In the world of YouTube videos, teenagers can teach themselves anything.
Take the case of 18-year-old senior Luke Thykeson of Newbury Park High School.
He started learning to play guitar two years ago watching videos.
“Just a new interest,” he said.
He had the gumption to go up to principal Steven Lepire and ask to play the national anthem at a football game.
So there he was last week before a sold-out crowd for the rivalry game against Thousand Oaks making his debut, and he delivered like a quarterback needing to throw a touchdown pass on the final play of a game to pull out victory.
The ovation he received after his performance was loud and all positive.
He was so good that a person who runs a local golf club and was sitting in the bleachers immediately booked him for an event.
“Pretty cool,” Thykeson said.
He has since taken a guitar class and is enrolled in a music theory class as he learns more about the guitar.
Asked to review his performance, Thykeson said, “I wish it was louder and maybe play a little slower.”
So begins the career for the guitar-playing teenager.
Rookie Jake Browning leads Bengals to overtime upset against Jaguars on the road
Jake Browning and the Cincinnati Bengals shocked the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday night, defeating them in overtime, 34-31, to remain in the AFC playoff picture.
The Bengals move to 6-6 on the year, while the Jaguars fall to 8-4, though they still own the AFC South lead.
There’s no dancing around it: The Jaguars’ loss was made much worse after star quarterback Trevor Lawrence left the game with an ankle injury.
It came with 5 minutes and 43 seconds left in the fourth quarter when Jaguars left tackle Walker Little accidentally stepped on Lawrence’s right ankle, causing him to immediately hit the ground. His ankle appeared to roll up even more as he fell.
Lawrence needed help from two trainers to walk off the field and get to the locker room while the entire Jacksonville crowd sat silent.
Because of that, C.J. Beathard had to take over at quarterback, and he got the necessary yards on his first drive under center, going 53 yards on nine plays to set up a Brandon McManus field goal that tied the game at 31 apiece with 26 seconds left in the game, forcing overtime.
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However, when the Jaguars received the ball to begin extra time, Beathard couldn’t deliver a game-winning touchdown.
He did come close to setting Jacksonville up close to the goal line, finding Calvin Ridley 43 yards downfield, which would’ve put them at the two-yard line. However, a holding penalty brought the play back and the Jags ended up punting.
Browning, on the other hand, did exactly what the Bengals needed in crunch time.
He found Ja’Marr Chase on multiple occasions for the game-winning drive as the star receiver had himself a game down in Florida. He finished with 149 yards on 11 catches with a 76-yard touchdown catch to help the Bengals put up a surprising amount of points.
It was then up to Evan McPherson to kick a game-winning field goal from 48 yards out for the Bengals, and he put it right down the middle for the upset.
While McPherson missed a 57-yarder earlier in the game, McManus also missed a 48-yard field goal later, which is what ultimately forced overtime for both teams.
Browning, in just his second NFL start, threw for 354 yards on 32-of-37 through the air in an extremely efficient game under center.
Browning also relied on his running back Joe Mixon, who racked up two touchdowns and 68 yards on 19 carries, while hauling in six catches for 49 yards.
Before he left the game, Lawrence was also solid, going 22-for-29 for 258 yards with two touchdowns and a rushing score for Jacksonville. He found tight end Evan Engram, the team’s leader in receptions, for his first touchdown of the season, as well as rookie Parker Washington, who made an unreal catch in the back of the end zone in the second half.
Engram led the way with nine catches and 82 yards, while Zay Jones had 78 yards on five catches.
Another injury note came on the first offensive play of the game for the Jags, as Christian Kirk caught a 26-yard pass from Lawrence before leaving the game with a groin injury.
Prep basketball roundup: Guard trio powers Bernstein to a 7-0 start
The basketball players at unbeaten Bernstein High have quickly learned the expectations of first-year coach Chans Smyth, who used to be head coach at Price.
“I don’t play if I don’t get good grades,” junior guard Greg Griffin said.
Griffin was academically ineligible last season at Marshall. He came to Bernstein, and a commitment was made to change what was happening in the classroom.
“I’m on him, his mom is on him. We’re holding him accountable,” Smyth said. “If he misses an assignment, I know about it. If he’s late for class, I know about it.”
So far, so good on and off the court for Bernstein, which improved to 7-0 on Monday with a 66-23 win over Robert Kennedy. Bernstein, a City Section Division IV team, is 5-0 in the Central League. It has three guards who can shoot and score in Griffin, Troy Agtang, a senior transfer from Downtown Business Magnet, and sophomore Carlos Cordero.
Agtang has scored 43, 27 and 19 points in his three games this season. Griffin is averaging more than 25.5 points. Cordero scored 16 points against Kennedy.
Smyth, whose day job is working as a dean at a South Los Angeles charter school, is sticking with the approach that his players need to take care of things in the classroom before fun time on the court.
“I like it,” Griffin said.
St. John Bosco 79, Gahr 35: Jack Turner finished with 20 points for the No. 1-ranked Braves (4-0).
Edison 79, Sage Hill 44: The Chargers (7-0) received 21 points from Kaz Hampton.
JSerra 75, Heritage Christian 55: The Lions improved to 8-0. Sebastian Rancik had 23 points and Aidan Fowler 21. They combined to make 10 threes.
Mater Dei 96, Godinez 28: Brannon Martinsen scored 22 points and Blake Davidson had 19 points for the 4-0 Monarchs.
Mira Costa 76, Esperanza 41: Preston Ezewiro had 12 points for 5-2 Mira Costa.
Sun Valley Poly 65, Arleta 63: JD Wyatt scored 30 points for the Parrots.
Wiseburn Da Vinci 50, Birmingham 47: The Patriots received 14 points from Andre Smith.
Westchester 59, Palisades 50: Kevin Lemle had 13 points for the Comets in a Western League opener.
Westchester 64, Palisades 56: Mariah Blake scored 34 points for Westchester in a Western League showdown.
Birmingham 68, Calabasas 49: Lili Martinez had 18 points for 4-0 Birmingham.
Heisman Trophy 2023: Jayden Daniels, Bo Nix, Michael Penix Jr, Marvin Harrison Jr named finalists
The Heisman Trophy finalists were revealed on Monday as the award for the most outstanding college football will be announced later this weekend officially kicking off the postseason.
The lineup is epic.
LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels, Oregon quarterback Bo Nix, Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. and Ohio State wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. are in contention for the award. Each player has had a terrific season and only the Huskies star has a chance at a national title.
Daniels put together a terrific 2023 season. The former Arizona State quarterback threw for a career-high 3,812 yards and 40 touchdown passes. He only had four interceptions during the year. The Tigers are 9-3 ahead of their ReliaQuest Bowl matchup against Wisconsin.
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Nix was just as outstanding as Daniels was during the season. He had the Ducks on the verge of a College Football Playoff berth, but two losses to Penix’s Huskies put them out of contention. In 13 games, he had 4,145 passing yards and 40 touchdown passes. He transferred from Auburn after the 2021 season.
Penix was also a transfer quarterback, coming to Washington from Indiana after the 2021 season. He had 4,218 passing yards and 33 touchdown passes. It was the second time he put together 4,000-plus passing yard seasons. He has the Huskies at 13-0 heading into their Playoff matchup against Texas.
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Harrison is the only player who is not a quarterback in contention. The Buckeyes star is certainly set to be an early draft pick when he does turn pro. He had 67 catches for 1,211 yards and 14 touchdowns. Ohio State’s key loss to Michigan down the stretch forced them out of the Big Ten title game and out of CFP contention.
Caleb Williams was the defending Heisman Trophy winner coming into the 2023 season. The USC standout had a chance to become the first player since Archie Griffin to win two back-to-back trophies but fell off toward the end of the year.
The Heisman Trophy winner will be decided on Saturday night.
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