Seniors Kurt Hinish and David Adams are done chasing around junior Phil Jurkovec for now.
The three Notre Dame commitments met Friday night as Pittsburgh Central Catholic topped Pine-Richland 48-35 in a matchup of the top two teams in Western Pennsylvania’s Class 6A.
While Hinish and Adams got the win, Jurkovec put up monster numbers, completing 25-of-36 passes for 350 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed 22 times for 111 yards and another two touchdowns. The Central Catholic defense, led by Hinish and Adams, stood tall in the decisive fourth quarter.
“We planned to keep him inside the pocket and put pressure on him to pass,” Hinish said. “He is a great quarterback so it was not easy to stop him. He has great coaches and a great team, but fortunately it worked out in our favor.”
The game was tied 28-28 after three quarters but Central Catholic scored early in the fourth to take a 34-28 lead.
Jurkovec’s 11-yard touchdown run put the Rams on top, 35-34, but that lead didn’t hold. The Vikings scored the final two touchdowns of the game to seal their win.
“With the offense that we run and the weapons that we have, we're always in striking distance so I was confident that we could've scored at any time,” Jurkovec said. “The way their defense played, they took away some plays or at least tried to limit them, and then other plays were open so we just tried to take what the defense gave us.”
Hinish, who had four tackles and a sack from the defensive tackle spot, had nothing but positive things to say about his future teammate.
“As a player, he looked very athletic and pretty smart to assess the situation he was in,” Hinish said.
As for dealing with Adams and Hinish, the Rams had a strategy to limit their effectiveness but couldn’t afford to focus on just stopping two of the Vikings’ defenders.
“They are good players and played well in the game,” Jurkovec said. “We couldn't focus on blocking them as it would allow their other players to step up and make plays.”
Central Catholic improved to 5-1 on the year while Pine-Richland dropped to 4-2.
Central Catholic did enough to contain Irish commitment Phil Jurkovec in a 48-35 win over Pine-Richland on Friday. Jurkovec was productive but the Vikings limited him to just one touchdown run in the decisive fourth quarter. Central Catholic is now 5-1.
Adebo got back into the mix after missing some time with a minor knee injury as Mansfield (Texas) rolled to a 43-14 win over Arlington. Adebo had a couple carries on offense for 18 yards. Mansfield is now 3-2.
Ademilola had a sack and several quarterback hurries in a 28-21 loss to Paramus Catholic. The Marauders dropped to 3-1.
Ademilola had a sack and several tackles in a 28-21 loss to Paramus Catholic. The Marauders dropped to 3-1.
Bauer anchored a defense that allowed just 110 yards in a 41-0 rout of St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute. He recorded seven tackles and 1.5 sacks. The Ramblers, who have recorded two straight shutouts, are now 6-0.
Cedar Hill (Texas) moved to 3-2 with a shootout win over Duncanville while relying heavily on Davis, who turned in a sterling performance. The future Irish quarterback went 19-of-29 for 242 yards and six touchdowns in the 54-50 victory. He added another 19 yards rushing on eight carries.
Lake Taylor’s defense stepped up in a 28-9 win over Granby. As the Titans’ offense struggled in the first half, the defense held Granby to minus-46 rushing yards and 16 through the air in the first two quarters. Lake Taylor improved to 4-1.
Gibbons helped Clearwater (Fla.) Central Catholic rebound from its first loss of the season with a 45-8 victory against winless St. Petersburg (Fla.) Catholic. Clearwater Central Catholic (5-1) went up 38-0 by the half.
IMG Academy (5-0) had its bye this week.
Hinish recorded four tackles and a sack in a 48-35 win over Irish commitment Phil Jurkovec and Pine-Richland. Central Catholic is now 5-1.
Holmes saw limited action due to the lopsided 49-8 win over St. Thomas More. The Cats improved to 1-2.
Jeter recorded seven tackles, including two for a loss, and the Beaver Falls offense scored touchdowns on each of its four possessions on the way to a 66-7 win over Brighton. Beaver Falls is now 4-1.
Jurkovec completed 25-of-36 passes for 350 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed for 111 yards on 22 carries and scored two times in a 48-35 loss to Irish commitments David Adams and Kurt Hinish of Central Catholic. The Rams are now 4-2.
Kmet turned in his best performance of the season with five catches for 120 yards and one touchdown for Arlington Heights (Ill.) St. Viator in a 48-32 win over Marian Central Catholic. His touchdown came from 22 yards out. Kmet also added two sacks on defense. St. Viator is now 4-2.
Lugg powered the North Allegheny offense to 7.0 yards per carry in a 22-15 win over Mt. Lebanon. The Tigers rushed for 316 yards on 45 carries with three touchdowns. North Allegheny improved to 4-2.
MacCollister and Orlando (Fla.) Bishop Moore are officially back on track after a 47-0 win over Groveland South Lake. Bishop Moore is 4-1 and has won two straight.
Oghoufo and Farmington Hills (Mich.) Harrison dropped to 3-3 with a 14-7 loss to Beverly Hills (Mich.) Groves.
Offense was limited for Pouncey and Winter Park (Fla.) but it resulted in a 7-0 win over Orlando Timber Creek. Winter Park moved to 4-2.
Robertson made three catches for 55 yards and returned a fumble 20 yards for a touchdown as Naperville (Ill.) Neuqua Valley moved to 6-0 with 35-20 win over Naperville North. But it wasn’t all good news as Robertson exited the game in the third quarter with a hamstring injury.
Indianapolis Cathedral (5-2) suffered a surprise loss with a 27-17 defeat to Fishers. Stepp hasn’t played since the first week of the season after suffering a hamstring injury.
Indianapolis Cathedral dropped to 5-2 with an upset 27-17 loss to Fishers.
White racked up about 16 tackles, 11 being solo, for Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas in 25-24 triple overtime loss to Las Vegas Bishop Gorman in a battle of nationally ranked programs. Aquinas is now 3-2.
Cy-Fair (3-2) hammered Jersey Village, 45-3, as Wright caught two passes for 78 yards including a touchdown.
Young has yet to taste defeat this season as Destrehan (La.) moved to 5-0 with a 44-17 win over Terrebonne.