Week 8 top performers: Joey Vega leads Western to a season-opening win over Plantation

Adam Lichtenstein, South Florida Sun Sentinel
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Western’s offense put on a show in its season-opening 55-41 win over Plantation, and running back Joey Vega led the way.

The senior running back opened his season by rushing for 203 yards and three scores on Friday night.

Here are some more top performers in Broward and Palm Beach County high school football from last week:

Collin Hurst 5/8 Western

The Wildcats' sophomore quarterback had a strong debut, completing 19-of-28 passes for 240 yards, two passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown.

Daemon Fagan 5/8 American Heritage

Fagan, a sophomore safety standout, picked off a pair of passes in American Heritage’s 23-17 win over rival Cardinal Gibbons.

Lucas Londos 5/8 Western

Londos, a senior offensive lineman, anchored the line as the Wildcats racked up more than 500 yards of offense and seven touchdowns.

James Williams 5/8 American Heritage

Williams, a five-star prospect and Miami commit, blocked a field goal and returned it for a touchdown in the Patriots' win. He also forced a fumble near Heritage’s goal line to prevent a touchdown.

Jertavis Black 5/8 Cardinal Gibbons

Black paced the Chiefs defense with 14 total tackles and had three tackles for loss in Cardinal Gibbons' loss to American Heritage.

David Vadala 5/8 American Heritage

Vadala, a sophomore linebacker, had five tackles, three tackles for loss and a sack in Heritage’s win over Gibbons.

Isaiah Farris 5/8 Cardinal Gibbons

Farris, a junior cornerback, picked off a pair of passes in the Chiefs' loss to the Patriots.

Anthony Hankerson 5/8 St. Thomas Aquinas

Hankerson, a junior running back, racked up 123 rushing yards and scored three touchdowns in the Raiders' 31-7 win over DeLand.

Nyjel Ashley 5/8 TRU Prep Academy

Ashley, a senior defensive back, had a pair of tackles and an interception that he returned 30 yards for a score as the Saint beat Miami Monsignor Pace, 34-14.

Zo’Marion Harper 5/8 Glades Central

Harper, a junior quarterback, completed 22-of-31 passes for 417 yards and threw touchdown passes of 34, 28 and 17 yards as the Raiders beat Palm Beach Central, 41-0.

Hayward McQueen 5/8 TRU Prep Academy

McQueen, a senior linebacker, had seven tackles, one sack and one forced fumble in TRU Prep’s win last week.

Jeremiah Young 5/8 St. Andrew’s

Young, the Scots' senior quarterback, racked up 292 passing yards, three passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown in St. Andrew’s win over Westminster Academy.

Jacob Camacho 5/8 Glades Central

The senior free safety had two interceptions, including a pick-six for 88 yards in the Raiders' 41-0 win over Palm Beach Central. He finished with 10 tackles.

Kolby Valencia 5/8 West Broward

Valencia completed 6-of-11 passes for 160 yards and three touchdowns in a 43-0 win over Hollywood Hills.

Matthew James 5/8 St. Andrew’s

James, a standout athlete and Super 11 pick, had five catches for 130 yards and a pair of touchdown in the Scots' win.

Micah Lewis 5/8 Westminster Academy

Lewis had 10 tackles, a tackle for loss and a sack as the Lions fell to the Scots.

Sean Jordan 5/8 St. Andrew’s

Jordan, a junior linebacker, had a team-best 12 tackles and four tackles for loss in St. Andrew’s victory.

Keshawn Barrett 5/8 Coral Glades

Barrett, a senior running back, rushed for 138 yards and a pair of touchdowns as Coral Glades beat Coral Springs, 34-14.

Tre’Von Taylor 5/8 Dwyer

The senior quarterback led the Panthers to a 25-22 win over Pahokee as he went 10 of 15 for 251 yards and accounted for two touchdowns: one rushing and one passing.

Jamari Collier 5/8 Coral Glades

Collier racked up 149 receiving yards on six catches in the Jaguars' win.

Dylan Rizk 5/8 American Heritage-Delray

Sophomore quarterback Dylan Rizk completed 13-of-21 passes for 244 yards and a touchdown. He added 10 carries for 79 yards in the Stallions' 19-0 win over Cardinal Newman.

Colby Geddis 5/8 Pine Crest

Geddis picked up 94 yards and a touchdown on only three carries in an 18-0 win over Archbishop McCarthy.

Trey Rainey 5/8 American Heritage-Delray

Junior running back Trey Rainey ran 16 times for 142 yards, including a 60-yard touchdown run in the Stallions' 19-0 win over Cardinal Newman.

Johnny Fishman 5/8 Pine Crest

Fishman, a freshman linebacker, racked up a team-leading 13 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss in Pine Crest’s win.

Kalem Michel 5/8 American Heritage-Delray

The senior offensive guard and defensive tackle recorded nine total tackles, including four tackles for losses, a sack and four quarterback pressures. Michel also had four pancakes at left guard in the Stallions' 19-0 win over Cardinal Newman.

Sam Bach 5/8 Boca Raton

The senior defensive back had 4.5 tackles and a key interception in the Bobcats' 20-7 victory over Boynton Beach.

Peyton Mainolfi 5/8 Royal Palm Beach

The senior quarterback threw for 340 yards and four scores in a 26-21 win over rival Wellington.

Cody Walselewski 5/8 Royal Palm Beach

The junior wideout recorded 180 yards receiving and three touchdowns in the Wildcats' 26-21 win against Wellington.

Ricky Williams 5/8 Jupiter

The Warriors junior running back totaled 108 yards rushing and one rushing touchdown and added a 30-yard touchdown reception in a 46-14 win over John I. Leonard.

Eric Singleton 5/8 Royal Palm Beach

The senior strong safety had interceptions on back-to-back drives and added 100 multipurpose yards in the Wildcats' win.

Cory Gonsalves 5/8 Suncoast

The senior running back led the Chargers in rushing with 112 yards in a 50-14 victory over Village Academy.

Jorge Torres 5/8 Park Vista

The junior defensive lineman had two fumble recoveries, including one for a touchdown, in the Cobras' 25-7 win over Santaluces.

K’ameronn Joseph 5/8 Olympic Heights

The junior wide receiver finished with four catches for 163 yards and two touchdowns in the Lions' 21-7 victory over Spanish River.

Jay LeBrun 5/8 Park Vista

The senior defensive end recorded four sacks in the Cobras' 25-7 win over Santaluces.

Jean Alfonso 5/8 Olympic Heights

The senior safety led the Lions defense with 12 tackles, one pass deflection and an interception in a 21-7 victory over Spanish River.

Sun Sentinel correspondent Gary Curreri contributed to this report.

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