USC commits, targets win titles

It was a big weekend for USC commit Max Tuerk as well as several other Trojans recruiting targets.

Tuerk's Santa Margarita Eagles beat San Clemente 27-13 in the CIF-Southern Section Pac-5 title game, giving head coach Harry Welch his ninth CIF title and completing a two-year turnaround which saw the Eagles rise from 3-7 in 2009 to champions of perhaps the toughest division in the state. Tuerk was once again dominant as the Tritons had no answer for the methodical ground game of the Eagles, as quarterback Johnny Stanton rushed for 148 yards. The best example of just how good Santa Margarita's offensive line was came in the fourth quarter, when the Eagles put together an 89-yard drive that took nearly 10 minutes off the clock. The ensuing touchdown pushed the score to its final margin and left San Clemente with little more than three minutes to mount a comeback.

Several other USC targets were in action as well. Defensive lineman Ellis McCarthy helped his Monrovia Wildcats to the Mid-Valley Division title with a 53-14 romp over San Gabriel. Marquise Bias and De'Shawn Ramirez provided more than 400 total yards and six touchdowns, but McCarthy chipped in with an important fumble recovery as Monrovia hoisted their second straight championship.

It's hard to imagine somebody putting together a better playoff run than what Su'a Cravens did for Vista Murrieta. After rushing for three touchdowns against Riverside North and picking up four sacks in a win over Upland, Cravens scored two touchdowns, blocked a punt and added a sack in a 35-28 victory over Corona Centennial.

Not everybody had a storybook ending, as USC wide receiver commit Darreus Rogers finished with 10 catches for 212 yards and two touchdowns, but his Carson Colts came up short against Harbor City Narbonne in the City section final. It was the second straight year Rogers' season finished with a loss in the championship game, but he again proved why the USC coaches have targeted him as the top wide receiver in the area.