Across the country, it was a pretty good weekend for Michigan commits in their high school games. The group was almost as likely to win in a shutout than not, with six of the thirteen commits participating in blanking their opponent.
The latest recruit to return to action was four-star defensive end Quintin Somerville, who got back on the field after his originally scheduled first game was canceled. The duo from St. Thomas Aquinas, Jaydon Hood and Ja’Den McBurrows, are slated to join next week.
J.J. McCarthy and Greg Crippen (IMG Academy - FL)
Unsurprisingly, IMG Academy was in the highest profile game of the weekend as they traveled to Texas to take on nationally-ranked Duncanville. They didn’t prove to be much of a challenge as IMG Academy cruised to a 41-14 victory.
McCarthy shined in maybe his best performance of the year considering the circumstances. On a sprained ankle that could have kept him out of the game, McCarthy gutted out a 19 for 30 day with 246 yards and three touchdowns.
Maybe the best throw of the day wasn’t for a touchdown though (the tweet is inaccurate), as he put this ball in a spot where only his receiver could make the play right near the goal line.
Where only his receiver could grab it.— All-American Bowl (@AABonNBC) October 10, 2020
2021 All-American JJ McCarthy (@jjmccarthy09) throws a heater for the touchdown.#AAB21 #GoBlue 〽️#AllAmericanBowl
IMG Academy will play against Bishop Sycamore (OH) next, in what is going to be an ugly blowout.
Tavierre Dunlap (Del Valle - TX)
Without trying to sugarcoat it, Dunlap had one of the weakest performances I’ve covered doing these high school roundups for the past three seasons. His team as a whole struggled, as Westlake crushed Del Valle 58-0.
Westlake defense bottled up Dunlap to only 16 yards on 13 total carries, while obviously keeping him out of the end zone. Dunlap did get the chance to flash his ability on a kick return, but that was about it.
Michigan commit Tavierre Dunlap (@TavierreD) with the hurdle on this kick return! #GoBlue pic.twitter.com/Kie522IyhG— "EJ Holland" (@EJHolland_TW) October 10, 2020
Thankfully, life for Dunlap and Del Valle will get easier against Bowie next week.
Andrel Anthony (East Lansing - MI)
On the other hand, East Lansing demolished Holt by the score of 63-0 to move to 4-0 on the season.
Anthony has been amazingly consistent this season. He caught three passes for 83 yards and a touchdown, missing out on matching his week one stat line by a single yard. He’s caught a touchdown pass every game this season, not counting their forfeit win.
Here’s video of his most recent score:
Ambrose Wilson finds Michigan commit Andrel Anthony wide open down the field for a 47-yard TD. Trojans now lead 14-0 late in the first quarter. pic.twitter.com/Alz2dS69JG— Nathaniel Bott (@Nathaniel_Bott) October 9, 2020
Next week, East Lansing will look to stay undefeated against Grand Ledge.
Giovanni El-Hadi (Stevenson - MI)
There wasn’t much to find about Stevenson’s 14-7 win against Romeo, except that it seems impossible for them to play in anything but a close game. In fact, this seven point win is Stevenson’s largest margin of victory this season.
Still, a win is a win and El-Hadi and Stevenson are now 3-1. El-Hadi showed off his most impressive play of the game on Twitter:
Y’all remember that one movie? #Excessiveblocking pic.twitter.com/oddf5SRKWT— Giovanni El-Hadi (@giovanni_hadi63) October 11, 2020
Stevenson will face off against 2022 five-star cornerback and major Michigan target Will Johnson and Grosse Pointe South next week, in what will sure to be a close game.
Raheem Anderson (Cass Tech - MI)
There was not a lot of ink about Cass Tech’s game either, but their 52-0 blowout win speaks for itself.
Cass Tech’s game was so out of hand they even let Anderson line up at running back and get a carry! He actually looked pretty good back there, picking six or seven yards.
October 9, 2020
In their crossover game, Cass Tech will face their rival Detroit King once again after beating them in the season opener.
Quintin Somerville (Saguaro - AZ)
After a positive COVID-19 test by their opponent canceled last week’s game, Saguaro finally got to see the field in 2020. They let out their frustration against Brophy Prep, pitching a 27-0 shutout.
Somerville played his part in the defensive showing, notching four tackles, three of which were for a loss.
Saguaro plays Maricopa in their second game of the season.
Dominick Giudice (Mater Dei Prep - NJ)
After a crushing loss to start their season last week, Mater Dei bounced back with a solid 28-17 victory over Middletown North. No stats were available for Giudice.
Mater Dei crosses town to play against Middletown South next week.
Junior Colson (Ravenwood Academy - TN)
Ravenwood has had an up and down season. This past week was a downer as they lost 31-23 to CPA, last year’s state finalists.
I couldn’t find any stats for Colson, who may have sat out with the lingering injury he’s had that caused him to sit out a game earlier this year.
Ravenwood will square off against Smyrna next as they try to climb above .500.
Rod Moore (Northmont - OH)
After wrapping up the regular season undefeated, Northmont cruised to a 35-0 victory over Middletown in the first round of the playoffs, which every team made this year in Ohio.
Moore once again was a major presence on offense, catching four passes for 66 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Here’s a clip of one of the touchdown grabs, of which he has eight this season:
October 10, 2020
Northmont moves on to face Marysville in the playoff quarterfinals.
Tommy Doman (Orchard Lake-St. Mary’s - MI)
Orchard Lake-St. Mary’s lost a tough game 27-10 against Detroit Catholic Central to fall to 1-3 on the season.
Doman performed well in both phases of the kicking game on the night. He drilled his one field goal attempt from 47 yards and made the team’s sole extra point attempt to stay perfect on both for the season. He also booted six punts for a 49.6 average, downing five within the 20-yard line.
OLSM moves on to play Detroit Jesuit next week.
Marlin Klein (Rabun Gap-Nacoochee - GA)
Klein and Rabun-Gap Nacoochee continued their wreckage of the North Carolina private school league in which they play with a 49-0 victory against Cabarrus.
There weren’t any stats available for Klein again, but we know he scored between zero and seven touchdowns.
Rabun-Gap Nacoochee will host Christ School next to complete their home and home for the season.
Alex VanSumeren (Garber - MI)
The final shutout of the week goes to Alex VanSumeren and Garber, who crushed their archrivals Glenn 41-0, which is the biggest margin of victory in the history of the rivalry.
VanSumeren had five tackles in the game, including a tackle for loss and a forced fumble. He also carried the ball twice on offense, scoring a touchdown, and caught a pass.
Garber moves on to play Swan Valley this Friday.
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