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WCA Champions League Postseason Takeaways

Jonah Coleman committed to Arizona on March 1, 2021. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo
Jonah Coleman committed to Arizona on March 1, 2021. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo

Cal Strength completes masterful season

Cal Strength’s time in the Winner Circle Athletics Champions League was one of the most impressive storylines across the past six weeks in Southern California.

And Saturday’s effort highlighted its dominance during the season, concluding it with a 7-0 victory over Giants – featuring a dazzling defensive display for its second shutout in six contests and its fifth time allowing fewer than 10 points.

Clayton Valley Charter senior linebacker Dylan Seeley – the MVP of the 2019 state championship game – had an interception, and so Monte Vista senior linebacker Josh Zeising, who also hauled in a pick six the week prior.

Rex Archuleta recorded two sacks in the shutout win.

Cal Strength’s only defeat came by one possession in overtime, when it fell in 21-14 fashion to OC Elite. 

Xclusive Speed’s resiliency…again

Xclusive Speed did what it always does: bounce back.

Down 14-0 to Iron Sharpens Iron on Saturday, Xclusive Speed completed another remarkable comeback in its final game of the season, scoring 21 unanswered points – capped off with a touchdown run from Pittsburg senior quarterback Eli Brickhandler – for a 21-14 victory to finish with a 4-2 record.

It was the third time in six games that Xclusive Speed fought back from a two-score deficit and the second time that it completed the comeback with a win, with its first win of the year featuring a 21-6 deficit that ended up in a 27-21 win after heroics on the final drive, followed a few weeks later by a wild comeback against WCA before falling, 21-14.

The comeback Saturday began with Brickhandler – the West Coast Preps Athlete of the Month for January – finding Valley Christian sophomore receiver Jurrion Dickey for a 75-yard score to make it a 14-7 game, then Oak Grove senior Elias Herrera tying the ballgame at 14-14 on a 9-yard touchdown run ahead of Brickhandler’s game-winning diving touchdown.

Jurrion Dickey does it all

Not only can Dickey – rated as a consensus four-star recruit – shine at wide receiver, but his weekend showing proved he is an elite player on the defensive side of the ball, too.

In addition to his 87 receiving yards against Iron Sharpens Iron, Dickey brought in two interceptions – including the final pick of the game to seal the victory.

It was the second time in the last five games Dickey exceeded 80 yards receiving, tacking on to a travel ball resume that also boasts a 144-yard effort in week No. 2.

At Valley Christian, Dickey led the run-heavy Warriors with 541 receiving yards and seven touchdowns as a freshman, helping the team to an 11-win campaign and a runner-up finish in the Central Coast Section championship game.

Dickey’s has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, California, Oregon State and San Jose State.

Jonah Coleman is a beast

It was another all-around display from Lincoln-Stockton junior Jonah Coleman.

Coleman needed just four carries to reach 28 yards in Iron Sharpens Iron’s 21-14 loss to Xclusive Speed, adding a 45-yard touchdown reception from Cosumnes Oaks senior quarterback Anthony Grigsby Jr.

Excelling in all areas is something Coleman has always done in football. As a sophomore at Lincoln a year ago, Coleman totaled 1,587 rushing yards, 30 touchdowns and 11.1 yards per carry, which was in addition to his 324 receiving yards and four scores.

The recruiting process continues to heat up for Coleman, whose offer list now includes Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Colorado State, Fresno State, New Mexico, Oregon State, San Diego State, San Jose State and Tennessee.

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