- Brandon P. Oliver, Reporter, DuckNation
After committing to Oregon in June, Ducks tight end commit John Mundt (Modesto, Calif./Central Catholic) turned his focus to his senior season for Central Catholic. The Raiders -- a Central California powerhouse -- have been a force in the region area for years, including 16 CIF titles. On Friday night, the Raiders did something they had never done before. They became the California Division IV state champions.
Central Catholic lost two games early in the season, including a loss to Auburn (Calif.) Placer and their All-American defensive lineman, USC commit Eddie Vanderdoes (Auburn, Calif./Placer). After starting the season 2-2, the Mundt-led Raiders ran off 12 straight wins -- which they won by an average score of 53-12 -- to win their 16th CIF title, including the school's first state championship.
In the CIF Saq-Joaquin Division IV playoffs, the Raiders won by an average score of 49-13, including a 66-7 blowout of San Diego Section Champion Santa Fe Christian in the state championship game. As it has been for most of the year with the run-heavy Raiders, the 6-foot-5, 235-pound Mundt -- who had one catch for 42 yards on Friday -- didn't light up the stat sheet, but his impact was evident in every game he played.
"In our offense, it is about dominating the other team. If that means we run it 80 times a game, that's what we'll do," Mundt said. "We do it as a team and we have been able to run the ball on anyone all year. I don't care about my stats. All I care about is winning."
Despite being in a run-heavy offense, Mundt did put up impressive numbers on both sides of the ball in helping his team to a state championship. For the season, the No. 11 TE-Y in the nation had 625 yards and eight toughdowns on just 33 receptions (18.94 avg.). On defense, Mundt was even more impressive as he totaled 80 tackles, 15.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
The end of the season wasn't so sweet for Ducks running back commit Dontre Wilson (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto). After navigating through one of the toughest high school schedules to ever be compiled, the top-ranked Eagles fell to Allen (Texas) High School 51-36 in the Texas 5A State Semi-Finals.
The No. 52 player in the ESPN 150 was held out of practice all week after sustaining an ankle injury in last week's win over Southlake (Texas) Carroll. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Wilson was held to his lowest yardage total of the year. It wasn't even close. The No. 5 ATH in the country managed just 39 yards on 15 carries. Wilson did have two touchdowns for the Eagles, including a 21-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter to get DeSoto on the scoreboard.
After trailing 21-0, the Eagles were unable to capture the magic that helped them rally from a huge deficit last week. In the end, Wilson and DeSoto couldn't overcome the deficit and had their historic season end one game short of a state championship appearance.
With his 39 yards, Wilson captured the 5A rushing title with 1,895 yards -- and 37 TD -- on 294 carries. He added 750 yards and nine touchdowns on 37 receptions and two kick returns for scores.