ShowMeMizzou traveled to Jefferson City (3-2) on Friday night to watch the Jays play host to the Park Hill Trojans (3-2). At halftime, the score was knotted at 14-14. Jeff City had two first half fumbles, and Park Hill's Trace Norfleet had a big first half on the ground. The second half belonged to the Jays, as Devin Moore and Kody Walker ran roughshod over the Trojans to lead Jeff City to a 40-14 win.
Moore finished the night with 70 yards and 2 TDs on 8 carries. Walker added 125 yards on 14 carries. For Park Hill, Norfleet finished the night with 131 yards and 1 TD on 24 carries, most of it in the first half.
There were several interesting prospects on hand from the two teams. Besides Walker and Moore, I saw a couple of other young players from Jeff City who caught my eye. 2013 DT Q'Juan Curtis 6'1" 255 is a starting DT for the Jays, and he made several plays on Friday. Jeff City Head Coach, Ted LePage, talked about his young lineman.
"He's a real athletic young man," said Coach LePage. "And, he's very, very raw............... He hasn't played much football. When he's disciplined, he is a force inside. And, that's something that showed up tonight in the second half. He's a horse. He's strong. He's physical, and he's fast. His big thing is, he's just learning how to play this game."
2012 WR Daniel Ajuzie 6'3" 180 is very smooth, has good hands, and has reportedly been clocked in the 4.4s in the forty-yard dash. The Jays don't throw the ball much, but Ajuzie did get behind the Park Hill defense for one catch on Friday.
2012 ATH Michael Washington 6'4" 220, is the son of the former Missouri running back of the same name. He's a multi-talented athlete with excellent size, but won't be eligible to play sports until January, after transferring from Helias. He's expected to play basketball for the Jays after Christmas. The senior Washington told ShowMeMizzou that he thinks his son is going to play TE.
The real reason we were in Jeff City was to watch the 2012 DT prospect from Park Hill, Ondre Pipkins 6'4" 315. We'll have an interview with Pipkins soon. He played left offensive tackle for Park Hill, and split snaps at the nose tackle position, as well.
The first thing I noticed about Pipkins is that he is huge. Then, I noticed his relative quickness, and the fluidity with which he ranges across the field. He is not yet a great player, but Jeff City thought enough of him to assign a double team to him on every play when he was on the nose. He still managed to blow up a few plays on the inside, and managed to make a few tackles. On offense, Pipkins usually pushed some one down, and then started looking for someone else. Often times, he was clear across the field by the time the play ended, a testament to his lateral quickness, and his speed and range. I witnessed one play where Pipkins engulfed the visibly smaller Curtis, and drove him into the turf.
The interesting thing about Pipkins is that he's very raw and inexperienced. He's only beginning to learn how to play football, after transferring from Saginaw, Michigan last December. Park Hill Head Coach, Greg Reynolds, talked about his big lineman.
"He's got a chance to be a real good player," said Coach Reynolds. "And, at times he shows it."
I did get a chance to speak with Ondre's mother just prior to the game. She indicated that Ondre's doing well in school, and that he's also a fan of the Missouri Tigers. She said that Ondre "really likes it at Missouri", and that they are planning to attend a Missouri game soon.
Others associated with the team informed me that Ondre's "a great kid", and is "kind to his teammates."