This week of high school football for Michigan commits was positive overall, with plenty of stat sheets getting stuffed across the country.
Three future Wolverines played in their first game of the season, including Michigan’s newest commits in both the 2021 and 2022 classes: Tavierre Dunlap and Marlin Klein. Check out how everyone fared below.
JJ McCarthy and Greg Crippen (IMG Academy - FL)
In a showdown between a trio of Michigan commits on Friday, IMG Academy predictably prevailed against Junior Colson and Ravenwood by the score of 45-14.
It was a similar game as last week for IMG Academy, with the ground game leading the way. Greg Crippen helped pave the way for 253 rushing yards and four touchdowns on the ground.
JJ McCarthy once again threw the first touchdown of the game but then settled in managing the ground game. He completed 16-of-31 passes for 193 yards and a touchdown, with 26 rushing yards on five carries.
Next week, McCarthy and Crippen will be back home playing Life Christian Academy from Virginia.
Tavierre Dunlap (Del Valle - TX)
Tavierre Dunlap kicked off his season in a big way on Friday night in Del Valle’s 28-13 victory over McNeil.
The most recent 2021 commit racked up 222 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries. Almost half of his yardage came from a 99-yard touchdown he ripped off below:
Del Valle squares off against Liberty Hill on Friday.
Andrel Anthony (East Lansing - MI)
After their first game of the year was cancelled because of a positive COVID-19 test last week, Andrel Anthony and East Lansing made a statement by upsetting River Rouge by the score of 21-6.
Anthony played his part, catching three passes for 84 yards and a touchdown. Here’s him winning a nice jump ball after a double move for a 40-yard reception.
Andrel Anthony’s second big play of the night occurs early in the third quarter on this 40-yard reception. pic.twitter.com/wt4z4bgMCQ— Austin Fox (@AustinFox42) September 26, 2020
East Lansing will look to stay hot against Waverly next week.
Giovanni El-Hadi (Stevenson - MI)
Stevenson played in another tight game in Week 2, but eventually pulled out a 12-7 win against Dakota. They have won their first two games by nine points, but are at 2-0 at this point in the season.
Giovanni El-Hadi and Stevenson’s schedule doesn’t get any easier next week when they face off against Chippewa Valley.
Raheem Anderson (Cass Tech - MI)
Raheem Anderson and the Cass Tech Technicians had an easier go in their game, shutting out Mumford 35-0 to get to 2-0.
Their schedule will get more difficult next week when they play Detroit Renaissance, who beat them last year.
Junior Colson (Ravenwood - TN)
I already covered how the game against IMG Academy went above, so I’ll focus more on Junior Colson’s performance here.
Facing a team loaded with top-level FBS prospects, Colson showed he fit right in, tallying eight tackles and even getting a sack on McCarthy.
He also picked up two key fourth down conversions on fake punts, one through the air and one on the ground. First, he took a direct snap and ran the ball to pick up a fourth-and-three. Then he threw a 25-yard pass to easily pick up another fourth-and-three in the third quarter.
Sitting at 3-3 on the season, Ravenwood will face Dickson County next week.
Rod Moore (Northmont - OH)
Northmont continued their undefeated season by beating Miamisburg 40-34, while Rod Moore continued to be one of the most impressive performers on both sides of the ball this season.
On defense, Moore racked up 10 tackles, an interception and a pass break up. He also kept his production up as a wide receiver, catching four passes for 88 yards and a touchdown. He has now caught five touchdowns on the season.
The Ohio regular season will already be in their sixth and final game of the regular season next week before the playoffs start. If they win against Wayne, Northmont will lock up a high seed.
Tommy Doman (Orchard Lake-St. Mary’s - MI)
While OLSM lost their game against De La Salle 21-13, Tommy Doman got to show off more of his kicking skills.
Doman nailed his first two field goal attempts of the year, from lengths of 22 and 53 yards. He also hit his lone extra point to remain perfect on the season.
Next week, OLSM will look to get back to their winning ways against Brother Rice.
Marlin Klein (Ruben Gap-Nacocoochee - GA)
In his first game as a Michigan commit, Marlin Klein played a big part in his team’s 24-21 win over the Christ School.
Full stats were not available, but Klein caught at least two passes for 32 yards. One of those catches was the game-winning touchdown on a fade to the back of the end zone.
Ruben Gap-Nacocoochee, who plays a schedule of North Carolina schools despite being in Georgia, will travel to Metrolina Christian Academy next week.
Alex VanSumeren (Garber - MI)
Garber played in a nailbiter last week, eventually winning 24-22 over Bridgeport in double overtime.
Like Klein, Alex VanSumeren also made the game-winning score, punching in a two-point conversion from a couple yards out. On defense, VanSumeren was a wrecking ball, making 12 tackles, three sacks and five tackles for loss.
Garber hosts Frankenmuth next week as they hope to stay undefeated.
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