ThelegendofShawnMcCarthy's 3 month old has figured out how to roll over onto her belly. Unfortunately, she has not figured out how to roll back over. Then again, maybe she has. Her current strategy is to scream until someone rolls her back over. This has been going on for three straight nights, and the Thelegend is barely coherent at this point. So anyway, blame the baby for my tardiness and any typos in the article. Anyway, In celebration of Coach Hazell's first Big? win, let's take a look at the young men that will help lead the Boilermakers to numerous wins in the future.
Markus Bailey (LB): The multi-talented Mr. Bailey helped lead his Hilliard Davidson team to a resounding 38-0 shutout of Westland. Bailey put up impressive numbers on both sides of the ball. On offense, Bailey gained 97 yards on 15 carries and found the endzone twice. Hilliard Davidson must have liked what they saw on the ground, because they only attempted one pass the entire game. On defense, Bailey recorded 5 tackles and and an interception.
Tyshawn Brown (WR): Tyshawn's Mays team was knocked off by Creekside 7 - 13 in a battle of elite Georgia high schools. Brown had 5 catches for 35 yards and kickoff return for 22 yards. It wasn't a great game for Brown, but it was tough sledding for everyone on the Mays team against a stout Creekside defense.
Andy Chelf (DB): Chelf continued his stellar senior season with Southlake Carroll Dragons with another big game against a solid opponent. Chelf recorded 7 solo (2 TFL's) and 4 assisted tackles, giving him a total of 11 tackles from his safety position. Chelf is a solid tackler from the safety position and receives some of the best high school coaching in the nation. Purdue is getting an athletic, hard hitting, well coached player from one of the best high schools in the nation.
Wyatt Cook(LB): The McDonogh Eagles defense, led by Cook at middle linebacker, blanked the 4th ranked Mount Saint Joseph team 24 - 0. I have a hard time finding defensive stats for McDonogh (if anyone has them, please add them in the comment section) but the following article does have a few quotes from Cook about the Mount Saint Joseph game. Cook is another underrated player from a top high school.
Sawyer Dawson(LB): Dawson and his Plant City team defeated a solid East Bay 21-6 in a game that saw Plant City's defense dominate. Dawson accumulated 9 total tackles, including a tackle for loss and a ½ sack. He was also credited with 2 quarterback hurries. Dawson is starting to get after the quarterback a little more as the season progresses and looks like and excellent pick up from the talent rich state of Florida.
Robert Ennis(RB): Ennis's Millville team had the week off. There is still nothing to report in terms of Ennis's status on his high school team or his status as a Purdue recruit. In an interesting turn of events, the girl Ennis punched in the nose has also charged with simple assault. According to the link below, Ennis and the girl in question were friends, and no one has any idea why this altercation occurred.
Tario Fuller (RB): Lanier football had a bye this week, and will need the time off to prepare for a high powered Gainesville team next week.
Markell Jones (RB): I don't know if any of you watch professional wrestling, but Columbus East and Markell Jones have been involved in numerous "squash matches" recently. A squash match in wrestling occurs when a wrestling company wants to get a performer "over" so they schedule him against some low level "jobber". The talent comes in, destroys the jobber and 5 minutes, flexes his muscles a few times, and leaves without breaking a sweat. Jones put up a mind boggling 311 yards and 8 (yes, that is correct) touchdowns against Madison in Columbus East's 62 - 7 squash match against a woefully overmatched Madison team. In wrestling terms, Columbus East is Andre the Giant and everyone else in their conference is the Brooklyn Brawler.
Shelton Lewis (DB): Purdue's newest verbal recruit's (write up coming, I promise) East River team defeated Ocoee 20 - 14 on an 80 yard touchdown pass in the last minute of the game. I'm still searching for Lewis's stats, as East River doesn't report to Max Preps and The Orlando Sentinel doesn't have box scores. I do have an article talking about Lewis committing to Purdue.
Ben Makowski (Snapper/Greek God): I get most of my stats from MaxPreps. They are usually pretty reliable with score reporting. I looked up the score for the Penn v South Bend St. Joseph game, and was met with a 169 - 0 Penn victory. At first, I didn't think this could possible be correct. The box score has Penn putting up 109 points in the first quarter. Then it hit me, Penn must have unleashed the power of Ben Makowski on an unsuspecting South Bend St. Joseph team. I don't have the stats for the game, but I'm just going to go ahead and assume that the only way Penn could possibly put up 109 points in the first quarter is if Ben Makowski put them all up on his own. Ben's abilities are now reaching mythical status and it is rumored that he will soon be leaving Penn to take his rightful place on Mt. Olympus.
(Check the box score if you don't believe me)
Matt McCann(OT): In a disappointing, but rather telling statement about Indiana High School football, Bishop Chatard, the 12th (before the game) ranked team in Indiana High School football lost to Winton Woods, the 88 ranked (after the game) team in Ohio 18 - 20. I don't have the stats for the game, but it would seem like a team with two Division 1 (or whatever it's called now) offensive tackles should be able to put up more than 18 points.
Joe "The Show" Schopper(P): In a matchup of two of the best football programs in Indiana, Joe's Indianapolis Cathedral team defeated Ft. Wayne Bishop Dwenger 24 - 9. I can't locate Joe's stats (put them in the comment section if you have them) but I'm going to assume he was awesome. Here is a write up on Joe from a kicking website. It basically says that he is a 5* punter and could be the best high school punter in the nation.
Elijah Sindelar(QB): Sindelar's Caldwell County team breezed to yet another lopsided victory. They defeated Green County 48 - 12. Sindelar continued to be efficient with his passing going 10 -18 for 245 yards and 3 touchdowns. Much like Columbus East, Caldwell County is simply better than everyone they play. This is the first game Caldwell hasn't broken the 50 point barrier this season.
Peyton Truitt (OT): After a slow start Truitt's West Lafayette team pulled it together and steam rolled Twin Lakes 44 - 15. Twin Lakes scored all of their points in the first quarter. Truitt helped pave the way for a West Lafayette's running game that put up 240 yards on 41 carries. It was a good football weekend in West Lafayette with a win on Friday night and a win Saturday morning.
Ike Warren (DB): Ike Warren contributed 4 tackles to John Tyler's 76 - 13 destruction of Lindale. It wasn't a super busy day for Warren at the DB position. On a more depressing note, Warren was once again in Austin the weekend, and looks more and more like a Texas lock every week. I'm just hoping Warren is a little offended that Texas is slow playing him, and would rather have other DB's on their board. Seems a little disrespectful to do that to someone as talented as Warren if you ask me.
Richard Worship (RB): Richard Worship returned from his back injury in a big way last Friday, leading his Valley Forge team to a 40 -35 victory over Parma. Worship showed no ill effects from his back injury, carrying the ball 39 times for 256 yards and 5 touchdowns. Worship is the Valley Forge offense, and every defense is keyed on stopping him. Planning to stop Worship and actually stopping the 245 pound freight train are apparently two separate things all together. The below link is an interview Worship gave 2 days ago. It has some good stuff about Purdue. One quote in particular stood out. When asked, "Why Purdue?" Worship answered, "The thing about Purdue ultimately was the coaches. They did not just care about football, but they really put an emphasis on my future after football as well."
Grant Weatherford (QB/RB/WR/DB/KR): Hamilton Heights dispatched Northwestern 21 - 13 last Friday night. Weatherford did his best Shawn McCarthy impersonation by once again doing everything for his team. Weatherford had 2 carries for 10 yards and 2 receptions for 39 yards and a touchdown on offense. He recorded 7 tackles, and 2 interceptions (with 74 total return yards) on defense. He had 2 kickoff returns for 61 total yards (including a 40 yard return, and 1 punt return for 29 yards. All in all, not a bad day for a basketball recruit.