Midlands Recruits: Hightower vs. Eisenhower

Scout.com takes a look at the play of the recruits on the field when Eisenhower and Hightower battled in the opening week. Plenty of talent on both sides. Here are some of the standouts from the match up in which Hightower won on a late touchdown for a 14-13 win.

Eisenhower RB Donald Catalon – Committed to Texas
No doubt you could see flashes of what Catalon could do. Most of the time he was met in the backfield with more than one defender. Catalon was steady breaking tackles, with more than a few defenders in his lap before getting started. But he sure does have a knack for finding, and creating a hole when needed. And whether it was in the passing game or running game, when he was called upon he deliver as best he could.

Hightower RB Roosevelt Appleton – Committed to Houston
It took him a half to get things going, but Appleton ended up scoring the game-winning touchdown with about 5 minutes left in the game. With his low center of gravity and quick feet, he slipped in and out tackles on the night, especially in the second half when both defenses were getting tired.

Eisenhower QB Trey Roberts – Committed to Oklahoma State
Not sure it if was first-game jitters or just having a bad day, but Roberts did not have a good opening day showing. He seemed a bit rattled and not quite comfortable for most of the night. At one point he lined up at receiver too. He ended up with 77 yards passing and none receiving. 

Hightower LB Matthew Adams – Committed to Houston
Both Adams and Joeal Williams were playing on another level. Adams, though he had a few less tackles than his sidekick, was busy making plays from sideline to sideline. He also had a couple key tackles for loss to halt some Eisenhower drives. 

NEWCOMER: Hightower DT Darius Anderson (2016)
Still a youngster, Anderson was a player who was highly active well through the first half of the game. He got a little banged up in the third quarter which slowed him down some. But he did catch our attention and will check back during the season to see how he progresses.

NEWCOMER: Eisenhower RB Robert Brown (2016)
When there is a transcendent back on campus there is usually a question of whose next. For Eisenhower, it looks to be Brown. When Catalon went down after being horse collared, Brown provided a spark and moved the ball. Though the stats sheets don't show huge numbers for him, but he did make a few plays on the night.

Ahmard Vital is responsible for Midlands Recruiting, mainly covering prospects in the state of Texas. He joined Scout.com in 2005 and is the author of the newly released book, Awaken the Baller Within.
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