After a few snaps, Cole Kmet started to feel comfortable again.
Kmet, a four-star tight end from Arlington Heights, Ill., missed the first three games for St. Viator High while recovering from a bout of mononucleosis. Getting back onto the field had been anticipated for the last few weeks.
“It was good,” Kmet said. “After the first couple plays I just got into the groove of things. Then after your first catch the speed of the game slows down. Everything just comes to you. Then it just comes to it being a game, just getting back to it.”
Kmet made five catches for 92 yards. St. Viator, however, dropped to 2-2 with a 33-14 loss to Benet Academy.
Benet managed to keep Kmet out of the end zone while giving him a glimpse of what he can expect this season. Most of the time Benet dedicated at least a couple players in coverage on the 6-foot-6, 240-pound prospect.
St. Viator coaches have been working on ways to make sure Kmet can still be a factor.
“We try to keep me in motion and not just keep me in one spot,” Kmet said. “They’re moving me around whether it’s motioning me back and forth then going into the flats, just keeping me moving so the defense has to shift around then they get confused. Stuff like that helps me out.”
Kmet spent Saturday at Notre Dame for a game day visit. He caught up with other commitments, including fellow four-star tight end Brock Wright. The two hadn’t seen each other since Irish Invasion two summers ago, when both were uncommitted underclassmen.
Despite an Irish loss, Kmet enjoyed the time on campus.
“Texting is one thing but when you can talk to someone face-to-face you can really get to know them,” Kmet said. “It’s really important. It’s nice when you get to see them in public and not through the phone.”
Adams recorded a pair of tackles before leaving the game early with a mild ankle sprain as Central Catholic (3-1) hammered previously unbeaten Hempfield Area, 55-6. He has 11 tackles in three games this season. Adams visited the Irish on Saturday.
Mansfield (1-2) had its bye after consecutive losses to Cedar Hill and Flower Mound Marcus. Adebo missed last week with a sprained knee, so the week off comes at a perfect time for the future Irish cornerback.
Ademilola recorded four sacks and eight tackles as St. Peter’s Prep (2-0) beat up Peddie, 43-26.
Ademilola recorded 2.5 sacks and eight tackles in a 43-26 win over Peddie. St. Peter’s Prep moved to 2-0.
Cathedral Prep (4-0) led 28-7 at halftime then held on to defeat Benedictine (Cleveland, Ohio), 42-35. Bauer now has 21 tackles and three sacks in three games. Bauer returned to South Bend on Saturday.
Cedar Hill (2-1) had its bye, giving Davis another week to recover from an ankle injury suffered in the season opener that’s kept him out the last two games. Backup Garret McGuire has played well with Davis out, leading Cedar Hill to a pair of wins.
Lake Taylor (2-1) gave up 361 yards of offense but came away with the 62-41 win over Northeastern.
Gibbons started his weekend by helping Clearwater Central Catholic (4-0) to a 53-18 win over Clearwater Academy, which is in its first year of 11-on-11 football. Gibbons was among the visitors for the Michigan State game.
IMG Academy keeps rolling with Hainsey at left tackle. This week ended with a 35-14 win over St. John’s, a top program from Washington D.C. IMG moved to 4-0.
Hinish fought off double and triple teams to harass the quarterback in 55-6 Central Catholic (3-1) win over previously unbeaten Hempfield Area. He now has five tackles in three games this season.
Holmes scored on a 24-yard TD run early in the fourth quarter but Cheshire Academy (0-1) failed to convert a 4th-and-12 from the 12 in a 33-30 loss to Choate Rosemary Hall, the two-time defending New England A Division champion.
Jurkovec completed 15-of-29 passes for 223 yards and threw an interception in a 52-21 win over Penn Hills. He also rushed for 29 yards on six carries as Pine-Richland moved to 3-1. The quarterback was back in South Bend for the Michigan State game.
Kmet made his season debut after missing the first three games while recovering from mono. He made five catches for 92 yards, but St. Viator (2-2) threw five interceptions en route to a 33-14 loss to Benet Academy.
North Allegheny (2-2) rushed for 241 yards on 31 carries (7.8 avg.) in a 49-0 win over Shaler Area. Lugg made it to Notre Dame’s primetime matchup with Michigan State.
Losing didn’t last long for Bishop Moore (3-1) as it bounced back from last week’s setback with a 54-0 over winless Poinciana.
Oghoufo helped Farmington Hills (Mich.) Harrison move to 3-1 with a 28-0 win over West Bloomfield. Harrison, winners of three straight, has allowed just seven points total in those victories.
Pouncey continues to impress at running back for Winter Park (3-1), which won its third straight with a 42-0 rout of Orlando Colonial. Winter Park went up 35-0 in the first half with Pouncey scoring on a 40-yard run to cap the scoring in the second quarter.
Robertson didn’t suit up for Neuqua Valley (4-0) in a 48-19 win over Wheaton-Warrenville South. He’ll be back next week.
Stepp (hamstring) remained sidelined for Cathedral in a 34-29 loss to Cincinnati St. Xavier. Cathedral is now 4-1 this season.
The Cathedral defense allowed more points in this game than it had in previous four games combined in a 34-29 loss to Cincinnati St. Xavier. Cathedral (4-1) had given up just 30 points heading into the game, including two shutouts. Werner was back at Notre Dame on Saturday.
St. Thomas Aquinas (2-1) had its bye, allowing White to make an unofficial visit to Notre Dame on Saturday for the Michigan State game. Aquinas has won two straight after a season opening loss to Booker T. Washington.
Wright had an 11-yard reception as Cy-Fair (2-1) hammered Cypress Springs, 57-21. The mid-week game let Wright take an unofficial visit to South Bend for the Michigan State game.
Young (broken hand) returned to action for Destrehan (3-0) this week in a 21-7 win over John Ehret. No catches for Young as he was limited after missing the first two games of the season.