Seems like a lot of our "defensive recruits" put up some decent to big offensive numbers this week. Are these guys playing both ways or just playing to switch sides when they get here?
Friday Night Lights 2010: 10-5
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FL QB Kevin Sousa
Last week: Lake Nona lost to Lake Wales 6-42.
The Lions' only touchdown came on a 6-yard run by quarterback Kevin Sousa with 19.8 seconds left in the game. Sousa was 12-for-16 passing with 171 yards and an interception by Highlander linebacker David Jones.
The second article reveals that he ran for a total of 21 yards in the game. Again, I'll urge you to not read too much into his poor numbers, because his offensive line is pitiful.
|Kevin Sousa 2010|
|Oak Ridge||L 0-48||6||13||46.15||34||2.62||0||1||7||31||4.43||0|
|Lake Wales||L 6-42||12||16||75.00||171||10.69||0||1||13||64||4.92||1|
This week: Lake Nona hosts Auburndale on Friday at 7:30pm.
MI WR Shawn Conway
Last Week: Seaholm falls to Hazel Park 10-30.
“We held their No. 1 receiver in check and that was the key,'' said Damon Hannon, who was covering Seaholm’s No. 1 receiver Shawn Conway to just two catches and seven yards.
More importantly, Hazel Park has a player named Dakota Ogles(!). Article 2:
Seaholm is feeling the loss of defensive back/wide receiver Chris Barr, who has been sidelined the last two weeks with an ankle injury. In addition, wide receiver/defensive back Shawn Conway is back on a limited basis because of his ankle sprain.
"We're playing without, arguably, our two best players right now," Seaholm coach Chris Fahr said, "With Shawn Conway at about 50 percent and Chris Barr isn't playing. He hasn't played in two weeks. It's not an excuse, we need to have people step up, but it's definitely two big players that can't bring it to the table."
As always, FridayNightHighlights.tv has the video evidence:
|Shawn Conway 2010|
|N Farmington||W 26-6||4||32||8.00||1||3||137||45.67|
|Country Day||L 21-28||3||62||20.67||0||3||32||10.67|
|Hazel Park||L 10-30||2||7||3.50||0|
This week: The Maples travel to Berkley Friday at 7.
OH OL Jack Miller
Last week: St. John's beat Toledo Start 31-16.
Away from the football side of things, Miller was profiled in the Toledo Blade, mostly focusing on the loss of his father, PJ:
“In 15 years, my dad taught me more about how to be a man and to do the right thing and be a good person than most parents could ever teach their kids. That might have been through his sickness, too, but that's the way it was. It pulled our family together and made us close.”
P.J. never lived to see Jack and Matt, a St. John's sophomore, playing right next to each other on the defensive line donning jersey numbers 55 and 56, respectively. But, before he departed, he made sure his kids were well prepared for life without him.
Also a quick update from Miller's game a couple weeks back against Whitmer, where a Rivals header ($), says he notched two pancake blocks with no sacks allowed on offense, and had three tackles for loss on the other side of the ball.
This week: St. John's hosts Libbey Friday at 7.
FL OL Tony Posada
This week: Plant travels to Gaither on Friday. No word on whether Posada will play.
MI OL Jake Fisher
Last week: Traverse City West beat Dearborn Edsel Ford 28-13 at Ferris State.
This week: TC West plays at Petoskey Friday at 7pm.
OH DE Chris Rock
Last week: DeSales defeated Maumee 20-6. The Stallions' quarterback gave Rock and the rest of the offensive line a shoutout:
"My offensive line with Chris Rock, A.J. Begeny and Santino Cua made a push for us," Gentile said. "In the second half we just had a great scheme against them."
This week: DeSales faces Lakewood St. Edward Friday at 7:30.
MI DE/LB Brennen Beyer
Last week: Plymouth crushed Westland John Glenn 48-0. Beyer had a big game:
That led to a 23-yard strike from Austin to senior wideout Brennen Beyer. That combo struck again for a 14-yarder, with 1:08 remaining in the half.
In the first minute of the third quarter, Austin and Beyer worked their magic for the third time, expanding the margin to 35 points. Beyer (three catches, 128 yards,
three TDs) caught the pass at his own 45 and raced down the right sideline for a 91-yard six-pointer.
That's an impressive 42.67 yards per catch - with every one ending in the endzone. MyFox Detroit has video:
This week: Plymouth faces cross-parking lot rival Canton on Friday at 7pm.
TX LB Kellen Jones
Last week: St. Pius X defeated St. Thomas Catholic 28-10. I'll fill in Jones's stats when they become available.
|Kellen Jones 2010|
|Trinity Christian||W 33-7||11||5||1||0|
|Worthing||W 20-12||DNP - ankle|
|St. Thomas||W 28-10||11||3||1||0|
This week: St. Pius travels to Monsignor Kelly on Friday at 7:30.
OH CB/S Greg Brown
Last week: Fremont Ross beat Findlay 43-35. Brown's performance was notable:
A series of strong carries from Trautwein and Stout got Ross (5-1, 1-0) out to their own 40-yard line from the 16. That set the stage for Brown to reel off the first of his game-high four touchdowns. The senior would finish with a team-high 164 yards on 12 carries.
Playing quarterback in the wildcat formation, Brown eluded two Findlay tacklers, before racing 60 yards down his own sideline to even the game at 7 early in the second quarter.
“It felt really good to be involved tonight,” Brown said. “Coach told me he was going to give me the ball more, and anytime that ball is in my hands, I feel like we got a real good shot at winning the game.” ...
“It feels good to beat the Findlay Trojans,” Brown said. “It’s been two years too long.”
As much as I can tell, that's by far the most involved in the offense Brown has been this season. The Fremont Ross Forum blog:
If there were any questions about Senior Greg Brown and his turnaround, his leadership, his committment to his team and about his talent, last night answered those questions. I was particularly hard on young Mr. Brown on forum posts and in this blog last year. At the time it may have been well deserved. The credit he deserves this season is also well deserved. Good job Greg. Keep up the good work.
This week: Ross faces Marion Harding on Friday.
MI CB Delonte Hollowell
Last week: Cass Tech beat Detroit Mumford 34-6.
Next Week: Cass Tech hosts Detroit Henry Ford on Friday at 4pm.
Most D-1 recruits will play both ways, because they're the best athletes on their team, and it would be a waste not to use them on both sides of the ball.
Most of these guys play both ways. I don't think Sousa plays any defense, and I don't think Hollowell plays offense. But Miller, Beyer, Brown, Rock, etc. play both ways.
I'm curious about your opinion of him. I agree we can't judge his ability too harshly if his teammates are so bad that they can't support a functional offense. But are there other factors to consider in his recruitment and long-range prospects for being a Big 10 player? Should we place much value on playing in a winning program (winner's mentality) and facing high-pressure situations (composure) in high school? Or does talent and physical ability obliterate the value of high school experience.
Do you think Sousa's season just makes a red-shirt into a mortal lock to be a red-shirt, or does it have some long-term reprecussions?
He was a mortal lock to redshirt no matter what. Anything he does (from a win/loss standpoint) in high school at this point is no longer relevant.
Just one correction to this post - Desales beat St. Charles, not Maumee. I only mention b/c St. Charles is my alma mater. We haven't beat Desales in a while, but I feel like we are getting closer...maybe next year.