It's high school playoff time, and Purdue has a few recruits with championship aspirations. It's time to find out his is moving on and who is hitting the weight room.
Markus Bailey (LB/RB):
Bailey is lifting weights and preparing to compete for a spot on the 2 deeps next year.
Tyshawn Brown (WR):
Brown and his Mays team took survived a first round matchup with an 8-2 South Paulding team 26-19. I've been wondering when Brown was going to make an impact for Mays, and it looks like the senior saved his best for the playoffs. Brown had 2 rushes for 4 yards and 3 receptions for 54 yards and a touchdown. To put that into perspective, Mays only completed 7 passes the entire game. The explosive Brown is going to play a bigger role for Mays in the playoffs. They are going to go up against some teams that they can't bully with their running game, and an explosive playmaker like Brown could be the difference between going on and going home. Mays faces Ware County, the 5th ranked team in Georgia, on Friday in a battle of Georgia heavyweights.
Andy Chelf (DB):
There are no easy games in the Texas state playoffs. Chelf and Carroll found this out the hard way, having to pull off a miracle comeback in the last 13 seconds to defeat Mansfield 38-31. Carroll has gone down to the wire a few times this year, but have managed to maintain their unblemished record. Once again, Chelf was all over the field, once again leading the Dragons in tackles with 14 (9 solo, 5 assisted). Andy is the leading tackler for one of the best teams in the nation from his safety position, and yet, is still only ranked as a 2* prospect. Purdue is striking gold with this kid in my opinion. Carroll faces Guyer High School, the number 2 ranked team in Texas, on Saturday night. This is going to be good.
I get a little confused about Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association. There doesn't appear to be a traditional "playoff" and instead, the overall conference winner takes home all the marbles. Once again, McDonogh was that team. They finished the year 8-3 overall, 2nd in Maryland, and are currently ranked 93rd in the nation. Purdue is grabbing their middle linebacker and defensive leader, again, not a bad pick up.
You've got to feel for Sawyer Dawson. Plant City has found numerous heart breaking ways to lose football games. This time they dropped their playoff game against Sickles in a 7-9 slugfest. Plant City managed to keep 5* Ray Ray McCloud, Hillsborough County's all-time leading rusher, out of the endzone, but still managed to lose to 3 Sickles field goals. Dawson recorded 5 tackles (3 solo, 2 assisted) and recovered a fumble. Dawson didn't put up huge numbers this year, but he was sharing the field with 2 other D-1 caliber linebackers. Plant City finished the season 4-6-1. Dawson and his family will be visiting West Lafayette for the Northwestern game. Hopefully he has some long underwear.
Ennis is suspend from the Millville team. His status as a Purdue recruit is currently unknown.
Tario Fuller (RB):
Fuller and Lanier's undefeated season came to a screeching halt after being upset by Sequoya 21 -24. Lanier's hopes were dashed by a last second field goal. Fuller never really got going in this game because Sequoya was able to control the clock with their ground game. Fuller still put up decent numbers with 16 carries for 75 yards and two receptions for 45 yards. You've really got to question the Lanier game plan, as Fuller was unstoppable, but Lanier decided to give 11 carries to a Jr. back who was highly stopable (averaged 2.9 YPC). Lanier finished the season 10-1 with a district title.
Markell Jones (RB):
Stop me if you've heard this one before. Columbus East, behind another crazy game by Markell Jones, steamrolled Evansville Reitz 42-14. Columbus East makes no secret about their game plan, and as of yet, no one has been able to stop it. Markell Jones carried the ball 31 times for 307 yards and 6 touchdowns. East only threw 2 passes the entire game, with Jones recording the only reception for 14 yards. The game was essentially over at halftime, with East leading 42-0 after a 35 point outburst in the 2nd quarter. Columbus East, the undefeated Region Champs, will face undefeated New Palestine in an awesome Semi-State match up. Neither team has been tested this year, so we should be able to find out what happens when an irresistible force (Markell Jones) meets an immovable object (the New Palestine defense). It should be interesting. (T-Mill's Note: Jones broke the state's single-season rushing record in this game and has 3,379 yards in 13 games. He has an outside chance at 4,000 yards in a single season. He also has 59 touchdowns on the year.)
Shelton Lewis (DB):
Lewis's East River team did not reach the playoffs.
Ben Makowski (Snapper/High School Legend):
It is with great sadness that I must report the end of Ben Makowski and Penn's stellar season. They took nationally ranked and undefeated Carmel to the limit, but fell just short, missing a P.A.T. that would have tied the game 14 - 14. Sadly, it is rumored that the Penn kicker was temporarily mesmerized by the brilliance of Makowski's snap, and subsequently hit the upright. Penn finishes the season 12-1. Makowski finishes the season a legend.
McCann is done for the year, and has been spotted crushing it in the weight room.
Twazanga Mugala (OLB/DE):
Mugala's Ardrey Kell team won their first round playoff matchup 28-16 over Page. Ardrey's Kell's defensive statistics are apparently a government secret, because I can't find them anywhere. If anyone has a good link, let me know in the comments. 10-3 Kell faces 12-1 Lake Norman in the next round of the playoffs.
Joe "The Show" Schopper(P):
Joe's Cathedral team took care of business against Whiteland 48-14. In fact, they took care of buisness so well that Joe punted a total of 0 times. Cathedral now moves on to the Semi-State Championship, where an 11-1 Bloomington South team waits. Joe better have his kicking leg ready to go on Friday night, because Bloomington South will put up a much better fight than Whiteland.
Caldwell County once again rolled over another opponent, this time taking care of Ballard County 44-6. Once again, Sindelar's stats are a little hard to track down. At halftime, Sindelar was 10-14 for 138 yards, 2 TD's and an INT. After that, I have no idea. The local paper requires a subscription and I have no desire to read Caldwell County news. I get most of my Sindelar stats from @ToddGriffin on twitter, and he didn't provide a final stat line this week. Caldwell County and Murray will face off in the next round of the playoffs. Sindelar and Caldwell county will have revenge on their minds, as Murray knocked them out of the playoffs last season.
Peyton Truitt (OT):
Truitt's season is over.
Ike Warren (DB):
Warren and his Tyler team took care of business against Texas High School 58 - 23. Warren had a good day on defense, with 4 tackles (3 solo, 1 assisted) and a huge punt block on special teams. As always, I will temper my enthusiasm regarding Warren until he is actually on campus. He's made it this far, and I think minus a Texas offer, we're probably in good shape. Tyler will be heavily favored in the the next round against ab7-4 Mansfield Summit team.
Richard Worship (RB):
Richard Worship was last seen pushing around vehicles in his high school parking lot.
Weatherford is busy working on his jumper.