Player of the Week
Easy call here as running back Duke Johnson made three huge plays in Norland's win over Northwestern. The Miami commit made the first big play of the game on 4th down where he made defenders miss in his own backfield before squirting loose for a TD. He later returned a kickoff for a TD and put the dagger in MNW with another long TD run late in the fourth. He is just an outstanding football player, clearly one of, if not THE, best players in the state. Johnson also made an impact on defense. The five-star prospect could play on either side of the football. Most importantly, he plays the game with passion and is extremely competitive. Elite qualities.
Offensive Player of the Week
Tshumbi Johnson, QB, Immokalee: The junior threw for 260 yards and ran for 207 in the Indian's upset of Naples. Johnson led his team back from a 22-12 half-time deficit with some clutch plays. Johnson also played defensive back and made an impact on that side of the ball. Tough. He will likely be recruited at wide receiver and defensive back due to his size.
Defensive Player of the Week
Mackensie Alexander, CB, Immokalee: Naples tested him a few times and he answered each time. Physical corner that understands the game, great hips, and explosion. Just a junior, he appears to be a top five CB in the state for the next cycle. At 5'11, 175 he already has the type of size that schools are looking for.
Ereck Flowers, OT, Norland: This was the first time we had a chance to watch Flowers live in a game. He was terrific all night against heavily recruited Eric Kinsey. The 6'6 Miami commit more than held his own in a tough match-up while being equally adept in run blocking and pass pro. Flowers has prototype size, great bend, and LT athleticism. It is easy to see why Miami, Alabama, FSU amongst others have offered.
Darren Owi, WR, Norland: Has good size at 6'3 and he has added some muscle to his frame. He is way under the radar as he is being lightly recruited at this time. Owi made some nice plays tonight and was close to busting a couple of plays for big gains. He is Norland's main outside threat and should put up quality numbers all year.
J.C. Jackson, WR, Immokalee: Just a sophomore, Jackson has elite speed and he showed it on Friday night when he turned on the jets up the middle of the field. At 5'11, 180 pounds, he has a lot of strength for a young player. He impressed us the most with his blocking all night, several of his blocks on the outside resulted in big plays. He played CB as well. Jackson has the look of a player that will be heavily recruited down the road.
Amari Cooper, WR, Northwestern: Clearly the top offensive weapon at Northwestern, Cooper scored on a 30 yard reception and was behind the Norland defense several other times. Happy to see him healthy and on the field after an injury junior year. At 6'1+, the smooth strider will fill out considerably at the college level. With Alabama, Florida State, and perhaps Miami pursuing, his stock is already quite high.
Manny Morgan, RB, Naples: Morgan shared the load a year ago, but the junior appears to be the main weapon at Naples. He had 11 carries for over 100 yards while making two catches for 49 yards. Good all-around back with quality speed and quickness.
Youngsters to Watch
Jordan Reyes, OL, Dr. Krop: Lightning prevented stopped this game at kickoff. The junior stands 6'5 and the coaching staff is very high on his potential.
Artie Burns, DB, Northwestern: The 6'1 junior is blessed with the physical gifts to be special. Has a chance to be recruited heavily next cycle.
Deadrin Senat, DT, Immokalee: Did some heavy lifting playing both ways vs. a physical Naples front. Projects to DT and is close to 300 pounds already as a junior.