Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Michigan targets shine in HS playoffs
By Tom VanHaaren
It was an exciting few nights of high school football as the Michigan high school state finals came to a conclusion. The top teams in the state put it all on the line and the victors saw all their hard work pay off.
There were plenty of Michigan commits and targets still in the mix for a state championship. Not all came out victorious, but they all seemed to put up big numbers in the final game.
Jourdan Lewis was a major factor on both sides of the ball as Cass Tech repeated as state champ.
In the best performance of the weekend, and in the history books, 2014 wide receiver Drake Harris (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) had eight receptions for 243 yards and one touchdown in his team's overtime win against Orchard Lake St. Mary's.
Harris had an unbelievable jump-ball catch where the defender undercut him and flipped him on his back. He held onto the ball for a first down and was a big key to keeping his team in the game. He is committed to Michigan State. If that sticks, the Spartans are getting a talented player.
The two Michigan commitments who fought for a title also happened to play against each other on Saturday. Detroit Catholic Central's Wyatt Shallman and Cass Tech's Jourdan Lewis squared off the last time before they will eventually be teammates at Michigan. Lewis and Cass Tech came out on top 36-21 to give Cass Tech back-to-back state titles.
Lewis ended the day with two receptions for 101 yards, including an 89-yard touchdown reception from 2015 quarterback teammate Jayru Campbell. Shallman mainly played defense and recorded five total tackles and a tackle for loss.
While they aren't commitments, 2014 defensive back Damon Webb and 2015 running back Mike Weber also had standout performances for Cass Tech. Webb played both offense and defense as he usually does and recorded two receptions for 53 yards, four tackles, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and an interception. Weber is only a sophomore but has seen his stock rise and ended an excellent season with 20 rushes for 186 yards.
Recently offered senior linebacker Jon Reschke helped his Birmingham Brother Rice team to back-to-back state titles with nine tackles, one fumble recovery and a pass breakup. Brother Rice defeated Muskegon and junior defensive lineman Kennly Finley 35-28.
Unfortunately for most of the other prospects Michigan is or will be targeting, their fate didn't turn out so well. Junior defensive end Malik McDowell had seven total tackles for Detroit Loyola in a six-point loss to Ishpeming. Junior quarterback Tyler Wiegers had 216 yards through the air and a touchdown, but it also wasn't enough for Detroit Country Day, as it went down 40-7 against Grand Rapids South Christian.