Just about all of Central Michigan's 2011 commits were in action this past weekend, and many of them continued to show why the Chippewas thought so highly of them.
Quarterback Alex Niznak, Ithaca (MI)
-For the first time this season Niznak was forced to play in the second half. With Ithaca blowing out opponents through the first three weeks, Niznak was relegated to the bench at halftime, but that would not be the case this week. The Yellowjackets held just a 7-0 lead over St. Louis at the half...but quickly reverted back to their dominant selfs as they scored 49 points in the second half en route to a 56-14 win. Niznak would have a huge game, throwing for 312 yards and 1 touchdown on 15-21 passing and rushing 14 times for 164 yards and 4 touchdowns. Ithaca is now 4-0 overall.
Safety Denzel Wimberly, Cardinal-Gibbons (FL)
-Cardinal Gibbons dropped a defensive battle to University School as they lost 7-3 for their first loss of the season (2-1). Wimberly would add an interception, but struggled rushing the ball as Cardinal Gibbons only managed 59 yards rushing in the game.
Linebacker Tim Hamilton, Brother Rice (MI)
-After seemingly getting back on the winning track last weekend, Brother Rice would once again falter as they lost 7-0 to Warren De La Salle in a defensive battle. Hamilton would man a defense that held De La Salle to just 7 points after they came in averaging 50, but costly penalties and uncharacteristic play would cost the Warriors in the end. Brother Rice is now 1-3 overall and may be fighting for their playoff lives next week when they face UD Jesuit.
Offensive lineman Kenny Rogers, Holt (MI)
-Holt would notch their second consecutive victory as they shut out Jackson 20-0. And for the second consecutive week the rushing game was key. Rogers would anchor an offensive line that 227 yards rushing as Holt improved to 2-2 overall.
Athlete Blake Serpa, Kaneland (IL)
-Blake Serpa and his Kaneland squad improved to 4-0, and the CMU commit played a huge role in that. He would rush for 118 yards and 2 touchdowns, catch 2 passes for 49 yards and was consistently harrassing the opposing offense on defense as Kaneland destroyed LaSalle-Peru 56-7.
Wide receiver Jason Wilson, Farmington (MI)
-To say Wilson had a good game would be an understatement. He made plays in all phases of the game in Farmington's 42-14 win over Southfield-Lathrup. He had a 77 punt return for a touchdown, recorded two interceptions and caught 4 passes for 52 yards and 1 touchdown. Better yet? Farmington is still undefeated at 4-0.
Offensive lineman Ramadan Ahmeti, Waverly (MI)
-Waverly came into their game against Owosso this week winless at 0-3 overall, but a quick first quarter start that saw the Warriors jump out to a 20-0 lead that paved the way for 35-18 victory. While Ahmeti was his usually road grading self on the offensive line, he showcased his athleticism on defense as he intercepted an Owosso pass and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown.
Linebacker Cody Lopez, Plainfield North (IL)
-Lopez and Plainfield North defeated rival Plainfield Central 33-14 in a game that saw the North defense surrender just 49 yards rushing. After tallying 11 tackle and 2 sacks in week 3, Lopez would again have a strong defensive game as he would notch 10 tackles and recover a fumble. Plainfield North is now 3-1 overall and rolling behind Lopez and Colorado State commit Kapri Bibbs, who has rushed for 903 yards and 14 touchdowns in just three games.
Linebacker Germaine Calmes, Rich Central (IL)
-Calmes would collect 14 tackles and 2 sacks as Rich Central improved to 2-2 overall with a 33-2 win over Bloom. Rich Central will next host rival Rich east this Friday.
Tight end Ben Randle, Big Rapids (MI)
-After notching their first win of the season in unconventional fashion (by way of forfeit), Big Rapids would pick up their first on field win with a 42-0 shutout. Randle would play an H-back type position for the Cardinals and was mostly used for his blocking in this game, however, he also displayed his versatility as he hit a 32 yard field goal just before the half.
NOTABLE PROSPECT PERFORMANCES
* Runningback Thomas Rawlswould have a game for the ages as he broke Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingrams single game rushing record in Flint. He would total 343 ruhing yards and 5 touchdowns in Flint Northern's 48-28 win over Saginaw Heritage. Rawls would also throw a 55 yard touchdown pass and record 10 tackles on defense. The win was Flint Northern's first of the season.
Look for more prep updates next week!