While St. Pius X got the huge win for all private school programs, the Hornets looked like they would easily be the team to beat early as Huntsville dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. Oklahoma State commit Justin Gilbert was the best player on the field the majority of the game making plays at cornerback, quarterback and in the return game. At 6-0 and 180 pounds with legit 4.4 speed and the ability to change direction, Gilbert was proving to be a formidable opponent.
The first big play for Daniels and Griffin came in the first quarter on a tackle for loss. Griffin blitzed from his corner spot chasing down Gilbert with hands around the waist. Daniels came in to put the finishing touches on the tackle with a powerful hit from the 255 pound end.
Daniels made a second tackle for loss on a third and seven draw play in the second quarter as well as a third stop. Daniels's best play, however, was a great read on a screen play that resulted in a 13-yard loss on third down. Without Daniels's excellent read, that play would have gone for 30 plus yards and a touchdown.
Daniels had a hand in three second half stops as well as a quarterback pressure.
Griffin made three first half tackles as well with one saving a big gain on kick off coverage. Griffin added a pair of stops in the second half. Griffin also posted a 31-yard kick off return and a 40-yard plus kickoff return that was negated by a holding call.
St. Pius X made all of the key plays late in the third quarter, fourth quarter and in overtime. Senior star slot receiver and kick returner Venric Mark came off the bench and returned a kick-off for a score with the Panthers down 14 points and reeling in the third quarter. Mark, suffering from an ankle sprain and sore achilles tendon, has 15 offers and is one of the more underrated playmakers in the state.
Greg Daniels scouting report
First, Daniels looks very good on the hoof at 6-3.5/6-4 and 255 pounds. Daniels has powerful, strong arms and hands with a lower body that will likely stack on some weight. A move to defensive tackle at Texas is not out of the question and could be a natural fit for Daniels. He showed good first step quickness, but not that combined with the acceleration and change of direction of that of an edge pass rusher. Daniels is a strong side end or tackle.
He lined up at five technique or inside shade four for the most part, but did get the opportunity to line up outside the tackle on a few snaps. Like most young defensive linemen, Daniels plays high and doesn't create ideal leverage to rush the passer and win a high percentage of leverage battles.
Daniels's strength is against the run. He's powerful working to take running lanes away and is active with his hands. When he keeps the feet moving, he can be devastating against the run as a five technique.
Kolby Griffin scouting report
Griffin is a legit 5-10.5/5-11 and 175-180 pounds. Griffin, as he has always shown, loves the challenge of playing corner. He embraces press coverage and the physicality of the position. Griffin has long arms and uses them to fight off would be blockers.
Friday night, Griffin only had a couple of passes thrown his way. One was a hitch route that was dropped, but Griffin made the hit and the play would have gone for three or four yards. On one play, Griffin did get away with a hold on a deep route, but there wasn't a flag thrown.
Griffin's speed shows up on kickoff return coverage and on plays away from him where he has to run across the field and play angles. Griffin displayed the quickness, fluid speed turn and change of direction to be a successful corner on the next level.
Griffin can improve in run support and tackling in space. The junior missed three tackles on Friday tackling high. When he gets the feel for breaking down and taking the back out at the knees or below, he'll be solid in run support as well.
Because Griffin is a 15-year old junior and won't turn 16 until mid-October, he has a high ceiling.
Baylor and Texas A&M had coaches on the St. Pius X sidelines on Friday night. Baylor has offered and Texas A&M is in hot pursuit along with Stanford and Kansas. All three are potential offers sooner rather than later.