Recruits Playoff Friday Night Lights

Submitted by Leaders And Best on November 16th, 2012 at 10:32 PM

Mixed bag for our recruits still in playoff action tonight.

Channing Stribling and Matthews Butler edged East Forsyth 25-15 to advance to the Regional round (NC State Semifinals) where they will play Mallard Creek (Marquez North - 2013 top 10 WR).

Patrick Kugler and North Allegheny crushed Seneca Valley 47-17 to advance to the WPIAL Quad A Finals at Heinz Field next week against Woodland Hills.

Mike McCray and Trotwood Madison cruised over Turpin 42-14 to win their Regional Final and advance to the OH Division II State Semis. McCray had an INT.

Jaron Dukes and Marion Franklin's comeback attempt came up short in a 32-30 loss to New Albany & OSU commit Darron Lee. Lee intercepted a pass intended for Dukes with less than a minute left in the game. Dukes caught a 2pt conversion in the loss.

Ross Douglas and Avon lost 42-14 to Toledo Catholic Central (S Jayme Thompson (OSU commit), 2014 QB DeShone Kizer, TE Keith Towbridge (Louisville)) in a rematch from last year's playoffs. Douglas had a 20 yd TD run.

Michael Ferns (2014) and St. Clairsville won 37-29 over Johnstown to win their Regional Final and advance to the OH Division IV State Semis.

Chris Fox and Ponderosa are shooting themselves in the foot right now down 19-7 at the half with 3 lost fumbles, a punt blocked, and a punt snapped out of the end zone for a safety. Rough start.

EDIT: Fox's Ponderosa got upset last night 19-14 in a crazy finish. Tough loss for the kid.

Brent Briggeman @BrentBriggeman

#cspreps INSANITY! Ponderosa fumbles on 1st and goal from the 1, down by 5, with 53 seconds left. Mesa Ridge can take knees and win it. Wow!



November 16th, 2012 at 11:36 PM ^

I thought McCray had a big game blocking in the running game--they spent a lot of the game lined up in an I-form with two tight ends and got a lot of yardage running off tackle to McCray's end of the LOS. He also had a nice tackle as the first man downfield covering a punt. There was a piling on penalty after his interception that gave him a boo-boo and made him miss a few snaps; otherwise (except for a brief garbage-time appearance by the second-team LBs) he played every down on both sides of the ball against a team that runs a hurry-up offense.

The other B1G recruits on the team are playing defense only. McCray's the only one playing both ways.

Maybe his work on offense and special teams isn't relevant to projecting him as a college player, but when you're looking at highlight reels sometimes it's worth paying attention to the context. I remember comments during their ESPN game that he didn't seem as explosive as was his reputation...but when you say that, looking at film, remember that he's played maybe 120 downs in a game and the guy he's lined up against has played 50.


Oh, and Jerrod Clements (DT, Illinois commit). He missed most of the year with an injury and didn't play in the ESPN game, but he was really, really impressive.

Leaders And Best

November 17th, 2012 at 4:57 PM ^

Jourdan Lewis and Cass Tech beat Lake Orion 34-27 to advance to the Division I State Finals at Ford Field where they will have a rematch of last year's final as Wyatt Shallman and Detroit Catholic Central beat Rockford 35-6.

The State Finals feature some solid prospects this year.

Michigan State Finals matchups next week:

Division 1: Detroit Catholic Central vs. Cass Tech

Division 2: Muskegon vs. Brother Rice (MSU LB Jon Reschke)

Division 3: Grand Rapids Christian (2014 WR Drake Harris & 2014 OL Tommy Doles) vs. Orchard Lake St Mary's

Division 4: Grand Rapids South Christian vs. Detroit Country Day (2014 QB Tyler Wiegers, Illinois WR Kenny Knight, DT Poet Thomas)

Division 6: Ithaca (2014 QB Travis Smith) vs. Constantine

Division 7: Ishpeming vs. Detroit Loyola (2014 DL Malik McDowell)



November 18th, 2012 at 12:12 AM ^

OK, so we've found something he's not great at: kicking XPs.  But he's still pretty good at it, since he's the kicker for a state finalist!

Treadwell's Crete-Monee Warriors are headed to the Illinois 6A state championship game (a program first) after a 28-27 game that they trailed 24-14 with just over 14 minutes to play.

You can read all about it above, but Treadwell?  

  • 9 catches, 149 yards
  • One a 46-yard TD; a 37-yard TD called back on a hold (he appears to have been the perp?!)
  • A rushing touchdown that cut it to 24-20.
  • A sack AND a pick on defense.
  • Two extra points.  But a third one that missed, which led to the crucial decision to go for two and win rather than send him out to tie.  His QB took it in.

Haven't been this excited about a WR recruit since my boy Adrian Arrington (hold the Stefon Diggs jokes please), who I was lucky enough to see in the Iowa state championship...gosh, NINE years ago.  Hopefully Treadwell's Warriors fare better than Arrington's CR Washington Warriors...

EDIT:  Bonus preseason basketball pick too. 12pts, 8 boards, 2 blocks per game last year!

DOUBLE ANTICLIMACTIC EDIT:  Oh, and he's all-state in football.