Commitment Roundup

A few Notre Dame verbal commits opened their high school football seasons this past weekend.

Zach Martin, Tyler Eifert and Dan Fox were all in action on either Friday or Saturday night.

Zach Martin: The standout offensive tackle and his Indianapolis Bishop Chatard teammates are looking to three-peat as Indiana's class 3-A state champions. They got the season started off right with a 45-6 victory over Broad Ripple.

"We played pretty well as a team," Martin said. The Trojans opened the season ranked No. 1 in the state. "We still have a long way to go. We still have a lot of young guys playing.

"It's a good way to start the season."

The 6-foot-5, 270-pound Martin and his offensive line mates helped pave the way for their starting running back to rush for over 150 yards, as Chatard opened up a 38-0 lead.

"I felt that I played alright," Martin stated. "I played both offense and defense. If I come out of the game, I go out on defense.

"Offensively, our offensive line did pretty well. We had some young guys, and I tried to show them how the game goes, trying to get them on the right page, and showing them how the game is much quicker than practice."

The young players will have to grow up fast. Next up for the Trojans, is a date this Saturday at Lexington Catholic, Kentucky's defending Class 4-A state champion.

"We saw our coaches today," Martin said. "We had a thing at the school for younger kids, and we talked to them, and they said they like to throw the ball a lot and our defensive line has to be ready to pass rush. And I don't know what kind of defense they run, but their defense blitzes a lot so our offensive line has to be ready to pick up blitzes.

"It's a very important game for the season. We can play a good opponent from a different state, and go down to Kentucky and show them how Indiana football is played."

Tyler Eifert: The 6-foot-5 receiver caught two passes for 71 yards, and also had two interceptions from his safety spot, in No. 5 (4-A) Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Dwenger's, 36-7 win over nearby Concordia.

Irish Eyes will be at Eifert's game this Friday night, as Dwenger hosts Fort Wayne Harding.

Dan Fox: The Irish linebacker commit and his Cleveland (Ohio) St. Ignatius teammates suffered a heartbreaking 20-17 loss to Glenville.

St. Ignatius came into the game ranked No. 17th in the country, and Glenville was 48th in the first-ever ESPNRISE Fab 50 Team Poll.

A game ending 30-yard field goal was the difference for the Tarblooders. The two teams will likely see each other again in the state playoffs.


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