Not being able to start his senior season on time made Michael Young more appreciative.
The three-star wide receiver from Destrehan, La., missed some time to open this season with a minor injury. Destrehan High won in his absence, which made things a little bit easier. Since then Young has begun to find his place.
“I feel like I’m starting to get into more of a rhythm,” Young said. “It feels great. It hurts when the game that you love is kinda being taken away from you. But yeah, I personally feel like I’m getting back into the groove of things. The coaches, since like Week 4, they’ve been getting me more involved with the game plan.”
Destrehan is 7-0 after a 49-21 win over Central Lafourche this week. Young pitched in with a 65-yard touchdown catch as Destrehan built a 35-0 lead by halftime.
“We were running hitches across the board,” Young said. “Their strong safety was playing kinda close the line and they left their safety over the top but he was like 13 yards away from me. When we came off the line he was backpedaling, so it was about 16 yards by the time the play happened. I was just wide open.
“He threw it over the strong safety and the safety came crashing down. Luckily he wasn’t the most agile guy. I just made a move.”
Young’s offense has been able to keep things rolling despite its top quarterback being down with an injury. That’s made it all the more important for the veteran receiver to get in a rhythm quickly since returning the lineup.
So far, so good.
“Our starting quarterback went down but we’ll probably be getting him back before the season ends,” Young said. “Our backup quarterback is doing a fantastic job. The team rallied around him.”
Adams played most of the first half of a 62-0 win over Altoona. Central Catholic is now 7-1.
Mansfield (5-2) is headed to the state playoffs after a 35-21 win over Arlington Lamar. Adebo had two carries for 23 yards and one reception for 10 yards in the victory. Mansfield’s defense held Lamar to 321 total yards.
Ademilola recorded 1.5 sacks in a big 48-42 win over No. 1 Bergen Catholic. St. Peter’s Prep forced five turnovers in the win. The Marauders improved to 5-1.
Ademilola recorded five sacks in a 48-42 win over No. 1 Bergen Catholic. St. Peter’s Prep forced five turnovers in the win. The Marauders improved to 5-1.
Prep rallied from a 14-13 halftime deficit to claim a 62-35 win over St. Francis. The Ramblers are now 8-0.
Davis turned in another hyper-efficient outing with 379 yards and six touchdowns on 16-of-20 passing in a 72-10 win for Cedar Hill over Irving Nimitz. After going 11-of-11 in one half last week, Davis has just four incompletions in his last two games. His touchdowns this week came from 29, 31, 60, 41, 18 and 58 yards.
Lake Taylor racked up nearly 500 yards of offense in a 62-26 win over Wilson. Lake Taylor improved to 6-1.
Clearwater Central Catholic (6-1) returned from its bye week with a 49-26 win over Calvary Christian. Gibbons helped pave the way for running back Jervon Newton to run for 176 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries.
IMG Academy (6-0) cruised to a 38-0 win over Oxbridge Academy. Hainsey spent the rest of his weekend visiting Notre Dame again.
Hinish played most of the first half of a 62-0 win over Altoona. Central Catholic is now 7-1. Hinish returned to Notre Dame following the win for another visit.
Cheshire Academy scored 27 first quarter points and cruised to a third straight win, 47-12 over Phillips Academy. Holmes took to a cut on his knee that required stitches. The Cats improved to 3-2.
Jeter posted eight tackles, three tackles for loss and one sack as Beaver Falls (6-1) held top-ranked Central Valley to just 54 rushing yards in a 27-21 win.
A thumb injury sidelined Jurkovec for the second straight week but Pine-Richland still beat Shaler Area, 42-0. The Rams are now 5-3.
Kmet had four catches for 51 yards as St. Viator dropped to 5-3 this season with a 20-17 loss to Nazareth Academy.
North Allegheny (6-2) rushed for 325 yards and seven touchdowns in a 49-14 win over Seneca Valley. Lugg was back in South Bend over the weekend for a visit.
MacCollister helped Bishop Moore (6-1) score 42 points in the first quarter in route to a 63-13 win over Tavares.
Oghoufo didn’t play this week since Harrison (4-4) won its game by forfeit after North Farmington couldn’t field enough players.
Winter Park moved to 5-2 with a 50-13 win over Orlando University. Pouncey pitched in along the way with some big plays, including a 50-yard run. He took his Irish official last weekend.
Robertson reeled in a 21-yard touchdown catch to help Neuqua Valley move to 8-0 with a 38-12 win over Lake Park. Robertson returned to Notre Dame for a visit last weekend.
Stepp (hamstring) remained sidelined as Indianapolis Cathedral dropped to 5-4 with a 44-41 loss to Center Grove. The running back got back to South Bend for a visit during the Stanford weekend.
Werner had six tackles for Cathedral (5-4) in its 44-41 loss to Center Grove.
White helped St. Thomas Aquinas (4-2) to a 42-8 win over Fort Lauderdale after two weeks off. Aquinas had a bye followed by a cancellation thanks to Hurricane Matthew.
Cy-Fair (5-2) won its third straight in a 27-20 victory over Cypress Woods. Wright has just two regular season games to go.
Young scored a 65-yard touchdown for Destrehan as it moved to 7-0 with a 49-21 win over Central Lafourche. Destrehan forced four interceptions and built a 35-0 lead at half time. Young’s touchdown made it a 21-0 lead.