After three weeks of the California 2020-21 high school football season, the list of standout performances by Northern California stars continues to grow.
A handful of teams in SBLive’s Top 25 statewide rankings had big matchups in Week 3. No. 11 Folsom beat Del Oro 45-6, No. 17 Central got knocked off by No. 20 Buchanan 31-28, and No. 21 San Jose Valley Christian survived a scare against Archbishop Mitty to win 19-10.
Here’s a quick look at some of the top stars and individual performances from the third week of games.
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TOP NORCAL FOOTBLL STARS IN WEEK 3
Thomas Taufui, Menlo-Atherton RB
Taufui ran for all three touchdowns scored in M-A’s 21-0 win over Burlingame.
Jayden Mandal, Buchanan QB
Mandal led Buchanan to a 31-28 win over Central with three touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown.
Jonah Coleman, Lincoln (Stockton) RB
The Arizona commit ran for three touchdowns and caught for another in a 71-6 domination of Tokay.
Teddy Purcell, Sacred Heart Prep QB
Purcell completed 15 of 23 passes for 184 yards and four touchdowns to lift the Gators over King’s Academy 38-31.
Xavier Willis, Pittsburg LB
Willis led the Pirates’ defense with three sacks and three more QB-hurries in a 35-16 win over Heritage.
Eli Brickhandler, Pittsburg QB
Brickhandler threw for 150 yards and two touchdowns on 12 of 15 completion.
Will Cuddie, Valley Christian LB/K
Cuddie made seven tackles on defense and went two for two kicking field goals (43 yards and 34 yards) in a 19-10 win over Archbishop Mitty.
Dominic Oliver, Valley Christian DE
Oliver Led the Warriors’ defense with nine tackles, four tackles for loss, and a sack.
Lyon Colon, Manteca RB
Colon ran for 167 yards, three touchdowns, and two two-point conversions in a 47-28 win over Ripon.
Khalid Robinson, Manteca RB
Robinson rushed for two touchdowns, three two-point conversions, and 112 yards for the Buffaloes while adding 83 receiving yards.
James Sherman Jr., Linden RB
Sherman exploded for 298 yards and four touchdowns rushing in a 34-6 win over Big Valley Christian.
Jorge Gonzalez, Tulare Union QB
Gonzalez led the Tribe to a 53-7 rout Wasco with five touchdowns passing and one more on the ground.
Adam Garwood, Los Gatos RB
Garwood ran for 187 yards and four touchdowns in a 55-7 blowout of Santa Clara.
Andre Jackson, Prospect DB
Jackson recorded two interceptions in a 39-6 win over James Lick.
Ambrose Conteh, Prospect DL
Conteh finished with three sacks.
James Thomas, Atwater RB
Thomas ran for three touchdowns and 118 yards in a 40-7 win over Golden Valley.
DJ Crowther Jr., Christian Brothers RB
The Falcons came up short 34-28 against Jesuit, but Crowther ran for 208 yards and three touchdowns.
Aydan Edwards, Vista Del Lago (Folsom) QB
Edwards threw for four touchdowns and ran for a fifth in a 40-31 upset win over Folsom.
Ethan Menezes, Vista Del Lago (Folsom) RB
Menezes continued his strong season with two rushing touchdowns and a receiving touchdown for the Eagles.
Dylan Smith, Vintage RB/LB
Smith ran for three touchdowns and recorded a sack in a 55-0 blowout of American Canyon. QB Jacob Aaron and RB Bill Chaidez also had standout performances.
Harry Pocock, San Rafael RB
Pocock scored five total touchdowns in a 41-20 win over Healdsburg.
Jack Healy, San Rafael DB
Healy recorded a whopping four interceptions in the win.
Jahsai Shannon, St. Ignatius RB/DB
Shannon recorded a KR touchdown, a rushing touchdown, and an interception in a 42-0 rout of Archbishop Riordan.
Lamar Radcliffe, Sacramento RB/LB
The freshman had a breakout game in a 44-34 win against El Camino, rushing for 117 yards and 3 touchdowns and also recording a pick.