I love Gardner (and I'll love him even more when he keeps his commitment to Michigan and leads us to a NC), but I'm from Lowell, so GO RED ARROWS!!
Friday Night Lights 2009: 11-24
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MI QB Devin Gardner
Last week: Inkster beats Warren De La Salle 12-3 in the State Semifinals.
"We started 0-2," Gardner said. "It feels great to go back. It's a state championship game."
Last season Inkster lost to East Grand Rapids in the Division 3 title game, 43-24.
Gardner, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound senior who committed to Michigan, had a subpar game, particularly in the first half. He finished with two interceptions, both in the first half, and completed 7 of 16 for 75 yards.
Gardner's 12-yard touchdown run with 1:07 left sealed the victory.
This week: Inkster (9-3) takes on Lowell in the State Championship Game at Ford Field Friday at 1. The game will be televised live on FSN Detroit.
|Devin Gardner 2009|
|East Kentwood||L 33-52||19||30||389||3||1||63.33||12.97||10||102||2||10.20|
|St. Edward||W 14-7||1|
|Highland Park||W 27-22||9||16||127||2||2||56.25||7.94||11||74||2||6.73|
|Bay City Central||W 27-20||7||13||132||1||0||53.85||10.15||15||95||1||6.33|
|Muskegon CC||W 34-19||4||9||110||0||0||44.44||12.22||99||1|
|St. Ignatius||L 20-49||1||0||1|
|Edsel Ford||W 51-19||4||7||51||2||0||57.14||7.29||6||98||2||16.33|
|De La Salle||W 12-3||7||16||75||0||2||43.75||4.69||5||34||1||6.80|
SC QB Conelius Jones
Jones, a Michigan commitment, completed 9 of 14 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 100 yards on 17 carries for two more scores.
Quarterback Cornelius Jones went in from seven yards out two plays later for the touchdown with 8:05 left in the first quarter.
The Vikings didn't capitalize on that, but they did capitalize on the eight plays they ran in the second quarter, scoring on two of them on long touchdown passes.
The first was a 61-yarder from Jones to wide open running back Jamiah Fowler on a wheel route — a la Clemson's C.J. Spiller — down the left sideline to make it 14-0 with 8:18 left in the first half.
On Spartanburg's next possession, Jones avoided a couple of would-be sacks and went down the middle of the field to wide receiver Arland Woodruff. He got in behind the Sumter defense and caught the ball in stride for a 75-yard TD pass to make it 21-0 with 5:03 left.
The joy of being back in the game didn't last long. On the third play of the drive, Jones found an opening and went 64 yards for a touchdown to make it 28-14 with 8:15 left.
This week: Spartanburg (5-8) will look to keep the upset train rolling against national #2 Byrnes in the 3rd Round of the State Playoffs.
|Conelius Jones 2009|
|Boiling Springs||L 35-39||1||0||77||1|
|Rock Hill||W 41-28||0||0||0||0||0||-||-||18||110||2||6.11|
TX RB Tony Drake
This week: Skyline (12-0) plays Cypress Woods in Round 3 of the State Playoffs.
|Tony Drake 2009|
|Plano East||W 45-19||15||167||1||11.13||0||0||0||-|
|Lake Highlands||W 42-27||19||226||2||11.89||1||6||0||6.00|
|W.T. White||W 62-3||4||50||1||12.50||0||0||0||-|
TX RB Stephen Hopkins
Last week: Marcus falls to Cedar Hill 17-41.
Marcus’ Stephen Hopkins, the school’s all-time leading rusher, was held 50 yards on 20 carries and didn’t gain more than five yards on any carry.
This week: Marcus (7-4) has been eliminated from the playoffs, and Hopkins's senior season is over.
|Stephen Hopkins 2009|
|Plano West||W 35-25||28||128||3||4.57|
|Tyler Lee||W 17-7||22||118||1||5.36|
|Southlake Carroll||L 30-41||28||150||1||5.36|
|Flower Mound||W 63-39||21||217||2||10.33|
LA Slot WR Drew Dileo
Last week: Parkview Baptist beats Crowley 38-16.
Wilson also threw for 114 yards with Drew Dileo making five catches for 87 yards.
This week: Parkview Baptist (10-1) faces Patterson in Round 3 of the State Playoffs.
|Drew Dileo 2009|
|Christian Life||W 60-14||1||50||1||50.00|
|Church Point||W 54-0||2||40||1||20.00|
|Port Allen||W 32-7||11||65||0||5.91||3||92||2||30.67|
|West Feliciana||W 23-7||50||1|
PA DE Jordan Paskorz
Last week: Hampton falls to Hopewell 9-31.
This week: Hampton (7-4) has been eliminated from the State Playoffs, and Paskorz's season is over.
LA S Carvin Johnson
Last week: Rummel beats Jesuit 14-7. Johnson was a standout for the Raiders:
In the return game, Carvin Johnson, who played huge all night long, came up big. Fielding a punt at his own 36 yard line, Johnson started up the middle, shook a tackle, shook another tackle, moved left, broke another tackle, went toward the Rummel sideline, shook a final tackle and sprinted 64 yards for a score to give Rummel a 7-0 lead with 11:29 to play in the game.
For Rummel, Johnson had seven tackles, an interception, returned the punt for a score and had four catches for 56 yards.
“Carvin Johnson made a huge play for us and he played great all night. He felt bad about fumbling a punt but made up for it with a huge interception to stop Jesuit. I cannot say enough about him and our defense." [Rummel coach Jay Roth].
"This was about team play, " Johnson, a Michigan commitment, said. "Things looked bad for us and then another player would make a play. Special teams, the offense, they made plays when we needed it. This game was just about making plays."
About his touchdown return and the preceding muff, Johnson said, "The defense picked me up. They wouldn't let me get down on myself. Everybody on the team was picking me up. They said make a play next time."
Johnson did, fielding a 31-yard punt by Jonathan Poole and then breaking threw [uh, sic] Jesuit's first wall of tacklers. He stiff-armed Poole at Jesuit's 46-yard line and then was escorted up Rummel's sideline.
This week: Rummel (12-0) plays Hahnville in Round 3 of the State Playoffs.
|Carvin Johnson 2009|
|East St. John||W 20-14||0|
|OP Walker||W 23-0||1|
|Brother Martin||W 13-7||0|
|St. Augustine||W 7-6||1|
|Archbishop Shaw||W 18-17||0|
|Captain Shreve||W 10-3||2||2+||2|
MI RB Austin White
Stevenson's (8-3) season is over after falling in the second round of the playoffs.
|Austin White 2009|
|South Lyon||W 37-0||8||173||3||21.63||0||0||0||-|
|South Lyon East||W 47-20||16||234||5||14.63||0||0||0||-|
|Catholic Central||L 0-38||10||75||0||7.50||0||0||0||-|
MI WR Ricardo Miller
Pioneer's (8-3) ended after a loss in the second round of the playoffs.
|Ricardo Miller 2009|
|Arthur Hill||W 58-20||1||20||0||20.00|
MI WR Jeremy Jackson
Huron's (5-4) season ended without a playoff berth. Jackson finished with 43 catches for 573 yards.
OH WR Jerald Robinson
Canton South (3-7) missed the state playoffs, and its season is over.
OH WR DJ Williamson
Harding (6-3-1) will not make the State Playoffs, and its season has ended.
OH OL Christian Pace
Avon Lake (8-4) has been eliminated from the playoffs, and their season is over. Pace was named All-District.
OH DT Terry Talbott
Wayne's (7-4) season ended with a defeat in the second round of the playoffs.
PA DE Ken Wilkins
Trinity (4-6) has been eliminated from the State Playoffs, and their season is over.
OH LB Antonio Kinard
Liberty (4-6) missed the State Playoffs, and its season is over. Kinard was an All-District Honorable Mention.
FL S Marvin Robinson
Lake Region (0-9) missed the playoffs, and their season is over.
OH CB Courtney Avery
Lexington (6-4) missed the State Playoffs, and their season is over. Avery was named All-District as a defensive back, after winning Offensive MVP honors last year.
OH CB Terrence Talbott
Wayne (7-4) has been eliminated from the playoffs, and their season is over.
WI P Will Hagerup
Whitefish Bay (5-5) has completed its season after a first-round playoff loss.
2011 OH CB Greg Brown
Ross (5-5) missed the State Playoffs, and its season is over. Brown was 2nd-Team All-District as a wideout:
[Ross Coach Derek] Kidwell said, "Greg's a phenomenal athlete. His numbers would have been better if we were better on offense."
|Greg Brown 2009|
|Benedictine||W 28-21 (OT)||6||99||1||16.50|
|Findlay||L 40-43 (3OT)||8||122||1||15.13||0||0||0||-|
|Marion Harding||L 0-21||0||0||0||-||4||13||0||3.25|
I'm sure it has been posted here somewhere before, but it bears repeating that Carvin Johnson has been given a three-star ranking by Scout. Rivals still has Johnson unranked. (Recall that Johnson was unranked by both sites at the time of his signing earlier this month.)
I'm sure this was asked long ago, but how is Spartanburg a playoff team?
I said this in the other thread that's on the board about Jones, but it makes a lot more sense when you realize that all four teams left in the state playoffs are from the same conference. The three remaining teams (other than Spartan High) account for four of their eight losses.
It still doesn't really make sense without an explanation of the state's playoff system, because they made the playoffs with a losing record -- something that is extraordinarily unlikely at best here in Michigan. I'm accustomed to seeing losing records in Michigan high school basketball playoffs because everybody makes it -- a system I've always hated -- but there would have to be a bizarre set of circumstances for a losing football team to make the playoffs.
I understand that, that's why I said it makes "a lot more sense" rather than "complete and total sense". I was giving some context without having to reexplain something that had been explained before. Not everyone makes the football playoffs in SC; it's based upon points.
Also, I'm not sure how making the playoffs in Michigan with a losing record is "extraordinarily unlikely" since you have to have five wins to make the playoffs in Michigan (unless they've changed it). What scenario would put someone in the playoffs with a losing record?
Disclaimer - didn't mean to sound like a jerk in this response (if I did).
No worries -- I'm an expert at unintentionally sounding like a jerk, and I don't think you did. I don't mean to sound like a jerk, either; I'm really curious as to how this works.
My understanding of the playoff system in Michigan is that teams can automatically qualify for the playoffs with five wins in an eight-game schedule or six wins in a nine-game schedule, but neither is a floor; if there aren't enough six-win nine-game teams or five-win eight-game teams to fill the set number of spots, they dip lower to fill the remaining spots: my town made the playoffs at 5-4 a few years back because there weren't enough 6-3 teams to fill out the brackets. So while it would take a bizarre set of circumstances to propel a 4-5 team into the playoffs, I'm not sure it's actually prohibited. (If it is prohibited, then it's obvious I haven't paid close enough attention.)
Do you have a link to an explanation of the state's playoff system? I'm curious to see the system, but we probably don't need to litter the comments with more of this.
What leaves me perplexed (which is why I'm curious to see the system explained) is that Michigan uses playoff points to determine seeding, but the points from losses are so minimal as to be nearly irrelevant. That's why I'm having trouble understanding why Spartanburg's losses to very good teams were so important.
I posted a link in the other Jones/Spartanburg thread on the first page of board topics to the SC high school sports manual that discusses the procedure (somewhat). It's the best "official" source that I could find. There is a link to an article that myrtlebeachmaize posted in that same thread that explains it a little better. It definitely weighs losses to good teams much more heavily than Michigan's system does. http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/spartanburg-shocks-sumter-cornelius-jones-do...
Thanks -- I appreciate the info. I still have a hard time wrapping my head around the system, but it's a little bit less mysterious now.
Still, though, I can't say I'm 100% on board with making losses significantly positive. But that's just me.
It doesn't look like Gardner's combined reg season and playoff totals are adding up quite right ... e.g., pick total ytd should be 5, no? Passing TDs 18? and so forth.
I'm definitely going to try to go to the game Friday to see him play.