“I’m way more comfortable,” Gardner said. “Last year was my first year starting, and it was rough, a lot of ups and downs, a lot of adversity. A lot of adversity I fought through, and I feel like I did a really good job of never giving up, never giving up on myself and my teammates. I feel my teammates recognized that, and my coaches recognized that, and I feel like that will help me.”
This should be the last regular edition of Friday Night Lights for the 2011 recruiting class, but there's more to come with new commits and all-star games, etc. If you can help out finding articles on any of the commits, @reply me on Twitter or e-mail me, and I'll try to include your contribution.
New Commit MD CB Blake Countess
As a defensive back at a program with lots of talent, Countess didn't have to spend much time on offense, and defensive stats go unreported in high school ball. Interpret the numbers below as a small part of his production this season.
The only score in the first quarter followed an excellent punt return by Blake Countess of 52 yards to the Mustang 17 yard line...
Then the "Play of the Game" ensued. With McNamara kicking from deep in their own territory, Blake Countess received the punt at the Mustang 39. He headed straight up field and then, behind some solid blocking, broke left and scampered to the end zone...
The Mustangs kicked off to open the second half and Blake Countess, the Gameday Player of the Game, took the kick at the 13 and raced 87 yards for another touchdown.
He also had a 16-yard touchdown reception. The kickoff return:
The official website for Good Counsel Football is a little more... complete. I encourage you to check it out, because it links to a lot of 1-play highlights that aren't feasible to embed here. It credits Blake with the following stats on the year:
South Fort Myers' season ended in the State semifinals. Dallas finished 126/181 passing for 2349 yards and 26 TDs to only 6 interceptions. He ran 112 times for 450 yards and 17 touchdowns, and also had 4+ interceptions, a pair of them returned for scores. He's the career record holder for passing yardage in his county.
Seasons Complete After the Jump
MI RB/Slot Justice Hayes
Hayes missed most of his senior season with a broken wrist. Grand Blanc finished 7-4 and lost in the second round of the State Playoffs to Lake Orion.
St. John's finished the season 11-2 with both losses to Toledo Whitmer (in the second in Round 3 of the State Playoffs). Miller was also named 1st-Team All-District, and the District Lineman of the Year. Also 1st-Team All-State.
OH DE Chris Rock
DeSales's season ended at 5-6 with a loss in the first round of the State Playoffs.
St. Pius X's season finished with a 10-3 record and a loss in the second round of the TAPPS playoffs. Jones finished with 110 tackles, 25 for loss, and 7 sacks, to go along with 3 fumbles forced, 2 recovered, and a punt block. He was named TAPPS first-team All-State.
MI LB Desmond Morgan
West Ottawa went 8-3 on the season, with a loss in the second round of the playoffs. Desmon was named the captain of the All-Area Defensive First Team, despite spending most of his time as a quarterback.
A surprising number of the commits ended their seasons as runners up in their respective state championship games... Dee Hart, Tony Posada, Brennen Beyer, Delonte Hollowell... That will all change for them at the next level though I am sure as they should all win multiple Big Ten championships. Go Blue
Anybody know what happened to Dr. Phillips in their last game? Dee's stats are insane the whole year and then he ran for 39 yards on 20 carries. Did Miami Central have 8 or 9 guys in the box or were they just that good?
As for the other guys, I thought they received some very good awards. Congrats and I am looking forward to seeing all of them next year in AA.
Sry..just watched the video before I posted. In the article the DP coach says that the defensive front was why they couldn't run it and that they were faster on defense than they have seen. So I guess I answered my own question.
Just finished watching the game, Dee had some good runs. I think they had six in box with DP having no TE or FB to help block. It was tough for Dee, he was swarmed on many plays.
For people who say he is a RB and we can afford other backs, take another look. This was the first game I watched non-computer. He had an amazing kick off return and would be a huge loss if we don't get him.
Both Michigan recruits fell to teams with a lot more athletes this year. Plant and Tony Posada were in a "rebuilding" year on defense and it was a surprise that they made it back to the finals. STA, which helps stock Miami and whose two best WR's are FSU commits, had too many horses for Plant.
The score might have been closer, but it was even worse for Dee Hart. As you can tell by the 1.95 YPC, he didn't get much room. I didn't get the name, but #41's assignment was obviously to go wherever Hart went; he did a great job. Essentially, though, it was another case of Central having too much personnel for Dr Phillips. I don't think Hart got the ball once where there weren't at least five hats on him, and #41 was usually the first one there.
Hopefully, he'll be very happy to think about all of the wide open spaces he will see when he has the ball playing for the Maize and Blue.
It seemed that Miami Central game planned to not let Dee beat them. Dee had some good runs and a really good kickoff return. Dr. P seemed to have some trouble with play calling. Patti was frustrated that the plays were getting in real late.