Friday Night Lights Blog - 9/15

Scott Eklund went to see Kamiak/Mountlake Terrace and Inglemoor/Lake Washington, while Chris Fetters sat in on the KingCo 4A double dip at Memorial Stadium. Friday it was Franklin and Garfield in the opener, while Ballard and Redmond closed things down. Here's what we saw...

SCOTT EKLUND

It was a beautiful evening at Edmonds Stadium as Montlake Terrace hosted Kamiak. Justin Glenn, Kamiak's all-everything guy, took the opening kickoff 60 yards and the Knights were on their way. He also had a pick-six, when Terrace QB Tony Ellersick overthrew his wideout and Glenn was in perfect position to catch it and take it to the house. It was a 19 yard return.

Kamiak RB Bryson Kelly was a tough, inside runner who never went down with the first contact.

Soph LB Marcel Seely is an absolute stud. He only knows one speed right now…full speed. He fills the hole so fast and hard that at times he wasn't breaking down, but that is something he will learn in time. He raised a few eyebrows when he decleated a running back in the middle of the line.

Kamiak won the game 35-7.

Before I left I saw Husky DB coach J.D. Williams who was most likely in the house to see Glenn. Glenn could be a candidate to garner an offer very early in the 2008 recruiting class. It wouldn't surprise me if he got one this fall.
Next, I headed to Lake Washington High School to watch Husky commit Chris Izbicki lead the Kangs against the Inglemoor Vikings. There was a good crowd on hand, nary a seat on the LW side and three-quarters filled on the Inglemoor side.

The teams traded scores early as Inglemoor came up with an onside kick on the first play and RB Brandon Thurston (a jr.) took it in from 21 yards out.

LW's Gerard Boseman, who has been moved to running back from wide receiver, took helped the Kangs when he took a handoff over right tackle, got an incredible block from Izbicki and then broke it outside and outran the pursuit for a 56-yard TD.

LW RB Justin Kim had a huge game, he amassed over 150 yards on the ground, scoring three touchdowns on runs of 14, 13 and three yards. He's really tough to bring down and he's got excellent speed. He's already rushed for over 500 yards in only three games.

Izbicki caught a nice corner route pass from his QB that gained 33 yards, but had the pass been out in front, he would have gone in for a TD. He was abusing guys in the running game (at one point he pancaked his man 15 yards down field) and he also showed strong, but soft hands on a two-point conversion in traffic…snatching the ball away from three defenders and two of his teammates.

LW did their best to give Inglemoore the game by fumbling, allowing a score and then muffing the onside kick. The Vikings had the chance to take the lead when their quarterback, who had had a fine day throwing the rock around, overthrew his receiver on a go-route and LW was able to intercept.

The Kangs ran out the clock and came away with a too-close-for-comfort 41-35 win.

As Fetters noted on the message board, Husky OL coach Mike Denbrock was expected to be at the game, but I did not see him during my time there.
CHRIS FETTERS

In the first game I saw on Friday evening, it was a clash of former UW receivers; Mario Bailey's Franklin Quakers took on Anthony Allen's Garfield Bulldogs, and the Quakers came out on top 33-12. Here are a few of the top prospects I saw for both teams (I was disappointed in not seeing Franklin's sophomore sensation Peyton Siva play) ...

Franklin:

No. 27 RB/LB Andre Davis (SR) - Definitely more of a fullback prospect for college in my opinion, Davis is a legit 6-1, 230. Reminded me of Tony Felder, but not as dynamic, just very steady. Also not as fast as Felder, but still gets the job done. Good hands and a tough straight-ahead runner, Davis is about as no-nonsense as it gets.

No. 32 Sylvester Nzekwe (JR) - Another prospect that just looks like he's a player. Plays both ways for Mario Bailey, but did most of his damage at running back. Has a good feel for the game and is going to be a huge contributor next year for the Quakers. Hard to gauge speed just because I rarely saw him in the open field, but he always seemed to be good for 6-7-8 yards a pop whenever the Quakers needed a 'go-to' guy.

No. 4 Nick Ragland-Johnson (JR) - Did most of his work as a DB and as Franklin's kicker. A very good cover back, Ragland-Johnson never got beat deep and was always in position to make the play. That is kind of damning with faint praise, considering Garfield's QB just kind of put the ball up for grabs most of the time.
Garfield:

No. 2 Dontae Jenkins (SR) - Garfield's best player by far, it's hard not to root for him, because he doesn't have a lot of talent around him. Jenkins definitely knows how a guy like Isaiah Stanback felt when he was a Bulldog. A thick kid that runs well to the ball, he always came up with the tackle when in the vacinity. A raw talent, but with some athletic ability. Hard to tell just how fast he is, since I never got to see him open it up.
Ballard/Redmond

The second game of the twi-light double-header at Memorial Stadium was the Beavers versus the Mustangs. Redmond was never challenged in this game, rolling to a 32-0 shellacking of Ballard. Here's a look at some of the top prospects in this game...

Redmond:

No. 34 RB Logwone Mitz (SR) - Played as advertised...took roughly a 75-yard run off tackle to the house...very reminiscent of Jonathan Stewart in the sense that Mitz makes it extremely difficult to get a good angle on him for a tackle. He forces would-be tacklers into poor mechanics because of his size and his ability to shed guys coming after him. He showed pretty good top-end speed in the open-field, but overall had a hard time struggling through the game getting around end.

No. 4 Jabari Mu'ied (SR) - The fastest guy on the field, Mu'ied took the second-half kickoff for a touchdown, and past mid-field it wasn't even a contest. As fast as Jabari is (arguably one of the fastest football players in the state), he still needs to make sure he has the fundamentals down (holding onto the ball, for instance). Size is probably the only thing that's stopping D1 teams from flocking to Redmond in droves.

No. 54 Trevor Guyton (JR) - In my opinion, Guyton was the most impressive player on the field. A two-way standout, Guyton fills out his Mustang jersey well and definitely has room to add 30-40 pounds at least for his senior season. A lot of offensive linemen take some plays off on the defensive end to stay fresh, but Guyton looked to play hard from snap to whistle throughout the game. Washington State has already offered him a full scholarship.

No. 52 Devon Cole (SR) - Cole just keeps on playing his game, and it's fun to watch. Technically a very sound lineman, Devon has been lighting up KingCo DL's for two years now. The only thing I can see from Cole that would give me a little pause for concern is the fact that he doesn't appear to have grown much at all. When I saw him a year ago, he was around 6-3 and 250 pounds. He didn't look bigger than Trevor Guyton, even though Cole got much of the hype in 2005. If he doesn't get bigger, he'll be stuck in that dreaded 'tweener' category that can spell D1 death to a promising recruit.
Ballard:

No. 11 Danny Hawkins (SR) - I've known about Hawkins ever since he was a frosh, and I know the Beaver coaches love what Hawkins brings to their team. He's the guy in the middle of the defense that just cleans up everything. On offense, he played tight end, but I'd have to think that colleges have to be looking defense when wathing Hawkins play. A tough, physically-imposing player, Hawkins rules the roost over on the west side of town.

No. 6 Joey Bollinger (JR) - I can see glimpses of a guy that understands the fundamentals of playing the quarterback position, but those glimpses are covered in the muck and mire of many mistakes - too many for a potential D1 quarterback to make. He's got decent size, but isn't very fast at all. A John Navarre without the size? Doesn't sound all that promising, but he stood in the pocket well even under fire and threw a nice ball. His release doesn't have that nice snap you like to see, and the Redmond DL make his night go by way too quickly with many, many forced incompletions.


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