When La Habra defeated Trbuco Hills, 27-22, last week, the Highlanders
accomplished it despite a 200-yard effort by Mustangs RB Shane DeCillo. A
5-foot-9, 193-pound junior, he carried on 24 of their 27 rushing plays.
Trying to contain him may have been a good workout in preparation for
this week when the Highlanders meet Tustin in the CIF-SS, Southwest
Division championship game at 2 p.m. Saturday at Anaheim Stadium.
Tustin will challenge with an explosive double wing attack featuring
Anthony Wilkerson and Ameer Webb.
Wilkerson (jr., 6-0, 210) is the main threat, bigger and reportedly
faster than DeCillo. Wilkerson rushed for 170 yards in the 63-28 rout of
Anaheim Canyon in last Friday’s semifinal, and now has nearly 2,100
yards and 31 touchdowns, averaging 9 yards a carry.
Webb (sr., 6-0, 175) also is a 1,000-yard rusher, totaling 1,095 yards
and averaging 8.5 yards per trip. He has 15 touchdowns.
The Tillers don’t pass much. As team they have rushed for 4,881 yards
and 71 touchdowns. They’ve thrown only 49 times, completing 22 (45
percent) for 536 yards and four touchdowns. They’ve been intercepted
Quarterback Taylor Richardson (sr., 6-0, 190) is 20 for 41 for 516
yards and four TDs. He also has rushed 97 times for 598 yards, giving
the Tillers another legitimate weapon on the ground.
Tustin began the season with losses to La Palma Kennedy (31-28),
Foothill (21-6) and Orange Lutheran 10-0. They then ran off a six-game
win streak and have won nine of their last 10, including the last three
in a row.
They have outscored their opponents, 553-269, and as the No. 7 seed
in the Southwest Division, they have outscored their three playoff
opponents, 188-75, including victories over Magnolia (76-26) and Garden
Grove Pacifica (49-21).