Notre Dame commit recap: Kyren Williams adds five TDs on another 200-yard rushing day

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No Notre Dame commit has won a state championship yet, but a few will compete in one next week. ND Insider recaps how 12 verbal pledges performed over the weekend.

2019 RB Kyren Williams | Kirkwood (Mo.) St. John Vianney 69, Jackson 28: Williams took advantage of his career-high 25 carries by rushing for 227 yards and five touchdowns. The now 247Sports four-star recruit scored on runs of 15, 53, 61, two and four yards. Williams also hauled in two passes for nine yards, bringing his season total to 662 yards and 10 touchdowns on 49 receptions. He’s turned 135 carries to 1,612 and 23 touchdowns.

Kyren Williams with a touchdown less than a minute into the game. Vianne will now lead Jackson

— GriffinsTV (@GriffinsTV_Live) November 17, 2018

Kyren Williams with another touchdown in the late 1st quarter. Vianney continues to lead Jackson

— GriffinsTV (@GriffinsTV_Live) November 17, 2018

Kyren Williams with another touchdown for the Griffins. Vianney continues to lead Jackson

— GriffinsTV (@GriffinsTV_Live) November 17, 2018

Kyren Williams with another touchdown for Vianney. Vianney leads Jackson

— GriffinsTV (@GriffinsTV_Live) November 17, 2018

The Golden Griffiths (9-3) next take on Carthage (11-1) Saturday in the MSHSAA Class 5 semifinals.

2019 S Kyle Hamilton | Atlanta Marist 24, St. Pius X Catholic 8: A 17-yard rushing touchdown from Hamilton provided cushion for Marist, extending its lead to 17-8. Hamilton’s 10 carries for 76 yards helped the War Eagles (10-2) avenge their Sept. 14 17-0 loss to the Golden Lions. He also added one catch for 11 yards and seven tackles. Hamilton punted three times for a combined 106 yards.

Marist clashes with unbeaten Mary Persons (12-0) Friday in the GHSA-AAAA quarterfinals.

2019 DT Jacob Lacey | Bowling Green (Ky.) South Warren 44, Owensboro 7: Lacey continues to impress against solid competition. He recorded six tackles, three sacks, three TFLs and recovered a fumble. In the last six games, Lacey has 39 tackles, 11 sacks, 22 TFLs, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

South Warren senior and Notre Dame commit Jacob Lacey is one guy I don't want running at me full speed.

— Dominique Yates (@RealDYates) November 17, 2018

One game separates Lacey from a potential state title matchup with fellow commit Michael Mayer. The Spartans (14-0) must defeat South Oldham Friday in the KHSAA 5A semifinals.

2020 TE Michael Mayer | Park Hills (Ky.) Covington Catholic 36, Highlands 0: Mayer’s presence was felt from the start. He hauled in a 65-yard touchdown pass on the game’s first series. Mayer had another catch for 32 yards and amassed 140 yards on six catches. He also led the defense with 12.5 tackles. Covington Catholic’s closest game came against Highlands on Oct. 12, as it escaped with a 21-14 victory.

Cov Cath football wins a regional championship with a shut-out win over Highlands. Monster games from @CaseyMcGinness and @MMayer1001.

— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) November 17, 2018

The Colonels (13-0) will face Pulaski County Friday.

2019 LB Jack Kiser | Royal Center (Ind.) 38, Adam Central 7: Kiser handled then-unbeaten Adams Central with ease, rushing for 286 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries. He also went 5-of-5 passing for 64 yards and two touchdowns in inclement weather. Kiser amassed a team-high 16 tackles and two pass breakups. A 50-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-2 extended Pioneer’s lead to 22-8 in the third quarter.

The Panthers (14-0) will look to defend their state title against North Vermillion (13-1) on Saturday.

2019 QB Brendon Clark | Midlothian (Va.) Manchester 48, Dale 7: Another week, another interception-less performance from Clark. He was not accurate, though, completing 5-of-14 passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns. Clark made amends on the ground, running for 58 yards and a pair of scores on 12 attempts. His TD-INT ratio now stands at 29-0 on the season.

The Lancers (12-0) advance to the VHSL 6A quarterfinals and will square off against Colonial Forge (11-0).

2019 DE Howard Cross III | Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph Regional 24, St. Peter’s Prep 14: Cross recorded six tackles, three TFLs and 1.5 sacks. He helped limit St. Peter’s Prep to 30 carries for 93 rushing yards. MetLife Stadium plays host for St. Joseph Regional’s final game. The Green Knights (9-2) take on Bergen Catholic (10-1) Saturday in the NJSIAA Group 4 championship.

2019 OL Andrew Kristofic | Gibsonia (Pa.) Pine-Richland 34, Seneca Valley 7: Kristofic helped Pine-Richland to its sixth WPIAL title — this time in the 6A classification. The Rams (10-2) now contend in the PIAA playoffs and will face State College (12-1) Saturday in the quarterfinals.


2019 CB Isaiah Rutherford | Carmichael (Calif.) Jesuit, Del Oro: Jesuit never played in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II semifinal, forfeiting the game. The Marauders (7-6) self-reported playing an ineligible player in the prior two playoff games. On the season, Rutherford finished with 90 rushes for 678 yards and 12 touchdowns with 11 catches for 185 yards and four touchdowns. He also intercepted two passes. To read more about the forfeit, click here.

2019 CB K.J. Wallace | Atlanta Lovett 6, Calhoun 21: Wallace’s 11 catches for 91 yards weren’t enough for Lovett. The Lions exited the round before the GHSA-AAA quarterfinals, finishing with a 6-6 record. Wallace turned 69 carries into 511 yards and eight touchdowns on the season. He also hauled in 50 passes for 441 yards and two touchdowns. On defense, Wallace had 34 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2.5 TFLs and two interceptions.

2019 P Jay Bramblett | Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Hillcrest 17, Wetumpka 20 (OT): Bramblett sat out with an ankle injury he suffered the week before. He finished the season punting 41 times for an average of 45.1 yards and a long of 59 yards. He registered 2,341 yards, 18 touchdowns and six interceptions on 178-of-260 passing.

On the ground, Bramblettt turned 59 carries into 254 yards and four touchdowns. The Patriots (6-6) saw their season conclude a round before the AHSAA 6A quarterfinals.

2019 OL Zeke Correll | Cincinnati Anderson 20, Winton Woods 52: Winton Woods’ 28-point second half had Anderson out of it by the fourth quarter. The Redskins (9-4) upset three-seed Troy and two-seed Kings in the prior rounds before suffering the OHSAA Division II quarterfinal loss.

Bye: DE NaNa Osafo-Mensah, QB Drew Pyne, TE Kevin Bauman.

Injured: DT Hunter Spears.

Season ended: WR Kendall Abdur-Rahman, OL John Olmstead, WR Cam Hart, OL Quinn Carroll, LB Osita Ekwonu, LB Marist Liufau, S Litchfield Ajavon.

*Stats were provided by players, coaches, parents, MaxPreps and the following news organizations: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Bowling Green Daily News, Cincinnati Enquirer and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Kyren Williams, Notre Dame's 2019 running back commit, is now a four-star on 247Sports' updated rankings.