Five weeks into the high school football season, and we finally have every Michigan commit in action. The last players to join in on the fun were four-star OL Zak Zinter and four-star LB Kalel Mullings, who play in the same league in Massachusetts. Their seasons both started off with big wins, which was definitely a theme this week, as you’ll see soon. Let’s get right to the recap.
Matchup of the Week
There were a few good matchups between state title contenders this week, like West Bloomfield blanking Clarkston 24-0 in a game full of Michigan commits and targets. Commits Makari Paige and Cornell Wheeler helped pitch a shutout against Rocco Spindler and Garrett Dellinger, two top 2021 targets on the offensive line.
But I think the biggest game was an interstate contest between JD Johnson and Pinnacle, who traveled from Arizona up to Seattle to face off against Eastside Catholic. EC is chock full of FBS talent, including four-star wide receiver commit Gee Scott Jr., and the No. 1 player in 2021, defensive tackle JT Tuimoloau.
Pinnacle put up a close fight, but eventually fell by the score of 21-19 in a back-and-forth affair. Johnson struggled a bit in the first half, only completing 5 of 12 passes for 103 yards, but threw a nice 16-yard touchdown in the third quarter to briefly pull his team ahead.
EC eventually scored again, and backed up on their own 13 yard line with just over two minutes left in the fourth quarter, Pinnacle wasn’t able to drive down the field to get in scoring position. Since this game was played out of state, it won’t affect their chances for a state title.
Like I teased in the intro, there were dominant performances aplenty in this week’s slate of games. Seven teams representing eleven Michigan commits shut out their opposing team, including the teams of all five linebacker commits.
The biggest blowout was once again Southern Columbia, who blanked Central Columbia 62-0, the exact same score as last week. But it’s boring to keep talking about them, so let’s highlight a newcomer, Kalel Mullings and Milton Academy.
Milton Academy faced off against Brooks this week and came away with the 37-0 victory. In total, the defense racked up six sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception on their way to the shutout.
I could only find credit for one of those sacks, which was Mullings, but I’m willing to bet he had a hand in the rest of the havoc his defense created. Mullings, who was being recruited as a running back by some schools, also carried the ball a few times on offense.
Most Impressive Stat Line
When you play for a dominant team that consistently is blowing teams out by halftime, you don’t get a lot of chances to stay in for the whole game and rack up stats. That’s happened to Roman Wilson this season, whose Saint Louis squad is 5-0 without any particularly close games.
That finally changed last Friday when they played a tight game against Punahou, winning 25-19. When Wilson had the opportunity to play the whole game, he lit up the scoreboard, catching 11 balls for 190 yards and two touchdowns. Those numbers almost doubled his season stat line so far, which now reads 21 catches for 416 yards and five touchdowns.
Watch Wilson use his elite speed to easily dust the cornerback across from him on this 46-yard touchdown to put Saint Louis ahead late in the third quarter.
Bergen Catholic also had a big matchup this week against St. Peter’s Prep. While BC ended up losing the game 33-30, four-star safety commit Jordan Morant had the chance to show off his athleticism on a 77-yard kick return to cap off a wild back and forth second quarter.
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Morant pulls a disappearing act, hiding behind a mess of St. Peter’s would-be tacklers before bouncing out unscathed and racing to the end zone. Bergen Catholic will look to get back on track next week against Don Bosco Prep, where Jabrill Peppers once played ball.
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