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Winner Circle Athletics Week 3 Takeaways

Jack Quigley awaits a call in Cal Strength's 29-0 victory over Proj3ct Elite on Jan. 16, 2021. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Jack Quigley awaits a call in Cal Strength's 29-0 victory over Proj3ct Elite on Jan. 16, 2021. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Cal Strength’s receiver depth

Cal Strength’s receiver room is as filled up as can be.

In its 29-0 victory over Proj3ct Elite in the third week of the Winner Circle Athletics Champions League, which marked its third consecutive win, Cal Strength’s depth was highlighted in every way across the afternoon. Ten different players caught passes. Six players had 30-plus receiving yards. Four with 40-plus yards. 

Mitty senior Aden Jackson was the leader of the pack with 51 yards on four catches, while San Ramon Valley sophomore Caleb Padrid – part of a loaded young core of talent coming up through the SRV program – came down with 46 yards and a touchdown on two catches. 

Monte Vista senior Judah Sheppard was not far behind on a 45-yard day, which occurred on his touchdown grab, followed by Monte Vista junior tight end Jack Endries’ 43 yards, Pittsburg senior Matthew Quesada’s 33 yards and one touchdown, and San Ramon Valley junior Caden Ridley’s 31 yards. 

Ridley’s 31-yard effort came one week after another star performance in week No. 2, when he finished with 73 receiving yards and one touchdown on five catches.

Quigley dominates in Cal Strength’s third straight win

San Ramon Valley junior quarterback Jack Quigley was one of the top performers of the entire third week of action in the Winner Circle Athletics Champions League.

Quigley threw for 157 yards and three touchdowns, with a 10-yard scoring strike to Quesada, a 45-yard touchdown to Sheppard and then a 40-yard score to Padrid to cap the festivities.

Quigley, who holds an offer from William & Mary, tossed for 1,502 yards, 15 touchdowns and just six picks his sophomore year at San Ramon Valley in 11 games, helping the Wolves to a North Coast Section Division I quarterfinals appearance. 

Monte Vista junior Dyllan Devitt also had a 100-plus yard effort, as he followed up his 162 yards and three touchdowns a week ago with 127 passing yards Saturday.

Robinson breaks out

Manteca junior receiver Khalid Robinson broke out in a big way for Xclusive Speed.

A key part of Xclusive Speed’s third consecutive victory with its 14-0 shutout of Redzone Elite, Robinson put forth his best showing in the three weeks of football in Southern California, going for 45 yards and one touchdown on four catches – with his 5-yard touchdown grab from Pittsburg senior quarterback Eli Brickhandler putting the game away at 14-0 with just under a minute left in the first half.

Robinson has also been a standout performer over the course of this offseason, producing multiple impressive showings at each of the Xclusive Speed Bay Area Top 100 Showcases.

Bay Area defenses came to play

Every Bay Area and Northern California team shined defensively during the weekend.

Xclusive Speed did not allow a single score Saturday, marking the second time it has surrendered fewer than 10 points. Through three games, Xclusive Speed is allowing an average of 10 points per contest. 

Cal Strength also registered a shutout and dominated in every aspect, recording multiple sacks, watching Dublin’s own Adam Moore intercept a pass and having Freedom product Tyler Lepolo block a punt that Monte Vista junior Rocco Schramm recovered.

Meanwhile, the West Coast Islanders gave up just seven points in a 14-7 win, and Iron Sharpens Iron forced multiple turnovers while allowing a mere seven points in regulation before suffering a 15-7 defeat.

Jackson’s first game is a big one

Kimball senior running back Alonzo Jackson’s first game for Iron Sharpens Iron was a standout effort across all games Saturday.

Jackson needed only four carries for 39 yards, an output of 9.8 yards per carry, in ISI’s 15-7 overtime loss, consistently maneuvering his way through whatever the defense through at him. And two of his carries went for 14 or more yards.

A premier athlete this offseason, Jackson is working his way towards playing somewhere at the collegiate level. Despite an injury hampered junior season, Jackson still totaled 173 rushing yards, three touchdowns and 8.2 yards per carry while being part of Kimball’s first Sac-Joaquin Section playoff appearance since the school added a varsity football program in 2010.

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