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Byron Marshall Paces Valley Christian To 20-7 Victory Over Bellarmine

The talented junior tailback looks very much like the big Bay Area prospect for colleges to check out in 2012, as he led Valley Christian toward second place in the region behind De La Salle. Mitch Stephens of Prep Insider with the story.

Byron Marshall looks as good as advertised or better. The Warriors do an interesting thing, using him often as a decoy. He had 17 carries for 131 yards and three touchdowns and it appears he gets about 15-20 touches per game.

I think most systems would get him the ball at least 30 times a game, but Valley Christian definitely has some other strong weapons and its scheme is sound. The Warriors seem to almost lull you to sleep by using their other more-than-capable weapons - quarterback Zach Vaiana, fullback Jarrod Lawson, running back Darelle Jones, receiver Brian Fobbs - and then BAM! - they hit you with the ultimate threat: Marshall.

The 5-foot-10, 190-pounder, who should be a state 100-meter finalist this season, gets to top-end speed remarkably fast. He's much more powerful than I envisioned with an ability to lower the shoulder and overpower most high school kids. 

Did I mention Marshall blocked a field goal?

Player of the Game - Week 8 (via EENERSports)

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BELLARMINE vs VALLEY CHRISTIAN - 10/22/10 (via EENERSports)