- Brandon P. Oliver, Reporter, DuckNation
Of the 10 current Oregon commits, five were still alive for state championships heading into the weekend. After another weekend, four are still standing. John Mundt (Modesto, Calif./Central Catholic), Tyrell Robinson (San Diego/Lincoln) and Tyree Robinson (San Diego/Lincoln) all came away with CIF Championships in their respective divisions in the California state playoffs.
Dontre Wilson (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto) helped top-seeded DeSoto advance to the Texas 5A Region I final against Southlake (Texas) Carroll next week.
The lone remaining commit to lose over the weekend was Ducks offensive line commit Doug Brenner (Portland, Ore./Jesuit). The future Ducks center had his state title hopes dashed when the Crusaders fell to Eugene (Ore.) Sheldon in a semifinal matchup.
Star of the week
RB Dontre Wilson: The No. 52 player in the ESPN 150 came up big in a rare close game for top-seeded DeSoto.
With the Eagles ahead just 10-6 at halftime, Wilson's two second-half touchdowns put the game away as DeSoto downed Arlington (Texas) Bowie in a Texas 5A Region I semifinal. The nation's No. 5 athlete accounted for all three DeSoto touchdowns.
On 20 carries, Wilson finished with 123 yards and two TDs. His lone reception came in the second half and went for 20 yards and his third score.
Tyree Robinson: Robinson was again all over the field for the Hornets as he helped lead them to their first CIF title since 1986. Robinson ran for 22 yards and racked up more than 150 punt return yards in the first half --- including two of more than 50 yards that set up two Lincoln rushing TDs -- as Lincoln jumped out to a 35-7 halftime lead.
Tyrell Robinson: The four-star athlete again showed why he among the top players in the West as he led the Hornets' defense in holding Ramona (Calif.) to 14 points, a week after they scored 56 in their semifinal game. In addition to nine tackles and a sack on defense, the future Ducks linebacker caught a 25-yard touchdown to give Lincoln their final touchdown in the 42-14 win.
John Mundt: Mundt had just one catch for 18 yards at tight end, but Escalon (Calif.) ran away from Mundt all game on defense. But his presence proved to be enough as he helped lead the Raiders to their 16th CIF title as they rolled past Escalon 52-14. Mundt and the Raiders will likely be chosen to face Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds in a state semifinal matchup next week.
Doug Brenner: Brenner and the Crusaders offensive line dominated up front as they rolled up nearly 400 yards on the ground. Brenner helped Jesuit control the line of scrimmage for most of the game, but he couldn't do it all for the Crusaders. Sheldon shut down Jesuit in the second half and pulled out a 35-28 win. Sheldon moves on to face Lake Oswego (Ore.).
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