- Brandon P. Oliver, Reporter, DuckNation
The two members of Oregon's recruiting class that remained alive in their respective state playoffs came through for their teams again over the weekend. Ducks tight end pledge John Mundt (Modesto, Calif./Central Catholic) and running commit Dontre Wilson (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto) each advanced in state playoff games.
Mundt helped the Raiders advance to the California Division IV State Bowl Game. Central Catholic will represent the CIF Northern California section when they take on Rancho Santa Fe (Calif.) Santa Fe Christian. Santa Fe Christian knocked another Oregon pledge, wide receiver Darren Carrington and Horizon Christian Academy,out of the CIF San Diego Section playoffs last month.
Mundt had two catches for 56 yards and a touchdown on offense as the Raiders cruised past Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds, 42-12, in the inaugural CIF Northern California Division IV Regional Bowl Game. The Raiders are 13-2 overall after the win. Central Catholic is riding an 11-game winning streak, with their closest margin of victory during the streak being a 19-point victory over Ripon (Calif.) High School in the opening round of the playoffs.
For the season, the nation's No. 11 TE-Y has 32 receptions for 582 yards and eight touchdowns. On defense, the 6-foot-5, 235-pound Mundt has 78 tackles, 15.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble.
Wilson, a dynamic running back who has been committed to Oregon since May, was hobbled by an ankle injury that occurred during the first half of the Eagles' 49-45 breathtaking win over fellow Texas powerhouse Southlake (Texas) Carroll on Saturday. DeSoto got off to a slow start, but when Wilson returned to the game, he ignited the Eagles to a second-half run that finished off the Dragons in the final seconds.
Wilson had 15 carries for 74 yards and a touchdown, including an amazing 28-yard run during which he broke three tackles and outran the defense to cut the Dragons' lead to 38-35 in the third quarter. After another scoring drive by Southlake Carroll, DeSoto got the ball back with just over a minute to go in the third quarter. On the first play of the drive, Wilson caught a 76-yard touchdown pass that again brought the Eagles within three.
In the end, DeSoto's magical run remained intact as the Eagles defense stuffed the Dragons three times from inside the three in the final 12 seconds. The game is already being touted as one of the best games in Texas high school football history. DeSoto advances to a Texas 5A Division 1 state semifinal against powerhouse Allen (Texas) High School.
During their undefeated season, DeSoto has already defeated national powers Jenks (Okla.), Euless (Texas) Trinity, Cedar Hill (Texas), Arlington (Texas) Bowie and Southlake (Texas) Carroll. A win over Allen, followed by a state championship game victory over the winner of Houston (Texas) Lamar and Helotes (Texas) O'Connor, would cap one of the greatest seasons in high school football history.
On the season, Wilson has rushed for 1,856 yards and 36 TDs on 279 carries. Through the air, the No. 52 player in the ESPN 150 has 30 receptions for 691 yards and eight TD. Wilson has added two kick returns for touchdowns and four two-point conversions. Including return yards, Wilson has more than 3,000 yards and 46 TDs for the 14-0 Eagles.
The two members of Oregon's recruiting class that remained alive in their respective state playoffs came through for their teams again over the weekend.