Friday Night Lights 2009: 9-8 Comment Count

Tim September 8th, 2009 at 3:53 PM

If you can help out finding articles on any of the commits, we'll try to make it as comprehensive as possible. We were only able to make it to 1 high school game this week (sorry to spoil you last week with 4 games), so that's listed at the top. In future weeks, the 2011 commits (of which there are currently 1) will be included as well.

MI RB Austin White

Last week: Stevenson lost to Howell 14-28. Austin rushed 16 times for 119 yards and 2 TD (12.44 YPC). He also caught 4 passes for 59 yards, and had a 53-yard touchdown grab erased due to penalty. Paul and I were there, so experience the glory of HD:

In all honesty, if Stevenson's coaches would have just given Austin the ball more (and you can't argue with his production), the Spartans would have had a much better chance to come away with a win.

This week: Stevenson (0-2) at Salem.

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

MI QB Devin Gardner

Last week: Game preview. Inkster lost to East Kentwood 52-33. From the sounds of it, Gardner's receivers did him no favors:

On two occasions in the first half, Gardner heaved up nice touch passes to the end zone only to see the ball slip through teammates fingertips and fall harmlessly to the turf.

Devin finished 19-30 passing for 389(!) yards. He also had a 66-yard rushing touchdown on the game's first play, and finished with 10 rushes for 102 yards with another touchdown (2 total).

This week: Inkster (0-2) has the week off.

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
Totals (1-1) 29 44 486 0 0 65.91 11.05 26 215 3 8.27

SC QB Cornelius Jones

Last week: Was expected to have a breakout performance. The vikings beat Northwestern 20-10.

Conelius Jones ran for 45 yards and a touchdown and threw for 125 yards and another score as Spartanburg traveled to Northwestern and knocked off the Trojans 20-10 Friday night.

No word on attempts.
This week: Spartanburg (2-1) v. Sumter.

Cornelius 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
Union W 35-0 6 7 91 1 0 85.71 13.00 9 63 4 7.00
Northwestern W 20-10 125 1 0 45 1
Totals (1-1) 13 31 133 0 0 41.94 4.29 9 63 4 7.00

TX RB Stephen Hopkins

Last week: Marcus beat Plano West 35-25.

Senior Stephen Hopkins scored his third touchdown of the night, this one from 8 yards out with 6:13 to go, to put the Marauders up, 35-25. Hopkins combined with juniors Dagan Newsome and Rufus Mason for more than 300 yards on the ground.

Hopkins finished with 28 rushes for 128 yards and 3 touchdowns.

This week: Marcus (2-0) @ Fossil Ridge.

Stephen Hopkins 2009
Game Result Rush Yds TD Avg
Grapevine W 62-28 13 78 2 6.00
Plano West W 35-25 28 128 3 4.56
Totals (2-0) 41 206 5 5.02

TX RB Tony Drake

Last week: Skyline rocked Kimball 51-2. Drake rushed 8 times for 69 yards (8.63 YPC) and a touchdown.
This week: Skyline (1-0) v. Arlington Bowie.

LA Slot WR Drew Dileo

Last week: Parkview rocked Christian Life Academy 60-14. Dileo had a 50-yard touchdown grab.
This week: Parkview (1-0) @ Arcadiana.

MI WR Ricardo Miller3885280571_3c515c43e4.jpg

Last week: Pioneer pounded Dexter, winning 45-0. Ricardo had 55-yard and a 45-yard touchdown grabs for the Pioneers. Miller photo appears courtesy of
This week: Pioneer (2-0) v. Saline.

Ricardo Miller 2009
Game Result Rec Yds TD Avg
Inkster W 35-32 3 70 0 23.33
Dexter W 45-0 2 100 2 50.00
Totals (2-0) 5 170 2 34.00

OH WR Jerald Robinson

Last week: Canton South falls to Canfield, 7-10. No word on Robinson's stats.
This week: Canton South (0-2) v. Ravenna.

MI WR Jeremy Jackson

Last week: Huron defeated Tecumseh 41-14. Jeremy had an interception for the Rats, but no receptions.
This week: Huron (1-1) @ Temperance Bedford.

OH WR DJ Williamson

Last week: Harding rocked Youngstown Chaney, 58-0.
This week: Harding (1-0-1) v. Akron Buchtel on Saturday evening.

OH OL Christian Pace

Last week: Avon Lake fell to Brunswick 7-24.
This week: Avon Lake (0-2) v. Elyria.

OH DT Terry Talbott

Last week: Wayne defeated Canton McKinley 27-14. There's no specific mention of Talbott, but the defense performed well:

Four big plays — including one on defense — catapulted the Warriors to a 27-14 victory over Canton McKinley...
Wayne’s defense unleashed a “trifecta” — sack, fumble and TD — as the Warriors forced four turnovers and improved to 2-0

After seeing how dominant he can be a week ago, I would be shocked if Terry wasn't directly responsible for some of that defensive wizardry.
This week: Huber Heights (2-0) v. Glenville on Saturday evening. This should be a hell of a game. I'd recommend checking it out, if you're in the area.

PA DE Ken Wilkins

Last week: Trinity falls 22-36 to powerhouse Canon-McMillan.
This week: Trinity (0-1) @ Greensburg Salem.

PA DE Jordan Paskorz

Last week: Hampton defeated Blackhawk 21-13.
This week: Hampton (1-0) v. West Allegheny.

OH LB Antonio Kinard

Last week: Liberty beats Niles 29-12. Kinard caught a 24-yard touchdown pass, and also came in for some praise from his coach:

Whittaker said Gutierrez and Michigan recruit Antonio Kinard are the heart of his defense.
“They were all-conference linebackers last year,” he said. “We’ve come to kind of expect them to make those types of impact plays and they have made many.”

This week: Liberty (2-0) @ Campbell.

FL S Marvin Robinson

Last week: Lake Region lost 0-9 to Winter Haven. Marvin had 20 tackles(!), in addition to a forced fumble and an interception. 43 yards on 8 carries (5.38 YPC).
This week: Lake Region (0-1) v. Kathleen.

OH CB Courtney Averyaveryshelby.jpg

Last week: Game preview. Lexington destroyed Shelby 42-6.

Senior QB Courtney Avery broke a couple of tackles and burst up the middle on a 54-yard TD run less than three minutes later.

Avery finished the game 14-26 passing for 202 yards, and he ran for 40 yards on 7 carries.
This week: Lexington @ Cameron.

OH CB Terrence Talbott

Last week: Wayne defeated Canton McKinley 27-14. There's no specific mention of (either) Talbott, but the defense performed well. See above for details.
This week: Huber Heights (2-0) v. Glenville on Saturday evening. This should be a hell of a game. I'd recommend checking it out, if you're in the area.



September 8th, 2009 at 6:48 PM ^

I am in the area and have been planning on going to the Wayne Glenville game for some time now ... I don't know what time the game starts and Im not planning on missing ND vs. UM but do you know what time it will start and I can even take some video or write a few observations about the game for next weeks write up if you'd like.

Sal Paradise

September 8th, 2009 at 8:12 PM ^

FYI Wayne-Glenville has been moved to Fri b/c OSU-USC. I'll try to pass along info on the Talbott's when I can, but the Dayton Daily News HS football covrage has went to shit.

EDIT: Just read in the DDN Terrence Talbott has had foot/ankle injury and hasnt played in week 1 or 2, but is expected to play Fri. vs. Glenville.


September 8th, 2009 at 8:00 PM ^

UM should be recruiting Chris Robinson from Ovid-Elsie HS. Small school just north of Lansing, so, they don't get much pub. OEHS was State runner-up last year and Robinson came very close to breaking the state rushing record (got hurt in the championship game).…

2008-09 Season Totals:
Rush Attempts 256
Total 2840
Avg Per Carry 11.09
Avg Per Game 202.9
Long 89
TD 41

He is tremendous athlete and could help at safety/line backer or even RB (not an expert, but, I would think in the Brandon Minor mode).


September 8th, 2009 at 9:55 PM ^

Really Tim? Really?

The reason Stevenson lost is because they aren't as good of a team as Howell. The Highlanders have won two straight years against Stevenson - this time with a sophomore QB playing his first game.

The real reason Stevenson lost is because Howell is a much better team.


September 9th, 2009 at 12:38 AM ^

I can attest to there being very little legitimate talent in any of the Livonia schools... the only times they've been good is when one or two of their players are FBS level talents. Franklin a few years ago behind a back who garnered offers from most of the MAC (but ended up at Wayne State, I believe) and Stevenson behind Austin's Sparty brothers. Stevenson has nobody besides Austin.