This week’s slate of high school football games involving current Michigan commits was especially successful this week, with only two teams taking losses and six teams winning in shutout fashion. Along the way to this destruction were some impressive performances by Michigan commits as usual, so let’s dive into the highlights.
Matchup of the Week
Two of the biggest powerhouses in New Jersey football squared off this week in Bergen Catholic and Don Bosco Prep. Bergen Catholic, represented by four-star safety Jordan Morant, defeated their rival in a close game by the score of 23-17.
Unfortunately, Morant was injured early on and spent most of the game on the sidelines on crutches. It’s not yet known the severity of his injury, but he was only able to log one carry for nine yards in his limited time. Hopefully he’ll be able to return soon, because this victory has set up Morant and his head coach Vito Campanile, brother of Michigan linebackers coach Anthony Campanile, for a long playoff run.
Here’s the weekly disclaimer that the actual largest margin of victory belongs to Gaige Garcia and Southern Columbia, who finally gave up points on the season in their 76-6 win.
But there were plenty of other huge blowouts to choose from, including three-star quarterback JD Johnson leading Pinnacle to a 52-0 win over Valley Vista. In the game, Johnson contributed through both the air and on the ground, with two passing and rushing touchdowns each.
Johnson also had some impressive throws that didn’t end up in touchdowns but which you can watch in his highlights for the week here:
If he keeps making these throws, Johnson will be moved up to four-star status sooner rather than later.
Most Impressive Stat Line
One of the most underrated recruits in Michigan’s class is three-star tight end Matthew Hibner. His impressive athleticism at the position made 247Sports move him up to a four-star in their own rankings and explained why the staff was so enamored with his game.
Hibner got a chance to show off his skills this past week in Lake Braddock’s 49-10 win over Marshall. He caught five balls for 154 yards and two touchdowns, which averages out to just over 30 yards a catch. Like Roman Wilson in this space last week, these numbers just about doubled Hibner’s production this season, who is a favorite redzone target for his quarterback.
One of the closer games played this week was between four-star defensive end Aaron Lewis’ Williamstown squad and their rival Lenape. Williamstown eventually won 28-21, with some big help from Lewis who sealed the game with a sack on the final play as time expired.
This was Lewis’ third sack of the night and could not have come at a better time to thwart the opponent’s Hail Mary attempt and preserve his team’s victory. On the season, Lewis has nine tackles for loss and four sacks.
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