Carter and Jackson Shine
Fletcher and Mandarin battled to a 0-0 tie in one quarter of action in Thursday's jamboree. Both teams had their opportunities to score but came up short.
Mandarin had the ball in the red zone early but a penalty and a stiff Fletcher defense stopped the Mustangs' dead in their tracks. On one play safety Kyle Jackson knifed his way through the line and lit up the ball carrier stopping him for no gain. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound safety hits like a tank and shows reckless abandon for his body.
Late in the quarter, Fletcher was threatening to score but Mandarin cornerback Tony Carter wouldn't allow it. Fletcher had a receiver wide open and the closest defender was 10 yards in front of him. Carter quickly raced towards the receiver and leaped in the air to deflect the pass at the very last second.
"Tony was supposed to have safety help," Mandarin head coach Richard Burnoski said. "He was at least 10 yards away. That was one of the most incredible plays that I've ever seen."
In addition to nice pass-break there were many more nice plays made by the speedy corner.
"Tony was playing middle third and he broke up a post that was attended for Kyle Jackson," Burnoski said.
The 5-foot-10, 160-pound corner also starred on offense by catching a pass for a touchdown against Terry Parker.
"Tony caught a quick hitch and took it in 15 yards for a score with no time remaining," Burnoski said. "Joe Kines came up to me afterwards and told me the kid is a player."
Mandarin Safety C.J. Hirschman sometimes gets overshadowed by the talented Carter. However, the 6-foot, 195-pounder is a solid Division 1-A prospect who already has been offered by Stanford and Syracuse. On Thursday evening he made several nice hits and one pass break up. What's most impressive part of it was that he did it with a separated shoulder.
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