Friday Night Roundup

College football and NFL football are each weeks away. For now, football fans turn their attention to the Friday night lights. A number of Northwestern commits took the field on Friday night. Find out how they fared.

Malin Jones—RB, Joliet Catholic (IL): Northwestern's first 2012 commitment leads off the list, and deservedly so. His Joliet Catholic team won an absolute thriller on Friday. Hilltopper junior running back Ty Isaac—offered by Northwestern—caught a 75-yard touchdown pass with 35.3 second remaining to give Joliet Catholic a 32-31 win. Jones finished with 54 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries.

Kenton Playko—OT, Olentangy (OH) HS: Playko was part of a big victory for the Olentangy Braves. They bested cross-town rival Olentangy Liberty 27-21 in front of 7,214 people. The Braves secured the victory with 40 second left in the fourth quarter as sophomore Tim Feasel intercepted a pass while the Orange was driving.

Joseph Jones—RB, Plano (IL) HS: The Reapers dropped seven-straight games when Joseph Jones was hurt in 2010. Their star running back was back on Friday night and made an impact in Plano's 43-9 win over Lisle. Jones had 220 all-purpose yards and scored three touchdowns—two of those on receiving scores from 85 and 77 yards.

Dean Lowry—DE, Rockford Boylan (IL) HS: The Boylan Titans started their title defense with a 28-0 win against rival Rockford Hononeagah. Dean Lowry and the Boylan defense shutout Hononegah in the win. The Titans extended their lead to 28-0 before halftime.

Mike McHugh—WR, Kirkwood (MO) HS: Northwestern's lone receiver commit had a 24-yard touchdown catch in Kirkwood's 36-7 victory over Rockwood Summit High School. The running game stole the show for Kirkwood. The Pioneers rushed for 281 yards in the win. Junior RB Ramon Alton rushed for 126 yards and a touchdown to lead all rushers.

What to watch for this weekend

• There's plenty of action this weekend. NU long snapper commit Chris Fitzpatrick and his Anderson County team will look to bounce back on Saturday when they host Lincoln County High School.

• Cornerback Dwight White and his Cy-Fair High School team will match with power Katy High School at 6:00 tonight. Katy is led by junior running back Adam Taylor, who holds a Northwestern offer. That game will be played in Katy.

• The biggest game of the weekend occurs on Sunday morning when Dan Vitale and Wheaton Warrenville South take on rival Glenbard West High School. That game can be seen nationally on ESPN2 at 11:00 a.m. Glenbard West is led defensively by five-star defensive tackle Tommy Schutt.

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