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Southern California high school football playoffs: Best performances from Round 2 (11/13/2023)

Jackson pushed Granite Hills past Carlsbad with a game-winning 2-point conversion in overtime on Thursday night

Here’s a quick look at some of the top stars and memorable performances from the second week of the high school football postseason in Southern California.

Note: Entries are based on information provided by coaches, statisticians, media members and high school sports fans. Don’t see any details for your team’s game? Email some notes and/or stats to

Top Southern California football stars from 11/9/23 to 11/11/23

Cornell Hatcher, Jr., Corona Centennial: Hatcher Jr. continued his monster season with 190 rushing yards and three touchdowns against Orange Lutheran.

Shane Rosenthal, Newbury Park: Rosenthal had 381 all-purpose yards, finishing with three touchdown receptions, two interceptions and a kickoff return for a touchdown against Foothill.

Joshua Falkner, Western: Falkner had an 82-yard pick-six and a 53-yard fumble return for a touchdown against Apple Valley.

Tyler Young, Huntington Beach: Young had 196 total yards and four rushing touchdowns in a 36-33 win over Ontario Christian.

Khary Wilder, Gardena Serra: Wilder had six tackles including four sacks in Friday's 38-28 win over Los Alamitos.

Timmy Herr, San Juan Hills: Herr had 331 passing yards, a passing touchdown and four rushing touchdown to lead the Stallions to a 42-35 comeback victory on Friday night.

Owen Long, La Serna: Long had 131 rushing yards and two touchdown on 12 carries in Friday's win over Trabuco Hills.

Nico De La Cruz, Mira Costa: De La Cruz completed 26 of 39 passes for 400 yards and had five touchdown passes in a win over Cypress.

Trey Wilson, Rancho Cucamonga: Wilson rushed for 336 yards and had five rushing touchdowns in a 53-52 loss to Murrieta Valley.

Reese Leonard, Mira Costa: Leonard caught 15 passes for 252 yards and had three touchdown receptions against Cypress.

Pablo Jackson, Granite Hills: Jackson had 129 total yards, two rushing touchdowns and a game-winning 2-point conversion in Thursday's overtime playoff victory against Carlsbad.

Parker Johnson, St. Augustine: Johnson had two rushing touchdowns and two receiving touchdowns in Friday's road playoff win against La Costa Canyon.

Jackson Diehl, La Jolla: Diehl passed for 182 yards and a touchdown and also rushed for 154 yards and two touchdowns in Friday's 28-22 win over Central Union.

Brady Allen, Point Loma: Allen had 120 rushing yards and three touchdowns in Friday's 32-12 win over Scripps Ranch.

Jaden Mangini, La Jolla Country Day: Mangini had three passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns in Friday's road playoff win against West Hills.

Jayden Goldman, Santana: Goldman was 12 of 19 passing for 153 yards and had four passing touchdowns in Friday's win over Crawford.

Jaylon Brown, Madison: Brown scored all three touchdowns in Friday's 21-0 victory against Torrey Pines.

Terrick Fisher, Rancho Bernardo: Fisher rushed for 191 yards and scored two rushing touchdowns in Friday's win over Bishop's.

Wilson Christopherson, Fallbrook: Christopherson had 177 all-purpose yards and two receiving touchdowns in Friday's win over Imperial.

Sebastian Ikolo, Fairfax: Ikolo caught eight passes for 104 yards and had three touchdowns against Arleta.

(Feature photo by Steven Silva)

-- Bodie De Silva | | @sbliveca