Claypool explodes for four scores

Chase Claypool started his season with a stellar performance while a pair of Irish targets turned big winning nights. Jamir Jones also found the end zone while Jalen Elliott proved elusive.

Chase Claypool lit up the box score in B.C. Abbotsford’s 45-27 upset of Lord Tweedsmuir.

Claypool, who committed to Notre Dame over Michigan and Oregon at The Opening, had four touchdowns, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and led his team in tackles at the free safety position.

“It was awesome,” Claypool said. “They were favored by 14 points and they are a 3-A team, and we’re in the 2-A division. So, it was a great way to start our season like that.”

Claypool caught touchdown passes of 80, 59 and 50 yards and ran back a kick return 89 yards for another score. Taking the direct snap in the wildcat formation is also something Claypool does in Abbotsford’s offense.

“The first touchdown was off a fade,” Claypool said. “I also caught a screen pass and took that 59 yards. The last one was a jump ball in the end zone.”

Claypool said he caught most of Notre Dame’s win over Virginia on Saturday.

“I saw the first half and the ending,” Claypool said. “I was driving to my brother’s for some of the second half, but I saw the ending on TV. It’s disappointing about Malik (Zaire) and I feel bad that it’s going to make it harder for the team to get where they want to be.”

Claypool is looking at Sept. 26 as a potential date for an official visit to Notre Dame.

“I have a game that weekend, so we’ll have to see,” Claypool said. “It just depends on my schedule.”

Jones finds his groove

After playing quarterback last year in place of the injured Jake Zembiec, Jamir Jones returned to wide receiver. On Saturday he came up big in Aquinas Institute’s 33-8 win over Delaware Valley Charter School.
 
Jones caught four passes for 80 yards and scored twice.
 
“It was great to find my role in the offense this week after struggling last week,” Jones said. “Our coach called great plays and our line protected Jake. He put the ball where it needed to be and I tried my best to make plays.”
 
Jones was in the right place at the right time when he caught a Hail Mary pass for a touchdown on the last play of the first half.
 
“When he called the Hail Mary I just automatically thought about how in college football and the NFL someone always catches it off the tip,” Jones said. “So I just ran across the field to be able to make a play and the ball bounced right to me.”
 
On defense, Jones was involved in several stops and recorded one quarterback sack.

Elliott runs circles around defense

Jalen Elliott is a relatively inexperienced quarterback but throw a 2nd-and-46 at him and odds are he’ll find a way to get the first down.
 
In Friday’s 67-0 win over Midlothian, Elliott faced that exact situation and used his legs to make a play.
 
Elliott dropped back to pass but noticed the Midlothian defense was at a disadvantage and took off around the right end. He juked one defender then another until he appeared to be stuck between several would-be tacklers. He literally circled his way out of the jam and scooted downfield for another 15 yards.
 
He gained 54 yards on the play.
 
“It was a pass but they were man up so I ran and tried to make a play,” Elliott said. “I just wanted to get a first down for my team.”
 
McKinley, Ulloa team up for big win

Notre Dame targets Javon McKinley and Chacho Ulloa turned into a dynamic duo to lead Centennial to a 35-14 win over Orange Lutheran.
 
Ulloa recorded eight tackles, broke up a pass and picked off another that set up the second of McKinley’s two receiving touchdowns to end Lutheran’s comeback bid.
 
“It was 28-14 and there was about seven minutes left and they were at about our 15-yard line,” Ulloa said of the interception. “The drive after is when Javon got the touchdown pass and put us up 35-14 with about five minutes and they had no chance then.”
 
Centennial got off to a slow start, thanks in large part to three turnovers. McKinley did his part to help the Huskies snap out of the funk.
 
He finished the game with 10 catches for 213 yards and two scores.
 
Centennial improved to 3-0 and silenced the critics who thought the Huskies were weak on defense. After allowing over 33 points per game last season, Centennial’s starting defense has given up just 14 points in three contests.
 
“Nope and I love it,” Ulloa said when asked if he still hears about how weak Centennial’s defense was supposed to be. “I'm very proud and confident in our guys in the box as well as my surrounding secondary.”
 
The Huskies will face a big test on Friday when they travel to Sherman Oaks Notre Dame.


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