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Pittsburg QB has “it” factor
Pittsburg senior quarterback Eli Brickhandler is a winner.
Plain and simple.
Brickhandler, part of Xclusive Speed’s club team, was one of the stars of the show all of Saturday in Los Angeles. He completed 10 passes for 183 yards and three touchdowns, adding another 20 yards and one score on the ground.
And Brickhandler provided a masterpiece on the final drive of the game, engineering a comeback for the ages to lift Xclusive Speed to its first victory of the season in 27-21 fashion over TTP.
On fourth and long, Brickhandler evaded pressure, kept the play alive for 10-plus seconds, scrambled and dove to get the first down, which was followed a few plays later by the game-winning touchdown strike to Azari Brown with six seconds remaining.
These plays have been part of Brickhandler’s repertoire as a high schooler.
Before he and his family moved to Pittsburg over the offseason, Brickhandler sparked a football revolution at Rocklin’s Whitney High School. One year after Whitney failed to win a single game, Brickhandler guided Whitney to seven wins and a Sac-Joaquin Section Division II runner-up finish while throwing for 2,259 yards and 18 touchdowns, alongside 743 rushing yards and eight touchdowns.
The dual-threat quarterback holds offers from Black Hills State, Iowa Wesleyan, La Verne, Lawrence Tech, Rocky Mountain College and Saint Anselm.
Danville athletes shine
Football players from Danville could not be stopped in Cal Strength’s 29-7 victory over Southwest, lifting the program to a 2-0 record.
In a city filled with a storied history at the quarterback position – two former Monte Vista quarterbacks play at the FBS level right now (Jake Haener at Fresno State and Jack Stewardson at Washington), while countless others have carved out successful college careers – the 2022 class is no different in the city, as Monte Vista’s Dyllan Devitt and San Ramon Valley’s Jack Quigley helped Cal Strength’s undefeated record remain intact.
Devitt, a consistent performer this offseason, tossed for 162 yards and three scores. Quigley, who boasts an FCS offer from William & Mary, finished with 88 passing yards, which comes after a sophomore season when he totaled 1,502 passing yards and 15 scores.
But plenty more Danville players also made their mark over the weekend.
Cole Boscia, a junior receiver and target of Devitt’s at Monte Vista, had a team-high 74 receiving yards and two touchdowns on eight catches.
Caden Ridley, a junior receiver at San Ramon Valley, was right behind Boscia with 73 receiving yards and a touchdown on five receptions.
Both Boscia and Ridley are excelling in the classroom, too, with Boscia’s GPA sitting at a 3.9 and Ridley’s currently at a 3.8.
Dickey’s sensational run continues
Nothing stands in the way of Valley Christian sophomore athlete Jurrion Dickey.
Dickey, tabbed as a consensus four-star prospect and one of the top players in the 2023 recruiting class by multiple outlets, has been one of the top performers during the first two weekends of the Winner Circle Athletics football slate.
One week following a touchdown catch in the season-opening 9-7 loss to the Long Beach Grind, Dickey notched 1 whopping 144 receiving yards and one touchdown on eight catches in Xclusive Speed’s incredible 27-21 win against TTP.
In a run-heavy scheme at Valley Christian as a freshman, Dickey still put up gaudy numbers in a loaded West Catholic Athletic League. Dickey’s 541 receiving yards and seven touchdowns were both team highs, as he and the Warriors shared a WCAL title and appeared in the Central Coast Section Division I championship game.
Arizona State, Arkansas, California, Oregon State and San Jose State are Dickey’s five offers.
Coleman is a freak
Lincoln-Stockton junior Jonah Coleman is a do-it-all athlete.
Coleman was the No. 1 player on the field when Iron Sharpens Iron defeated Clovis in 19-14 fashion, which gave ISI a 2-0 record, catching four passes for 76 yards and two two touchdowns.
This effort was indicative of all Coleman has accomplished at the high school level. His sophomore year featured an astounding 1,587 rushing yards and 30 touchdowns while averaging 11.2 yards per carry.
Additionally, Coleman registered 324 receiving yards and four scores, with his valiant displays every Friday night lifting Lincoln to a 9-2 record and a trip to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs.
Coleman’s offer list includes Arizona State, Colorado, Fresno State, New Mexico, Oregon State, San Jose State and Tennessee.
Other top performers
Below are some of the other top performers for Bay Area squads:
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