I'm thinking we will need to swap a gray shirt for a 2012 schollie pretty quick if we want to keep him. He is blowing up
Revision of Weekday Warriors 2011: 9-6 from September 6th, 2011 at 1:38 PM
'Friday Night Lights' is now 'Weekday Warriors', and every week I'll be updating you on the latest performances from Michigan commits as they play out their high school seasons. If you see anything missing or can find an article on a game, please feel free to contact me via Twitter or email. This week, Ondre Pipkins racks up some ridiculous numbers, Mario Ojemudia impresses once again, and Jeremy Clark continues to scare me with his good play (not because I don't want him to be good, but because I want him to stick with his grayshirt commitment).
TN OL Blake Bars
Montgomery Bell Academy dropped to 1-2 on the season after a 41-17 loss to Brentwood Academy. No stats for Bars, being an offensive lineman and all.
OH LB Joe Bolden
Bolden had a fumble recovery in Colarain's 37-0 thrashing of Ryle. The Cardinals are now 2-0 on the season after beating nationally-ranked Cocoa (FL) last week on ESPN.
MI OL Ben Braden
Rockford bounced back from their week one loss with a 42-7 blowout win against Holt. Braden helped pave the way as Rockford rushed for 273 yards on 33 carries.
OH DE Pharaoh Brown
Though defensive stats are unavailable at this time, Brown did record a 21-yard touchdown reception in Brush's 42-35 loss to Madison. The Arcs fell to 0-2 on the season with the defeat.
MI TE Devin Funchess
According to Touch the Banner, Funchess hauled in two receptions for 29 yards in Farmington Hills Harrison's 28-14 victory over Southfield. The defending Division 2 state champs are now 2-0 on the year after last week's evisceration of Cass Tech.
OH S Allen Gant
Gant scored on a three-yard touchdown run to help Southview defeat Toledo Rogers 18-0, with the defense forcing two safeties. He left the game early with an apparent ankle injury, so I might have to change plans for this week's Creeper Van Original. Stay tuned...
MI DT Matt Godin
Godin battled illness before Detroit Catholic Central's 14-7 victory over Delphos (OH) St. John's, but you wouldn't know that based on his play. A report from MGoUser Denarded:
Today went down to Delphos, OH to witness future Michigan Wolverine Matt Godin. Had a great day 2 sacks, around 3-4 TFLs, while also knocking out the DSJ quarterback. Maybe the best part after the game Godin rushes to the fence to two guys with Buckeye apparel on, and says "I hope you'll enjoy me doing that to Braxton Miller for 4 years" and walked away. Loved seeing the Buckeye fans faces after that. Wyatt Shallman also looked impressive at RB, scored a touchdown probably ran for 70-80 yards.
TTB adds that Godin recorded ten tackles on top of the two sacks, handful of TFLs, and one awesome bit of trash talkin'.
UT FB Sione Houma
Houma had another outstanding performance, rushing for 77 yards and a touchdown and adding a kickoff return for a score in Highland's 44-14 victory over West. MGoUser Spishak was on hand for the first half, and had this to report (thanks to MichFan1997 for posting it as a new thread):
The home announcer pronounces his name, Say-own-ee Hoo-ma. They have quite a few polynesian players on the team, so I would imagine his pronunciation is correct. Who knows?
Sione plays OLB and FB/RB. He almost always is the soul back and lines up in a 3-point stance about 2 yards behind the QB. Their offense is NOT fancy. They did not once line up with more than two wideouts; they ran 80% of the time; mostly QB keepers. Houma runs between the tackles and right at the defense. Very fullback-ish. Didn't get to see his speed on display, if he has any. He is definitely a thumper; solidly built. He is 6', 6'1" in cleats. The program had him listed as 6'1", 210(!). Probably 195, IMO. He played only 1/3 of the defensive plays and they nearly always lined him up right on the DE's ass. (As a strange sidenote, their program had 22 players listed as RB's. Highland played onlyHouma in the backfield, though he didn't get many touches.)
His stats (for one half): 2.5 tackles (one tfl); 40 yds rushing, TD, on only 5 carries. His longest carry was 15 yards. They simply didn't need him much tonight as they had their opponent (Provo) very outmatched.
Best "Sione Houma: Soul Back" photoshop wins the undying admiration of your internet peers, which has to count for something.
MI LB Royce Jenkins-Stone
Cass Tech took out their frustrations from last week's FHH loss on Detroit Central, coming away with a 62-6 victory as RJS contributed three touchdowns, including a blocked punt return. More on this game later in the post.
OH OL Kyle Kalis
Kalis sat out St. Edward's 47-6 victory over Penn Hills, missing his second straight game to start the year due to a (not serious) knee injury suffered in a preseason scrimmage.
CA OL Erik Magnuson
Magnuson's La Costa Canyon squad won their season debut 48-0 over Huntington Beach Marina in a battle of schools whose names make me want to move to California. The Mavericks had two different running backs break 80 yards rushing as they dominated up front, I'm sure in large part due to Magnuson's rather large presence.
MI DE Mario Ojemudia
Did you know Farmington Hills Harrison is ranked as the number six team in the country by SI.com? Well, they are, and in this week's rundown Ojemudia came in for some high praise from Ben Glicksman:
Despite a loaded receiving corps (see: Aaron Burbridge, Devin Funchess, Gairus Coleman) defensive end Mario Ojemudia might be the Hawks' best player. The Michigan commit collected another two sacks against the Bluejays, building off a terrific 127-tackle, 12-sack junior year campaign.
You can see one of those two sacks in the following video from Fox 2:
Fox's local sports guy might want to work on that pronunciation.
No worries about this kid changing his mind on Signing Day...
"Maybe the best part after the game Godin rushes to the fence to two guys with Buckeye apparel on, and says "I hope you'll enjoy me doing that to Braxton Miller for 4 years" and walked away."
We have to offer that scholarship to Jeremy. I have dreams of a 6'4 press coverage corner like him... With long arms and 4.4 speed. Even though hes a saftey we can at least try, right?
3 forced fumbles in one game. I can't wait for this kid to get to AA.
MichFan1997 on the front page. /BOOM FRONT PAGED
Also, your presumption of Park Hill having a short ride to Park Hill South is correct. 6.96 miles. /BOOM MAPQUESTED
Re-read what I type before I hit the "save" button or face the possibility of never living down a type-o. Will do. At least in my oversight I may have unwittingly stumbled upon a nickname for the kid. Thanks for the updates, Ace.
Glad you see the upside to the typo, Spishak - that wasn't meant to be a dig at all, especially since I've been known to have a typo or two go unnoticed myself. If I can get some good highlights of Houma after this season, I think I might have to make a tape with the "Soul Train" intro as the background music.
Lesson: If you're going to make a typo, make it awesome.
I will try to get some Houma video this week so you can make that dream a reality. Had camera problems last week. Hope to get out and film him at least a few more times this season. It is very easy for me, as his H.S. is around the corner from my house. Let me know if you want any specific info from/about him, as it would be pretty simple to stop by and talk to him before/after a practice.
Shane Morris throwing an interception? Looks like it's time to revoke his scholarship offer.
the game film for another 2013 prospect posted on Maize 'N Brew, NJ QB, Kevin Olsen. Soph who has some great footwork, great mechanics, looks very poised in the pocket.
It might not make sense for you to do this, but do you plan on bringing back the charts for each player?
With the unreliability of high school stats (and the time-consuming nature of putting together HTML tables), both in terms of how informative they really are and their accuracy, we thought it wasn't worth it to do the tables this year. At the end of the year I'll do my best to put together season stats for the skill position guys, but it's just too tough to do for defensive players (and obviously offensive linemen).
Next year Shane Morris will probably merit a table, but, well, that's for next year.
Braden did not play this week, as he was recovering from the effects of a concussion from week one.
Thanks for the update. Changed it in the post.
Please please please just give him a scholarship already!
on that Southfield High TD? OMG AB BEATEN BY ZERO STARZ OVERRATED
s/ (I wish he was coming here.)
Ojemudia beats 2 blockers on his sack. Just went around both of them. Crazy speed for a DE running down that QB.
That really sucks that he sat out due to a concussion. I hope this doesn't effect him in the long term. If they are bad enough it can really F with ones desire to headbutt donkeys.
Jeremy Clark looks like a college ready player who should have bigger offers than he does. It's nice to see him having a great year so far, because quite frankly Tim was a jerk about him.