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Five things I learned this weekend

10/10/2011

Rettig will have surgery this week

ESPNU Watch List QB Hayden Rettig (Los Angeles/Cathedral) will have surgery on Monday to repair a torn ACL in his right knee.

Rettig was off to a good start, Rettig completed 30-47 passes for 508 yards and six touchdowns in the opener and 294 yards and a touchdown in Week 2, but hurt his knee late in the game on a running play.

“He’s going to miss about six months,” Phantoms coach Kevin Pearson said. “It’s disappointing because he was playing so well and is such a hard working kid but he’ll be back. He has really developed in to a great leader for this team and even being out these last few weeks, he’s always around the guys and has been very encouraging.”

Arizona, Arizona State, Boston College, Purdue and Vanderbilt have all offered scholarships and the talk is Rettig is the top junior quarterback on USC’s board as well.

Football is still about blocking and tackling

Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian was ranked higher and had the bigger names at the skill positions, but was blown out Friday night by a tougher, more physical Westlake Village (Calif.) Westlake team.

In the state’s marquee matchup last weekend, the Warriors pounded the Lions 43-21 after rushing for 429 yards. The Westlake defense, especially the defensive line, was nearly as dominant as their offensive line and although the Warriors may not have carried themselves with the same swagger as Oaks or talked as much trash ahead of time, they were easily the better team on this night.

This game reinforced an old saying that teams can block, tackle and play more with more physicality will win. With offenses going with more flash-and-dash and the spread option becoming the rage in the college ranks, teams that are tougher up front in the trenches will still rule the game.

Think Auburn-Oregon a year ago and the Westlake-Oaks Christian as the most recent example.

Hunt is the real deal

As expected, Westlake put its top defensive back, junior Dashon Hunt, on Oaks Christian’s top receiver Jordan Payton. The Warriors got the best of the Lions on the scoreboard winning 43-21 and Hunt did a very solid job in his individual battle as well.

Hunt is just 5-foot-9 and 180 pounds, but has excellent speed and quickness, shows very good cover skills and plays much bigger than his size. Payton, 6-2 and 200 pounds, has been one the area’s top receivers since his sophomore year.

For much of the game, the Lions rarely even looked at Payton, but Hunt had extremely tight coverage on the standout receiver much of the time as well. Hunt has already committed to UCLA, but expect colleges to continue to aggressively recruit the standout corner for the next year and a half.

Foster has big weekend

Athlete D.J Foster (Scottsdale, Ariz./Saguaro) packed a lot in to one weekend. Friday night, Foster scored six touchdowns, including five rushing, in the Sabercats' 69-19 win over Phoenix (Ariz.) Washington.

Following the game, Foster jumped on a plane and headed to Nebraska for his second official visit of the year. The athlete visited Arizona State two weeks ago and will head to Oregon next weekend.

Foster said he had a great time in Lincoln and the Huskers definitely improved their chances. Did they do enough to pull even with previous co-favorites Arizona State and Oregon? Not likely as it still would rank as a major recruiting surprise if the two-way standout leaves the Pac-12 but Nebraska definitely gave Foster a lot to think about.

Redlands East Valley is for real

It’s not often you label an undefeated team's win a major upset, but that was the only way to describe Redlands East Valley’s (Calif.) 10-7 win over nationally-ranked Mission Viejo Friday night.

Just how big was the win for the Wildcats?

“This is as good a team as I'll ever have. We just beat a nationally ranked, state-ranked, perennial powerhouse. This win definitely puts us on the map now,” REV coach Kurt Bruich said

The loss was the first for Mission Viejo to a California team in the regular season since 2008. The fact that the Wildcats pulled off the upset without a single BCS prospect in their senior class only added to the storyline. Offensive lineman Brandon Greene (Army) is the lone player on the team with a scholarship offer, although junior safety Tre Wilcoxen is a good looking player who could develop in to a serious FBS prospect next fall.