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Week 7: Five players to watch

10/10/2013, 9:50pm PDT
By John Maffei

Standouts from North, East, South, City.

Cathedral Catholic linebacker Xavier Ulutu prepares for opponents by watching a lot of game film.


Cathedral Catholic


ILB | 6-1, 240

Storyline: Dons coach Sean Doyle calls Ulutu “the leader of our defense.” It’s a role Ulutu embraces. A running back in a wing-T offense as a freshman and sophomore, Ulutu fell in love with linebacker when he realized he would rather hit than be hit. He’s averaging 10.1 tackles a game. Ulutu said the defense takes it keys from coordinator John Montali, who preaches an attacking style.

Recruiting trail: Rivals.com says Ulutu has offers from Boise State, Colorado State and New Mexico. Washington State, Cal, Oregon State and Washington have also shown interest. Ulutu said USC recently jumped into the mix. “Coach (Ed) Orgeron (who replaced Lane Kiffin) has a lot of energy,” Ulutu said.

Quotable: “I’m a leader ... on and off the field,” Ulutu said. “I play with a lot of passion. I’m an aggressive player. But I think what separates me from other players is my size and my IQ for the game. I prepare like crazy. I watch a lot of film by myself, I watch film with the team, and I watch film with the coaches. The coaches give me my assignments for the game, and I do my best to execute that plan. The expectations are high here. Cathedral Catholic is known for its sports. Our teams want CIF championships, and those championships come from being prepared.”


Mission Hills


DB | 6-2, 195

Fast and athletic, Holiday got everyone’s attention two weeks ago when he intercepted three passes, returning one for a TD, in a 30-6 win over then-No. 1 Oceanside. He’ll be looking for more picks tonight against Escondido.


Mission Bay


WR | 6-0, 195

He came up big last week in a 24-21 win over Christian, returning a kickoff 80 yards for a TD to start the winning rally, then catching an 18-yard TD pass to finish it. Can Madison find a way to neutralize Petties-Wilson’s speed?


Chula Vista


QB | 6-0, 180

Gotto completed just eight passes last week in a 35-7 win over Castle Park, but they were for 130 yards with one a 42-yard touchdown strike. He also had a 14-yard TD run. Gotto takes aim at Bonita Vista’s defense tonight.


El Cajon Valley


RB | 5-10, 170

It was a breakout game for Shearin last week in a 38-13 win over Orange Glen. He rushed 23 times for 220 yards and five touchdowns. Monte Vista must find a way to contain Shearin, who has 842 yards on the ground this fall.

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