A pair of Michigan defensive line commits were slated to start their football seasons last weekend, but only one was able to play.
Three-star Dominick Giudice out of New Jersey was the lucky one whose game kicked off without a hitch. Out in Arizona, though, four-star Quintin Somerville’s game against Chaparral was canceled due to a positive COVID-19 test by a player on the opposing team. Fortunately, Saguaro should be good to go in a few more days and get on the field.
J.J. McCarthy and Greg Crippen (IMG Academy - FL)
IMG Academy jumped out to a big lead in their game against Life Christian Academy. With help from both J.J. McCarthy and Greg Crippen, the Ascenders scored five first-quarter touchdowns and eventually won 52-8.
McCarthy hooked up with Jacorey Brooks for a 77-yard touchdown on the first play of the game, then ran a bootleg for a two-yard rushing touchdown on the next possession. In the second quarter, McCarthy found Brooks again for a 68-yard touchdown.
In fact, McCarthy was only asked to throw two passes in the second half and was pulled for the fourth quarter. His final line was 13-for-18 with 254 yards and two touchdowns, plus the score on the ground. Crippen helped open up holes for four rushing touchdowns.
Next week, IMG Academy travels to Texas for another high profile matchup against Duncanville, in a game that will be full of Michigan targets.
Tavierre Dunlap (Del Valle - TX)
Del Valle dropped its second game of the season 44-27 to Liberty Hill. They now sit at .500 on the young season.
Tavirere Dunlap had a ho-hum game in comparison to last week’s outburst. He “only” carried the ball 20 times for 105 yards and didn’t find the end zone.
Del Valle’s schedule doesn’t get any easier next week when they face national powerhouse Westlake.
Andrel Anthony (East Lansing - MI)
East Lansing continued their hot start to the season by beating Waverly 17-0 and staying undefeated.
It was a record-breaking night for Andrel Anthony, who caught seven passes for 107 yards and a touchdown. That was enough to push him past two players to become East Lansing High School’s all-time leader in receiving yards with 1,688 in three seasons on varsity.
Here’s video of Anthony’s touchdown grab:
Easy money! @andrel_jr— Athlazon (@athlazon) October 3, 2020
East Lansing 17-0 over Waverly tonight. pic.twitter.com/wXWK5vvTfb
Anthony will look to pad his lead on the receiving yards list next week against Holt.
Giovanni El-Hadi (Stevenson - MI)
Chippewa Valley pulled away in the second half to hand Giovanni El-Hadi and Stevenson their first loss of the season, 42-27.
Despite the loss, Stevenson’s offense was as potent as it’s been all season. Their two leading ball carriers ran for 190 yards on over six yards per carry combined. This drew praise for the offensive line from Stevenson’s coach after the game.
“What can you say about Jordan Kwiatkowski? He got over 100 yards on 22 carries against that good defense. That’s a feather in the cap of our offensive line and tailbacks.”
Stevenson will continue their fight for a division title next week when they travel to Romeo.
Raheem Anderson (Cass Tech - MI)
In another big Detroit showdown following their opening week game, Cass Tech and Raheem Anderson had an easier time dispatching Renaissance 47-7.
There wasn’t much written about this game that I could find, so I can’t really say how Cass Tech scored.
Cass Tech will look to stay undefeated against Cody next week.
Dominick Giudice (Mater Dei Prep - NJ)
Dominick Giudice got to start his football season in a big matchup against Red Bank Catholic. Unfortunately, Mater Dei Prep lost the close defensive battle by the score of 10-3.
Mater Dei Prep was in the red zone late in the fourth quarter, but a bad snap was recovered by a Red Bank defender to end the game. No stats for Giudice were available.
Giudice and crew will look to bounce back next week at Middletown North.
Junior Colson (Ravenwood Academy - TN)
Ravenwood pulled out of a three-game skid last week by crushing Dickson County 42-7.
Junior Colson chipped in eight tackles, including one for a loss, on the night. Despite missing a couple of games with an injury, Colson is approaching 50 tackles on the season with 7.5 tackles for loss.
Next, Ravenwood faces Christ Presbyterian Academy on Thursday night.
Rod Moore (Northmont - OH)
Northmont capped off an undefeated regular season with another tight win, this time a 28-27 victory over Wayne. This locked up the two seed in their bracket for the playoffs, which start next week.
The only stats for Rod Moore I could find were on the offensive side of the ball. He caught a nine-yard pass for a touchdown, giving him six touchdown receptions on the season.
In the opening round of the playoffs, which every team makes this season, Northmont will square off against Middletown.
Tommy Doman (Orchard Lake-St. Mary’s - MI)
OLSM’s game against Brother Rice was decided by a last-second kick, but it wasn’t Tommy Doman who was able to win the game for his team. Instead, it was Brother Rice’s kicker who hit a 31-yard field goal as time expired for the 10-7 victory.
Doman did as much as he could, hitting the extra point after OLSM’s only score on the night. He also booted a couple of 50-yard punts with good hang time.
Another 50-yard punt for Michigan commit Tommy Doman (@tdoman36). Great hang time. #GoBlue pic.twitter.com/gJcLEzj8lh— "EJ Holland" (@EJHolland_TW) October 4, 2020
OLSM wraps up their regular season against Detroit Jesuit next week.
Marlin Klein (Rabun Gap-Nacoochee - GA)
Rabun Gap Nacoochee and Marlin Klein continued their hot start to the season by beating up on Metrolina Christian Academy 40-8.
No stats were available for Klein, and I suspect that will be the case for most of his season given the small school he plays for.
Rabun Gap’s next opponent is Cabarrus.
Alex VanSumeren (Garber - MI)
It was a tough night for Garber, who threw five interceptions as a team in their 31-7 loss to Frankenmuth.
I couldn’t find any stats for Alex VanSumeren, who plays on both sides of the ball.
Garber will play Saginaw Swan Valley in next week’s contest.
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