Commitment Round-up

Notre Dame's recruiting class is still holding strong, and a number of them are marching to state titles. IrishEyes takes a look at the weekend results.

Darius Fleming - St. Rita High School, Chicago. Ill.
St. Rita High School lost to Wheaton-Warrenville South (11-0) in the second round of the IHSA play-offs on Friday night, 26-22. Fleming had three first half sacks, but that wasn't enough. St. Rita led for most of the game, but couldn't add more than a field goal to their 19-7 first-half lead. St. Rita finished it's season at 7-4.
Sean Cwynar - Marian Central Catholic, Woodstock, Ill.
Sean Cwynar and Marian Central Catholic High School (9-2) dominated in their rematch with Montini (Lombard, Ill.) 29-15. In the earlier game, Montini dominated Marian Central 30-0. This time, Cwynar and his teammates came out ready, for battle. After a scoreless first half, Marian started flexing it's muscles. Marian Central quarterback, Jon Budmayr passed for 235 yards and two touchdowns in leading the his team to 29 second-half points. Cwynar turned in his typical workman like performance. He played both side of the ball. He had several quarterback hurries. Cwynar also handled the kicking duties for Marian Central. Next up for Cwynar and his teammates is Nazareth Academy (LaGrange Park, Ill.)


Steven Filer - Mt Carmel High School, Chicago. Ill.
Steve Filer and Mount Carmel High School moved to 11-0 with an impressive 34-0 third round play-off victory against Palatine (Ill.) The caravan will be back in action this weekend against Maine South (Park Ridge, Ill.)
Braxston Cave- Penn High School. Mishawaka Ind.
Penn High School (12-0)  played a close game against Goshen (Ind.), but came away with a 13-3 play-off win. "We did  all right we turned the ball over a couple times and made some other mistakes," Cave said about his teams play-off victory. "We could have had a couple more scores, but we fumbled inside the ten-yard line. We also had another play, where our guy crossed the goal line on fourth down and he was pull back. They ruled he didn't cross the goal line, so that was another missed opportunity we had in the red-zone. We have Merrillville (11-1) next. We're No. 2 in the state but people are treating us like the underdog. We've talked about it and it's time to show people what's going on, and people will stop doubting us. They're good and they're athletic. We're going to have to play fast."
Joseph Fauria- Crespi Carmelite High School
Joseph Fauria and Crespi Carmelite High School (7-2) continue to roll up the points on offense as they dismantled Loyola (Los Angeles, Calif.)  38-7. The future Irish tight end pulled in five passes for 65 yards and two touchdowns. For the season, Fauria has 25 catches for 345 (13.8 yards per reception) and five touchdowns. Joseph has averaged 38.3 receiving yards per game. He's added 19 tackles on defense. This weekend Fauria will play his final regular season game against his future teammates, Dayne Crist and Anthony McDonald.
Dayne Crist / Anthony McDonald - Notre Dame High School, Sherman Oaks, Calif.

Notre Dame High School move their record to 8-1 with a 51-30 victory over Bishop Amat (La Puente, Calif.) "We scored on every offensive possession in the first half... It was 37-7 at half," Crist explained. "We played a little in the second half, but not that much. I threw for about 230 yards and a touchdown. I had over 100 yards rushing. On the third play of the game I ran for a 70-yard touchdown. Our last game of the regular season is against Crespi, and it is the biggest game of the year. It's out biggest rivalry. It's senior night. It's at home for the league championship. You can't say enough about this game and Joe Fauria is going to be on the other side. We're both in the play-offs, but this game will affect out seeding drastically."

Anthony played well at both right tackle and at linebacker. He's done a great job pass blocking this season. No one gets past him on the rush and he had a couple pancakes. On defense, he had about 10 tackles in the limited time that he was in the game. In the nickel package, he would come off the edge. He didn't have any sacks, but he did pressure the quarterback several times.  

Omar Hunter - Buford High School, (Ga.)
Omar Hunter and Buford High School (9-0) Buford High School 9-0 bye week @Lovett (Atlanta, GA) **
Jamoris Slaughter - Tucker High School (Tucker, Ga.)
Tucker High School moved to 9-0 on the season with their sixth shutout of the season against North Springs (Atlanta, Ga.) The game ended with Tucker on top 63-0. This weekend Tucker faces Cedar Grove on Saturday in their final regualar season game.
Hafis Williams - Elizabeth High School (N.J.)
Hafis Williams and Elizabeth High School needed a win against East Side (Newark, N.J.) in order to reach the play-offs, and the defending state champions did it with style in a 41-7 victory. After struggling through the regular season, Elizabeth (5-3) will now travel to play Hunterdon Central (Flemington, N.J.) in the first round of the play-offs.
Jonas Gray - Detroit Country Day, Beverly Hills (Mich.)
Jonas Gray and Detroit Country Day (Beverly Hills, Mich.) now stands at 9-2 as they moved one game closer to a state title with a 7-0 victory over Crockett Tech (Detroit). It only took Gray two carries to put his team up seven. One the first play of the game Jonas ripped off a 62-yard run down to the Crockett 18-yard line. A couple plays later Gray took the b all in from 10 yards out to notch the only points of the game. Jonas finished with 122 yards on 16 carries. Country Day will take on Milan for the regional title this Friday.
Michael Floyd - Cretin Derham Hall (St. Paul Minn.)
Michael Floyd scored four times in Cretin Derham Hall's (11-0) 53-32 win over Tartan (Oakdale). Floyd and his teammates will be back in action on Thursday as they continue their play-off run against Lakeville North (Lakeville).
John Goodman - Bishop Dwenger, Ft. Wayne Ind.
John Goodman led Bishop Dwenger High School (12-0) to another win. This time DeKalb (Waterloo) was the victim by the score of 52-20. DeKalb is pretty good team, but Bishop Dwenger played well most of the time and when that happens, Dwenger will generally come away with a win. they have so many weapons that they are very difficult to defend. that's what makes Dwenger such a solid team. It's just tough to account for everybody. Dwenger had just under 300 yards rushing and Goodman passed for 125 yards and two touchdowns. John also had a touchdown run for 54 yards. Goodman also played the entire game at safety. Goodman had a 95-yard punt return called back. Dwenger is still fighting a couple nagging injuries, but those guys should be okay by the time they meet Jay County for the regional championship on Friday.
Kyle Rudolph - Elder High School, Cincinnati, Ohio
Elder High School lost their first-round play-off game to rival St. Xavier (Cincinnati) by the score of 45-14. Rudolph had seven catches for 69 and a touchdown. Elder finished their season at 7-4.
Robert Blanton - Butler High School, Matthews, N.C.
Robert Blanton and Butler High School (9-2) had an exciting 21-20 win over rival Independence (9-2). "It was a pretty tight game," Blanton explained. "They scored and then we scored. It came down to the last seconds of the game. I caught the game-winning touchdown for us and broke up the last pass to get the ball back to end the game. There was about six minutes left in the game when I caught the pass. We had been running the ball well most of the game, so they went for a little bit of a fake. I ran a post-corner. I caught the ball with one hand. It was about a 20-yard reception for a touchdown. It happened so fast that I didn't even think about. I was a little nervous when I saw the ball coming my way, but you have to be clutch under pressure and I just went after the ball and came down with it. I had two catches total.

"Our defense came out and stopped their offense. We got the ball back with just under three minutes. Our offense fumbled the ball right back to them, so they had the ball on their 40-yard line. After they got a fourth down conversion, it brought the ball down to our 39-yard line. On fourth down and eight they tried to throw a hitch to their best receiver. I was man-to-man on him and dove just in time to knock it out of his hands. We got the ball back with 11 seconds left and we took the knee and walked off with the win."

"We play Lumberton in the first round of the play-offs," Blanton said. "If we beat Lumberton and Independence wins their game, I think we'll face Independence in the second round. Most of the time we play the game at Memorial Stadium, but I think because we're the higher seed, the game will be played at the 'Dog Pound'."

Independence has only lost two games this season and both have been to teams with Notre Dame commitments on their roster. Robert Blanton and Butler just turned the trick,  and Kyle Rudolph and Elder High School beat Independence 41-34 in the Herbstreit Classic earlier in the year.

Dan McCarthy - Cardinal Mooney High School, Youngstown, Ohio
Dan McCarthy and Cardinal Mooney High School (11-0) dominated their first play-off test. Cardinal Mooney stormed past Coshocton (Ohio) with a 30-6 victory. Notre Dame commitment Danny McCarthy had 112 yards rushing on 15 carries and two touchdowns. McCarthy's two touchdowns were on the first two Mooney scoring drives. McCarthy's scoring runs came on runs of 19, and seven yards. McCarthy would have tallied three other scores but all were called back due to Mooney infractions. McCarthy will be back in action on Saturday against St. Vincent-St. Mary (Akron)
Michael Golic- Northwest Catholic
Michael Golic Jr. helped Northwest Catholic (6-2) as they clipped Farmington (Conn.) 22-0. "Last weekend was out third shutout of the season," Golic said. "It was perfect weather. It was rainy and the temperature was in the mid-40s. Things went pretty well on defense. We buckled down and made the plays that we needed to make. I've been seeing a lot of double-teams and cut blocks at this point on defense. On offense, one of our top running backs went down so we had a even mix of run and pass. We ended up throwing the ball a little more than usual, so Jake saw a few more balls this game, so that was good for him. Our next game is against East Catholic (Manchester). If we go out and take care of business, we should be all right. We need to take care of all of our games, and we need another team to lose in order to make the play-offs. As it stands, it looks like we have a good shot at making the play-offs."
Lane Clelland - Mc Donogh
Lane Clelland and McDonogh School got a big win over Georgetown Prep (North Bethesda). The 25-7 win moved McDonogh to 6-3 and set them up for the season finale against rival Gilman (Baltimore)
Ethan Johnson - Lincoln High School (Portland, Ore.)
Ethan Johnson sat out of competition as Lincoln High School (4-5) lost to Jefferson (Portland, Ore.) 37-27. Despite the loss and the sub-.500 record, Lincoln squeezed into the play-offs with a 2-2 league record. Lincoln will play at 5-4 Roseburg (Ore.) this weekend.
Brandon Newman - Pleasure Ridge Park (Louisville, Kent.)
Brandon Newman and Pleasure Ridge Park High School (4-6) had a bye-week in which they prepared for their first play-off game.  PRP will travel to play their conference foe DuPont Manual  (Louisville). They lost an earlier season meeting to Manual 34-6. Manual is 9-1 on the season.
David Posluszny - Hopewell High School (Aliquippa Pa.)
Hopewell High School finished their season. Top Stories