Raekwon McMillan Early Season Highlights
No. 1 Dwyer 51, Jupiter 7: QB Daniel Parr helps Panthers continue to dominate rival Warriors (pb game time)
PALM BEACH GARDENS —
Dwyer has completely dominated the recent history of its rivalry with Jupiter, and Friday night was no different as the top-ranked Panthers dismantled the Warriors 51-7.
In the teams’ last three meetings, Dwyer has outscored Jupiter 137-7.
The Panthers’ offense was in top form throughout the game and wasted no time in getting started. Dwyer scored on its opening drive when running back Alonzo Smith reached the end zone from 15 yards out.
Smith almost had his second score on the next Panthers’ possession, but he fumbled on the Warriors’ 4-yard line. Luckily for Dwyer, the ball was recovered by offensive lineman Jordan Sylvestre, who took it in for a TD and 14-0 lead.
After the Panthers’ defense recorded a safety on the ensuing Warriors drive, the offense marched down the field again. Quarterback Daniel Parr scampered in from 13 yards out to make it 23-0.
Football - Bigger, Faster, Stronger: Saeed Blacknall and Mike Gesicki (all shore media)
It's one of the worst feelings as a defensive coach.
The alignment was correct, the right defense was called, the players were perfectly positioned to stop the play, but the athletic freak on the other side wrecked it all with one well-timed leap or breathtaking catch in traffic.
Any team that has faced Manalapan senior wide receiver Saeed Blacknall and Southern senior wideout/tight end Mike Gesicki in the last two seasons knows the feeling. It's the helplessness that comes with knowing there is only so much you can do to stop them, and then the rest is up to luck.
"They're going to make plays,'' said Toms River North head coach Dave Oizerowitz, whose team has to face them both this year. "Your kid could do everything right, but they are big, athletic kids. They can do things smaller players can do, and one's 6-6 and the other one's 6-4."
Both are coming off stellar junior campaigns and productive offseasons that put them among the top talents in the nation at their respective positions. Blacknall, who has verbally committed to Rutgers, is a four-star recruit ranked No. 31 by Rivals.com among wide receiver prospects in the nation for his class. Gesicki is ranked as the No. 14 tight end prospect in the country by Rivals and has 22 FBS offers and counting.
Each of them was a first-team All-Shore selection last year. Blacknall had 40 catches for 743 yards and 11 touchdowns receiving, ran for 114 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries, and averaged 43 yards per punt return and 47 yards per kickoff return in bringing back four kicks or punts for touchdowns. Gesicki rewrote the school record book at Southern with 50 catches for 958 yards and nine touchdowns. Both of their teams reached NJSIAA sectional finals.
"Blacknall is definitely faster, but Gesicki has football speed that people don't realize,'' said Freehold Township coach Mike D'Antonio, who also has to face them both. "He is fast on the field. They pose very similar challenges in that they're physically bigger, faster and stronger."
Panthers take down Appling County Pirates (coastal courier)
Liberty County High School is off to a 2-0 start to their football season after taking a 19-16 win over Appling County Friday night at Donell Woods Stadium.
It was a testament to the strong Panther defense, which according to Panther offensive coordinator Ryan Glazer had to hold the Appling offense after the Panthers committed four offensive turnovers.
Senior and five-star recruit standout Raekwon McMillan led the defense with 13 tackles, four for loss. More impressive are the numbers that the highly touted linebacker put up for the Panther offense.
McMillan scored three of the Panthers’ touchdowns on carries of 40, 50 and three yards. He finished the contest with 11 carries for 122 yards.
Monday, four-star wide receiver Noah Brown committed to the Ohio State Buckeyes over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, his other finalist. The 6-2, 220-pound Pope John XXIII (Sparta, N.J.) star made his final decision the day after returning home from an Ohio State official visit. Brown made the trip to OSU with his older brother, and got the opportunity to spend extended one-on-one time with Buckeye head coach Urban Meyer. The results of that interaction proved insurmountable for the Rutgers program as Brown decided to leave the state and represent Rutgers' latest emerging rival in the Big Ten conference.
Ohio State gets #18, while Raekwon McMillan gives a short update on where Ohio State (and other schools) stand in his recruitment and Austin Dorris talks about his visit to Columbus over the weekend.
'14 ATH Noah Brown gave his commitment to Ohio State late last night, bringing the class of 2014 to 18 total commitments. Brown quickly got to work, helping to recruit other high-profile athletes to try and entice top players to join him in adding to the Dream 14, starting with '14 JUCO OL Chad Mavety:
Tight end prospect Mike Gesicki of Manahawkin, N.J., ranks among the most heavily recruited receiving targets in the 2014 class. The 6'6", 235-pound prospect at Southern Regional High School remains uncommitted. He's considering offers from Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin, Rutgers, Duke, Kansas, Boston College, Miami, Florida State and Syracuse, according to 247Sports.
Gesicki, a multisport star who ranks among southern New Jersey's top basketball forwards and led his high school volleyball team to the 2013 state title, enjoyed a busy summer on the recruiting trail. He spent months journeying to college campuses across the country in an attempt to make an educated decision before national signing day.