Friday Night Lights (Week 2)

In this weekly column, we check in to see how Notre Dame commits are performing on Friday Nights.

Derrik Allen: Notre Dame’s top 100 safety recruit was once again all over the field Friday night in a 42–6 victory over Pope HS. He finished with 7 tackles, a touchdown reception and 60 yard punt return. Next game: vs. Kell HS (GA)

Ovie Oghoufo: Oghoufo’s Harrison HS squad saw their first action of the season on Thursday night and although the score wasn’t pretty (33–8 Loss to East Grand Rapids HS), Oghoufo hauled in 5 receptions for 62 yards and also made 11 tackles on defense; 2 for loss. Next game: @ Troy HS (MI)

Jahmir Smith: Like last week, Lee County dominated their opponent and Smith didn’t see action in the second half. He ran for 151 yards and 2 scores in two quarters of play. Next game: vs. Wakefield HS (NC)

George Takacs: Takacs also played in his first game of the season and came away with a 26–2 victory over Lely HS (FL). Takacs was mainly used inline as a blocker. Next game: vs. Hialeah HS (FL)

Kevin Austin: North Broward Prep won 57–0 over Pembroke Pines HS (FL) and Austin played less than a half. He came down with a jump ball touchdown over two defenders and had a touchdown called back in his limited time. I suggest finding his touchdown catch on video; you’ll be happy you did. Next game: vs. Benjamin HS (FL)

Cole Mabry: Mabry’s Brentwood team followed up their week 1 win with another victory. This time over Cane Ridge HS (TN) 41–21. Next game: vs. Dickson County HS (TN)

John Dirksen: Dirksen got his first game under his belt and his team came away with a 35–7 win over Chaminade-Julienne HS (OH). Next game: @ Patrick Henry HS (OH)

Jack Lamb: Lamb injured his knee in the second quarter of his game versus Heritage HS (CA) and did not return. He was scheduled for a MRI on Saturday and we have not heard what those results were yet. Next game: @ King HS (CA)

Matthew Bauer: Bauer’s HS team, Cathedral Prep, faced off against David Adams and Kurt Hinish former HS, Central Catholic (PA), and came away with an impressive 40–7 victory. Bauer had 3 sacks and a forced fumble. Next game: vs. Erie HS (PA)

Micah Jones: Jones’ Warren Township squad lost 34–10 to Barrington HS (IL), but Jones hauled in 3 passes for 32 yards and a touchdown. Micah had another touchdown ruled out of bounds on a questionable call. Next game: vs. New Trier HS (IL)

Cade McNamara: Notre Dame’s 2019 QB commit saw his first action of the season and looked impressive versus North Gate HS (CA). Damonte Ranch rolled to a 46–16 victory on the shoulders of a 400 yard, 5 touchdown (one rushing) day from McNamara. He completed 27 of 40 passes and looked very impressive. Next game: @ Edison HS (CA)

Markese Stepp: Stepp and his Cathedral teammates had to wait until Saturday to see action this week, and they ended up losing a close game to King HS in Detroit, Michigan. Stepp had another good day on the ground, finishing with 125 yards and 2 touchdowns. One of his scores went for 74 yards. Next game: @ Pickerington Central HS (OH)

Jacob Lacey: The 2019 DT commit was virtually unstoppable for the second week in a row, and is looking like a prime candidate for eventual 5-star status in his class. In less than one half of football, Lacey racked up 6 tackles, 5 tackles for loss and forced two fumbles. He was in the backfield nearly every play and received game MVP honors. His HS team rolled to a 43–6 victory over Warren Central HS (KY). Next game: vs. Franklin-Simpson HS (KY)

Phil Jurkovec: Jurkovec was in his first action of the 2017 season and impressed against a tough Wayne HS (OH) team on ESPN. He finished the game with 238 yards passing, 106 rushing and 6 total touchdowns. Pine-Richland laid it on Wayne in route to a 41–0 win. Next game: vs. Mt. Lebanon HS (PA)

The only Notre Dame commits not in action were the Ademilola twins and Shayne Simon. Their St. Peter’s Prep team opens up the 2017 season this coming Friday against Union City HS (NJ).