Las Lomas High wide receiver Diante Jackson did his homework, took his visits and made sure he was absolutely sure before selecting which college he would play football at next season.
And, at the end of the process, the next step in Jackson's football career had a decidedly green and gold look to it.
Jackson called Oregon coach Mike Bellotti on Friday morning to give an oral commitment to play for the Ducks next season. The commitment ends a process that saw Jackson land 21 scholarship offers.
"I just felt it was the best fit for me," Jackson said. "The facilities were nice, and everything but the coaches struck my eye. There were some young quarterbacks there, and I could see myself getting down with them."
Jackson finished his big day by helping the Knights knock off Oakmont-Roseville, 21-9, in Roseville. He caught eight passes for 153 yards and a touchdown in the win.
Before selecting Oregon, Jackson also took official visits to Colorado and Arizona State. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound receiver was ranked as the No. 36 prospect in California on Rivals.com's preseason Top 100 list.
He added that the decision was made easier by the fact that his father, Donald Jackson, lives in Portland.
Jackson was joined by a host of happy teammates in Roseville, and the day was made even sweeter thanks to the Knights' win. Austin Pomerantz scored on a 1-yard touchdown run, and Darin Thompson scored on
With the win, Las Lomas improves to 4-1 heading into its bye week.
Mt. Diablo 20, Oakland Tech 7: Red Devils running back Donovan Shorter rushed for 73 yards and two second-half touchdowns to help the Red Devils defeat the host Bulldogs 20-7.
Shorter scored as time expired in the third quarter on a 42-yard run, using a nifty spin move to elude the last Oakland Tech defender.
"(Shorter) is a phenomenal player," said head coach Tony Darone. "Our goal was to get the ball into his hands as much as possible."
With the win, the Red Devils are off to their best start in more than 10 years.
The Bulldogs scored their lone touchdown on an 80-yard kick-off return by Darryl Murphy. Oakland Tech found little offensive consistency either on the ground or through the air. Quarterback Justin Wilson rushed for a team-high 33 yards.
Shorter put the game away on a 3-yard fourth-quarter touchdown run.
— Jim Bucci, correspondent
Stallworth-Stockton 55, Acalanes 13: Antonio McCullough passed for 207 yards and two touchdowns on just seven completions, and the visiting Eagles scored on four plays of more than 40 yards en route to a rout of Acalanes.
Stallworth showed its quick-strike ability on the first play from scrimmage when Johnny Walker made a diving catch of a 43-yard completion at the Acalanes 39-yard line. That set the tone for Stallworth, which rolled up 412 yards of total offense on 32 plays from scrimmage — an average of 12.8 yards per play.
McCullough threw for touchdowns of 77 and 52 yards, and the Eagles also had a 70-yard interception return.
While McCullough stretched Acalanes' defense vertically through the air, Fred Jones Jr. went at it on the ground, amassing 167 yards and two touchdowns on just eight touches.
For a few moments in the third quarter, the Dons turned the game into a track meet. Quarterback Tyler Caldwell found Mat Lewis in a seam over the middle, and he slipped a couple of tackles on the way to a 61-yard touchdown reception.
Stallworth got that back on a 45-yard, four-play drive set up by Walker's 20-yard kickoff return, then Caldwell answered back with a 26-yard scoring strike to Robert Mull, who beat single coverage.
Caldwell passed for 225 yards, completing 13 of 31 passes. Tyler Malley had 132 all-purpose yards for Acalanes.
— Steve Dulas
Berean Christian 26. Northgate 21: With 12 seconds left, Eagles quarterback Peter Bedros found a leaping Chris Morgan in the right corner for a comeback victory over the host Broncos.
In the fourth quarter, the teams traded the lead four times until Berean Christian put it away.
On the first play of the fourth quarter, Northgate running back Matt Butler ran for a 24-yard score and a 15-14 lead. The Eagles wasted no time on their next possession, driving 44 yards on seven plays and capping the drive on a 1-yard dive from workhorse Brandon Essy.
Northgate quarterback Chris Pelayo then orchestrated a seven-play, 44-yard drive of his own, completing all four of his passes for 58 yards and finishing the drive on a 2-yard quarterback keeper to put the Broncos up 21-20.
Berean Christian started the final drive on Northgate's 44-yard line with 1:27 remaining. The Eagles ran the ball on the first three plays of the drive to reach the Broncos' 34. Bedros found Essy on a 6-yard pass, and the Broncos defense had a personal foul called on it, putting the Eagles 14 yards away from the win and setting up Bedros' heroics.
"We knew we had no timeouts," Berean Christian coach Mark Barcelon said. "I told Peter (Bedros) where we were going to run, and on the next play to get the touchdown or throw it away."
— Nick Norvell, correspondent