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Looking ahead to week 4 of the WCA Champions League

Anthony Grigsby Jr. throws a pass in Iron Sharpens Iron's 15-7 loss to Sunset on Jan. 16, 2021. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Anthony Grigsby Jr. throws a pass in Iron Sharpens Iron's 15-7 loss to Sunset on Jan. 16, 2021. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Three weeks of the Winner Circle Athletics Champions League are complete. Here are three things West Coast Preps is looking at heading into the fourth week of action Saturday.

What does Cal Strength do next?

Cal Strength’s dominance over the first three weeks has it looking like one of the best, if not the best, teams at the Winner Circle Athletics Champions League in Southern California.

Through three weeks, Cal Strength is a perfect 3-0, with its last two games showing utter stampedes of its opponents. Over the past two weeks, it outscored opponents 58-7, with a 29-7 victory over Southwest in week No. 2 getting followed by a 29-0 victory over Proj3ct Elite a week ago.

That 29-0 demolition of Proj3ct Elite showcased Cal Strength’s abilities in every aspect of the game. 

San Ramon Valley junior quarterback Jack Quigley became the first-ever West Coast Preps Athlete of the Week after throwing for 157 yards and three touchdowns. One week after his 162-yard and three-touchdown day, Monte Vista junior quarterback Dyllan Devitt had 127 yards through the air.

Ten different players caught passes, led by Mitty senior Aden Jackson’s 51 yards on four catches. Five other players notched 30-plus receiving yards.

The week prior, two Cal Strength receivers finished with 70-plus yards in Monte Vista junior Cole Boscia (74 yards and two touchdowns on eight catches) and San Ramon Valley junior Caden Ridley (73 yards and a touchdown on five catches).

Defensively, Dublin’s Adam Moore picked off a pass. Freedom’s Tyler Lepolo blocked a punt that was recovered by Monte Vista junior – and recent Colgate lacrosse commit – Rocco Schramm.

Nobody can stop Cal Strength, and next up on the gauntlet is a 7:15 p.m. tilt Saturday against OC Elite.

Xclusive Speed’s dynamic passing and defensive attacks

For two consecutive weeks, Xclusive Speed’s air attack made crucial plays to win ballgames, and its showings in that regard are expected to continue versus Sunset at 5:45 p.m. Saturday.

Valley Christian sophomore Jurrion Dickey – with offers from Arizona State, Arkansas, California, Oregon State and San Jose State – is dominating every which way against opposing defense, posting 144 yards in a thrilling comeback victory in the second game of the season and then a team-high 49 yards last week.

Manteca junior Khalid Robinson broke free in the 14-0 win in week No. 3, going for 45 yards, while Denmark (Georgia) senior Azari Brown finished with 39 yards.

Meanwhile, Pittsburg senior quarterback Eli Brickhandler – who just garnered his first Division I offer from the University of San Diego – produced one of the premier performances all of this club season when he went for 183 passing yards and three touchdowns, along with another rushing score, in the 27-21 victory in the second week en route to being selected as the first-ever West Coast Preps Athlete of the Week.

But Xclusive Speed is finding success in other ventures, too.

Its defense allowed fewer than 10 points in two of its first three contests, giving up a combined 30 points through the first half of the schedule. 

What can new additions do for Iron Sharpens Iron?

Iron Sharpens Iron added a pair of high-profile Northern California players to its roster last week: Cosumnes Oaks senior quarterback Anthony Grigsby Jr. and Kimball senior running back Alonzo Jackson.

Grigsby’s prep career is one filled with immense production. His sophomore season featured 1,430 passing yards and 14 touchdowns, which he answered the following year with 2,713 passing yards and 30 touchdowns while rushing for 360 yards and three scores to help Cosumnes Oaks to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I semifinals.

This offseason, Grigsby only added to his profile with Quarterback MVP awards at the first two Xclusive Speed Bay Area Top 100 Showcases, as his efforts throughout his days at Cosumnes Oaks guiding him to offers from Black Hills State, Eastern New Mexico, Idaho, Missouri State and Southwest Minnesota State.

Jackson bulked up this offseason by adding more than 20 pounds, putting in the time any chance he gets at home, at GrindMode Elite Sports workouts, showcases and more. This all precedes a junior campaign when he put forth 173 rushing yards, three touchdowns and 8.2 yards per carry in an injury-shortened junior campaign. 

And Jackson’s first game with Iron Sharpens Iron was a big one in a 15-7 overtime loss to Sunset, as he carried the ball four times for 39 yards – including two carries of 14-plus yards.

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