Irish Commitments And Their Weekend Results

IrishEyes takes a look at how the Notre Dame commitments fared this weekend.

Darius Fleming - St. Rita High School, Chicago. Ill.
After getting into halftime with a 13-0 lead over Brother Rice, St Rita (5-3) failed to put any more points on the board. Brother Rice capitalized by scoring 14 second half points, the final seven coming with less than two minutes remaining in the game. For the second straight week Darius Fleming sat on the sidelines. He was available to play, but he is being held out, so that he can be healthy for the playoffs, which start in two weeks. St. Rita's final regular season game is Friday night against St. Francis de Sales (Chicago, Ill.) de Sales has only scored 14 points while they have given up 384 points.
Kyle Rudolph - Elder High School, Cincinnati, Ohio
Elder (5-3) made quick work of Covington Catholic (2-5) in a 35-6 win. Future Irish tight end Kyle Rudolph caught a 30-yard pass on a post route to make the score 14-0 early in the second quarter and Elder never looked back. Rudolph finished with had four catches for 90 yards and a touchdown. Elder had 421 yards of offense and held Covington to just 176 yards of total offense. This week Elder hosts Benedictine (4-4) from Cleveland, Ohio.
Sean Cwynar - Marian Central Catholic, Woodstock, Ill.
For a second consecutive week, Marian Central Catholic (Woodstock, Ill.) wasn't able to knock down a big-time rival on their home turf. Last week it was Montini, and this week Driscoll Catholic (Addison, Ill.) held off Marian Central 21-7. Marian Central (6-2) had several chances to put points on the board, but each time they were turned away by a determined Driscoll defense deep in their own territory. Marian Central will try to end their two-game losing streak at St. Francis (Wheaton, Ill.) this weekend.
John Goodman - Bishop Dwenger, Ft. Wayne Ind.
John Goodman and Bishop Dwenger (9-0) struggled with a feisty Ft. Wayne Luers team, but squeaked out a 28-21. John Goodman hit Alex Vander Hagen with the winning score with just over two minutes remaining on the clock to secure Dwenger with a perfect regular season and the No. 1 4A ranking. Making everything more difficult was that Dwenger went into the game with out two of their top playmakers, running back Jermarkis Willis and linebacker Mick Mentzer. Dwenger will begin sectional playoff action this weekend against Elmhurst (Ft. Wayne, Ind.)
Steven Filer - Mt Carmel High School, Chicago. Ill.
The Caravan keeps rolling along, as No. 1 Mt. Carmel dominated St. Francis de Sales (Chicago, Ill.) from the opening whistle, on their way to a 64-0 win. The Mt. Carmel defense did not allow de Sales to cross midfield. With de Sales dressing less than twenty players, Mt. Carmel went with their reserves early in the contest.
Braxston Cave - Penn High School. Mishawaka Ind.
Penn (Mishawaka Ind.) was without Braxston Cave last weekend. Cave suffered a sprained ankle the week before, and for precautionary reasons, he was held out of their game against South Bend Adams. If Cave's absence wasn't noticeable by the offensive production (269 total yards), it certainly was noticeable on the scoreboard, where Penn (9-0) nipped Adams (4-5) by the score of 10-7. It was the third consecutive tight game for the Kingsmen, who have needed an interception late in the game to secure all three of those wins. Penn has now won 144 consecutive conference games. Next week Penn starts sectional play against Elkhart Central (5-3) who nearly defeated the Kingmen two weeks ago (30-23).
Joseph Fauria - Crespi Carmelite High School

Joseph Fauria and Crespi Carmelite High School (4-2) snuck away with a win this weekend against Alemany (4-2), 28-21. It was the first Mission League game for both squads. Crespi was down 7-0 before they stormed back with 21 unanswered points. Crespi held a 28-14 advantage until a late touchdown by Alemany made the score 28-21. This weekend, Crespi travels to play St. Paul (Santa Fe Springs, Calif.)

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

Notre Dame High School (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) rolled over St. Francis (La Canada, Calif.) with a 33-6 pounding. The win bring the Knights to 5-1 on the season as they prepare for Chaminade (West Hills, Calif.) Future Irish quarterback had a big game by hitting 17 of 27 passes for 248 yards and four touchdowns. Crist had touchdown passes of 14, 15, 18 and 60 yards. On the season, Crist has passed for 1,670 yards and 14 touchdowns.

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

Robert Blanton and Butler (6-2) lost for only the second time this season. Although it's a game Butler head coach Mike Newsome will tell you that they should have won. Butler had East Mecklenburg down 21-0 early, but saw their lead evaporate to 21-20 late in the game. With less than three minutes remaining Butler had the ball at it's own 17-yard line. A bad snap sent the ball out of the back of the endzone for a safety. That put the score 22-21 East Mecklenburg and that's where it ended. Butler will try to get back on track this weekend against South Mecklenburg (5-3).

Dan McCarthy - Cardinal Mooney High School, Youngstown, Ohio
Dan McCarthy and Cardinal Mooney High School, (Youngstown, Ohio) are trying to work their way through a perfect season. They're the No. 5 ranked team in the nation by USA Today, but they ran into a determined St. Vincent-St. Mary (Akron, Ohio) this past weekend. McCarthy knew his team would be tested, but he was confident that Cardinal Mooney would prevail, "We were down early 17-0, but we were able to come back and pull it out against a really good team," McCarthy said of his team's victory. Dan got his teammates headed in the right direction when he scored the first points for Mooney on a 2-yard sneak in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter. On Cardinal Mooney's next two possessions, McCarthy threw touchdown passes of 62 and 22 yards to close out the scoring. McCarthy finished the game with 128 rushing yards on 20 attempts.
Michael Golic- Northwest Catholic
Northwest Catholic (3-2) bounced back after losing a tough game in week four to knock out RHAM/Lyman Memorial (Hebron, Conn.) 29-0. This week will be a big test for Golic and his teammates as the face division rival Berlin (5-0) at home on Saturday.
Lane Clelland - Mc Donogh
Lane Clelland and his McDonogh teammates got back in the win column with a hard fought 14-7 victory over Mount St. Joseph (Baltimore, Md.) McDonogh now stands at (3-3) as they prepare to take on Calvert Hall (Baltimore, Md.)
Omar Hunter - Buford High School, (Ga.)
Buford High School, (Ga.) continues to steamroll the competition. This past weekend, Georgia's top ranked Class-AA Buford Wolves swarmed Holy Innocents (Atlanta, Ga.) Holy Innocents scored the first seven points and the final seven points of the game, but mixed in between those two touchdowns were 55 Buford points. The final score of 55-14 made for a happy crowd on homecoming night. Next week Buford takes their 7-0 record on the road to face Walker High School (Marietta, Ga.)
David Posluszny - Hopewell High School (Aliquippa Pa.) (
Hopewell High School (Aliquippa Pa.) lost their fourth straight game to fall to 3-4 on the season. New Castle (Pa.) took an early lead and never looked back as they sent Hopewell to a 21-7 defeat. Hopewell will try to get back on track when they play this Friday at Moon Area (Moon Township, Pa.)
Ethan Johnson - Lincoln High School (Portland, Ore.)
Ethan Johnson was held out of action again this week as Lincoln High School (Portland, Ore.) defeated Franklin 48-21. Notre Dame's future defensive lineman has been banged up throughout the season and is considered week-to-week. Lincoln will need to win its remaining games to secure a playoff spot. This weekend Lincoln hosts Benson Tech (Portland, Ore.)
Jamoris Slaughter - Tucker High School (Tucker, Ga.)
After a bye week, Jamoris Slaughter was back in action. Tucker defeated Mays (Atlanta, Ga.) in a tight ballgame, 13-7. The win moves Tucker to 6-0. The first half touchdown by Mays was the first points scored on Tucker this season. Through six games Tucker has outscored their opponents 206-7.
Brandon Newman - Pleasure Ridge Park (Louisville, Kent.)

Pleasure Ridge Park lost to Trinity, 56-20. It was Pleasure Ridge Park's second straight loss which drive PRP's record to 3-5. Trinity went into halftime with a 29-14 edge. When they came out of the locker room Trinity expanded it's lead to 50-20 by the end of the third quarter. PRP will travel to play at St. Xavier (Louisville, Kent.) 
Hafis Williams - Elizabeth High School (N.J.)

Hafis Williams and Elizabether (3-2) were off this week, but they will get back into action this weekend against Westfield High School (N.J.) Top Stories