WEEK 1: Friday Night Lights

Clemson's 2011 opener is less than a week away but several of the Tigers' top targets have already started their seasons, including Silver Bluff's Cordrea Tankersley, who was huge Friday night in a 7-6 win over Aiken.

Clemson commitment Germone Hopper scored on a three-yard run and added a two-point conversion to lift Berry Cardinal to a 16-10 come-from-behind win over East Mecklenburg.

"We got a great win to open the season over Vance," Hopper told the Charlotte Observer. "But tonight we got complacent. Vance isn't going to win us any championships. We know what is ahead of us (Mallard Creek) and we have to work extra hard to be ready for it."

Hopper and his teammates will face No. 1 Mallard Creek next Friday night.

In one quarter, Clemson commitment Zac Brooks carried three times for 38 yards, caught a pass for 12 yards and returned two kicks for 74 yards for Jonesboro HS. The four-star wide receiver from Arkansas will play running back when he arrives to Clemson next season.

Nation Ford senior Jay Jay McCullough caught four passes for 50 yards and rushed four times for 64 yards. He'll play the 3-back position at Clemson, a hybrid tight end/h-back/running back.

Safety Ronald Geohaghan had five tackles and blocked an extra-point for Allendale-Fairfax.


Clemson commitment Cordrea Tankersley helped lead Silver Bluff to a 7-6 win over Aiken Friday night. (Roy Philpott)
In one of the more impressive performances Friday night, Cordrea Tankersley rushed 21 times for 105 yards and scored the game's only touchdown. Another future Clemson safety, Tankersley plays quarterback for 2A Silver Bluff. His 18-yard run helped lead Silver Bluff to a 7-6 win over Class AAAA power Aiken.

"My offensive line created a great hole," said Tankersley of the play. "I just hit the hole and then cut to the outside."

The Tigers' 2012 quarterback commitment, Chad Kelly, doesn't start his season until next Saturday. St. Joe's will play at 2 p.m. against V-Aquinas.

One of the final few uncommitted targets left on Clemson's 2012 board, Carlos Watkins, had three sacks, seven tackles for loss an interception and a forced fumble for Chase HS in Forrest City, N.C.

Mike Williams, is the state's top wide receiver prospect for the 2013 class, rushed nine times for 46 yards for Lake Marion High School. Williams, who might be the state's best player, regardless of position, played quarterback Friday evening in a 33-14 loss to Calhoun County.


Lake Marion's Mike Williams rushed nine times for 46 yards Friday night, playing extensively as a quarterback for Lake Marion HS. (Roy Philpott)
Another wide receiver, Ahmad Fulwood, could be atop the Tigers' board in 2013. The Bishop Kenny [Jacksonville, Fla.] junior caught three passes for 54 yards and a score. His quarterback, sophomore John Wolford, completed 9 of 13 passes for 159 yards and a touchdown.

Butler [Matthews, N.C.] quarterback Riley Ferguson completed all nine of his throws for 300 yards and five touchdowns. Two of those passes went to Uriah LeMay, who finished with 106 yards receiving. Both are juniors and both have received offers from Clemson.

Woodruff sophomore wide receiver Blake Bone caught five passes for 146 yards and three touchdowns in a 51-21 win over Greenville.

Goose Creek junior linebacker Gerald Turner had eight tackles and caught one pass for 20 yards. Sophomore running back Caleb Kinlaw rushed 12 times for 127 yards. Turner received a Clemson offer during the May evaluation period.

Lake City junior linebacker Devaris Brunson had 10 tackles, two tackles for loss, forced a fumble and blocked a punt.

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