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Brian Dohn - National Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Flemington (N.J.) Hunterdon Central at Monmouth Junction (N.J.) South Brunswick, 7 p.m.
The second round of the Group V Central Jersey playoffs get underway with Penn State commit Jason Cabinda, an outside linebacker, going on the road. Cabinda, who also plays running back, recently returned to action after a knee injury. He originally committed to Syracuse but flipped to Penn State last month. South Brunswick is led by class of 2015 running back/safety Dontae Strickland, who holds offers from Rutgers and Virginia. The Vikings also have class of 2015 athlete Amir Johnson, who could be a sleeper on the recruiting scene.
Saturday: Union City (N.J.) High at Montclair (N.J.) High, 1 p.m.
Lots of talent will be on display in the semifinals of the North Jersey I Group V playoffs, and it is spread across classes. Visiting Union City has decorated 2015 offensive lineman Steven Gonzalez, whose offer list includes Ohio State, Rutgers, Syracuse, Virginia and Wisconsin. Teammate Daiquan Kelly, a 2015 safety, holds offers from Rutgers, Virginia and Massachusetts. Montclair is led by uncommitted defensive end Darius Slade, who has West Virginia, Michigan State and Nebraska high on his radar. Teammate Austin Stevens is committed to Kansas and 2015 receiver Elijah Robinson holds offers from Virginia, Temple and UMass.
Sam Hellman- Northeast Recruiting
Friday: Sayreville (N.J.) War Memorial at Englishtown (N.J.) Manalapan High, 7 p.m.
Manalapan wide receiver Saeed Blacknall is the highest rated prospect still committed to Rutgers after a series of de-commitments in the last two weeks. Blacknall led Manalapan on a successful two-minute drill to escape the first round of the New Jersey Central Group 5 playoffs, and the 6-foot-3, 190-pound receiver will have to do it again against a tough Sayreville team. Manalapan 2015 kicker Mike Caggiano has early interest from Rutgers and Maryland. For Sayreville, 2015 athlete Myles Hartsfield has a Rutgers offer, and he visited Penn State and Pittsburgh during November as well. Hartsfield projects as a cornerback or slot receiver in college.
Tony Greco - Panther Digest Publisher
Saturday: WPIAL Class A Championship- Sto-Rox (12-0) vs. Bishop Wuerl North Catholic (12-0) at 11 a.m.
Whoever wins Saturday, it will be the first team not named Clairton to win a WPIAL Class A title since 2007. Sto-Rox, runners-up a year ago, is one of those teams, following a 24-19 win over Clairton last week. The Vikings are led by senior quarterback Lenny Williams, who committed to Temple this week. Williams surpassed the 8,000-yard mark for his career this season, and has been a starter going back to his freshman year. He's thrown for over 2,500 yards this season with 34 touchdown passes, and remarkably no interceptions. The Vikings have quite the triple threat on offense with Williams, running back Brendan Blair (cousin of current Dallas Maverick DeJuan Blair) and receiver Mallory Claybourne. Blair has rushed for 750 yards with 17 touchdowns on the season, while hauling in another 17 catches for 240 yards. He has offers from Temple and Central Florida. Claybourne moved into the district this year, and leads the Vikings with 985 yards and 16 touchdown receptions on the season. North Catholic also enters the game unbeaten at 12-0. Keep an eye on 2015 prospect P.J. Fulmore, who after missing the first half of the regular season due to an ankle injury, has come on to spark his team's playoff run. Fulmore, initially a running back, was moved to quarterback after starter Adam Sharlow was lost for the season due to an injury. He still gets to run the ball, and he did that in a 27-14 win over Neshannock. He rushed for 216 yards and all four of his team's touchdowns in the win.
Saturday: WPIAL Class AAAA Championship- Central Catholic (12-0) vs. Woodland Hills (10-2) at 2 p.m.
Central Catholic has been the team to beat all year, while Woodland Hills has responded nicely after an 0-2 start. Central is led by Florida State commit J.J. Cosentino, who has thrown for 12 touchdown passes this season. Central also relies heavily on its ground game, which is paced by 1,000-yard rushers Luigi Lista-Brinza and Riley Redman. Central's defense, another trademark, is allowing just over five points a game. Woodland Hills counters with its set of skill players, led by senior quarterback Harry Randall. Randall has an offer from West Virginia. As a dual-threat quarterback, Randall has thrown for over 800 yards and nine touchdowns this season, while rushing for another 700 with 13 rushing scores. Randall also plays safety on defense. Miles Sanders, a 2016 prospect, rushed for over 1,000 yards this season, and is in his second year as a starter for the Wolverines. Also keep an eye on sophomore offensive lineman Amon Baldwin-Youngblood, already at 6-3, 330 pounds. These two schools have combined for eight WPIAL championships in the last 16 years.
Saturday: WPIAL Class AA Championship- South Fayette (12-0) vs. Aliquippa (12-0) at 5 p.m.
There should be no shortage of fireworks in this years Class AA game. The WPIAL's leading passer, 2015 star Brett Brumbaugh, leads South Fayette into this game, following a 35-7 win over Beaver Falls. Brumbaugh his thrown for 2,800 yards and 32 touchdown passes, and has received some early interest from. Pittsburgh. South Fayette will have to deal with a big line--not often seen in the smaller classifications. Leading the way for Aliquippa is two-way lineman Jaleel Fields, who has offers from Pitt, West Virginia and Purdue, just to name a few. Then there's the one-two punch of four-star prospect Dravon Henry and fellow running back Terry Swanson. Swanson has led the way running the ball this year wit 1,530 yards and 20 touchdowns. Henry has rushed for 1,174, but leads the team with 26 touchdowns this year. He was recently named Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Pennsylvania. Swanson has offers from 15 schools, while Henry is one of the most heavily recruited prospects in the country. He visited West Virginia two weeks ago, and also picked up an offer from Alabama, recently.
It was a very closely contested ball game back in Week Five, a 13-7 West Allegheny win. This one should be no different. West Allegheny won last year's Class AAA title with a triad of sophomores. Those sophomores are now juniors, and have continued to gel after last year's success. Running back Chayse Dillon leads the way with 1,146 yards and 16 touchdowns. You'll also see Armand Dellovade at running back, who is good in ghost yardage situations, but even more of a factor on the defensive side of the ball at linebacker. Quarterback Andrew Koester (1,363 yards, 19 TD) has gotten some interest from Pittsburgh recently. Senior receiver Tory Delmonico has an offer from Navy, and leads the Indians in receiving, but has also rushed for 700 yards. For Central Valley, Jordan Whitehead is now in his third year as a starter, and continued his big-play ability on offense, defense and special teams this year. The four-star prospect has rushed for 663 yards and 11 touchdowns, caught 21 passes for 300 yards and five touchdowns. He's had a even bigger impact on defense and special teams; five interceptions this season with one returned for a touchdown, and four kickoffs returned for a score. Senior JaQuan Pennington is another talented skill player for the Warriors. He's rushed for 860 yards with 11 touchdowns, and with 160 receiving yards and three touchdowns to complement Whitehead's numbers.
Chad Simmons - National Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Valdosta (Ga.) Lowndes at Hampton (Ga.) Lovejoy, 7:30 p.m.
Lovejoy escaped the first round with a last second touchdown pass to 2015 Scout 100 wide receiver Preston Williams (Tennessee commit) to get to this game. Williams is an elite junior and he had 274 yards and four touchdowns in round one. He has plenty of talent around him too including junior safety Montrell Custis, a Kentucky commitment, and wide receiver Tremaine Dillard to name a few. Dillard is another junior. DeMarquise Gates is their top senior prospect and the outside linebacker is committed to Ole Miss. He has missed the entire season after knee surgery. Lowndes has dropped a couple of games this season, but they are always strong. Leading the way is four-star offensive tackle Dyshon Sims, a Georgia commitment. Georgia Tech commit Tre Jackson and cornerback Brandon Roberts are two other talented senior prospects. Brian Bell is a junior linebacker that has already been offered by Cincinnati. This game has talent and there will likely be a new one or two found by the end too.
Jamie Newberg - National Recruiting Analyst
Friday: St. Petersburg (Fla.) Catholic vs Clearwater (Fla.) Central Catholic, 7:30 p.m.
The host Marauders have a handful of prospects. They are led by two BCS recruits in defensive end Justus Reed and outside linebacker/defensive end Caanan Brown. Reed, 6-foot-4, 225-pounds, played last season at Clearwater High School. He's a long, rangy and athletic recruit on the edge that has already committed to Florida. Brown has made his pledge as well. He's headed to Virginia. Like Reed, he's got a huge frame and a ton of upside. This two form quite the duo on the edge for C.C.C. Another transfer for Davis is fullback/linebacker Connor Dorris. He's 6-foot-2 , 235-pounds and projects on the defensive side of the ball. Dorris has offers from Air Force, Navy, Akron and Old Dominion. Senior cornerback/running back Diquan Walker has offers from Holy Cross, Ball State and Buffalo. Junior offensive tackle Billy Atterbury is getting strong looks from BCS schools like Miami, Virginia and North Carolina State. Perhaps the surprise of the team is freshman Cameron Cotman. At 5-foot-10, 170-pounds, he has made a huge impact in all three phases of the game at wide receiver, cornerback and returning kicks. Cotman is an outstanding and explosive talent that has a chance to become a major blue-chip recruit in the class of 2017. St. Pete Catholic is led by Miami bound offensive tackle Reilly Gibbons. Gibbons, now 6-foot-6, and close to 300-pounds, is a converted tight end. He has only played tackle for two seasons and has developed nicely in that time. Two other potential D1 recruits in the 2014 class are Elveris Halapio and Joe Uhatase. They are both cousins of current Gator and former St. Pete Catholic star John Halapio. Elveris, 6-foot-3, 250-pounds, has 28 sacks over the last two seasons. Uhatase, 6-foot-1, 225-pounds, plays middle linebacker and has over 100 tackles on the season. Both of these players are flying under the radar. Senior cornerback/ wide receiver Chris White has a scholarship offer from Georgia Southern and projects better on the defensive side of the ball. St. Pete Catholic has a trio of D1 running backs that are all underclassmen in Tony Jones, JaQuan Fuller and Stephon Williams. Jones, only a sophomore, is 6-foot-1, 215-pounds. He has rushed for over 1,000 yards this season. Fuller, 5-foot-8, 160-pounds, is the cousin of former St. Pete Catholic star (and West Virginia) Jock Sanders. Williams, 6-foot-1, 220-pounds, is a fullback and also stars on defense at linebacker. Dylan Gibbons is the younger brother of Reilly. Only a freshman, he's already 6-foot-3, 245-pounds. This member of the class of 2017 has started four games this season on the offensive front.
Michael Clark -
Atlantic Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Greenville (N.C.) Rose at Winterville (N.C.) D.H. Conley at 7:30 p.m.
This second-round playoff matchup is between two teams from the same county. Both are 10-2 and playing very well. During the regular season, Conley beat Rose 33-20. Rose is led by All-American and four-star defensive end Kentavius Street. Street is down LSU, Miami, North Carolina State and Ole Miss. The Rampants also feature senior quarterback Khalil Smith, senior defensive end Christian Pleasant and sophomore wide receiver Cornell Powell. Conley has three running backs with over 900 yards rushing – senior Johnathan Shrock, senior Bam Staton and junior Myles Taylor. Defensively, the Vikings are led by linebacker Brenden McLean. It should be very close game.
Amy Campbell - Florida Recruiting Reporter
Friday: Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School at Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington 7:30 p.m.
It's almost a shame these two teams meet so early in the playoffs, because the winner of this matchup is likely the favorite to win in all in the 4A class. Last season, University was in 3A and both programs finished the season with state title victories. University quarterback Sean White, an Auburn commit, has his fare share of weapons on offense, especially running backs Jordan Scarlett, and LaJuan Hunt, and receivers Chris Taylor and Emmanuel Soto. They'll be facing a Booker T. defense lead by three Miami commits – defensive linemen Chad Thomas and Demetrius Jackson, and cornerback Nigel Bethel. Leading the Tornados offense is Florida State commit Treon Harris at quarterback. West Virginia commit Lamar Parker is quite the playmaker at receiver, and freshman running back Mark Walton (also a Miami commit) has been very impressive. They'll face a University defense lead by Notre Dame linebacker commit Richard Yeargin III, Florida corner commit Quincy Wilson, and junior corner Rashard Causey, just to name a few.
Jacquie Franciulli - Field Reporter-East
Friday: Plantation (Fla.) High School vs. Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas 7:30 p.m.
Only three weeks ago Coach Rocco Casullo's men faced Plantation for the District 15-7A title. Now St. Thomas Aquinas and district champions will have to face the Colonels once again on Friday night in the state playoffs. The Raiders have won the past five match-ups including the 16-6 win at PAL Field on November 1st. St. Thomas Aquinas has a a wide range of weapons on the roster, including newly committed 2014 running back, Madre London. London is a Michigan State pledge, who chose the Spartans over Nebraska, Illinois and Wisconsin, but he isn't the only weapon on that offense. 2015 three-star wide receiver Devante Peete will also be a threat in the air; he holds offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Miami and Ohio State to name a few. On the other side of the ball the Raiders have a 2016 defensive end already making noise, four-star Nicholas Bosa. Bosa holds offers from Boston College and Ohio State, while also is seeing interest from Alabama and Florida State. Plantation sees the return of starting quarterback Chris Lammons from injury, who sat out last week's game with a hip injury. He committed to play cornerback for Florida next year, while his teammate tight end/linebacker Ravian Pierce will take his talents to Arkansas and is also set to play on Friday.
Dave Berk - Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Friday: The Plains (Ohio) Athens vs. Columbus (Ohio) Marion-Franklin at 7:30 p.m. at Chieftain Stadium – Logan High School
We could not pass up the chance to catch Athens junior quarterback Joe Burrow in action against a top level opponent. Burrow, the son of Ohio University defensive coordinator Jimmy Burrow, is from a football family and could well be Ohio's top signal caller in the 2015 recruiting class having already received an offer from his father's school while also hearing from the likes of Alabama, Nebraska and others. But Burrow's is not alone as junior running back Trae Williams posted 1,483 yards rushing with 27 touchdowns. Marion-Franklin will look to use the size of offensive lineman Martesse Patterson (6-foot, 320-pounds) to help junior dual-threat quarterback Justin Tyler keep the Red Devils offense rolling. Tyler will look towards Omar Alfred as his main target and senior running back Jhulyis Monroe to power the running game.
Saturday: Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne vs. Hilliard (Ohio) Davidson at 7:00 p.m. at Marv Moorehead Memorial Stadium - Upper Arlington High School
Kentucky pledge Dorian Hendrix and Michigan pledge Tyree Kinnel will play huge roles if Wayne is to advance to the next round of the playoffs as Davidson will look to use their running attack with Pittsburgh pledge Phillipie Motley and D.D. Clark to advance. Motley will also do double-time on defense and get help from junior Markus Bailey. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound linebacker already holds offers from Boston College, Toledo, Akron and Bowling Green and hearing from several others. However, Wayne also brings an offensive attack behind junior quarterback D'Mitrik Trice who has passed for 2,970 yards and 33 touchdowns on the season. His main target will be senior receiver Tristan Davis who has 1,245 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns on the season. This should be a great game with a lot of talent on both teams looking to help their team get one step closer to a state championship game.
Simone Scott -
Midwest Recruiting Reporter
Friday: New Albany (Ohio) vs. Zanesfield (Ohio) at 7:30 p.m. at Columbus St. Francis DeSales Alumni Stadium
In the regional semifinals, number one seed New Albany will take on an undefeated Zanesville team. Leading the way for 11-1 New Albany has been quarterback Tanner Cline, who has racked up over 900 yards. Running back Terry Quillin has 14 touchdowns this season while receiver Joe Siegenthaler has over 30 receptions. Zanesville runs the spread offense led by senior quarterback Thomas Wibbeler. Running back Jamal Gladden, J.T. McFarland and Granger Long have also been impressive this season.
Saturday: Hilliard (Ohio) Davidson vs. Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne at 7:00 p.m. at Upper Arlington Marv Moorehead Stadium
Hilliard Davidson and Huber Heights Wayne are no strangers to each other. This will be the second time in four seasons. Wayne is led by junior quarterback D'Mitrik Trice. For the season, Trice has 33 touchdowns and only five interceptions. Running backs Kenny Bester and Trey McFadden have 20 touchdowns this season. For Davidson, Pittsburgh commit Phillipie Motley continues to be impressive this season. In their win last week over Pickerington North, D.D. Clark rushed for over 100 yards while Robert LeFevre made 44 and 45 yard field goals.
Beth Long -
Midwest Recruiting Reporter
Saturday: Montini (Ill.) vs. Sycamore (Ill.) at 1 p.m.
Saturday brings a battle of unbeatens in the 5A classification in the state semifinals, with a winner take all match to advance to the state championship game in DeKalb. Montini is led by Ohio State defensive lineman commit Dylan Thompson who has been a disruptive force on the line all year and has also seen some time recently on offensive line. Another athlete doing double duty is Montini linebacker Nile Sykes, who scored a touchdown and a 2-point conversion from the fullback position. Sykes has offers from Indiana, Illinois, Iowa State, Syracuse and most recently Notre Dame. Montini also has had standout play by junior wide receiver Leon Thornton. Sycamore is highlighted by Iowa wide receiver commit Ben Niemann who has had a big end of the season and caught several game winning touchdowns.
Anna Hickey -
Indiana Recruiting Reporter
Friday: Terre Haute (Ind.) North Vigo at Indianapolis (Ind.) Cathedral
In the 5A Indiana state semifinals, Cathedral (8-5) will host Terre Haute North Vigo (10-2), who is a perfect 5-0 on the road this year. Cathedral will rely largely on wide receiver Terry McLaurin, a three-star who is committed to Ohio State. Junior offensive guard Jared Thomas has been hearing from Cincinnati, Indiana and Purdue. Senior middle linebacker Kyle Loechel will help anchor the defense. Terre Haute features junior running back/cornerback Terrance Collins and 6-foot-5 senior lineman Lucas Comer. The winner of this game will take on the winner of Concord vs. Westfield next Friday night for the 5A State Championship.
Ben Worgull - BadgerNation
Friday: Greendale (WI) vs. Monona Grove (WI), Camp Randall Stadium, 10 a.m.
In a matchup of two undefeated times in the division 3 title game, Monona Grove is known for two things: its defense (surrendered an average of only seven points a game to opponents during the regular season and 16 points per game in four playoff contests) and four-star offensive tackle Jaden Gault. Gault is the highest-ranked player in the state of the Wisconsin, a U.S. Army All-American and a Badgers commit. Although he wavered briefly after taking an official visit to Arkansas, Gault reaffirmed his decision earlier this month and will enroll in January. Monona Grove is 13-0 for the first time since 2004, a season that ended with a loss in the Division 2 state finals. The Silver Eagles won the Division 2 State title in 1977 and added a Division 3 crown in 1984.
Friday: Franklin (WI) vs. Hartland Arrowhead (WI), Camp Randall Stadium, 4 p.m.
Defending champion Arrowhead returns to the division 1 final in pursuit of back-to-back championships with a team loaded with division 1 players. Offensive guard George Panos and Billy Hirschfeld are both staying in-state to play at Wisconsin, while outside linebacker Sam Seonbuchner is heading to Iowa State. Middle linebacker Matt Seitz might be able to improve on his lone offer from North Dakota with a big performance. The Warhawks will have the test of trying to slow down a Franklin offense that averaged 37.2 points per game and is engineered by quarterback Sean McGuire, a Western Illinois commit who threw for 2,720 yards and 22 touchdowns this season.
Greg Powers - National Recruiting Analyst
Saturday: Denton (Texas) Ryan vs. Waco (Texas) Midway at AT&T Stadium at 11:00a.m. CST
This should be an entertaining match-up to start the day off in Jerry's World and there are some solid division one players on both squads. Waco Midway is led by Baylor linebacker commit Jamie Jacobs. 2015 wide receiver Devontre Stricklin already has a Baylor offer as well. Denton Ryan will feature three-star defensive end Sekou Clark and defensive tackle J.T. Williams.
DeSoto (Texas) High vs. Coppell (Texas) High at AT&T Stadium at 2:00p.m. CST
This is the game that everyone will be clamoring to see. DeSoto is the No. 2 team in the state behind Allen and Coppell will present a stiff challenge. Both teams are littered with prospects, but this one will be tabbed as the Eagles offense vs. the Cowboys defense. Desmon White and Chris Lacy lead DeSoto, where Solomon Thomas will be leading the Coppell defense.
Mansfield (Texas) Timberview vs. Euless (Texas) Trinity at AT&T Stadium at 5:00p.m. CST
After a brief hiatus in 2012 Timberview is back, led by the defensive back duo of Brandon Simmons and Edward Paris. Simmons is the heart and soul at safety, who will stick his nose in plays often/ Paris locks down the vertical challenges. But do not plan on Trinity to try and air it out. They will lean on 2016 running back Ja'Ron Wilson to get yaradge behind the offensive push of 2015 Texas commit Patrick Vahe.
Lewisville (Texas) Hebron vs. Cedar Hill (Texas) High at AT&T Stadium at 8:00p.m. CST
The nightcap could end up being the most entertaining game and is another one where prospects will be littered all over the field. Cedar Hill won in come behind fashion last week. They have a number of talented players in roster, but Oklahoma commit Marcus Green and 2015 Top 100 receiver Damarkus Lodge take center stage. For Hebron, Jamal Adams is the powerhouse prospect. He will play two ways and provide a spark on both sides of the ball.
Ahmard Vital - Midlands Recruiting Analyst
Friday, November 22: Pearland (Tex.) vs. Sugar Land (Tex.) Austin at 7 p.m. CST
Both teams are coming off lop-sided wins, but here is the area round match up that should draw a few eyes balls across the city. Pearland comes in with the more impressive resume, but that means nothing in a win-or-go home type of scenario like this one. Defense has been the calling card thus far, giving up less than a touchdown per game (which includes four shutouts in eight games – that is outside of the game against Manvel). That could be largely because three-star linebacker and Oklahoma State commitment Justin Phillips leads the way. On the offense, quarterback Kalen Johnson has looked solid, as does running back JaColbie Butler, who has scored 16 touchdowns this season. Austin brings a level of firepower to the field as well led by quarterback Sean Aboderin, who has made the plays needed to propel this team into the playoffs. It helps that Aboderin has a pair of playmakers in the backfield with him in California commitment and three-star athlete Vic Enwere and 2015 back Bryson Oglesby, who has already established himself as a legitimate Division I athlete. Offensive lineman Ryan Reprogle leads the guys in the trenches.
Saturday, November 23: Houston (Tex.) Alief Taylor vs. Houston (Tex.) Lamar at 2 p.m. CST
These two met against each other last season. Of course this was only one of the stopping points as Lamar was on its way to a state title run. Lamar is geared up and ready to get back there with an undrafted record up to this point. This team is led by quarterback Darrell Colbert, who is having an awesome year through the air and on the ground. Colbert (a three-star), along with one of his top targets in Shelby Walker is committed to SMU. Top 2015 running back Ronnie Wesley is one to watch while offensive lineman Braylon Hyder, also with SMU leads the guys up front. Defensively, Baylor defensive line commitment Ira Lewis is solid on the line. In the secondary players like John Bonney (Texas commit), recent UCLA commit John Plattenburg and top 2015 recruit Holton Hill, who has quickly established himself as one of the best secondary players in the country. For Taylor, there is no shortage of talent here either as wide receiver Keenen Brown and cornerback Chris Hardeman, both Oklahoma State commits will be ready to go. Brown is the go-to in the passing game and Hardeman is known to man up the opponent's top receiver. Look for Romello Brooker, a recent Houston commit, to be highly involved in the passing game as well. Also in the secondary, safety Josh Kalu, a Nebraska commit, is active on the back end as is Kenneth McGruder, a 2015 watch player.
Erin Hartigan - Midlands Field Reporter
Thursday: Dallas (Texas) Highland Park vs. Dallas (Texas) Kimball at 6:00 p.m.
It's a 2015 quarterback battle Thursday at AT&T (Cowboys) Stadium. Since falling to Aledo, 44-3, in week one of the football season, Highland Park has gone on a 10-0 terror, routing its opponents by an average win margin of 31.3 and securing its 53rd playoff berth, the most not only in Class 4A but the state, leading Amarillo and its 50 appearances. Highland Park's 10-0 run includes last week's 38-17 opening-round victory over The Colony, much needed justice after last year's first-round upset exit to Frisco. Led by junior quarterback Brooks Burgin, the Scots scored on all but two of its drives. Burgin finished with a 63-percent completion percentage for 191 yards and a passing touchdown, running in two himself. Running back Cole Feigl added two more scores and 151 yards on 21 handoffs. Burgin has been in the driver's seat all season, currently sitting with more than 2,500 passing yards and 22 touchdowns with only seven interceptions, proving he's a dual threat with 16 touchdowns and 650 yards rushing. Another junior dual threat with pretty numbers who's driven his team to this point: the quarterback Highland Park faces Friday, Dallas Kimball's Ladarryl Blair. Blair saw limited time on a senior-loaded squad last year. This year, he's stepped into the quarterback role and has tossed for 1,188 yards and 12 touchdowns, leading the run game with 82 keeps for 544 yards and seven scores. Blair and Burgin will each look to steer their respective programs into the Class 4A-I regional round Thursday. Kick is set for 6:00 p.m.
Thursday: Dallas (Texas) South Oak Cliff vs. Frisco (Texas) Centennial at 9:00 p.m.
South Oak Cliff enters this second-round Class 4A-I matchup on a 10-1 run, falling only to regular-season unbeaten Dallas Carter last month (who saw an early playoff exit last week courtesy of Dallas Lincoln.) SOC senior quarterback Kenneth Arthur II accounted for 297 yards and five scores last Thursday as South Oak Cliff dominated Samuell in a 51-7 landslide. South Oak Cliff scored 35 points in the third quarter and finished the game with 45 unanswered points. Samuell never forced a SOC punt. Frisco Centennial's Class 4A-I opening-round matchup was a bit closer. Senior quarterback Kelly Cordova completed 14-of-23 for 112 yards, running for 77 yards and a 7-yard touchdown as Centennial topped Carrollton Creekview, 17-9. Running back Kamari Burnett also ran the ball well, taking 20 handoffs for 106 yards and a score, splitting out wide for another 29 yards on four catches. Speaking of running, South Oak Cliff brings in one of the most dangerous with ball in hands in 2015 Texas commitment Jordan Stevenson. Stevenson has accounted for 1,974 total yards of offense and 16 touchdowns through 11 games. Arthur himself has run in nine scores, throwing for a whopping 32 touchdowns and 2,261 yards with only four picks. SOC also brings a strong receiving corp led by North Texas pledge Fonzale Davis (14 TDs) and JF Thomas (11), and while offense sells tickets, "it's defense that wins championships" says Bears' head coach Emmett Jones. His unit of both power and speed is led by 2015 four-star defensive back Jamile Johnson, Iowa DB commit Jyaz Jones and Colorado State defensive end verbal Silvester Hayes. They will have the task of containing Cordova and Burnett Thursday in a 9:00 p.m. kickoff at AT&T (Cowboys) Stadium.
Annabel Stephan - Midlands Field Reporter
Friday: San Antonio (Texas) Reagan vs. Cibolo (Texas) Steele @ Comalander Stadium at 7:30 p.m.
With a 10-1 season under their belt (and the only loss was 46-45), Steele has continued to prove this season that they are one of, if not the, best teams in Central Texas, but will face in a challenge this weekend in Reagan. There are a number of top prospects on Steele's team; the offense features running back Justin Stockton, a Texas Tech commit who has rushed for 1653 yards and 29 touchdowns this season. The offensive line is led by Deionte Noel, who will join Stockton in Lubbock next year, and the defensive line by Baylor commit Josh Malin, who has racked up 45 tackles this fall (12 of them solo). Also impressive is tight end Matt Moen, a Nevada commit. Other prospects to watch include defensive end Matthew Simmons, 2015 quarterback L.G. Williams, and 2016 running back Bryson Denley, who has almost 800 all-purpose yards and ten touchdowns this season. The prospect to watch for Reagan is quarterback Ty Summers, who has led his team to an undefeated season thus far. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound athlete committed to Rice over the summer. Also keep an eye on Nick Hardy, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound defensive tackle.
Saturday: Round Rock (Texas) vs. Houston (Texas) The Woodlands @ Waco ISD Stadium at 2:00 p.m.
A 9-2 Woodlands team will face off against 7-4 Round Rock on Saturday in the second round of playoffs. Round Rock may have lost four games this season, but there is plenty of talent on the Dragons' roster. The offensive line is anchored by Robert Castaneda, a three-star prospect who stands at 6-foot-4, 300-pounds and is committed to Texas Tech. Other prospects to watch on Round Rock's roster include 3-star receiver Keyon Dilosa, a 6-foot-2.5, 180 prospect who holds offers from Houston, Arkansas State, and New Mexico, and 2015 defensive end Breylin Mitchell, a 6-foot-4, 250-pound TCU commit. For the Woodlands, keep an eye on safety (and receiver) Tyler Patrick, a 6-foot, 175-pounder who committed to Kansas over the summer. Junior running back Patrick Carr has emerged this season, as the 5-foot-8, 190-pound athlete, a three-star prospect, has picked up offers from Arizona State, Oregon State, TCU, and Texas Tech, as well as interest from Northwestern, Oklahoma, and Texas A&M.
Brandon Huffman - National Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Richland (Wash.) at Federal Way (Wash.) at 7:00 p.m.
Scout 300 running back Chico McClatcher, one of the top prospects in the region in the 2015 class, is the featured player for the Eagles, but he's not the only prospect that Richland will have to keep an eye on. Three-star safety Keenan Curran teams up with McClatcher in the secondary, and also in the backfield, as the quarterback for Federal Way. Up front, the Eagles have JayTee Tiuli and 2015 linebacker Jared Pulu to open holes on offense and to get a push on defense. The Eagles ended the run of Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline last week, the two-time defending 4A champions in Washington, and a win here in the quarterfinals sends them to the Tacoma Dome next weekend for the state semifinals.
Greg Biggins - National Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Upland (Calif.) at Corona (Calif.) Santiago at 7 p.m.
After a slow start, Upland rallied to win 8 of their last nine game. Junior quarterback Tyler Hilinski has made big strides this season and put up very solid numbers throwing for over 2,400 yards and 25 touchdowns. Junior safety Kameron Powell has played well all season and has established himself as one of the state's top defensive backs. Yet another junior, Elijah Jones has made a smooth transition to corner and had a very impressive season. Virginia commit Jeff Farrar leads the team with four interceptions from his safety position and receiver Trevor Wright has proven to be close to uncoverable with over 1,200 yards receiving and eight touchdowns. Santiago is led by junior quarterback Blake Barnett, who has quickly become one of the hottest recruits out West. Notre Dame is the current front runner here and he'll visit the Irish this weekend. UCLA safety commit Ron Robinson is a big, physical defender who can run and hit and could make the move to linebacker in college. Darien Haratyck is a sleeper offensive line prospect with some nice tools. At 6-foot-4, 285-pounds, he moves very well and has some definite upside. Jordan Huffman is a 6-foot-3 wide out and Barnett's favorite target. He has 58 catches on the year including 10 touchdowns.
Scott Kennedy - Director of Scouting
FOX Sports West features four games per week streamed live on the internet with broadcasters and color analysts, and multi-angle cameras. This week Prepzone Live will feature host Kevin Barnett and Director of Scouting Scott Kennedy, highlighting the action from each of the four games as well as other news and notes across the Southland. Here is a look at this week's action on FOX Sports West's Prepzone: http://www.foxsportswest.com/pages/prepzone
- Southwest Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Phoenix (Az.) Mountain Pointe vs. Mesa Desert Ridge played at Tempe McClintock at 7 p.m.
Semi-finals of Arizona's highest classification and it should be a good one. Desert Ridge will use a run first ground attack to control the clock and keep the Mt. Pointe athletes off the field. Desert Ridge set a state record for team rushing yards in a season and their go to guy is junior Taren Morrison. Morrison is the state's leading rusher with over 2,400 yards. Mountain Pointe has athletes everywhere and no on is better then Oregon commit Jalen Brown. Brown never leaves the field and is a threat to score anytime he touches the ball. The Pride are pretty balanced on offense and use two-way player Wesley Payne as their running back. He will look to run behind massive offensive line led by Washington commit Natrell Curtis. The Pride have two other players that recently committed to division-one programs as well. Corner Dominique Fenstermacher is headed to UNLV while receiver Emmanuel Butler committed to NAU.
Kristen Rodgers - SCPlaybook.com Intern
Friday: Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey at Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw at 7 p.m.
Dorsey and Crenshaw meet in the second round of the L.A. City Section playoffs on Friday. Their previous meeting in October was no contest at all, Crenshaw shutting Dorsey out 42-0. Crenshaw is led by 2014 athlete Ajene Harris, who recently flipped his college commitment from San Diego State to USC, since picking up an offer from interim head coach Ed Orgeron. The senior is Crenshaw's quarterback, though he expects to play either defensive back or receiver for the Trojans. The three-star recruit has led his squad to a 7-4 mark. The standout player for Dorsey? It's three-star safety and receiver David Williams. Williams holds a host of offers, including multiple schools from the Mountain West. He has an official visit set for Dec. 6 to San Jose State. .