Irish Commitments And Their Weekend Results

IrishEyes take a look at how the Notre Dame commitments faired this weekend.

Darius Fleming - St. Rita High School, Chicago. Ill.
After suffering losses to Mt. Carmel and Loyola Academy, it was only a matter of time until St. Rita High School (Chicago. Ill.) took out their frustration against an opponent. Last weekend Fenwick (Oak Park, Ill.) was that team. Fenwick started the scoring with a 95-yard kick-off return, but as the teams headed into the locker room, St. Rita held a commanding 31-7 lead. Fenwick never challenged in the second half as St. Rita (5-2) cruised to a 52-14 on senior night. Future Irish linebacker Darius Fleming sat out the game with an injury. "I could have played," Fleming said. "But the coaches want to make sure I'm 100 percent. We're deep enough that we should be okay. I'll probably sit out the last two games of the season and be ready for the play-offs. We probably played our most complete game of the season." The Mustangs will need Fleming as they attempt to defend their 7A state title. Up next for St. Rita is another difficult conference opponent, Brother Rice.
Kyle Rudolph - Elder High School, Cincinnati, Ohio
Elder High School (Cincinnati, Ohio) has played one of the most difficult schedules in the country to this point and until this past weekend none of their first six contests had been at home. After dropping their last three games, Elder finally tallied in the win column, with a 49-33 victory over Moeller (Cincinnati, Ohio). Future Irish tight end got Elder (4-3) on the board first with a Rudolph 69-yard touchdown reception. "I ran a flag and the safety tried to make a play on the ball, but I got to it before he did, and then I just beat the other safety to the end zone. The starters played the first series of the second; we scored on that drive and then we were done for the game. It was nice to get back and play a game at home. " Rudolph finished the game with two catches for 111 yards. Elder's next game is against Covington Catholic.
Sean Cwynar - Marian Central Catholic, Woodstock, Ill.
Marian Central Catholic, (Woodstock, Ill.) met rival Montini in a clash of unbeatens. In the end, Marian Central (5-1) made too many mistakes, as Montini went home with a 30-0 victory. The game was not only a match-up of undefeated teams, but Sean Cwynar and Ohio State commitment Garrett Goebel were expected to tangle throughout the game. "Sean strained his groin in the first quarter, so he was really limited during the game," Sean's father Fred explained. "They had some pretty good battles early in the game until Sean came out. He ended up going back in, but he was pretty limited. He should be fine though." Marian Central will need Cwynar's playmaking ability as they go up against 7-0 Driscoll Catholic (Addison, Ill.) this weekend.
John Goodman - Bishop Dwenger, Ft. Wayne Ind.
In a clash of undefeated area powers, John Goodman and Bishop Dwenger (Ft. Wayne Ind.) jumped on Snider (7-1) and then cruised to a 32-13 win. Bishop Dwenger is now (8-0). Through eight games Dwenger has outscored their opponents 283-77. "We jumped out to a 26-0 lead in the first half," Goodman explained. "It was a tough game, I didn't even go out and celebrate. I was too tired and too exhausted to do anything. It was the most tiring game I've ever played. There might have been about 10,000 at the game. It was nuts. There were people everywhere. It's the biggest crowd I've ever played in front of. I was hyped up. Once I got there and ran in front of the crowd... it was amazing. It was fun." Dwenger will try to close out an undefeated regular season this weekend against Ft. Luers.
Steven Filer - Mt Carmel High School, Chicago. Ill.
A week earlier Loyola Academy (Wilmette, Ill.) upset Chicago Catholic League power St. Rita. On Saturday they pushed Mt. Carmel to two overtimes before finally falling 31-24. Once again, Steve Filer delivered in crunch time, when he sacked the Loyola quarterback to stop their second overtime possession. With the win, Mt. Carmel was able to stay unbeaten for the season and gain a stranglehold on the Chicago Catholic Blue League title. Next up for the Caravan is a home game against St. Francis de Sales (Chicago, Ill.) de Sales has only scored 14 points while they have given up 320 points
Braxston Cave - Penn High School. Mishawaka Ind.
Penn High School (Mishawaka Ind.) had another scare this weekend as Elkhart Central put Penn down 20-0 early, only to have Penn (8-0) storm back for a 30-23 win. "We were down 20-7 at halftime. Just before half-time we had a screen that went for about 80 yards and that got our momentum going. When we came out from halftime we just dominated. I only played offense. I don't think I can compare this game to the game I played last week. I wouldn't say that it was my best game by any means. I still do fine, I didn't give up any sacks and I made my blocks, but I wouldn't say I dominated like I can." Penn will meet Adams (South Bend, Ind.) in their last regular season game.
Joseph Fauria - Crespi Carmelite High School

After knocking off several of California's top teams, Joseph Fauria and Crespi Carmelite High School (3-2) lost a tough non-conference game to Canyon (Canyon Country, CA) 17-14. Crespi had a difficult time moving the ball on the ground, as they finished the night with only 17 rushing yards. Crespi plays Alemany (Mission Hills, Calif.) this weekend.

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

Notre Dame High School (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) had a huge 17-9 win over Servite (Anaheim, Calif.) to move their record to 4-1. Future Irish quarterback Dayne Crist completed 12 of 24 passes for 194 yards. Crist also rushed to 32 yards. Notre Dame is back in action this weekend against St. Francis (La Canada, (Calif.)

Robert Blanton - Butler High School, Matthews, N.C.

Robert Blanton and Butler (6-1) continue to roll as they dominated Myers Park (Charlotte, NC) 42-14. All of Butler's six wins have been by 28 points or more. This weekend they face East Mecklenburg (Charlotte, N.C.)

Dan McCarthy - Cardinal Mooney High School, Youngstown, Ohio
Cardinal Mooney High School, (Youngstown, Ohio) continued their march toward a perfect regular (7-0) season with a 31-17 victory over Benedictine (Cleveland, Ohio). Dan McCarthy only attempted two passes, completing one for 59 yards. McCarthy was able to do make his mark in other areas. He carried the ball 10 times for 88 yards and a touchdown. McCarthy also returned a punt for a touchdown. Mooney's next game will be at undefeated (7-0) St. Vincent-St. Mary (Akron, Ohio) on October 12.
Michael Golic- Northwest Catholic
"We lost 13-7 to Rocky Hill, we're 2-2 now," Golic responded when asked about his game this weekend. "They're undefeated and in our same class, so that was a tough loss for us. They're one of the better teams on our schedule. I think I had a good game for the most part. There are obviously some technical things that I will see on film that I can improve on." "I think I've improved a lot from last year. I've definitely hit the weights a lot more. I'm getting a lot bigger and a lot stronger. I definitely feel that part of my game has improved. I have a lot more power behind my blocks and I'm able to blow people off the ball this year." Northwest Catholic will travel to play RHAM/Lyman Memorial (Hebron, Conn.) this Saturday.
Lane Clelland - Mc Donogh
Mc Donogh lost their second heartbreaker in their conference opener to undefeated Loyola (Towson, MD). It was the second time this season that McDonogh lost by a filed goal. This time an 18-yard kick in overtime made the score 9-6 in favor of Loyola. McDonogh now stands at (2-3) with a game next Saturday against Mount St. Joseph (Baltimore, Md.)
Omar Hunter - Buford High School, (Ga.)
Buford High School, (Ga.) continues to steamroll the competition. Last weekend they faced-off against Decatur (Ga.) and came away with a 47-6 win to up their record to 6-0. Buford's defense dominated throughout the evening and never allowed Decatur to build any momentum. Decatur's lone score came on a fake punt, which result in a 71-yard touchdown run. The Buford defense has yet to surrender more than seven points in any of their six games. This weekend Buford meets Holy Innocents Episcopal (Atlanta, Ga.)
David Posluszny - Hopewell High School (Aliquippa Pa.) (
David Posluszny and Hopewell High School (Aliquippa Pa.) lost their third straight game to fall to 3-3 on the season. West Allegheny (Imperial, Pa.) took an early lead and never looked back as they sent Hopewell to a 37-14 defeat. Hopewell will try to get back on track when they face New Castle (Pa.) this Friday.
Ethan Johnson Lincoln High School (Portland, Ore.)
Ethan Johnson was held out of action again this week as Lincoln High School (Portland, Ore.) lost to Wilson (Portland, Ore.) 34-28. Notre Dame's future defensive lineman has been banged up throughout the season and is considered week-to-week. Lincoln now has an uphill battle if they intend to make the play-offs. Their record currently stands at 2-3. This weekend Lincoln plays Franklin (Portland, Ore.) Top Stories