Southern California high school football: Top stars, best performances in eighth week of 2021 season (Oct. 7-9)

The eighth week of the fall 2021 Southern California high school football season included several big performances across several sections.

Here’s a quick look at some of the top stars and best individual performances from the eighth week of games across Southern California.

Note: Entries are based on information provided by coaches, statisticians, media members and high school football fans. Don’t see any details for your team’s game? Email some notes and/or stats to


Dominic Nankil, Mater Dei Catholic QB: Nankil was 24 of 36 passing for 355 yards and four touchdowns against Otay Ranch.

Wyatt Gardner, Torrey Pines WR/DB: Gardner touched the ball four times on Friday night, totaling 135 yards and three touchdowns.

Torrey Pines DB/WR Wyatt Gardner

Matt Moore, Carlsbad WR: Moore had 10 catches for 136 yards and three touchdowns in Friday’s win over San Marcos.

James Tivao, Madison LB/RB: Tivao rushed for three touchdowns, converted two two-point conversions, and had ten tackles to help the Warhawks take down St. Augustine.

Luke Heggie, Santa Fe Christian LB: Heggie had five tackles and 3.5 sacks in Friday’s win over Classical Academy.

Braden Oberg, West Hills QB: Oberg tossed three touchdown passes and rushed for one in Friday’s win over El Cajon Valley.

Orlando Castillo, Mission Bay DL: Castillo had four tackles, two sacks, and a forced fumble in a six-point win against Crawford.

Mikey Matthews, Mission Viejo WR: Matthews caught eight passes for 138 yards and three touchdowns against Helix.

Brody O’Brien, Westview WR: O’Brien reeled in ten passes for 148 yards and three touchdowns to help the Wolverines take down Vista. He also returned a kickoff 60 yards for a touchdown in the win.

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Thomas Jones, San Diego RB: Jones carried seven times on Friday, finishing with 282 yards and three touchdowns in a 56-14 win over Coronado.

Savigon Yokley, El Capitan QB: Yokley rushed for 174 yards and two touchdowns and also passed for 74 yards and a touchdown in Friday’s one-touchdown win over Mt. Miguel.

Ethan Bowser, Muir DL: Bowser has 13 tackles, two sacks, and a forced fumble in Thursday’s shutout against Arcadia.

Jake George, La Serna WR: George caught eight passes for 121 yards and three touchdowns against Santa Fe.

Jordan Ford, Dominguez QB: Ford passed for 192 yards and five touchdowns in Thursday’s shutout of Gahr.

Norion Espadron, Etiwanda WR: Espadron had a 66-yard rushing touchdown and a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Los Osos.

Maddox Bernadino, Diamond Bar WR: Bernadino was unstoppable against Wilson, catching 14 passes for 253 yards and three touchdowns.

Drew Faulkner, Western DB/WR: Faulkner had a rushing touchdown, a receiving touchdown, and a 35-yard pick-six in Thursday’s win over Anaheim.

David Herrera, Norwalk RB/DB: Herrera rushed for 175 yards and three touchdowns and also returned an interception 29 yards for a touchdown.

Houston Thomas, Servite RB: Thomas rushed for 176 yards and three touchdowns against Santa Margarita on Thursday.

Thomas Rosso, Chadwick QB: Rosso was 14 of 21 passing for 214 yards and four touchdown passes against Rolling Hills Prep on Friday.

Matthew Morrell, Cypress WR: Morrell passed for two touchdowns, rushed for 126 yards and two touchdowns, and caught a touchdown in Friday’s win against Tustin.

Beau Bruins, Ramona RB: Bruins rushed for 155 yards and two touchdowns, averaging eight yards per carry, in a win over Arlington.

Jacob Orozco, Salesian RB/LB: Orozco rushed for 69 yards and two touchdowns and returned a fumble 75 yards for a touchdown against Harvard-Westlake.

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