Chad Simmons, National Recruiting Analyst
Rossville (Ga.) Lakeview-Ft. Oglethorp vs Cartersville (Ga.) Cartersville
Both schools have good football teams, but Cartersville is the one with major football prospects. Leading the way for the Hurricanes is 2014 quarterback Brooks Barden, the son of head coach Frank Barden. The left-handed signal caller accounted for three touchdowns through the air and on the ground in this contest. He has a very smooth delivery, he spins the ball well, and he is very headsy when making decisions. Look for Barden to pick up offers in the coming months.
Barden has some talented athletes to work with over the next season and a half too. 2015 running back Kalin Heath is one to watch. He is around 6-feet tall, 180 pounds, and he is fluid. He could be recruited to play running back or other positions.
John Garcia Jr., Southeast Recruiting Analyst
(Ga.) Walton vs Marietta (Ga.) Lassiter
Despite a whirlwind recruitment that remains unsettled after UCLA withdrew its scholarship offer, former Bruin commit Eddie Printz was as poised as ever for Lassiter. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound quarterback didn't light up the scoreboard with deep passes, but he was patient and efficient throughout the night. He was accurate on his intermediate throws, especially when he needed to show some touch in order to allow one of his receivers to track the ball. Printz also showed off his mobility on the night, making the right read more times than not within the Trojans' zone-read scheme. He powered through the goal line on the game-sealing score after leading the team on a long drive to put Walton away.
Alabama commit Tyren Jones did all he could to keep Walton in the game with his ground work. With fellow Tide pledge and starting quarterback Parker McLeod out with a foot injury all eyes were on him before every snap. Still, the shifty running back managed 180 hard-fought yards. Jones showed power, grit, speed and an excellent burst in the hole with the occasional bounce outside. The four-star also showed some resiliency in the loss. After squandering a scoring chance by fumbling just short of the goal line, Jones continued to carry the load and lead his team both by example as well as vocally.
Steve Robertson, Mississippi Recruiting Analyst
Jackson Prep vs. Jackson Academy
FoxSportNext 300 member and Ole Miss commitment Ryan Buchanan led Jackson Prep to an overtime win over rival Jackson Academy and Mississippi State commitment Jamaal Clayborn.
Buchnanan had some issues with accuracy, but made just enough plays to win including a pair of touchdown passes. Buchanan stands tall in the pocket and he does a nice job of carrying at his fakes. Some nice ball handling by Buchanan on a pair of backside screens forced the defense to roll with him and away from the intended receiver leading to big gains.
Jamaal Clayborn will play guard on the college level, but he spent most of this on Friday night at left tackle. The Raiders found most of their success on the ground running behind the talented Clayborn. On short yardage situations, JA inserted Clayborn into the defensive line up where he forced the action outside more times than not.
Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby vs Live Oak (Fla.) Suwanee
Kristen Ledlow, Southeast Field Reporter
Godby rolled on Friday night with senior running back Khalid Thomas leading the way. The Kentucky commit notched seven carries for 73 yards and two touchdowns in the 54-0 district win, and says his commitment to the Wildcats is solid. Thomas is surrounding by a young but strong core, including juniors on the defense in safety Deion Singleton, Kris Harris and defensive end Jacob Pugh. Pugh completed a fumble recovery for a touchdown in the win. Most impressively, sophomore receiver/cornerback Jaylin Hayward recorded four carries for 46 rushing yards and a reception for another 32 yards and a touchdown. Heyward is seeing major collegiate interest in the southeast, especially from his hometown Florida State after a stellar camp performance this summer.
Amy Campbell, Florida Field Reporter
Jacksonville (Fla.) Mandarin vs Jacksonville (Fla.) Sandalwood
Sandalwood struck quickly in the first quarter and while Mandarin put up a fight, the Mustangs just didn't couldn't overpower the Sandalwood defense. The Saints took the 28-14 victory on Friday night. Leading the Sandalwood defense was Alabama defensive end commit Demarcus Walker, who started slow but came alive in the second half with two sacks. Junior linebacker Kain Daub played with a constant motor and proved to be a play-maker on defense. Daub is committed to LSU, but says Walker May have him thinking about the Tide. Junior linebacker Blake McClain was yet another big play-maker for the Sandalwood defense. McClain doesn't have much recruiting interest yet, but that should change drastically over the coming months. Saints quarterback Parker Boehme proved to be a threat with his arm and with his feet. The Duke commitment was 100-yards passing and 100-yards rushing on the night and showed good poise and seemed pretty comfortable in the pocket. Boehme remains solid to the Blue Devils.
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Brandon Huffman, National Recruiting Analyst
Concord (Calif.) De La Salle vs. Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill
Michael Hutchings (Concord, Calif./De La Salle), was steady throughout the evening, scoring a touchdown on a 10-yard run playing running back, though he did drop another potential scoring threat. Defensively, the four-star linebacker who’s headed to USC, was solid all game, nothing spectacular, but still had near double-digit tackles, and forced a fumble on a big hit. Hutchings looks like he’s lost some weight since the spring, and looked skinnier than before. He’s talked about potentially playing safety at USC, so that could be why some weight is down. He looked more agile than we saw during the spring and summer too.
Kevin Carden, West Recruiting Analyst
Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame vs Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany
All of the big-time prospects showed up in Alemany’s 49-42 win over Notre Dame. The most impressive performance of the night came from Notre Dame tailback Khalfani Muhammad, who scored four touchdowns in the loss. Muhammad is known as one of the fastest players in the nation and displayed on Friday night that he also has the ability to run tough inside and pick up tough yards when needed. Muhammad finished the night with 212 yards and four touchdowns on 21 carries in his most impressive game of the season.
The Knights also got solid performances from quarterback Kelly Hilinski and 2014 DB Koa Farmer. Hilinski, a 6-6 signal-caller, threw the ball well and also added a pair of running touchdowns.
Alemany got big contributions from several players including USC commit Steven Mitchell, Colorado commit Devin Ross, quarterback Devon Dunn and tailback Deshone Randall. Mitchell ended the night with seven receptions for 78 yards and added a touchdown run. Dunn, Alemany’s senior quarterback had a huge night through the air and on ground, while tailback Deshone Randall did his part with 128 yards rushing on 13 carries.
Peoria (Ariz.) Centennial v. Glendale (Ariz.) Deer Valley
Two talented backs run behind this massive offensive line and it is paying dividends as both are averaging neary 10 yards per carry. UCLA commit Jalen Ortiz looked great on Thursday night. The first two times he touched the ball, he scored, although one was called bac for a holding. rtiz also showed why he could end up playing in the slot, making a great catch in stride along the sideline for a score. Keep an eye out for sophomore back Dedrick Young. He has the makings of a FoxSportsNext Top 300 player in the 2015 class.
Jason Jewell, Arizona Recruiting Analyst
Mesa (Ariz.) Desert Ridge vs Chandler (Ariz.) Basha
Basha wide receiver Nate Phillips, a commit to the University of Arizona, came into the game as one of the state's leading receivers. He was held relatively in check on the night, catching one late touchdown pass, but you can see the ability is there. Phillips stands just 5-foot-9 but he is extremely quick. He gets in and out of his routes and has nice hands. He likely will play slot in Tucson.
Jake Worthen, Northwest Recruiting Analyst
Snohomish (Wash.) Glacier Peak vs. Bothell (Wash.)
Bothell (Wash.) 2015 quarterback Ross Bowers is going to be big time. Every time I see Bowers, I leave impressed and he shows improvement. Bowers has the arm to make any throw on the field, I was especially impressed with his touch and accuracy throwing the deep ball. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound quarterback finished 12 for 15 for 206-yards and three touchdowns. Bowers will be a Pac-12 level quarterback and I would not be shocked to see offers start trickling in as soon as this season.
Annabel Stephan, West Field Reporter
San Clemente (Calif.) vs. Lake Forest (Calif.) El Toro
This match-up came down to the last quarter, but Lake Forest (Calif.) El Toro quarterback Conner Manning (6-2/195) was able to bring back from behind to best San Clemente (Calif.) 49-37. Manning, a Utah commit, showed off his big arm, but impressed even more with his poise on the field, taking his time to read the defense and make the appropriate calls to get the ball into the end zone. He finished the game with 349 yards and three touchdowns. Manning said after the game that though he wouldn't be taking his official visit to Salt Lake City until after the season, but that his commitment to the Utes was solid. El Toro is now 7-0.
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Ahmard Vital, Midlands Recruiting Analyst
College Station (Texas) A&M Consolidated vs Conroe (Texas) The Woodlands
It was all about defense in this one and A&M Consolidated came out on top with a 21-14 win over The Woodlands. It was a great showing on the night from A&M Consolidated, three-star defensive end/outside linebacker Jimmie Gilbert, who is coming off a great night and was followed up by an official visit to Purdue this past weekend. Playing in more of a hybrid linebacker role, Gilbert played well coming off the edge or playing in space. On occasion he would drop back into coverage and was able to hold his own. He ended his night with seven tackles, two quarterback hurries and three sacks. Colorado and Iowa State is a couple of the other major players in his recruitment.
Katy (Texas) Cinco Ranch vs Katy (Texas) Morton Ranch
It was an emotional game here that went into overtime. And, it marked history as Morton Ranch won its first contest over Cinco Ranch in school history 38-35. Early on, it was Morton Ranch running back E.J. Achelus who set the tone for the game. He’s a patient, shifty runner who can get north and south in a hurry. Achelus is a 2014 back who ended the night with 171 yards and a score. He is already been contacted by SEC powers LSU and Alabama.
On the other side, Notre Dame commit from Cinco Ranch Jamel James, was not as productive. He did find the end zone a couple of times, but ended the night with only 54 yards. He never seemed to get into a rhythm at any time throughout the night and was hit in the backfield often.
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Allen Trieu, National Recruiting Analyst
Waukesha West (Wisc.) vs Hartland Arrowhead (Wisc.)
Arrowhead junior offensive lineman George Panos, a Wisconsin commitment, was very impressive. He's a big kid at 6'5, 280-lbs, but has good footwork, is nimble, and able to get into the second level. He is a good drive blocker, shows good strength, and does a nice job of finishing his blocks. His pass set looked good, and he has a good punch. Overall, he is ahead of where most junior linemen are and validated his early NEXT 300 status. West senior tight end Dylan Chmura, a Michigan State commit, caught one pass and was injured on the tackle. He's a nice sized kid who was split out a lot, so we didn't get to see much of him as a blocker. Couple in the injury and he gets an incomplete grade for the day. Arrowhead junior Billy Hirschfeld had a really nice showing. He's tall at 6'6, but showed he could play inside and knifed into the backfield for a couple of big stops. He's a solid athlete who has the frame to fill out.
Bill Greene, Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Canton (Ohio) McKinley vs Canton (Ohio) Glen Oak
Glen Oak won a thrilling 24-21 game, led by their two seniors, quarterback Reid Worstell and offensive tackle Steve Mathie. For Worstell, who holds an offer from Akron, it is a continuation of the success he had had this season. He was effective both throwing and running the football, and was especially productive moving the chains on third down. For Canton McKinley, senior defensive end Antoine Miles played his best game this season, and was dominant on his side of the line. Miles is down to Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and West Virginia, and a decision could be coming soon.
Dave Berk, Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Fort Wayne (IN) Bishop Luers vs Columbus (Ohio) Bishop Hartley
The focus of this game brought Jaylon Smith (Bishop Luers) and Jacob Matuska (Bishop Hartley) to the same field to battle each other. Both players are members of the FOXSportsNEXT.com Top 300 and future Notre Dame teammates and both impressed those in attendance. Matuska, who stands 6-foot-5, 265-pounds played both ways as a tight end and outside linebacker. He showed the ability to play in space going out and covering slot receivers while also being able to come to the line and crash against linemen. His future at Notre Dame looks to be on the defensive line and he could play inside or outside in the Irish 3-4 defensive scheme.
Beth Long, Midwest Field Reporter
Glenbard North (Ill.) High vs Wheaton Warrenville South (Ill.)
In a matchup that Wheaton Warrenville South has dominated for the past decade, Glenbard North made their presence known Friday. North defeated Wheaton Warrenville South 27-21 in overtime. Glenbard North established the run game with talented 2014 running back Justin Jackson, who scored the go ahead touchdown in overtime. Jackson boasts offers from Boston College, Illinois, Northwestern, and Purdue -- and it was clear why Friday. He did a great job of finding the holes, and leading his team to victory.
Simone Scott, Midwest Recruiting Reporter
Hilliard Davidson (Ohio) vs Upper Arlington (Ohio)
Hilliard Davidson dominated this game from the beginning with senior E.J. Jennings leading the way. The running back ran for five touchdowns and proved to be an unstoppable force. Last season he broke his fibula and tore a ligament in his ankle, but after Friday’s performance there is no doubt he is healed up.
If there was a bright spot in Upper Arlington’s 14-42 loss to Hilliard Davidson, it was junior Chris Frey. The athlete played on both sides of the ball and was responsible for all of his team’s points after 47 and 62 yard touchdown runs.
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Brian Dohn, East Recruiting Analyst
Monmouth Junction (N.J.) South Brunswick vs Piscataway (N.J.)
The game featured a pair of marquee Rutgers commits, and the higher profile Nadir Barnwell, a four-star cornerback, and Piscataway came away with a 47-14 win. Barnwell was playing in his second game of the season after missing the first two with a shoulder injury. He plays quarterback and safety for the Chiefs, but it is easy to see why schools liked him at cornerback. He is quick and accelerates well, and on several scrambles at quarterback he showed fast feet, an ability to stop and change direction and very good body control.
At safety, he made a few tackles but didn't stick his nose in for a big hit (remember, he is coming off a shoulder injury). However, he has a very good feel for the game.
Michael Clark, East Recruiting Analyst
Wake Forest (N.C.) Wake Forest-Rolesville vs. Raleigh (N.C.) Wakefield
Wakefield moved to 7-1 with a 33-19 win in Friday’s Cap 8 showdown against Wake Forest-Rolesville. Senior quarterback Connor Mitch led the charge for the Wolverines throwing for 320 yards and three touchdowns. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound South Carolina was razor sharp all night long. Mitch showed great poise and did a nice job taking what the defense gave him. He showed the ability to make all the throws and seemed to be a step ahead of the defense all night long. Mitch is a gamer and South Carolina fans should feel very good about their future signal-caller.
Wakefield’s Jordan Fielleteau had a huge game. The North Carolina commit finished the evening with 195 yards receiving and a touchdown. Every time I watch him play, I am more impressed with him. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound receiver is not flashy, but he just makes play after play. He does a nice job getting open and has soft hands. While he is not the fastest receiver, he runs good routes and is extremely physical. The three-star prospect wasn’t as heavily recruited as some of the other receivers in the Tar Heel state, but has the potential to be a very good possession receiver for North Carolina.
Kristen Kenney, East Field Reporter
Olney (Md.) vs Good Counsel vs Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha
Good Counsel's stingy defense, led by a handful of D1 prospects, held on to a 13-10 win over rival DeMatha. In the final minutes of the Friday night showdown, cornerback Kirk Garner made a game-changing tackle, forcing a turnover that helped seal a Falcon's victory. Infact, DeMatha entered the red-zone three times that night and left with just one field goal. That speaks to the stinginess of the Good Counsel defense. Not to mention the Falcons were without the services of star linebacker Dorian O'Daniel (Clemson) and Darien Carr. Both suffered minor injuries in the first half, turning the duties over to linebacker Reggie McGee (Houston), safety C.J. Jones (UVA lean) and Marcel Ngachie. Jones recorded several interceptions, while Good Counsel's elite cornerback Kendall Fuller (Virginia Tech) showed up big, returning a punt 72-yards for a touchdown in the first quarter.
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