CARMEL, Ind. – Two powerhouse programs from different states met in the Indianapolis area on Friday evening as Carmel (Ind.) High hosted Louisville (Ky.) Trinity.
Bonnafon was smooth at the controls on Friday as the Louisville commit played a complete game in a road win over Carmel.
Led by Louisville quarterback commit Reggie Bonnafon and class-of-2015 running back Donald Brooks, the visiting Shamrocks came into a packed house and fantastic environment and left with a 42-35 victory.
Ranked by the 247Composite as the nation’s No. 9 dual-threat quarterback, Bonnafon made it look easy, completing 18-of-23 passes for 283 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 62 yards and two more scores on 15 carries.
Bonnafon has a great feel for the game, moves around in the pocket well and came up big time after time on third down. The accurate passer got better as the game moved on, looking like he was still feeling the effects from serious cramping the week before.
When it wasn’t Bonnafon, it was the 6-foot, 185-pound Brooks, who rushed 21 times for 103 yards and two touchdowns. Dangerous from the slot as well, Brooks caught three passes for 54 yards.
Ranked by 247Sports as the nation’s No. 33 running back in the junior class, Brooks ran through tacklers on several occasions and also has nice hips, able to make defenders miss in small areas. He sets up his blocks well and accelerates through the hole. Louisville and several other BCS programs are showing early interest.
Trinity has a young defense still getting its feet wet against one of the nation’s toughest schedules. Sophomore defensive end Connor Foos looks like a big-time talent. The Notre Dame legacy calls the Irish his dream school. He was at times a nightmare for the Greyhounds as he made several plays in the Carmel backfield.
Carmel came out blazing on its first possession but penalties and miscues kept them from putting points on the board. An electric 40-yard touchdown run by 2015 athlete Isaac James was wiped away by a flag. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound James eventually found the end zone in the fourth quarter on a nice second effort dive at the goal line. The quick jitterbug is one of the Hoosier State’s more exciting players with the ball in his hands.
Junior running back Chris Perkins scored a pair of short touchdown runs, the second one tying the game up at 14 in the third quarter.
Bonnafon got Trinity on the board with a 21-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter, and Brooks found the end zone late in the second to put his team up 14-0.
After Perkins tied the game up, Bonnafon found the end zone on a short touchdown run. James answered with his score and we were tied again.
Trinity tried to pull away early in the fourth. Brooks put his team up 28-21 and on the next possession Bonnafon hit on a 31-yard touchdown pass to go up two scores.
UCLA four-star receiver commit Austin Roberts quickly answered for Carmel on a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Once he saw the seam, he jetted through the hole eating up large chunks of green with his stride and went untouched to pay dirt. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Roberts was targeted just a few times on offense and Carmel struggled to get him the football.
Bonnafon answered again, a nice drive capped off by his one-yard touchdown run to go back up 42-28 with 35 seconds to go. Carmel had Trinity against the wall on third down a couple times only for Bonnafon to come through.
Carmel scored its final touchdown with 16 seconds to go, but failed to recover the onside kick to setup a hail mary.
The Greyhounds also have a 2016 prospect that looks like he could be highly recruited in outside linebacker Noah Burks. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Burks was around the football a lot of the evening and looked comfortable moving around in space.
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