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Oregon targets shine in top prep game

9/23/2012

One of the best high school football games in Southern California on Friday night featured, not surprisingly, a large group of Division I prospects.

Defending Los Angeles City Champion Narbonne showed it is likely the top team in the city once again. The Gauchos held CIF Southern Section power Gardena (Calif.) Serra under control in a big 22-9 road win.

Everyone knows about Narbonne quarterback Troy Williams (Harbor City, Calif./Narbonne), a Washington commit, but it was the Gauchos' other D-I prospects who stole the show. Led by Williams and wide receiver A.J. Richardson (Harbor City, Calif./Narbonne), the Narbonne offense gets most of the attention, but the Gauchos won the game on the other side of the ball on Friday night.

Serra's powerful offense, led by 2014 quarterback Jalen Greene (Gardena, Calif./Serra), was held in check by Narbonne's stingy defense.

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Greene, who is being pursued by programs like Michigan, Oregon, Ohio State, Cal and others, went 26 of 39 for 273 yards and a touchdown but also two interceptions.

Narbonne linebackers Keishawn Bierria (Harbor City, Calif./Narbonne) and Marquis Lomax (Harbor City, Calif./Narbonne) were the best players on the field all night.

The 5-foot-10, 220-pound Lomax may be undersized, but he is a physical playmaker who will be a nice pickup for somebody next year. Lomax had both of the interceptions thrown by Greene on the night.

Most of the Pac-12 is pursuing the 6-foot-1, 210-pound Bierria, and on Friday night, he showed why.

Bierria was all over the field and put the game away with a 55-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. He also came away with a loose ball in the final minute as Narbonne caused another Serra fumble at the Narbonne 1-yard line.

After the game, the No. 54 player in California expressed interest in hearing from the Ducks.

"Man, I'd love to hear from them," Bierria said. "They come by the school all the time, but I haven't been talking to them very much. They would jump way up if they gave me an offer."

For Serra, one of the top cornerback prospects in the class of 2014, Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Serra), played both ways but was limited on offense and took a huge hit from Bierria in the second quarter.

Fellow 2014 wide receiver prospect Greg Webb (Gardena, Calif./Serra) was also largely ineffective due to the stout Narbonne defense.

Junior linebacker Dwight Williams (Gardena, Calif./Serra) showed why he is one of the top prospects in the west for the class of 2014. The athletic Williams was solid in coverage and helped limit the Narbonne run game.

After the game, Williams said he hasn't heard much from Oregon lately and hopes to talk to Oregon linebackers coach Don Pellum again soon.

"I don't know what's going on," Williams said. "I was hearing from them, but it has been a while. I'd like to get back in touch because I feel like I fit in with their style of defense."