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

Comments

Clarence Beeks

November 24th, 2009 at 1:44 PM ^

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.

Sgt. Wolverine

November 24th, 2009 at 3:03 PM ^

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.

Clarence Beeks

November 24th, 2009 at 3:15 PM ^

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).

Sgt. Wolverine

November 24th, 2009 at 4:28 PM ^

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.

Clarence Beeks

November 24th, 2009 at 4:47 PM ^

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-d…