By The Bank....Breakdown of Jalin's opening game from physical skills, mental skills, intangibles & what to expect at the next level. Jalin finished the game 6 of 13 passing for 87 yards & 1 TD and rushed 23 times for 322 yards & 3 TDs.
Ezekiel Elliott did a little bit of everything Friday night as John Burroughs, the unanimous No. 1 team in Class 3, beat host Central 43-14 in the season opener for both teams.
Elliott, a senior tailback who has given Ohio State a verbal commitment, scored four touchdowns. Two came on runs of 36 and 13 yards, one came on a 49-yard pass reception and one came on a 60-yard punt return.
Central's touchdowns came on a 50-yard run by Chris Martin and a 28-yard run by Braion Owens.
The Tigers actually had more total yards than the Bombers, 336 to 247, but big plays and short fields by Burroughs proved decisive.
It was a two-touchdown game that came down to two feet. Facing a fourth-and-1 on the game’s biggest play, there was little question who was going to get the ball for Warren Harding, just as there was little question who the Raiders most needed to block.
“My coaches were in my ear telling me, ‘You’ve got to make this stop,’” said Fitch senior defensive lineman Billy Price.
And so, with five minutes left and the Falcons clinging to a seven-point lead, the Raiders handed the ball to their workhorse running back, LeShun Daniels, on a fourth-and-1 at the Fitch 29.
Wide receiver James Quick’s monster game lifted Trinity High School past Montgomery Bell of Tennessee 27-23 on Friday night – helping the Shamrocks to their 27th consecutive victory.
Quick, perhaps the top remaining recruiting target of the University of Louisville in the 2013 class, had 10 receptions for 246 yards and touchdowns of 77 and 78 yards for Trinity (2-0), which trailed 23-17 late in the third quarter.
Quick was the major target for quarterback Travis Wright, who was 17 of 25 for three TDs with no interceptions.
A four-star prospect ranked as the nation’s No. 182 senior by Rivals.com, Quick is considering U of L, Ohio State and Oregon most closely. Kentucky and Cincinnati are also in his final five choices.
Joe Henderson (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) has offers from Michigan, Cincinnati and Illinois and likes all three.
What he’s looking for now is one from Ohio State.
“All three are great colleges, but I’m still waiting until my senior year,” the 2014 defensive end said. “Cincinnati is a great program. They’re great with the kids.
"Michigan is the same as Cincy. They have a great facility, great coaches. Coach [Greg] Mattison is one of my favorite coaches. Illinois has great facilities and great coaches. They know how to work well with the kids."
MASSILLON, Ohio -- Massillon (Ohio) Washington has no shortage of BCS-level prospects on its roster, and its best 2014 prospect could be Marcus Whitfield.
The dynamic receiver/safety is a playmaker on both sides of the ball, and he’s garnering interest from schools already.
Whitfield participated at a camp at Ohio State in June, and Buckeyes co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Everett Withers has recruited him ever since.
“He pulled me aside -- I went as as a receiver -- and he pulled me aside and we just did some one-on-one stuff,” Whitfield said. “After we did the drills he told me he really liked me and wanted to start looking at me.”
Nolan Jackson-Daniel (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) has interest from Akron, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Northwestern and Ohio State.
The 2014 wide receiver is far from making a decision, but he did hint at liking a few of the Big Ten schools.
While Iowa is near the top of the list, so are Ohio State and Michigan.
"I'm just going to wait," said Jackson-Daniel, who had a 61-yard touchdown reception Friday night against Solon. "I'm not jumping in just yet. I like the level intensity of all their programs. I've seen them all on TV and have visited all the colleges except Iowa."
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Four-star Florida State wide receiver commit Tony Stevens and his Orlando Evans teammates lost a disappointing preseason game to Jacksonville Sandalwood 29-27 on Friday night, but the talented 6-foot-4, 184-pound receiver accounted for three receptions for 49 yards and two touchdowns in only one half of action.
Stevens, whose two touchdowns went for 30 and 13 yards, said after the game that he is planning to take all five of his official visits in the fall.
"I'm going to take all of my visits because it's my senior year," Stevens said. "I know I'm going to visit Ohio State, FSU, Louisville, South Carolina and USF ... but I'm still solid to Florida State."
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