Wood you believe these numbers from Santa Clara's Cierre?
Cerritos Valley Christian must have devised a game plan to stop Cierre Wood of Santa Clara during Friday's Mid-Valley Division playoff semifinal game. I mean, how could the Crusaders not? Wood, pictured, is only one of the fastest rising junior prospects in the nation, a well-known, talented individual capable of taking over a game at any point. And take over he did.
He amassed 481 all-purpose yards in a 42-20 victory over Valley Christian. Six touchdowns, too. Wood rushed for 327 yards, scoring on runs of 86, 85, 71, 56 and 17 yards. He found the end zone on a 66-yard punt return, for good measure. Now, that's how you fill up a box score.
Next up for the Saints is either Bishop Diego or Paraclete, who meet in tonight's other semifinal. The winner had better learn from Valley Christian's mistakes and do whatever it takes to stop Wood, or, at least slow him down. If that's even possible. No one has been able to do it yet.
-- Sean Ceglinsky, guest blogger
-- Image by Ken Hively/Los Angeles Times