DETROIT, Mich. – Saturday night’s season-opener between a pair of defending state champions in Cass Tech and Brother Rice lived up to the expectations.
Top247 2014 CB Damon Webb came up big in his first game at Cass Tech.
In front of a capacity crowd at the Detroit Sports Commission Prep Kickoff Classic held at Wayne State, the Technicians outlasted Rice, 25-18.
All the big-name prospects shined, and a few players emerged under the lights.
Playing in his first organized football game since the end of his freshman season at University of Detroit Jesuit, Top247 cornerback/receiver Damon Webb didn’t miss a beat. Webb made two big plays in the fourth quarter, first forcing a fumble that was picked up by teammate Joe Journey and returned for a score that put Cass Tech up 19-12. His interception with just over a minute to play sealed the game, and he didn’t allow a completion all evening. Webb also scored on a bubble screen he took 46 yards, and a 44-yard trick play he caught from Michigan commit Jourdan Lewis. Webb made a national name for himself this summer attending camps and combines, and this fall it looks like he’s only going to improve his stock. He holds early offers from the likes of Michigan, Michigan State, LSU, Ohio State, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
-Michigan State four-star linebacker commit Jon Reschke isn’t going to wow you in the summer during non-contact camps and combines, but when it’s time to pad up and play some 11-on-11, the Brother Rice star makes his presence known. The hard-hitting 6-foot-2, 223-pound Reschke was all over the football field on Saturday, sniffing out plays in the flat and making several open-field tackles. He was diving in front of passes and filling holes at the line of scrimmage. Reschke plays fast and is an instinctual player. He could be tough to keep off the two-deep as a true freshman at Michigan State next fall.
-Cass Tech junior linebacker Gary Hosey put Cass Tech on top by the final margin, breaking two tackles and racing 74 yards for a touchdown. He was also in on a lot of plays from his outside linebacker spot, and forced a fumble in the first half.
-Illinois defensive tackle commit Kenton Gibbs and Michigan offensive line pledge David Dawson were big in the second half for the Technicians in the trenches on defense. Both made plays in the backfield, and really disrupted the rhythm of Brother Rice quarterback Cheyne Lacanaria.
-Brother Rice has a bulldozer of a 2014 running back in Brian Walker, who rushed 25 times for 108 yards, including a six-yard score in the fourth quarter that cut the deficit to 19-18. The 5-foot-9, 220-pound Walker ran through first contact, had good vision in quickly finding holes at the line of scrimmage and is a punishing runner.
-Dawson and uncommitted offensive tackle Dennis Finley were consistently good up front for Cass Tech.
-The Brother Rice offense was very aware of Cass Tech junior linebacker William White from the first snap, as he delivered a punishing hit on the Technicians first defensive play of the game. He was a big factor in the middle of the CT defense.
-Top247 junior linebacker Deon Drake made plays on both sides of the ball, and was key in running out the clock following Webb’s interception late in the fourth quarter.
-Iowa four-star safety commit Delano Hill played in the box most of the evening and was flying around the line of scrimmage. He made a couple stops in the Brother Rice backfield. We already know Hill can run as evident of his 4.4 electronic 40-yard dash he ran during the summer at The Opening. He can cover, and he’ll also bring a physical element to the Hawkeyes in 2013.
-Like Hill, Toledo cornerback commit DeJuan Rogers was physical against the run. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Rogers looks good on the hoof and played worthy of a few BCS offers.
-Michigan cornerback commit Jourdan Lewis looked real athletic on a punt return in the second half that he ran back 30-plus yards and nearly broke to pay dirt. He wasn’t tested much on Friday, and as always, showed fluid hips and the ability to run.
-Class-of-2015 quarterback Jayru Campbell finished 11-of-24 passing for 160 yards with one touchdowns and two interceptions. He has all the tools to be a special player as Alabama and Notre Dame will tell you judging by the early scholarship offers. Campbell is athletic, several times slipping away from the rush and making a good throw on the run. Also has good velocity, but he definitely made some throws he’d like to have back on Saturday.
-Campbell’s classmate Joshua Alabi will also be highly recruited when it’s all said and done. The 6-foot-5, 245-pound sophomore registered a sack and a pass breakup playing in Cass Tech’s defensive line rotation.
-Brother Rice slot receiver Josh Flye (5-8, 155) was proof that not all the speed was on the Cass Tech side of the field. The fast and slippery playmaker caught six passes for 106 yards and a touchdown.