The high school football season kicked off Friday night for some of Purdue’s recruits. Here is a quick look at how some future Boilermakers faired in their first game of the season.
Markus Baily (OLB): Markus is eagerly awaiting his first chance to light up a ball carrier. His first game is August 29th.
Andy Chelf (DB): Andy has one more week before he begins his climb up the recruiting rankings. Southlake Carroll plays Austin Westlake in Chelf’s season opener August 29th.
Wyatt Cook(MLB): Wyatt has to wait another week before his McDonough Eagles begin their defense of last years state championship.
Robert Ennis Jr (RB): Robert has to wait until September 4th to start his touchdown barrage.
Tario Fuller(RB): Fuller’s Lanier team started the season with a 27 - 14 win over Lambert High School. Fuller only amassed 54 yards on 18 carries, as Lambert’s defense keyed on the Lanier running game. To be brutally honest, 54 yards on 18 carries in a high school football game does not scream Division 1 caliber running back. However, Fuller still has plenty of games to get back on track.
Markell Jones(RB): Jones’s Columbus East team continues to do what it does, namely, blowing out the competition in dominant fashion. East administered a 42 – 19 beating to Bloomington North to open the season. It appears that Jones is playing the game on the easy level at the moment, putting up an absurd 301 yards on 31 carries, and tacking on two touchdowns for good measure. My only worry is that 31 carries seems a bit excessive for such a one sided game.
Ben Makowski(LS/Superhero): Ben’s Penn team started the season in style with a resounding 35-3 victory over Valparaiso. There was no mention of Makowski’s snapping, but we can all assume it was elite, and probably the best in the United States and possibly the universe. When Makowski snaps, the world stops for a fraction of a second.
Matt McCann(OT): McCann’s season started on Lucas Oil Field, in a hard fought 17-14 victory over Brebeuf Jesuit. McCann and the Chatard offensive line helped grind down Berbeuf Jesuit, running the ball 50 times over the course of the game. It is rumored that they are still trying to pry a Jesuit defensive end out of the Lucas Oil turf after an especially nasty McCann pancake block.
Joe "The Show" Schopper(P): Schopper’s Cathedral team suffered a 19-43 beat down by Ben Davis to open the season. On the positive side, Joe got a good bit of punting practice. Schopper hit 8 punts, averaging 32 yards per boot. He also managed to put one of his 8 punts inside the 20-yard line. I can’t confirm this, but it is rumored that the game was delayed after one of Schopper’s punts was incinerated as it entered the atmosphere.
Elijah Sindelar(QB): Sindelar joined Markel Jones in Purdue Recruits putting up sick, nasty, filthy, and disgusting stats in the first week of high school football. Sindelar went 27 of 42 for 433 yards, 5 TD and 2 Int’s in a 78-57 victory over Christian County. It took Purdue 5 games to score 79 points last season.
Peyton Truitt (OT): The newest addition to the Purdue recruiting class helped his West Lafayette team grind out an 18-17 victory over Tri-West Hendricks. The "Ginger Destroyer" provided solid blocking for West Lafayette’s balanced offense, and is still haunting the dreams of the Tri-West defenders.
Isaac "Ike" Warren (DB): Ike’s John Tyler team opens the season on the 29th. Plano has been working on running their offense on only one side of the field to avoid throwing the ball anywhere near Warren.
Richard "The Juggernaut" Worship(RB/FB): The Juggernaut has to wait one more week before he begins his destruction of opponents’ defenses. Here is a short preview of Worship’s Valley Forge team.
Grant Weatherford: When it was announced that Grant Weatherford had signed with Purdue, I was excited for Coach Hazell. Turns out, Coach Painter wanted him more, but if Weatherford wanted to play football, I'm sure Coach Hazell would be more than happy to oblige. Weatherford's Hamilton Heights squad destroyed Tipton 52 -0 and Weatherford did a little bit of everything. The QB/WR/RB/DB was 4-6 for 82 yards and 1 TD from the Quarterback position. As a running back, he turned 6 carries into 148 yards and two touchdowns. As a defensive back, he retuned an interception 60 yards for a touchdown. Needless to say, Weatherford is an athlete.