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There was nothing stopping Xclusive Speed on Saturday.
One week removed from a heartbreaking loss, Xclusive Speed (3-2) capped the regular season of the Winner Circle Athletics Champions League in style, handing the West Coast Islanders with a 35-7 demolition for its second win in the past three games before the postseason unfolds next week.
The West Coast Islanders immediately opened the contest with a 75-yard touchdown, but Xclusive Speed – much like it has all season long – answered the early adversity with a vengeance.
Xclusive Speed scored 35 unanswered points, beginning with Pittsburg senior quarterback Eli Brickhandler – part of a day where he eclipsed 300 total yards – connecting with Denmark (Georgia) senior receiver Azari Brown for a 16-yard touchdown to end a long, masterful drive.
From there, it was alL Xclusive Speed.
Castro Valley senior running back Michael Lewis – who recently received a scholarship offer from McPherson College – finished another time consuming Xclusive Speed drive with a 7-yard touchdown run to put Xclusive Speed ahead 14-7 with 1:31 remaining in the half.
Manteca junior receiver Khalid Robinson added to his shine over the past few games with another big day, shifting his way with a pair of jukes on a 42-yard touchdown grab from Brickhandler to make it a 21-7 ballgame on what was one of the highlights of the entire game.
And Brickhandler added two more touchdown strikes in the fourth quarter – one a 25-yarder to Josh Johnson and the last a 36-yarder to Brown on a play where he stopped for a second on the sideline before delivering the throw – to end the day with a 35-7 score.
Brickhandler – previously the first-ever West Coast Preps Athlete of the Week three weeks ago – could not be stopped. He finished with 303 yards offensively, completing 15 of 19 passes for 243 yards and four touchdowns, along with 10 carries for 60 yards.
Over the past week-and-a-half, Brickhandler received two Division I offers from Presbyterian and the University of San Diego.
Seven different Xclusive Speed players caught passes, led by Brown’s 68 yards on four catches. Brown’s recruiting process continues heating up, holding offers from Birmingham Prep, Clarke, Georgia Knights Prep Academy, Northeast Georgia Prep and a recent Division I offer from Presbyterian.
Robinson added 60 yards and a score on four receptions, marking his highest production during the regular season. It was the third time in the last four games he amassed 40 yards, going for 45 yards in weeks No. 2 and 3.
Valley Christian sophomore receiver Jurrion Dickey tallied 37 yards on two catches. Northgate senior Andrew Daigle was not far behind on a 37-yard outing on two grabs – his most of the season – as he caught passes of 18 and 17 yards, highlighted by his crucial 17-yard catch to extend a late drive in the first half in the red zone.
Oak Grove senior – one week after being named the West Coast Preps Athlete of the Week when he had 66 total yards – led Xclusive Speed with 33 yards on three carries. Herrera now has 30-plus rushing yards in three of the last four games and recently picked up an offer from Iowa Wesleyan.
Lewis totaled 30 yards on three carries, which follows up last game’s effort when he notched 31 yards on four carries.
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