It’s week nine of the high school football season and the playoffs are fast approaching. One Michigan commit, four-star wide receiver Roman Wilson, has already finished his senior season and is waiting for the playoffs to start, while many other teams have only a couple of weeks before their seasons end. Let’s see how strongly everyone is finishing.
Matchup of the Week
In a battle of top-ten nationally ranked teams, St. Frances Academy and their quarter of Michigan commits prevailed 35-7 over Florida football factory IMG Academy. It should have been clear that this game wouldn’t go well for IMG when four-star running back commit Blake Corum walked out for the game sporting a light-up Black Panther mask:
Corum followed up his pregame antics with yet another strong performance in the biggest of spotlights. He rushed for 180 yards and two touchdowns, while also reeling in a catch for 15 yards. This put him over 1,000 yards on a season that has caught the attention of talent evaluators across the country. Michigan’s running back room looks like it will be loaded next season with the addition of Corum.
The largest margin of victory this week goes to the West Bloomfield Lakers, featuring three-star linebacker Cornell Wheeler and four-star safety Makari Paige. West Bloomfield shut out Oxford 44-0 in their penultimate game of the regular season.
There weren’t any individual stats available for the defensive duo, but the team’s recent final scores speak for themselves. In the past three weeks, West Bloomfield has given up six points total, with back-to-back shutouts. Led by Wheeler and Paige, the Lakers are one of the top contenders for a state title.
Most Impressive Stat Line
Our Lady Good Counsel has been going through a gauntlet of tough matchups lately, but it has only made three-star defensive line commit Kris Jenkins Jr. step up his game. In a tight 24-21 loss to St. John’s, Jenkins went off with two sacks, an additional tackle for loss, a pass breakup, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery for a touchdown. While all of this effort wasn’t quite enough to overcome the defeat, Jenkins definitely showed that he has plenty of potential on the defensive line.
We’re going right back to Jenkins here with his 20-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown that briefly put Good Counsel up 21-14 midway through the second quarter. After pressuring the quarterback on an option play, Jenkins was able to recover the botched pitch and take it to the house.
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