The Buffalo area is known for the Bills, the Sabres and, of course, buffalo wings. But this year, an area high school football team and its star player are making noise on the national level.
St. Francis (Athol Springs, N.Y.) has started out the season 4-0 and is ranked the No. 10 team in the East region in this week's SchoolSports.com Regional Rankings.
Much of the Red Raiders' success can be attributed to the play of senior defensive lineman Doug Worthington, who recently committed to Ohio State. Worthington is rated the No. 20 defensive lineman in the Class of 2005 by SchoolSports.com. He picked the Buckeyes over Penn State, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Maryland and Pittsburgh.
The 6-foot-7, 255-pounder showcased his skills with seven tackles and 2.5 sacks in a 28-13 win over St. Ignatius (Cleveland, Ohio) on Sept. 25. According to The Buffalo News, Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel was in attendance to witness his star commitment's monster performance.
Last fall, Worthington earned All-State second team honors after racking up 72 tackles, seven sacks and 12 quarterback pressures.
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While Ohio State landed Worthington, the Buckeyes' rival, Michigan, received a commitment last weekend from Muskegon (Muskegon, Mich.) senior defensive lineman Terrance Taylor, who is rated the nation's No. 13 defensive lineman and No. 74 overall recruit by SchoolSports.com. Taylor chose Michigan over LSU. The 6-foot-1, 285-pounder was named All-State last year after posting 68 tackles and 10 sacks. …
Georgia gained another commitment from one of the nation's top wideouts when North Broward Prep (Coconut Creek, Fla.) senior Mike Moore pledged to the Bulldogs last weekend over Florida State, North Carolina State, Tennessee and Pittsburgh.
Moore hauled in 46 passes for 833 yards and 16 touchdowns last year and has grabbed 19 passes for 275 yards and five touchdowns through his first three games this fall. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder joins Independence (Charlotte, N.C.) standout wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi among Georgia's wideout commitments. …
Going into this season, Timberline (Lacey, Wash.) senior running back Jonathan Stewart needed just 649 yards to break the all-time state rushing record of 6,128 yards, which was held by former Wahkiakum (Cathlamet, Wash.) running back Jerod Moore. Considering Stewart, who is rated the No. 10 overall recruit in the Class of 2005 by SchoolSports.com, rushed for 2,592 yards as a junior, it was only a matter of time before he broke the mark.
In fact, Stewart managed to enter the record books in the fourth game of the season this fall when he rushed for 242 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries in Timberline's 54-0 win over Yelm on Sept. 24 to give him 6,275 rushing yards for his career. He broke the mark in his 31st career game, which was seven fewer than Moore needed to set the record.
Stewart has rushed for 821 yards and 12 touchdowns on 62 carries (13.2 yards per carry) through the first four games this year.