Pete Bachman, Cincinnati (Ohio) Elder – In a match-up of two of the top 10 teams in the country according to USA Today, Elder jumped to a 21-7 first quarter lead on its way to a 49-28 win over East St. Louis H.S. Bachman projects as a defensive end at IU, but is playing at left tackle for Elder this season. He had a couple of pancake blocks that keyed touchdown runs in the game, and also had a tackle and a fumble recovery. Elder entered the game ranked No. 3 in USA Today's most recent national poll.
Antonio Banks, Middletown (Ohio) – Banks carried eight times for 56 yards and a score as Middletown cruised to a 48-6 win over Aiken in the season opener. Like the rest of the starters, Banks spent most of the second half on the sidelines as Middletown opened a 41-0 halftime lead. Middletown has a big game next weekend, as it hosts East St. Louis (the same team Bachman's Elder team beat this weekend) at 7 p.m.
Jibreel Black, Cincinnati (Ohio) Wyoming – No. 7 Wyoming (1-0) had no problems in its season opener, whipping No. 5 CHCA 39-3 Friday night. Wyoming used a high-powered passing attack (351 yards passing) and a defense that sacked CHCA quarterbacks three times and forced four consecutive three-and-outs in the first half. Black was big part of that, totaling two sacks and five tackles in the first half before sitting out the second half.
Cameron Cole, Cincinnati (Ohio) LaSalle – LaSalle turned in a dominating defensive performance, limiting Oak Hill H.S. 172 yards and zero touchdowns in its 7-3 season opening win. Oak Hill's quarterback completed just 4-of-11 throws for 47 yards and was sacked three times. They shied away from Cole's side of the field all night, as the IU-bound DB had four tackles, including two solos.
Jack Denton, Zionsville (Ind.) – Denton scored on an eight-yard run and an eight-yard reception to help Zionsville (2-0) to a 54-13 win over Lafayette McCutcheon. Denton rushed three times for 25 yards and added another four receptions for 94 yards. Zionsville dominated this game from the start, piling up 471 yards of total offense. On the season, Denton has eight carries for 83 yards and two TDs, and he's added another five receptions for 112 yards and two more scores.
Cody Evers, Little Chute (Wis.) – Evers' team got its season underway in dominating fashion Thursday night, holding Berlin H.S. to three total yards in a 32-0 win. Little Chute ran for 229 yards on the ground while limiting its foes to -18 yards rushing.
Drew Hardin, Louisville (Ky.) Ballard – After a season-opening 48-20 win over Pleasure Ridge Park H.S. last week, Ballard came back down to earth Friday with a 35-6 loss to Class 6A No. 1 St. Xavier. Hardin's stats were unavailable.
Marlandez Harris, Springfield (Ill.) Sacred Heart Griffin – This traditional Illinois high school powerhouse opened its season Sunday at 4:30 p.m. against Montini Catholic.
LeNeil Himes, Plymouth (Ind.) – Plymouth (2-0) rolled to its second straight lopsided win, topping Rochester 42-7. Himes' tenth-ranked Class 4A team has now topped its first two foes by a combined score of 90-13. Himes had a big game, starting off the game's scoring with a 21-yard TD reception and following that up with an 81-yard interception return for a score.
Kofi Hughes, Indianapolis (Ind.) Cathedral – Hughes rushed for 105 yards, passed for 170 and accounted for three touchdowns to lead Class 4A No. 1 Cathedral to a 35-32 win over Class 5A No. 1 Warren Central. It was Cathedral's second straight win over the 5A No. 1, coming on the heels of a 7-3 win over Carmel the previous week. Hughes completed 9-of-14 throws in the game and ran the ball 21 times. On the season, Hughes is 14-of-23 passing for 214 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. He also has 33 carries for 168 yards and two TDs.
Bill Ivan, Charlevoix (Mich.) – Ivan's Charlevoix team opened its season with a 28-14 win over St. Ignace H.S.
Shaquille Jefferson, Lexington (Ohio) – Lexington opened its season with a dominating 42-17 win over Mt. Vernon. While Jefferson is slated to be a defensive back at IU, he had a hand in the offense Friday night, scoring on a five-yard run in the second quarter. Defensively, he had nine tackles and two tackles for loss.
Andre Kates, Erie (N.Y.) C.C. – Kates' season gets underway Sept. 6 against Louisburg College. Kates led Erie in interceptions a year ago with three.
Tim O'Conner, Cincinnati (Ohio) Elder – The IU-bound wideout scored on a 12-yard slant just before halftime and then added 31-yard TD reception in the fourth quarter in Elder's 49-28 win over East. St. Louis H.S. in both teams' season openers. O'Conner finished with six catches for 78 yards and the two scores. Elder entered the game ranked No. 3 nationally according to USA Today and East St. Louis was No. 10.
Matt Perez, Park Ridge (Ill.) Maine South – Perez rushed for 117 yards and four touchdowns on just 12 carries in Maine South's season-opening 64-35 win over Schaumburg. The defending Class 8A state champs – ranked No. 2 in the preseason poll – led 44-21 at half and 51-21 after three quarters. The 64 points established a new school record.
Ryan Phillis, Youngstown (Ohio) Boardman – In a high-profile match-up played in front of nearly 9,000 fans, Cardinal Mooney knocked off Boardman 23-17. Phillis came up big for Boardman, totaling 14 tackles and two tackles for loss.
Harrison Scott, New Albany (Ohio) – It took two days, but New Albany won its season opener 33-28 over Westerville North. The game was suspended Friday night and completed Saturday. Scott's statistics were unavailable.
Ishmael Thomas, Detroit (Mich.) Renaissance – This outside linebacker prospect showed off his abilities at quarterback Thursday night, passing for 108 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-28, seven-overtime loss to Northwestern H.S. in both teams' season openers. The game was tied 14-14 at the end of regulation, and neither team scored in the first, second, third of sixth overtime periods. Thomas threw seven-yard touchdown pass in the fifth overtime period to tie it at 28-28 before Northwestern won it in the seventh OT period.
Xavier Whitaker, Brookfield (Wis.) Central – Whitaker carried nine times for 55 yards and a touchdown in Brookfield Central's season-opening 35-0 win over Racine Case H.S.
Brian Williams , Suwannee (Ga.) Peachtree Ridge – Peachtree Ridge (1-0) opened its season with a 35-13 win over Harrison. Williams' stats were unavailable.
Logan Young, Muncie (Ind.) Delta – The IU-bound wide receiver caught four passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns in Delta's 23-0 win over New Palestine, lifting Delta to 2-0 on the season. The two touchdown receptions gave him 23 for his career and tied him with his brother, Brady, for the school record. Young has six receptions for 137 yards and four touchdowns this season.
Matt Zakrzewski, Traverse City (Mich.) St. Francis – Benzie Central was no match for the defending Division 7 state champs, as Zakrzewski's team cruised to a 54-0 win in the season opener. Zakrzewski had a chance to the run the ball in the lopsided contest, carrying eight times for 68 yards and a touchdown. Defensively he had five tackles and two fumble recoveries.
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