Mike Dyer (SR 6'0" 230 LB/DE): Dyer got off to a very good start making a number of DI plays in the first two series. He is very explosive at point of contact and reads well. Started the game with a lot of intensity, but slowed down as the game went on. Needs to use hands more to keep lineman off of him, but has the size and athletic ability to play at the DI/DIAA level.
Javell Valley (SR 5'11" 281 DT/OL): Valley is a big presence in the middle of the D-Line. He was double teamed all night giving the Spring Valley Linebackers the chance to make plays. As the season goes on Javell has the ability to be in the backfield play after play. His low center of gravity and strength make him a force on the D-Line. He also had a solid performance on the O-Line. In order for him to get attention from scouts, he will need to make some big plays to stand out.
Jordan Cox (SR 6'2" 174 QB): Cox showed a lot of improvement from last season. More poise in the pocket, better reads, and a stronger arm even though the offense was not very productive. Brandon Lopez, arguably the best WR in city was out with a ankle injury and there were a number of dropped passes. Statistically 5-16-1 for 69 yards does not represent Cox's performance in the season opener. Once Lopez is back in the lineup the Spring Valley offense should pick up some momentum.
Legacy High School:
LJ McMorris (JR 5'7" 168 RB/DB): McMorris quickly made it known that he is a RB that teams have to respect. Early in the game he had a number of runs that showed a lot of potential. Being that he is a Junior, he will be one of the premier backs in the class of 2012. McMorris has the vision and the speed running a sub 4.6 40 to go the distance on any play. He rushed for 156 yards on 22 carries with a couple big runs called back. As the season progresses we will have a better idea of what level he can compete at.
Jordan Ireland (JR 5'10" 175 RB/DB): Another junior that showed big play ability was RB/DB Jordan Ireland. With more size than McMorris, Ireland was very impressive all night. Rushing for 94 yards on 14 carries, in the season opener. He will be on our watch list.
Centennial High School:
Willie White (SR 5'8" 174 LB/RB): White is known for being a head hunter on the defensive side of the ball. In Friday nights match up against Clark he showed his versatility rushing for 132 yards and 4 touchdowns. White is showing college coaches he can play on either side of the ball, even though defense is where his heart is. Defensively, he does have a natural ability to read and react. At 5'8" 174 and just enough speed to cover he can become a solid strong safety at the next level. His ability should land him in a good DIAA program, where he can develop as a solid college football player.
At the first stop we had Valley, Faith, Clark, and Foothill. Faith Lutherans offense was very impressive as expected. They showed a lot of discipline in a spread offense that will be very difficult to stop this season. Go to receiver Don Pearson did not get a lot of reps, but was still able to display DIV I athletic ability.
Foothill high school looks very solid on both sides of the ball. The defensive secondary showed a lot of speed getting to the ball. If they keep the intensity, they can keep teams out of the end zone. Running Back Connor Afoa lead the offense and even resembled past RB and Nevada All Time Rusher D'Angelo Jones. Toward the end of the scrimmage Afoa gave the audience a treat when he completely jumped over a DB and jogged into the end zone.
Clark High School showed signs of being a strong team based on the aggressiveness of their defense. During the Red Zone part of the scrimmage they stood their ground, play after play. Junior LB Vance Gilbert showed signs of being dominant, just a matter of how consistent he can be throughout the season. If the offense can put up some points, and keep the defense fresh, they will be in a good position on Friday nights.
After losing a number of key players Valley High School will reload with a group of young athletes. The athleticism will be there, if they can play as a team. They will have big play ability, so the question is can they be consistent.
Cheyenne high school has been known for having high level athletes and this year is no different. Although they are young with a number of sophomores on the field, athleticism cant be denied. The middle of the defense will be held down by Jarome Lee and Terry Dodd. Two athletes that read the field very good, but will have to be keep the intensity up play after play. Andrew Calhoun will also be a leader on both sides of the ball showing a lot of power and strength at the FB and LB positions.
Eldorado football team is lead by one of the best athletes in the city JaQuorrey Williams. He is a threat on both sides of the ball earning the title of "Athlete". He will be very difficult to stop, showing very good running ability and also being able to through on the run. The defense also had a good performance and if they can prevent getting beat on the big play, they will be fine.
Durango has one of if not the best RB in the State in Julio Mora. He made it very clear that he is ready for the season after running for 3 TD's in the first few minutes of the scrimmage. He has added some size which is going to make him even more difficult to tackle. Running behind the very big body of Junior Offensive Lineman Aleks Vekic he will be very fun to watch. On the defensive side of the ball Durango is very solid. A name that is not as familiar around town is Judas Smith. More of a LB type playing safety, he showed good reaction and aggression in the secondary. Look for a productive season ahead.
Centennial High School is lead by the best "under rated" QB in state Cody Clark. The QB position is more than throwing the ball which he does very well, it about leadership. After being at the scrimmage for a few minutes it was clear that he has the "QB Characteristics". With a balanced attack a number of athletes around him, Centennial should have a very productive offense. Defensively a very strong and flowing team, that all get to the ball. White, the leader of the defense will set the tone week after week. The offense will have to score, but the defense should keep them in the game.
Desert Pines is anchored by defensive lineman Tala Atimalala. After a very strong junior year he is the player to watch. Overall, DP has more size on both sides of the ball than most teams. The interior strength will be the difference for the Jaguars this season.
Information provided by Michael Waters of Phase 1 Sports