Gloucester (N.J.) Catholic vs Somerville (N.J.) Immaculata
Immaculata cruised to a 47-6 win in the Non-public Group II opening round of the playoffs, and four-star defensive end Tashawn Bower was a standout in the domination. Bower, an Auburn commit, showed very good explosion, and his game has changed markedly since training camp. He gets off blocks quickly now and make plays behind the line of scrimmage. He was often double teamed and was able to beat them with his quick or strength. He also did a very good job of locating the ball carrier once he disengaged the offensive lineman.
Michael Clark, East Recruiting Analyst
Elizabeth City (N.C.) Northeastern vs. Tarboro (N.C.)
Tarboro put this third round playoff game away early. The Vikings jumped out to a 38-10 halftime lead and ended up winning the game 52-24. Ohio State commit Tyquan Lewis, who sprained his ankle a week ago, played through the pain and rarely came off the field. He registered a sack (his ninth in the past four games) and pressured the quarterback on several occasions. Despite the injury, Lewis still showed his quick first step and played extremely hard. He also looks like he has gotten bigger (235-240 pounds). Lewis is a big reason why Tarboro appears to be poised for their fifth straight 2A state championship game appearance.
Northeastern linebacker and Virginia Tech commit Jamieon Moss was very impressive. Moss was the one bright spot for a defense that struggled all night long. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound linebacker is a long prospect with good range. He has excellent speed and plays sideline to sideline. Moss really does a nice job of reading and reacting quickly when the ball is snapped. Overall, Moss is a great pickup for the Hokies. He must get stronger, but has the frame to add 20-30 pounds. Moss has a lot of upside and should be a very good player for the Hokies down the road.
Northeastern wide receiver Marquis Whidbee recently committed to East Carolina. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound playmaker had a very good game. He had two touchdown receptions and made several tough catches. Whidbee does not have great speed, but he runs good routes and has soft hands. Surprisingly, Whidbee did not get much attention from Division l schools. However, it looks like the Pirates may have gotten a steal.