Commitment Roundup

Zach Martin has two state championship rings sitting on his dresser. The standout offensive tackle from Indianapolis (Ind.) Bishop Chatard hopes to soon add another one.

Following a 34-7 victory over Greenfield-Central on Friday night, Martin and his teammates head into the state playoffs ranked No. 1 (3-A) with an 8-1 record.

"We're playing pretty well," the future Notre Dame player said. "We're getting a lot of guys in there, and getting a lot of guys game experience."

Bishop Chatard drew a first-round bye and will play the winner of Greensburg-Batesville a week from Friday.

"We're starting to play a lot better as a team, and we're getting it all together," Martin said.

After starting the season with three impressive wins, Chatard dropped its only game of the year to rival Cathedral, a 15-14 heartbreaker.

"That's our biggest regular season of the game and our biggest rivalry," Martin explained. "We played hard and they pulled it out of the end. Our thinking after the game was we're going to go 11-0 from this point on and go all the way.

"We've been working hard and trying to get to that point.

"Coming into the year, obviously we lost a lot of guys from last year. We had a bunch of younger guys step up and a bunch of seniors that may have not played much in the past, step up and play real good football."

Besides playing both offensive tackle positions, the 6-foot-6, 272-pound Martin also plays on the defensive line. He has six sacks this season.

Martin doesn't wear his state championship rings much. He puts them on for the football banquet and a few other events. Finding a place to put a third ring will be a great problem to have.

Here is a look at how the rest of Notre Dame's verbal commits played this past weekend.

***E.J. Banks: It was another tough night for the future Irish cornerback and his Montour teammates. The Spartans (4-4) fell to Hopewell, 26-13.

Banks was 5-of-16 passing for 113 yards, including a 70-yard touchdown pass that brought Montour to within 20-13.

***Alex Bullard: Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy notched its biggest win of the season, defeating previously undefeated Battle Ground Academy, 28-6, on Homecoming, Friday night. The 6-foot-5, 275-pound Bullard blocked for two 100-yard rushers in the win. Brentwood Academy is now 6-3 on the season.

***Carlo Calabrese: Calabrese had 10 solo tackles in Verona's 30-0 win over Pingry. Calabrese and company are now 5-1 on the year.

***Tyler Eifert: Bishop Dwenger finished the regular season with a 14-0 victory over Bishop Luers. It was the fourth shutout of the season for the defense led by Eifert. The Saints (9-0) defense only allowed 69 points all year, as they head into the Indiana state playoffs ranked No. 2 (4-A).

***Dan Fox: St. Ignatius snapped a six-game losing streak to St. Xavier with a 19-16 overtime victory. Fox had two interceptions and broke up two more passes, as he and his teammates clinched a playoff berth for the 21st straight season, and improved to 8-1 on the campaign.

***Jake Golic: Golic and his Northwest Catholic (4-2) teammates won its fourth game in a row, a 19-6 victory over Middletown.

***Zeke Motta: Motta and the Vero Beach defense held South Fork to just 119 yards of total offense in a 38-14 rout. The Indians improved to 5-1 with the win. Motta came into the contest averaging 11 tackles per game.

***Nyshier Oliver: The future Irish receiver caught touchdown passes of 30 yards and 16 yards in St. Peter's Prep's (4-2) 61-0 rout of Bayonne.

***Marlon Pollard: Cajon (5-1) cruised to an easy 38-12 victory over San Gorgonio.

***Theo Riddick: It was another easy win for Immaculate (6-0), as they beat Voorhees, 42-20. Riddick ran for 46 yards and a first quarter touchdown.

***Tyler Stockton: The Hun (4-2) handily defeated Peddie, 25-0, without Stockton, who has a partially torn meniscus. Stockton is week-to-week with his injury.

***Nicholas Tausch: Tausch kicked three extra points in Dallas Jesuit's 49-21 loss to Plano West. Jesuit dropped to 2-5 on the season.

***Ben Turk: As usual, the future Irish punter wasn't needed much in St. Thomas Aquinas'65-10 throttling of Deerfield Beach. Turk had one punt for 50 yards, as the nation's top-ranked program improved to 6-0.

***Chris Watt: Glenbard West ran its record to 8-0 on the season with a 28-14 win over Lyons. Watt and company face Hinsdale Central on Oct. 24th in a game that will settle the conference championship.

***Cierre Wood: With 61 seconds remaining, Wood took a short pass and raced 70 yards for the game-winning score in Santa Clara's (6-0) 21-16 victory over Nordhoff. Wood also had a 58-yard scoring run earlier in the game. Top Stories