Last weekend was a big one for the Manhattan Beach Mira Costa and Redondo football programs and stadiums.
Last Saturday, Mira Costa hosted the 50th Annual West Torrance Lions All-Star Football Classic between the Blue team, head coached by the Mustangs' Don Morrow, and the White squad, head coached by the Sea Hawks' Matt Ballard.
Morrow's Blue squad, whose staff also included Bay League champion Palos Verdes head mentor Guy Gardner who was at one time one of Morrow's assistants at Mira Costa, topped the Whites 14-12.
On Sunday, Redondo hosted the B2G West Coast All-Star Classic, which had players from all over the United States. It was Team Speed that shut out Team Impact 18-0.
The South Bay stars shined in both of those contests, especially from Gardena Serra.
On Sunday, Cavalier standouts, all-around Adoree Jackson, linebacker Dwight Williams and wide receiver Jordan Lasley, each had fine games.
Jackson, a five-star major college recruit who is expected to decide where he will play in the fall on National Signing Day on Feb. 5, had a 60-yard punt return that helped the Speed's second touchdown on a 3-yard pass from Narbonne quarterback Eban Jackson to Sherman Oaks Notre Dame's Daniel Khan that gave Speed a 12-0 lead.
Jackson also had a 51-yard pass reception from Eban Jackson.
With 7:21 left in the game, Williams intercepted a pass and ran 75 yards for a touchdown for Speed's final TD.
Lasley played for Impact but had a few good catches and gains. Both Lasley and Williams will play at UCLA in the fall.
Adoree Jackson is considering UCLA, University of Southern California, Florida, Louisiana State University, Tennessee and Oklahoma.
Speed's first touchdown came in the first quarter on a 5-yard run from Eban Jackson, who also had an outstanding game.
Eban Jackson also had pass completion to his other Gaucho teammate D.J. Young (16 yards).
Another Narbonne standout, Larry Seuga, had a 10-yard run that set up Eban Jackson's TD.
Other South Bay players involved in the contest included Andre Zaire (Inglewood), Aaron Corbin (Narbonne), Dallas Tufele (Narbonne), Owen "Boogie" Roberts (Narbonne), Uchenna Nwosu (Narbonne), Glen Ihenacho (Serra), Greg Webb (Serra), Olajuwon Tucker (Serra) and Harry Whitson (Redondo).
Another Serra standout, defensive back Jalen Jones, keyed the Blue win in Saturday's Lions Classic.
He had two interceptions but his biggest play was the finale in which he blocked a potentially winning field goal attempt from Wilmington Banning's Jesse Montesdeoca. Montesdeoca was attempting a 36-yarder on the game's final play before Jones blocked it. The ball sailed low and fell well short of the goal post as the Blues held on.
Jones is considering of playing football at either University of Nevada, Wyoming or Stoney Brooke in New York State.
The Whites scored first with 5:13 remaining in the first quarter on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Redondo quarterback Harrison Faecher to Narbonne wide receiver Marvelle Lias. Montesdeoca's point after touchdown attempt, however, was blocked.
The Blues took the lead for good with 5:16 to go in the second period on a one-yard run by Rolling Hills Estates Peninsula quarterback Ian Escutia and Mira Costa kicker Casey Sublette added the PAT. The score was set up by Escutia's 40-yard pass to wide receiver Eddie Thomas from Hawthorne.
"It feels good to be surrounded by people from other schools," Thomas, who is looking to play at San Jose State University next fall, said.
With just 31 seconds remaining before halftime, the Blue stars made it 14-6 on an 18-yard scoring pass from quarterback Louie Soto (Bishop Montgomery) to Gardena's Preshay Houston. Sublette added the extra point.
The Whites would threaten but the Blue defense continued to hold them.
On the last play of the third quarter, it was Bobby Wilson of Torrance that intercepted a pass from Escutia in the end zone and ran it 100 yards for a TD, cutting the Blues' lead to two points. Faecher's potentially tying two-point pass, however, fell incomplete.
"We didn't really practice that much," Redondo's Jamal Perkins said. Perkins plans to play at El Camino College in the fall.