Brian Dohn, East Recruiting Analyst
Monmouth Junction (N.J.) South Brunswick vs Piscataway (N.J.)
The game featured a pair of marquee Rutgers commits, and the higher profile Nadir Barnwell, a four-star cornerback, and Piscataway came away with a 47-14 win. Barnwell was playing in his second game of the season after missing the first two with a shoulder injury. He plays quarterback and safety for the Chiefs, but it is easy to see why schools liked him at cornerback. He is quick and accelerates well, and on several scrambles at quarterback he showed fast feet, an ability to stop and change direction and very good body control.
At safety, he made a few tackles but didn't stick his nose in for a big hit (remember, he is coming off a shoulder injury). However, he has a very good feel for the game.
South Brunswick is led by safety T.J. Taylor, who is long (6-2/185) and also a long strider. He covers ground quickly and likes to deliver big hits, but he took a couple of bad angles on plays and it resulted in big gains. Still, Taylor has a huge upside because of his athleticism, and if his frame fills out, he could find himself playing linebacker.
Michael Clark, East Recruiting Analyst
Wake Forest (N.C.) Wake Forest-Rolesville vs. Raleigh (N.C.) Wakefield
Wakefield moved to 7-1 with a 33-19 win in Friday’s Cap 8 showdown against Wake Forest-Rolesville. Senior quarterback Connor Mitch led the charge for the Wolverines throwing for 320 yards and three touchdowns. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound South Carolina was razor sharp all night long. Mitch showed great poise and did a nice job taking what the defense gave him. He showed the ability to make all the throws and seemed to be a step ahead of the defense all night long. Mitch is a gamer and South Carolina fans should feel very good about their future signal-caller.
Wakefield’s Jordan Fielleteau had a huge game. The North Carolina commit finished the evening with 195 yards receiving and a touchdown. Every time I watch him play, I am more impressed with him. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound receiver is not flashy, but he just makes play after play. He does a nice job getting open and has soft hands. While he is not the fastest receiver, he runs good routes and is extremely physical. The three-star prospect wasn’t as heavily recruited as some of the other receivers in the Tar Heel state, but has the potential to be a very good possession receiver for North Carolina.
Wake Forest-Rolesville 2015 running back Bryce Love had a strong performance. Love finished the evening with 20 carries for 165 yards. He also had a big kickoff return called back due to a penalty. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Love is one of the fastest sophomores in the country. Love is an electric playmaker and every time he touches the ball he is a threat to go the distance. Along with his straight-line speed, Love also has great quickness and vision. He is one of the top sophomores in North Carolina and is already attracting interest from several big-time college football programs.
Kristen Kenney, East Field Reporter
Olney (Md.) vs Good Counsel vs Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha
Good Counsel's stingy defense, led by a handful of D1 prospects, held on to a 13-10 win over rival DeMatha. In the final minutes of the Friday night showdown, cornerback Kirk Garner made a game-changing tackle, forcing a turnover that helped seal a Falcon's victory. Infact, DeMatha entered the red-zone three times that night and left with just one field goal. That speaks to the stinginess of the Good Counsel defense. Not to mention the Falcons were without the services of star linebacker Dorian O'Daniel (Clemson) and Darien Carr. Both suffered minor injuries in the first half, turning the duties over to linebacker Reggie McGee (Houston), safety CJ Jones (UVA lean) and Marcel Ngachie. Jones recorded several interceptions, while Good Counsel's elite cornerback Kendall Fuller (Virginia Tech) showed up big, returning a punt 72-yards for a touchdown in the first quarter.
And, hey, you couldn't miss the two beasts on the Falcon's line in Jesse Aniebonam and Sam Mustipher. DeMatha; however, deserves some street credit. The Stags were down 13-3 at halftime, and managed to turn on the burners, to make it a 3 point game. 2014 wide receivers Cameron Phillips and Chris Jones gave Good Counsel's secondary, including Fuller, some problems. The most impressive looking guy on the field was 2014 offensive lineman Brock Ruble. At 6-foot-9, 309-pound he shows a lot of upside for a young, strong junior. Other notable names: Spencer Kleinrichert and Taiwan Deal.
Tony Greco, Panther Digest Publisher
Wexford (PA) North Allegheny 14 Monroeville (PA) Gateway 3
In a game of Quad-A heavyweights, North Allegheny prevailed with a 14-3 win at Gateway on Friday night.
A lot of the hype surrounding this game surrounded the passing game of both teams--Gateway quarterback Tommy Woodson, an Arizona commit, and North Allegheny's Spencer Leftwich, committed to Stephen F. Austin. This also included a Gateway secondary considered to be among the best in the country by head coach Terry Smith, highlighted by 2014 safety prospect Montae Nicholson.
The outcome was determined in the trenches, specifically 37 runs for 215 yards from North Allegheny. Five-star offensive lineman and Michigan commit Patrick Kugler lived up to that billing, paving the way for Leftwich (12 carries, 89 yards, 2 rushing touchdowns) and senior running back Alex DiCiantis (25 carries, 126 yards.
Look no further than a 13-play, 93-yard drive that was capped by a one-yard score for Leftwich. With Kugler leading the way, helping to wear down Gateway's front four, Michigan fans have a lot to took forward to based on Kugler's play.
2014 receiver Elijah Zeise had one catch for 10 yards, but was thrown to three other times. Two were overthrows by Leftwich. Zeise drew a pass interference penalty on the third, which was a key play late in the game. He also downed a punt inside the five on special teams.
Nicholson, Pitt commit Jaymar Parrish and 2014 receiver Ricky Rogers each had one reception for Gateway. Woodson finished with 127 yards passing on the night, but was sacked six times. Gateway running back Andre Martin was the workhorse early on, rushing for 73 of his 95 yards in the first half.