It’s one thing to prepare for the schemes and array of talent once the Friday night lights come on, but in the case of local teams Righetti and Nipomo, both will be looking to contain players who will soon play on Saturdays once its playoff games kick off on Friday.
The Warriors will be embarking on the three hour bus ride to the desert and take on Antelope Valley in the CIF Southern Section Division 8 opener, which has future Pac-12 players and Mountain West targets cluttered on the Antelope roster. Nipomo is at home and will face a Santa Clarita Golden Valley team in its CIF-SS D6 opener featuring two Pac-12 caliber talents.
Here’s a closer look at the highly-touted opposing players RHS and NHS will aim to slow down:
Devon Williams, wide receiver: The senior is a 6-foot-4, 200-pound freak of nature on the perimeter who not only has 11 touchdown catches in nine games according to Max Preps, but holds 15 scholarship offers according to 247 Sports including ones from Alabama, Oregon and UCLA.
Jermaine Marshall, running back: He’s not set to graduate from high school until 2020, but Nevada – which has been known for offering underclassmen lately – is the first to make a run at the 5-foot-7, 175-pounder who has 1,022 yards and 16 touchdowns according to Max Preps.
Khalib Johns, outside linebacker: The 6-foot-2, 220-pound senior has actually been a late blooming prospect according to AVHS assistant coach Mike McCormick, who says the 3.8 student Johns has drawn interest from non-Power Five schools. Johns is best known for picking off both Cal quarterback commit J.T Shrout of Newhall Hart and UCLA commit Matt Tago of Quartz Hill during the regular season – returning both interceptions for touchdowns. Johns also has nine tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
Jamaal Bell, running back: The 5-foot-9, 180-pound junior was limited to just five games due to the CIF transfer rule (played at Lancaster Paraclete last season), but he’s amassed 716 all-purpose yards and holds five offers – his last one coming from UCLA.
De'Gabriel Floyd, running back/outside linebacker: He’s a 6-foot-2, 220-pound menace on offense and defense – and it’s the latter where USC envisions him, as the junior committed to the Trojans in April. Nipomo head coach Tony Dodge said on Tuesday that Floyd is the first guy GVHS wants to give the ball to.
Jalin Lewis, wide receiver: He’s Golden Valley’s other prominent Power Five talent with Colorado and Washington State showing interest in the versatile 6-foot, 170-pound target. Lewis is tops in all-purpose yards with 1,240.