Notre Dame commit recap: QB Avery Davis nearly perfect in playoff win

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Playoff losses ended the seasons of four Notre Dame commits last week, but 16 Irish pledges have at least one more game left with their teams. ND Insider recaps the week that was.

QB Avery Davis | Cedar Hill (Texas) High 52, Waco Midway 17: Only one Avery Davis pass hit the ground on Saturday. He completed 17 of his 18 pass attempts for 260 yards and four touchdowns in a dominant effort. He also rushed 10 times for 78 yards and two touchdowns. Cedar Hill (9-2) will take on Guyer (9-2) Saturday in the second round of the UIL Class 6A Division 2 playoffs.

CB Elijah Hicks | La Mirada (Calif.) High 49, Paso Robles 6: Hicks made big plays in all three aspects of the game Friday night. He intercepted a pass, caught a 46-yard touchdown pass and returned a punt for a 66-yard touchdown. La Mirada (9-2) will play La Serna (8-3) in the CIF South Section Division 3 quarterfinals on Friday.

WR Jordan Pouncey | Winter Park (Fla.) High 30, Wekiva 21: Pouncey and Winter Park found their revenge for a regular season loss to Wekiva. He contributed to the scoring effort with a 38-yard touchdown reception. Pouncey also rushed seven times for 22 yards, recovered a fumble on special teams and recorded six tackles and two pass breakups on defense. Winter Park (8-3) will face Timber Creek (8-3) in the FHSAA Class 8A regional semifinals Friday.

CB Paulson Adebo | Mansfield (Texas) High 55, Fossil Ridge 10: Adebo intercepted a pass as Mansfield cruised. Adebo returned the interception for a touchdown, but the score was wiped out by a penalty. He added three tackles on defense and four rushes for 58 yards and three catches for 20 yards on offense. Mansfield (9-2) will take on Tascosa (7-4) in the second round of the UIL Class 6A Division 2 playoffs on Friday.

LB Drew White | Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas 35, Palm Beach Lakes 0: White blocked a punt and tallied six tackles in the fourth shutout of the season. St. Thomas Aquinas (8-2) will play against Dwyer (10-1) on Friday in the FHSAA Class 7A regional semifinals.

LB David Adams and DT Kurt Hinish | Pittsburgh (Pa.) Central Catholic 63, Pine-Richland 34: Adams turned five carries into a pair of touchdown rushes near the goalline. He finished with 18 rushing yards in addition to a team-high eight tackles. Hinish recorded three tackles and 1.5 sacks. Pittsburgh Central Catholic (11-1) will play Seneca Valley (8-3) Friday in the WPIAL Class 6A championship game.

RB CJ Holmes | Cheshire (Conn.) Academy 53, Worcester Academy 21: Holmes scored three touchdowns on his senior day. His longest of the day came on a 79-yard screen pass. As a rusher, Holmes finished with 12 carries for 212 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Cheshire Academy (7-2) will play in the NEPSAC Wayne Sanborn Bowl against Brunswick School (7-2).

WR Michael Young | Destrehan (La.) High 47, Terrebonne 7: Young caught two passes for 23 yards and ran for 15 yards in the blowout win. He also had a 42-yard touchdown catch wiped out by a penalty. Destrehan (10-0) will face Mandeville (8-4) on Friday in the second round of the LHSAA Class 5A playoffs.

OL Dillan Gibbons | Clearwater (Fla.) Central Catholic 42, John Carroll Catholic 17: Gibbons paved the way for an offense that scored touchdowns on five of its six possessions in the first half. Clearwater Central Catholic (9-1) will square off with Melbourne Central Catholic (10-0) on Friday in the FHSAA Class 3A regional finals.

DE Justin Ademilola and DT Jayson Ademilola | Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep 34, Delbarton 13: The Ademilola twins helped the St. Peter’s Prep defense limit Delbarton to 79 passing yards and 70 rushing yards. St. Peter’s Prep (7-3) will take on Bergen Catholic (7-3) on Saturday in the NJSIAA Non-Public Group 4 semifinals.

OL Robert Hainsey | Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy 38, St. Frances Academy 0:  Hainsey helped clear the way for an offense that jumped out to a 31-0 lead in the first half. IMG Academy (10-0) totaled 283 yards of offense in its 28th straight victory.

DT Darnell Ewell | Norfolk (Va.) Lake Taylor 27, Deep Creek 21: Ewell’s season was in jeopardy when Lake Taylor fell behind 21-0, but the Titans rallied to score the game’s final 27 points. The Lake Taylor defense needed a sack on the final play of the game to secure the win. Lake Taylor (10-1) will play Heritage (8-3) in the second round of the VHSL Group 4A playoffs on Friday.

DE Jonathon MacCollister | Orlando (Fla.) Bishop Moore 21, Merritt Island 19: Bishop Moore’s defense stood tall to deny a Merritt Island two-point conversion late in the fourth quarter to hold onto the lead. The Hornets made a comeback after trailing 10-0 at halftime. Bishop Moore (10-1) will play Friday at Palm Bay (10-0) in the FHSAA Class 5A regional semifinals.

OT Josh Lugg | Wexford (Pa.) North Allegheny 27, Seneca Valley 28: Lugg’s senior season ended on a blocked extra point. North Allegheny (9-3) scored on a four-yard touchdown pass as time expired with a chance to tie the game, but Seneca Valley blocked the ensuing extra-point attempt. The Tigers rolled up 405 yards of offense.

TE Brock Wright | Cypress (Texas) Cy-Fair 14, Lamar 15: Wright scored a 15-yard touchdown catch in his final game as a senior. A game-winning field goal with 2:34 left in the game brought Wright’s season to an end. He finished with five catches for 81 yards. Cy-Fair (8-3), a normally run-dominant team, rushed for only 79 yards.

LB Pete Werner and RB Markese Stepp | Indianapolis Cathedral 21, Ben Davis 51: Stepp continued his scoring streak with another touchdown, but Cathedral (7-5) couldn’t keep up with Ben Davis. Stepp, who missed most of the season with a hamstring injury, scored his four touchdowns on five carries in three games. He scored on an 18-yard run in the first quarter. His only carry that didn’t end in a touchdown resulted in four yards on Friday night. Werner and the Irish defense were outplayed to the tune of 445 yards for Ben Davis.

Off week: LB Bo Bauer.

Sidelined: QB Phil Jurkovec (thumb).

Season finished: TE Cole Kmet,LB Ovie Oghoufo, S Isaiah Robertson.

*Stats reported were provided by players, coaches or the following news organizations: MaxPreps, Dallas Morning News, Orlando Sentinel, The Virginian-Pilot, Tampa Bay Times, Newark Star- Ledger, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Houston Chronicle.


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Notre Dame quarterback commit Avery Davis threw four touchdown passes and rushed for two more in his senior playoff debut. (Photo via Avery Davis' Twitter)