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Top prospectThe young man I chiefly came to see was Northridge sophomore running back Bo Scarborough (6-1, 205, 4.45). Sadly for me, and for the Jaguars, Bo left the game just 11 minutes in after a tackle caused him to land awkwardly and limp to the sidelines with a leg injury. He had 74 all-purpose yards before that, including 53 on seven totes and a 21-yard kick return.
"He brings that home run threat," said Jags coach Mike Smith, pre-game. "When you‘ve got the home run threat, it brings a lot of eyes, and opens up things for other people."
It's doubtful Hillcrest coach Adam Winegarden was sad to see Bo go.
"He‘s a tremendous athlete," he said. "He‘s got size, speed and power. He‘s got every thing you want at the running back position. He really doesn't have any weaknesses."
Scarbrough said he tweaked a knee making a cut, and will have an MRI on Saturday. The severity of the injury will become known at that time.
"It changed a lot of the offensive game plan we had for this week," Smith said of Scarbrough's early exit.
Seniors who shinedFor Hillcrest, quarterback Luke Wingo makes the show go, and mainly with his legs. He picked up numerous key first downs, and scored from the three on fourth-and-two with 41 seconds before the half to put his team up 14-6. He scored again later, from the two, and finished with more than 100 yards rushing. He had 97 in the first half alone.
Luke's dad, Rich Wingo, was a goal line stand linebacker at Bama, as well as a tough-as-nails strength and conditioning coach.
Pats' left tackle, Luke Lawrence (6-3, 275), is an interior lineman at the next level, possible at Navy.
For Northridge, running back Antonio Easterwood (5-8, 155) is dangerous when he gets in the secondary, and a good receiver, too, as he showed on a six-yard touchdown grab.
Juniors to watchScarborough will join wide receiver James Cox (6-1, 175) for an unofficial visit on Saturday to Alabama. Smith says, "has a chance to be special."
Cox finished the night with five catches for 58 yards.
"We don‘t have enough footballs for both Bo and James," Smith added.
Cox has good size, but did have a pair of drops and does not appear to be a guy who can take over a game.
For the Patriots, linebacker Chris Leslie (6-0, 200) is one to watch, along with his fellow ‘backer Keith Holcombe (6-0, 180).