Johnny Stanton

Santa Margarita quarterback Johnny Stanton.

Each week during the football season, Husker Extra takes a look at the performances of athletes who have committed to or are being recruited by Nebraska.

* Johnny Stanton (6-foot-2, 205 pounds) threw for 215 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 92 yards and another score as Santa Margarita (Calif.) defeated one of Arizona’s top teams, Brophy Prep, 27-14 in a game televised on ESPN2. Playing behind an offensive line with three top prospects, Stanton, who has committed to Nebraska, led the nation’s second-ranked team on a long drive for a late score to clinch the victory.

"That's the first-game rust coming off," Stanton told the Orange County Register. "I think we have a lot to improve on and I'm excited for what's to come."

* Husker recruit Josh Banderas (6-2, 215) battled cramps but still rushed for 144 yards and two touchdowns to lead Lincoln Southwest to a 14-9 victory against North Star to open the season. Banderas had runs of 33 and 29 yards on the opening drive before scoring on a 1-yard plunge.

“I’m not used to this workload,” Banderas told the Lincoln Journal Star. “But I’ll drink more water and maybe get some bananas. I can’t sit on the sideline and watch.”

* Four-star prospect Dashon Hunt (5-9, 175, RB/CB) rushed for 62 yards on 13 carries as Westlake (Calif.) opened the season with a 24-6 win against Granite Bay.

* NU defensive back recruit Jonathan Cook (6-0, 185) and his Spanish Fort (Ala.) teammates got a good start to the season with a 33-22 victory against Muscle Shoals in an exhibition game. Spanish Fort officially opens the regular season on Labor Day against Daphne in a game to be televised on ESPN.

* Rockhurst (Mo.) took advantage of three turnovers and controlled the clock, running 25 of the 29 plays in the third quarter, in a 20-12 victory against East St. Louis. The offensive line, led by Husker recruit Zach Hannon (6-5, 292), was dominant during that third-quarter stretch.

* Husker recruit Nathan Gerry (6-2, 205) had three tackles and caught two passes for 37 yards and a touchdown as Sioux Falls (S.D.) Washington rolled past Rapid City Central 49-7. Gerry also punted once, for 46 yards.

* Three-star prospect Terrell Newby (5-10, 180) destroyed Los Angeles Venice last year with 269 yards and a career-best five touchdowns. He managed only 123 yards and a score in this year’s game, but Chaminade (Calif.) still came out on top, 37-20, by forcing five turnovers that led to a 30-0 run. Chaminade entered the game as the third-ranked team in the CIF-Southern Section Western Division.

Reach Sports Editor Darnell Dickson at or 402-473-7320.


Darnell graduated from BYU and covered Cougar football for the Daily Herald in Provo, Utah, before taking over as sports editor of the Journal Star in 2011.

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