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WCA Week 5 Takeaways

Khalid Robinson finished with 60 receiving yards in Xclusive Speed's 35-7 win on Saturday. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Khalid Robinson finished with 60 receiving yards in Xclusive Speed's 35-7 win on Saturday. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Nothing is stopping Eli Brickhandler

No matter what opponents throw at Pittsburg senior quarterback Eli Brickhandler, the dual-threat leader continues making big plays.

Brickhandler amassed 300 all-purpose yards in Xclusive Speed’s 35-7 victory over the West Coast Islanders in the regular season finale of the Winner Circle Athletics Champions League, going 15-of-19 passing for 243 yards and four touchdowns next to 60 rushing yards on 10 carries.

It was the second time at the WCA Champions League that Brickhandler provided a dazzling showing like this, coming three weeks after his West Coast Preps Athlete of the Week performance when he completed 10 passes for 183 yards and three touchdowns – including a heroic game-winning drive.

The first two Division I offers for Brickhandler poured in over the past two weeks: Presbyterian and the University of San Diego.

Cal Strength’s unbelievable defense

The statistics show everything that Cal Strength’s defense accomplished in its 40-6 rout of Platinum on Saturday, which gave it a 4-1 record to conclude the regular season.

Four turnovers. Three interceptions. Two defensive touchdowns. 

Amador Valley sophomore Brady Nassar recovered a fumble in the end zone to make Cal Strength’s lead sit at 18-0 in the first half. The other defensive score was a pick six from Monte Vista linebacker Josh Zeising, whose late interception made it a 38-0 ballgame.

San Ramon Valley junior defensive back Za’Dorian Nardi intercepted two passes.

Additionally, it was the third time in the past four games that Cal Strength allowed fewer than 10 points. 

Peni Kaufusi and Antonio Henry connection

Grant senior quarterback Peni Kaufusi and Yuba City senior receiver Antonio Henry connected all day long in Iron Sharpens Iron’s 21-14 loss to Southwest.

Henry caught three of Kaufusi’s five completions for 89 yards and a touchdown, highlighted by his 76-yard scoring grab that knotted things up at 7-7 in the second quarterback.

Kaufusi ended the contest with a 5-for-6 line for 114 yards and a touchdown.

Receivers galore

Receivers for Bay Area teams showcased the amount of talent that resides at the position.

Pittsburg senior Matthew Quesada – Freedom’s leading receiver last year – led Cal Strength with two catches for 89 yards, featuring an 81-yard catch sprinkled in there, for his highest output of the WCA Champions League. 

Quesada was one of six Cal Strength players to catch a pass and one of three players to surpass 25 yards, as Monte Vista junior Cole Boscia’s line read four catches for 33 yards and a touchdown, while Monte Vista junior tight end Jack Endries had three receptions for 28 yards and a score.

And Xclusive Speed’s receiving corps came to play, too.

Seven different Xclusive Speed players caught passes, with Denmark (Georgia) senior Azari Brown leading the way on a four-catch, 68-yard afternoon while showing why his offer list features Birmingham Prep, Clarke, Georgia Knights Prep Academy, Northeast Georgia Prep and Presbyterian.

Manteca junior Khalid Robinson finished with a season-high 60 yards on four catches, which marked the third time in the last four weeks he tallied 40-plus yards receiving. Valley Christian sophomore Jurrion Dickey – with offers from Arizona State, Arkansas, California, Oregon State and San Jose State – had 37 yards on two receptions.

Northgate senior Andrew Daigle’s best performance of the season occurred on Saturday, coming up with a pair of important grabs on a day when he registered 35 yards receiving. 

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