Carman Ainsworth jumped out to an early lead and never relented, finishing with a 27-12 victory over Grand Blanc, who was ranked as high as third in the state by some.
Michigan State commit Gerald Holmes started his senior season off with a bang, rushing for 162 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns. In the first half, he showed his toughness and ability to break tackles. For a bigger back (6'0, 195), he has some wiggle and elusiveness and breaks a lot of arm tackles. He rarely went down on first contact. That first half left me liking what I saw, but I wanted to see him in the open field. I got my wish as he broke a 78-yard touchdown run and outran a pretty fast Grand Blanc defense. He fits what the Spartans do as far as power, downhill running, but his speed and athleticism are good, so he's definitely more than just a pounder.
A pounder is just what junior running back Malik Seals is. He's a strong, powerful runner with a low center of gravity and does a great job of keeping his feet moving and driving the pile. He could end up playing some fullback in college as well.
There are some great athletes in the junior class here. Cornerback Jevonte Alexander had an interception and a couple breakups. He's a good cover corner, not the biggest guy, but a playmaker. Brandon Walker, a safety and wide receiver is bigger at 6'0, 175-lbs, and had two interceptions on the night. He's a Division-1 guy. Demarion Allen caught a deep touchdown and ran for a long score. He's a great athlete who is likely a slot in college.
The Bobcats' top prospects are Pitt commit Luke Maclean and senior defensive end Daniel Davis. Maclean made a lot of tackles from a middle linebacker spot despite the fact that he'll likely play OLB or DE in college. He runs well for a big kid, finds the football and also showed discipline in staying at home on some misdirection and not overrunning things. He got hurt later in the game, but it appears to just be a stinger.
Davis had a sack where he showed his explosion and closing speed. He seemed to be a little dinged up later in the game though.
Senior quarterback Bart Williams has great size and tools. He showed better mobility than last year. He wasn't quite on the same page with some of his young receivers, but we like him as a prospect and think he could end up doing well potentially at a D2 or 1-AA school.
The junior class has some good athletes. Malik Fisher is a 6'2 safety who isn't afraid to come up and hit. Brandon Carr is an aggressive linebacker, but his best position may be receiver, where his 6'3 frame is an asset. Running back Isaiah Collins, who had a 95-yard kick return for a touchdown is quick and another to watch. Wide receiver Branden Smith had a nice game. He caught a lot of passes and we'll look to see more of him as he goes through this and next season.
There are two sophomores playing quite a bit for the Bobcats. Trevon Avery, a cornerback, quaterback and return man, is a good athlete with quickness. Matt Mastromatteo is a sure handed receiver who got open and made a lot of grabs. Both are young and only just played in their first varsity games, but they are guys to know.