WEST HILLS -- For those who have not heard the name Steven Mitchell, consider this a formal introduction. His name is one to remember, rest assured.
The junior wide receiver from Mission Hills Alemany made a number of game-changing plays Friday night, seemingly too many count, to help guide the visiting Warriors to a rather impressive 38-14 victory over West Hills Chaminade in a nonleague game.
“I was in the zone out there tonight, I felt like I couldn't be stopped,'' said Mitchell, who finished with nine receptions for 151 yards and a pair of touchdown catches. “I was seeing things before they happened. There wasn't much thinking. Instincts took over.''
Mind you, with the game out of reach, he did not play in the fourth quarter.
The win was important on several levels for the Warriors (3-1), No. 10 in the ESPNLosAngeles.com top 25 rankings. They were coming off last week's 36-35 loss to Riverside North and the skeptics began wondering about whether the team was overrated.
The talk is bound to subside now.
The Eagles (2-1), No. 18 in the ESPNLosAngeles.com rankings, were in the wrong place at the wrong time. With no answer for Mitchell, they were in trouble from the start.
He found the endzone on a 30-yard touchdown pass from Devon Dunn to give the Warriors a 17-7 lead with 1:21 left in the second quarter. Mitchell also scored on a 25-yard pass to extend the Alemany advantage to 31-14 with 2:09 left in the third quarter.
Mitchell has offers from Washington, UCLA and Southern
Methodist. He has been in contact with Oregon and Arizona as well. Others figure to come calling after his latest effort.
“We knew about No. 4, we knew Mitchell was a playmaker,'' Chaminade coach Ed Croson said. “Thing was, we couldn't stop him.''
In between, Cameron Washington scored three touchdowns. He scored on a 5-yard run and a pair of 1-yard plunges, the last of which gave the Warriors a 24-point lead with 3:26 left in the fourth quarter.
Elijah Dunston scored both touchdowns for the Eagles. He found the endzone on a 36-yard run in the first half and scored on a 47-yard reception from Logan Scott in the second half. Other than that, the Warriors defense was steady.
“This was a big win for us, we wanted to prove last week's loss was a fluke,'' said senior safety Jerico Richardson, a UCLA commit. “We wanted to make a statement and I think we did.''
Individually, Mitchell also made a statement.
Don't forget his name.
You'll be hearing plenty of times in the near future.
Sean Ceglinsky covers preps for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Follow him on Twitter.