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Week 6: Five players to watch

10/03/2013, 9:06pm PDT
By Craig Malveaux

Standouts from North, East, South, City.

Mission Bay senior running back James Phillips rushed for 163 yards and six touchdowns against Clairemont.


Mission Bay


RB | 5-11, 195

Storyline: Mission Bay lacked balance — heavily leaning on the passing game — while generating 117 points on offense through its first three contests this season. Thus, veteran coach Willie Matson issued a challenge to his all-league running back. Apparently, Matson pushed the right buttons. Placing the passing game on the back burner, the Buccaneers called run after run and Phillips responded with 163 yards on the ground last week against Clairemont as Mission Bay improved to 4-0. Today’s foe, Christian, has surrendered five touchdowns on defense in five games. If the undefeated Buccaneers wish to continue their streak, balance will be key.

Key stat: Six. Phillips shouldered the weight and put on a clinic against Clairemont, gashing the Chieftains up the middle for a career-high six rushing touchdowns.

Quotable: “We know what he’s capable of when we give him opportunities to run the football. We just have been passing way too much recently to see it,” Matson said. “He’s a former all-league running back. We’ve been harping and harping on balance and establishing the run game. Our offensive line is solidifying itself after being shuffled around a little, so we’re going to see more balance on offense.”




RB | 5-7, 165

Week in and week out, the Titans pound the rock, averaging 308.4 yards rushing per contest using a running back by committee. That doesn’t mean Eastlake lacks a feature back. Of the four backs, Strayhorn has the most carries (57), yards (493) and touchdowns (6).




QB | 5-11, 180

The learning curve for the freshman signal-caller has been steep, the Titans producing 24 total points in the first four games of the season. However, things have finally clicked for the Washington commit, who tossed three touchdown passes in a 45-21 victory over Valley Center.




QB | 5-11, 168

Perhaps the most impressive thing about Carrillo’s season hasn’t been the 1,144 yards, the 13.5-yard-per-attempt average or the 13 touchdown passes. It’s been his precision and accuracy, completing 71.8 percent of his passes while tossing only one interception.


La Jolla Country Day


DL | 6-0, 200

The defensive lineman and Torreys captain has wreaked havoc in the trenches, racking up 43 tackles — 10.5 for losses — six sacks and three forced fumbles thus far. Perhaps Tri-City Christian should send double and triple teams his way.

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