Commitment Roundup

The only thing that could stop E.J. Banks on Friday night was cramps.

The Montour High star quarterback and Notre Dame verbal commit from McKees Rocks, Pa., had four rushing touchdowns and a passing score in a 35-27 victory over Pine-Richland.

E.J. Banks ran for 117 yards, and passed for 166 yards, with nearly all the damage coming before intermission.

"I wanted to start the season off with a bang," the 6-foot, 175-pound Banks stated. He also played safety in the win, but will begin his Irish career as an early-enrollee at cornerback. "I thought I played well, but I kind of cramped up in the third quarter, and I couldn't stay in the whole game."

Cramps cost Banks most of the second half, and put a halt on one of the best games the three-year starter has played in a Montour uniform.

"It would've been so ridiculous," Banks said of his potential numbers.

As usual, Banks checked the weather before the game, and saw that it was going to be a cool night. He didn't hydrate as much as he needed, and got caught up playing in warmer temperatures than expected. What put Banks over the edge was the no-huddle offense Montour (1-0) was running for the first time.

"That no huddle we did was no joke," Banks said. "My legs were dead.

"It was the first time we've ever did it since I was here.

"We do hand signals. Nobody was nervous. We've been preparing since the beginning of summer and we're pretty good with it.

"I think it was exciting," Banks continued about the no-huddle. "I liked it a lot. We pride ourselves on having good conditioning. The coaches make us do all this agility stuff and endurance stuff for running during the summer, like running on the track, 400s and 800s, and we take pride in that."

Banks had touchdown runs of 33 yards, 16 yards, five yards and three yards. He mixed in a 31-yard touchdowns pass, as Montour led 35-14 at the half.

"The bar is set really high this season, especially from last year," Banks explained. "We lost in the WPIAL championship. We got blown out and it left a bad taste in our mouth. We have to get back there.

"Our team goal for the seniors, we want to win the state championship."

Banks will be back in South Bend on Sept. 13th, for his official visit, as Notre Dame hosts Michigan.

Alex Bullard: Ravenwood beat Bullard and Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy, 22-21, becoming the first team in Williamson County to beat the Eagles in 31 tries.

Brentwood (1-1) was ranked No. 10 in the nation by USA Today going into Friday's game. A touchdown and a two-point conversion with 12 seconds remaining was the difference in the upset.

The 6-foot-4, 275-pound Bullard helped the Eagles rush for 301 yards in their season-opening win over Independence last week. On Friday, Brentwood was only able to gain 35 yards on the ground, and got two of its scores on kickoff returns.

Tyler Eifert: Eifert caught four passes for 45 yards, and had six tackles in No. 5 (4-A) Bishop Dwenger's 24-12 victory over No. 5 (2-A) Fort Wayne (Ind.) Harding.

The Saints improved to 2-0.

The 6-foot-5 Eifert played wide receiver, tight end and safety in the win. He had two critical 18-yard receptions that setup scores.

Dan Fox: Fox and his Cleveland St. Ignatius teammates bounced back from a season-opening loss to Glenville last week, to beat Northmont 23-3.

Fox and the Wildcats defense held Northmont to 86 yards in the first half, and only 11 yards on its first four second-half possessions.

Zach Martin: Indianapolis Bishop Chatard has won three-straight titles in a row. They took their act on the road on Saturday night to play Kentucky's defending state champs, Lexington Catholic.

The 6-foot-6, 272-pound Martin helped pave the way for a Bishop Chatard (2-0) rushing attack that gained 337 yards in a blowout 31-7 win.

Nicholas Tausch: The kicker made a 39-yard field goal and all three of his extra-point attempts in Dallas Jesuit's 24-7 season-opening victory over Bishop Lynch.

Ben Turk: St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) began the season with a 35-24 victory over Elder High. The game was played in Cincinnati, as part of the Kirk Herbstreit Football Series.

Chris Watt: The 6-foot-5, 280-pound offensive lineman played a big part in Glenbard West's 34-7 win over Glenbard South, in the season-opening Crosstown Kickoff Classic.

Watt and the rest of the offensive line made holes for the Hilltoppers (1-0) offense to run for 262 yards. Top Stories