Click on the newspaper links below the athlete’s name to read about their performance from Sept. 12 to Sept. 17, and then vote for who you think is the best athlete this week. The overall winner will be announced on Friday, Sept. 23.
The Saints are 2-1 with two blowout wins, having outscored their opponents 126-30. On Friday, they defeated Mission prep 59-14 and quarterback Johnny Buksa V put on an absolute clinic. Buksa was 9 for 14 for 238 yards and two touchdowns passing the ball, and he ran for another two touchdowns, with over 100 yards on the ground.
The sophomore enjoyed a breakout performance with nine catches for 228 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-tying 12-yard TD catch to set up Ajay Culhane’s decisive PAT in Oaks Christian’s wild 63-62 triple-overtime victory over Alemany.
Commans equaled a CIF-SS record by throwing nine touchdowns in Whittier Christian’s 68-55 win over Bell. He also threw for 490 yards and a rushing touchdown while picking up 46 yards on the ground. The Heralds improved to 3-1 with the win. Commans, with nearly 1,500 yards, ranks among the country’s top passers in yardage.
Haugh not only carried the ball 20 times for 165 yards (both season highs) and scored two touchdowns rushing, he also caught two passes for 60 yards and a third touchdown. His total yards from scrimmage were more than his team’s first two games combined and the three touchdowns equalled the number he had in his first two games.
In a 40-12 win over Patriot for the first victory of the season, Paul rushed for 260 yards on just 10 carries and three touchdowns and caught three passes for 49 yards and another score. If that weren’t enough, he played the entire game on defense as well, recording eight solo tackles from his spot at defensive back.
Jefferson did it all Friday, rushing 19 times for 135 yards and two touchdowns and scoring on a 62-yard touchdown catch. Jefferson also had a 78-yard kickoff return and an interception for the Sea Hawks in a 58-10 rout of West Torrance.
The senior ran for 145 yards on 25 carries in the Mustangs’ 35-24 nonleague victory over district rival Citrus Hill. He scored on touchdown runs of 50, 4, and 10 yards, the final touchdown salting away the victory with the Mustangs holding a four-point lead.
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