Chad Simmons, National Recruiting Analyst
Auburn (Ala.) vs Montgomery (Ala.) Lanier
This game was not close and the final score was 52-26 Auburn over Lanier. Lanier scored 20 of their points in the fourth quarter and the Tigers of Auburn was already putting in their second and third team before the first half was over. The first touchdown of the night was scored by Scout 100 outside linebacker Rashaan Evans on a fade route from just over 20 yards out. Evans scored two touchdowns on the night, he pressured the quarterback when on the field, and he showed what type of athlete he is. He is set to visit UCLA officially and Alabama, Auburn, and Georgia are the other schools still in the mix. He could play outside linebacker or rush end on the next level. UCLA commit Antreal Allen of Auburn had a solid night when tested. He had a couple of nice pass break-ups and he was never really pushed to make many plays. Lanier had no time to throw the ball, so Allen did his job, covered his man, and made the play when it came his way. He plays with a lot of confidence and was solid on and off the ball. LaQuavious Hunt and Tyus Flakes both ran for over 100 yards and both are sophomore running backs for Auburn. Hunt is about speed and Flakes is more about power. Both are players to watch.
Madison (Fla.) Madison County vs Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian Academy
It was all about defense at Boot Hill Stadium Friday night. Madison County, a very strong and dominant program in the panhandle over the years entered the game 1-2 while Trinity Christian Academy came into the contest 2-0 loaded with playmakers. This one went down to the wire.
Madison County broke the scoring with a field goal early in the fourth quarter and it looked like the Cowboys would hold on for a 3-0 win. But five-star cornerback Kevin Toliver took over late at quarterback and made something out of nothing to help the Conquerors steal one at the buzzer.
Toliver threw the ball the best he had all night in the fourth quarter and he made two huge runs on that final drive in the final seconds of the game. On fourth and 15, Toliver, an LSU commitment scrambled for 16 yards to get the ball inside the Madison County 15 yard line. Then on third and goal with less than thirty seconds remaining, he picked up a fumbled snap, raced to the edge, and scored a touchdown. Trinity Christian took a 6-3 lead and they won by that score.
Toliver, the top junior cornerback in the country was not tested on defense. At quarterback, he was on and off. He played his best when the game was on the line. The star on offense for Trinity Christian was 2016 running back Jalin Buie. The sophomore is 5-foot-7, 170 pounds, so he is small, but he is quick and he runs with power. He finished the game with just under 180 yards on 23 carries. He has early offers from Auburn, Duke, South Carolina, and Tennessee among others. On defense, 2015 Scout 100 Jeffery Holland was strong. He chased the ball well, he pressured the quarterback a lot, and he showed why he is such a high profile recruit. Trinity Christian has plenty of talent on defense and a number of the starters will sign scholarships in 2014 or 2015. The defense won this game for them.