Notre Dame commit recap: Bauer, White win state championships

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

The final games of the 2016 season were played by Notre Dame commits last week. ND Insider recaps how all four Irish pledges fared in their state championship games.

LB Bo Bauer | Erie (Pa.) Cathedral Prep 27, Imhotep Charter 20: Bauer and Cathedral Prep needed two comeback efforts to win a state title. After trailing 8-0 to start the game, Bauer gave the Ramblers their first lead in the second quarter. His strip sack ended in a safety and a 9-8 lead for Cathedral Prep.

The lead vanished by halftime and morphed into an 11-point deficit through three quarters. But the Ramblers held Imhotep Charter scoreless in the fourth quarter and scored the final 18 points of the game. In addition to his work on defense, Bauer rushed three times for 49 yards.

Bauer ended his junior season at Cathedral Prep (14-0) with a PIAA Class 4A state championship.

Safety! @PrepRamblers Now up 9-8 over @Imhotepfootball 5:05 till half

— WPAFootball (@WPAFootball) December 9, 2016

LB Drew White | Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas 45, Tampa Plant 6: White and the St. Thomas Aquinas defense remained stingy with a state championship on the line. Plant’s only score of the game came on a one-yard run in the second quarter, and the defense still blocked the extra point.

The Raiders held their opponent to single-digit scoring for the 10th time in 14 games. White blocked a punt and made seven tackles for the defense. Florida quarterback commit Jake Allen led the offense with five touchdown passes.

White ended his senior season at St. Thomas Aquinas (12-2) with an FHSAA Class 7A state championship.

LB David Adams and DT Kurt Hinish | Pittsburgh (Pa.) Central Catholic 7, St. Joseph’s Prep 42: Adams, Hinish and the Central Catholic defense met their match in Saturday’s state final. The Vikings had won 14 straight games since a season-opening loss to St. John’s from Washington, D.C.

The Central Catholic defense couldn’t slow down running back D’Andre Swift, who finished with 140 rushing yards and three touchdowns, but the Vikings offense had even more issues. Central Catholic fumbled four times and only accumulated 185 yards of offense. Adams pitched in with three yards on three carries.

Adams and Hinish ended their high school careers at Central Catholic (14-2) with the loss in the PIAA Class 6A state championship.

Season finished: OL Aaron Banks, QB Avery Davis, CB Elijah Hicks, WR Michael Young, DE Justin Ademilola, DT Jayson Ademilola, CB Paulson Adebo, WR Jordan Pouncey, DT Darnell Ewell, DE Jonathon MacCollister, RB CJ Holmes, OL Dillan Gibbons, OL Robert Hainsey, TE Brock Wright, OL Josh Lugg, RB Markese Stepp, TE Cole Kmet, LB Ovie Oghoufo, S Isaiah Robertson, QB Phil Jurkovec.

*Stats reported were provided by players, coaches or the following news organizations: MaxPreps, Erie Times-News, Philadelphia Inquirer, Orlando Sentinel, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Patriot-News.


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Three-star linebacker Drew White, a 2017 recruit, committed to Notre Dame on March 21, 2016. (Photo provided)