Update On The Notre Dame Commitments

After suffering difficult losses, several of the Notre Dame commitments bounced back with big wins, while a couple other future Irish players continued to roll along. IrishEyes looks at how the 19 Notre Dame commitments faired this weekend.

Darius Fleming - St. Rita High School, Chicago. Ill.
Darius Fleming and St. Rita were upset by Loyola Academy, 28-17. St. Rita was up 17-14 at halftime, but their offense stalled in the second half. Darius had 3 sacks and seven tackles. Fleming had this to say after the game: "I played inside at times. When I was inside they'd double-team me. When I was on the outside, I'd go against the tackle and once I got by him they'd have the running back there to pick me up. It's the little things that are killing us. Oct 5 vs. Fenwick Senior
Kyle Rudolph - Elder High School, Cincinnati, Ohio
Elder (3-3) lost to St Xavier, USA Today's No 2 ranked team in the nation, 18-0. It was a tight game throughout as Elder's defense played well holding Darius Ashley to 89 yards on 19 carries. Elder's offense struggled to keep any momentum going. Kyle Rudolph finished with one catch for 12 yards. On the season, Rudolph has 18 catches for 191 yards and four touchdowns. After playing their first two games at a neutral site and their last four games on the road, Elder will play their first home game this weekend against Moeller (4-1). Elder will likley need to win out in order to make the playoffs.
Sean Cwynar - Marian Central Catholic, Woodstock, Ill.
Sean Cwynar and Marian Central Catholic beat Aurora Central Catholic 52-7 to move to 6-0 on the season. Aurora threw the ball, but generally rolled away from the future Irish defensive end, so Cwynar spent most of the day chasing the quarterback around the backfield. Cwynar only registered two tackles, but he had numerous quarterback hurries. He played both sides of the ball and even added a couple of PATs. This Friday Marian Central hosts Montini Catholic (6-0) and former Notre Dame recruit, Garrett Goebel.
John Goodman - Bishop Dwenger, Ft. Wayne Ind.
Bishop Dwenger played a solid all-around game against Fort Wayne Southside, as the Saints cruised to a 35-5 victory to keep their record perfect on the season at 7-0. John Goodman led Dwenger to the win with two touchdown passes, as Notre Dame quarterback coach Ron Powlus watched from the stands. The win sets up a long anticipated game this Friday between the areas top two teams; Dwenger the No. 1 Class 4A team, and Ft. Wayne Snider, the No. 3 team in 5A. Snider has a 10-game winning streak against Dwenger.
Steven Filer - Mt Carmel High School, Chicago. Ill.
Steve Filer and Mt. Carmel (6-0) won a close game against DeLaSalle 38-25. Mt. Carmel is the No. 1 8A team in Illinois and USA Today's No. 24 team in the nation. IrishEyes spoke with Steve Filer's father about his son's effort in Mt. Carmel's victory. "

"He's getting double and triple-teamed. He's getting hit from every direction. He was taking on three people three people at times. We're used to seeing him making more open field tackles, but they're coming at him from every angle. He still had a big game. He had about 15 tackles. [Mt. Carmel} has played some tough games and they have another this weekend. They should be ready though."  Mt. Carmel's next contest is on Saturday at Loyola Academy.

Braxston Cave - Penn High School. Mishawaka Ind.
Braxston Cave and Penn (7-0) beat Mishawaka 21-13. Mishawaka gave Penn one of it's most difficult tests of the season, as the long-time rivals battled until the last play of the game before everything was decided. Notre Dame offensive line coach, John Latina was on hand for what Cave considered his most dominating effort of the season.


"I probably had my best game of the year so far," Braxston said. "I had a pancake on just about every play and I was getting out to linebackers. It just went real well. I rotated in on the defensive line. On the last play of the game Mishawaka was on our 30-yard line and about to score. I hit the quarterback as he was throwing the ball and the ball fell to the ground." Penn hosts Elkhart Central Friday night.

Joseph Fauria - Crespi Carmelite High School

Despite losing their starting quarterback in the first series of the season, Crespi (3-1) has responded with several keys wins this season, including a victory last weekend over the state's No. 2 team, St. Bonaventure (Ventura, Calif.) 25 -9. Joe Fauria has been patient as Crespi's young sophomore quarterback, Bryan Bennett, has settled into the starting role. On the season the pair have connected for 10 times for 129 yards and three touchdowns.

The story of the game against St. Bonaventure was the Crespi defense, and Joe also played a role there. "Our defense has been pretty solid this year," Fauria explained." I've been getting a couple tackle a game and batting down some passes. Last week our defense stepped up against a good team. We held Darrell Scott in check and kept him out of the end zone. " Crespi is back in action Thursday night as they go on the road to face Canyon (1-3).

Dayne Crist/Anthony McDonald - Notre Dame High School, Sherman Oaks, Calif.

After suffering a tough loss to Birmingham last week, Notre Dame bounced back with a 38-35 win over Saugus. With the win Notre Dame moves to 3-1. Dayne Crist completed 20 of 30 passes for 313 yards and three touchdowns. In the loss to Birmingham, Notre Dame failed to score in the waning minutes of the game as they turned the ball over on downs. This weekend was a different story, as Crist threw the game-winning touchdown with six seconds left on the clock to defeat Saugus. Dayne also rushed for another touchdown. For the season, Crist has completed 66 of 115 (.574) passes for 957 yards and six touchdowns. He has also rushed for two touchdowns.

Future Irish linebacker Anthony McDonald played on both side of the ball again this week. On offense he started at right tackle, and on defense he made 11 tackles at middle linebacker. Notre Dame hosts a talented Servite (4-0) program Friday night.

Hafis Williams - Elizabeth High School, N.J.

Elizabeth lost to Irvington 36-3 to drop to 2-2 on the season. Elizabeth was expected to be one of the top teams in New Jersey, but has struggled out of the gate. Williams isn't concerned about his statistics, and he expects to get his teammates back on track.

"It was a hard game, because we lost track of the gameplan," Williams said of the team's loss. "I did pretty good. I had 15 tackles and one sack, but when the team losses I really don't worry about my personal performance. If we don't win what's the point. This is just a hurdle we have to get over. I'm going to go in a talk to the team and let them know that we're still okay and that we're still the team to beat. We just need to show our character and be more consistent. We don't point fingers here at Elizabeth. We win as a team and we lose as a team." Elizabeth's next game this Friday at Shabazz.

Jamoris Slaughter, Tucker High School, Ga.
Jamoris Slaughter and Tucker High School registered their 5th shut out of the season as they defeated Southwest Dekalb, 21-0. The win moves Tucker to 5-0. Tucker is the No. 3 ranked 4A team in Georgia. Jamoris has had a quiet season thus far, but Tucker head coach Franklin Stephens has been pleased with Slaughter's effort.

"Jamoris did a good job," coach Stephens commented. "He made a bunch of plays. He had an interception, which is the first one for him on the season. He had a couple tackles as well. He's been playing really well. He returned a punt last weekend for a touchdown. We're very fortunate right now. Our defense is playing very well and they haven't been scored on this season. They had a tremendous goal-line stop on the one-inch line to preserve the shutout this weekend." Tucker's next game is October 12 against Mays High School.
Robert Blanton - Butler High School, Matthews, N.C.

Robert Blanton and Butler (5-1) beat Providence (Charlotte, NC) 62-6. Butler is back on the winning track after losing a couple weeks ago. Blanton made an impact on both sides of the ball this weekend.

"We played pretty good," Blanton said of his team's effort. "I had a touchdown a catch, an interception, a blocked kick and a bunch of tackles... I think I had five tackles. I think my touchdown catch was about 20 yards. I played the whole game. I played pretty well." Blanton has five interceptions, 27 tackles and two touchdown receptions on the season.Butler is looking to continue their roll this weekend against Myers Park (Charlotte, N.C.)

Dan McCarthy - Cardinal Mooney High School, Youngstown, Ohio
Cardinal Mooney moved to 5-0 with a 21-0 victory over St. Francis (Buffalo, N.Y.) The weekend the Cardinals didn't need a big day from Irish commitment Dan McCarthy. This weekend Cardinal Mooney was lead by Penn State commitment, fullback Michael Zordich. Zordich  rushed for 199 yards on nine carries. he had touchdown runs of 61, 59 and 15 yards. Next up for Cardinal Mooney is a game this Saturday at Cleveland Benedictine. 

Mike Golic - Northwest Catholic (2-1)
Northwest Catholic 42 - St. Paul Catholic 7 (Bristol, CT)
October 6 Rocky Hill (CT)

Omar Hunter - Buford High School, (Ga.) (5-0)
Buford 42 - Greater Atlanta Christian 7
October 5 at Decatur


Brandon Newman - Pleasure Ridge Park High School, Louisville, Ky. (3-3) 
Pleasure Ridge Park 41 - Seneca 16 
October 5 Manual

Lane Clelland - Mc Donogh School, Owings Mills, MD (2-2)
Mc Donogh 35 - Landon School 6 (Bethesda, MD) 
October 6 Loyola Blakefield

David Posluszny - Hopewell High School Aliquippa (Pa.) (3-2) 
Chartiers Valley 27 - Hopewell 0
October 4 at West Allegheny HS

Ethan Johnson - Lincoln High School, Portland, Ore. (2-2) 
Lincoln 34 - No. Medford 21 
October 5 at Wilson


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