UK commit Sanders turning it on for Stephenson
Last week I wrote about how Union Grove’s talent had been overshadowed by region rivals Stephenson and M.L. King, and the Wolverines do indeed have some talented football players. But they weren’t just overshadowed this past Saturday night, they were overwhelmed in a 27-7 loss to the Jaguars.
Raymond Sanders, a Kentucky commitment who wowed an ESPN national-television audience last week against MLK, had his most dominating performance to date. Stephenson’s senior running back piled up 232 yards rushing on just 17 carries, scored three touchdowns and added a 23-yard reception.
Other standouts for the Jaguars included DB Kenneth Ladler with eight tackles, a pass breakup and a blocked field goal; LB Jabari Johnson with eight tackles; OLB Tyrone Cornelius (Miami) with six tackles and a pass breakup; and DT Mike Thornton with four tackles and another dominating night blowing up the middle of the line.
Some other standout performances from the area’s top prospects this past weekend:
- RB Ken Malcome, Southwest DeKalb: The Georgia commitment ran roughshod over Marist with 182 yards and a 74-yard touchdown in a 21-7 win. Malcome sat out most of the fourth quarter with leg cramps.
- RB Rajion Neal, Sandy Creek: The Mississippi State commitment piled up 242 yards on 29 carries and scored two touchdowns in a 31-13 win over Starr’s Mill.
- RB Storm Johnson, Loganville: One of the state’s top uncommitted tailbacks, Johnson ran for 216 yards and three TDs in a 34-25 win over Monroe Area.
- RB Rajaan Bennett, McEachern: Another top uncommitted back, Bennett had 123 yards on 12 carries and two touchdowns in a 48-8 win over Harrison.
- QB Hutson Mason, Lassiter: The uncommitted senior followed his state-record, single-game-passing performance of the previous week (545 yards) with 347 yards and five TDs in a 42-28 win over Walton.
- RB Ean “Pinball” Pemberton: The 5-foot-4 dynamo had 181 yards on 16 carries in limited work during a rout of Meadowcreek.
- RB Charles Perkins, Grayson: The Georgia Tech pledge got back on track after being shut down last week with 107 yards and two TDs in a 35-0 defeat of Mill Creek.
- QB Nash Nance, Calhoun: The Vanderbilt commitment was 16-of-21 for 194 yards and three scores in a blowout win over Dade County.
Those are just a few I had in my notebook. Please tell us of any notable performances you witnessed or heard about this past weekend.