Another week into the HSFB season — omg it’s almost over, you guys! — and things are heating up around the country.
With 20 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 —saw their undefeated season come to an end, dropping a 35-14 game to Lakeland (FL) Lake Gibson. Lake Gibson was also undefeated heading into this game, but not as highly ranked as Vanguard in 6A, so it’s not like Perry and Co. lost to some chumps. That’s a good team that Vanguard could see again in 3 weeks in the 6A playoffs.
For his part, Perry went 13 for 24 passing for 225 yards and 2 TDs. But, he was sacked 6 times, continually harassed by Lake Gibson’s DL, and Vanguard — a team averaging 49.6 points per game through their first 8 games — was held to their lowest offensive output of the season.
Perry, who had previously broken Daunte Culpepper’s career TD record, and became the only Vanguard QB to beat rival Forest 4 times in a HS career, added another record to his credit:
N'Kosi Perry did pass Daunte Culpepper to become Vanguard's career passing leader tonight. Needed 180. Got 224. Now has 6,151.— Richard Burton (@FLFBRecords) November 5, 2016
Not bad for a career, even if the record came in a loss.
Perry and Vanguard being their run towards a 6A State Championship with a home game against Spring Hill (FL), the District 5-6A runners up. For the first time in 5 years, Florida’s 6A classification will have a new champion. With Miami (FL) Central having been eliminated from the playoffs, the door is open for a new team to claim the throne. Perry and Vanguard will begin stating their case for that honor on Friday night.
QB Cade Weldon and Tampa (FL) Jefferson closed out their regular season with a 52-13 win at Ruskin (FL) Lennard. Weldon led his team with a 11 for 24 passing effort, including 211 yards, 1 TD and 2 more TDs rushing before hitting the bench in the blowout win.
Jefferson’s playoff season starts on Friday with a trip to St. Petersburg (FL) Lakewood — the District 9-5A champions.
RB Robert Burns and the Miami (FL) Gulliver Prep Raiders lost to Key West (FL) 14-7 in their season finale this Friday night. As has been the case for most of his senior season, Burns did not play in this game.
Burns ends his year with 9 carries for 53 yards and 1 kickoff returned 95 yards for a TD. That’s it. For the year. No, that’s not a typo.
WR Kevaughn Dingle, LB De’Andre Wilder and the Carol City (FL) Chiefs beat Hialeah (FL) American 45-0 in the regular season finale this week. Wilder played in his last HSFB game; he turned 19 years and 9 months on November 4th, aging out of FHSAA eligibility. He committed to Miami on the field immediately after the game. Dingle had a solid day receiving on the day, although I was unable to find the exact numbers. THis video from Andrew Ivins of InsideTheU — Miami’s 247sports site — gave us a good look at what Dingle was able to do on the night.
Miami wide receiver commit Kevaughn Dingle was making plays on Thursday. pic.twitter.com/qY0rLc6oXW— Andrew Ivins (@Andrew_Ivins) November 7, 2016
Carol City, runners up in District 15-6A, travel to Ft. Lauderdale to begin their playoff season with the champion of District 16-6A, DT commit Jon Ford and the Dillard Panthers, on Friday night.
WR Evidence Njoku and Wayne Hills (NJ) Wayne Hills won their District Championship with a 48-27 win over Irvington (NJ) in the regular season finale. Njoku had 2 catches for 53 yards, including a 36 yard TD to put WH up for good late in the 2nd quarter.
8-1 on the year and 4-0 in District, Wayne Hills begins their playoff run vs Succasunna (NJ) Roxbury on Friday night. This is a rematch from earlier in the year, a game that Wayne Hills won 42-35 in September.
TE Brian Polendey and Denton (TX) Guyer got another key district win, beating Plano (TX) West 30-10 on Friday night. Guyer is now 8-2 (6-1 in district) and clinched a playoff spot with the win.
A power running team, Guyer shoed a bit more balance than in previous weeks, running for 241 yards and passing for 141 yards in the win. As has been standard this year, evven with many more yards than normal, none of the receiving yards went to Polendey, a versatile player who isn’t targeted in Guyer’s offense.
Guyer’s playoff season begins with a matchup against Trophy Club (TX) Byron Nelson on Friday night. Nelson started the year 0-5, but went 4-1 over the 2nd half of the year to earn a playoff spot.
FUN FACT: my mom (hi, mom) lives in Trophy Club, TX and is only a 5 minute drive from Byron Nelson HS. So.....yay?
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 got their 9th straight win with a 41-0 blowout of Hinesville (GA) Bradwell Institute on Friday night. The Terrors dropped their season opener and haven’t lost since. They’re on a serious roll, and locked up the Region 2-6A championship with Friday’s win.
Hillery continued his strong play along the OL. Dallas scored on a 33 yard TD run, but further stats were unavailable online.
Glynn Academy starts their playoff run by hosting Jonesboro (GA) on Friday night.
DT Jon Ford and the Ft. Lauderdale (FL) Dillard Panthers split their games this week. They won the District 15-6A tiebreaker over Boynton Beach (FL) and Lauderdale Lakes (FL) Boyd Anderson to clinch the District Championship.
Dillard lost their regular season finale in the Soul Bowl vs Pompano Beach (FL) Blanche Ely 14-7 in OT on Friday night.
Regardless of that 2nd result, Dillard is in the playoffs, and that’s a good thing. Ford and the Panthers host fellow UM commit WR Kevaughn Dingle and Carol City (FL) in the first round of the playoffs on Friday night.
DE Jonathan Garvin and the Lake Worth (FL) Trojans had a bye in week 11. They missed the playoffs this year.
The Trojans’ season ends at 4-5 (3-3 in district).
DE D.J. Johnson and his Sacramento (CA) Luther Burbank Titans got back on the winning side of things with a 55-16 win over Sacramento (CA) Kennedy on Friday night. Johnson just wants to let you know he’s a highly destructive individual on the football field.
Just a highly destructive individual #Savagemode #canegang #squad17 pic.twitter.com/FhnIVQatHv— Deonte DJ Johnson (@King_DJ01) November 7, 2016
Johnson and Luther Burbank opens their playoff run with a neutral site game vs Benicia (CA) on Friday night. Benicia went 6-4 (4-1) on the year, while Luther Burbank went 6-4 (6-1) this season. Should be a good game.
LB Waynmon Steed and the Miami (FL) Central Rockets missed the playoffs, and had just 8 regular season games previously. Their season is over.
News recently broke that Steed played his senior year with a knee injury that will require surgery. Miami will honor his scholarship, and Steed is on track to enroll at Miami in January.
LB Bradley Jennings Jr. and Jacksonville (FL) Sandalwood won their regular season finale 47-12 over Jacksonville (FL) White on Friday.
Sandalwood, runners up in District 1-8A, travels to Sanford (FL) Seminole for their playoff opener on Friday night. If Sanford Seminole is a familiar name, that’s the school that produced UF WR Andre Dubose and UM S Ray Ray Armstrong and TE/DE Dyron Dye about a decade ago.
DB Trajan Bandy and the Miami (FL) Columbus Explorers had a bye this week.
They begin their playoff run with a game against Hialeah (FL) American, the runner-up in District 13-8A, on Friday night.
DB Billy Gibson and Miami (FL) Southridge closed their regular season with a 44-0 win against Miami (FL) High.
The Trojans, a team expected to make a deep run in the playffs, opens their playoff run against Southwest Miami (FL), the runner up of District 15-8A, on Friday night.
DB Amari Carter and the Palm Beach Gardens (FL) Gators ended their regular season with at 38-10 loss to Boynton Beach.
Gardens travels to Lake Worth (FL) Park Vista, the champions of District 10-8A, to open their playoff season on Friday night.
P Zach Feagles and the Ridgewood (NJ) Maroons completed an undefeated regular season with a 55-7 win over Paterson (NJ) Eastside on Friday night. Feagles did what Feagles does, ending the game with 6 carries for 66 yards and 3 TDs and 1 catch for 25 yards in the blowout win.
The undefeated Maroons open their playoff run vs West Orange (NJ) on Friday night.
That’s it. Some Canes commits are chasing State Championships, others are getting a head start on their offseason workouts before heading to Miami in January or May, depending.
See you guys next week.