Notre Dame commit recap: Pyne throws five touchdowns in nearly perfect performance

Carter Karels
South Bend Tribune

Quarterback commit Drew Pyne threw five touchdowns last Friday, bringing him to nine scores across his past two games. Kyle Hamilton continued his hot streak as well, scoring three times. ND Insider recaps how 21 Notre Dame commits fared over the weekend.

2020 QB Drew Pyne | New Canaan (Conn.) High 48, Trumbull 7: Pyne was nearly flawless through the air. He completed 91 percent of his passes (20-of-22) for 380 yards and five touchdowns. The junior also carried it three times for 24 yards.

The Rams (2-1) finished with 517 total yards. Receiver Quintin O’Connell caught Pyne’s first two touchdowns for 20 and 68 yards, respectively. After Zach LaPolice took a shovel pass 30 yards to the house, Pyne connected with O’Connell again for an 18-yard touchdown. His final touchdown pass came on an 11-yard grab by Stephen Wronski.

2019 S Kyle Hamilton | Atlanta Marist 41, White County 6: Hamilton proved his elevated status on 247Sports’ updated rankings. He matched his season total of three touchdowns — with the highlight being a jet sweep for a 66-yard score.

The War Eagles (4-1) registered two touchdowns across Hamilton’s three catches for 62 yards. He found the end zone on a 9-yard screen and a 47-yard bomb from quarterback Connor Cigelske. 247Sports named Hamilton the No. 22 overall player for the 2019 class. By jumping 136 spots, Hamilton neared five-star status.

2019 RB Kyren Williams | Kirkwood (Mo.) St. John Vianney 17, DeSmet Jesuit 14: The Golden Griffiths (4-1) relied on Williams again for their fourth consecutive victory. Williams rushed it 14 times for 78 yards and caught five passes for 86 yards. He scored both of Vianney’s touchdowns, catching a 42-yard pass in the slot and running it in at the goal line. Williams has scored at least twice in every game and has 14 touchdowns on the year.

2019 DT Hunter Spears | Sachse (Texas) High 43, Wylie 27: Spears registered his best performance of the season. He wreaked havoc with six tackles, three TFLs, two sacks and seven quarterback hurries. A 23-yard pick-six from Spears helped the Mustangs (1-3) capture their first victory on the season.

TD Sachse!!!! Hunter Spears reads the play, makes the pick and takes it back 23 yards for the score!!! Sachse leads 22-21, 3:28, 3Q #SLMGridiron#txhsfb@MUSTANGNATION_pic.twitter.com/q3ySX6T04N

— Devin Hasson (@DevinHasson) September 21, 2018

2019 LB Jack Kiser | Royal Center (Ind.) Pioneer 56, Triton 6: Kiser delivered his best rushing performance of the season, scoring five touchdowns on the ground. He finished with 17 carries for 112 yards and went 6-for-11 passing for 90 yards. Kiser connected with running back Ezra Lewellen on a six-yard bubble screen for his lone passing touchdown.

The Panthers (6-0) own a 398-25 advantage over their opponents. Kiser’s 21 touchdowns and six interceptions in 2018 lead all Notre Dame commits.

2019 DE NaNa Osafo-Mensah | Fort Worth (Texas) Nolan Catholic 43, Eastern Hills 0: Weather forced this game to be called at halftime, but Osafo-Mensah still made his presence felt. He finished with four tackles, four TFLs and one sack. Osafo-Mensah’s top play resulted in a safety, as he tackled Eastern Hills’ running back in the backfield. The Vikings (4-0) have allowed 23 points across four games.

2019 QB Brendon Clark | Midlothian (Va.) Manchester 47, Midlothian 3: The Lancers (4-0) trailed for the first time this season, losing 3-0 in the first quarter. After Isaiah Todd’s four-yard touchdown run gave Manchester a 7-3 lead, Clark provided cushion with his 32-yard touchdown pass to Alston Robinson.

Clark finished 11-for-17 with 122 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 77 yards on 10 carries and found the end zone on a 35-yard run.

2019 DE Howard Cross III | Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph Regional 31 Pope John XXIII 7: Cross disrupted Pope John’s backfield all night, racking up eight tackles, four TFLs, one sack and three quarterback hurries. The Green Knights (3-1) allowed just 66 rushing yards and less than 300 total yards. They also recorded four pass deflections and three punt blocks. 

2019 WR Kendall Abdur-Rahman | Edwardsville (Ill.) 35, Alton 12: Abdur-Rahman exited last week’s game with an injury and remained out against Alton. The Tigers (2-2) didn’t miss a beat, though, due to backup Luke Oglesby. He threw for a 63-yard and 15-yard touchdown. Oglesby also scored on a six-yard run. Abdur-Rahman and his coaches have not responded about the status of his injury.

2019 LB Osita Ekwonu | Charlotte (N.C.) Providence Day 67, Cannon 0: Ekwonu played in limited action for a consecutive week but turned his lone carry into an eight-yard touchdown. The Chargers (2-3) led 37-0 at the end of the first quarter and kept Ekwonu on the sideline for most of the contest. His four tackles brought him to 45 on the year. He also has 153 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 21 carries.

2019 P Jay Bramblett | Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Hillcrest 28, Northridge 35: Bramblett averaged 43 yards across four punts with a long of 53 and two downed inside the 20. He threw for 300 yards and two touchdowns on 19-for-26 passing. The Patriots (2-3) cooled off after Bramblett dazzled in previous weeks.

2020 TE Michael Mayer | Park Hills (Ky.) Covington Catholic 35, St. Francis DeSales (Ohio) 14: A rainy night resulted in Mayer’s least productive game of the year. He recorded just one catch for three yards. As a middle linebacker, though, Mayer tallied 10 tackles and a fumble recovery. The 21-point victory marks this season’s closest margin for the Colonels (6-0).

2019 OL Zeke Correll | Cincinnati (OH) Anderson 47, Withrow 12: Junior quarterback David Thompson put the game away in the first quarter, throwing two touchdowns and scoring on a one-yard run. The Redskins (4-1) rebounded after last week’s 35-14 loss to Kings High.

2019 CB K.J. Wallace | Atlanta Lovett 0, Cedar Grove 45: A bye week did not aid Lovett, who suffered its worst loss of the season. Lovett amassed just 51 total yards, while Cedar Grove gained 364. The Lions (1-4) entered halftime trailing 24-0. Lovett should improve its record next week as it faces a weak Towers High (0-5) squad.

2019 OL Quinn Carroll | Edina (Minn.) High 16, Eastview 3: The Hornets (3-1) scored all of their points in the second quarter. Senior Matt Cavanagh began the 16-point frame with a one-yard touchdown behind Carroll. Edina also scored on a 13-yard completion and chip shot field goal. Carroll and Co. bounced back after falling 23-0 at Wayzata last week.

2020 TE Kevin Bauman | Red Bank (N.J.) Catholic 42, Red Bank Regional 7: The Caseys (4-0) scored 42 unanswered points after allowing a seven-minute touchdown drive to open the game. Red Bank Catholic quarterback Steve Lubischer often connected with Jaden Key, who caught five passes for 124 and four touchdowns. Bauman added two catches for 39 yards, and the Caseys gained 420 yards on the night.

2019 OL Andrew Kristofic | Gibsonia (Pa.) Pine-Richland 44, Norwin 7: Kristofic helped the Rams (4-1) amass 425 total yards — 225 of which were rushing. Sophomore quarterback Cole Spencer rushed for 102 yards on 12 carries with a pair of scores. Pine-Richland scored all its points in the first half, and all but one touchdown came on the ground.

2019 S Litchfield Ajavon | Alexandria (Va.) Episcopal 40, Maret 0: Maret barely moved the football as Episcopal remained undefeated. Episcopal (2-0) entered halftime leading 40-0 and saw Litchfield Ajavon register seven tackles and one TFL.

2019 OL John Olmstead | Metuchen (N.J.) St. Joseph 44, Carteret 0: The Falcons (3-1) rushed for 322 yards thanks to Olmstead’s blocking. Winners of three straight games, St. Joseph will travel to Westfield (2-1) this Saturday.

2019 DT Jacob Lacey | Bowling Green (Ky.) South Warren 46, Rocky Mountain (Colo.) 0: Rocky Mountain traveled over 1,000 miles only to be South Warren’s latest victim. Lacey tallied six tackles and two TFLs. The Spartans (6-0) relied on an even dose of quarterback Gavin Spurrier and running back Cameron Harrison. Spurrier threw for 215 yards and two touchdowns, while Harrison ran for 122 yards and four scores.

2019 WR Cam Hart | Olney (Md.) Good Counsel 55, Bishop Sullivan (Va.) 0: Hart finished with four receptions for 45 yards and a touchdown. The Falcons (3-1) entered halftime with a 28-0 advantage, pacing them to a blowout victory. Good Counsel endured two weeks of bad weather before falling in its third game to St. Joseph’s Prep 34-27.

*Stats reported were provided by players, parents, coaches, MaxPreps and the following news organizations: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Asbury Park Press, Connecticut Post, Bowling Green Daily News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the New Jersey Bergen Record.

Notre Dame unveiled Thursday its uniforms for the Shamrock Series game at Yankee Stadium in November.