Southern California high school football: Top stars, best performances in third week of 2021 playoffs (Nov. 19-20)

The third week of the fall 2021 Southern California high school football playoffs included several big performances across the L.A. City, Southern and San Diego sections.

Here’s a quick look at some of the top stars and individual performances from the third week of playoffs throughout SoCal.

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

SOCAL TOP STARS (Nov. 19-20)

Kayden Collins, Canoga Park RB: Collins carried 42 times on Friday night for 346 yards and two touchdowns against Dorsey.

Johnny Thang, Alhambra WR: Thang caught eight passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns in Friday’s loss to Loara.

Marcus Martin, Salesian QB: Martin was 33 of 55 passing for 409 yards and six touchdowns in Friday’s one-point loss to St. Anthony.

Marvin Denson, Salesian WR: Denson caught ten passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns on Friday.

Raleek Brown, Mater Dei RB: Brown had 158 rushing yards and two touchdowns in Friday’s 21-16 win over Corona Centennial.

David Bailey, Mater Dei LB: Bailey had five tackles, 2.5 sacks, and a forced fumble against Corona Centennial.

Cheo Medina, Northview RB: Medina had 179 total yards and a touchdown in Friday’s win over Palmdale.

Noah Fifita, Servite QB: Fifita showcased his rushing ability, finishing with 136 yards and three touchdowns in Friday’s win over St. John Bosco.

Houston Thomas, Servite RB: Thomas carried 15 times for 128 yards and a touchdown and also had an interception against St. John Bosco.

Rashawn Jackson, Venice RB: Jackson rushed five times for 129 yards and a touchdown against Reseda and also returned a punt 82 yards for a touchdown.

Antoine Fowler, Rialto RB: Fowler rushed 19 times for 241 yards and two touchdowns against Indian Springs.

Raqwon Williams, Rialto RB: Williams rushed seven times for 120 yards and two touchdowns and caught a 41-yard touchdown pass in Friday’s win over Indian Springs.

Logan Gonzalez, Orange Lutheran QB: Gonzalez passed for 355 yards and five touchdowns in Friday’s 42-40 win over Sierra Canyon.

Samuel Gbatu Jr, Temecula Valley WR: Gbatu caught 11 passes for 187 yards and a touchdown against Camarillo on Friday.

Jason Jones, Sierra Canyon RB: Jones rushed for 226 yards and five touchdowns in Friday’s two-point loss to Orange Lutheran.

Lucky Sutton, Cathedral Catholic RB: Sutton rushed for 269 yards and three touchdowns to help the Dons take down Carlsbad 48-19 in the San Diego Section Open Division Championship game on Saturday night.

Xavier Van, Helix WR/DB: Van caught four passes for 97 yards and three touchdowns and also had an interception in Friday’s 24-13 win over El Camino.

Jacob Sloan, Mission Bay WR: Sloan caught 12 passes for 166 yards and three touchdowns against Calexico on Friday.

Dominic Castaneda, Liberty RB: Castaneda rushed 17 times for 166 yards and three touchdowns against Boron.

Matthew Tinajero, Montclair RB: Tenajero rushed for 248 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-21 win against South Pasadena.

Sterling Lane, Oaks Christian DL: Lane had three sacks in Friday’s 24-14 semifinal win over El Modena.

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