Several Irish Commitments Advance In Play-off

IrishEyes looks at how the Notre Dame commitments fared this past weekend.

Darius Fleming - St. Rita High School, Chicago. Ill.
In the opening round of the play-offs, St. Rita High School (7-3) dominated Willowbrook (Villa Park, IL) 43-7 on a rain-soaked filed. "It was the first game that I played in three weeks. I think I came out and played all right. It was good to get back on the field. My team came out strong. We came out and dominated from start to finish. It was a raining night, but we went after them right away. We got a couple turnovers and we played an all-around solid game. If we come out with the right attitude and play from start to finish, we'll be a pretty difficult team to beat. We met as a team after a couple of the losses and talked about just going out and playing and having fun. That's what we've been doing. We play Wheaton-Warrenville South on their field. They're a pretty good team (10-0), and they're one of the best teams that we'll play all year. I think this game is coming at the right time. We're looking good and we've come together as a team, so I think it will be a pretty good game."
Sean Cwynar - Marian Central Catholic, Woodstock, Ill.
Sean Cwynar and Marian Central Catholic High School (7-2) moved on in their search for another appearance in the state championship game. Last weekend Marian dominated Sterling 46-25. The victory earned Marian a rematch with Ohio State commitment Garrett Goebel and undefeated Monitni on Saturday. Montini won the regular season contest 30-0. In that game, Marian was without their starting quarterback and Cwynar was limited throughout the game with a groin injury. Both are healthy for this weekend.
Steven Filer - Mt Carmel High School, Chicago. Ill.
Steve Filer helped Mount Carmel High School (10-0) move past Leyden (Franklin Park, IL) 48-7, in their first play-off game. "We started out a little slow, but we picked up our game pretty quickly," Filer said. "I had eight tackles in the first half. I blocked a punt and we returned it for a touchdown. I think overall as a team we played very well. We came out with a business attitude. We wanted to come out fast and put them away quick. The longer we left them in the game, the harder it would have been for us to get out of there with a win. We play Palatine (7-3) on Friday at Palatine. They're a big team. I don't know why we play them at their place though, we're the No. 1 seed.
Braxston Cave - Penn High School. Mishawaka Ind.
Penn High School (11-0) continues to march toward a state title game as they bounced Mishawaka from the play-offs with a 28-0 win. "Our defense played huge," Cave said. "They had seven takeaways. They returned a fumble and an interception for and touchdown. On offense, we decided we were just going to run the ball, so they had nine guys in the box most of the time. The first two drives of the game we went three and out. We had some miscommunication, but after that we got things together. We ended up doing what we wanted to do. We had one back that had about 150 yards rushing and another back that had 75 yards rushing. We play Goshen this weekend. I think we're going to come out ready and we're going to play Penn football… power football. If we stick to that, I think we should be okay."
Joseph Fauria - Crespi Carmelite High School

Joseph Fauria didn't pull in any passes for Crespi Carmelite High School (6-2) in their 55-5 win against Bishop Amat, but he contributed in other ways. "Our defense is playing well and our offense is finally turning it on," Fauria said. "I didn't have a catch, but that doesn't matter as long as my team is winning. If I can open up the middle and get the safety and linebackers to drop on me, then other guys are going to be open. I had some nice blocks as well. I played defensive end. I had a sacks, a couple tackles and a couple hurries. This weekend Crespi plays Loyola (Los Angeles, Calif.) and their last regular season game will be against Dayne Crist and Anthony McDonald, and Notre Dame High School.

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

Dayne Crist and Anthony McDonald played big roles in helping Notre Dame High School move their record to 7-1 with a 26-9 win over Loyola (Los Angeles, Calif.) "We didn't play as well as we would have liked, but we still came away with a 26-9 victory," Crist said. "We didn't play the type of football that we would have liked, but anytime you come away with a win you have to be happy. I played all right. I had 230 yards passing and a touchdown. I had a couple big runs. I had a 45-yard touchdown run and a couple 20-yard runs. Our defense had a to pick up the slack and they did that. Our offense didn't maximize all of our scoring chances, so we'll need to improve on that. It's important that we get there soon, because the play-offs are coming up soon."

Anthony McDonald also played well for Notre Dame. He played on both sides of the ball. On offense he played right tackle and on defense he played linebacker where he registered 11 tackles. On one play the Loyola running back broke free down the sideline and Anthony raced from his linebacker position and saved a sure touchdown. Notre Dame plays at Bishop Amat (La Puente, Calif.) this weekend.

Omar Hunter - Buford High School, (Ga.)
Omar Hunter and Buford High School (9-0) dominated another opponent. This time Cross Keys (Atlanta, Ga.) was the victim, as Buford rolled to a 58-0 victory. The Wolves will try to complete a perfect regular season as they travel to face Lovett (Atlanta, Ga.) in their final game of the regular season.
David Posluszny - Hopewell High School (Aliquippa Pa.) (
David Posluszny's final game at Hopewell High School finished on a sour note. Montour (McKees Rocks, Pa.) defeated Hopewell 26-7, leaving Posluszny and his teammates at 4-5 and out of the play-offs.
Ethan Johnson - Lincoln High School (Portland, Ore.)
Ethan Johnson sat out of competition as Lincoln High School (4-4) lost to Grant (Portland, Ore.) 42-14. With the play-offs likely out reach for Lincoln Johnson is expected to be held out of Lincoln's final game of the season against rival Jefferson (Portland, Ore.)
Jamoris Slaughter - Tucker High School (Tucker, Ga.)
Jamoris Slaughter and Tucker High School moved to 8-0, with a 35-7 victory over Stone Mountain (Ga.). It was another dominating performance by the Tigers. They have outscored their opponents 262-28 through eight games. Tucker has two regular season games remaining. This weekend they travel to play North Springs (Atlanta, Ga.)
Hafis Williams - Elizabeth High School (N.J.)
Hafis Williams and Elizabeth High School "We're 4-3 and our next game is on Friday against East Side. This is our last game, and then the play-offs start. If we win that game we're definitely in the play-offs. Coach Weis came to my school on Friday, and we talked about my official visit. I'm going to take that for the annual football banquet in December. I've been keeping up on the recruiting class. I just saw we had the No.1 rated class, so everything is looking good. I want to play with guys who just care about winning, so any of the other stuff doesn't matter.
Jonas Gray - Detroit Country Day, Beverly Hills (Mich.)
Jonas Gray and Detroit Country Day (Beverly Hills, Mich.) now stands at 8-2 after their first round play-off win over Douglass. "It was the first game all season that it was good football weather. It was cold out which was nice. It was a hard hitting game. We beat them 28-20. They were 6-3, but they were a pretty good team. A school in their area closed, so all their good players went to Douglass. The three games they lost were all by less than 14 points. I had 21 carries for 229 yards and three touchdowns. Right now I'm pretty close to 2,000 yards for the season and about 30 touchdowns. This weekend we play Crockett. We went out and watched their game this weekend. I didn't get to see how good they were because they blew out the team that they played, so their starters only played in the first half. I think they're similar to Douglass. They play with a lot of emotion.
Brandon Newman - Pleasure Ridge Park (Louisville, Kent.)
Brandon Newman and Pleasure Ridge Park High School (4-6) finished their season with a 45-6 win over North Hardin (Radcliff, Kent.)
Michael Floyd - Cretin Derham Hall (St. Paul Minn.)
Michael Floyd Cretin Derham Hall (10-0) rolled in their second-round play-off game 52-9 over Park (Cottage Grove, Minn.) Floyd rushed the ball seven times for 100 yards and a touchdown. He pulled in four passes for 128 yards and one touchdown. For the season, Floyd has 39 receptions for 845 yards (21.7 yards per catch) and 12 touchdowns. He's run the ball 31 times for 374 yards and three touchdowns. This weekend Cretin Derham will take on Tartan (Oakdale, Minn.) in the third round of the play-offs,
John Goodman - Bishop Dwenger, Ft. Wayne Ind.
John Goodman led Bishop Dwenger High School (11-0) to a 42-7 second round play-off win over Columbia City (Ind.) Goodman opened the scoring with a 2-yard touchdown run. He finished with seven rushes for 31 yards, and he completed 5 of 8 passes for 92 yards and one touchdown. Dwenger will face DeKalb (Waterloo, Ind.) this weekend in the third round of the play-offs.
Kyle Rudolph - Elder High School, Cincinnati, Ohio
Elder High School moved their record to 7-3 with a dominating 49-0 effort against Western Hills (Cincinnati, Ohio). Rudolph caught a 25-yard pass for a touchdown. Elder quarterback Johnny Groene went 5-5 passing with three touchdown passes. Rudolph finished the regular season with 30 receptions for 544 yards and 10 touchdowns. Elder won their last four regular season games to earn the No. 8 seed in their region and a rematch against rival St. Xavier. St. Xavier(10-0) beat Elder in the regular season 18-0.
Robert Blanton - Butler High School, Matthews, N.C.

Robert Blanton and Butler High School (8-2) dominated another opponent last Friday, as they beat Weddington (Matthews, N.C.), 58-7. Butler meets powerhouse Independence High School (Charlotte, NC) in their final regular season game this Friday.

Dan McCarthy - Cardinal Mooney High School, Youngstown, Ohio
Dan McCarthy and Cardinal Mooney High School (10-0) ended another perfect regular season with a 28-0 win over Bishop Watterson (Columbus, Ohio). With the win Mooney landed the top seed in their region for the play-offs. Cardinal Mooney will open with Coshocton on Saturday.
Michael Golic- Northwest Catholic
Michael Golic Jr. and Northwest Catholic (5-2) shut out Middletown 15-0. On Saturday, Northwest Catholic will host Farmington.
Lane Clelland - Mc Donogh
Lane Clelland and McDonogh School moved to 5-3 on the season with a 35-0 victory over St. Paul's Boys (Brooklandville, Md.) Next up for McDonogh is a Saturday game at Georgetown Prep (North Bethesda, Md.)

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