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L.A. North: Oaks Christian QB leaves

9/29/2011
Luke Falk started two games for Oaks Christian but has decided to return to Utah. Tim Haddock for ESPNLA.com

Luke Falk, the highly touted junior quarterback at Oaks Christian, has left the school and returned to his home in Logan, Utah, with his family.

Oaks Christian coach Bill Redell said Falk and his family returned to Utah for “personal reasons” and had “family issues.”

Falk started the first two games for Oaks Christian. The Lions lost their season opener to Bellevue (Wash.), but Falk threw for 317 yards and two touchdowns.

Falk started the second game for Oaks Christian against Agoura, but was replaced in the first quarter by sophomore Brandon Dawkins. Oaks Christian won the game against Agoura, 50-11.

“We needed to take a look at Dawkins,” Redell said. “He looked real good against Agoura.”

Dawkins started the third game of the season for Oaks Christian, passing for one touchdown and rushing in another, in a 36-24 win over St. Bonaventure. Falk was the back-up and Redell said he intended to play him in the second half. But Oaks Christian was up 20-3 at halftime and Redell decided to stay with Dawkins the rest of the game.

“If he was the starting QB, he would have stayed,” Redell said. “I think he would be here. It didn’t work out. He’s a great kid. Against Bellevue, he did some good things.”

Dawkins will be the starter on Friday night against Calabasas. Redell said he doesn’t have a back-up quarterback for the next game and if something happens to Dawkins, he will use a wildcat-type offense with running backs Ishmael Adams and Carlos Mendoza.

According to a story in the Salt Lake Tribune, Falk will return to Logan High School, but won’t be able to play on the football team until his senior season.