Friday Night Lights 2010: A Defensive Primer

Friday Night Lights 2010: A Defensive Primer

Submitted by Tim on August 27th, 2010 at 1:18 PM
St. Francis De Sales Schedule 2010
Date Time Team
8-27 7:30 @ Gahanna Lincoln
9-3 7:30 New Albany
9-17 7:30 Youngstown Cardinal Mooney
9-25 2:00 @ Orchard Lake (MI) St. Mary's
9-30 7:30 @ Maumee
10-1 7:30 St. Charles
10-8 7:30 St. Charles
10-15 7:30 @ Bishop Watterson
10-22 7:30 Cincinnati La Salle
10-30 7:00 Cleveland Benedictine

Chris Rock

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Columbus, OH
St. Francis DeSales
HS projection: Tight End/Defensive End
Projects as: Defensive End/Defensive Tackle

Last year, St. Francis De Sales went 7-3 in the regular season, making the playoffs. Once they got there, they pounded through 4 rounds to the state championship game. There, they lost to Ray Vinopal's Youngstown Cardinal Mooney team. Rock finished with about 50 tackles and 11.5 sacks despite struggling with illness through most of the season.

This year, DeSales expects to make the playoffs yet again (as they have for the past 17 years), and they have intentions to win it this time. They boast senior starters at many positions, and a number of talented players, including 2012 RB Warren Ball, who many suspect is silently committed to Ohio State. However, they have only 8 starters back off last year's team. Rock will play both defensive end and tight end for the Stallions, and look for an improvement on his numbers from last season with a healthy year.

Rock has switched from No. 88 to 54 so he can play on the line in addition to taking snaps at tight end.Rock has been a standout at defensive end since coming to the school for his sophomore year, and should continue to lead the sack parade this season.

If Rock can stay healthy and put a good product in the field this year, he could see his rankings improve. Prior to last year, he was considered a top prospect in Ohio's class of 2011.

I might be able to catch a game or two of Rock's, though they play in Orchard Lake during a Michigan game, so I'll have to head to Ohio to do it. DeSales streams audio from all their games on their website, and typically has highlight videos as well.

Plymouth Schedule 2010
Date Time Team
8-27 7:00 Salem
9-2 7:00 Howell
9-10 7:00 Wayne Memorial
9-17 7:00 @ Livonia Churchill
9-24 7:00 @ Livonia Franklin
10-1 7:00 Westland John Glenn
10-8 7:00 @ Canton
10-15 7:00 @ ?
10-22 6:30 Adrian

Brennen Beyer

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Plymouth, MI
Plymouth High School
HS position: Tight End/Defensive End
Projects as: Defensive End/LB

Last year, Beyer's Plymouth team went 6-3, making the MHSAA playoffs. However, they were pasted in the first round by Canton 40-17 to finish 6-4. That was actually a vast improvement over their regular season loss to the Chiefs, in which they went down 49-7. Over the course of the season, Beyer accumulated 9 sacks and 9 tackles for loss. On offense, he had 6 touchdown receptions.

This year, the Wildcats are looking to make it back to the playoffs, and break their three-year streak of earning six wins. Beyer's offensive stats might suffer, as the team is replacing its starting quarterback, and one of the options is a dual threat. Defensively, I'm not sure if Beyer will stay at defensive end or move to linebacker in anticipation of playing that position at the next level. If Beyer has a huge year statistically, he could move up in the rankings, but he's probably at his peak right now.

With Plymouth's proximity to Ann Arbor, I should be able to check out a few of Brennen's games this year, and will have highlights to post on mgoblog.

St. Pius X Schedule 2010
Date Time Team
8-28 7:00 @ Trinity Christian Academy
9-3 7:30 @ Sealy
9-10 7:30 Bellaire Episcopal
9-17 7:30 Worthing
10-1 7:30 St. Thomas
10-8 7:30 @ Monsignor Kelly
10-15 7:30 @ Houston Christian
10-22 7:30 Monsignor Kelly
10-29 7:30 Houston Christian
11-5 7:30 @ St. Thomas

Kellen Jones

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Houston, TX
St. Pius X
HS position: Linebacker
Projects as: Linebacker

Last year, St. Pius went 8-2 in the regular season, making the playoffs. Once there, they defeated San Antonio Central Catholic 42-28 and winning a district championship before being knocked out in a 28-36 Loss to Temple Nolan Catholic. Jones was one of the stars of his team, with 75 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, six sacks, and three fumbles forced/recovered in nine games played. he also added an interception in his first-team all-state campaign.

The Panthers expect to make the playoffs, as they have in each of the past seven seasons. Jones will be a key player defensively. It is important to note that their success does not come against some of the best teams in Texas, as they compete in the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, and don't see the big public schools. That factor will probably keep Jones ranked where he is now.

I won't be seeing Jones in person this season, but still expect to fill you in on his stats each week.

Fremont Ross Schedule 2010
Date Time Team
8-27 7:00 @ Toledo Start
9-3 7:30 Toledo Whitmer
9-10 7:30 @ Tiffin Columbian
9-17 7:30 @ Cleveland Benedictine
9-25 7:30 Hunting University
10-1 7:30 @ Findlay
10-8 7:30 Marion Harding
10-15 7:30 @ Napoleon
10-22 7:30 Lima Senior
10-29 7:30 Sandusky

Greg Brown

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Fremont, OH
Ross High School
HS position: Safety/Receiver
Projects as: Cornerback/Safety

Last year, Ross struggled to a 5-5 record, missing the state playoffs. For a traditionally strong program, this was a serious letdown. Greg Brown was one of the stars of last year's team, however, and since he was committed for so long, I covered him in last year's Friday Night Lights feature. He finished with about 26 receptions for 440 yards, and 24 carries for 133 yards on offense (where he was named 2nd team All-district at wideout). I couldn't find defensive stats for him.

The year, Ross expects to make a return to the playoffs, and a much-improved record. Brown has moved from corner to safety on defense.

"We want to put him in a position where he can make plays," Kidwell said of Brown. "At corner you can run away from him or you can throw away from him. We put him at free safety and he'll be in the middle of the field and he should be a great run supporter for us and he should be a great pass defender for us."

His attitude is reportedly much better than it was last year, which might mean more stats. He'll still be a versatile threat for the offense, maybe more on the ground this year, as Ross graduated QB Cody Foos. If Brown can prove himself on the field this fall, he might be in for a rankings bump.

I'm not sure if I'll get a chance to see Brown in person this season.

Cass Tech Schedule 2010
Date Time Team
8-28 8:00 AA Pioneer (@EMU)
9-3 6:00 Detroit Central
9-10 4:00 @ Detroit Denby
9-10 4:30 @ Detroit Southeastern
9-24 4:30 Detroit ML King
10-1 6:00 Detroit Mumford
10-8 4:30 @ Detroit Northwestern

Delonte Hollowell

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Detroit, MI
Cass Tech High School
HS position: Corner/Wide Receiver
Projects as: Cornerback

Last year, Cass Tech went 5-3 in the regular season, making the MHSAA playoffs. They squeaked by Dearborn Fordson in the first round, before Detroit Southeastern knocked them out with a 41-0 pounding. They finished with a 6-4 overall record. Through five games, Hollowell had 3 interceptions and 25+ tackles, but I couldn't find stats for the second half of the year.

Cass Tech, like most of the Detroit Public Schools, struggles against suburban schools. They are consistently one of the top teams in the PSL, though Detroit Southeastern has whipped them a few times in a row. Hollowell will be one anchor of a strong secondary, and be a speedy, big-play receiver on the other side of the ball. Hollowell is unlikely to see his rankings go up, as it's his size that's keeping him ranked where he is.

This Saturday, Cass plays Ann Arbor Pioneer at Eastern Michigan's Rynearson Stadium at 8pm, part of the Big Day Prep Showdown. I'll be there getting highlights of Hollowell (and his junior teammates Royce Jenkins-Stone and Terry Richardson). There are conflicting schedule on the internet for the Technicians, so I'm not sure which game is accurate for the 10th.

Friday Night Lights 2010: An Offensive Primer

Friday Night Lights 2010: An Offensive Primer

Submitted by Tim on August 26th, 2010 at 10:57 AM

For those who are new around here, I chronicle the high school exploits of Michigan commitments over the course of their seasons in Friday Night Lights. It includes statistical recaps, game stories, and even some original video. Here's a primer on the offensive side of the ball.

Lake Nona Schedule 2010
Date Time Team
8-27 6:00 Lake Howell
9-10 7:00 @ Lake Placid
9-17 7:00 Palm Bay Heritage
9-24 7:30 @ Lake Wales
10-1 7:00 Auburndale
10-8 7:00 @ Tenoroc
10-22 7:00 Sebring
10-29 7:30 @ Winter Haven
11-5 7:30 Lakeland Christian

Kevin Sousa

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Lake Nona, FL
Lake Nona High School
HS position: quarterback
Projects as: quarterback

Lake Nona had a rough inaugural season of high school ball, winning a single game on their way to a 1-9 record. Their only victory came over fellow 1-9 squad Celebration. That's understandable in their first season, one without many (or possibly any) seniors on the team as well. Sousa passed for 1346 yards and eight TDs, while rushing for 916 yards and an another five scores.

In year two of Lake Nona's existence, there's a good chance that they take a leap forward. Just like year two of a coaching change, the players are used to the coaches now (and are even used to each other, after coming from different high schools as sophomores and younger). Sousa will also be in his third year of football after growing up a soccer player. Lake Nona has added some talent as well, including RB Jarius Pace, so Sousa won't have to be a one-man show. That should mean more openings and better stats for him. I think Sousa has a chance to improve his rankings (currently a consensus 3-star) with a good year statistically.

I won't be able to catch any of Sousa's games live, but plan to follow his progress this year very closely.

Birmingham Seaholm Schedule 2010
Date Time Team
8-26 7:00 North Farmington
9-2 7:00 Bloomfield Hills Andover
9-10 7:00 @ Bloomfield Hills Lahser
9-16 7:00 Detroit Country Day
9-24 7:00 Auburn Hills Avondale
10-1 7:00 @ Hazel Park
10-8 7:00 @ Berkley
10-15 7:00 Ferndale
10-22 7:00 @ Birgmingham Groves

Shawn Conway

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Birmingham, MI
Seaholm High School
HS postion: wide receiver/safety
Projects as: wide receiver

Last year, Seaholm started the season by losing their first six games, before rebounding to finish with a 3-6 record. They missed the state playoffs, though they typically make it into the state tournament. Their quarterback issues prevented Conway from racking up gaudy stats. He finished the year with 79 receptions for about 800 yards with ten touchdowns.

Seaholm should be improved this year as Conway has the opportunity to star in his senior season, and their coach is on record expecting to win the league. Mick McCabe calls Conway the #17 player in the state of Michigan, and notes that his size/speed combo makes him a tough matchup. Still, unless Seaholm's quarterback situation get much better, he might not rack up serious stats. The lack of numbers will likely prevent Conway from seeing his ratings improve.

Seaholm is close enough to Ann Arbor that I should be able to make it out to a couple of Conway's games this year.

Traverse City West Schedule 2010
Date Time Team
8-27 7:00 Grand Haven
9-2 7:00 Grandville
9-10 5:00 Essex (CAN)
9-17 7:00 Cadillac
9-24 7:00 Gaylord
10-2 6:00 @ Dearborn Edsel Ford
10-8 7:00 @ Petoskey
10-15 7:00 @ Alpena
10-22 7:00 @ Traverse City Central

Jake Fisher

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Traverse City, MI
TC West High School
HS position: tight end/defensive end
Projects as: offensive tackle

Last season, Traverse City West went 4-5 in the regular season, missing out on the state playoffs. They run an option-based ground attack. Fisher played primarily tight end and defensive end for the Titans, accumulating 10 receptions (out of only 38 for his entire team) for 185 yards and a touchdown on offense, with four tackles for loss on D.

This season, Fisher will remain at tight end, though he's added plenty of size in the offseason (three inches and 20some pounds), so he might be more of a mauler up front and slightly less of a receiving threat. The TC West coach is dropping platitudes about character being important, so the team probably won't be that good. They received just one out of about 100 first-place votes for conference champions among local media. Since Fisher's still playing out of position in high school, he probably won't see his ratings get that much better.

I might get a chance to check out one or two of Fisher's games this year, but probably not.

St. John's Jesuit Schedule 2010
Date Time Team
8-26 7:30 Toledo Scott
9-4 1:30 @ Birmingham (MI) Brother Rice
9-11 7:00 Sandusky
9-24 7:00 @ Toledo Whitmer
10-1 7:00 Toledo Start
10-15 7:00 Oregon Clay
10-22 7:00 @ Toledo Waite
10-29 7:00 @ Toledo Central Catholic

Jack Miller

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Toledo, OH
St. John's Jesuit High School
HS position: defensive end/guard
Projects as: center

Last year, St. John's Jesuit went 6-4, but that wasn't good enough for them to make the state playoffs. The season included a heartbreaking 6-7 loss to crosstown rival Toledo St. Francis DeSales. [Update: your editor got confused by St. Francis DeSales claimed that was where Omameh and Rock were from; they're from Columbus. Not Tim's error.]  Miller had 12 sacks for his team, but obviously didn't accrue any stats as an offensive lineman.

St. John's Jesuit is in their final year of the City League, and will be competing in a new conference by next season, so this is their Nebraska-like last chance to win. Miller will play on both sides of the ball for his team. The recruiting sites can't even agree on what position Miller will play, so if he excels on the offensive line this year, he could see his ratings move up a bit.

I should have a couple opportunities to see Miller play in person (including tonight! Follow me on Twitter @varsityblue for updates) and plan to take some original mgoblog video.

Tampa Plant Schedule 2010
Date Time Team
8-27 7:00 @ Manatee (ESPNU)
9-3 7:30 @ Tampa Bay Tech
9-10 7:30 Hillsborough
9-16 7:00 @ Abilene, TX
10-1 7:30 Armwood
10-8 7:30 @ Gaither
10-15 7:30 Spoto
10-22 7:30 @ Alonso
11-5 7:30 Chamberlain
11-12 7:30 @ Robinson

Tony Posada

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Tampa, FL
Plant High School
HS position: offensive tackle
Projects as: offensive guard/tackle

Last year, Plant was loaded, running up a 13-1 record and winning the Florida Class 5A State Championship. Posada was key a member of a line that racked up 2945 team rushing yards.

Plant is still loaded in 2010, with RB James Wilder and QB Phillip Ely committed to big time programs (Florida State and Alabama, respectively). They're the odds-on favorite to win a third consecutive state title. Posada should once again be a bookend for the line. With the amount of exposure that Plant gets, Posada will have to show some improvement in technique (and an ability to keep his weight down) if he wants to see his rankings move up.

I won't be able to see Tony play in person, however his team will be playing Manatee this Friday in a rematch of the 2009 state title game. The matchup will air on ESPNU.

Fri - er - Saturday Night Lights: All Star Games

Fri - er - Saturday Night Lights: All Star Games

Submitted by Tim on June 22nd, 2010 at 1:37 PM

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A trio of 2010 Michigan commits participated in All-Star games over the weekend. The Brothers Talbott played for Team Ohio in the annual Big 33 Classic against Pittsburgh, while preferred walk-on Baquer Sayed (#4 at right) was on the East team in the Michigan High School Football Coaches' Association All-Star game. Paul and I took in the MHSFCA game in person, and I watched the Big 33 on NFL Network.

East-West Game Report

The MHSFCA All-Star game was without many of Michigan's best players (ironically enough). The likes of Nick Hill and William Gholston from Michigan State didn't play in the game, and the Wolverines' quartet of Ricardo Miller, Austin White, Jeremy Jackson, and Devin Gardner all enrolled early, so they couldn't play. Gardner in particular could have made this a much more entertaining game to watch. The QB play was iffy at best.

The East team had nothing going offensively in the first half, finishing with 7(!) yards of total offense and giving up a safety. The West took advantage, building a 16-0 lead going into the break, courtesy of two Chris Robinson (Ovid-Elsie - Grand Valley State) touchdown runs. Field position played a huge factor, as the East team rarely even made it into opposing territory.

After halftime, however, the East offense came alive, partially due to a little more aggressive play calling. While pass plays functioned as scramble drills in half one, they became part of a functioning offense in the second with Jason Fracassa (Sterling Height Stevenson - Northwood University) able to move the ball through the air. The East scored 20 unanswered points with Fracassa touchdown passes to Eric Cogan (Petersburg-Summerfield - Saginaw Valley State) and Torico Searcy (Warren Mott - Grand Rapids CC) before a last-minute West penalty allowed East coach Jim Sparks (Clawson) the opportunity to forgo a game-tying field goal to go for the win. Jeremy Langford (Westland John Glenn - Michigan State) lined up in the I-formation and sealed the victory for the East.

With such a sloppily-played game, few players truly impressed, but Spartan-bound wideout Tony Lippett (Detroit Crockett) was HUGE in comparison to the rest of the All-Stars. West running back Chris Robinson was somewhat impressive behind a sketchy offensive line, and West QB Jordan Beachnau (Holt - Grand Valley State) showed very good elusive abilities in traffic. I was not impressed at all by Jeremy Langford.

Photo Gallery

Sayed Report

Also impressive was Michigan's lone representative in the game, Baquer Sayed. He was routinely open on the occasion that a pass play was called, but he was often missed (either the quarterback threw a bad ball or didn't throw it his way at all , often because he was running for his life) or interfered with. On top of one key pass interference drawn, he caught 3 passes for 45 yards, with a long reception of 22 yards. He was thrown to two other times, but both passes were uncatchable.

Big 33 Game Report

The Big 33 Classic annually pits some of the best in Ohio against some of the best in Pennsylvania. A number of college commitments participated (Pitt led the way with 10 commits, though Ohio State and Penn State each had 4), and like the Michigan game, it was a defensive battle for much of the contest.

It's very rare that you'll see two separate games start with 2-0 scores in an entire year, much less one day, but that was the case Saturday, as Pennsylvania took that advantage all the way into halftime. Missed field goals from both teams (including onetime Michigan preferred walkon-turned-Vanderbilt kicker Carey Spear of Team Ohio) and generally sloppy play limited the scoring, and quite honestly, fan enjoyment of the game.

After halftime, the game opened up somewhat, as Pennsylvania QB Anthony Gonzales (Liberty - Pitt) threw a pair of touchdown passes, one to PSU-bound Alex Kenney (State College) and another to future teammate Andrew Carswell (Sto-Rox). Ohio was not to be outdone, as Ohio State commits Verlon Reed (Marion Franklin) and Christian Bryant (Glenville) scored TDs. Reed's came on an 80-some-yard scamper, and Bryant's was a 26-yard reception with less than a minute on the clock to put Ohio up for good.

I was impressed with the performance of Alex Kenney and Andrew Carswell from Pennsylvania. Carswell should be a big target for Pittsburgh in the coming years. Wisconsin-bound Mannesah Garner (Brashear) was a terror on the defensive line, though he's expected to be a wideout in Madison. The surprise star of the day was Rich Gray (Woodland Hills) who's headed to Kent State, of all places. He was constantly in the Ohio backfield, and if he can stay on top of his conditioning, the Golden Flashes have uncovered a serious diamond in the rough.

A few Ohio players impressed as well. Verlon Reed and Christian Bryant showed good athleticism, though Reed couldn't pass the ball well at all, and Bryant looked lost in coverage at times (in man, he let Andrew Carswell get free by about 15 yards for one of Pennsylvania's touchdowns). JT Moore (Youngstown Boardman - Ohio State) got good pressure on the quarterback as well.

Talbotts Report

Michigan's representatives in the game, brothers Terry and Terrence Talbott, had mixed results. For the record, their jerseys both said "Talbott"—the organizers probably figured that 6 inches and 75 pounds would be enough for observers to differentiate between them.

Terry had one sack (@ 2:59 in the video below) and a couple other QB pressures, but no other real production. Terrence had a fumble recovery on special teams, one pass breakup and a couple tackles. Terrence was also responsible for one of Pennsylvania's touchdowns, however, as PSU commit Alex Kenney ran a streak down the sidelines, finding himself  a step past—and a lot bigger than—Talbott.

Big 33 Video

That wraps up Michigan commits' All-Star performances for the year, and Friday Night Lights will go into hibernation until late August, when the Class of 2011 gets its time to shine.

Friday Night Lights: Ohio North-South Game

Friday Night Lights: Ohio North-South Game

Submitted by Tim on April 27th, 2010 at 4:38 PM

High school All-Star games have started up once again, with Round Two consisting primarily of in-state or state-v-state contests. The Ohio North-South High School All-Star Game took place on Friday, with five future Wolverines participating.

The South team (featuring Jibreel Black and the Talbott brothers) defeated the North (featuring Courtney Avery, Antonio Kinard, and Jake Ryan) by a score of 23-20 in Ohio Stadium on the campus of Ohio State.

The Performances

jibreel black.jpgFrom a Michigan perspective, DL Jibreel Black (at right, file photo) was the top performer. He was named the defensive MVP for the winning squad, and made big plays when it mattered most:

Wyoming's Jibreel Black had two sacks to stop a North drive in the fourth quarter and help the South to a 23-20 victory in the Ohio North-South Classic Friday night at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. Black was named the South's defensive MVP.

The entire defensive line for his team performed exceptionally, despite giving up mass along the front lines:

Every bit as deserving of the honor were the South's quick and nasty defensive linemen, who worked over the North's huge counterparts in dictating the tone of the game. North quarterbacks were on the run all night, resulting in turnovers and impossible third-and-long situations.

"From watching practices I wasn't sure whether we'd be able to handle them up front," South coach Mark Crabtree of Dublin Coffman said. "Our guys on the D-line are not gigantic, but they're powerful and explosive and play with a mean streak. We were really hard to block, and we gave our offense some pretty good opportunities."

The honor is double for Black then, who managed to be the best player on a defensive line that was so disruptive. That article incorrectly credits his two 4th-quarter sacks to Indiana commit Harrison Scott. The O-Zone offers high praise for Black:

Defensive lineman Jibreel Black (Cincinnati Wyoming) won the Defensive MVP with at least three sacks and as many pressures.

“It feels good,” Black said. “I’ve been working hard in the offseason to get ready, and it just paid off today. I tried to come out in the second half and make some plays for my team and get the win.”

The star of the night, however, was Jibreel Black. He was constantly in the backfield and pretty much controlled the entire second half. He’s not the biggest guy (6’2” 255) in the world, but then neither was Brandon Graham. And when pressed for what was going to happen the next time he plays in the Horseshoe as a Wolverine, Black didn’t hesitate to answer.

“I’ll be doing the same thing,” he laughed. “Pryor better watch out.”

Comparing him to Brandon Graham = yes plz. If he has the same work ethic as #55, he could be a special player in Ann Arbor. Una vez mas:

Jibreel Black is good. Pretty darn good. Unfortunately he’ll be suiting up for the Maize and Blue this fall. He had 2 key sacks on the last drive against the North and was the South’s Defensive MVP.

Black wasn't the only future Wolverine to show his stuff, however. In fact, despite all of Michigan's commits in the game playing on the defensive side of the ball, one of them managed to make it into the endzone:

He made the score 23-12 before North linebacker Antonio Kinard had a 45-yard interception return for a touchdown with 2:36 left in the game.

No other Wolverine commits are mentioned in the articles recapping the game, but an MGoPoster did take in the action and reports back:

Courtney Avery- Played CB. Didn't start. Good in pass coverage, needs to work on some tackling.

Jake Ryan- Played ILB. Good hitter. Big kid. Did not look comfortable in pass coverage. Did not drop into his zones well. Was just staring into the backfield

Antonio Kinard- Played OLB (similar to Roh last year). 2 pt stance on the LOS. Listed as 220 lbs, looks skinny though. Played with good discipline and had an INT return for a TD when the QB was hit as he was throwing, the ball went right to him and he showed good athleticism to catch it and take it back 40 yards for a TD.

Terrence Talbott- Played CB. Did well in coverage. Looked like he made a couple breakups.

Jibreel Black- The South D played a 3 man front. He started at LDE. In the 2nd half he moved to NT and then RDE. He made a huge stop on Erick Howard on a 4th and 1 when he slanted inside the RT and hit Howard in the backfield. He had 3 1/2 sacks in the 2nd half...and probably 3 more QB pressures. As a NT, he ate up Jeff Myers (2 star recruit going to Toledo). It wasn't even fair. He will remind people of BG when you look at him. Has a great first step and a great motor getting after the passer. Had some trouble at the point of attack when the ball was run right at him.

Others

The South MVP was Ohio State QB commit Verlon Reed... who completed as many passes to the opposing team as he did to his own team (one, for ten yards). He did run for a 37-yard touchdown, however. One source says he wasn't the MVP, but that's probably wrong.

The North team MVPs were Wisconsin WR commit Chase Hammond and WVU LB commit Jewone Snow. Eleven Warriors was there, and has a more Buckeye-centric recap of the game.

Up Next

The Big 33 Ohio-Pennsylvania Classic takes place June 19th in Hershey, PA. Michigan has no players on the Pennsylvania roster (CB Cullen Christian dropped out of the game), but both Talbott brothers and Jibreel Black are listed on the Ohio roster.

On the same day, the Michigan East-West All-Star game takes place in East Lansing. No future Wolverines on scholarship are participating (all of them have already enrolled in Ann Arbor), but walkon WR Baquer Sayed will take part. There may be another walk-on or two on the rosters that we don't know about yet.

Friday Night Lights 2009: A Recap

Friday Night Lights 2009: A Recap

Submitted by Brian on February 15th, 2010 at 11:14 AM

This year Tim and Paul went on journeys across the state in search of anyone willing to sign a letter of intent for a program that went 3-9 the year before but still had wings on their helmets. They even went into Ohio to find asylum-seeking young men. Sometimes their quarry was injured or irrelevant or playing a game at the same time as another player of interest, but they persisted. 

When they returned it was with stunning high definition video invariably set to Explosions in the Sky, which makes some sense because they tend to write ten minute songs. In other ways, it makes no sense. But it makes sense for the site.

Paul put together a recap:

I realize it's just high school football highlights but I was strangely moved by it. Most highlight reels are just highlights. They give you the impression that if a player gets tackled, it's at least twenty yards downfield and after he kicked a guy's head off. Then they show up and usually they are just people. Here they're just people.

BONUS of a literal variety. Paul and Tim and Tom did a lot of work on original content this year and I told them that I'd set aside some time on the beveled guilt button to your right for them. This is a good time. All donations this week go directly to them.

Friday Night Lights 2009: Post-Season

Friday Night Lights 2009: Post-Season

Submitted by Tim on January 12th, 2010 at 1:47 PM

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The high school season is long over, but there are post-season honors to cover, and a number of Michigan commits took part in All-American games over the past few weeks. Here's a roundup of those performances in what is likely to be the second-to-last FNL for the 2010 recruiting class (after Signing Day, I'll recap the seasons of everyone who commits after today).

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Gardner was part of the winning Black Team in the Under Armour All-American Bowl, completing 2-of-4 passes for 15 yards and a score, while rushing 4 times for 14 yards. The Black Team won 32-7.

Gardner drew similar praise from Black team coach Sam Wyche, a former head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

"Devin is going to be a big-time player at Michigan," Wyche said. "He and (Alabama commitment) Phillip Sims are guys to me that are going to come quickly to the scene. Devin has a great smile. He is going to sell a lot of product for somebody. He's got a great personality. He's smart -- you can change directions with him and it doesn't bother him at all. He is ready to go."

Game highlights, courtesy of Under Armour:

Gardner's TD toss takes place at the 2:00 mark. As mentioned elsewhere on the blog, Gardner did not enroll early in Ann Arbor.

SC QB Conelius Jones

Named All-State honorable mention at wide receiver, which is odd because he only played quarterback this season. He was also named the All-State QB for Class AA in South Carolina.

MI RB Austin White

Named Honorable Mention All-State at RB.

PA DE Jordan Paskorz

Named to the Pittsburgh-area "Fabulous 22," the 1st-team all-area list. He was named 1st-Team All-Conference, and 1st-Team All-State.

FL DT Richard Ash

Ash participated in the Outback Bowl All-Star game. No word on how he did.

OH DT Terry Talbott

3rd-Team All-State at defensive tackle.

LA S Carvin Johnson

Named 1st-Team All-State in Louisiana's 5A Class. Honorable Mention for the All-South Team. He also made the All-Area 1st-Team offense as an athlete.

PA CB Cullen Christian

Local pregame fluff. Christian participated in the Army All-American Bowl over the weekend, playing corner. His East team fell to the West, 30-13. Christian was thrown at 4 times, with only one pass completed - a 39-yarder to USC commit Robert Woods. Postgame fluff. Cullen has been selected to the Big 33 Game.

WI P Will Hagerup

Hagerup also played in the Army game, as Christian's teammate on the losing East team. Will punted just 3 times, but averaged more than 45 yards per kick, despite shanking his first attempt.

"My brother has been in some big stadiums before and he was saying after that first kick you'll be a lot more calm," Hagerup said. "The first kick I was real nervous and it definitely could have been better. I was definitely more relaxed for the second two."

Friday Night Lights 2009: 12-15

Friday Night Lights 2009: 12-15

Submitted by Tim on December 15th, 2009 at 2:13 PM

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If you can help out finding articles on any of the commits, e-mail me, and I'll try to include your contribution. This should be one of the last couple updates, since every current commit's season has now finished.

LA Slot WR Drew Dileo

Last week: Pregame fluff. #2. Parkview loses to Notre Dame 14-7 in the State Championship game.

But on first-and-down from the Notre Dame 29, Dileo was hit on a short run, lost the football and Luke Bourgeois recovered. “We killed ourselves in the first half,” said Dileo, a Michigan commitment. “Just little things. We preach every week about the little things.”

But four plays later, on fourth-and-2, Dileo — the holder for what appeared to be a 33-yard field goal try — kept on a fake and was greeted by a wall of defenders for a 1-yard loss.

Oopppppppps. Article #2:

Michigan commitment Drew Dileo was limited to five carries for five yards and five receptions for 30 yards.

This week: Parkview Baptist (12-2) has finished its season as the state Runner-up. The chart below is a little messy, but the Total numbers in the last row are correct season totals.

Drew Dileo 2009
Rushing Receiving
Game Result Rush Yds TD Avg Rec Yds TD Avg
Christian Life W 60-14 1 50 1 50.00
Arcadiana W 31-14 14 77 0 5.50 1 35 1 35.00
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
Dutchtown L 15-24 13 24 1 1.85 3 32 0 10.67
Northeast W 41-27 7 44 1 6.29 1 18 1 18.00
West Feliciana W 23-7 50 1
Baker W 35-0 5 36 1 7.20 0 0 0 -
Redemptorist W 44-27 1
Regular Season (8-1) 50 246+ 5 4.92 11 267 6 24.27
Marksville W 40-8 5 68 1 13.60 3 74 1 24.67
Crowley W 38-16 1 5 87 0 17.40
Patterson W 33-21 114 1 1 23 0 23.00
White W 42-0 37 1
Notre Dame L 7-14 5 5 0 1.00 5 30 0 6.00
Playoffs Runner Up 5+ 68+ 4 13.60 14 214 1 12.23
Totals (12-2) 114 724 10 6.35 20+ 571 7 22.55

LA S Carvin Johnson

Last week: Pregame fluff:

Johnson, who is bound for Michigan, said he welcomes the week-to-week burden of a defense that ofttimes has to produce points and a short field for a struggling offense. “I would do it all over again,” Johnson said. “I don’t mind. We have understood our role since the beginning of the season.”

Preview fluff #2:

The heart and soul of the Rummel team is senior safety Carvin Johnson, a commitment to Michigan. Johnson has seven interceptions and two punt returns for touchdowns. “Carvin Johnson has been terrific. He is hardly coming off the field, playing safety, wide receiver, returning punts and returning kickoffs. We have done it in the past with guys like Craig Steltz, Terrance Dunbar, Nick Child in the playoffs, using our best athletes on both sides of the football,” Roth said.

Rummel falls to West Monroe 30-0 in the State Championship game. Johnson had 1 carry for -6 yards. Postgame coach reaction.

This week: Rummel (14-1) Finishes as State Runners-up.

Carvin Johnson 2009
Defense
Game Result Int Tackle Sack
Bourgeois W 26-0 1 1
Mandeville W 14-10 0
Fontainebleau W 17-3 0
East St. John W 20-14 0
OP Walker W 23-0 1
Brother Martin W 13-7 0
Jesuit W 21-14 1
Barbe W 24-21 0
St. Augustine W 7-6 1
Archbishop Shaw W 18-17 0
Regular Season (10-0) 4 56 1+
Captain Shreve W 10-3 2 2+ 2
Jesuit W 14-7 1 7 0
Hahnville W 24-7
Westgate W 7-6
West Monroe L 0-30
Playoffs Runner Up 3 9+ 2
Totals (14-1) 7 65+ 3+

Seasons Complete

MI WR Jeremy Jackson

Jackson participated in the Hawaii-Mainland bowl, with the Mainland coming away the 26-6 victors. Jackson had 1 reception for 38 yards.

PA DE Kenny Wilkins

His high school's coach was fired after the poor season.

OH S Ray Vinopal

Cardinal Mooney went undefeated and won the state championship. Vinopal's season stats, via Mooneyfootball.com:

Ray Vinopal 2009
Rushing Other
Game Result Rush Yds TD Avg DefTD PRTD Blk RecTD
Boardman W 23-17
DeSales W 21-14 0
Elyria Catholic W 49-20 2
Harding W 31-6 8 87 0 10.88
Lake Catholic W 42-21 8 129 2 16.13
St. Francis W 55-7 8 91 1 11.38
Benedictine W 42-7 6 59 0 9.83 1 1
St. Vincent-St. Mary W 34-9 6 41 0 6.83 1
Ursuline W 27-22 6 59 0 9.83
Watterson W 28-12 6 58 0 9.67 1
Regular Season (10-0) 48 524 5 10.92



Mogadore Field W 42-14 6 87 1 14.50
Hubbard W 55-0 6 55 1 9.17
Poland Seminary W 24-7 8 35 0 4.38
Steubenville W 45-7 8 70 1 8.75
DeSales W 35-7 7 75 1 10.71
Playoffs State Champs 35 322 4 9.20


Totals (15-0) 83 846 9 10.19 1 1 1 1

PA CB Cullen Christian

Cullen was 1st-team All-conference at defensive back, and an honorable mention at receiver.

WI P Will Hagerup

Whitefish Bay (5-5) has completed its season after a first-round playoff loss. Bob Parker hooked me up with season stats for Will, who was 1st-team All-State as a punter:

Will Hagerup 2009
Punting Receiving
Game Result Punts Avg. Hang Pooch In20 Rec Yds TD Avg
Regular Season (5-4) 20 42.90 4.34 sec 7 7
Playoffs 1st Round 2 52.00 4.39 sec 0 0
Totals (5-5) 22 43.73 4.34 7 7 15 187 1 12.47

Friday Night Lights 2009: 12-8

Friday Night Lights 2009: 12-8

Submitted by Tim on December 8th, 2009 at 10:48 AM

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If you can help out finding articles on any of the commits, e-mail me, and I'll try to include your contribution. Guys whose seasons finished before this week have been removed from the list, unless there is an update for them (i.e. All-State team, etc.). To read about their seasons, check out previous updates.

New Commit OH S Ray Vinopal

Last week: Cardinal Mooney defeats Columbus St. Francis DeSales 35-7 in the State Championship game.

Senior Ray Vinopal had a 57 yard TD run to open up the scoring.

That link has video that I can't seem to embed, so click through if you want to see it. Article 2. He committed immediately after winning that State Championship. Article 3:

Vinopal gained 70 yards on seven carries.

In the Youngstown Vindicator, Vinopal breaks down the long run:

Senior Ray Vinopal started the scoring with a 56-yard touchdown down the left sideline on a perfectly blocked play, making it 7-0 with about a minute left in the first quarter.

“It was outside zone left on the short side of the field,” said Vinopal, a first team All-Ohio safety who has an offer from the University of Michigan. “The line got a great push and our fullback kicked his man out.

There was one backer left coming from the outside and he was just a bit late and it left a smooth open lane to the end zone.”

Vinopal was almost untouched on the play; a DeSales defender briefly grabbed his facemask near the line of scrimmage.

“That’s the only piece of me he got,” Vinopal said. “[Senior receiver Pat] DePizzo has been joking with me all year that I always cut the wrong way off his blocks, so after that play he came up to me and said, ‘You finally you made the right move.’”

Season-long: On the year, Vinopal ran 45 times for 414 yards and 4 touchdowns, while catching 3 passes for 48 yards and a score. Defensively, he notched 4 interceptions for the Cardinals.

LA Slot WR Drew Dileo

Last week: Pregame fluff. More fluff. Game preview. Preview #2. Parkview Baptist beats E.D. White 42-0.

Michigan commitment Drew Dileo added 37 yards and a score.

Article #2.

Parkview went up 34-0 when Drew Dileo ran in from the 19 with 4:03 still to play in the third.

This week: Parkview Baptist (11-1) v. Notre Dame in the State Championship game.

Drew Dileo 2009
Rushing Receiving
Game Result Rush Yds TD Avg Rec Yds TD Avg
Christian Life W 60-14 1 50 1 50.00
Arcadiana W 31-14 14 77 0 5.50 1 35 1 35.00
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
Dutchtown L 15-24 13 24 1 1.85 3 32 0 10.67
Northeast W 41-27 7 44 1 6.29 1 18 1 18.00
West Feliciana W 23-7 50 1
Baker W 35-0 5 36 1 7.20 0 0 0 -
Redemptorist W 44-27 1
Regular Season (8-1) 50 246+ 5 4.92 11 267 6 24.27
Marksville W 40-8 5 68 1 13.60 3 74 1 24.67
Crowley W 38-16 1 5 87 0 17.40
Patterson W 33-21 114 1 1 23 0 23.00
ED White W 42-0 37 1
Playoffs 3rd Rd 5+ 68+ 4 13.60 9 184 1 20.44
Totals (10-1) 55 314+ 9 5.71 20 457 7 22.55

LA S Carvin Johnson

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Last week: Pregame fluff. Pregame fluff #2.

Randle, Helmstetter and Johnson will rank among the greatest defenders to ever compete at Rummel and this unit, under coordinator Eddie Jaquillard, is among the school's elite.

That's a school that has sent __ to schools like__. LSU is starting to show interest in Johnson, as well. More on that situation in tomorrow's recruiting post. Pregame fluff #3:

In the secondary, Carvin Johnson is as good a player as there is in the state at safety. The 6’1, 190 senior doesn’t have great foot speed but he is football-fast, a fierce hitter. He has seven interceptions and has returned two punts for touchdowns.

Rummel beats Westgate 7-6 in the State Semifinals.

This week: Rummel (13-0) v. West Monroe in the State Championship game.

Carvin Johnson 2009
Defense
Game Result Int Tackle Sack
Bourgeois W 26-0 1 1
Mandeville W 14-10 0
Fontainebleau W 17-3 0
East St. John W 20-14 0
OP Walker W 23-0 1
Brother Martin W 13-7 0
Jesuit W 21-14 1
Barbe W 24-21 0
St. Augustine W 7-6 1
Archbishop Shaw W 18-17 0
Regular Season (10-0) 4 56 1+
Captain Shreve W 10-3 2 2+ 2
Jesuit W 14-7 1 7 0
Hahnville W 24-7
Westgate W 7-6
Playoffs 3rd Rd 3 9+ 2
Totals (12-0) 7 65+ 3+

Seasons Complete

MI WR Jeremy Jackson

Huron's (5-4) season ended without a playoff berth. Jackson finished with 43 catches for 573 yards. He has been selected to the Hawaii/Mainland Bowl.

OH LB Antonio Kinard

Liberty (4-6) missed the State Playoffs, and its season is over. Kinard named 1st-Team All-County.

PA CB Cullen Christian

Penn Hills went 4-5 in the regular season, and bowed out in the second round of the playoffs to Gateway. Christian is an Army Bowl selection.

OH CB Courtney Avery

Lexington (6-4) missed the State Playoffs, and their season is over. Avery's hoops season is under way. He's an All-State performer in that sport, as well.

Friday Night Lights 2009: 11-24

Friday Night Lights 2009: 11-24

Submitted by Tim on November 24th, 2009 at 12:53 PM

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MI QB Devin Gardner

Last week: Inkster beats Warren De La Salle 12-3 in the State Semifinals.gardnerDLS.jpg

"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.

Article 2.

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
Passing Rushing
Game Result Comp Att Yds TD Int % Yds/Att Rush Yds TD Avg
Pioneer L 32-35 10 14 97 1 0 71.43 6.93 16 113 1 7.06
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
Steubenville W 36-29 14 25 275 4 0 56.00 11.00 11 55 1 5.00
Regular Season (5-3) 63 107 1130 12 3 58.88 10.56 63 439+ 9 6.97
Edsel Ford W 51-19 4 7 51 2 0 57.14 7.29 6 98 2 16.33
Thurston W 50-28 6 11 120 2 0 54.55 10.91 11 120 3 10.91
Anderson W 35-7 11 19 171 2 0 57.89 9.00 11 74 0 6.73
De La Salle W 12-3 7 16 75 0 2 43.75 4.69 5 34 1 6.80
Playoffs Semis 28 53 417 6 2 52.83 7.87 33 326 6 9.88
Totals (9-3) 84 144 1472 14 3 58.33 10.22 96 765+ 15 7.97

SC QB Conelius Jones

Last week: Pregame fluff. Spartanburg's playoff run continues with a 28-14 win over Sumter. Jones was responsible for al 14 of the Vikings' points:

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.

Article 2.

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
Passing Rushing
Game Result Comp Att Yds TD Int % Yds/Att Rush Yds TD Avg
Dorman L 7-20 7 24 42 0 0 29.17 1.75 0 0 0 -
Union W 35-0 7 8 88 1 0 87.50 11.00 9 57 3 6.33
Northwestern W 20-10 125 1 0 45 1
Sumter L 21-24 17 26 189 1 1 65.38 7.27 21 59 1 2.81
Greenwood L 9-21 15 25 219 0 0 60.00 8.76 19 36 1 1.89
Gaffney L 7-14 18 30 184 0 1 60.00 6.13 21 60 1 2.86
Byrnes L 6-49 9 24 106 1 0 37.50 4.42 13 94 0 7.23
Mauldin L 27-46 7 14 92 1 0 50.00 6.57 10 7 0 0.70
Hillcrest W 31-20 4 6 54 0 0 66.67 9.00 10 90 2 9.00
Boiling Springs L 35-39 1 0 77 1
Dorman L 0-28 5 14 40 0 1 35.71 2.86 0
Regular Season (3-8) 89 171 1014+ 6 2 52.04 5.93 103 403+ 10 3.91
Rock Hill W 41-28 0 0 0 0 0 - - 18 110 2 6.11
Sumter W 28-14 9 14 209 2 0 64.29 14.93 17 100 2 5.88
Playoffs 2nd Rd 9 14 209 2 0 64.29 14.93 35 210 4 6.00
Totals (5-8) 98 185 1223+ 8 2 52.97 6.61 138 613+ 14 4.44

TX RB Tony Drake

Last week: Pregame fluff #2. Skyline beats DeSoto 41-36. Drake ran 24 times for 126 yards including a 43-yard touchdown, but was overshadowed by teammate Mike Davis, who had 263 receiving yards.

This week: Skyline (12-0) plays Cypress Woods in Round 3 of the State Playoffs.

Tony Drake 2009
Rushing Receiving
Game Result Rush Yds TD Avg Rec Yds TD Avg
Kimball W 51-2 8 69 1 8.63 0 0 0 -
Bowie W 35-27 13 92 1 7.08 2 14 0 7.00
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
Molina W 65-0 1 54 1 54.00 0 0 0 -
Richardson W 36-7 13 102 0 7.85 1 13 0 13.00
Berkner W 39-7 9 43 1 4.78 1 32 0 32.00
Creekview W 62-10 16 139 1 8.69 2 14 0 7.00
W.T. White W 62-3 4 50 1 12.50 0 0 0 -
Sunset W 56-0 2 102 2 51.00 0 0 0 -
Regular Season (10-0) 100 1044 11 10.44 7 79 0 11.29
Rowlett W 38-0 14 114 1 8.14 3 32 1 10.67
DeSoto W 41-36 24 126 1 5.25 1 7 0 7.00
Playoffs 2nd Rd 38 240 2 6.32 4 39 1 9.75
Totals (12-0) 138 1284 13 9.30 11 118 1 10.73

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
Rushing
Game Result Rush Yds TD Avg
Grapevine W 62-28 13 87 2 6.69
Plano West W 35-25 28 128 3 4.57
Katy L 24-34 13 38 1 2.92
Tyler Lee W 17-7 22 118 1 5.36
Lewisville W 56-7 10 110 4 11.00
Southlake Carroll L 30-41 28 150 1 5.36
Coppell L 21-42 22 96 0 4.36
Flower Mound W 63-39 21 217 2 10.33
Hebron W 35-28 28 171 2 6.11
Regular Season (6-3) 185 1115 16 6.03
Grapevine W 48-18 26 167 3 6.42
Cedar Hill
PLayoffs 2nd Rd 26 167 3 6.42
Totals (7-3) 211 1282 19 6.08

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
Rushing Receiving
Game Result Rush Yds TD Avg Rec Yds TD Avg
Christian Life W 60-14 1 50 1 50.00
Arcadiana W 31-14 14 77 0 5.50 1 35 1 35.00
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
Dutchtown L 15-24 13 24 1 1.85 3 32 0 10.67
Northeast W 41-27 7 44 1 6.29 1 18 1 18.00
West Feliciana W 23-7 50 1
Baker W 35-0 5 36 1 7.20 0 0 0 -
Redemptorist W 44-27 1
Regular Season (8-1) 50 246+ 5 4.92 11 267 6 24.27
Marksville W 40-8 5 68 1 13.60 3 74 1 24.67
Crowley W 38-16 1 5 87 0 17.40
Playoffs 2nd Rd 5+ 68+ 2 13.60 8 161 1 20.13
Totals (10-1) 55 314+ 7 5.71 19 428 7 22.53

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].

Article 2:

"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
Defense
Game Result Int Tackle Sack
Bourgeois W 26-0 1 1
Mandeville W 14-10 0
Fontainebleau W 17-3 0
East St. John W 20-14 0
OP Walker W 23-0 1
Brother Martin W 13-7 0
Jesuit W 21-14 1
Barbe W 24-21 0
St. Augustine W 7-6 1
Archbishop Shaw W 18-17 0
Regular Season (10-0) 4 56 1+
Captain Shreve W 10-3 2 2+ 2
Jesuit W 14-7 1 7 0
Playoffs 2nd Rd 3 9+ 2
Totals (12-0) 7 65+ 3+

Seasons Complete

MI RB Austin White

Stevenson's (8-3) season is over after falling in the second round of the playoffs.

Austin White 2009
Rushing Receiving
Game Result Rush Yds TD Avg Rec Yds TD Avg
Franklin L 7-21 14 64 1 4.57 - - - -
Howell L 14-28 16 119 2 12.44 4 59 0 14.75
Salem W 34-7 2
South Lyon W 37-0 8 173 3 21.63 0 0 0 -
Northville W 31-0 22 164 2 7.45 0 0 0 -
Novi W 14-7 28 133 1 4.75 3 34 0 10.33
South Lyon East W 47-20 16 234 5 14.63 0 0 0 -
Canton W 36-27 31 165 3 5.32 0 0 0 -
Churchill W 42-10 19 211 1 11.11 0 0 0 -
Regular Season (7-2) 154 1263+ 20 8.20 7 93 0 13.29
Northville W 21-7 19 117 1 6.16 0 0 0 -
Catholic Central L 0-38 10 75 0 7.50 0 0 0 -
Playoffs 2nd Rd 29 192 1 6.62 0 0 0 -
Totals (8-3) 183 1445+ 21 7.88 7 93 0 13.29

MI WR Ricardo Miller

Pioneer's (8-3) ended after a loss in the second round of the playoffs.

Ricardo Miller 2009
Receiving
Game Result Rec Yds TD Avg
Inkster W 35-32 3 70 0 23.33
Dexter W 45-0 2 100 2 50.00
Saline W 36-17 3 48 1 16.00
Arthur Hill W 58-20 1 20 0 20.00
Bedford L 21-28 2 16 0 8.00
Monroe W 41-6 3
Huron W 23-19 2 48 0 24.00
Chelsea W 23-19 4 123 1 30.75
Fordson L 21-24 2 46 1 38.00
Totals (7-2) 19 471 8 26.36
Bedford W 28-7 5 70 1 14.00
Canton L 24-60 6 85 1 14.17
Playoffs 2nd Rd 11 155 2 14.09
Totals (8-3) 30 626 10 20.87

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
Receiving Rushing
Game Result Rec Yds TD Avg Rush Yds TD Avg
Start W 24-7 3 39 0 3.67
Whitmer L 25-29 3 72 1 20.53
Columbian W 49-35 3 98 2 32.67
Benedictine W 28-21 (OT) 6 99 1 16.50
Lahser W 22-14 1 0 0 0.00 3 17 0 5.67
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
Napoleon L 14-28 0 0 0 - 1 -1 0 -1.00
Lima Senior 2 10 0 5.00 6 42 1 7.00
Totals (4-4) 26 440 5 16.92 24 133 1 5.54

Friday Night Lights 2009: 11-17

Friday Night Lights 2009: 11-17

Submitted by Tim on November 17th, 2009 at 3:33 PM

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MI QB Devin Gardner

Last week: Preview fluff. Inkster defeats Southgate Anderson 35-7 in Round 3 of the State Playoffs. We were there, so enjoy some video and a scouting report, which I posted yesterday. Detroit News recap.

This week: Inkster (8-3) v. Warren De La Salle @ Ferndale High School at 1 PM Saturday in the State Semifinals.

Devin Gardner 2009
Passing Rushing
Game Result Comp Att Yds TD Int % Yds/Att Rush Yds TD Avg
Pioneer L 32-35 10 14 97 1 0 71.43 6.93 16 113 1 7.06
East Kentwood L 33-52 19 30 389 3 1 63.33 12.97 10 102 2 10.20
St. Edward W 14-7
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
Steubenville W 36-29 14 25 275 4 0 56.00 11.00 11 55 1 5.00
Regular Season (5-3) 63 107 1130 12 3 58.88 10.56 63 439+ 9 6.97
Edsel Ford W 51-19 4 7 51 2 0 57.14 7.29 6 98 2 16.33
Thurston W 50-28 6 11 120 2 0 54.55 10.91 11 120 3 10.91
Anderson W 35-7 11 19 171 2 0 57.89 9.00 11 74 0 6.73
Playoffs 3rd Rd 21 37 342 6 0 56.76 9.24 28 292 5 10.43
Totals (8-3) 84 144 1472 14 3 58.33 10.22 91 731+ 14 8.03

SC QB Conelius Jones

Last week: Spartanburg upsets previously-undefeated Rock Hill 41-28 in Round 1 of the State Playoffs.

"We took a great season and made it miserable,'' Rock Hill coach Joe Montgomery told The Herald. "We didn't stop No. 5 (QB Cornelius Jones) all night long. I told our kids we got beat in all phases of the game tonight, and you can't win when you give up 41 points.''

Jones did most of his work on the ground, rushing for 110 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns in the pivotal victory. Jones was especially key on third downs, converting three third-and-longs with big runs.

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The lone pass attempt resulted in defensive interference and set up the Vikings with first-and-goal from the five.

“We knew nobody was going to pick us to win,” Jones said. “But we stuck together as a team and everybody executed and did what they were supposed to do.”

Way to figure out a winning gameplan during the regular season, corch.

This week: Spartanburg (4-8) @ Sumter in Round 2 of the State Playoffs. The Vikings fell to Sumter in week 4.

Conelius Jones 2009
Passing Rushing
Game Result Comp Att Yds TD Int % Yds/Att Rush Yds TD Avg
Dorman L 7-20 7 24 42 0 0 29.17 1.75 0 0 0 -
Union W 35-0 7 8 88 1 0 87.50 11.00 9 57 3 6.33
Northwestern W 20-10 125 1 0 45 1
Sumter L 21-24 17 26 189 1 1 65.38 7.27 21 59 1 2.81
Greenwood L 9-21 15 25 219 0 0 60.00 8.76 19 36 1 1.89
Gaffney L 7-14 18 30 184 0 1 60.00 6.13 21 60 1 2.86
Byrnes L 6-49 9 24 106 1 0 37.50 4.42 13 94 0 7.23
Mauldin L 27-46 7 14 92 1 0 50.00 6.57 10 7 0 0.70
Hillcrest W 31-20 4 6 54 0 0 66.67 9.00 10 90 2 9.00
Boiling Springs L 35-39 1 0 77 1
Dorman L 0-28 5 14 40 0 1 35.71 2.86 0
Regular Season (3-8) 89 171 1014+ 6 2 52.04 5.93 103 403+ 10 3.91
Rock Hill W 41-28 0 0 0 0 0 - - 18 110 2 6.11
Totals (3-8) 89 171 1014+ 6 2 52.04 5.93 121 513+ 12 4.24

TX RB Tony Drake

Last week: Skyline beats Rowlett 38-0 in Round 1 of the State Playoffs. Drake ran for 114 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries, and caught 3 passes for 32 yards and another score.

This week: Skyline (11-0) @ DeSoto in Round 2 of the State Playoffs. DeSoto is a talented team, with 2 Texas commits and an LSU commit in their senior class (of course, Skyline has 8 seniors committed to D-1 programs).

Tony Drake 2009
Rushing Receiving
Game Result Rush Yds TD Avg Rec Yds TD Avg
Kimball W 51-2 8 69 1 8.63 0 0 0 -
Bowie W 35-27 13 92 1 7.08 2 14 0 7.00
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
Molina W 65-0 1 54 1 54.00 0 0 0 -
Richardson W 36-7 13 102 0 7.85 1 13 0 13.00
Berkner W 39-7 9 43 1 4.78 1 32 0 32.00
Creekview W 62-10 16 139 1 8.69 2 14 0 7.00
W.T. White W 62-3 4 50 1 12.50 0 0 0 -
Sunset W 56-0 2 102 2 51.00 0 0 0 -
Regular Season (10-0) 100 1044 11 10.44 7 79 0 11.29
Rowlett W 38-0 14 114 1 8.14 3 32 1 10.67
Totals (11-0) 114 1158 12 10.16 10 113 1 11.30

TX RB Stephen Hopkins

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Last week: Marcus beats Grapevine 48-18 in Round 1 of the State Playoffs.

Injecting a heavy dose of senior rusher Stephen Hopkins and junior rusher Rufus Mason, the Marauders wore down a game Grapevine squad in the game’s final 24 minutes to advance past the bi-district round of the postseason, 48-18.

Riding the legs of Hopkins, the Marcus speedster bolted through a gaping hole and scurried 16 yards for the touchdown just 30 seconds into the second quarter.

Speedster, you say? Hopkins ran 26 times for 167 yards and 3 touchdowns, while adding a 26-yard pass reception.

Hopkins photo by Brandon Wade of the Star-Telegram.

This week: Marcus (7-3) @ Cedar Hill in Round 2 of the State Playoffs.

Stephen Hopkins 2009
Rushing
Game Result Rush Yds TD Avg
Grapevine W 62-28 13 87 2 6.69
Plano West W 35-25 28 128 3 4.57
Katy L 24-34 13 38 1 2.92
Tyler Lee W 17-7 22 118 1 5.36
Lewisville W 56-7 10 110 4 11.00
Southlake Carroll L 30-41 28 150 1 5.36
Coppell L 21-42 22 96 0 4.36
Flower Mound W 63-39 21 217 2 10.33
Hebron W 35-28 28 171 2 6.11
Regular Season (6-3) 185 1115 16 6.03
Grapevine W 48-18 26 167 3 6.42
Totals (7-3) 211 1282 19 6.08

LA Slot WR Drew Dileo

Last week: Parkview Baptist beats Marksville 40-8 in Round 1 of the State Playoffs.

Senior tailback Drew Dileo added receiving and rushing touchdowns.

Dileo, a Michigan commitment, made three catches for 74 yards.

Dileo rushed for 68 yards on five carries.

This week: Parkview Baptist (9-1) v. Crowley in Round 2 of the State Playoffs.

Drew Dileo 2009
Rushing Receiving
Game Result Rush Yds TD Avg Rec Yds TD Avg
Christian Life W 60-14 1 50 1 50.00
Arcadiana W 31-14 14 77 0 5.50 1 35 1 35.00
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
Dutchtown L 15-24 13 24 1 1.85 3 32 0 10.67
Northeast W 41-27 7 44 1 6.29 1 18 1 18.00
West Feliciana W 23-7 50 1
Baker W 35-0 5 36 1 7.20 0 0 0 -
Redemptorist W 44-27 1
Regular Season (8-1) 50 246+ 5 4.92 11 267 6 24.27
Marksville W 40-8 5 68 1 13.60 3 74 1 24.67
Totals (8-1) 55 314+ 6 5.71 14 341 7 24.36

OH OL Christian Pace

Last week: Preview fluff #1:

“Ronnie has turned into a great receiver, thanks to his being a great athlete with great size, speed and hands. We have great leaders on the line like Christian Pace and Dan Schneider who everyone looks up to and does a good job keeping everybody in check.”

Preview fluff #2:

"Our lines on offense and defense are starting to play really well together and our passing game is starting to click, and that’s starting to move defenders out of the box," said two-way lineman Christian Pace.

"We all want the same goal, and that’s a state championship, and senior year is there. It could be your last game," Pace said.

Avon Lake falls to Toledo St. Francis DeSales 10-13.

This week: Avon Lake (8-4) has been eliminated from the playoffs, and their season is over.

PA DE Jordan Paskorz

Last week: Hampton pounds Uniontown 35-14 in Round 2 of the State playoffs.

This week: Hampton (7-4) v. Hopewell in Round 3 of the State Playoffs.

FL S Marvin Robinson

Last week: Lake Region falls to East Ridge 2-47. Robinson is out for the year with an injury.

This week: Lake Region (0-9) missed the playoffs, and their season is over.

LA S Carvin Johnson

Last week: He was all-district, which comes with stats:

senior safety Carvin Johnson, a Michigan commitment who finished with 56 tackles and 4 interceptions. Johnson was selected as a punt and kick return specialist. He averaged 17.5 yards on punt returns with one score.

Rummel beats Captain Shreve 10-3 in Round 1 of the State Playoffs. Johnson kicked some serious ass:

The state's top-seeded team in Class 5A scored 10 first-quarter points, with a key punt return by Raiders safety Carvin Johnson setting up the game's lone touchdown...

In addition to his punt return, Johnson also had two interceptions, with the second ending Captain Shreve's final threat with one minute, 16 seconds remaining.

"We just played hard and we got through it, " Johnson said. "We're know we're going to struggle at times. Our offense has struggled all year. We've just got to keeping getting it done."

Johnson's first interception ended the game's first possession and put Rummel in place for its most productive moments offensively.

Is that not enough? He also had 2 sacks.

This week: Rummel (11-0) @ Jesuit in Round 2 of the State Playoffs. Rummel beat Jesuit earlier this season.

Carvin Johnson 2009
Defense
Game Result Int Sack
Bourgeois W 26-0 1 1
Mandeville W 14-10 0
Fontainebleau W 17-3 0
East St. John W 20-14 0
OP Walker W 23-0 1
Brother Martin W 13-7 0
Jesuit W 21-14 1
Barbe W 24-21 0
St. Augustine W 7-6 1
Archbishop Shaw W 18-17 0
Regular Season (10-0) 4 1
Captain Shreve W 10-3 2 2
Totals (11-0) 6 3

Seasons Complete

MI RB Austin White

Stevenson's (8-3) season is over after falling in the second round of the playoffs.

Austin White 2009
Rushing Receiving
Game Result Rush Yds TD Avg Rec Yds TD Avg
Franklin L 7-21 14 64 1 4.57 - - - -
Howell L 14-28 16 119 2 12.44 4 59 0 14.75
Salem W 34-7 2
South Lyon W 37-0 8 173 3 21.63 0 0 0 -
Northville W 31-0 22 164 2 7.45 0 0 0 -
Novi W 14-7 28 133 1 4.75 3 34 0 10.33
South Lyon East W 47-20 16 234 5 14.63 0 0 0 -
Canton W 36-27 31 165 3 5.32 0 0 0 -
Churchill W 42-10 19 211 1 11.11 0 0 0 -
Regular Season (7-2) 154 1263+ 20 8.20 7 93 0 13.29
Northville W 21-7 19 117 1 6.16 0 0 0 -
Catholic Central L 0-38 10 75 0 7.50 0 0 0 -
Playoffs 2nd Rd 29 192 1 6.62 0 0 0 -
Totals (8-3) 183 1445+ 21 7.88 7 93 0 13.29

MI WR Ricardo Miller

Pioneer's (8-3) ended after a loss in the second round of the playoffs.

Ricardo Miller 2009
Receiving
Game Result Rec Yds TD Avg
Inkster W 35-32 3 70 0 23.33
Dexter W 45-0 2 100 2 50.00
Saline W 36-17 3 48 1 16.00
Arthur Hill W 58-20 1 20 0 20.00
Bedford L 21-28 2 16 0 8.00
Monroe W 41-6 3
Huron W 23-19 2 48 0 24.00
Chelsea W 23-19 4 123 1 30.75
Fordson L 21-24 2 46 1 38.00
Totals (7-2) 19 471 8 26.36
Bedford W 28-7 5 70 1 14.00
Canton L 24-60 6 85 1 14.17
Playoffs 2nd Rd 11 155 2 14.09
Totals (8-3) 30 626 10 20.87

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 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.

OH CB Courtney Avery

Lexington (6-4) missed the State Playoffs, and their season is over.

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.

Greg Brown 2009
Receiving Rushing
Game Result Rec Yds TD Avg Rush Yds TD Avg
Start W 24-7 3 39 0 3.67
Whitmer L 25-29 3 72 1 20.53
Columbian W 49-35 3 98 2 32.67
Benedictine W 28-21 (OT) 6 99 1 16.50
Lahser W 22-14 1 0 0 0.00 3 17 0 5.67
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
Napoleon L 14-28 0 0 0 - 1 -1 0 -1.00
Lima Senior 2 10 0 5.00 6 42 1 7.00
Totals (4-4) 26 440 5 16.92 24 133 1 5.54