Bothell (Wash.) Bothell vs. Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline
Max Browne (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline), is the nation's top quarterback, and in his first game of the season, started a little slow, before settling into a rhythm and helping the Spartans rally from a 13-0 deficit early. The Spartans offense was missing several key starters for the opener, so it took Browne a while to get going, but when he did, he did what he does best; pick apart opposing defenses. Browne doesn't get fazed, and the early deficit didn't seem to concern him at all. He finished with a pretty efficient 24-for-35 passing, 291-yard stat line that included a touchdown and an interception (that was tipped). He also scored the go-ahead touchdown on a four-yard run with the third quarter winding down.
Greg Biggins, National Recruiting Analyst
Vista Murrieta (Calif.) vs Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Thunder Ridge
Broncos athlete Su'a Cravens made several big plays on both sides of the ball. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound USC commit caught a spectacular 45-yard touchdown in the corner of the end zone jumping over a Thunder Ridge defender. Surprisingly, he wasn't used much in the run game but was very active on the defensive side of the ball. Cravens really flies to the football and is a big hitter. He doesn't miss tackles and doesn't just go for the kill shot but wraps up and has perfect technique. He plays hard for all four quarters and is a tremendous prospect.
Chad Simmons, National Recruiting Analyst
Gainesville (Ga.) Gainesville vs Cummings (Ga.) West Forsyth
Gainesville quarterback Deshaun Watson is one of the top 2014 prospects in the state of Georgia and he was on and off Thursday night. He finished with four touchdowns, but he also had four interceptions. He had 304 yards passing and 60 yards rushing, but his team lost 32-30. Watson, a Clemson commitment, showed good arm strength, a quick release, and the ability to get yards on the ground in this game. He was throwing the ball a little late which led to some underthrown passes.
John Garcia, Jr., Southeast Recruiting Analyst
Montevallo (Ala.) vs Birmingham (Ala.) Fultondale
From the first few plays of the game, it was clear that the season-opener for both teams would belong to Alabama commit Ardarius Stewart. The four-star talent played quarterback, free safety and handled the return duties for the Wildcats – making a big impact at each position. With the ball in his hands, Stewart accounted for 281 yards of offense including 151 yards on the ground via just six carries. He was 7-of-10 as a passer, throwing for three scores. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound athlete made big hits as a safety, but was truly special in the open field. He has excellent speed, but the most impressive part of his game was his savvy with the ball in his hands. When speed wasn't enough, Stewart elected to use a spin move, stiff arm, back-jukes and pin-point cuts as he stabbed one way to get a defender's hips turned before chopping his feet and taking off the other way. His five scores in just over a half of playing time all came in gaudy fashion.
Greg Powers, National Recruiting Analyst
Abilene (Texas) vs Lewisville (Texas) Hebron
Jamal Adams (Lewisville, Texas), a 6-foot-0 and 195-pound safety, is one of the top prospects in the Lone Star State in the Class of 2014. He is a ball-hawking type of defender. He has great feet and can change direction quickly. He is a fast-twitch kid. He also spent some time on offense and returned kicks and punts. He plays aggressively in all phases. He returned an interception 57-yards to score Hebron's lone touchdown. Schools like Baylor, Iowa, Kentucky, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M and West Virginia have already offered.
Ahmard Vital, Midlands Recruiting Analyst
Houston Bellaire at Houston Alief Taylor
In the Greater Houston area the Taylor football team is one of the most talent-heavy programs. That talent was on display as Taylor defeated Bellaire 30-9 in week one action. USC defensive end Torrodney Prevot and Oklahoma State defensive end Ogbonnia Okoronwu were both highly active off the edges. Prevot came more off the edge and disrupting the rhythm, while Okoronwu seemed to get a lot of his quarterback hurries from stunts through the interior of the line. Interesting that when the stat line came out, no sacks were recorded, but know that the Bellaire quarterback felt plenty of heat and was on the turf constantly.
Allen Trieu, National Recruiting Analyst
Zeeland East (Mich.) vs Zeeland West (Mich.)
The main BCS prospect in the game was West tight end Jordan Van Dort, a 6-foot-5, 285-pound junior with BCS interest as an offensive lineman. He showed his athleticism with two long receptions, one for a touchdown. He was also asked to pull several times, and when he did, looked like a natural at getting into the second level and opening up the way for his running backs. He has technical work to do if he's going to make the switch, and I'd like to see him get more aggressive, but physically, he has the goods and looks like a Big Ten type lineman.
Simone Scott, Midwest Field Reporter
Pickerington (Ohio) Central vs. Columbus (Ohio) Marion-Franklin
Taco Charlton (Central) made an impact on both sides of the ball. The 2013 Michigan commit was a force on defense and also scored a 15-yard touchdown reception after the tigers initially lost their lead. Even though he'll primary play defense for the Wolverines, he showed that whenever he's on the field, the opposing team needs to keep an eye out for him.