After two games in Macon on Thursday night, the next two games were played at McEachern high school on Friday. The first game being Roswell vs Buford gave us a look at not only one of the best teams in the state of Georgia, but a look at some of the top prospects in the country. It was a fun game to watch, as the Rosell Hornets eventually won the game 24-7.
The Roswell/Buford game was a match-up I was very much looking forward to going into the weekend and it turned out to be a great game. Four-star safety Xavier McKinney took the opening kickoff back for a touchdown, and proved why programs from all over the country are coming after him. The former Alabama commit. played solid defense all night, and even made a couple of plays on offense. It was easy to see that he was on another level compared to everyone else. Look for the Bulldogs to go hard after the 6-foot-1 192-pound safety until Signing Day. I would also expect to see him play more offense for the Hornets this year compared to last. While he won't play receiver in college, McKinney has good hands and ball skills, two reasons why he turned out to be a major safety prospect. He also runs well with the ball in his hands, and made multiple defenders miss when they gave it to him..
Roswell defensive back LeAnthony Williams also had an impressive game. The 6-foot-0 175-pound Clemson commit made some nice tackles in run support and broke up a couple of crucial tackles. With the pressure the Roswell defense put on Buford, Williams was able to have a great day in pass coverage.
Defenders Koby Cumberlander and Justin Ellis played like animals all afternoon. The duo made a habit of making plays in the backfield all game. The Hornet defense held Buford, who has a stud 2018 back in Anthony Grant, to just 203 yards of total offense. Look for this defense to continue dominating throughout the season.
On offense, Roswell struggled a little bit in the passing game, but they found plenty of success on the ground. Senior back Sheldon Evans ran like a bowling ball over the Wolves defense, putting a tough shoulder into every defender in his way. He can run you over, but he also has the speed to finish off big runs. He showed great balance on the sideline, and overall leadership that willed his team to a big win.
For Buford, while Anthony Grant didn't light up the stat sheet, he had himself a nice game. There weren't many holes to run through, but Grant ran hard and did the best he could given the circumstances. He ran through tackles, and showed a quick burst into the secondary on a couple runs. I don't expect many other defenses will be able to stop Grant the way Roswell did. The 5-foot-11 184-pound athlete also made multiple nice tackles at outside linebacker. He showed instincts and the natural ability to lay a big hit. Grant is a four-star prospect and ranked as the top athlete in Georgia for the 2018 class.