Notre Dame commit recap: QBs dazzle, Abdur-Rahman exits in second quarter

Carter Karels
South Bend Tribune

Quarterback commits Brendon Clark and Drew Pyne combined for 10 touchdowns in their games last week. Kendall Abdur-Rahman, however, exited in the second quarter against Waubonsie Valley. ND Insider recaps how 20 commits fared over the weekend.

2019 QB Brendon Clark | Midlothian (Va.) Manchester 62, Monacan 9: Clark matched his season total of six touchdowns in his best performance of the season. He finished 13-for-19 through the air with 279 yards and four touchdowns. The senior also ran nine times for 35 yards and two scores in the Wednesday game. The previous week, Clark only threw four passes. The Lancers (3-0) outscored their first three opponents 186-15.

This might be the catch of the year Manchester QB Brendon Clark recovers the snap and throws this ball to Kevin Henderson for the 48 yard TD catch @lancer_footbal@8NEWS@NatalieKalibat@VHSL_#SCtop10pic.twitter.com/mm3LcIn0jw

— Jermaine Ferrell WRIC (@JermaineFerrell) September 13, 2018

2020 QB Drew Pyne | New Canaan (Conn.) High 42, Danbury 6: Pyne finished with 190 yards and four touchdowns on 11-for-25 passing. Pyne’s scores went for 2, 25, 36 and 19 yards. A 42-0 halftime lead kept him on the sidelines.

The Rams (1-1) commemorated late New Canaan assistant coach and former player Jason Cooper. Quintin O’Connell, who wore No. 22 to honor Cooper, caught two touchdowns.

2019 RB Kyren Williams | Kirkwood (Mo.) St. John Vianney 49, Chaminade 35: As a three-star, Williams might be the most underrated player in this class. He elevated his season touchdown total to 12 after three scores on Friday. Williams finished with 162 rushing yards on eight carries and five receptions for 122 yards.

Notre Dame 2019 commit Kyren Williams (@Kyrensiren) now has 12 TDs in 4 HS games this season. Here were his 3 TDs in last Friday’s 49-35 win over Chaminade (h/t @GriffinsTV_Live). pic.twitter.com/QyksSXNZfX

— Carter Karels (@CarterKarels) September 17, 2018

The Golden Griffiths (3-1) have only offered 54 touches to Williams across four games, but he’s made the most out of them. His season totals: 33/440/5 on the ground and 21/397/6 as a receiver. As a member of the secondary, Williams has four interceptions, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and a scoop and score.

2019 ATH Kendall Abdur-Rahman | Edwardsville (Ill.) High 7, Waubonsie Valley 21: Abdur-Rahman exited the game after the first series of the second quarter, finishing with nine carries for one yard and a fumble. The Tigers (1-3) struggled to move the ball in his absence.

“I don’t know. I just know he couldn’t play,” Edwardsville coach Matt Martin told the Edwardsville Intelligencer on Abdur-Rahman.

Edwardsville's coaches have not responded yet to comment on Abdur-Rahman's status. 

2020 TE Michael Mayer | Park Hills (Ky.) Covington Catholic 49, Beechwood 14: Mayer’s 17-yard touchdown helped the Colonels (5-0) remain perfect on the season. The seam-route score allowed Covington Catholic to pull ahead to 30-6. Mayer finished with five receptions for 99 yards.

2019 LB Jack Kiser | Royal Center (Ind.) Pioneer 78, North White 0: Despite playing again in limited action, Kiser retained the lead for touchdowns (15) among Notre Dame commits this season. He first threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to junior Derek Wireman, which increased Pioneer’s lead to 24-0. Later in the first quarter, Kiser rushed for a 70-yard score on a quarterback draw.

Kiser went 2-for-2 passing for 50 yards and added three carries for 104 yards. He finished with a season-high 16 tackles. The Panthers (5-0) own a 342-19 advantage over their opponents.

2019 DE NaNa Osafo-Mensah | Fort Worth (Texas) Nolan Catholic 33, Celina 17: The Vikings (3-0) allowed points in the opening half for the first time this season. With the help of Osafo-Mensah, however, they yielded just one field goal in the second half. Osafo-Mensah finished with four tackles, three pressures, one sack and a fumble recovery.

The defensive end also told ND Insider he intends on taking an unofficial visit when Notre Dame hosts Florida State on Nov. 10.

2019 P Jay Bramblett | Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Hillcrest 62, Brookwood 0: Bramblett’s first puntless game was a product of his offense. He went 12-of-16 for 203 yards and two touchdowns through the air. In slightly more than one quarter of action, Bramblett also added two rushes for 32 yards.

Tre’ Ross caught Bramblett’s first touchdown pass of 51 yards on an out route. The Patriots (2-2) led 34-0 after the first quarter and 55-0 at halftime.

2019 WR Cam Hart | Olney (Md.) Good Counsel 27, St. Joseph’s Prep (Pa.) 34: The Falcons (2-1) finally played in decent weather, but the result did not end in their favor. Hart continued playing cornerback while also catching four passes for 56 yards. His biggest snag came near the goal line on a fourth-down conversion, which set up a touchdown before halftime. The Hawks came out victorious, though, scoring the game-winning touchdown in the final minute.

2019 S Kyle Hamilton | Atlanta Marist 0, St. Pius X 17: Hamilton was on the receiving end for 65 of quarterback Connor Cigelske’s 82 passing yards on four receptions. The War Eagles (3-1) registered just 162 yards of offense and turned it over three times. Marist’s first loss of the season comes after three impressive performances from Hamilton.

2019 DE Howard Cross III | Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph Regional 24, DePaul Catholic 17: The Green Knights (2-1) intercepted quarterback Taquan Roberson’s pass to clinch the victory in the final minute. Cross’ five tackles — one of which was for a loss — helped limit Roberson to 8-of-24 passing. St. Joseph Regional also held DePaul Catholic to 75 rushing yards on 20 carries. Linebacker Frankie Monte and Cross combined on a sack.

2020 TE Kevin Bauman | Red Bank (N.J.) Catholic 45, Toms River South 7: Bauman only caught one pass, but it was for a 13-yard touchdown in the second quarter. The Caseys (3-0) established a balanced attack in the blowout, rushing for 203 yards on 20 carries and passing for 156 yards on nine completions.

2019 S Litchfield Ajavon | Alexandria (Va.) Episcopal 21, Gilman (Md.) 17: The Maroons (1-0) relied on their defense after turning it over five times. Thanks in part to Ajavon, Gilman threw for just 44 yards. The Greyhounds generated 17 unanswered points in the second quarter, but they also committed two costly turnovers.

2019 OL Zeke Correll | Cincinnati (OH) Anderson 14, Kings 35: The Redskins (3-1) could not overcome a 21-0 deficit in their first loss of the season. Anderson quarterback David Thompson threw for two touchdowns in the closing minutes of the third quarter, but the Knights’ rushing attack calmed any hopes of a comeback.

2019 OL Andrew Kristofic | Gibsonia (Pa.) Pine-Richland 63, Butler 0: Six of Pine-Richland’s nine touchdowns came on the ground. The Rams (3-1) earned a solid push from Kristofic and Co. en route to a 266-yard rushing performance on 24 carries. Sophomore quarterback Cole Spencer's two touchdowns helped spark a 35-0 first quarter lead and 49-0 halftime advantage.

2019 LB Osita Ekwonu | Charlotte (N.C.) Providence Day 51, Hickory 0: The Chargers (1-3) earned their first victory of the season by taking it out on Hickory. Providence Day — who reached last year’s state championship game — jumped out to a 30-0 lead in the first quarter. Ekwonu’s defense helped limit the Hawks to three total yards. Hickory amassed -11 yards through the air and 14 yards on 20 carries.

2019 OL Quinn Carroll | Edina (Minn.) High 0, Wayzata 23: The Hornets (2-1) continually lost the battle at the line of scrimmage. The Edina attack backed up to start the game, leading to a safety on a blocked punt. In Wayzata territory during the second quarter, Carroll and the offensive line failed to provide a big enough push for a pivotal fourth-and-short conversion. The Trojans brought pressure and penetration all night.

2019 OL John Olmstead | Metuchen (N.J.) St. Joseph 23, South Plainfield 14: Quarterback Mike Cardinali continued his replacement duties with starter Tyree Ford going down in the opener. The Falcons (2-1) took their first lead in the fourth quarter on a 35-yard touchdown run from running back Jordan Davis. Cardinali sealed the victory on a 1-yard touchdown run late in the fourth.

2019 DT Hunter Spears | Sachse (Texas) High 7, Plano East 29: It’s been a less than ideal start for the Mustangs (0-3). Sachse’s first two losses were decided in the final seconds. Spears amassed 1.5 sacks and batted down a pass. Plano East countered with stifling defense of its own, though.

2019 DT Jacob Lacey | Bowling Green (Ky.) South Warren 41, Grayson County 7: Lacey continued to play in limited action. The Spartans (5-0) scored three touchdowns in the opening seven minutes before leading 41-0 at halftime.

*Stats reported were provided by players, parents, coaches, MaxPreps and the following news organizations: GameTime CT, TAPinto, Bergen Record, Wayzata.com, Charlotte Observer, TriState Football, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Washington Post, Edwardsville Intelligencer and Plano Star Courier.