in Kent State’s territory that led to a field goal by Zendejas again to make it 20-0.
Kent State vs Arizona State game in Tempe, AZ on August 29, 2019. Photo by John Hays / fi360 News

However, the momentum wouldn’t stop there. On their very next series, Daniels would find Brandon Aiyuk of the Sun Devils on an impressive 77-yard touchdown pass,  the capped the 86-yard, five-play touchdown drive for ASU. After the  Zendejas PAT, it was 27-0, with the Devils in full control.

ASU would add three more Later in the game, when Zendejas would again connect, this time from 40-yards out, just after Kent State had scored a touchdown on the previous drive to make it 30-7.
With the win, ASU improves to 1-0 on the season, and now move their focus on to week two. As for Edwards, he felt they [ASU] were “strategic on what we were trying to do” he said, “We got a good rotation going”, but they are trying to get the younger guys up to speed and “in football condition”, he said.
Although the season is early, the Sun Devils will regroup, and play Sacramento State at home next week, before traveling to East Lansing to take on Michigan State the following week!
As for Kent State, they fall to 0-1 and will play Kennesaw State.

The Last Game at Mile High

Colorado State making a first down during the Colorado vs Colorado State football game at Mile High Stadium in Denver, CU on August 31, 2018. (Photo by Laura Domingue / fi360 News)
The Black and Gold Game Spring Game for the Colorado Buffaloes at Saturday April 27, 2019. (Photo by Laura Domingue / fi360 News)

Denver, CU – Sometimes traditions are broken in favor of something new.

 

Since 1988, the Rocky Mountain showdown has taken place at ‘Mile High Stadium,’ since it’s considered neutral ground for both teams.

 

Friday’s game will be the last showdown at the famous stadium.

 

This game marks a new era for the Colorado Buffaloes with coach Mel Tucker taking the reigns as head coach.

 

Colorado State Rams are not going down without a fight either, despite predictions favorably choosing CU to win.

 

The history of this rivalry is unpredictable; Colorado leads the series 66-22-2.

 

Since this is the last game at Mile high let’s take a look back at the past five matchups between the two Colorado teams.

 

The past Five Games:

 

2018:

 

What is looked back as complete domination, CU beat the Rams 45-13 in 2018. Quarterback Steven Montez stole the show by throwing 338 yards with four passing touchdowns, and one 38-yard touchdown on the opening drive.

 

CSU’s only touchdown in this matchup occurred in the first quarter; scoring only two field goals for the rest of the game.

 

2017:

 

Despite CU winning this match-up, both teams defenses stole the show, only 20 points were scored by both teams. CU scored 17 points in the first half and didn’t manage to score anything afterward. CSU’s only points came from a field goal in the second quarter.

 

Both teams managed to turn the ball over four times.

 

 

2016:

 

This game resembled last years matchup closer with CU winning 44-7 over the Rams. CU’s rushing offense scored four of the five touchdowns.

 

Two turnovers didn’t help CSU, as their offense failed to gain any steam.

 

 

2015:

 

Overtime is fun for football fans, and around 66,000 fans sat in attendance as both teams played their hearts out in a close competitive game. Unfortunately for CSU fans, the game ended with an overtime field goal, and CU won 27-24, beginning a four-game win streak in the rivalry.

 

 

2014:

 

This was the last win for CSU in the teams historic series. After being down 10-0 in the 2nd quarter, the Rams charged ahead and won 31-17. CU didn’t have a chance in a come back with a last-minute touchdown and field goal towards the end of the fourth quarter.

 

 

Every game has a different story, and the game this Friday will have its own. The game is being aired nationally on ESPN at 8:00 p.m. mountain time.

 

Los Osos’s seven minute final drive edges James Logan

Inland Empire- The Los Osos Grizzlies needed a strong outing from their defense and proved they can hold the fort in a close bout with James Logan. Donovan Smith was plenty accurate and directed his offense for just enough plays, hanging on to a 16-14 win.

Los Osos had the upper hand in the first half, but that didn’t mean the Colts defense wrecked havoc. The Grizzlies’ opening drive was halted after a 4th and 4 from the Colts 14 yard line was stopped a yard short. Eventually Donovan Smith got the offense rolling, setting for three on their second drive.

After being pinned at their own 10 after a Colts punt, Smith goes 90 yards capped off by a strike to Solomon Davis to make it 10-0. On the ensuing kickoff, Jeremiah Patterson races out to midfield, and then catches a 30 yard strike that got the Colts offense on track for firs time. A 4 yard rushing touchdown by Shamoun Duncan-Niusulu near the end of the first half made it 10-6 in favor of the Grizzlies.

After a defensive stand in the third quarter, James Logan took the lead with Niusulu’s quarterback keeper for two yards, all set up from Chase Sims’s big run from about 20 yards deep into the Grizzlies red zone. James Logan ends up going for two to make it a 14-10 Colts lead.

The ensuing drive for Los Osos however proved to be the final dagger with a 4th down conversion that had the Colts use a time out on 4th and 4 at midfield. A face mask penalty against the Colts in the red zone also extended the Grizzlies drive by one play, which proved to be enough as Smith finds Destin Harston for a 12 yard strike, giving the lead right back to Los Osos.

James Logan out of timeouts had one final gasp. Sims raced to the Grizzly 30 yard line with over a minute to go, but they fail to pick up another first down with Niusulu stopped a yard shy from the marker.

Los Osos will have a short time off as they will face Dorsey from the LA City Section Thursday night. James Logan will head back to Northern California to face Dublin.

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