Weekend Prospect Recap

A look around at how some of the Pitt commits and targets fared this past weekend. See which Ohio commits squared off against one another, in addition to the final tally on the matchup between 2012 five-star running back Rushel Shell and 2013 five-star receiver Robert Foster.

In out-of-state action, V'Angelo Bentley—who took an unofficial visit to Pitt on Saturday for the Utah game—helped Glenville to a 52-0 win over Lincoln West. Bentley threw for a 15-yard touchdown pass, caught a 25-yard touchdown pass and returned a punt 60 yards for a touchdown. Unfortunately, that punt return was called back due to a penalty. Still, the Tarblooders got another big game out of Bentley and improved to 5-3 on the season. Four of Glenville's five wins this season have been shutouts.

Marchez Coates—a Pitt commit who also was at the game on Saturday—finished in double-digits in tackles, but his McDonough team lost just its second game of the season, a 21-6 loss to North Point. Because teams seldom throw Coates' way, his coaching staff moved him around as a hybrid safety/linebacker a little so he could at least be involved in run support. McDonough falls to 5-2 on the season.

A pair of Pitt commits squared off against each other, in a matchup up powerhouses St. Xavier and St. Edward; center commit Brandyn Cook for St. Xavier and defensive end commit Darryl Render of St. Edward. St. Xavier came away with a 17-10 win over St. Edward. Cook helped open the way for 174 yards on the ground. St. Xavier takes on St. Ignatius on Saturday in Cleveland. St. Edward will take on another Cincinnati team this week, in Archbishop Moeller. Chad Voytik led Cleveland to a 44-20 win over Soddy Daisy. Voytik completed 6-of-13 passes for 120 yards and three touchdowns in his team's win. Voytik also added 35 yards on the ground on six carries.

Rushel Shell committed to Pitt Friday morning, then surpassed the 8,000-yard mark in career rushing yardage Friday night. He rushed for 264 yards and a touchdown, which gives him 1,325 yards and 12 touchdowns on the season and 8,091 yards for his career - the fifth-highest career rushing yardage total in Pennsylvania history. Unfortunately for Shell and the Vikings, Monaca (Pa.) Central Valley won a much-anticipated showdown, 34-23, severely impacting Hopewell's WPIAL playoff chances in the process.

Julian Durden scored three rushing touchdowns as Montour defeated Blackhawk, 42-9, but did so on only 14 carries for 15 yards. After reviewing Montour's individual game statistics from the 2006 season to present, Friday night marks the first time the Spartans' leading rusher for the season failed to crack 20 yards on the ground in a victory. Durden has run for 966 yards and 15 touchdowns this season and 4,444 yards for his career.

Chaz Whittaker returned to playing quarterback and fired a pair of touchdown passes, including one to teammate Corey Jones, as Penn Hills defeated Pittsburgh (Pa.) Fox Chapel, 13-7, Friday night. Jones was Whittaker's favorite target, hauling in seven passes for 80 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown reception.

Trenton Coles saw action on only one play in Clairton's 32-0 victory over previously unbeaten Pittsburgh (Pa.) Brentwood Friday night. Coles has been hobbled by an ankle injury over the last three weeks.

Logan Dietz and the Central Catholic offensive line helped to pave the way for Toledo commit Damion Jones-Moore to run for 163 yards and a pair of first quarter touchdowns as the USA-Today's #18-ranked team in the nation held on to defeat Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway, 13-7.

Deaysean Rippy scored his first defensive touchdown of the season as the Vikings avenged a 2010 loss to Industry (Pa.) Western Beaver by thumping the Golden Beavers, 43-0. Rippy returned an interception 33 yards for Sto-Rox' second touchdown of what turned out to be a 21-point first quarter and 37-point first half. Rippy already has scored a handful of receiving touchdowns this year. Marzett Geter was held out of the end zone in the victory, but Geter did enter the week with 16 receptions and six touchdowns on the season. The Vikings are a perfect 7-0 on the season.

Dakota Conwell scored on a 17-yard touchdown run and fired a 58-yard touchdown pass to Rori Blair as Upper St. Clair routed Canonsburg (Pa.) Canon-McMillan, 55-0. Conwell has had a hand in 19 total touchdowns this season for Upper St. Clair, running for 12 and throwing for seven more.

Pitt recruit Alkwan Williams scored his first defensive touchdown of the 2011 season in Greater Johnstown's 41-20 victory over bitter city rival Johnstown (Pa.) Bishop McCort. Williams scored the touchdown on a 78-yard fumble return, and, in addition, posted 13 tackles, deflected a pass, and caught one pass for 13 yards. Williams has 90 tackles on the season, which leads the Johnstown defensive unit.

University Prep won again to improve to 6-1, and, again, the victory came via a shutout, 12-0, against Pittsburgh (Pa.) Allderdice. Jaylen Coleman was again in on the action, running for 160 yards and scoring on a 46-yard touchdown run, his fifth rushing touchdown in the last two weeks for the Panthers. In the last two weeks, Coleman has run for nearly 400 yards.

Demetrious Cox ran for 165 yards and scored a touchdown on a 90-yard run as Jeannette defeated Mt. Pleasant, 35-14, to advance to 7-0 on the season. Cox has run for more than 700 yards this season and is one of three Jayhawk backs with at least 390 rushing yards through the team's first seven games.

The Germantown Bears got another two-touchdown game from Pitt recruit Will Parks, who ran for 19 yards, caught four passes for 53 yards and a touchdown and returned an interception for a touchdown, but the Bears narrowly fell to Philadelphia (Pa.) Frankford, 24-22. Parks has run for 189 yards and five touchdowns, caught 21 passes for 364 yards and four additional touchdowns and posted four interceptions, which is tied for the team lead.

2013
In a 28-26 victory over Philadelphia (Pa.) Archbishop Ryan, Michael Keir surpassed his passing yardage total from his sophomore season. His 11-of-25, 208-yard, two-touchdown game gives the junior 1,342 yards and 10 touchdowns this season, topping his mark of 1,207 yards the previous year. Roman Catholic improved to 5-2 overall with the victory. Keir has thrown for 2,549 career yards and 23 touchdown passes for the Cahillites.

David Williams finally caught a "breather" in terms of a short night of work, registering nine carries for 60 yards and scoring three touchdowns as West Philadelphia Catholic hung won, 50-0, over Fairless Hills (Pa.) Conwell-Egan Catholic Friday night. Williams has run for 954 yards and seven touchdowns this season, giving him 1,878 yards and 24 rushing touchdowns for his career.

Clarion Area's stud junior saw a short night of work, recording two tackles and running five times for 38 yards as the Bobcats rolled Foxburg (Pa.) Allegheny-Clarion Valley, 54-0, to improve to 5-2 overall. For the season, Armstrong has a combined 537 yards rushing and receiving and has scored eight total touchdowns offensively and added 60 tackles, four sacks, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, a blocked punt and two blocked field goals. Armstrong is a part of a Clarion defensive unit which has racked up 16 sacks, picked off 12 passes, forced six fumbles, recovered nine fumbles and deflected 16 passes.

Adam Breneman and the Cedar Cliff Colts got a huge victory Friday night against Progress (Pa.) Susquehanna Township, 21-14, as the blue and white were in need of a victory after losing two of their previous three games. In the W, Breneman caught a trio of passes for 84 yards and one touchdown, bringing his season totals to 37 receptions for 581 yards and six touchdowns. Cedar Cliff is 5-2 on the season.

Robert Foster stole the show in a nationally-televised game between his Central Valley team and Rushel Shell's Hopewell team. Despite the 264-yard performance from Shell, Foster made plays and key points in the game to lift his team to the win. He finished with 13 tackles on defense; acting as a spy on Shell. Foster had a long run of 38 yards off a fake punt; finishing with 68 yards on six carries Even more impressive about that play, is that Foster took off from his punter spot ten yards deep—and not the upback spot, where most fake punts start. Foster had a long reception of 30 yards. His biggest play of the game was a 70-yard kickoff return that gave his team the ball at the Hopewell 10, and led to the go-ahead score. Keep an eye on 2015 prospect Jordan Whitehead. The freshman corner returned an interception 85 yards for a touchdown.

Devin Wilson caught five passes for 108 yards and added a five-yard rush as Montour rebounded from a tough Week 6 loss to Central Valley, clubbing Beaver Falls (Pa.) Blackhawk, 42-9. Wilson has now caught a team-leading 30 passes for 425 yards and four touchdowns this season.

Wexford (Pa.) North Allegheny improved to 7-0 on the season and 31-3 since the start of the 2009 season, defeating Gibsonia (Pa.) Pine-Richland 35-7. Pat Kugler and the NA offensive line helped quarterback Mack Leftwich have enough time to throw for 226 yards and four touchdowns, bringing the junior's season totals to 1,378 passing yards and 14 touchdown passes. Alex DiCiantis added a touchdown run to cap the Tigers' scoring - NA's 29th team rushing touchdown of the season.

Tyler Boyd scored two more touchdowns - his 19th and 20th of the season - as Clairton won its 38th game in a row over previously unbeaten Pittsburgh (Pa.) Brentwood, 32-0. Boyd ran for 128 yards in the game, giving him a third straight week with more than 100+ rushing yards. His 12 points against Brentwood now give him 140 on the season.

DuBois "Boise" Ross posted his second three-touchdown performance of the season as Pius X rolled Bloomsburg (Pa.) Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech, 54-14. Ross hauled in three A.J. Long passes for 130 yards and three touchdowns, giving him 24 receptions for a team-leading 456 yards (19 yds/rec.) and eight touchdowns. Ross' season has also continued to progress well on the defensive side of the ball - updating his performance there through seven games - Ross has 36 tackles (21 solo), two interceptions, three deflected passes and a fumble recovery.

Roman Clay ran for 102 yards and scored a rushing touchdown in the first half of Lancaster Catholic's dominating 47-7 victory against Fredricksburg (Pa.) Northern Lebanon. Clay has scored 12 rushing touchdowns this season, good enough for second on the team. Senior Brandon Hollister has rushed for 15 touchdowns, including three Friday night. Hollister's 15 touchdowns are tops in the Lancaster-Lebanon League this season.

2014
Sophomore A.J. Long had yet another banner day for the Pius X Royals, leading the team to it's sixth victory of the season in dominating fashion, 54-14, over Bloomsburg (Pa.) Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech. In the game, Long connected on 8-of-12 passes for 213 yards and four touchdowns and added a 50-yard touchdown run for his only rushing attempt of the game. Through seven games, Long has connected on 107-of-158 passes (67.7 percent) for 1,699 yards and 20 touchdowns and he's run 53 times for 340 yards and 10 more touchdowns. Combined between rushing and passing, Long is averaging 291.3 yards of total offense per game.

Chandler Kincade did not play for Blackhawk for a third straight week. Backup Josh Desmond threw for 100 yards and a touchdown as Blackhawk fell to McKees Rocks (Pa.) Montour, 42-9.


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