With the 2012 high school football season just starting, ISD will be keeping you up to date with who the NotreDame’s committments will be playing on a weekly basis and also giving you the final resultsof those games on Mondays.
Malik Zaire QB Archbishop Alter:
Archbishop Alter will open the season tonight against Fairmont (Kettering, OH).
Last season Zaire and the Knights defeated the Firebirds by the score of 38-6.
In last season’s game, Zaire finished 4 for 8 passing with one touchdown and rushed 18 times for 130 yards, a 7.2 yard average. He also had two rushing touchdowns.
Jamel James RB Cinco Ranch:
Cinco Ranch (Katy, Texas) will start off their season against Cypress Ranch (Houston, Texas) on August 31st at BBVA Compass Stadium, home of the MLS Houston Dynamos.
The Cinco Ranch Cougars finished the 2011 season with a 9-3 record and haven’t played the Cypress Ranch Mustangs (6-4 last season) in quite awhile.
Will Fuller WR Roman Catholic:
Fuller and the Cahillite’s will open their season on Sept. 1st against Malvern Prep (Malvern, PA).
Last season, Roman Catholic was shutout by the Friar’s by the score 17-0.
James Onwualu WR Cretin-Derham:
Onwualu and the Raiders will open up the season this Saturday against the Osseo Orioles (Osseo, MN).
It looks as if Cretin-Derham (11-1 last season) havn’t played Osseo (9-2 last season) for a long time, if ever.
Corey Robinson WR San Antonio Christian:
The San Antonio Christian Lions open the season on Aug. 31st against the St Michael’s Crusaders (Austin, TX).
The last time the San Antonio Christian faced St. Michael’s was seven years ago when Robinson was in 5th grade. The Lions lost that contest 31-18.
Mike Heuerman TE Barron Collier:
Heuerman and the Cougars will open their season tonight against the Estero Wildcats (Estero, FL).
Last season Barron Collier and Estero finished with identical 6-5 records, but didn’t play each other.
Hunter Bivin OL Apollo:
Unfortunately, Bivin and the Eagles opened up the season last Friday night with a 23-12 loss to a talented Owensboro Catholic (Owensboro, KY) squad that finished 12-1 last season.
Apollo had the lead 12-10 with just a little over two minutes left in the game before the Aces scored two touchdowns in a 22 second span that stunned Bivin’s Eagles.
Apollo (0-1) will try to get on the winning track tonight as they prepare for the Owensboro Red Devils (1-0) who opened the season with a shutout 27-0 against Daviess County.
Steven Elmer OL Midland:
The Midland Medics (Midland, MI) opened the 2012 season last night against the Canton Chiefs (Canton, MI). or
The Medics (1-0) ended up defeating the Chiefs(0-1) in overtime 29-28. The Chiefs opened overtime with a score to make it 28-21, but Midland’s coaching staff made a gutsy decision to go for two after they had scored and left Canton shell-shocked.
Here’s a summary of the end of the game by Fred Kelly, a reporter for the Midland Daily News:
“On Midland’s first play of OT, quarterback Alec Johnson ran and spun his way up the middle for a 9-yard gain, taking the ball to Canton’s 1-yard line. On the next play, running back Scott Naples was drilled by a defender just as he was receiving the handoff and fumbled the ball. But Midland’s Austen Irrer leapt on the loose ball in the end zone, pulling the Chemics to within 28-27 and forcing Mether to make a tough decision– kicked the PAT for another tie or go for the 2-point conversion and the win, knowing that a failed conversion would mean defeat.
Methner opted to go for all or nothing.
“We were wore out. We’re just wore out,” Methner said of his decision to try to win the game with a 2-point conversion. “I didn’t want to get in the situation where it was a three-or four-overtime deal. I didn’t know if we could survive that. The defense was on the field so much, they were just wore out. Right now all I knew at “…. When(Canton) kicked the PAT, I said, ‘When we score, were going for 2,’” he added. “I told the coaches, ‘I’ve got a play; were going to go for 2.’ And they said, ‘Yep, if you’ve got (a good play), let’s go with it.’”
On the conversion attempt, Johnson rolled right, drawing the defense to him, then stop just short of the sideline, turned, and lofted a perfect pass to a wide-open Ryan Singer in the back of the end zone. Singer caught the ball cleanly, setting off an all-out celebration among the Chemic team and fans.
Notre Dame commit Steve Elmer would tell Mr. Kelly, “It’s pretty awesome. I can’t really describe it right now. Our guys just stepped up. I don’t really know what else to say. It was just guys making big-time plays.
These teams hadn’t played each other in over 10+ years and definitely made it well worth the wait Thursday night.
Mike McGlinchey OL Penn Charter:
Penn Charter (Philadelphia, PA) will open the season Sept. 1st by traveling out of state to take on Willam Tell High (New Castle, DE).
In 2011 McGlinchey’s Quakers (5-5) scrimmaged the Colonials (6-5) before the season started, but this year they will play for real.
Colin McGovern OL Lincoln-Way West:
The Lincoln-Way West Warriors (New Lenox, IL) open up the season tonight against the Sycamore Spartans (Sycamore, IL).
In 2011 the Warriors finished with a 7-3 record, but they didn’t have Sycamore (7-4) on the schedule last season.
John Montelus OL Everett:
The Everett Seagulls (Everett, WA) will start the season Aug. 31st against the Edmonds-Woodway Warriors.
Last season Everett finished 5-5 and Edmonds-Woodway 6-5, but they didn’t play each other.
Jacob Matuska DE Bishop Hartley:
Matuska and the Hawks start the 2012 season tonight against the Amanda-Clearcreek Aces (Amanda, OH).
Last season, Bishop Hartley (Columbus, OH) finished 11-1 on the season and defeated Amanda-Clearcreek (8-3) 30-22.
Isaac Rochell DE Eagle’s Landing Christian:
Eagle’s Landing Christian (McDonough, GA) will open the season tonight against the Golden Hawks from Washington County (Sandersville, GA).
Rochell’s team would finish 12-1 for 2011, but did not have the opportunity to play Washington County who finished 7-4.
Alex Anzalone LB Wyomissing:
Anzalone and the Spartans will start 2012 tonight against the Reading Knights (Reading, PA) at Albright College Stadium.
Wyomissing (Wyomissing, PA) finished strong in 2011 with an 11-1 record, but Reading wasn’t as lucky finishing 1-9.
The two teams didn’t play each other last season.
Michael Deeb LB American Heritage:
Irish Commit Michael Deeb and Irish recruit Sony Michal will open 2012 with a game tonight against Coral Reef (Miami, FL).
Even though the two teams didn’t play each other last season, they had almost Identical records with Deeb’s Patriots amassing a 9-2 record while the Barracudas finished 9-3.
Danny Mattingly LB Mead Senior:
Mattingly and the Panthers will see their first action Aug. 31st against the Titans from University (Spokane, WA).
In 2011, both teams met toward the end of the season with Mead (Spokane, WA) gaining bragging rights with a victory over University 37-22.
Jaylon Smith LB Bishop Luers:
Bishop Luers (Fort Wayne, IN) opened up the 2012 season with a heartbreaking loss to cross-town rivals Fort Wayne Snider 10-7.
Smith, who also plays running back as well as linebacker, was held to just 31 yards rushing on eight carries, a 3.9 yard average.
The Knights (0-1) look to get back on the winning track tonight as they face Fort Wayne Northrup (0-1). Last season Luers won this match-up 28-7.
Devon Butler CB Gonzaga:
Butler and the Eagles will open up their season tonight against Coolidge.
Gonzaga and Coolidge didn’t play each other in 2011.
Rashad Kinlaw CB Absegami:
Absegami (Galloway, NJ) will open their season on Sept. 8th against St. Joeseph (Hammonton, NJ).
The Braves and Wildcats didn’t play each other last season.
Kinlaw will probably not play the first couple games this season because of a broken right leg he sustained while playing for team USA earlier this year.
Justin Brent WR Speedway:
Brent and the Sparkplugs opened up 2012 with a resounding win over the Lapel Bulldogs 49-2.
Brent would end the night with three catches for 31 yards and three touchdowns. He also had a punt return for a touchdown called back on a penalty.
Speedway (1-0) will try to continue their winning way tonight against Scecina Memorial (Indianapolis, IN) (1-0).
Last season the Sparkplugs defeated the Crusaders 27-3.
Greer Martini LB Woodberry Forest:
The Tigers will start off the 2012 season against Benedictine (Richmond, VA) on Sept. 7th.
Last season Woodberry Forest defeated the Cadets in a close game 16-13.