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Former USC quarterback Sam Darnold, the third-overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, will most likely be the starter for the Jets. (Daily Trojan file photo)Former USC quarterback Sam Darnold will be the starting quarterback for the New York Jets for the Week 1 matchup against the Detroit Lions on Sept. 10, according to the NFL Network. He is the youngest quarterback to start a season opener in NFL history, at 21 years and 97 days old. Darnold was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, coming off a successful career at USC. In 2016, he led the Trojans to a nine-game win streak and a legendary Rose Bowl victory against Penn State. As a redshirt freshman, Darnold pulled off a 52-49 win to claim the title surrounded by current Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones II and Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Juju Smith-Schuster. In his two years at USC, he threw for a total of 7,229 yards and 57 touchdowns. He constantly struggled with turnovers but could still manage to pull off the win. Darnold’s USC career ended with a disappointing Cotton Bowl appearance where the Trojans were defeated 24-7 by Ohio State.When the NFL Draft rolled around, there was a high probability of Darnold going as the No. 1 pick to the Cleveland Browns; but the Browns went with Heisman Trophy winner and Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield instead. The Jets took Darnold to become their next franchise player, and he was immediately placed in the New York spotlight to impress the coaches over the summer. “He’s everything you’re looking for in a young quarterback as far as the ability to go out there, and the game isn’t too big for him,” Jets offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates told ESPN after preseason Week 3. “The stage isn’t too big for him. Really, when the lights come on, he gets better.”Darnold came out in the first two preseason games ready to show off his talent. In Week 1 of the preseason against the Atlanta Falcons, he led the team to a 17-0 win by throwing 96 yards and completing 13-of-18 passes. He topped off his debut by throwing his first NFL touchdown. Preseason Week 2 was less of a show, as Darnold compiled only 62 yards, one interception and no touchdowns. The rookie put up a 64.4 percent completion rate for 244 yards with two total touchdowns in preseason so far. Darnold has always had a calming presence on the field and an impressive ability to make reads, both areas in which he impressed the Jets staff. Darnold’s preseason starts were strong hints that he would take the starting spot, but it became obvious when quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was traded to the New Orleans Saints on Wednesday. New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles and his staff expect to make the decision official after Thursday, when the Jets play the Philadelphia Eagles in their final preseason game.
Containing Corona del Mar’s 6-foot-7 junior center, Stefan Kaluz, will be a top priority for the Wildcats. Kaluz is the Sea Kings’ leading scorer (20.8-point average) and top rebounder (12.1 average). He has amassed nine consecutive double-doubles since a 16-point, seven-rebound performance in the loss to Laguna Hills. “We know he’s tough,” Wildcats coach Sid Cooke said. “We need to throw different looks at him and be aware of where he is at all times.” Joe Eberhard (29 of 60 from 3-point range) and Sean Donovan (18 3-pointers) give the Sea Kings an outside presence. Renaissance Academy is making its third consecutive championship game appearance. The Wildcats fell to Price in the Division VA title games in 2005 and ’06. Flintridge Prep (24-3) held off Westridge to go undefeated in the Prep League. The Rebels, the No. 2 seed, used a 48-45 victory over Beaumont on Tuesday to reach today’s Division IV-A championship game against No. 1 Laguna Hills (24-4) at The Pyramid at Long Beach State at 11:15 a.m. Rebels coach Kenny Fisher is excited about his team’s first crack at a CIF title. “It’s big for the kids and the school,” Fisher said. “We’re not just happy to be there. We want to win.” The Hawks, who advanced with a 62-48 win over Sierra Vista, are led by freshmen Lauren Engeln, Nicki Nakhaie and Cori Williams. email@example.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4456 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It was no secret that the Renaissance Academy boys and Flintridge Prep girls basketball teams had their sights set on a CIF-Southern Section title this season. Both teams will get their opportunities today to complete their missions. Renaissance Academy (27-1), the No. 2 seed in Division III-A, will take on No. 4 Corona del Mar (21-7) at Honda Center. Game time is scheduled for 9 a.m. The Sea Kings, champions of the Pacific Coast League, have won 10 consecutive since a 64-63 setback at the hands of Laguna Hills on Jan. 12.