Football Recruits Weekly Update

Usua Amanam

All but one Stanford commit have now begun their senior season of high school football and a seeming cast of thousands remain interesting to watchers of Stanford recruiting in both the current senior and junior classes, producing a full slate of games of interest this week. Read on for the latest stats and notes from this weekend's high school action.

With most high school teams now two to four weeks into the season, all of Stanford's current commits have started their season other than Pawling (N.Y.) Trinity-Pawling New England prep star Shayne Skov, who begins his season next weekend. The remaining commits have enjoyed varying degrees of success with a number of them blowing up to start the year. In other action, Stanford's running back board appears very deep while a number of junior recruits shined.

The most notable aspects of the past weekend for Stanford recruiting were the commitment of wide receiver Drew Terrell as well as the chance for Stanford's coaches to fan out around the Dallas area before the game against TCU as an opportunity to evaluate myriad prospects of potential interest to Stanford. Read on for news on how Terrell did this weekend as well as one of the games Stanford Head Coach Jim Harbaugh made it to.

Stanford commits in action:

*  Stanford athlete commit Usua Amanam's San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep team got their season off to a high-flying start with a resounding 48-6 win over Clovis (Calif.). Amanam led the charge with 249 all-purpose yards and 4 touchdowns. He starred equally on offense and on special teams, running for touchdown runs of 24 yards and 37 yards and returning two kicks for touchdowns, one a punt that he took 60 yards to the house and the other a kickoff that he returned 97 yards. Bellarmine received their other major contributions from junior Kyle Olugbode, the reigning West Catholic Athletic League Sophomore of the Year, who had 110 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns on 10 carries. Amanam won the WCAL Player of the Year award last year and with Amanam and Olugbode returning along with San Jose State quarterback commit Austyn Carta-Samuels, 4-star athlete Michael Clay, and 3-star offensive tackle Kevin Danser, Bellarmine is again a heavy favorite to win the WCAL.

*  Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista blew out Union City (Calif.) Logan 45-13 in a game in which Monte Vista scored touchdowns on 6 of their first 7 drives and cruised to an opening week win against a fellow North Coast Section 4A semifinalist from last year. Stanford tight end commit Zach Ertz caught 2 touchdown passes. With Logan keying in on Ertz, Monte Vista was also able to spread the ball around to various players. Said quarterback Brett Nottingham, "We have so many good athletes out there, it makes my job easy. We know teams are going to put two or three guys on [Ertz] and that frees up our other guys to make plays."

*  Long Beach (Calif.) Wilson fell to Garden Grove (Calif.) Pacifica 23-7. Stanford commit Jemari Roberts scored the lone Wilson touchdown of the game, a 10-yard strike through the air. Roberts also added 6 tackles on defense and a 50-yard kickoff return. Through two games, Roberts has 3 touchdowns, 5 catches for 115 yards, and 8 tackles plus kickoff returns of 50 and 32 yards.

*  Mansfield (Tex.) is now 1-2 after a 28-14 loss against Irving (Tex.) MacArthur. Stanford running back commit Stepfan Taylor had his third straight game with at least 100 yards rushing. On the game, he totaled 113 yards on 28 carries, including a 1-yard touchdown plunge. Through three games, Taylor has romped for 503 yards and 5 touchdowns.

*  La Mesa (Calif.) Helix also fell to 1-1 with a 19-17 second week loss against San Diego (Calif.) Mira Mesa. Mira Mesa wrapped up the game in the game's final minute by intercepting a pass intended for Stanford tight end commit Levine Toilolo. Toilolo also played defensive line for a unit that dominated Mira Mesa in the first half, only allowing 46 yards, but wore down as the game went on. Five Helix turnovers kept Toilolo and the defense on the field and the defensive line was not able to dominate late like they had earlier, opening the way for a Mira Mesa comeback victory. In addition to leading the defensive line unit that stood out before wearing down, Toilolo also blocked a punt.

*  McDonough (Ga.) Henry County lost for the first time in three weeks when they dropped a 28-20 game to McDonough (Ga.) Union Grove. Stanford wide receiver commit Jamal Patterson put in solid work in the losing effort, grabbing 9 catches for 125 yards and a touchdown.

*  Another Georgian, Stanford defensive end commit Brock Sanders, saw his Duluth (Ga.) Northview team drop their third in a row with a 25-14 loss against Suwanee (Ga.) Peachtree Ridge. Sanders and his teammates only gave up only 3 points in the first half but the defense was gashed for a 60-yard touchdown run right up the middle to start the second half and could not stop the run from then on. On the game, they gave up 213 yards rushing.

*  Stanford's third Georgian commit, offensive line commit Camden Wentz, shared Patterson's fate in seeing his team lose for the first time this season. After combining for 73 points in comfortable wins the first two weeks of the season, Marietta (Ga.) Lassiter could not get the same offensive rhythm going against Marietta (Ga.) Kell, losing 41-27. While Lassiter scored 27 points, that was the fewest points they have scored this season and the offense has scored progressively less points each week so far.

*  Stanford tight end commit Ryan Hewitt's Denver (Colo.) Mullen team rolled over Centennial (Colo.) Eaglecrest 56-21 and improved to 3-0 heading into a huge showdown against Illinois quarterback commit Nathan Scheelhaase and Kansas City (Mo.) Rockhurst. In the win over Eaglecrest, Hewitt had 2 catches for 24 yards. Once again, Mullen was led by standout sophomore running back Adonis Ameen Moore, who had 7 carries for 79 yards and 3 touchdowns.

*  Stanford's newest commit, wide receiver Drew Terrell and his state championship contending Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton team were upset by fellow perennial title contender Peoria (Ariz.) Centennial 35-16 and fell to 2-1 on the season. Terrell contributed a long catch and run that got Hamilton to the 3-yard line, but they were held from there and had to settle for a field goal. Terrell also had a less happy moment when he muffed a punt and Centennial recovered deep in Hamilton territory, setting up a touchdown. The game was closer than the final score suggested and was 21-16 with less than 6 minutes remaining but two late Centennial touchdowns made the score appear lopsided.

*  Stanford's other Arizona commit, defensive end Trent Murphy, helped Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy College Prep bounce back from last week's loss to Terrell and Hamilton by beating Scottsdale (Ariz.) Horizon 45-13. Murphy and the Broncos' defense stifled Horizon, which scored all of its points in the fourth quarter long after the game had been decided. Brophy College Prep is now 2-1 and like Hamilton has a win over an out-of-state power. Brophy College Prep beat Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman in their first game while Hamilton took out Miami (Fla.) Washington to open the season.

*  Stanford defensive tackle commit Terrence Stephens and his highly-touted Gaithersburg (Md.) Quince Orchard team has started their season 2-0 with a 26-21 win over Rockville (Md.) Wootton and a 25-6 win over Potomac (Md.) Churchill. The Wootton game was played last Monday after being delayed due to rain. In that game, Quince Orchard gave up a 40-yard touchdown pass on the first drive of the game and then took over and went out to a 20-7 halftime lead. Stephens and the defense then gave up some ground in the second half, with most of the damage coming through the air, but held on in the end. The game being held on Monday meant that Quince Orchard only had three days rest before the second game but the Cougars were able to handle Churchill nonetheless.

*  Stanford quarterback commit Taysom Hill's Pocatello (Idaho) Highland squad went to 1-1 after losing 34-21 against Sacramento (Calif.) Grant as part of an unusual slate of games in which four Sacramento-area teams traveled across state lines to take on Idaho teams in an event dubbed the Rocky Mountain Rumble. Highland tied the game up at 14-14 in the second quarter but was not able to score another offensive point for the rest of the game. Hill threw a fourth quarter interception from the 25-yard line when Highland was hoping to get within a score of Grant. His deep pass into the corner of the end zone was intercepted and Highland did not threaten again.

*  Stanford tight end commit Jordan Najvar will be off for a few weeks after Spring (Tex.) Klein Oak had this past weekend's game cancelled due to Hurricane Ike. A scheduled bye next week will coincide with hurricane recovery efforts. Junior offensive lineman Jake Matthews' Missouri City (Tex.) Elkins team also had their game canceled. Best wishes to all in the areas affected by the hurricane.

*  Chula Vista (Calif.) Eastlake evened their record at 1-1 by beating San Diego (Calif.) Torrey Pines 35-17. Stanford junior linebacker commit Tony Jefferson, the first member of the class of 2010 to commit to Stanford, continued his scoring ways to start to the season by rushing for 3 touchdowns and returning an interception for another. He was actually contained outside of the red zone and was held to 34 yards on 16 carries, but his hard running kept the scoreboard active when Eastlake was in the red zone. His interception return for a touchdown was on a screen pass and went for a 30-yard score. It comes on the heels of a shanked punt return for a touchdown last week to go with Jefferson's exploits as a fullback, where he broke the 100-yard rushing mark last week, and on defense.

Other prospects in action

*  Running back Tyler Gaffney led San Diego (Calif.) Cathedral to their second win in as many weeks with a 42-10 win over San Diego (Calif.) Point Loma. Gaffney joined Stepfan Taylor as running backs with over 100 yards in each game early this season. Gaffney's effort included 179 yards and 4 touchdowns on 20 carries, giving him 287 yards in two games. The touchdown runs came from 4 yards, 8 yards, 6 yards, and 13 yards. He also caught 4 passes for 88 yards, including a 48 yard touchdown. Between running and receiving, Gaffney has scored 9 touchdowns in the first two games of the season.

Rex Burkhead also has gotten off to a hot start to the season and he continued on Friday in leading Plano (Tex.) to a 41-28 win over Texas Tech offensive line commit Joel Gray and his Carrolton (Tex.) Hebron team. Burkhead ran for 172 yards and 3 touchdowns and also returned a kick 89 yards for a touchdown. Through three games, Burkhead has already scored 7 touchdowns and broken the 100 yard rushing mark twice. With Stanford playing on the road at TCU on Saturday, Jim Harbaugh was among the 10,000 fans in attendance to see noteworthy prospects such as Burkhead and Gray. Burkhead had a particularly busy weekend, flying to Nebraska for an official visit after the game.

*  The other top running back left on Stanford's board, Rolandan Finch, saw his dominant Louisville (Ky.) St. Xavier team roll to another big win, a 49-7 victory over Lexington (Ky.) Lexington Catholic that makes them 3-0 on the season with a scoring differential of 156-13. Notably, Finch has been nursing a sore knee and was able to get some rest in this game, only carrying the ball 11 times. He made his most of those opportunities, running for 2 touchdowns and finishing with 127 all-purpose yards in limited action. Stanford has already snagged one top running back in this class in Stepfan Taylor but with Gaffney, Burkhead, and Finch all remaining on the board Stanford is in good shape to round out the class with two top backs.

*  Paris (Tenn.) Henry County is another team off to a dominant start to the season and their early run continued with a 48-7 win over Martin (Tenn.) Westview that makes Henry County 4-0. Athlete Marsalis Teague put on a show with 160 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns on just 5 carries. He also threw a 20-yard touchdown on his only pass of the game.

*  Another top Tennessee athlete, Wesley Tate of Hendersonville (Tenn.) Pope John Paul II helped his team get to .500 with a 20-14 win over Madison (Tenn.) Goodpasture Christian. Tate rushed for 198 yards and 2 touchdowns on a workmanlike 31 carries. Through four games, Tate has amassed 704 yards rushing and 8 touchdowns.

*  Dallas (Tex.) St. Mark's lost for the second week in a row, this time in a 40-30 shootout against Addison (Tex.) Trinity Christian. St. Mark's wide receiver Terdema Ussery caught 2 touchdown passes, one on a 7-yard pass at the beginning of the second quarter that he caught in the corner of the end zone and one on a 33-yard catch-and-run in which he broke numerous tackles on his way to the end zone with just 19 seconds remaining in the first half. On the game, he had 6 catches for 79 yards. Through three games, Ussery has 19 catches for 199 yards and 3 touchdowns. With Stanford in the area for the game against TCU, Ussery's game was another game that Jim Harbaugh keyed in on

*  Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou lost for the first time this season and is now 3-1 after a 40-19 loss to the other top team in Hawaii, Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis. 5-star linebacker Manti Te'o was all over the field and racked up 19 tackles, but the Punahou defense had very little pass rush in the game and got shredded for 360 yards passing while only getting one sack. Te'o lined up at quarterback once and rushed for 4 yards on the play. Running back Dalton Hilliard was bottled up to 10 yards on 11 carries but found a bit more success in the passing game with 5 catches for 62 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown.

*  Cincinnati (Ohio) St. Xavier won for the third week in a row to improve to 3-1. The 17-10 win was over Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep, the Bombers' fourth opponent from four different states to start the season. The Bomber defense has given up 13 points or less in each of those four games. In the most recent game, 7 of the points came thanks to an interception return for a touchdown and did not reflect on the defense. Luke Kuechly and the St. Xavier defense did not allow a point in the first half. Kuechly ended the game with 10.5 tackles. Of the effort, he said: "We just try to play hard and play with attitude on every play. This one today, it lets us know we can play with anyone." On offense, 2010 offensive line prospect Matt James returned from injury. Junior quarterback Luke Massa completed 15 of 28 passes for 195 yards and had one touchdown and one interception. The win snapped a 24-game winning streak for Don Bosco Prep, which has won two straight state championships in New Jersey. Kuechly and St. Xavier next play Louisville (Ky.) Trinity to complete their five-week, five-state gauntlet that may comprise the toughest high school schedule in the nation.

*  Through two games, linebacker Mike Marry and the Largo (Fla.) defense have yet to give up a point. The latest Largo shutout came in a 37-0 win over Palm Harbor (Fla.) University. The performance was made more impressive by the fact that Palm Harbor University is one of only four teams in Pinellas County to return its starting quarterback from last year. Marry and the Largo defense gave up 292 yards of offense but only 6 first downs on the entire game in shutting out their second opponent in a row.

*  After playing some preseason jamboree action and then having to wait to start their season due to Hurricane Gustav, Louisiana powerhouse Bastrop (La.) kicked off their season for real with a 42-0 blowout of Pine Bluff (Ark.) Dollarway. 5-star wide receiver Rueben Randle plays quarterback for the Rams and shepherded the offense. He passed 14 times and completed 8 of those attempts for 74 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown pass. He also ran in a 4-yard touchdown. On one two-point conversion he lined up at receiver and caught a pass for the conversion. On the negative side of the ledger, Randle left the game when he aggravated a hamstring injury. The other story of the game for Bastrop was sophomore running back Jevante Watson, making his varsity debut, compiling over 200 yards of offense by rushing for 133 yards and 3 touchdowns and receiving for 71 yards. He made a particular impression by breaking free for an 80-yard touchdown on the first carry of his varsity career.

*  The other premier team in Louisiana, Shreveport (La.) Evangel Christian was overpowered 52-22 by Longview (Tex.) in an inter-state contest scheduled to rescheduling caused by hurricane season. Evangel Christian was thoroughly dominated, allowing 11 quarterback sacks and scoring all three of its touchdowns after Longview's starters came out. On defense, defensive back Trey Wilson was forced to mostly watch and provide run support as Longview dominated the line of scrimmage and rushed for 327 yards and passed sparingly.

*  Offensive lineman Michael Philipp and San Bernardino (Calif.) Arroyo Valley got steamrolled 42-10 against Hemet (Calif.) West Valley to fall to 1-1. West Valley had a huge second half in which they scored 35 points after a close first half. The first half was marred by 13 penalties, including three 15-yarders assessed against West Valley. Philipp's Arroyo Valley team did not score their lone touchdown until the fourth quarter though they did block for 132 first half rushing yards from DeMarcus White before he went out with injury.

*  Offensive lineman Grant Enger and Seattle (Wash.) O'Dea improved to 2-0 with a 41-14 win over Coquitlam (British Columbia) Centennial that was much more comfortable than the single point victory the previous week but still scared O'Dea a little after they were down two touchdowns after the first quarter. After the ineffective first quarter, Enger and his line mates paved the way for 41 unanswered points on the strength of a dominant running game. O'Dea ended up rushing for 328 yards at a 7.5 yard-per-carry clip.

*  For the second straight week, 5-star two-way player Jelani Jenkins and Wheaton (Md.) Our Lady of Good Counsel put up 42 puts in a dominant win, but this time they tightened up the defense and shut out Washington (D.C.) Friendship Collegiate Academy 42-0. Jenkins is joined on the defense by senior cornerback Michael Wallace and junior cornerback Louis Young.

*  Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep kicked off its season against top competition right away with an opening week tussle against Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph Regional, another top Garden State program, and came up on the short end of a 14-0 game at Giants Stadium. Despite having Khalil Wilkes and a highly-touted offensive line, St. Peter's Prep could not get on the board in the game and was shut out. The offensive line gave up 3 sacks and the quarterback was intercepted 4 times. St. Joseph Regional scored one touchdown on a running play and one on an interception return. The competition does not get much easier for Wilkes and St. Peter's Prep next week as they take on Jelani Jenkins and Our Lady of Good Counsel in an inter-state showdown.

*  Linebacker Frankie Telfort and Coral Gables (Fla.) Gulliver Prep improved to 2-0 with a 45-14 rout of Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Archbishop McCarthy. Telfort and the defense gave up 87 yards rushing and 129 yards passing and did not give up scores in the first or fourth quarters. Telfort makes his reputation on defense but did contribute 4 catches for 25 yards on offense in this game. Darian Mallory led the scoring with a touchdown run, a touchdown reception, and a 75-yard punt return for a touchdown.

*  Hartford (Wis.) beat Slinger (Wis.) 12-0. Tyler Dippel and the Hartford defense pitched their second shutout in three games and have only given up one score this season.

*  Scottsdale (Ariz.) Notre Dame Prep, home of defensive end Garrett Riggio and athlete Patrick Foley, improved to 2-0 with a 27-0 shutout win over Prescott Valley (Ariz.) Bradshaw Mountain. Foley caught a short pass in the middle of the field and scooted off for a 42-yard touchdown reception and also added a 10-yard catch. As a running back, he carried the ball 9 times for 57 yards, including a 4-yard touchdown. He also added two tackles and a fumble recovery. Riggio had 8 tackles and half a sack from his spot on the defensive line.

*  Prosser (Wash.) had their way with Quincy (Wash.), winning 76-0. Wide receiver Kirby Moore had 5 catches for 97 yards and 2 touchdowns and played less than usual given the lopsided nature of the game. The game gives Moore 66 career touchdowns.

*  After an undefeated state championship campaign last year, Oklahoma City (Okla.) Bishop McGuinness has gotten off to a disappointing 0-2 start. The latest loss came in a 15-10 tussle against Tulsa (Okla.) Bishop Kelley. The loss the week before was the first in two years for the Fighting Irish and they have now lost twice in as many weeks. After the game, defensive lineman Gabe Ikard escaped for the weekend by taking an official visit to visit the Fighting Irish that play in South Bend, Indiana.

*  Defensive end Davon Custis of Columbus (Ohio) St. Francis de Sales and linebacker Glenn Carson of Manahawkin (N.J.) Southern Regional were among the other visitors for Notre Dame this past weekend. In their action this weekend, St. Francis de Sales improved to 4-0 with a 38-17 win over Cincinnati (Ohio) Anderson while Southern Regional began their season with a 27-2 win over Tuckerton (N.J.) Pinelands Regional. In the latter game, Carson had 11 carries for 51 yards and a touchdown and also caught a pass for 17 yards.

*  Spanish Fork (Utah) evened their record at 2-2 with a 28-14 triumph over Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton. Tight end Richard Wilson hauled in 3 receptions.

*  Midwest City (Okla.) Carl Albert bounced back from their opening week loss against Oklahoma power Tulsa (Okla.) Washington by beating Choctaw (Okla.) 42-20 in the second week. The previous week against Washington safety Daytawion Lowe had 14 tackles, including 10 first half tackles, in the loss.

*  Camden (N.J.) was no match for Cherry Hill (N.J.) Camden Catholic and fell 19-2 in the opening week, with the only Panthers score coming on a safety. Camden is the team of wide receiver Tyree Watkins, who committed to Virginia in June but announced last week that he was opening up his recruitment and would still consider Stanford and other schools. 

2010 recruits in action:

*  Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian cruised in typical fashion, taking out Pasadena (Calif.) Muir 43-14. Oaks Christian did not dominate from the start as they usually do and were held to 3 first-quarter points. Once they got it going, however, they rolled to another big victory. Junior Malcolm Jones was particularly impressive, returning a fumble 12 yards for a touchdown, returning an interception 41 yards for a touchdown, and adding an 8-yard touchdown run. It was also the second straight game in which Jones ran for over 100 yards. Junior quarterback Nick Montana struggled in the first half after excelling in his first start last week and ended the half 5-of-15 for 48 yards. But he connected with Brian Owusu, younger brother of Stanford wide receiver Chris Owusu, for a 40-yard touchdown in the third quarter and also added a second touchdown pass. Jones' touchdowns all came in the first half while the pair through the air from Montana came in the second half. On the game Montana completed 13 of 26 passes for 173 yards and the 2 touchdowns.

*  Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd opened their 2008 campaign with a 48-0 win over Alameda (Calif.). Standout junior defensive end Chris Martin led the Dragons' charge in the shutout. On defense, Martin had 12 tackles and spearheaded a defense that gave up no points and only 58 total yards. On offense, he caught a 14-yard touchdown. The win snapped a three-year Bishop O'Dowd streak of losing to Alameda.

*  Gardena (Calif.) Serra made a statement that they belong in the discussion for top teams in Southern California with a 21-19 win over Carson (Calif.) that brings Serra to 2-0 on the year. Junior athlete Robert Woods had 3 catches for 30 yards on offense and 8 tackles on defense. Carson, which took the highly-touted Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei team to triple overtime, managed less than 100 yards rushing in this game.

*  Escondido (Calif.) turned in another dominant shutout performance and has now outscored opponents 119-0 after a 49-0 second week win over Escondido (Calif.) Orange Glen. Junior running back Ricky Seale once again led the way with 180 yards and 3 touchdowns on 17 carries. His touchdowns came from 11 yards, 1 yard, and 37 yards. Through two games, he has 362 yards and 5 touchdowns on 26 carries for a nearly 14 yard-per-carry average. He was one of the top sophomores in the nation last year with over 1200 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns, but he has apparently reached another level so far as a junior.

*  Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline improved to 2-0 with a 56-6 win over Seattle (Wash.) Ballard. After a first game in which he struggled to a 6-of-18 day for 96 yards and a single touchdown, touted junior quarterback Jake Heaps was able to air it out a bit more effectively in the second game. He connected with Washington State wide receiver commit Gino Simone for touchdowns of 49 yards and 19 yards and also added another 7-yard touchdown pass. On the ground, he punched in touchdown runs of 5 yards and 1 yard.

*  After an 8-hour bus ride to Cortez (Colo.) Montezuma-Cortez, the Steamboat Springs (Colo.) Sailors made the trip worth their while with a 60-20 win. Like Heaps, Steamboat Springs junior quarterback Austin Hinder struggled through the air last week but got on track a little bit this past weekend. He finished 14-for-22 for 226 yards and a 32-yard touchdown pass. He also continued to be a weapon on the ground for the Sailors, scoring two touchdowns rushing in the second half. The real star for Steamboat Springs in the game, however, was junior running back Joe Dover, who followed up last week's 156 yard rushing performance with an even bigger day. Dover had 2 kickoff returns for touchdowns, a 79-yard punt return for a touchdown, and a 15-yard rushing touchdown. Steamboat Springs is now 3-0 on the year.

*  State College (Pa.) continued their excellent start to the season with a 27-13 win over Harrisburg (Pa.) Central Dauphin that made the Little Lions 3-0. Junior athlete Alex Kenney starred all over the field, catching a 29-yard touchdown pass, creating two turnovers by intercepting a pass and recovering a fumble on defense, carrying the ball 6 times for 35 yards including a 31-yard run, and returning a kickoff 47 yards.

*  Ariton (Ala.) came back from a 27-14 to take the lead 28-14 over McKenzie (Ala.) but then relinquished the lead again and lost 40-28. Ariton's comeback was sparked by a 70-yard touchdown reception by junior big athlete Craig Sanders.

*  Another junior big athlete on Stanford's radar, Zionsville (Ind.) middle linebacker Blake Lueders, also lost this past weekend. In dropping a 20-16 game to Fishers (Ind.) Hamilton Southeastern Zionsville fell to 2-2 on the year. Hamilton Southeastern kicked two field goals, one from 41 yards, and returned an interception for a touchdown, so Lueders and the Zionsville defense only gave up one touchdown and 189 yards on the game.

*  In other Indiana action, junior offensive lineman James Hurst and Plainfield (Ind.) bounced back from two straight losses and improved to 2-2 with a 17-7 win over Indianapolis (Ind.) Roncali. As always, the Plainfield offense relied on running back Zach Fakes running behind Hurst and the line. Fakes scored both of the Plainfield touchdowns in the most recent game and finished with 150 yards. He already has 10 touchdowns on the season.

*  Traverse City (Mich.) St. Francis bounced back from last week's loss with a 33-6 win over East Jordan (Mich.). Junior linebacker Max Bullough and St. Francis limited East Jordan to 117 yards and no points. The East Jordan touchdown came on a kickoff return. That now makes 4 straight quarters in which the St. Francis defense has not given up a point.

*  Dallas (Tex.) Skyline faced a tougher test in the second week of the season than in the first but got by with a 35-29 win over Arlington (Tex.) Bowie. Skyline, led by junior defensive end Corey Nelson, is known for its defense and giving up 29 points is uncharacteristic for the Raiders. Bowie racked up those points with 3 field goals, 2 rushing touchdowns, and a receiving touchdown. Bowie had 235 yards of offense on the game. Skyline ended up surviving the relative onslaught by blocking a punt late and then scoring a game winning touchdown on the short field that resulted.

*  After losing their first two games of the season, junior linebacker Jordan Hicks' West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West team won for the second straight week to even their record. The 21-6 win came over Mason (Ohio).

*  Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes, arguably the top high school team in the nation and the home of a star-studded defense that includes junior defensive end Corey Miller, junior safety Justin Bright, and many other major college prospects, stayed a perfect 3-0 with a 63-0 drubbing of Greer (S.C.). Byrnes led 29-0 after the first quarter and 42-0 at halftime. They face Florida power Tallahassee (Fla.) next weekend in one of the more anticipated matchups of the young season.

*  Junior offensive lineman Christian Lombard was one of the many prospects who visited Notre Dame for the Notre Dame-Michigan game. Before that, however, his Palatine (Ill.) Fremd team had business to take care of, which they did in dispatching Wheeling (Ill) 37-17. Notably, Lombard blocked for not one but two 100-yard rushers in the game and Fremd ended up with 289 yards rushing. His offensive line also did not allow a sack on the game and the offense ended up rolling.

*  De Soto (Tex.) fell to 1-2 with a 10-7 loss against Richardson (Tex.) Berkner. De Soto's defense is led by junior defensive back Adrian White. Berkner's scores came on a goal line touchdown run and a 41-yard field goal. Berkner was almost strictly a rushing offense and gained all but 10 yards on the ground with 208 yards rushing.

*  Junior offensive tackle James Stone's Nashville (Tenn.) Maplewood team lost for the first time this season with a 14-6 loss against Nashville (Tenn.) Hunters Lane. Stone and the Maplewood offense were frustrated throughout the game and only managed 34 yards on 36 offensive plays. They only had 1-yard of offense in the second half and 2 first downs in the entire game. The Hunters Lane defense actually outscored the Maplewood offense 7-0 in the game. Stone and Maplewood will look to get the bad taste of this game out of their mouths Thursday against league rival Hillsboro.


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