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The 5-foot-11, 195-pounder led the Conquistadores to a 37-36 season-opening road win against Warren, rushing for 300 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries. He also had a touchdown reception. Among his big runs of the night were gains of 88, 58 and 52 yards. He has committed to the University of Hawaii. Bethley also earned Athlete of the Week honors back in the spring for his expertise on the baseball field.
Petersen passed for 330 yards and four touchdowns and ran for two touchdowns in the Titans’ 48-47 loss to Edison. He completed 21 of 42 passes, including seven of his first nine attempts. Petersen, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound senior, ran for 76 yards on the game’s first play from scrimmage. His touchdown passes went for 31, 35, 3 and 7 yards.
The enior linebacker helped lead the top-ranked Gauchos to a 17-14 victory over Serra Friday night. Butler recorded 13 tackles, two for loss, and had one sack as the Gauchos’ defense recorded a second-half shutout.
Andrew Van Buren
Van Buren had an impressive performance in Chaminade’s 47-10 win over Oaks Christian Friday. The senior Boise State commit ran for three touchdowns, caught a 62-yard touchdown and finished with 140 rushing yards on 18 carries.
Peterson was among the Southern Section passing leaders after a dominant season-opening 34-7 win over Rim of the World. Peterson connected on 10-of-14 passes for 365 yards and four touchdowns, He competed two touchdowns to Awan Parker and threw an 85-yard TD pass to Summer Ortlund.
In his first game as a Jackrabbit, Corral threw for over 400 yards and two touchdowns in Poly’s 28-10 victory over Los Alamitos on Friday. The Florida commit completed 20 of 30 pass attempts, including a 98-yard touchdown to junior Keon Markham in the second quarter.
Making his varsity debut, Nesby intercepted Murrieta Valley quarterback Hank Bachmeier three times, helping Santiago to a 30-28 victory over the highly-ranked Nighthawks. Bachmeier was an all-area selection last season and threw only three interceptions on 311 attempts last season. Nesby also finished the game with five tackles for the Sharks.
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