Weekend Prospect Recap

Rushel Shell rushed for 233 yards in a 22-19 win over Montour on Friday night.

Austintown Fitch improved to 3-0 with a 49-0 win over St. Mary's (Canada). The Falcons have outscored opponents 98-10 in its first three games, and now prepare for a big showdown at Canton-McKinley next week. McKinley is led by Michigan State commit, Se'Von Pittman. Will Mahone rushed for a pair of touchdowns, Demitrious Davis threw for 127 yards including a 35-yard touchdown pass to his brother Chris Davis.

Chad Voytik got his Cleveland team in the win column with a 12-7 win over Chattanooga Central. Voytik didn't throw for a score in his team's win, but he was an instrumental part of a running game that produced 167 yards on the ground. The Raiders are now 1-3 on the season.

Cincinnati (OH) St. Xavier improved to 3-0 on the season, with a 17-14 win over Colerain. Pitt commit Brandyn Cook is the starting center for St. Xavier. The Bombers' win ends a 61-game home winning streak for the Cardinals—a streak that dates back to 1999. St. Xavier has another tough matchup next week, as they put their unbeaten streak on the line against Louisville (KY) Trinity.

Myles Hilliard's Bedford team suffered a 27-19 loss to Benedictine on Friday night. The Bearcats fall to 1-2 on the season, and take on Shaker Heights on Friday.

Lakewood (OH) St. Edward improved to 3-0 with a 34-17 win over Cardinal Mooney. Pitt commit Darryl Render spearheaded a defense that limited Mooney to 81 rushing yards on 36 carries. Render also added a sack. St. Edward has won 18 games in a row, and has the chance to tie a school-record for most consecutive wins, as they host Cincinnati (OH) Elder.

Ken Ekanem helped Centreville (VA) to a 49-10 win over West Potomac. Ekanem had a 31-yard reception on offense, and he also returned a fumble 30 yards for a touchdown on defense. The Wildcats travel to Alexandria (VA) Mt. Vernon on Friday.

Down in Louisiana, it was Lutcher over McDonogh on Friday night, 42-14. Running back Daniel Taylor rushed for 198 yards and two touchdowns in his team's win. Taylor is hoping to take an official visit to Pitt this fall.

Lloyd Grogan helped his Morgan City (LA) Central Catholic team to a 23-14 win over White Castle. Grogan, who is also hoping to visit Pitt, rushed for 100 yards and a go-ahead 14-yard touchdown. On defense, he finished with six tackles, four tackles for losses and a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown.

Rushel Shell sparked Hopewell to a 22-19 win over Montour on Friday night. Shell ran for 233 yards and two touchdowns on 38 carries, including the game-winning touchdown on a 35-yard run with 1:25 left in the game. The 233 yards gives Shell 7,146 rushing yards for his career. In four career games against Montour, Shell has run for 1,015 yards and Hopewell is 3-1. The 1,015 rushing yards against Montour accounts for 14.2 percent of Shell's career rushing total.

Ridley defeated Haverford Township 21-6, and though he didn't score a touchdown, Jalen Randolph ran for a team and game-high 102 yards in the victory. Quarterback Matt Davis accounted for a touchdown pass and run and Shane Dougherty returned an interception 40 yards for the game-sealing touchdown for the Green Raiders, who are off to a 2-0 start.

On the losing end of the Hopewell-Montour game was running back Julian Durden. Durden continued his torrid start to the 2011 season, running for 172 yards and a 12-yard touchdown run to help Montour build a 19-10 lead before Hopewell came roaring back to win in an upset, 22-19. In two Spartan games this season, Durden has run for 411 yards and four touchdowns on 33 carries, averaging more than 205 yards rushing per game.

Pitt's most recent commit, Corey Jones, scored his first touchdown of the 2011 season on a 59-yard reception to give Penn Hills a 7-6 lead against rival Gateway, but Jones' efforts weren't enough as the Gators improved to 2-0 on the season with a 19-13 victory over the Indians in Penn Hills. The Indians have scored three touchdowns through their first two games.

Playing quarterback, Jones' teammate Chaz Whittaker connected on 10-of-12 passes for 197 yards and two touchdowns, including the 59-yarder to Jones. Through two games, Whittaker has thrown for 264 yards and accounted for all three Indian touchdowns this season (two passing, one rushing).

In a battle of running backs, Luke Hagy and the Mt. Lebanon Blue Devils were outdone in a 34-16 loss to Harrison City (Pa.) Penn-Trafford and senior Manny Simpson. Simpson ran for 276 yards in the game. Hagy, meanwhile, scored his 51st career rushing touchdown for Mt. Lebanon and added 144 rushing yards, giving him 391 yards and six touchdowns through the first two weeks of the season.

Chartiers Valley rebounded from its Week 1 loss to Montour to defeat Washington (Pa.) Trinity, 37-14. Wayne Capers Jr. had quite the all-around game for the Colts. Capers threw a 25-yard touchdown pass, returned a punt 79 yards for a touchdown and scored on a 32-yard run. The Colts pulled away from the Hillers with a 13-point fourth quarter.

Trenton Coles scored two total touchdowns in Clairton's 48-0 demolition of Industry (Pa.) Western Beaver Saturday afternoon. The Pitt commit scored a rushing touchdown and also hauled in a 30-yard pass for another touchdown, giving him three total touchdowns scored in the first two weeks of the season. Clairton has now won 33 consecutive games.

Central Catholic improved to 2-0 on the season despite a short week of preparation for Pittsburgh (Pa.) Bethel Park, defeating the Black Hawks 30-7. Logan Dietz helped to pave the way for Damion Jones-Moore to run for 116 yards and two touchdowns and quarterback Perry Hills to throw for 176 yards and two scores. Through the first two weeks of the season, Dietz has been part of a Viking O-line that has allowed Jones-Moore to run for 305 yards and four touchdowns and Hills to throw for 298 yards and three touchdowns. PCC is averaging 25 points per game.

Adam Bisnowaty and Fox Chapel Area were humbled Friday night by Harmony (Pa.) Seneca Valley 42-7, with the Raiders scoring the first 35 points of the game to invoke the mercy rule. The Foxes' only touchdown came courtesy of a Nigel Garnett nine-yard touchdown run. Both of the offensive touchdowns Fox Chapel has scored this season have come on the ground. Bisnowaty was in attendance at Saturday's Pitt win over Maine.

Latrobe got a narrow 9-7 victory over Canonsburg (Pa.) Canon-McMillan. Scott Mohring scored the Wildcats only touchdown on a short run. Three of Latrobe's four total touchdowns this 2011 season have come on the ground. Dylan Colucci is an offensive lineman for the Wildcats, who is interested in Pitt.

Deaysean Rippy caught a two-point conversion pass from quarterback Lenny Williams and was part of a Sto-Rox defensive effort which limited the Carlynton Cougars to six points in a 40-6 victory Friday night. The two-point conversion accounted for Rippy's first points of the 2011 season. Through two games, Sto-Rox has allowed an average of three points per game defensively while scoring 44.5 points per game on offense.

Pitt commit Marzett Geter caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Lenny Williams in Sto-Rox' 40-6 rout of Carlynton Friday night. Geter has three touchdown receptions this season.

Another week, another dominating victory for Upper St. Clair, as the Panthers ran their scoreless streak to eight consecutive quarters with a 42-0 blanking of North Huntingdon (Pa.) Norwin. Dakota Conwell had a limited night statistically for the Panthers, throwing for 26 yards, running for 52 more (with one touchdown) and assisting on four tackles defensively. For the 2011 season, Conwell has thrown for 110 yards and run for another 74, accounting for three total touchdowns. Defensively, Conwell has assisted on four tackles and recovered a fumble.

Greater Johnstown overcame an early 8-0 deficit against Cresson (Pa.) Penn Cambria to win going away, 34-8, getting a solid two-way effort from Pitt commit Alkwan Williams in the process. Williams caught four passes for 92 yards and two touchdowns - scoring strikes of nine and 58 yards from Gervon Simon (37 career TD passes) - and recorded 16 tackles and two sacks on defense. Through two games, Williams has caught five passes for 105 yards and recorded 23 tackles (nine solo) and the two sacks. Williams attended Pitt's game on Saturday.

The Jeannette Jayhawks are off to a 2-0 start after a 38-12 victory over New Castle (Pa.) Laurel Friday night. Demetrious Cox scored on a 1-yard touchdown run in the Jayhawks' victory, giving him five total touchdowns accounted for over the first two weeks of the season.

Germantown High got its first victory of the 2011 season against Philadelphia (Pa.) Fels, 47-16, and William Parks had a big game for the Bears. He scored three total touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving, one interception return), and, through two weeks, has two rushes for 22 yards, seven receptions for 134 yards and one interception on defense.

A week after running for 219 yards, Drew Harris showed no signs of slowing down in Week 2. Harris and the Cougars downed West Chester (Pa.) Bayard Rustin 42-13, and the Downingtown East senior was a one-man wrecking crew, running for 167 yards and five touchdowns on 24 carries and hauling in another three passes for 30 yards. Through two weeks, Harris has run for 386 yards and eight touchdowns on 53 carries, giving him 4,746 yards and 65 rushing touchdowns for his brilliant career to date.

2013
Completion percentage-wise, Michael Keir had a respectable game against Malvern Prep (14-of-20, 70 percent). But, the junior field general for the Cahillites threw two costly interceptions and was sacked six times by a relentless Malvern Prep defense in a 17-0 loss. Keir threw for 110 yards in the defeat. For the season, he is 27-of-42 (64.2 percent) for 342 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

At West Philadelphia Catholic, the Burrs went with David Williams early and often against Philadelphia Catholic League AAA power Archbishop Wood Saturday night in Warminster. All told, Williams finished with 32 carries for 206 yards, but failed to score a touchdown as Wood notched the shutout, 28-0. West finished with three turnovers on downs in Wood territory and also lost a fumble at the Wood 7-yard line. Williams has 51 carries for 330 yards this season and has scored the team's only touchdown.

Robert Foster scored his first touchdown of the 2011 season in Central Valley's 13-9 victory against Imperial (Pa.) West Allegheny, hauling in a 17-yard touchdown pass from Warrior field general Curtis Lewis. West Allegheny held a 9-7 lead in the fourth quarter before Aaron Law scored the deciding points on a 47-yard touchdown run. It's the first 2-0 start in Central Valley football history.

Devin Wilson did a little bit of everything in the Spartans' 22-19 Parkway Conference loss to Hopewell, completing one pass for six yards, catching seven passes for 35 yards and recording five tackles (four solo) on defense. In the young season, Wilson has hauled in 11 passes for 105 yards and one touchdown and recorded eight tackles (six solo) and deflected five passes on defense.

The North Allegheny Tigers have continued their dominance into the 2011 season, getting off to a 2-0 start and winning 26 of their last 29 games. Pat Kugler has helped NA get off to its fast start by helping to pave the way for an offensive unit which is averaging 502.5 yards (365.5 rushing, 137 passing) and 51 points per game, with three backs over 100 rushing yards and a 137-yard passer. The Tigers have scored 14 total touchdowns (nine rushing, five passing).

Tyler Boyd had himself quite a performance Saturday afternoon against Industry (Pa.) Western Beaver, running for 202 yards and three touchdowns on just 13 carries. Boyd averaged 15.5 yards per carry in the game.

DuBois Ross only played as a receiver in Pius X' 53-15 victory over Baltimore (Md.) Our Lady of Mount Carmel, hauling in three passes for 37 yards and one touchdown in the game. Pius X is off to a 2-0 start and is averaging 44.5 points per game.

Roman Clay posted a second consecutive week with more than 100 yards rushing as Lancaster Catholic drubbed Landisville (Pa.) Hempfield 46-6. Clay ran for 184 yards and two touchdowns on only 12 carries, giving him 292 yards and four touchdowns this season.

2014
Here's a word to describe A.J. Long's day against Baltimore (Md.) Our Lady of Mount Carmel: surgical. Long cut up the OLMC defense for a 10-of-13, 146-yard, four-touchdown performance, adding 51 yards and a touchdown on the ground on just three carries. Through two weeks, Long has thrown for 372 yards and five touchdowns and ran for another 84 yards on 18 carries, accounting for eight total touchdowns rushing and passing. He has a QB rating of 131. Since Week 4 of the 2010 season, Long has posted an overall record of 10-1.

Blackhawk continued its dominance on the ground this season, running for three more touchdowns in a 23-19 victory over Moon Area Friday night. All eight Blackhawk touchdowns this season have come on the ground, as sophomore standout field general Chandler Kincade has yet to throw a touchdown pass.


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