Gopher FB recruits and targets continue to impress

Friday night was the sixth week for most high school football teams. Several Minnesota recruits and recruiting targets shined in their sixth contest of the 2003 season. The following is a look at some of the performances by Minnesota commitments or recruiting targets.

QB Johnny Carlson of Minnetonka (MN) Hopkins, who committed to Minnesota in June, had two rushing touchdowns from 5 and 6 yards out in the Royals' 42-14 loss to Cretin-Derham Hall. The Royals fell to 2-4. Carlson rushed 10 times for 45 yards and completed nine of 19 passes for 126 yards. He was intercepted twice.

Dominique Barber of Wayzata scored on touchdown receptions of 21 and 32 yards, but it was not enough as the Trojans lost for the first time this season 20-15 to Minnetonka. Barber has nine touchdowns this season.

Barber received some big holes behind the Wayzata offensive line, led by Tony Sparkman, who is being recruited by Minnesota and Illinois.

Tommy Leavitt of Minneapolis Washburn committed to the Gophers earlier this weekend and he celebrated with his best game of the season. He caught a 63- and a 16-yard touchdown pass to lead the Millers to a 49-6 win over Minneapolis Southwest. Leavitt entered the game with just 14 catches for 200 yards and one touchdown reception. Leavitt is Washburn's leading receiver on a team that has a strong rushing game.

Tony Mortensen of Hutchinson missed his second straight game, due to injury. He has 52 carries for 370 yards and three touchdowns rushing, Mortensen has completed 26 of 48 passes for 318 yards. He has thrown two touchdowns and has three interceptions.

Breck quarterback Liam O'Hagan passed for six touchdowns, five in the first half, to lead Breck (No. 1, 2A) to its sixth consecutive victory, 54-7 over St. Paul Academy. O'Hagan completed 13 of 19 passes for 221 yards as Breck opened a 41-0 lead at halftime. He has thrown for 23 touchdowns in his first six games as he has completed 83 of 123 passes for 1,437 yards. His brother is a pitcher at Stanford and the Cardinal, Boston College and Minnesota are among the schools recruiting him.

Brandon Robinson scored one touchdown as he caught four passes for 106 yards. He had scored three touchdowns in the first four games this season and has 13 for the year. He has 28 catches for 670 yards with eight touchdowns. He has kicked two field goals and 30 extra points. Boston College, California, Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern, Stanford, UCLA, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin have all offered him a scholarship and he is considering Boston College, California, Stanford, UCLA, Minnesota and Colorado among his favorites. Robinson is one of the country's top defensive back prospects. He has set up a visit to Stanford December 6.

Matt Simon of Farmington caught a 44-yard touchdown pass, but it was not enough as the Tigers fell for the first time this season losing to Holy Angels 28-14. He entered the game with 17 catches for 399 yards with four touchdowns. Simon has just one carry all season, but turned that into an 82-yard touchdown.

Darrell Jackson of Webster Groves (MO) High completed 18 of 33 passes for 260 yards and three touchdowns and rushed 20 times for 87 yards and a touchdown, but the defending 5A champion lost for the first time, falling to 3-1.

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