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Week 4: Five players to watch

09/19/2013, 8:55pm PDT
By Craig Malveaux

Standouts from North, East, South City.


West Hills


WR-DB | 5-10, 205

Storyline: Undefeated West Hills scored four touchdowns to topple Central 27-13 last week. Two of those TDs belonged to Herrada, who turned on his track-speed burners and returned a pair of interceptions for scores of 60 and 80 yards. This week, the Wolf Pack host a tough Serra team that employs a balanced offensive attack. The Conquistadors average just south of 200 yards on the ground and use the aerial attack about 20 times per game. Serra is careful with the football, throwing just one pick in three games.

Name game: Herrada’s first name is Alex, which is short for Alejandro. According to his coach, he got the Peanut nickname from his mom at a young age and it stuck.

Key stat: Two. Herrada’s two-pick performance last week was a career high and doubled his interception season total of last year, when he played sparingly at safety.

Quotable: “He’s a terrific talent with very good speed and good instincts in the secondary,” said West Hills coach Tay Sneddon.


San Marcos


QB | 6-2, 186

Based on stats alone, you couldn’t tell that Freed is a first-year varsity signal-caller for the Knights. The junior has been spectacular, completing 64 of 90 passes for nine touchdowns, no interceptions and 1,143 yards while leading San Marcos to two wins in three games.


Francis Parker


RB-LB | 5-8, 180

St. Mary’s of Canada tried stuffing the box with defenders, but nothing could stop the rushing onslaught of Brookins. He exploded for 262 yards and three touchdowns on just nine carries. Santana, which has surrendered no less than 160 yards rushing each contest, is next up for the Lancers.


Castle Park


RB-DB | 5-7, 140

Steen does it all for the Trojans: catches passes, runs the ball, defends against passes and returns kicks. His totals include three offensive touchdowns, 11 tackles, a fumble recovery, two deflected passes and three interceptions. This jack-of-all-trades stuffs the stat boxes each week and will need to defend well against high-scoring Clairemont.


Mount Miguel


DB-WR | 6-1, 180

Murray catches passes as a receiver and bats them down as a defensive back. He does most of his damage in the secondary with 12 tackles, three interceptions and two pass deflections. Against Helix, a team that tests defenses with a few deep balls, Murray should receive ample opportunities to use his ball-hawking skills.

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