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Friday Night Recaps Week 8: Final teams enter the playoffs

Four of five Michigan teams advance to the district finals, while others get ready to start playoffs next week.

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It was another patchwork slate of games this week with two games being canceled because of COVID and another commit sitting out in his game. On the bright side, four out of the five Michigan teams advanced to the district finals and three others across the season finished their regular seasons with wins.

Tavierre Dunlap (Del Valle - TX)

Del Valle was able to squeak by San Marcos with a 14-7 victory. Dunlap did not play in the game for undisclosed reasons. Hopefully he’s healthy and back on the field next week.

Andrel Anthony (East Lansing - MI)

After earning a bye last week, East Lansing didn’t skip a beat on the way to beating Portage Central 49-6 in the second round of the playoffs.

Anthony returned a punt in the beginning of the game 50 yards for a touchdown. He also caught two passes for nine yards.

East Lansing moves on to play Portage Northern in the next round of the playoffs

Giovanni El-Hadi (Stevenson - MI)

In yet another tight victory, Stevenson came away with the 19-14 playoff win over Southfield A&T. El-Hadi helped Stevenson pave the way for 200 yards rushing and two touchdowns on the ground.

Stevenson’s next opponent is even more daunting. They’ll play West Bloomfield in a game packed with Michigan commits and targets.

Raheem Anderson (Cass Tech - MI)

Cass Tech remained undefeated by crushing Fordson 42-7, ending their season for the second year in a row. This win sent Cass Tech to the district finals for their 13th straight season.

In the district finals, Cass Tech will face Woodhaven, who is 7-1 on the season.

Quintin Somerville (Saguaro - AZ)

For the fourth time this season, Saguaro’s opponent had to cancel a game because of a positive COVID test. Unlike last week, Saguaro was not able to find another opponent in time to play a game.

Dominick Giudice (Mater Dei Prep - NJ)

Mater Dei Prep wrapped up their strong regular season with a 27-10 win over Manalapan.

Once again, there were no stats available for Giudice.

Next week Mater Dei Prep will play Wall Township in what isn’t exactly a playoff, but rather a “postseason grouping” that allows two more games to the end of the season.

Branden Jennings (Sandalwood - FL)

Sandalwood was able to right the ship after a two game skid with a 29-0 shutout over Andrew Jackson.

In the game, Jennings racked up 11 tackles, with two for a loss and one sack. He also forced a fumble.

With the regular season over, Sandalwood will have a chance at redemption in the first round of the playoffs against Mandarin, to whom they lost 29-14 two weeks ago.

Junior Colson (Ravenwood Academy - TN)

In the first round of the Tennessee state playoffs, Ravenwood Academy’s opponent had to forfeit because of a positive test. They’ll play Franklin in the second round.

Jaydon Hood and Ja’Den McBurrows (St. Thomas Aquinas - FL)

In a match-up of premier Florida high school programs, St. Thomas Aquinas came up big with a 33-23 win over American Heritage.

Hood only had two tackles on the night. McBurrows had zero tackles, but that’s much more of a positive as it means he was avoided in coverage and didn’t give up a catch in the one target that went his way.

There aren’t any more games on the books for St. Thomas Aquinas this year, but more could be put together in the future.

Tommy Doman (Orchard Lake-St. Mary’s - MI)

Orchard Lake-St. Mary’s bowed out of the playoffs in the second round after losing 31-13 to Brother Rice.

Doman hit both of his field goals, from 49 and 37 yards, as well as his one extra point. He finished the season a perfect six-for-six on field goals and 13-for-13 on extra points.

Marlin Klein (Rabun Gap-Nacoochee - GA)

Facing off against Union County, Rabun Gap-Nacoochee came away with a 21-6 win.

We finally have stats for Klein in this game and all other games this season! Last week, Klein caught three passes for 29 yards and a touchdown. On the season, he’s hauled in 17 receptions for 298 yards and five touchdowns.

Rabun Gap-Nacoochee’s opponent in the first round of the playoffs will be Providence Day.

Alex VanSumeren (Garber - MI)

Garber beat Swan Valley for the second time this season, albeit in a closer 21-14 game.

VanSumeren almost duplicated his performance from the first game this season with seven tackles and three tackles for loss.

Garber faces off against Freeland in the district finals next week.


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Jonathon Simmons