Another week into the HSFB season — omg it’s almost over, you guys! — and things are heating up around the country.
With 19 players in the 2017 recruiting class at this moment, Miami has one of the largest group of commits in America. Some of that group was unable to showcase their talents this week due to weather impacting games. Here’s your full recap:
QB N’Kosi Perry and Ocala (FL) Vanguard — ranked #2 in Florida’s 6A classification —kept their season rolling, destroying crosstown rival Ocala (FL) Forrest 56-3 on Friday night.
This is a battle of undefeated teams was no contest from the beginning, and the win earned Vanguard the district championship.
For his part, Perry showed again why he’s a top prospect. In routing his rival HS, Perry added another record to his list of accomplishments: he became the first Vanguard QB to go 4-0 as a varsity QB against Forrest.
As far as stats go, Perry went 9/13 for 224 yards and 3 TDs and added a rushing TD. This included Perry going 6/7 for 164 yards and 2 TDs in Vanguard’s 36 point 2nd quarter. Wooo buddy. Perry put in that WORK, kid.
The undefeated two-time defending District 5-6A champion Knights conclude the regular season with a trip to Lakeland (FL) Lake Gibson before starting their run toward a State Championship next week (opponent TBD).
QB Cade Weldon and Tampa (FL) Jefferson clinched a playoff spot with a 38-0 win over Tampa (FL) Robinson on Friday night. Weldon led his team to victory with a solid game passing: 14/24, 184 yards, and 3 TDs on the night.
The runners up in District 10-5A, the Dragons will travel to Ruskin (FL) Lennard to round out their regular season before starting their playoff season with a trip to St. Petersburg (FL) Lakewood — the District 9-5A champions — next week.
RB Robert Burns and the Miami (FL) Gulliver Prep Raiders beat Hialeah-Miami Lakes (FL) 38-15 on Friday night. Burns has been held out of several games recently, and has only a handful of carries and yards on the year. He did, however, have a 95 yards Kickoff return TD early in the season. That play accounts for the entriety of Burns’ 2016 highlights.
This borderline 3-star/4-star recruit has already been presented with his jersey for the Under Armour All-American game, so he has physical talent. But, to be clear, his production has been poor this season, really 2 seasons — and that’s being generous. It’s unclear if it’s just injuries or other, but Burns hasn’t come close to replicating the performance of his sophomore year, one that saw him burst onto the scene as the “next big thing”.
Gulliver Prep travels to Key West (FL) for their season finale this Friday night.
WR Kevaughn Dingle and the Carol City (FL) Chiefs lost to Miami (FL) Northwestern 19-14. The loss gives Northwestern the District Championship, and slots Carol City as the runner-up.
Carol City will host Hialeah (FL) American in the regular season finale this week. They begin their playoff season with the champion of District 16-6A, which has yet to be determined.
WR Evidence Njoku and Wayne Hills (NJ) Wayne Hills won a thriller overcross-town rivals Wayne (NJ) Wayne Valley 25-24 on Friday night. Njoku’s impact was minimal in the game, ending with 2 catches for 21 yards.
Wayne Hills hosts Irvington (NJ) in the regular season finale. WH has a chance to end with an undefeated district record, and plenty of momentum heading into the playoffs.
TE Brian Polendey and Denton (TX) Guyer got another key district win, shutting out McKinney (TX) Boyd 37-0 on Friday night. Guyer is now 7-2 (5-1 in district) and has a chance to clinch a playoff spot this week.
A power running team, Guyer continued that trend, running for 376 yards and passing for just 70 in the blowout win. As has been standard this year, none of the receiving yards went to Polendey, a versatile player who isn’t targeted in Guyer’s offense.
Guyer’s regular season continues with their final district game — a home game against Plano (TX) West on Friday night.
OL Navaughn Donaldson and Miami (FL) Central Rockets missed the playoffs, and had just 8 regular season games previously. Their season is over.
The Rockets’ season ends at 6-2, and their streak of 4 consecutive State Championships is over. Florida’s 6A classification will have a new champion in 2017.
OL Zach Dykstra and the Spirit Lake (IA) Indians missed the playoffs and have concluded their season.
The Indians’ season ends at 6-4.
OL Zalontae Hillery, ATH DeeJay Dallas and their Brunswick (GA) Glynn Academy Terrors had a bye this week.
They will go for their 9th straight win in the season finale vs Hinesville (GA) Bradwell Institute on November 4th.
DT Jon Ford and the Ft. Lauderdale (FL) Dillard Panthers beat Boynton Beach (FL) 17-8 on Friday night. With the win, the Panthers forced a 3-way tiebreaker, which is being played today (Monday).
The tiebreaker has Dillard, Lauderdale Lakes (FL) Boyd Anderson, and Boynton Beach (FL). The teams will play quarters vs each other to determine the district champion AND runner-up. So, after tonight, 2 teams will have playoff spots locked up, and the other will be eliminated. Tough spot, but good players thrive under pressure.
Regardless of the result of Monday’s tiebreaker, Dillard will conclude their regular season with a home game against Pompano Beach (FL) Blance Ely.
DE Jonathan Garvin and the Lake Worth (FL) Trojans lost to Greenacres (FL) John I. Leonard 20-19 on Friday night. The loss eliminated any chance for Lake Worth to force a tiebreaker or make the playoffs.
The Trojans’ season ends at 4-5 (3-3 in district).
DE D.J. Johnson and his Sacramento (CA) Luther Burbank Titans saw their impressive 5-game win streak come to and end with a 62-19 loss at the hands of Sacramento (CA) on Friday night.
Burbank had beaten their previous 5 opponents — all district foes — 292-26, but that all came to an abrupt end on Friday night. The Titans are now 5-1 in district play.
Burbank hosts Sacramento (CA) Kennedy — a 6-3 (4-2 in district) team — on Friday night.
LB Waynmon Steed and the Miami (FL) Central Rockets missed the playoffs, and had just 8 regular season games previously. Their season is over.
LB Bradley Jennings Jr. and Jacksonville (FL) Sandalwood continued to chase a playoff berth with a 41-21 win over district foe DeLand (FL) on Friday night.
Like DT Jonathan Ford and Dillard, Jennings Jr. and Sandalwood find themselves in a Monday evening tiebreaker. The Saints will join Port Orange (FL) Spruce Creek and Jacksonville (FL) Mandarin in a 3-way tiebreaker to determine the District 1-8A champion and runner up. Again, 3 teams will enter, 2 teams will leave with playoff spots, and the 3rd will be near the end of their season.
Sandalwood’s regular season will conclude with a trip to Jacksonville (FL) Lee on Tuesday (?) and by hosting Jacksonville (FL) White on Friday. I think .
DB Trajan Bandy and the Miami (FL) Columbus Explorers beat Coral Gables (FL) 14-7 on Friday. The win moved Columbus to 4-0 in District 14-8A, and clinched the District championship.
Columbus ends their regular season with a 6-3 (4-0 in district) record. The Explorers have a bye this week before beginning their playoff run with a game against Hialeah (FL) American, the runner-up in District 13-8A.
DB Billy Gibson and Miami (FL) Southridge had a bye this week.
Already the champions of District 16-8A, the Spartans close their regular season with a game against Miami (FL) before opening the playoffs against Southwest Miami (FL), the runner up of District 15-8A.
DB Amari Carter and the Palm Beach Gardens (FL) Gators recovered from their tough loss last week with a 24-14 win over Palm Beach (FL) Central on Friday night.
The win clinched a playoff spot for Gardens as the District 9-8A runner up.
Gardens will finish their regular season with a non-district game against Boynton Beach — yes, the same Boynton Beach that is playing in the 3-team tiebreaker against Boyd Anderson and Dillard on Monday night — before traveling to Lake Worth (FL) Park Vista, the champions of District 10-8A, to open their playoff season.
P Zach Feagles and the Ridgewood (NJ) Maroons won a slugfest against Wayne (NJ) Passaic County Tech by a tight 14-7 score on Friday night.
Feagles, the star FB for Ridgewood, provided the entire scoring offense for the Maroons, scoring on runs of 1 and 9 yards, respectively. For the game, Feagles 16 carries for 78 yards and the aforementioned 2 TDs. He also had 4 punts for 138 yards (34.5 avg) on the night.
Ridgewood looks to complete an undefeated regular season with a trip to Paterson (NJ) Eastside on Friday night.
And, just because I’m me, well....enjoy the Eastside Alma Mater, won’t you?
That’s it for this week’s commit recap.
See you next week.