Commit Recap: Werner returns to form

Linebacker Pete Werner got back into the lineup after off-season hip surgery, although his return wasn’t the biggest story among Irish commits. Get all the results from Notre Dame’s future roster.

Pete Werner had to wait a little longer than most to get his senior season started.

After offseason hip surgery, Werner couldn’t return to action for Indianapolis Cathedral until its third game of the season. Turns out it was worth the wait. Werner played about every other series Friday as Cathedral moved to 3-0 with a 41-20 win over Mishawaka.

“Getting out here playing with the guys and everything, it’s always a great feeling,” Werner said. “Making that first hit, you know you’re back and everything like that. It's a great feeling.”

Werner accounted for about six tackles while playing essentially a box cornerback position against Mishawaka’s option attack. Moving forward, he’ll likely slide back into a more traditional linebacker role.

But where Werner lined up wasn’t the primary concern.

Getting back on the field and feeling 100 percent healthy took precedence, especially after a taxing rehabilitation process. Now Werner can move forward with the season as expected.

“It’s the mental part of it, I feel like,” Werner said. “If you really want to be the best you can be when you come back, you’ve really gotta work for it. You really do. It’s all that mindset. I felt like I did that. I’m feeling great. We’ll see how it goes.”

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Central Catholic (1-1) rebounded from a Week 1 loss with a 48-7 win at Shaler Area, to set up a big game against Irish commitment Josh Lugg and the North Allegheny Tigers.

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Adebo did a little bit of everything in the first half for Mansfield (1-1) on Friday, scoring on a 29-yard run and recording an interception. But Mansfield missed him in the second half as Cedar Hill, without quarterback Avery Davis, rallied for a 42-41 win. Adebo sat out the final two quarters while icing his knee.

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St. Peter’s Prep traveled to Dublin, Ireland to beat Blessed Trinity (GA) 41-28.

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St. Peter’s Prep traveled to Dublin, Ireland to beat Blessed Trinity (GA) 41-28.

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Bauer and the Ramblers held a 42-0 halftime lead and went on to win 55-13 at Central Tech to improve to 2-0 on the year.

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Cedar Hill (1-1) staged a major rally in the fourth quarter to grab a 42-41 win over Mansfield, rebounding from a loss to Bishop Gorman in the season opener. Davis (ankle) didn’t suit up for the game and is expected to be another game time decision this week.

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A 31-6 win at Western Branch helped Lake Taylor (1-1) avoid its first 0-2 start since 1991. Lake Taylor hasn’t lost back-to-back games since 2004.

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Gibbons helped pave the way for Clearwater (Fla.) Central Catholic (2-0) in a 49-21 win over Indian Rocks Christian. Central Catholic running back Jervon Newton had 18 carries for 146 yards and three touchdowns. Athlete C.J. Cotman also scored twice on the ground.

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Another week and another big win for Hainsey and IMG Academy, which escaped from Southern California with a 50-49 victory over Corona Centennial. IMG (2-0) scored with 12 seconds remaining in the game then converted a two-point conversion with a shovel pass to take the lead for good.

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A sprained ankle sidelined Hinish for Central Catholic’s 48-7 win at Shaler Area High School. He expects to return to action this week as the Vikings (1-1) host future teammate Josh Lugg and the North Allegheny Tigers.

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Opens season on Sept. 17.

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Jurkovec ran for a 9-yard touchdown with 2:25 left in the game to put Pine-Richland on top, 35-31. He then scored on a 24-yard run in the final minute of the Rams’ 42-31 win at Mount Lebanon. Jurkovec threw for 351 yards and a touchdown and added four scores on the ground.

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Kmet sat out for the second straight week while continuing to recover from a bout with mono. St. Viator moved to 1-1 with a 39-7 win over Wheaton (Ill.) St. Francis in his absence. It’ll be a week-by-week situation when it comes to Kmet’s return.

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Lugg and North Allegheny (1-1) bounced back from a Week 1 loss to beat Bethel Park 21-14. Now the Tigers play a key WPIAL game at Central Catholic and Irish commitments David Adams and Kurt Hinish.

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MacCollister and Bishop Moore (2-0) notched a 35-13 win over Lyman, pushing their winning streak to seven games after losing just once last season en route to a Florida Class 5A state title. They’re now 4-0 all time against Lyman.

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Oghoufo filled up the stat sheet while playing just one half in Farmington Hills Harrison’s 49-14 win over Farmington. He made four tackles, two for loss and broke up one pass on defense while posting two catches and a touchdown on offense. Harrison is now 1-1.

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Pouncey showed off his explosiveness while powering Winter Park (Fla.) to a 50-14 win over Winter Garden (Fla.) West Orange. He played running back for the first time since elementary school and scored on three straight touches. Those scores came from 46, 45 and 58 yards, respectively.

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Robertson helped Neuqua Valley (2-0) to a 24-10 win over Naperville Central. After battling a balky hamstring and playing only offense in the season opener, Robertson got in on defense as well this week.

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Stepp, who pulled his hamstring in the first game of the season, watched from the sideline while Indianapolis Cathedral (3-0) rolled to a 41-20 win over Mishawaka.

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Werner had about a half dozen tackles for Indianapolis Cathedral (3-0) in a 41-20 win over Mishawaka. It was the first action of the season for Werner after recovering from offseason hip surgery.

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White and Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas (1-1) bounced back with a 42-6 win over Miramar.

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Wright was on a bye this week and attended Notre Dame’s double overtime loss at Texas.

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Young didn’t play for Destrehan (La.) in a 45-23 win over Slidell. Coach Stephen Robicheaux told NOLA.com afterward he expects Young back “pretty soon.” Turns out it didn’t matter much as the Destrehan offense still rolled up almost 600 total yards.


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