ThelegendofShawnMcCarthy returns for another look at our verbal commits, many of whom are now tearing up the playoffs.
Markus Bailey (LB/RB):
10/31: Markus's Hilliard Davidson blanked Marysville 28-0 in their final regular season game. Bailey was back on the field, and turned in an excellent performance. Bailey, moonlighting once again as a running back, had 2 carries for 5 yards and a touchdown. Markus put in a solid day on defense with 4 tackles (2 for loss) and an interception. Hilliard Davidson finished the regular season 6-5 and will play 11-0 Ohio powerhouse Dublin Coffman in the first round of the Ohio playoffs.
11/8: Hilliard Davidson put up a mighty effort against favored Dublin Coffman, but fell just short 10-14. Markus Bailey attempted to put Davidson on his shoulders in this game. He ran 67 yards and a touchdown on 21 attempts. He also contributed 4 tackles, while essentially playing both ways the entire game. Davidson ends the season 6-6.
Tyshawn Brown (WR):
10/31: Brown's Mays team rolled over Tri-Cities 34-6. Unfortunately, Brown continues to struggle. To be fair, Mays only complete 4 of 15 passes and Brown caught 2 of them for 46 combined yards. Brown also lost the ball on a fumble at the end of one of those catches. Brown did manage to snag a 2 point conversion though. Let's hope that Brown's struggles are more tied to QB struggles. As a wide receiver, if they guy throwing you the ball struggles, you're going to struggle as well.
11/7: Mays rolled up another victory in their final regular season game, defeating Miller Grove 29-6. Brown had 2 receptions for 21 yards and a touchdown. Brown's season does need to be put into a little perspective. Mays has relied on their defense, led by 4* Georgia recruit Natrez Patrick and their running game, led by 4* Alabama recruit Dallas Warmack, to control games and dominate opponents. They are 8-2 right now, so it seems to have worked. Against Miller Grove, Mays completed 7 passes and ran the ball 46 times. Brown is still an explosive athlete, and would obviously have better numbers on a pass oriented team. Brown's 8-2 Mays team will face 8-2 South Paulding on the road in what looks like an interesting first round playoff matchup.
Andy Chelf (DB):
10/31: Undefeated Carroll destroy Haltom 62-0 in a contest that was essentially over after the first quarter. Chelf recorded 5 tackles and two pass breakups in a game that saw the Carroll starters take a seat during the second half.
11/7: Carroll played against several good opponents in the regular season. However, their last 2 opponents, Haltom and Bell, combined for 1 victory. Carroll dispatched Bell 38-14 in a game that once again saw Carroll resting starters for the playoffs. Chelf had 3 tackles on another short day at the office. Carroll finishes the regular season 10-0, ranked 3rd in Texas and 27th nationally. Carroll will have an interesting first round matchup against a solid 7-3, 25th in Texas, Mansfield. Carroll will obviously be one of the favorites to take home the entire tournament, but will have to navigate a tricky opening game to achieve their goal of another Texas state championship.
10/31: Cook and McDonogh took care of business in convincing fashion against Archbishop Spalding, winning 35-14. McDonogh does not publish game stats, at least that I have found. The only interesting stats I found involved the Archbishop Spalding offense. Spalding rushed the ball 34 times for 45 yards. One would assume that some of the credit for such a low rushing average belongs to Cook, the middle linebacker.
11/8: McDonogh (the number three ranked team in Maryland), defeated Gillman (the number one ranked team in Maryland) in overtime 21-14. Again, I can't find the defensive stats for this game, but I do know that Cook helped force a fumble in the 4th quarter that swung the momentum of the game and allowed McDonogh to take it to overtime. Cook is mentioned several times in the article below. McDonough finished the regular season 7-3 and are the new #1 ranked team in Maryland. They are ranked 71st nationally.
10/31: Dawson and Plant City defeated Brandon 20-14 in their most impressive win of the season. Sawyer recorded 5 tackles and recovered a fumble for the stout Plant City defense.
11/8: Dawson and Plant City dropped their final game of the regular season to Gaither 11-38. Dawson didn't make much of a dent in the scorebook, picking up 2 tackles and a pass break up. Dawson has had an up and down year, and probably hasn't put up the numbers he was expecting at the start of the season. Sophomore inside linebacker, and D-1 recruit, Steven Ogletree led Plant City in tackles. Dawson never seemed to have a monster game, but always contributed to the Plant City defense. Plant City finished the regular season 4-5-1 and now face a tough 7-3 Sickles team, led by 5* athlete and offensive Swiss Army knife Ray-Ray McCloud in the first round of the playoffs. Plant City will have to pull a rather major upset if they want to continue on this season.
Robert Ennis(RB): Ennis is suspend from the Millville team. His status as a Purdue recruit is currently unknown.
Tario Fuller (RB):
10/31: Fuller and his Lanier Longhorns continued their surprise undefeated season with a 21-10 victory over Winder-Barrow. Fuller continues to prove that he is a recruiting steal for the Boilermakers. Lanier put the saddle on Fuller and rode him to victory. Fuller carried the ball 29 times for 151 yards and 2 touchdowns, and he had one reception for 11 yards.
11/8: Lanier finished their undefeated season off in style, defeating Apalachee High School 55-17. Lanier limited Fuller's work load, but he still managed a Markell Jonesesque 113 yards on 6 carries with two touchdowns. Lanier finishes the season on top of Georgia's Region 8-AAAAA, which is traditionally one of the more hotly contested regions in the state. Lanier finished the regular season 10-0 and will face 5-5 Sequoyah High School in the first round of the playoffs.
Markell Jones (RB):
10/31: Jones and his Columbus East steamroller continued to do what they do, crushing Madison 48-10 in their second playoff game. Jones is still playing the game on the easy level, recording an absurd 313 yards and 4 touchdowns on 34 carries. Seems like 34 carries is a few carries over what I would give my stud tailback in a noncompetitive playoff game, but Columbus East did sit Jones down during the 4th quarter. Columbus East takes on
11/7: In a stunning turn of events, Columbus East was actually involved in a somewhat tight football game, squeaking out a 28-9 victory over East Central in the sectional championship. Markell Jones put up a Markell Joneseque 193 yards and 3 touchdowns on 35 carries. To punish East Central for holding him under 200 yards for the first time in a long time, Jones decided throw for 55 yards and a touchdown on his only attempted pass. Columbus East will face it's stiffest competition of the year next, with an 11-1 Evansville Reitz team waiting for them in the Regional Finals.
Shelton Lewis (DB):
10/31: Lewis's East River team defeated Lake Howell 25-20. I can't find and stats from the game.
11/7: East River lost to Lake Nona 33-59. It was a tough game for the East River secondary, giving up 417 yards and 5 touchdowns through the air to Lake Nona record setting quarterback Tucker Israel.
Ben Makowski (Snapper/GOAT):
10/31: Makowski continues to lead the undefeated Penn Kingsman through the playoffs, this time trouncing Chesterton 41-6. Chesterton melted when faced with Makowski's precision snapping and crunching blocks. It's time we name Ben Makowski the GOAT of Indiana High School snapping. I'm going to guess a long snapper has never won Mr. Football in Indiana, but if anyone can break the streak and make history, it's Makowski.
11/7: Makowski cemented his GOAT status in the Regional Championship against Merrillville, leading the Kingsman to a 42-6 victory. You can't stop Ben Makowski and you can't really even hope to contain him. He's going to deliver a perfect snap and then he is going to bury you. That's all he does, snap and destroy. If you are in his way, you won't be for long. Ben's undefeated Penn team moves on to Semi State where #1 ranked Carmel awaits. Carmel is currently undefeated and ranked 15th nationally, but have never faced a player like Ben Makowski before.
10/31: Halloween was all trick and no treat for McCann's Bishop Chatard team as they were blown out by Roncalli 6-31. This season has to be considered a disappointment for Bishop Chatard. It is rare for a team to have 2 senior Big 10 recruits on the offensive line, but Chatard could never translate offensive line talent into a consistent running game. Bishop Chatard finish the year a respectable 8-3, but they had to be hoping for more.
Twazanga Mugala (OLB/DE)
The newest member of Purdue's recruiting class plays on an Arden Kell team that doesn't post defensive stats. That said, Mugala leads the team with 6.5 sacks. Arden Kell plays in a competitive district in the Charlotte area that produces numerous D-1 prospects.
Joe "The Show" Schopper(P):
10/31: Joe "The Show" and the Irish, mired in a somewhat disappointing season took some frustration out on Anderson, humilistroying them 70-0. I couldn't find the punting stats, but based on the score line, I doubt Joe "The Show" had much work.
11/7: Cathedral was in a surprisingly close game against Decatur Central, only leading 10-6 at halftime. They must have had one heck of a halftime talk, because at the end of the third quarter, they led 45-14 and won 59-14. I once again can't find the Cathedral stats, but I'm going to assume that Joe "The Show" delivered the half time talk, and his Irish teammates finally decided to live up to Joe's standard of excellence. Cathedral faces Whiteland in the Regional Championships.
10/31: Caldwell County dropped their first game of the season on the last game of the regular season, losing to Mayfield 12-40. Sindelar still put up decent numbers throwing for 278 yards and 2 touchdowns and no INT's on 18/29 passing, but Caldwell County's defense couldn't get Mayfield off the field all game.
11/7: Caldwell County bounced back from their first loss of the season, defeating Hancock County 63-26. Sindelar continued his record breaking season by going for 258 yards and 5 touchdowns on 13/18 passing. Sometimes you have to take Sindelar's gaudy numbers with a grain of salt because of the level of competition Caldwell Country faces, but you've got to love this kid's accuracy. He makes the most out of every passing attempt. Caldwell County moves on to face Ballard Memorial in the next round of the Kentucky State Playoffs.
Peyton Truitt (OT):
Truitt's season is over.
Ike Warren (DB):
10/31: Warren's John Tyler team destroyed Jacksonville 62-7. Warren had a quiet game, recording only 2 tackles, but the game was never in doubt and Tyler went with it's bench for most of the game.
11/7: John Tyler defeated Nacogdoches going away, winning 44-14. Warren again had a somewhat quiet game, only picking up 2 tackles, but once again, John Tyler really didn't need much from Warren and played their bench a good deal. The 9-2 John Tyler team will face a 7-3 Texas (from Texarkana) High School in the first round of the playoffs.
Richard Worship (RB):
10/31: Worship ended his high school career with an exclamation point, racking up 357 yards and 6 touchdowns in one half against Normandy. Worship's Valley Forge team will not be in the playoffs, which is disappointing, because Worship was forced to miss a few games this season. It would have been nice to watch him put on another one man show in the playoffs.
10/31: Weatherford had surprising quiet night on offense in Hamilton Height's 31-6 Sectional Semifinal victory over Rushville. His Hamilton Heights team stuck to the ground game on offense, limiting Weatherford to 6 yards on 2 carries and 1 reception for 9 yards. He came alive on though on defense and special teams, showing why he is one of the most versatile players in the state. Weatherford recorded 14 tackles (including 2 TFLs) on defense and racked up 121 yards (including a 98 yard kick return) and a touchdown on two kick returns and threw in another 31 yards on two punt returns.
11/7: Hamilton Heights frantic comeback against Guerin Catholic fell just short, as their season ended in the Sectional Championships 20-28. Guerin Catholic was able to limit the explosive Weatherford to 57 yards on 7 catches. Guerin must have studied up on some Hamilton Height's game film, because they refused to kick the ball to Weatherford, preventing him from changing the game on a return. Weatherford put up a solid night on defense, tallying 11 tackles, two defended passes, and a forced fumble. It wasn't enough however, as Hamilton Heights ended the season 9-3. Weatherford, the newly minted 3* basketball recruit, will now focus on the hardwood, and as far as we know, has played his final football game.