Los Angeles Preps: Chris Gilchrist

No. 20 Charter Oak 38, Chino Hills 7

November, 10, 2011
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CHINO HILLS -- Charter Oak quarterback Travis Santiago put an end to concerns about his sprained ankle rather quickly Thursday night.

Hobbling and in pain, the senior barely warmed up before the game. When he walked onto the field for the first drive, he did so gingerly. But then, when Santiago hit Chris Gilchrist with a fade pass on the first play from scrimmage, the lingering doubts disappeared. Gilchrist stormed into the end zone untouched, and all was well with Santiago's psyche.

Santiago, usually a running threat, was not mobile but still excelled, passing for 288 yards and two touchdowns, and leading the Chargers to the Sierra League title with a 38-7 win against defending champion Chino Hills.

"I was a little bit stiff," said Santiago, who rolled his ankle by accidentally stepping on his helmet during Wednesday's walk-through practice. "That first play was exciting. I got the matchup that I wanted, threw it over the top and had my 6-foot-5 receiver do the rest."

Santiago took a seat early in the fourth quarter when No. 20 Charter Oak (9-1, 5-0) went up comfortably. He finished the regular season with 2,624 passing yards and 21 touchdown passes.

Sophomore sensation Kurt Scoby, who heading into Thursday was dealing with a left ankle sprain of his own, rushed for two second-half touchdowns and had 119 yards through the ground. His 40-yard scoring scamper with 10:22 remaining sealed it.

"We executed," Scoby said, "and were patient with the football."

Charter Oak’s high-octane attack struck quickly early in the second half. Santiago found Aaren Vaughns for a 14-yard touchdown and, minutes later, Scoby ran for a 36-yard score, giving the Chargers a 24-7 advantage. After trailing by only three at the break, Chino Hills (6-4, 4-1) found itself in too big of a hole.

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Top returning WRs in south L.A. County

August, 24, 2011
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With the start of the high school football season just a little over a week away, we give you a list of the top 15 returning receivers in south Los Angeles County, sorted by last year’s yardage totals. Keep in mind that players from schools in the San Fernando Valley, Orange County and Inland Empire are not included.

Darreus Rogers (Carson), a USC pledge and first-team All-City Section member, headlines the list. Bryce Treggs (St. John Bosco), a Cal commit who checks in at No. 4, is perhaps the top playmaker I saw all of last season. He'll be a major force in the Trinity League this fall. The most glaring omission is senior Derrick Woods (Inglewood), who had a versatile role in the backfield last season but is projected as a receiver at the next level. He has offers from USC, Florida, Alabama and Oklahoma, among others. Jabari Ruffin (Downey) and Malik Gilmore (Lakewood) aren't on the list either but should make their quarterbacks very happy.

Rank / Name (Year, School) / Yards / Touchdowns

1. Darreus Rogers (Senior, Carson): 1,347 yards, 8 TD
2. Delshawn McClellon (Senior, Gahr): 1,116 yards, 9 TD
3. Vinny Venegas (Senior, Covina): 1,064 yards, 12 TD
4. Bryce Treggs (Senior, St. John Bosco): 1,010 yards, 12 TD
5. George Katrib (Senior, Diamond Bar): 984 yards, 11 TD

6. Adam Aguirre (Senior, Cantwell-Sacred Heart): 981 yards, 11 TD
7. Christian Mack (Senior, St. Bernard): 976 yards, 10 TD
8. Darius Powe (Senior, Lakewood): 822 yards, 6 TD
9. Alex Jackson (Senior, Culver City): 814 yards, 13 TD
10. Alex Villalobos (Senior, San Gabriel): 802 yards, 8 TD

11. Robert McCovery (Senior, L.A. Jordan): 736 yards, 10 TD
12. Harold Johnson (Junior, West Adams Prep): 733 yards, 5 TD
13. James Simmons (Senior, Chadwick): 707 yards, 9 TD
14. Chris Gilchrist (Senior, Charter Oak): 704 yards, 5 TD
15. Peter de la Cruz (Senior, Covina): 700 yards, 4 TD

Here is a highlight tape of Treggs' junior season:

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